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Your eyes are important to your overall health. Millions of people have vision problems every year. Some vision problems can cause permanent vision loss, while treatment like glasses or contact lenses can easily correct others.
There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you see your best. A few simple guidelines will help you maintain healthy eyes well into your golden years. Many different parts of your eye help create your vision. While we “see” with our brains, our eyes collect the visual information to begin this complex process.
Regular eye exams reveal common conditions such as myopia or nearsightedness, hyperopia or farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Other eye conditions and diseases include conjunctivitis (pink eye), blepharitis, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. These conditions can cause blurred vision, halos, blind spots, floaters, and other symptoms. Comprehensive dilated eye exams are among the best things you can do to ensure optimal eye health.
Ophthalmology is the medical science branch that deals with the eye’s anatomy, functions, and diseases. Eye care and surgery are provided by an ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in ophthalmology.
A doctor of optometry also treats eye disorders but specializes in prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses. He or she may provide post-operative care but does not perform surgery.
Cataracts are the leading cause of poor vision in adults. However, the development of cataracts does not have to mean loss of sight. Treatment of cataracts is over 95% successful in restoring good vision. A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens. This lens focuses on an image after it enters the eye and is normally crystal clear. A cloudy lens will block the passage of light through the eye, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision that can only be corrected by replacing this lens with an artificial lens with an intraocular lens (IOLs).
Each year, nearly two million people have successful cataract surgery to restore clear vision. At Crisp Regional Hospital, we use state-of-the-art Phacoemulsification units with small incisions and advanced technology IOLs.
When you think of laser vision correction, you probably think of LASIK. However, there are several other corrective surgery options, such as Lensectomy, LASEK, and PRK. Often, these options can be better alternatives.
LASEK is a laser vision correction procedure for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism. LASEK differs from LASIK in that a corneal flap is not created. Using the most advanced LASEK technology available, the LASEK procedure improves your vision by reshaping your cornea with laser light beams, allowing your eye to refract light more precisely onto your retina.
PRK (or photorefractive keratectomy) is a refractive vision correction procedure that is similar to LASIK. It is the second most common eye correction surgery in the United States.
Although we do not perform these laser services in Cordele, a local doctor can administer post-operative care locally to minimize your travel.
From the National Eye Institute
Source: National Eye Institute
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration usually occurs in people who are age 50 and older. As people get older, the risk increases. Other risk factors include the following:
The risk of cataracts increases as you get older. Other risk factors for cataract include:
Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some people, listed below, are at higher risk than others:
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