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Most people with vision problems would love to correct their eyesight and reduce their dependence on contact lenses or eyeglasses. Did you know that you can achieve this goal without having to have eye surgery? This might sound a bit unlikely, but ortho-k makes it a reality for many people.
Eye allergies occur when an allergen or something you're allergic to disturbs the membranes of your eye. Several things may irritate your eyes, including pet dander, molds, dust mites, and pollen. Symptoms generally occur in both eyes shortly after exposure to any of these allergens. If you're one of the millions of Americans who suffer from eye allergies, then you know very well how annoying this condition can be.
Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the cornea bulges outward because it is not able to stay in its normal round shape. This can cause you to have distorted or blurry vision. It can also cause increased sensitivity to glare and light. Severe damage to the cornea’s structure can result in blindness.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that affects the optic nerve. The optic nerve is vital for good vision since it sends signals to all parts of the eye. Glaucoma happens when too much pressure is exerted on the optic nerve. It can affect people of all ages, but mainly it affects people over the age of 60. It happens gradually hence the importance of routine eye checkups. If it is diagnosed early enough, the symptoms can be managed to slow down the progression.
The purpose of implantable contact lenses is to treat the same refractive eye errors that can also be corrected using prescription glasses or contact lenses, or laser vision correction surgery. This includes myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Many people do not think they need a comprehensive eye examination if their vision is clear. This is according to a recent survey by the American Optometric Association. However, a comprehensive eye exam is an important part of a person’s overall health maintenance. This applies to routine eye examinations for kids, as well.
Scleral lenses are not like other contacts on the market. These thin discs of plastics are rigid, gas-permeable (GP) lenses that are noticeably larger in diameter than the usual GP contacts. Unlike conventional contact lenses that are worn directly on the cornea, scleral lenses are designed to rest solely on the sclera. Hence the name. The sclera is the white part of your eye. It has considerably fewer nerve endings compared to the cornea. This means that it’s less sensitive, making scleral lenses much more comfortable to wear.