LASIK is an acronym for LASer In-situ Keratomileusis, which simply means to shape the cornea within using a laser. It corrects vision by reshaping the cornea outer window of the eye so that light rays focus more precisely on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating refractive errors. Using an instrument recognised as a microkeratome, a thin protective flap of corneal tissue is folded back.
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Most people with vision problems have one of four major conditions. Some of us have two or more of these problems, causing us to need lenses or contacts that correct more than one condition. For example, you may have problems seeing objects in the distance, and, as you get older, it gets harder to see up close to read or sew. The results of visual acuity testing are written as a fraction, such as 20/40. The top number in the fraction is the standard distance at which testing is done (20 feet). The bottom number is the smallest letter size you were able to read.
A vitreous detachment is a common condition for people over 50 and very common for those who are 80 and older. People who are nearsighted also are more likely to have a vitreous detachment. A vitreous detachment doesn't threaten your sight, but occasionally some of the fibers pull so hard they create a macular hole on the retina or lead to a retinal detachment. If the macular hole does not heal itself, surgery may be necessary to improve vision.
Crossed eyes, or strabismus, occurs when both eyes do not look at the same place at the same time. It usually occurs in people who have poor eye muscle control or are extremely farsighted. About four percent of all children in the United States have crossed eyes. It can cause reduced vision in the weaker eye. With careful monitoring, your eye doctor can begin treatment before a child's sight is affected.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over 60. Often called age-related macular degeneration, it affects more than 10 million Americans - more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. The disease occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is located in the inside back layer of the eye. The macula records the images we see and sends them to the brain via the optic nerve. Macular degeneration is a loss of central vision.
Periodic eye exams are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious symptoms, so you might not know a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems can help prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends that a child's first eye exam be done at six months of age with another eye exam every year or two afterwards throughout his or her life. The results of visual acuity testing are written as a fraction, such as 20/40.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light, or an image, on the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina. Once it reaches the retina, light is changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be blurred.
LASIK is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or contacts. LASIK reshapes your cornea to improve your vision. It changes the way light is bent (or refracted) as it passes through the cornea so that light is focused properly on the retina.