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Many millions of people have one type or another of difficulty with their vision. For much of history, the only treatment option for vision problems was the use of eyeglasses, but in recent years a variety of different surgical procedures have been developed, giving patients many different options in correcting their vision. According to the Ohio State University Medical Center, clear vision depends on how well the cornea and lens focus light rays onto the retina, which is the light sensitive portion of the eye. When the shape of the cornea becomes abnormal, the light is not properly focused on the retina and vision becomes blurry. The goal of most of these surgical procedures is to reduce the need for eyeglasses or contacts.
What is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. The term “eyelid lift” is a misconception because the eyelid is not lifted during surgery.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses incisions on the skin to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for a creation of an eyelid crease.
Lower eyelid surgery can involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival approach allows for access to the eyelid fat without visible incisions making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed or added. This approach can be combined with laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin to reduce lines and wrinkles.
Millions of people are affected by cataracts, which Prevent Blindness America says is the most common cause of vision loss for individuals over the age of 40. In the United States, there are more cases of cataracts than glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration combined.
The prevalence of cataracts makes some wonder if they can be prevented. According to The Mayo Clinic, studies have yet to determine a way to prevent cataracts or even slow their progression. However, eye doctors and other experts say that certain strategies can help keep the eyes and the body healthy, which may keep cataracts at bay.
If you are one of the millions of people that are living life with the hassles of wearing glasses and contacts I bet you are also one of the million that have thought about Lasik eye surgery. Lasik is a procedure used to correct vision by reshaping your cornea using a laser. The cornea of your eye is the clear round area that is shaped like a dome in the front of your eye. Lasik improves the way the eye centers light onto the retina. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or Lasik for short is growing in popularity for the many ways it eases the life of contact and eye glass wearers.
When it comes to advancement in medical procedures one that stands out is Lasik eye surgery. Throughout the past decade eye surgeons have been working together to correct eyesight permanently using lasers to reshape the corneas thus taking away the need for glasses and contacts. Lasik eye surgery is completely pain free and requires only minor, temporary changes to your lifestyle in order for your eyes to heal. Avoid the following activities following your Lasik eye procedure to prevent complications from arising.