How to Read Your Eye Prescription?
The first thing that needs to be known is that there are different types of eyes. There are normal eyes, which have normal color, shape and size. Then there are dilated or hypertensive eyes, which means they’re not functioning properly because their blood vessels don’t work right. These eyes need glasses or contact lenses if you want to see clearly. If you have any of these kinds of eyes, then it’s very important that you take care of them so that they don’t get damaged.
There are other types of eyes too like diabetic eyes, macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and others. Each type has its own set of problems and each one requires a different approach when it comes to reading your prescription.
When you go to a doctor, they will ask you some questions such as:
What kind of glasses do I wear? What brand are they? Do they fit well? Are there any issues with them? Can I still read without them? Is my vision good enough for me to drive safely at night or in low light conditions? Will wearing glasses make things worse or better for my driving ability at night or in low light conditions?
These are all important questions that should be answered in order for them to determine what your eye prescription is. Once they have all the information, they can find out whether or not you need a new pair of glasses or if you don’t need one at all. If you do need one, then they’ll determine which kind of glasses are best for you and what your new eye prescription should be.
Also, your general practitioner may not necessarily be the right person to take you to if you have eye problems. Most of the time, they don’t have the experience or knowledge that an ophthalmologist does.
Now, an ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases of the eye. They can either prescribe glasses, contacts or operate on your eyes if they see fit. An ophthalmologist will also be able to help you with other types of eyes as well.
If you have any questions or concerns about your eyes, then it’s best to visit an ophthalmologist immediately. This is especially true if you have any of the conditions that we’ve already mentioned in the article.
Take care of your eyesight because once you lose it, it’s gone forever and you’ll have to live your life as a blind person.
Good eye care is extremely important, so don’t take your eyesight for granted and visit an ophthalmologist now if you have any issues with your eyesight.
Glasses or contact lenses?
When you go to the eye doctor, they’re going to give you two options: glasses or contact lenses. If you haven’t had either one of these before, then you might not even know what the difference is between the two.
Glasses work like magnifying glasses. They have a series of numbers starting with “0” which shows how much your eyes are focused.
The higher the number, the farther away you’ll be able to see things. Each type and power is separated by a decimal point.
Contacts work in a similar fashion except they’re placed directly on your eye. They have different types as well such as: daily wear, monthly wear, extended wear and weekly wear.
It all depends on your eye doctor’s recommendation.
Normally, it doesn’t matter too much as to which one you choose. The main question is whether or not you need either one at all.
If you’ve been wearing glasses for a long time and your eyesight hasn’t worsened too much, then your eye doctor might suggest that you don’t need to wear either one at all.
If you decide to wear contacts however, then you’ll probably want to stick with that and get laser surgery to correct your eyesight. You’ll save money in the long run and you won’t have to worry about wearing glasses again.
Cataract removal surgery
Your eyesight will continue to worsen as the years go by. Eventually, you’re not going to be able to see things at a distance anymore and your eye sight will be completely fuzzy at all times.
This is due to a condition known as cataracts.
This usually occurs in both eyes. The good news is, this can be easily treated through surgery if you catch it in time.
The bad news is, this is a very serious operation that might leave you with very limited eyesight afterwards.
The goal of this surgery is to remove the cataract from your eye all together. They’re basically like a clouded lens that needs to be taken out and replaced with a new one.
After the surgery, most people find that their eyesight has improved somewhat, but it’s not as good as it once was. You’ll have to be careful when you go outside because you can’t see things as well and objects might appear less defined.
It’s up to you if you want to undergo the surgery or not, but know that it is an option if your eyesight gets too bad.
Cataract Surgery Success Rates
This is one of the most common types of surgeries performed today, mainly because cataract patients outnumber those of any other eye disease combined!
Here’s some more information on the success rate of this surgery. This is mainly for your information, because by this point your eyesight will have gotten so bad that you’ll have little choice other than to undergo this surgery if you want to be able to see again.
The success rate for cataract surgery is incredibly high, with around 95% of people having a better quality of life after undergoing the surgery.
Of the 5% that do not see an improvement, most of them have had the disease for a long period of time before the surgery.
As you may know, cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens. This causes a decrease in vision as well as a gradual blurring of objects.
The lens itself is clear, but it gets its color from light rays passing through and being focused in one point.
Due to old age or other factors, the lens begins to cloud. At first it’s barely noticeable, but over time it becomes worse and worse until your eyesight is almost completely blurred.
This surgery can be done using an “open” or “closed” technique.
For open surgery, the patient is put under general anesthesia and the eye is operated on with a small incision. The cataract is carefully taken out and the lens is replaced with a new one.
For closed surgery, numbing eye drops are used and the patient feels no pain during the operation. The incision is only on the edge of the cornea and the lens is simply infused with a hyper-ultra-steradian laser that breaks it apart, sending the pieces into the back of the eye, allowing them to exit through the pupil.
Afterwards, a new lens is implanted.
This is the most common and successful procedure used today.
After the surgery, most people say that their vision is about the same, some even saying that it has gotten worse. This is due to the lens inside the eye being extremely sensitive to light; having been covered for years, now exposed to light it takes some time to adjust.
Several follow up visits with your doctor are necessary after this surgery, as there are several possible complications. The next few days your eyes will be very sensitive to light, and you will have a mild headache.
Over the next two weeks your vision should start to improve, and it may get clearer or blurrier at various times. Within 3 months it should be about the same as it was before the surgery.
After that, you can expect yearly checkups with your eye doctor to make sure there are no complications or problems with your new lens.
Will this surgery change your life?
To be honest, probably not. It may improve your overall quality of life, but the life changing moment is when you realize that your life and time on earth are finite.
Your eyesight may be bad now, but after this surgery it will be the same as it was before.
The question is: Will you keep going the way you’ve been living, or will you change your ways?
There is no requirement, but there is definitely a chance for you to improve your life. It is up to you to take it.
Whether you get the surgery or not, make sure to pay attention to what you want your final years on this earth to be like.
It’s your life, so make the most of it.
You have made the following choices:
You have decided to NOT get the surgery.
You now have several different options available to you:
You can continue to not get the surgery, and see what life has in store for you.
You can get the surgery at a later time, if you still feel like you need it.
You can look into other types of eye surgery, if this one doesn’t seem right for you.
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