Although improving your vision using lasers seems ubiquitous in today’s world, it was just a little over thirty years ago, in 1989, that Lasik was granted a US patent and FDA approval and introduced for commercial use to ophthalmologists.
Modern Eye Care Just because the economy is going through a tough times doesn’t mean that you can afford to spend less on your health and the health of your family- even during times of tighter budgets, people will continue to get sick, teeth will continue to get cavities, and eyesight will continue to worsen. These days, especially in developed countries, eyesight seems to be getting worse and worse. Experts have stated that the aging baby boomers population and an increase in diabetes and computer use-related eye diseases are to blame for the progression of worsening eyesight. This, however, has been good news for the optometry industry in the recent years: it has been growing at an annual rate of 2.9%, with expected revenues of $14.0 billion in 2012. Although there have been some who have been putting off getting their eyes checked due to the economic environment causing high unemployment rates and therefore lower disposable income, many continued to seek eye care during the recession as optometrists reduced their prices in order to meet the financial capabilities of their clients, and those who put off getting their eyes checked are beginning to make appointments at their local Beverly Hills eye doctor. It is recommended that children get their eyes examined every one to two years; if a child was born prematurely, has developmental issues, sustained an eye injury, has crossed eyes, or is at risk of developing a hereditary eye disease, his or her eyes should be checked more regularly. For adults ages 20 to 39 who already wear glasses, it is recommended that they visit their optometrist every year in order to maintain current prescriptions, and for the adults who have not previously worn glasses and are not experiencing vision/eye problems, it is recommended that they visit their optometrist every two to three years. Once a person turns 40, he or she should schedule an eye exam, and if no problems are found, he or she should visit the optometrist every one or two years. However, if it is found that corrective lenses are needed or that an eye condition has developed, how often the patient should visit the optometrist thereafter will vary depending on the severity of the patient’s eye problem. After the age of 60, everyone should schedule annual eye exams, regardless the existence of previous eye conditions. Depending on the patient’s preferences, there are a few different modern options for correcting vision problems: glasses, contacts, and Lasik. Glasses are probably the least flexible option of the three: the patient has peripheral-vision limiting eyewear on his or her face at all times. Contacts are more flexible than glasses, since peripheral-vision is not compromised, and are negligible in price difference in comparison to glasses. Beverly Hills Lasik is the most flexible option of the free since the patient’s vision is corrected to such an extent that neither glasses nor contacts are required, cutting down on optometrist appointment fees and the cost of updating glasses/contacts; the average 20 year-old who wears glasses/contacts can save up to $48,000 during his or her lifetime by getting Lasik.
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