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Eye Surgeries and Taking Care of Your Eyes

Posted on: Jun 21, 2015  By: Franklin Aguilar  In Advise, Lens Surgery, UK, USA  With: Comments Off on Eye Surgeries and Taking Care of Your Eyes
Eye Surgeries and Taking Care of Your Eyes

You use your eyes every day to perform daily tasks, routines and hobbies much more than you are aware of. Sometimes, one neglects to take good care of the vision that is given him. This neglect for some people leads to eye diseases, complications or problems. Visual impairment can be very difficult that one often seeks the help of ophthalmologists to cure or restore his vision back to normal.
With the advancement of technology, there are different high tech eye surgeries that you could choose from. One of the most common operations is the eye laser surgery. This technique uses a laser excimer to adjust the curvature of your cornea in order for images to be clearly focused at the back of your eye. Patients who have undergone the operation will be given back their sharp vision after a few days.

It is important to take care of your eyes. Here are some reminders for you:

• Do not wear contact lenses for more than 19 hours. Wearing contact lenses this long will give discomfort to your eyes and in most cases will lead to permanent eye damage. Another thing to bear in mind when wearing contact lenses is not to sleep with it. Your eyes need continuous supply of oxygen. Wearing contact lenses especially when you are asleep blocks the flow of oxygen.
• Place cold cucumber on your eyelids. In order to prevent eye puffiness, it is recommended that you press cucumber slices on your eyelids for about ten minutes before going to sleep.
• Your diet should include lots of fruits and vegetables. Vegetables like the carrots are very helpful in improving and maintaining a good visual. The beta carotene in carrot is an antioxidant that reduces muscular degeneration.
• When the sun is scorching hot and you are out, wear sunglasses. Ensure that the lenses in the sunglasses are polarized. Exposure to ultraviolet rays for a long time will damage your eyesight.
• Decrease the amount of time spent in front of computer screens. Looking at the computer monitor for some time will strain and dry your eyes which will later lead to problems and complications.

What Should One Expect in a Cataract Surgery?

Posted on: Jun 20, 2015  By: Franklin Aguilar  In Cataract, Safety, UK, USA  With: Comments Off on What Should One Expect in a Cataract Surgery?
What Should One Expect in a Cataract Surgery?

Before the operation

Several days or weeks before the operation, you will meet with your ophthalmologist to discuss what type of cataract surgery you will undergo and discuss what would happen during the surgery. Your medical history will be evaluated by your physician.

You should ask and discuss with your physician which of your daily routines should you be avoiding. Before the operation, the ophthalmologist will conduct several examinations to determine which intraocular lens to implant. The physician chooses an artificial lens based on your eye’s length and the degree of curvature of your cornea.

It is crucial that you remember and follow the preoperative instructions of your physician. You will not be confined in the hospital after undergoing a cataract surgery. Therefore, you should make arrangements with family or relatives to drive you home after the operation. You should be at the operating area hours before your surgery and meet with an anesthesiologist who will give you the sedation that is necessary.

During the operation

You should get accustomed to a team of medical practitioners in the room during the operation. They are there to assist the surgeon while performing the operation. Cataract surgery does not really give you pain and discomfort. It will take about 20 minutes to remove the hazy lens. What you will feel is a sensation of pressure coming from the specialized instruments used in the surgery. After the operation is done, you will be moved in the recovery room. Your surgeon will prescribe you with eye drops which you will need to consistently take for several days after the operation.

After the operation

After undergoing the surgery, you need to regularly visit your ophthalmologist within the next few days. Your physician will check on the progress of the healing of your eyes and prescribe to you further medications when needed.
After the operation, you will continue to use the eye drop prescribed by your doctor. This will protect the surgical area from inflammation and infection. After several days or within a week from the operation, you will notice that your vision will improve. When your vision stabilized, your doctor will prescribe you with the right eye glasses.

The Different Types of Cataract Surgery

Posted on: Jun 19, 2015  By: Franklin Aguilar  In Advise, Cataract, UK, USA  With: Comments Off on The Different Types of Cataract Surgery
The Different Types of Cataract Surgery

As people grow old, most experience the eye condition known as cataract. When one acquires this eye problem, the person experiences a blurred or hazy vision. You could go to your surgeon and seek for a cataract surgery to restore your vision.
This operation like any other surgery is conducted in a hospital or an emergency surgery centre. There are different types of cataract surgery and as a candidate for surgery, it is important that you know these.

Basic techniques in a cataract surgery

Phacoemulsification
Among the techniques used in cataract surgery, this is the most common. In this type of operation, the surgeon will cut the surface of your eye. The doctor will then insert a thin ultrasound probe. This will produce ultrasonic vibrations that will dissolve or phacoemulsify the blurry lens. The fragmented pieces will be suctioned by the same ultrasound probe. After the cataract is removed, an artificial lens is implanted. This surgery can be performed within approximately 30 minutes or less. It also requires minimal sedation. This technique requires no stitches to close the wound and no eye patch is placed on the newly operated eye.

Extracapsular cataract surgery
This surgical method is used for advanced cataract condition in which the lens is very dense and could not be dissolved into fragments. This type of surgery requires a bigger cut on the eye’s surface so that the cataract will be removed in one piece. After the cataract is removed, an artificial lens is placed. This technique of cataract removal requires sutures in order to close the wound. Complete recovery from this type of operation is also slower. The extracapsular cataract extraction will require a numbing medication around the patient’s eye and a bandage or eye patch.

Intracapsular cataract surgery
This technique of cataract surgery requires an even bigger cut in the eyes than the extracapsular cataract surgery. The physician removes the lens of your eyes including the capsule surrounding it. The intraocular lens will be displaced in this operation. It will be placed in front of the iris. Today, this method of cataract surgery is rarely used by surgeons. However, there are some surgeons that perform this for patients that have significant eye trauma.

Refractive Lens Surgery

Posted on: Jun 13, 2015  By: Franklin Aguilar  In Advise, Lens Surgery, UK, USA  With: Comments Off on Refractive Lens Surgery
Refractive Lens Surgery

In some instances, refractive lens exchange or lens replacement surgery is a better procedure compared to other refractive surgeries especially for people who have advanced presbyopia and hyperopia.

In this type of operation, the natural lens of your eyes will be replaced with artificial intraocular lens in order to restore your normal vision. This surgery will enhance sharper vision and will reduce and in some cases eliminate the need for contact lenses and reading eye glasses.

The procedure

In a lens replacement surgery, the procedure is the same with cataract surgery. The main difference is that in this operation, the lenses that are being replaced are clear, unlike in a cataract operation where the lens replaced is cloudy.
The lens replacement surgery takes approximately 15 minutes. Operation in each eye is done separately. It is advised that the other eye be operated a week after the first surgery.

During the RLE, anesthetic drops are placed in your eyes to create the numbing effect. This way, you will not feel discomfort or pain during the entire duration of the operation. After surgery, most people report that their visions immediately improve.

The final result of the lens replacement surgery usually can take several weeks to show. Sometimes, you will notice blurry vision and a scratchy feeling as your eyes will heal. These minor complications are passing. You are expected to resume with your daily activities after a week from the surgery.

You will not feel the intraocular lens in your eye after the procedure and the artificial lens will not be visible since these are implanted inside your eyes and not on its surface. It is also a permanent lens that will be implanted on your eyes which is designed to last in your entire lifetime.

Same with a cataract surgery, there are also three intraocular lenses that are available in this operation. Your surgeon will determine which lens to use and will judge according to the condition of your eyes and your visual needs. Here are the three IOLs:

• Monofical fixed-focus IOLs. These lenses give the user clear vision at either intermediate, near or far distances.
• Multifocal IOLs. Gives clear vision to user at multiple distances.
• Accommodating IOLs. This is a kind of monofocal lens that adjusts the focus at different ranges by modifying the position of the eye.