Preserving-Vision-in-Maturity

Nothing is
more important than your health and that includes eye health.

Preserving
your vision can be as simple as seeing your eye care professional for annual
exams or as complicated as having a condition that requires regular
professional intervention. I fall into the second category. However, that has
not always been the case.

My Vision Story

Many years
ago, I had Lasik performed on both eyes. My reasons aligned with those of
people who not only wanted to rid themselves of wearing glasses, but also
wanted to be able to see when they went swimming.

I was born
both near-sighted and with astigmatism. My eyes see independently so I can
never achieve the 3D vision that everyone is basically born with.

My world
is flat. This also means that I cannot participate in activities that require
depth perception, like catching or throwing a ball. I have a fear of heights. These
are a few of the issues I have faced and continue to face on a daily basis
since birth.

So, I
chose Lasik because it was going to address at least one of the issues I had
dealt with my entire life. Before the procedure I could barely see my hand in
front of my face without glasses. Understandably, I could not go swimming
alone.

Not only was
I unable to see people until I ran into them, literally, but I could not find
my way back to where my towel was after I finished swimming. Having Lasik done
gave me some independence.

The Price of Vision

Many years
have passed since I had the Lasik procedure done. It is only now that I am beginning
to see some of the effects that Lasik can have on some people. I am one of
those people. I have DES, or dry eye syndrome – and it’s not
a mild case.

Over the
past couple of years my eye care professional and I have tried many remedies.
We have tried everything from over-the-counter eye drops to custom made tears.
I have increased my water intake and used hot compresses to increase my own
tear production.

My vision
continues to fluctuate so we move on to the next step. It is costly, but how do
you put a price on your sight?

Scleral Lenses

What are
scleral lenses? Here’s the Wikipedia brief:

scleral lens, also known as a scleral contact lens and ocular
surface prostheses,
 is a large contact lens that rests on the sclera and
creates a tear-filled vault over the cornea. Scleral lenses are
designed to treat a variety of eye conditions, many of which do not respond to
other forms of treatment.

These
lenses are designed to rest on the white part of the eye and not on the cornea.
You fill them with solution and that solution covers and bathes your cornea all
day long. The lens also corrects your vision while addressing the dry eye
issue.

I have
been doing my research and it seems that scleral lenses are used for people
like me who have exhausted all other possible remedies. The research also
indicates that the procedure is mostly successful. If it works for me, it will
be the end of a long journey.

How Do You Care for Your Vision?

I cannot
stress enough how important it is to see your eye care professional on a
regular basis. My vision had been fluctuating from seeing clearly to blurry
vision. Each time I had an exam I had a different prescription.

We are
talking about exams that took place only months apart. Vision should not change
like that. If I had not been seeing my eye care professional on a regular
basis, I would probably not have known how severe my situation is/was.

Don’t take
your vision for granted. It is a gift to be cared for. Most issues can be dealt
with if discovered early enough.

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