Common Eye Problems that can be solved with Laser Eye Surgery

30 May 2012

laser eye surgery has become one of the most popular treatments for vision problems in many countries across the globe. Current advancements in this group of procedures have allowed for much more precise techniques, making for a highly effective treatment. Millions of individuals suffer from the following common eye problems that can be solved with laser surgery. Through proper assessment, health professionals can accurately identify which of these common conditions a client may be suffering from.

Nearsightedness or Myopia

This condition is apparent when the light that enters the eye is focused improperly. In the client's visual perception, distant objects from can appear blurred and out of focus. This is generally an error in the refraction of the inner workings of the eye. At first, this may not seem immediately apparent for most sufferers but as time passes, the blurring of distant objects can be more intensified.

Myopia occurs because of the incorrect focusing of light on the retina. The images do not appear directly on the retina and as a result, the perception is blurred. It is believed that the physical length of the eye far exceeds that of the optical length in this condition.

Nearsightedness affects those with a genetic predisposition. In most cases, myopia emerges during the school age to adolescent years. Kids and Teens may have a hard time reading text on the class board but can read a book easily. This condition usually worsens as the individual grows, warranting frequent changes in contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions.

Farsightedness or Hyperopia

In contrast to nearsightedness, hyperopia is a condition where individuals find it difficult to focus on near objects. Like with the previous condition, farsightedness results from an error in the light focusing on the retina. The image is formed behind the retina and as a result, the sufferer cannot properly perceive close objects. It is believed that those suffering from the condition have relatively small eyeballs or may be born with an inherently weak focusing power.

Hyperopia may be immediately present at birth. However, most children outgrow the condition given the flexibility and adaptability of the eye lens. In some cases, the condition does persist. It is thought that genetic predisposition is one key factor that determines the development of the condition.

Astigmatism

This condition is another type of refractive error and makes it difficult for sufferers to perceive fine details in images in both distant and close ranges. Astigmatism occurs because of an inherent curvature with the cornea. This abnormal curve blurs the visual perception.

Those suffering from the condition may have had the problem since birth. In most cases, those with astigmatism may also be suffering from hyperopia or myopia. There are also cases in which the condition developed as a complication of certain surgical procedures on the eyes.

There are diagnostic evaluations designed to detect these common eye problems that can be solved with laser eye surgery. It is best to visit an eye doctor if any of these conditions or symptoms manifest. With proper assessment and discussion, clients can find that laser eye treatments can be highly effective solutions to these problems.

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