Eye Health

The Advantages of PRELEX Cataract Procedures

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Cataracts are a serious medical problem that will affect four out of ten adults over the age of 60, and almost 70% of adults over the age of 75. Cataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye, can result in impaired vision and even blindness.

The PRELEX Procedure

One of the surgical procedures used to treat cataracts is Presbyopic Lens Exchange, or PRELEX. In this procedure, a small incision is made in the eye, the diseased lens is removed, and an artificial, intra-ocular lens (IOL) is replaced.

Why PRELEX for Cataracts?

LASIK and Athletes

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If you are an athlete, you already know the highly important role sharp eyesight plays in your performance.

Ironically, that important role is what makes LASIK surgery both so exciting and so intimidating for athletes. After all, following LASIK, an athlete generally stands to improve his or her visual performance substantially without the need for glasses or contact lenses. But complications from the surgery certainly could pose a problem as well.

The good news is that with the development of Custom LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures, more athletes than ever are turning to these procedures without the fear and hesitation of the past. In fact, professional athletes like Tiger Woods have emerged as big proponents of what LASIK can do for your athletic performance.

Epi-LASIK: A New Solution for Refractive Procedures

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When most of us think of corrective eye surgery, we think of LASIK. As the most established refractive procedure, LASIK continues to be a popular choice, but ophthalmologists have also developed similar yet refined ways to address corneal imperfections. Epi-LASIK (epithelial laser in-situ keratomileusis), one of the most recent solutions, may be better option for some patients.

What Is Epi-LASIK?

As with traditional LASIK, Epi-LASIK involves the ophthalmologist creating a flap in the cornea. The eye surgeon then lifts the flap and uses a laser to reshape the cornea, correcting impairments and improving vision. Once the flap is put back in the place, the patient is fitted with a special contact lens to wear for a few days post-surgery.

How Does Epi-LASIK Differ from Other Procedures?

Bladeless LASIK vs. LASIK

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Search for information on LASIK surgery and you’ll soon discover there is a large amount of material out there. Unfortunately, some of it can seem quite complicated. This is especially true when you begin to study the pros and cons of traditional LASIK surgery vs. the newer “bladeless” LASIK, also called all-laser vision surgery.

Since bladeless LASIK is considerably more expensive per eye than conventional LASIK, you may also be weighing your options to see if the all-laser option is worth the higher cost. The following summary of information may help you evaluate which option is right for you.

How Does Bladeless LASIK Differ from Traditional LASIK?

Fold, Unfold and Go – The New Intraocular Lenses

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One of the most important developments for cataract patients in the past few years has been intraocular lenses (IOLs). These tiny prescription lenses were created to replace the focusing power of the eye’s natural lens during cataract surgery. Prior to the introduction of IOLs, cataract patients had to wear thick glasses or special contacts after surgery, making them essentially blind without their glasses.

Currently, more than one million IOLs are implanted each year in the United States, giving cataract patients the best vision of their lives. Intraocular lenses were originally introduced as inflexible lenses that required larger incisions. Now, technology has provided ophthalmologists with two different types: hard and foldable. The advantage to foldable lenses, made of acrylic or silicone, is that they can be folded up and inserted with a much smaller incision, then unrolled within the eye.

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