In today’s fast-paced environment being dependent on glasses and contact lenses is disabling and restricting too many. We are spending so much more time staring at the screens and our eyes are surely becoming affected by that. We are now working, learning, communicating, shopping, checking our kids’ grades, and even working out using a computer or phone screen. Were our eyes meant for that? Probably not, although we do wonder if in the future they will evolve to adapt better.
We are starting to see more and more patients who are complaining about eye strain and feeling extremely tired at the end of the day. We have people wearing multiple pairs of glasses (for TV, for computer, for reading) just to be able to do everything they want to do. People of various ages and occupations come to us to address their vision concerns.
We get parents of teenagers who are concerned about the worsening of nearsightedness. They want us to tell their kids to not use computer or cell phone screen as much. Can we really expect that from our kids, especially at a time where much of their schooling is done online? Doubtful!
We get young adults who are annoyed at having to put in contacts every day and who now have dry eye syndrome because of contact lens overwear. They are inevitably uncomfortable in glasses, annoyed at not seeing well and at not being able to do activities in glasses (not to mention, glasses fogging up in masks). Let’s face it, for the majority of us glasses are uncomfortable and are a nuisance.
Finally, we have older adults who have reached the age of needing reading glasses. They might have seen great their entire life, but by their late 40s are now dependent on near vision glasses. Since their vision continues to decline as they age, they become very frustrated and uncomfortable.
Here, at New York Laser vision, we feel the pain of our patients and their frustration with uncomfortable vision (we have been there ourselves). We now offer individualized vision correction plans for every age group.
Vision correction for kids and teens:
The newest method of vision correction is Orthokeratology (Ortho-K for short). These are lenses that patients wear overnight (sort of like dental retainers). Not only do they correct vision, but they also have been shown to prevent worsening of nearsightedness in children! And they are way less likely to cause dry eye and allergic reactions than regular contact lenses. They are FDA approved for ages 6 and up.
Vision correction for Young Adults:
Laser Vision correction (LASIK, LASEK, and PRK) remains a gold standard for correction of vison in adults. It’s extremely safe and reliable. It corrects vision permanently! It is essentially painless, and most people can go back to their lives the following day. Thanks to our new technology we are now able to treat farsightedness, astigmatism, nearsightedness, and even high prescriptions!
Vision correction for those over 50 years old:
While Laser Vision correction is still a good option for some over 50, it might not resolve all of their problems. Our patients want to see great at near, far, and intermediate distance, like they did when they were younger. To bring back that youthful vision, that, inevitably, we all lose with time, we offer a lens exchange procedure. Thanks to the recent FDA approvals we now have access to the latest and the best lens implants and femtosecond laser technology. The latest trifocal IOLs (intraocular lens implants) allow us to correct our patient’s vision and bring back that youthful vision that they desire. Femtosecond laser allow us to do it blade-free in the safest manner.
These methods of vision of correction are not for everyone, of course. We invite you to browse through our site to learn more and to call us for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for one of them.