Sunday, January 4, 2009

Vision Correction, Cataract Surgery, Lifestyles

Achieving and maintaining your lifestyle requires many things. First it requires good health. Good physical health, good emotional health and certainly good financial health. When we consider good health it is important to keep in mind the role good vision plays across all areas of health. Without good vision throughout life, taking care of yourself can pose many challenges. Understanding that your vision correction options can help you optimize your lifestyle is a first step to keeping it intact.

During your early years and throughout your thirties it is important to preserve your vision and make sure that you are always seeing your best. Regular eye health and vision exams can help you achieve this. Should it be necessary to have an optical correction to see at distance, you may wish to investigate how eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser vision correction such as lasik might best fit into your lifestyle needs. Use patient information web sites such as to get a good feel for the risks and benefits of contacts vs. laser eye surgery if you have an active lifestyle that is not served well by eyeglasses.

As we enter our forties our eyes begin to develop a condition affecting our ability to focus from near to far and far to near. This condition, called presbyopia, affects virtually everyone who enters their forties. Presbyopia affects near vision and intermediate range vision such as required for seeing the dashboard on your car and your computer screen. The options for correcting presbyopia include eyeglasses, reading glasses, progressive addition lenses, bifocal contacts-and now, lens replacement surgery. Lens Replacement Surgery allows the replacement of the crystalline lens of your eye, that has stiffened and is not longer able to focus, with a new artificial lens implant. You can learn more about Lens Replacement Surgery at

As we transcend through our fifties and sixties, many of us develop cataracts-or a clouding of the crystalline lens. Cataracts can have a considerable impact on your vision and lifestyle if not treated. Cataracts can cause clouding or blurry vision, double vision, trouble with haloes and glare that can make night driving miserable, and an overall dimming of vision that cause colors to look faded. The treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery during which the cataract is removed and an artificial lens implant is inserted. Today, if you have any refractive error that has required eyeglasses such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism-it can be corrected during your cataract surgery by using a number of different types of lens implants. Lens implants today can correct astigmatism, can provide extra sharp distance vision even in dim illumination if they are of a type called “aspheric lens implants” and can even correct presbyopia if they are of the multifocal or accommodating near vision presbyopia correcting type lens implant. Get a complete review of cataracts, cataract surgery and lens implants at You can avoid the negative lifestyle impact of cataracts by discussing your daily activities and needs with a cataract surgeon who can guide the selection of an appropriate type of lens implant for your particular lifestyle needs.

Taking care of your eye health and vision and understanding your vision correction options can go a long way to helping you maintain the lifestyle that you desire.

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