Refractive Eye Treatment
Refractive eye treatment is available for anyone who suffers from myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism and may come in many forms such as eyeglasses, contact lenses and even surgery. Over one hundred and twenty five million people wear glasses in the United States and over thirty eight million wear contacts lenses. Additionally over two million people have had LASIK or PRK surgery in the United States for a grand total of one hundred and sixty five million people in the United States that have spent money either one time or regularly on various refractive eye treatment techniques. That is a very large customer base from which to draw millions of dollars each year in the care of just the normal types of eye anomalies. And modern Americans have a wide array of choices for their eye care, from Hollywood frames worn by the hottest stars to disposable contacts that are thrown away every night to eye surgeries that happen in less than an hour and people can have, in many cases 20/20 within a few weeks. But there are still frames for fifty dollars and contact lenses that last for several years and not everyone has had their eyes surgically improved and the world keeps turning.
One's insurance and income means often dictates where a person will go when it is first discovered that he or one of his children is first diagnosed with some vision problem. Maybe little Johnny came crying down the school hallway because he was just told he would have to wear glasses after failing an eye test. Perhaps it is Marie Barone ("Everybody Loves Raymond") who can't read the clock on the wall in her sixty-second year of life or the Air Force cadet who suddenly is being scrubbed from flight instruction because of astigmatism. A person will either head to the optometrist or the ophthalmologist for answers and the refractive eye treatment received may or may not be of equal depth from doctor to doctor. The optometrist is a vision doctor who has had an additional four years of training beyond college for the care of the ocular system. The ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) whose specialization is in the ocular system and may also be a surgeon.
Both the optometrist and the ophthalmologist will probably give some of the same tests to determine the extent of the vision issues being experienced by the patient. For example, a glaucoma test will be administered by administering a puff of air on the eyeball, measuring the resistance to the air. Glaucoma is caused by a buildup of fluid in the eye and can lead to blindness if not treated. Of course, the standard refraction test will be given, the classic "reading the letters on the chart." But this test will be accomplished with the help of the phoroptor , which looks like something Darth Vader might wear to a masquerade ball. It is the phoroptor that allows the examiner to ask, "Is this lens better, or this one?" Within a short amount of time, the doctor will have a very good idea of just what the issues are regarding one's vision and the extent of the refractive eye treatment needs.
The next step is the coffee, tea or cola question; glasses, contacts or surgery? Glasses work, of course for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. And in recent years, contact lenses have been developed for astigmatism and even those folks who need bifocals. Eyeglass decisions are pretty straightforward: what kind of frames and lenses does the user want. For many people, discount lens vendors are a no brainer and yes, there are good vision exams given at those stores because of state requirements. Of course, you can take the exam results and their prescription from one doctor and buy discount eyeglasses or contacts from another supplier if you desire. When it comes to refractive eye treatment that deals with eyeglasses, it's like the comparison of a Cavalier and a Mercedes.
Both the Cavalier and the Mercedes will take you from New York to San Francisco; it just may be a little more fun in the 300 series. And the prescription will be the same in both the designer frames and the ones for thirty nine dollars, but the designer frames will give you bragging rights. When it comes to contacts, it is difficult to say whether or not one will get as good a fitting at a discount vendor as at an ophthalmologist. Perhaps asking friends and co-workers about the contact suppliers that they use might give a better picture of how to go about making a decision. Because our eyesight is so incredibly important to us, refractive eye treatment decisions are too important to just make on the spur of the moment. This is especially true when considering the surgery option.
Being able to see clearly requires light. Jesus Christ is the light that reveals all men's motives and aspirations. "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:5) Making the decision to have LASIK or PRK refractive eye treatment is a very big decision that requires some serious contemplation before undergoing. Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure and there are some risks involved that are low, but still should be considered. The cost for such refractive eye treatment will not be covered under vision care insurance. This means that for many, the expense will have to be financed. Be careful, because not all discount LASIK offers are in the interest of your eye health.
Refractive Eye SurgeryRefractive eye treatment can be a number of different methods used to address the vision problem associated with refractive sight errors. These errors are caused by abnormal shapes or by the cornea's inability to effectively refract light which results in a focus problem. The results of a deflective problem in the cornea can be a number of different diagnosed conditions. Glasses, contact lenses, and refractive eye surgery correction are options for those who suffer from the symptoms of a refraction problem. But, not everyone with a vision problem will be eligible for the laser surgeries currently being used to reshape the cornea. Before determining what route to take to address a vision problem, those seeking to see better will want to gather information on this new and innovative laser surgery, gathering enough facts to make a decision that will offer the best over-all health benefits.
When considering the option of laser, or lasik, surgery for refraction errors, seekers will want to completely understand who will make the best candidate for this process and what the procedure actually is. Taking the time to research this surgery will give those considering refractive eye treatment a good working knowledge of knowing whether or not their condition qualifies for this type of procedure and what to expect when undergoing it. First, a laser operation is the utilization of laser beams to open the flap covering the cornea and to reshape the cornea, improving refraction. Several different types of laser beams are used in this process. Initially, the patient may be given a sedative to help calm nerves, but the patient is completely awake during the entire procedure.
From the beginning of the procedure until the end, the entire refractive eye surgery can take as little as thirty minutes. This procedure is also considered by many to be painless, with only a mild discomfort with pressure. The pressure comes from a ring that is placed over the eyes to pull them forward, making it easy for the doctors to direct the laser beams. After the lasik eye treatments, patients may need to wear a protective covering for a time and use drops to keep away infection. Most find the simple process and affordable costs involved well worth the costs.
Those who have true refraction eye errors are those who will gain the most benefit from this type of procedure. Refractive eye treatment is best for anyone with myopia, hypermetropia, or astigmatism. Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness and hypermetropia is known as far sightedness. Astigmatism is when the eye is curved in direction or another and does not focus light in an even manner. Because laser beams can actually change the shape of the eye, these conditions can be corrected.
There are vision and eye problems that will not benefit from refractive eye surgery. When there are other illnesses that complicate certain conditions, such as auto immune diseases and diabetes, this surgical process should not be considered. Also, laser surgery will not help diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts. And, those who have a problem with seeing things close up, due to age, are currently not good candidates for refractive eye treatment that uses laser beams. Those interested should, of course, speak first with a doctor and discuss all of the alternatives to refractive eye surgery, including glasses or contact lenses. As with any medical procedure, lasik is not without risks.
When considering any medical process, it will be wise to first pray about the situation and to seek God's guidance. The Bible teaches that the Lord is truly interested in all aspects of the lives of those who are His. He wants to be involved in every decision, including medical ones, such as refractive eye treatment. "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7) When we are faithful to pray and ask for God's wisdom and guidance, He is faithful to offer it and with His guidance will come a complete sense of peace.
Those interested should conduct a thorough investigation into lasik refractive eye surgery. A good place to begin the search is on the Internet, where many different doctors and lasik clinics advertise their services. It will be a good idea to ask each doctor or institution under consideration for references and speak to others who have utilized their services. And, ask doctors about alternatives, carefully weighing all of the options and the risks involved. There are those who have had bad experiences with a lasik surgical treatment, and it is advised that before going forward with the operation, potential patients discover what the risks are.