Vision Correction Services
Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses
Over 140 million people in the U.S. wear eyeglasses, and over 30 million wear contact lenses. Glasses and contact lenses improve vision by adjusting the way the eyes bend and focus light. Ideally, light rays are refracted (bent) as they pass through the cornea so that they focus on the retina in the back of the eye. In a healthy eye, this means that objects can be seen clearly. However, many people’s corneas have a shallow or steep curvature which causes light rays to focus in front of or behind the retina. Objects may then appear blurry at certain distances or at all distances.
Glasses and contact lenses correct these refractive errors. Prescriptions are measured for each eye so patients can enjoy optimal vision clarity, usually 20/20. Eyewear may be used for certain activities, such as reading for farsighted (hyperopic) patients and driving or watching television for nearsighted (myopic) patients, or may be worn at all times.
Regular eye exams test for the development and progression of refractive errors and help your optometrist provide a proper prescription if eyeglasses or contact lenses are needed. Exams are also an invaluable tool in the early detection of eye disease.
Cataract surgery is outpatient surgery and is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. It has a very high success rate. The procedure is termed phacoemulsfication. The surgeon will make two tiny incisions into the eye and using ultrasound will break the cataract up into smaller pieces, thus making the cataract easily removable through the tiny incisions. Often, no stiches are necessary. Surgery is performed as outpatient surgery.
Preliminary usage of lasers to perform a portion of the surgery are being explored. Currently laser surgery only being used to make and incision into the eye and to make initial incision into the cataract. The remainder of the surgery is performed by the surgeon in the traditional manner. Currently, our physicians are waiting for long-term data, to determine the safety and utility of laser-assisted cataract surgery to be published before performing routinely.
Can I get a cataract again?
Sometimes the term secondary cataract or after cataract are used although this is not actually redevelopment of a cataract. The natural lens or when it becomes cloudy, the cataract, is situated in the eye in a thin piece of tissue called capsule. The front of this capsule is removed during surgery and the back portion is left in place and holds the lens implant in place. Sometimes this back or posterior portion of the capsule can become cloudy and affect vision similarly to the initial cataract. An in office laser procedure called a YAG capsulotomy can be performed to create a small opening in this capsule, improving the vision. The intraocular lens implant remains untouched.
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Laser Vision Correction
Laser vision correction refers to a group of minimally invasive procedures that reshape the cornea with laser energy to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, leaving patients with 20/20 vision or better after treatment. These procedures are customized to provide the best possible results for each individual patient, allowing your surgeon to correct the very specific refractive errors that obscure your vision.
Laser vision correction procedures help patients eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, a costly and bothersome hassle that millions of people deal with everyday. By reshaping the cornea, these procedures change the way that the eye focuses light, allowing you to enjoy clear vision.
There are several different laser vision correction procedures available to help patients achieve clear vision without glasses or contacts.
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