A Better View

When my sister was in elementary school, she started always sitting in the front row of desks at school. One of her teachers noticed this habit and arranged a meeting with my parents. This caring teacher told my parents that she thought my sister needed glasses. When my sister visited an optometrist, this professional diagnosed her with a severe case of astigmatism. He also informed my parents that she was nearsighted as well. Due to her eye issues, my sister had to start wearing glasses all of the time. Her new glasses helped her tremendously in school. She no longer had to sit in the front of the classroom in order to view the notes placed on the board. On this blog, you will discover the importance of getting your kids’ eyes checked by an optometrist before enrolling them in school.

Considering Your Corrective Vision Options


Corrective vision options continue to change and evolve, allowing anyone who suffers from degrading or poor vision several ways to address it. Corrective lenses, in the form of glasses or contacts, and vision correction surgery both allow you to resolve vision issues, but there are benefits and drawbacks to each. If your vision seems to be getting worse, knowing more about these options can help you make a more informed decision, and select a course of treatment that works for you.

Corrective Lenses

One of the greatest benefits to corrective lenses is the wealth of options available to you, as well as the ease of use. Glasses simply need to be worn, and though they will alter your appearance more than other treatment approaches they'll do the job for years without needing to buy new lenses or frames. It's still a good idea to have your vision checked annually, but there are insurance plans and benefits to cover check-ups and new glasses if it's determined your vision has changed.

Contact lenses from a place like Martin Eye Clinic, P.C. have the benefit of being inconspicuous, if a bit more challenging to use. Given their proximity to your eye, you also won't have to deal with glare, or dust interfering with your sight as you will with glasses.  However, maintenance is a critical component of contacts, so make sure you have a thorough understanding of just what you'll need to do to ensure your contacts last as long as possible. Finally, if you're prescribed disposable contact lenses, make sure you know how long they can be worn, and what cleaning method is best suited to your particular type of lens.

Corrective Surgery

The idea of a permanent surgical solution to poor eye-sight sounds like an ideal solution, but the truth is a bit more complicated than that. Most notably, not every vision problem is correctable with surgery, regardless of how the surgery is performed. Astigmatism is a good example, as it can be the result of irregularly shaped corneas or unusual curvature of the lens. While some patients can benefit from surgical treatment, only an eye care professional will be able to tell you for sure.

Further, not all surgical corrections are permanent, especially for those with vision loss in addition to astigmatism and progressive degenerative vision disorders. At best, surgery is a stop-gap measure, which will merely slow the progress of these forms of vision loss, eventually putting you right back where you started. Worst of all, without a medical necessity, most health insurance plans don't offer coverage for this course of treatment.

Taking care of your vision, and your eyes, is critically important for anyone. With this in mind, make sure that any decision you arrive at is a fully informed one, and based on conversations with your eye care professional.


30 June 2015