There are few things in life that are as important as eye sight. The ability to dive into a pool or the ocean, or even fall asleep without having to worry about removing contact lenses is a rare convenience.
Laser surgery has made it possible to get clarified vision without depending on glasses or contact lenses. It’s highly effective in treating astigmatisms and nearsightedness, and the procedures are quick and painless. Below are some of the most popular corrective procedures for visual impairments:
- Intacs (corneal implants) – Intacs are used to treat keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease in which the cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This causes light entering the eye to refract and distort vision. Corneal implants are two very small, crescent-shaped pieces that are inserted right under the surface of the eye to reshape the front of it and reduce visual distortions. Intacs are made using the same material used for cataract surgery, which means there is very little risk of adverse effects.
- LASIK eye surgery: LASIK is the most popular type of refractive surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a thin corneal flap, pull it back and reshape the cornea based on a pre-specified pattern for each individual. This procedure corrects problems with vision and greatly reduces (or even eliminates) the need for glasses or corrective lenses.
- Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK): This surgery is used to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. It is another way in which surgeons reshape the cornea. A laser is used to deliver a pulsing beam of ultraviolet light onto the cornea. This is different to LASIK –in which light is used underneath the cornea.
- Hyperopia Correction: People who suffer from hyperopia often wear glasses for clear vision. Some hyperopes who have a high prescription wear glasses all of the time. Correcting this condition is a simple procedure that involves placing a convex lens in the eye to make objects appear clearer. This lens is thin at the edges and thick in the middle – which results in light rays moving closer together after passing through it. This allows a clear image to be produced on the retina.
It is a sad fact that many medical aid companies do not cover the full costs of these procedures. First Health Finance understands that the ability to see without hindrance is a crucial aspect in improving your quality of life. Call us today and find out how we can help finance the treatment that will add clarity to your daily life.