Baby Boomers Have Been Through Alot. Take Good Care Of Your Eyes

January 18 2012No Commented

Categorized Under: News

Welcome to middle age! The eyes of the Boomers have seen a lot… And now they are growing older and discovering new visual challenges such as presbyopia, bifocals, contact lens overuse, and cataracts. Boomers have never accepted the default position, and have been excited to explore new treatment alternatives as they have become available. Boomers, there are answers to your wishes, today!

Short sighted people can see up close but need glasses for distance. Boomers but begin to lose flexibility of the eye which changes its focus. Ageing eyes need bifocals to give both distance and near vision at the same time.

Farsighted folks, who for years have been independent of glasses for distance or near, will need reading glasses to see close as they age. Nothing is more maddening nor commoner to getting older than the loss of near vision which appears to occur overnight. The difficulty, called presbyopia is actually because of the progressive loss of pliability of the eye. In contrast to popular hope, there are no exercises or vitamins to stop this process. The standard answer has been bifocals or reading glasses. But today there are more options such as Advanced LASIK surgery or the new lens implants.

Another commonly seen problem we see are people who have been wearing contact lenses for the past decades and are suffering from chronically irritated eyes. Without a doubt, years of contact lens wear takes a toll. Many have been through the wars of contact lens overwear, infections, slipping of lenses, lost lenses, broken lenses, dry and irritated eyes, and waking up with foggy vision. Those attempting to find alternatives are discovering the newest advances in technology are restoring vision to new levels never before experienced.

For those that can’t or do not really want to wear contacts or glasses, LASIK can be a brilliant option. Thousands each year have selected LASIK Vision Correction. Since the mid 90’s when it first appeared on the market as a viable option, LASIK has experienced 1 or 2 revolutionary changes about the two parts of the LASIK process; the incision of the cornea, and the resculpting of the corneal curvature.

It used to be that a blade was employed to make the incision in the cornea. Today the most precise approach is the use of a special, exceedingly complicated laser to make the incision. The Intralase laser, commonly referred to as all Laser LASIK, is the most state of the art technology. Using Intralase in contrast to the blade, gives the surgeon a different level of safety.

Using Wavefront analysis for the second part of LASIK has enabled surgeons to outline all of the miniscule imperfections and resculpt the cornea up to 25 times more refined than standard LASIK. Mixing the Intralase laser with VISX Custom Vue offers unparalleled safety and clearness for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This has enabled millions to reach independence from glasses.

With LASIK we are able to create one eye for distance (the dominant eye) and one eye for near (the non-dominant eye). Though this can seem illogical, your grey matter really does work this out in time and will adjust so that you can see particularly well and be independent of glasses. I know this to be true because I have had LASIK on my own eye to make this monovision. Another fantastic possibility is to put either a multifocal or an accommodating lens implant in each eye creating both distance and near vision in each eye.

Ultimately, as the process of aging continues, there is the loss of clarity due to the beginning of the clouding of the natural lens, also known as cataract formation. Cataracts are unavoidable with age. It's right that if you live long enough you will get a cataract that interferes with your vision. Thus cataracts are something we can't avoid. Nonetheless there's research that means that anti-oxidating compounds such as Co Enzyme Q and Omega 3 as well as a daily aspirin may help slow down this progression. Also, avoiding heavy UV exposure by wearing polarized shades with UV 400 protection as well as keeping chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension under control can be terribly beneficial. Nevertheless when surgery is mandatory, not only is the process fast and painless, with the new advances in lens implants, vision can be restored permitting most patients to function without glasses!

So Boomers, take courage! Whether you like to play a round of golf, stitch, read, or work on your P. C, there's technology that will help you reach the very best vision possible for the rest of your life often without the requirement for glasses or bifocals.

Rick Birnsamel is a freelance writer, raw chocolate fanatic and works a tmortgage broker San Diego.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *