Just like your body and skin, your eyes and vision also change with your growing age. When you are young, the lenses of your eyes are flexible. This helps your eyes to focus on close as well as far objects. However, as you grow older, your lenses become less flexible which affects your ability to see nearer objects.
Choosing LASIK surgery for vision correction is not the same as it was 10 or 12 years ago. In 1994, when Baltimore ophthalmologist Anthony Kameen had LASIK surgery to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism, his options were not very extensive: a small mechanical blade, called a microkeratome, created a flap on his cornea, after which a conventional excimer laser was used to reshape the tissue underneath so that the cornea would be able to focus light directly on the retina, as it would in a normal eye. That was, in a nutshell, the only way LASIK was performed then. Now, of course, the technology is much more advanced including smoother and more precise lasers, allowing patients to achieve better vision than ever possible before. The newest technological addition to Dr. Kameen's refractive surgery office is a machine called IntraLase, which allows patients to avoid operation via a metal blade, using a special laser that is used only for the purpose of flap creation.
If you are experiencing blurred/ hazy vision, spots in front of the eye(s), sensitivity to glare, and/or a feeling of “film” over the eye(s), there is a good chance you are experiencing symptoms of a cataract. A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens in the front of the eye, which is normally clear and usually there is no pain associated with the condition.
Konrad Filutowski, M.D., Founder, Chief Surgeon and Medical Director, Filutowski Cataract & LASIK Institute, Orlando/Lake Mary/Daytona, FL. Dr. Filutowski received his medical degree from Columbia College, NY. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Patients with cataracts have several options for cataract surgery, and now many eye surgeons are sing an innovative procedure using the Crystalens technology. Crystalens is one of the greatest advancements in intraocular technology and vision enhancement in recent years, and is an implantable lens that focuses just like the eye’s natural lens so that the patient can see clearly up close, far away and all the distances in between. In most cases, the doctor is able to restore the patient’s vision to 20/20 or better, which means they can eliminate the need for glasses or contacts altogether.
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