LASIK and Depth Perception: How Our Doctors Can Improve Your Vision

LASIK and Depth Perception - Hudson Valley, NY

Aug 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

Woman undergoing LASIKAs one of the most innovative eye procedures available, LASIK can treat various eye conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During this procedure, our doctors at Palisades Laser Eye Center in Hudson, NY use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct impaired vision. Many patients enjoy the long-lasting benefits this procedure can provide, in addition to minimizing their dependence on glasses and prescription lenses.

In recent years, however, LASIK has proven to be successful in treating depth perception. Being able to clearly decipher images near and far and the distance between allow you to perform daily tasks, especially those that involve coordination, such as playing sports, driving, and exercising. If you are interested in learning more about LASIK and depth perception, continue reading below.

Why Depth Perception is Important to Vision

Depth perception is the ability to identify people, images, and objects around you in three dimensions with accuracy. Each eye operates individually to process light and convert what you are seeing into images.

Your brain plays a key role in this process. When the eye processes light through your cornea, the retina sends messages to your brain through the optic nerve. When this occurs, the brain converts what you see into three-dimensional images and allows you to decipher spatial awareness and the distance between objects. If one or both eyes are compromised in some way, it can affect your depth perception. This may result in trouble focusing while reading, difficulty playing sports, poor spatial awareness, clumsiness, and injuries.

Common causes of depth perception can include:

  • Crossed eye (strabismus)
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Refractive vision error in one or both eyes (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)

How LASIK Improves Depth Perception

The key to improving depth perception is treating the refractive error causing vision impairment. When your eyes are able to clearly process images, it allows them to accurately display those images in 3D. Although prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can correct vision and enhance depth perception, this is only a temporary solution. Once the glasses or lenses are removed, your vision will suffer.

Undergoing LASIK provides patients an effective solution to this eye condition. Many patients not only achieve 20/20 vision after surgery, but also notice a significant improvement in depth perception.

During LASIK, the doctor creates a flap in the outer surface of your eye in order to gain access to the underlying layers of the cornea. He or she will reshape the cornea with an excimer laser to improve its ability to process light. Once the procedure is complete, the flap will be reapplied and you will be on your way to improved vision.

Schedule Your Eye Exam

Impaired vision can have a negative impact on your professional and overall quality of life. If you have poor depth perception in addition to other vision impairment conditions, you are likely a good candidate for LASIK. To learn more about LASIK and the benefits it can provide, contact our office online or give us a call at (845) 364-9767 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gordon or Dr. Belliappa. We look forward to helping improve your eyesight so you can once again enjoy your daily activities.