Seniors are advised to always have an eye care services done. Research shows that one in three Americans develop eye disease and by the time they are 65, their vision may be threatened. Failing eyesight sometimes has nothing to do with a person growing old. Glaucoma is one of the eye diseases that never show early warning signs. An eye doctor is the right person who can detect its signs. In order to preserve their sight, seniors are called upon to perform regular eye exam, treat eye diseases at their early stages and get a proper vsp insurance!
What are the most costly procedures if you don't have a proper vision insurance ?
Cataract surgery involves replacing the lens of your eye with an artificial lens to treat a cataract. This surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist on outpatient basis. This means you can always go home after the surgery. It is a safe procedure and that’s why it’s common.
It is important to understand that if the cataracts are left unattended they may cause blurry vision and also increase the glare from lights. Cataract surgery may be the only option if this part of the eye doesn’t allow you to live a normal life.
You may also have to undergo a cataract surgery if the cataract interferes with the treatment of another eye problem you have. People with other conditions such as the diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration find themselves in this situation.
You will have enough time to consider your options before the surgery. However, waiting for cataract surgery won’t harm your eye. You may also not need the surgery if your vision is still good. Ask yourself these questions before you reach your decision.
- Do vision problems affect your level of independence?
- Do you find it hard seeing faces?
- Can you drive or do your job safely?
- Are you affected by bright lights?
- Can you watch television or read without any difficulty?
- Do you find it hard to shop, do yard work, cook, take medications, or climb stairs?
Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
Trabeculoplasty is the modification of the trabecular meshwork. The application of laser beam to burn areas of the trabecular meshwork located near the base of the iris is what is referred to as laser trabeculoplasty (ALT). This treatment increases fluid outflow in the eye. A number of open-angle glaucoma are treated with ALT. There are two types of laser trabeculoplasty: selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT). Argon laser trabeculoplasty uses an argon laser. This creates tiny burns on the trabecular meshwork.
This is the process that involves making openings through the iris with standard surgical instruments or laser without removing the iris tissue. Iridotomy helps patients with angle-closure glaucoma by decreasing intraocular pressure. The application of a laser beam to selectively burn a hole through the iris near its base (laser peripheral iridotomy-LPI) can either be performed with a Nd:YAG laser or an argon laser.
This calls for the removal of a portion of the iris tissue. Basal iridectomy on the other hand, is the removal of iris tissue from the far periphery close to the iris root. The removal of the iris tissue at the periphery is what is referred to as peripheral iridectomy. Sector iridectomy involves the removal of a wedge-shaped section of the iris from the pupil margin and leaving a keyhole-shaped pupil.
This is a guarded filtering procedure that involves the removal of a section of the trabecular meshwork. Its full procedures include; trephination, sclerectomy, thermal sclerostomy, posterior lip sclerectomy, sclerostomy and iridenclesis.