We recently saw a nearsighted patient who is a VERY high myope – so high, that it took me nearly a week to find a lab that could produce a pair of progressive power lenses for her. With all the advances in lens optics and materials that I’ve been writing about, it was a bit of a shock to have this much difficulty finding someone to make lenses for her. I was attending an optical conference a few years back when I was first introduced to a radically new way of compensating for high amounts of myopia, or nearsightedness that could have worked well for this patient.
People who have had cataracts removed have been able to use Intraocular Lenses (IOL’s) for years, and often report that they can see as well as they could when they were young! When I think of the horrifically thick lenses I had to use before then, and all of the associated visual disturbances they caused, it really brings home the benefits of our scientific advances. Recent studies have shown that patients with significant nearsightedness can also benefit from using this same IOL concept. The biggest difference is that the IOL is inserted in front of the iris, instead of behind it. This reduces potential complications, as well as making it easier to remove when cataract surgery becomes necessary.
The obvious benefits of this procedure are a marked increase in vision without external correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing clearly, not worrying about not being able to see in emergency situations, and improved vision and appearance from not having to have thicker lenses.
As with any medical procedure, check with your provider to see if this would be suitable for your specific situation. If you want to read the results of a technical study on the lenses, click here. Glasses may be necessary all or part of the time after the IOL is inserted.
The providers and staff at most vision providers are always on the lookout for new ideas and solutions for patients vision care needs. Stop in and see what they can do for YOU!
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