In the middle of August on the 21st National Senior Citizens Day comes. Then-President Ronald Regan, by proclamation, stated wherever a need existed, an older person would make their presence felt for their good and for the good of others.
By 2020 the USA will have 1 in 5 as senior citizens. Presently about 16 percent of the population lists as 65 years plus. Volunteering has become a significant component of senior life with Baby Boomers giving 2.2 billion hours of service.
Second only to the Generation X who volunteers at an astounding rate of 36.4 percent. More active than any senior generation before, senior citizens have a vital stake in maintaining their eyesight. Apparently, some competition for top rated volunteer spots.
A natural process of aging by 60 years, the lens of the eye becomes a bit less flexible, making it more challenging to see the fine print. B’s, D’s, P’s, and a few more letters become harder to quickly decode, taking more energy to read. Conditions due to lifestyle or genetics may affect vision as well. The blur that use to take a moment now may take several moments to clear.
At 60 years of age, an adjustment to driving habits may be needed. Age-related vision changes such as taking longer to read a road sign, looking at vehicle instrument panels for information take longer, and reacting to situations takes a bit more time.
No despair, LASIK is here
Before pouting about aging, know that technology and knowledge have increased to the point that most conditions that affect the vision have a solution that improves it. A trip to Houston to visit Houston LASIK clinic will show hundreds of information bites by discussions with the staff or-brochures of solutions to the fading eyesight.
So, driving and volunteering can, in most cases, continue after a little adjustment, such as laser eye surgery. If a person has had stellar health until 60 years of age and now has a vision problem, it can seem unnatural, but it is not. Solutions are available.
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis can correct vision for several eye conditions such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. The surgery reshapes the cornea so that when light rays enter the eye, it lands on the optimum spot to give the most accurate vision.
The operation takes less than a half-hour to perform and does outpatient procedures. Millions of people have had the surgery globally.
Overall, LASIK has a 96 percent to 98 percent success rate in improving vision. As much as 40 percent to 51 percent have vision better than 20/20. The ophthalmologists will take a thorough history and choose the best option for the highest eyesight level.
Like all surgeries, laser eye surgery does have some risks. In dry eyes tears do not function normally and that happens in most patients who have laser eye surgery, but then disappears in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, a small percent of patients the dry eye does not end. Then a few patients experience ocular nerve damage pain.
Precise lasers and the quality of the surgeon helps avoid the latter. Research is still being done for solutions to dry eye.
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