It’s amazing how much has evolved in vision correction over the years I’ve practiced, and no less than astounding what experienced practitioners can do for patients.
As a simple example, there was a time when ophthalmologists did most of the ball carrying when it came to eye exams. These days, there are about 104 million eye exams completed in the United States each year. Optometrists do 85 percent of those rather than ophthalmologists because the ophthalmologists are increasingly focused on surgical options.
But it’s really the high-tech nature of vision correction audibles we can call that’s most impressive. And when the game’s on the line, it’s important to have a seasoned “vision quarterback” under center.
What’s it like to watch the big game, like Super Bowl LII in a couple of weeks, on high-definition television? Awesome, right?
Your glasses or contact lenses are now like your TV, with optics in HD.
With HD optics, digital surfacing is done on the lenses to make their surfaces eight times more accurate every millimeter across the surface of the lens. It really takes away a lot of the ghosting, where people have complaints about things moving or spinning, or walls looking crooked.
The results are better than a touchdown – crystal-clear vision all the time.
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Or how about running the option of never having to wear glasses again?
Eye drops are currently being developed – it won’t quite happen this year, but soon – that are going to look like a safety blitz through current corrective options for seeing things close-up.
You’ll place one drop into each eye in the morning and be able to see clearly all day without bifocal lenses or reading glasses.
Now that’s vision correction!
The drops will reduce your pupils to about 2 mm to improve depth of focus, and they’ll have an 8- to 10-hour duration. The side effects will be minor just a bit of redness.
This is going to be huge for Baby Boomers who are reaching the point where they aren’t able to see things up close, and even people who had Lasik surgery in the early 1990s when it was first around.
Speaking of Lasik, it’s always been the be-all, end-all of the deep ball TD throw and catch. That’s true now more than ever.
Early Lasik surgeries involved one slice across your eye, then removal of a chunk of tissue.
Now, there are 2,000 points per second that the laser is shaving, little areas where light has aberrated. We’re shooting now for 20/12 vision, or better than normal 20/20 vision, with wavefront-optimized* laser procedures.
Back in my intern days in Atlanta, one of my first rotations was the surgical cataract suite.
The doctor would take a needle that was 4 inches long and stick it between the bones on your cheek. They’d put Novocain back behind your eyeball so the eye wouldn’t move during surgery. Then they did another injection in the cheek to deaden the side of your face. Frankly, there were more complications due to the injections than there ever were because of the actual surgery.
Now, cataract surgery is also wavefront-optimized, meaning the surgery can be done without starting an intravenous (IV) medication. Where patients used to have three different bottles of drops that they put in four times a day for a week, three times a day for a week, two times a day for a week and once a day for a week, now there’s just one drop a day from the beginning.
On top of that, during procedures surgeons can use wavefront-optimized microscopes so that they can put the lens in exactly the same spot over and over again. The lenses can be multifocal; not only do you get good far-away vision, you wind up with good reading and computer vision for the rest of your life, too.
All this vision correction technology, with the right people handling and managing it, is truly a winning combination on the gridiron or wherever you play.
For more information about these new technologies and how they can make you see like a champ, contact your vision quarterbackat Lifetime Vision today.
Wavefront-optimized ablation – The wavefront-guided laser treats aberrations by applying complex ablation patterns to the cornea to correct the wavefront deviations.
Aberration – disturbance of the rays of a pencil of light such that they can no longer be brought to a sharp focus or form a clear image.
Ablation – the removal of organs, abnormal growths, or harmful substances from the body through surgery.