Pretty much. This is how monovision or "blended vision" works in contact lens and LASIK patients. The challenge with these people (over about 43) is how to address both myopia (nearsightedness) and Presbyopia (age-related farsightedness). If the eye set for distance...Continue Reading
Vuity® is the brand name for a medical eye drop recently FDA approved to reduce the blurry near vision caused by presbyopia in middle-aged adults. The active ingredient in Vuity® is a very old ocular medicine once used to treat glaucoma: pilocarpine. But the...Continue Reading
Seeing double, or a superimposed "ghost image" of an object through one eye is called Monocular Diplopia. The most common cause is a developing cataract. This "ghost image" is caused by a different focusing ("refractive") power of the different layers of the natural...Continue Reading
How long will floaters go on? I had cataract surgery 4 years ago. I’ve had floaters for the last three years. What is your experience?
There has been a gradually increasing number of patients in my practice that comment on or complain of vitreous "floaters" after cataract/IOL surgery. The surgery, of course, did not cause the floaters. The reason is that as intraocular lens surgery (whether for purely...Continue Reading
I suspect the most unpopular part of an eye exam for patients is having their eyes dilated. The dilation lasts for considerably longer than the time spent at the eye clinic and can make people uncomfortable with bright light for much of the day. The reason for...Continue Reading
Many years ago it was said: You have to wait until cataracts are "ripe" to do surgery. What that meant was that the discolored natural lens (which is the "cataract") needed to reach such a state of complete density that it could be manually pushed out of the eye in one...Continue Reading
How come an eye specialist has diagnosed advanced glaucoma in one of my eyes yet I have noticed no deterioration in my vision in that eye?
Glaucoma is only very rarely discovered by a patient from his or her own observations. The most common kind, "open-angle," does not cause pain, does not affect your straight-ahead visual acuity (until the very advanced stages), nor does it occur suddenly. Glaucoma's...Continue Reading
First off, you need to know that 20/20 does not mean "perfect vision." It just means normal, typical distance visual acuity (sharpness). [Most young people can actually see better than that at distance, if only with contact lenses or glasses.] By the time we reach...Continue Reading