Advances in Technology
- Posted on: Mar 26 2014
The advances in Technology in Ophthalmology in the time that I have been practicing since completing my Residency in 1983 have been breathtaking. Cataract Surgery has become much safer. Recovery from surgery has become much easier. Many of our patients see well at distance and near without glasses after Cataract Surgery. Astigmatism can be corrected with Special Lens Implants. The need for reading glasses can be eliminated with Multifocal Lens Implants where eyes can see both in the distance and to read or Monovision where one eye sees in the distance and the other sees to read. Refractive Surgery with LASIK and PRK, eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses for many patients.
Phenomenal Diagnostic Instruments such as the Ocular Coherence Tomography, enable us to visualize the Retina with amazing precision. We now are seeing problems clearly and treating problems that we did not understand in the past. The Pentacam visualizes the cornea and uses statistical analysis to give better understanding of which patients will benefit from Refractive Surgery. New medications such as Avastin allow patients with Wet Macular Degeneration who would have been blinded in the past to preserve their ability to see clearly. Progression of Keratoconus can be arrested with Collagen Cross Linking. There are so many wonderful advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Ophthalmic Diseases.
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