Eye and vision issues can cause headaches, nausea and make even simple, routine tasks extremely difficult to complete. If you notice changes in your vision or the shape of your cornea, you may be among the 1 in 500 people who suffer from keratoconus. Read on to learn more about the symptoms, causes and new treatment options for this disease.
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disorder that is usually diagnosed during the late teens or early twenties. It causes the cornea of the eye to thin and form a cone-like steepening or bulge. The rate of progression varies between people and can cause vision impairment. The cornea is responsible for refracting most of the light that enters ... Read More
When your vision needs correcting, you may consider laser vision surgery. This procedure has been around for quite some time now, but rumour and myth are easy deterrents for individuals who don’t have the right information. The reality is that the technology for laser eye surgery is constantly evolving, making it safe and more effective today than it has ever been in the past. However, as with any procedure, there are always risks, so you may wonder how serious those risks are and if laser vision correction is truly the safest option for you. The only way to find out and be sure is to meet with a trained laser eye surgeon and separate myth from fact.
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Many patients have been told that they are not suitable candidates for common laser eye surgery procedures - from LASIK to ICL to PRK. If you have been told you are not a candidate, don’t lose hope. Clear lens exchange is the ideal refractive lens exchange surgery option for those with high myopia or hyperopia that are not candidates for traditional laser eye surgery.
What is Clear Lens Exchange Surgery?
This viable option was created for patients that are not candidates for traditional refractive procedures or for those that wish to avoid visual consequences of presbyopia. This procedure corrects refractive errors and offers efficient, clear results. Similar to cataract surgery, this procedure offers numerous benefits including:
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Part of the work up prior to undergoing refractive cataract surgery is a thorough retinal examination. The retina is the tissue that lines the back of the eye. It acts much like the film in a camera by processing light that is focused on it so that you can see clearly. The centre of the retina is called the macula. The macula is responsible for central vision, the part of your vision that is most responsible for important daily activities of life such as reading, writing and driving. Diseases of the macula can lead to reduced central visual acuity. In some cases, cataract surgery can lead to a worsening of macular disease, as in diabetes. Therefore, if you have any ... Read More
A cataract is a natural clouding of the lens of the eye – once it affects vision or quality of life, your eye care professionals may refer you to a laser eye surgery for cataract. During surgery, once the natural cloudy lens is removed, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted to allow patients to see. During this consultation, various IOL options would be discussed, including the pros and cons of each. Depending on the type of IOL chosen, this will affect where the focal point of vision is and whether a patient may need to wear glasses to optimize their vision for various distances. Patients who desire less dependency on glasses for distance and near work may opt for a ... Read More