WANTED: Good Side Effects
Glaucoma, recurrent corneal erosion syndrome, cataracts – if you’re like most people, positive visions aren’t exactly popping into your mind’s eye when you read these words and phrases.
That’s understandable. But wait!
There’s some good that can come with eye treatments.
Glaucoma – Longer Eyelashes and Mini Eyelid Lifts
Glaucoma involves increased pressure that can damage the optic nerve. Blindness can result if it’s not treated properly. One of the most common treatments is an eyedrop called Latanoprost, which reduces pressure by up to 30 percent.
Latanoprost also helps take care of a couple of issues that a lot of us fret over.
First, gorgeous eyelashes. Who doesn’t want them, right? With Latanoprost drops, your eyelashes will grow 30-40 percent longer, thicker and darker within 2-2½ months.
30-40 percent! 2-2½ months! Wow!
Latanoprost also reduces periorbital fat, which is the fat that builds up around our eyes as we age. Using the drops is like getting a mini eyelid lift over time without going under the knife.
Recurrent Corneal Erosion – Better Sight
Recurrent corneal erosion (RCE) syndrome causes repeated breakdowns of the epithelium, which is the barrier that protects your cornea from bacteria and other contaminants. The cornea is layered, and with RCE the outer and second layer don’t match up very well and the outer layer erodes.
One option for treating RCE is laser treatment, which shaves off the outer layer and part of second layer. When the outer layer grows back, it attaches better to the second layer.
Not only does this stop recurring erosions of the cornea, but it also could correct an astigmatism or near-sightedness to the point where you won’t have to wear glasses anymore.
Cataracts – Improved Vision
Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed for people ages 60 and over in the United States. With cataracts the lenses of your eyes get cloudy. It’s like trying to see clearly through an early-morning fog.
The surgery replaces the clouded lens with an artificial clear one. And here’s an additional up-side:
The implant lens can be placed inside the eye to decrease the need for glasses, and some lucky people don’t have wear glasses at all, anymore.
Contact Lenses – Eye Color Galore
The most common eye condition, obviously, is fading visual acuity. According to The Vision Council, more than 75 percent of American adults need some sort of vision correction.
In many cases, people who wear contacts can change the color of their eyes with tinted lenses. Someone with green eyes can change them to brown, brown to blue, blue to hazel.
And beginning late next year, contact lenses that automatically adjust to light will be available. Go outside they get darker, come back in they get lighter.
In no way would we ever minimize the seriousness or make light of any of these conditions. But if you ever find yourself staring one of them in the face, remember there are some positives that can brighten your outlook.