The medical industry is constantly looking for ways to improve the care offered to patients. This is especially true in ophthalmology. New technologies and methods provide better results. How has eye care changed over the past years?
Easier Cataract Surgeries
Cataract surgery is a common procedure. The concept behind cataract removal began in 1750. 200 years later, Sir Harold Ridley performed the first successful lens implant, despite fierce criticism. Today, we have phaco techniques and implants that are tiny, making the lens much easier to put in.
Accuracy makes an enormous difference in any medical procedure. The more accurate a doctor can be, the lower the risk of complications. Previously, patients would be measured preoperatively. Today, we have computer programs that generate precise measurements. This data lowers the potential for human error.
Advancements in ocular imaging are also being used in ophthalmologists’ offices across the country. Optical coherence tomography nearly eliminates the need for visual field testing.
By using an intraocular shunt device, ophthalmologists can eliminate the need for eye drops. This surgery uses a flexible tube with an attached silicone drainage pouch. The device is installed in the eye to help drain fluid or aqueous humor. The shunt reduces pressure by around 25% on average.
Medical technology will continue to improve as we make new discoveries and improve old ones. The most important thing you can do to take care of your eyes is to visit an ophthalmologist. Routine check-ups can reveal problems before they become a bigger concern. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Bloomfield Hills offices today to schedule your eye examination.