Half of Adult Population Has Less Than 20/20 Vision

20/20 vision is the 'ideal' for many adults, and today's common eye focus problems - nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism - can be corrected with laser eye surgery.

LASIK and LASEK treatments account for nearly $7.2 billion each year according to HealthDay Reporter Alan Mozes on Medicinenet.com, and refractive eye problems have been linked to factors in the environment such as television, computers and inadequate eye protection.

A recent study conducted by the U.S. National Eye Institute found that 3.6 percent of adults surveyed were farsighted, nearly 33 percent were nearsighted, and just under 40 percent had some form of astigmatism.

Wavefront laser technologies have made it easier for many people to correct these common vision problems at an affordable price. Dr. William Ellis, a LASIK laser eye surgeon in El Cerrito, California offers LASIK surgery for only $499 per eye. The Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center is one of only 26 LASIK practices in the U.S. that now uses the Bausch and Lomb ZYOPTIX Software program, and the procedure has become increasingly popular for many adults suffering from near-sightedness and other eye problems.

(Photo courtesy of Dr. Ellis @ Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center)

Further Reading

  • Many diabetics struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control to maintain a steady level of energy and prevent many diseases.  Now, researchers confirm that blood sugar also plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyes, and diabetics can reduce their risk of vision loss by making changes in their diet and lifestyle.

  • LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.