Posted August 29, 2018
Do you take your eyes for granted? Often people don’t appreciate the gift of sight until they suddenly notice a vision change. Researchers continually are studying ways to treat vision problems or improve people’s sight. Learn about five ways new technologies could improve your vision.
- Wavefront analysis – With this technology, eye doctors can create a map of activity as your eyes focus on light. It helps doctors detect vision problems and determine the right prescription for vision correction.
- LASIK – You’ve probably heard of LASIK surgery, known as laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis. It’s a procedure that over 9.5 million Americans have had done in one or both eyes. LASIK reshapes the cornea to improve your eyes’ focusing power. It’s frequently used to correct several vision problems, such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. Learn more about LASIK by reading this blog.
- Argon and diode lasers – The retina is a thin, light-sensitive tissue located in the back of the eye. It helps convert light rays through the optic nerve to the brain, where they are translated into images. As your eyes age, tears can form in the retina, increasing the risk of retinal detachment and vision loss. Using the argon or diode laser, eye specialists can scar the retina so the tear bonds to the eye tissue. This process prevents more tearing or detachment.
- Femtosecond laser – This ultra-fast infrared laser is incredibly precise and safe. Eye surgeons use the femtosecond laser to correct vision problems, such as cataract surgery, corneal refractive and transplant procedures, and LASIK surgeries.
- Selective laser trabeculoplasty – Glaucoma, which can cause vision loss, usually is treated with medicated eye drops to lower pressure in the eye. As glaucoma progresses, patients often complain that the eye drops stop working. When patients reach this stage, eye surgeons can use selective laser trabeculoplasty to lower eye pressure and control glaucoma.
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