Blindness Resources Guide
Blindness is a debilitating problem that affects approximately 161 million people. With new technology, however mild, and some cases of severe, blindness can be corrected through various types of surgery. New breakthroughs in medical science can help people see better and function in everyday society. While the different options should carefully be weighed by a healthcare professional, just knowing there are now several options available can give those without sight a new hope.
The types of surgery available depend on several different factors, including the age of the patient and their level of blindness or the reason for the problems with eyesight, such as cataracts. If you are a candidate for this type of surgery, you can expect to be in the hospital for at least several days after for recovery.
Local and topical anesthesia is usually used, although general anesthesia may be used for children, the elderly, or those with other risks. It is important that patients fully understand the scope of the particular surgery they choose, and realize that no one method may work for every case; it is important to consult with your primary care physician or a specialist before moving forward with any medical treatment. Perfect sight may never be achieved, but new modern measures put in place can help people see better than before.
Blindness Basics & Surgery Options
- Blindness Overview – A NY Times Health article about the symptoms, causes, and tests that can be done to diagnose blindness.
- What Are the Causes of Blindness? – There are many different causes of blindness. This webpage discusses some of the causes and how each one affects the body.
- Leading Causes of Blindness – A brief overview of some of the most prevalent causes of blindness.
- Five Laser Eye Surgery Options – An informative webpage with information about five different laser surgery options that are available, including which eye condition it is best suited for, how it works, information about the procedure, and other factors to take into consideration.
- LASIK Basics – This form of laser surgery is designed to prevent blindness or help those who are having difficulty seeing.
- What Happens During and After LASIK – Important information that patients should know regarding LASIK eye surgery.
- Refractive Eye Surgery – This article on refractive eye surgery for myopia discusses the advances in treatment for the disease and provides information about refractive eye surgery.
- Glaucoma Surgery – Some basic information about surgery specifically designed for glaucoma patients.
Eye Surgery Research & More Information
- Corneal Transplants – This site contains some background information about a much more serious form of blindness surgery.
- Comparison of LASIK and PRK Technologies – This research center is currently comparing LASIK and PRK surgeries; it also offers those who are interested in taking part in the study to contact them.
- Cullen Eye Institute – Just one example of many eye institutes dedicated to researching sight related problems and solutions.
- Retinal Repair Research – An article about how retinal research in dogs helped to develop a sight-saving eye surgery.
- Glaucoma Research Program – Discover how the Mayo Clinic is researching new glaucoma cures.
- Electron Laser Surgery – This brand new form of laser surgery is currently being tried out on patients.
- Oxygen in Lens Linked to Cataract Surgery Patients – Some recent research shows a link between oxygen and cataracts in eye surgery patients.
- Sightsavers – An organization dedicating to educating, preventing, and correcting avoidable blindness on a global scale.