A recent survey shows approximately two out of three American adults are diagnosed with vision problems.
Despite that, only 13% of participants consulted an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and got their eyes examined. Shocking, isn’t it?
Neglecting eye care can lead to conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. It means the patient may get diagnosed with partial or complete blindness.
Fortunately, due to advancements in medical science, these conditions can be treated effectively. Let’s learn more!
Robot-Assisted Eye Surgery
Did you know the first eye health research to determine the involvement of robots during eye surgery was a success? Yes, you read that right!
This experiment was performed on 12 patients to remove a membrane from the back of the eyes. Six patients received manual surgery and the remaining six robot-assisted surgery. The results of the procedures were such that the robot-assisted surgery was as effective as the traditional one.
Obviously, this is a triumph in medical science, especially considering the complexity and delicacy of surgery. Even so, there are additional milestones to accomplish in this sector.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
EVO Implantable Collamer or Intraocular Contact Lens, popularly known as implantable contact lenses, is an alternative procedure to Lasik. This surgery is FDA approved and performed to treat nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism.
In fact, since its approval, approximately 1 million lenses have been implanted worldwide.
Now, the question is – “Is ICL Surgery Permanent?”
The answer is Yes! If you are over the age of 21 and have thin corneas or are extremely nearsighted, you can get ICL surgery to improve your vision.
The lens is positioned behind the iris to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness. After the implantation, the lens becomes completely static; thus, it does not interfere with the eye structure.
In short, there will be no significant change in your lifestyle, except that you are no longer required to wear contact lenses or glasses.
According to eye health research, laser treatments are more effective in treating glaucoma- an eye condition that damages the optic nerve- than eye drops or glasses.
During the procedure, a particular type of cutting laser is used to alter the shape of clear dome-shaped tissue at the cornea. It is generally painless and improves different eye conditions such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism.
Typically, people with poor vision- who already wear glasses or contact lenses are recommended laser treatment to prevent the condition from deteriorating. Otherwise, patients without the following conditions can be eligible for this treatment.
- Pregnancy or nursing
- Recent changes to vision prescription (typically age-related)
- Have thin or uneven corneas
- Eye injuries
- Have eye conditions such as persistent dry eyes
- Have health issues such as diabetes, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis
- Participate in contact sports that may be associated with blows to the face
Nevertheless, it would be wise to consult a qualified eye doctor before considering this surgery. They can guide you about the treatment in detail and in accordance with your eye health.
To Sum It All Up
Advancement in medical science is progressing at a gradual pace. Eventually, it benefits the patient, ensuring they live a quality life. Make sure to get in touch with the ophthalmologist and get your eyes examined regularly.
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