Farsightedness is a visual disturbance that causes a person’s close-up vision to be blurry and unfocused. This condition can make it difficult to read, work on computers, or perform other up-close tasks. Farsightedness is a condition that often begins during childhood and may continue to worsen as a patient ages. Fortunately, no matter a patient’s age, or how advanced farsightedness may be, there are treatments to consider. At Maple Eye and Laser Center, we offer a range of treatments for farsightedness to our White Plains patients, including LASIK surgery to reshape the cornea and improve the way that light is focused on the retina. Below, patients can learn more about the different options available for improving vision that has been affected by farsightedness.
Glasses are the most traditional treatment for farsightedness and are ideal for young children who suffer from this vision impairment, or for those who have an unsteady prescription. Using prescription lenses that are specific to the patient’s degree of farsightedness, glasses allow patients to see close-up objects more clearly. Many patients see glasses as an easy, affordable, and stylish solution for vision impairment.
Like glasses, contact lenses offer a non-invasive solution for farsightedness. Again, prescription lenses are used to allow for crisper, clearer vision. However, unlike glasses, contact lenses are placed directly over the eye and do not require a frame. Contact lenses can be the ideal treatment for patients who do not like the look of glasses, but who are not ready to consider surgical treatment. Our doctors can work with patients to ensure that contact lenses fit properly and that the patient understands the proper placement technique.
When it comes to vision correction, LASIK is one of the newer techniques, but it has quickly grown in popularity as more and more patients have praised its success. LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that addresses the source of vision impairment. To offer patients focused vision without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses, our doctors use a laser to reshape the patient’s cornea to eliminate the abnormalities that lead to farsightedness (or other forms of vision impairment). Our LASIK surgeon performs blade-free LASIK to further enhance the precision of surgery. Many patients prefer LASIK because it is a fast and simple treatment that provides patients with long-term results.
PRK and LASEK are two forms of laser vision surgery that address vision impairment in a similar way as LASIK. In both cases, the cornea is reshaped to give patients who suffer from farsightedness crisper vision. However, while LASIK surgery involves the creation of a corneal flap to gain access to the underside of the cornea, these procedures involve making corrections to the top layer of the cornea. This eliminates the need of a corneal flap, and instead involves the removal of the epithelial layer of the cornea. These procedures require a slightly longer recovery than LASIK surgery, but the results are similar. PRK and LASEK may be ideal for patients with thin corneas, those who play aggressive contact sports, or those who have an increased chance of experiencing flap complications.
Whatever a patient’s treatment preference may be, our eye doctors at Maple Eye and Laser Center can help patients who suffer from farsightedness restore clear, focused vision. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our vision treatment options, contact us at your earliest convenience
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