Eye Care Updates

reading glasses
21Sep, 2016

CORNEAL IMPLANT FOR PRESBYOPIA

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If you’re tired of reaching for your reading glasses, you may be interested in an FDA-approved implanted device that changes the shape of the cornea to improve near vision in those with “presbyopia” (age-related loss of near vision). The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a clear device composed of hydrogel material that resembles a miniscule contact lens. It is intended for individuals who have not had cataract surgery and who need to use reading glasses with +1.50 to +2.50 diopters of power, but do not need glasses or contacts for […]
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reading glasses
15Sep, 2016

BY 2050

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This week’s column emphasizes the importance of regular eye exams. The physicians and staff at MAYO EYE CENTER make a special effort to explain everything to you regarding your condition, medications, treatment, surgery, etc. If you are unsure or do not understand something, please do not hesitate to ask us.
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dacryocystorhinostomy
27Jul, 2016

POOLING TEARS

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When the small chamber (lacrimal sac) into which the tears drain from the eye becomes infected, tears become trapped and form a pool. This condition (known as “dacryocystitis”) blocks tears from flowing from the inner corners of the eyes, along the nose, and out through the nasal passages. As bacteria grow in the pool of blocked tears, infection sets in and reddening, tenderness, and swelling develop at the inside corner of the eye. This most commonly occurs in infants and older adults. Treatment may begin with warm compresses and gentle massage, followed by probing of the […]
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lasik eye surgery
11Sep, 2015

LENS REPLACEMENT SURGERY

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While “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” (LASIK) surgery may be a very good way for younger patients, in particular, to correct refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism), “lens replacement surgery” (LRS) may be a better option for older patients. Unlike LASIK, which involves reshaping the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye), LRS encompasses replacing the eye lens with an implant. Doing so with a high-tech, multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) helps older patients overcome the effects of “presbyopia” (age-related lens inflexibility that necessitates reading glasses) and cataracts. LRS works best […]
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4Mar, 2015

A CLOUDED FORECAST

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When impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, safe and effective cataract surgery is the best answer. Cataracts can occur at any age and may be due to an eye injury, certain eye diseases, medical conditions (such as diabetes), heredity, birth defects, some medications (such as steroids), excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.
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