Correcting Nearsightedness: Your Treatment Options

Hudson Valley Nearsightedness Treatments


Oct 6, 2014 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Prk | Eye Care |

A woman wearing eyeglasses to correct her nearsightednessNearsightedness is a condition in which patients experience blurry vision when viewing distant objects. Also known as myopia, the condition affects millions of men, women, and children in the United States. While most of these patients use glasses and contact lenses to see clearly, there are advanced treatment options that are safe and effective. At the Hudson Valley practice Palisades Laser Eye Center, Dr. Richard Gordon offers various treatments for nearsightedness. LASIK is one popular treatment option that can permanently improve a patient’s vision, and eliminate or reduce his or her dependency on glasses and contact lenses. PRK is an alternative option that can be performed on patients who are not good candidates for LASIK. Read on to learn about the range of nearsightedness treatment options, along with their risks and benefits.

Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are the most popular treatment option. The benefits of eyeglasses are that they are relatively inexpensive, long lasting, safe, and effective. Depending on the degree of nearsightedness, they can be worn at all times of the day, or conveniently slipped on when engaging in near distance tasks, such as driving. The downside of eyeglasses, for some, is their appearance. Some patients prefer the way they look without glasses. In addition, glasses can be easily misplaced, which can be frustrating for some patients.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are popular among those who do not like the look of glasses. They can be inserted in the morning, and removed at night, providing clear vision throughout the day. It is also less likely that contact lenses will be misplaced. But though contact lenses address many of the disadvantages of eyeglasses, they do come with their own cons. Contact lenses can be uncomfortable to wear, especially for patients with dry eyes or allergies. It can also be time consuming to insert them in the morning, and remove and clean them at night.

LASIK

LASIK is the most popular permanent laser vision correction treatment for nearsightedness. The advantage of LASIK is that it can completely do away with the need for glasses and contact lenses. Instead, patients can see what its like to have clear vision at all times, without visual aids. With LASIK, the cornea is surgically reshaped, correcting the aberrations that caused the blurry distance vision in the first place. However, while LASIK is safe and effective, it is associated with some disadvantages. Patients must undergo a surgical procedure to achieve permanently improved vision. In addition, certain patients, such as those with thin corneas, are not good candidates for LASIK.

PRK

PRK is just as effective as LASIK, but the procedure is associated with increased discomfort and a longer recovery period. The main advantage of PRK is that it can treat a wider range of patients than LASIK. For example, patients with thin corneas can undergo PRK surgery.

The treatment options listed here are all effective. The one that is right for you will depend on your personal preferences and lifestyle. To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK or PRK, contact Palisades Laser Eye Center today.