Eye care technology is a constantly evolving field, with advancements in eye care emerging nearly every day. Several new techniques and technologies have become popular and some of today’s newest technological advancements poised to become tomorrow’s standard of care.
Many of these advancements correct common vision problems, such as myopia (nearsightedness), presbyopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism, which is blurred vision due to an irregular shape of the clear front cover of the eye. Some technological breakthroughs address eye diseases such as cataracts, which is clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. Others help eye doctors diagnose eye problems more accurately.
PREMIUM INTRAOCULAR LENS SURGERY
Premium intraocular lens surgery corrects cataracts. In this procedure, the eye surgeon removes the lens of the eye and replaces with a plastic lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL), which stays in the eye permanently. While the new lens normally provides excellent distance vision, there are multi-focus, premium IOLs that eliminate the patient’s need for reading glasses after surgery.
BLADELESS LASER CATARACT SURGERY
Instead of a scalpel, doctors can now use the power of laser light to perform bladeless laser cataract surgery. Eye doctors use a special laser, known as a femtosecond laser, to perform many of the steps currently done by hand. Using this new procedure, doctors can perform cataract surgery more precisely and safely than ever before. As an added benefit, bladeless laser cataract surgery causes virtually no pain and is associated with very few complications.
LASIK eye surgery uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. As one of the most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery, LASIK has already helped millions of people see clearly without the use of glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK is an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis. It is effective, safe and associated with very few side effects.
CUSTOM LASIK TECHNOLOGY
While safe and effective, yesterday’s LASIK treatments were inflexible and based strictly on a patient’s optical prescription. The standard technology does not account for the naturally occurring optical imperfections unique to each patient’s eyes. Today’s LASIK technology is highly customizable in that it allows eye doctors to take more measurements and create procedures specific to the individual’s eyes.
Crystalens® is an artificial lens implant. Unlike other intraocular lenses, Crystalens can treat both cataracts and presbyopia. Many patients who wore reading glasses before surgery find they rarely, if ever, wear them after the procedure.
Crystalens® was modeled after the human eye and therefore works similar to the eye’s natural lens. This lens implant uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate, which means to focus on one object then focus on another. This ability to flex, accommodate and adjust like the eye’s natural lens allows patients to enjoy a fuller, more natural range of vision.
CANON FUNDUS PHOTO
The Canon Fundus Photo is a special instrument featuring an attached camera. An eye doctor uses the Canon Fundus Photo to photograph the inside surface of a patient’s eye.
Spectralis is highly advanced imaging technology that offers a great deal of detail, precision and versatility in the images it creates. A doctor or eye specialist would use the instrument to scan the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, to look for irregularities, separations or inflammation. This test helps doctors detect glaucoma and vitreous floaters, which are those “floaters” that appear like floating spots in the field of vision. The technology makes it easy for eye doctors to compare current photos with previous images to determine the progress of a disease or the effectiveness of treatment.
These technological advancements in eye care can help everyone enjoy clear, bright vision today and improve the vision care of generations to come.