New innovations could improve vision

April 5, 2010 10:02:37 AM PDT
Vision loss increases with age and currently affects one in every six adults ages 45 and older.

Some warning signs of vision loss include having trouble recognizing faces or objects, hesitating when reaching for objects, bumping into objects more often, creating poor color combinations, having trouble writing, needing more light to read, squinting, tilting or moving close to focus when reading, watching TV or driving. Some vision loss can be prevented or minimized with a few lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising, quitting smoking, protecting your eyes from the sun. Most vision problems are due to age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Damage to the retina, damage to the brain's vision due to stroke, or tumor, side effects of medications, eye infections, vitamin deficiencies and inherited abnormalities may all affect vision. (Source: American Society on Aging)

LASIK SURGERY: Lasik stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. This procedure is designed to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The surgery permanently reshapes the cornea, which is the clear covering of the front of the eye. Some of the risks include lost vision, debilitating visual symptoms, under treatment, overtreatment, and dry eye syndrome. (Source: Department of Health & Human Services)

ACUFOCUS: AcuFocus is a reversible surgery that corrects presbyopia. AcuFocus can be performed on patients who have already had Lasik. The AcuFocus surgery uses state-of-the-art-techniques and is a noninvasive procedure that only takes 30 minutes. During the operation, the surgeon inserts a lens under the cornea of the eye. This increases the depth of field, so the patient is able to see near objects with the same clarity as faraway objects. The AcuFocus implant blocks unfocussed light, which in return, increases depth of focus. Vision is expected to improve within months or even weeks of the procedure. (Source:

HD LENS: HD lenses are polished with computer-controlled precision on the inner surface of the eye. This is a new technology that enlarges the total area the eye is able to see optimally. HD lenses put all of the optics on the inside of the lens, so it can be closer to the eye and increase a patient's field of vision by up to 30-percent. HD lenses can give off superior clarity and reduce lens distortion. (Source:

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Dan Collins, Marketing and Media Relations
Mercy Medical Center
Baltimore, MD
(410) 332-9714