Presently the U.S. Census Bureau says a little over 40 million people age 65 years and older exist making them 10% of the population. In 2014 the Health and Human Services along with the Department of Commerce released a study that projected by 2050 nearly 21% of our population would be 65 years of age or older. Many seniors have chosen to age in place which means maintaining good eyesight becomes essential to optimizing brain function. Is there a way to give part of that sight back for Christmas?
Loss of Sight
As vision becomes compromised, the body begins to compensate. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information 90% of all vision problems result from refractive errors, amblyopia, and strabismus. Low vision has physical and psychological consequences. As vision fades, people hallucinate as the brain attempts to compensate for the lack of visual input. They become depressed and anxious since they cannot interact with the world like they once did. New fears arise as they try to do daily activities such as going to the restroom or navigate rooms where the furniture has been moved. Interacting with people presents challenges as facial recognition becomes more difficult. People make demands which a person with compromised vision may not be able to cater to for a time.
Physically a person may display these behaviors:
• Shuffles the feet or changes how they walk
• Stays near a wall either brushing with the body or using the hand to guide
• Under or over reaches when grabbing something
• Stops reading or complains that it’s difficult to understand
• Knocks over objects unintentionally frequently
• Has trouble identifying known persons
• Dresses in unusual color combinations
Most vision disorders can be treated. NCBI material states every third patient over the age of 65 has a sight problem. The most common problem remains cataracts. LASIK classifies as a laser refractive surgery, and the letters mean laser assisted in situ keratomileuses. The eye has specialized structures one of which named cornea concentrates light on to another specialized structure inside the back of the eye known as the retina. The optic nerve takes that information and sends to the brain which formats an image. Using precise incisions and implanting an intraocular lens a patient’s sight may become restored. No upper age limit has been placed on laser eye surgery. It relies on the skill of the doctor and the condition of the eyes. Houston LASIK has the extreme quality needed to do this type of surgery on an aging population. The clinic performs surgeries on Navy Seals and NASA personnel.
A Christmas Present That Brings Light
Families struggle with what are the best ways to take care of elderly parents who wish to remain independent. Knowing that many seniors in the Houston area have cataract development due to the immense amount of UV radiation received on the Gulf Coast, it makes sense to consider the LASIK options. Laser eye surgery has a high success rate well over 90%. Make an appointment today and find out if it can help you and yours.
Houston Lasik leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Houston Lasik, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.