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People have been suffering from cataract problems for millennia, but only in the last century have eye doctors been able to provide patients with safe and successful treatment options. A history of cataract surgery highlights how individuals from hundreds and even thousands of years ago tried to remedy this concern and what today’s eye doctors can do for people with this age-old problem.
Ancient civilizations may not have known what contributed to the problem of cataracts; however, they were proficient in locating the source of it. More than two thousand years ago, individuals with cataracts were receiving help for them. Due to a lack of medical proficiency, though, ancient eye doctors could not actually remove the clouded lenses from the eyes. Instead, they tried techniques that would either allow for the breakdown or repositioning of the lenses, which could somewhat improve vision for patients.
During the 18th century, eye doctors took a major medial leap forward when they finally were able to extract diseased lenses causing cataracts. This advance in cataract surgery enabled patients to enjoy better albeit still blurry eyesight. Once doctors understood that simply removing the clouded lenses was not enough to restore vision, they realized that replacements would be necessary to provide unobstructed eyesight again.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures performed in the United States. This is due in large part to the development of artificial lenses, a breakthrough made less than 80 years ago. With this innovation, eye doctors could finally give patients effective surgical outcomes that allowed them to see once more without blurriness. The introduction of artificial lenses that can correct refractive errors has only enhanced the prospect of cataract surgery for those who require this procedure.
Do you suffer from cataracts? Let Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates help you see with clarity once again. Our skilled team of eye doctors can guide you through the surgical process and answer any questions or concerns you made have about this procedure. To set up an initial consultation at our Thorndale office, call (610) 400-1348.
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Our eye doctors in Thorndale can evaluate your vision and provide you with the best care possible. For more information, visit our website or call us at (610) 400-1348 to set up an initial consultation.
Last updated 9 days ago
Your eyes contain several small yet important structures that work together to produce clear vision. Each part of the eye plays a fundamental role in achieving unobstructed eyesight; however, the different components can become vulnerable to irregularities and diseases that may compromise vision. The following takes a look at some of these structures and the conditions that may affect them.
The cornea is a domed structure that sits at the front of the eye. When light reaches the cornea, this part of the eye angles the light so that it can converge at a single point. This function is essential to clear eyesight, as points of light that cannot join together may result in reduced vision. For instance, a cornea that suffers from excessive roundedness might cause incoming light rays to converge at a point in front of the retina, where they would normally unite. This can make eyesight burry at far distances for individuals with this problem.
The lens is a clear structure that resides behind the cornea. It helps to focus incoming light rays so that they unite at the retina. Like the cornea, the lens may suffer from problems that reduce its ability to aid in clear eyesight. Some people suffer from a clouding of the lens that results from protein accumulation. This buildup of proteins, referred to as cataracts, can block the passage and convergence of light rays.
The retina is a thin structure that assists in the transmission of vision pulsations. When incoming light rays meet at the retina, this part of the eye can change light energy to electrical signals that move from the eye to the brain. The brain can then interpret those signals to enable eyesight. When pressure builds in the eye due to fluid accumulation, it can cause damage to the retina. This problem, known as glaucoma, may be present for months or years before a person with it notices vision loss.
Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates can identify and treat a wide range of vision problems before they cause permanent eyesight loss. If you are due for an eye exam, call us today at (610) 400-1348. We offer our vision services to the residents of Thorndale, West Chester, Downingtown, and Coatesville.
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Dr. Gary J. Levin, M.D. has been practicing ophthalmology for more than 30 years, which attests to both his expertise in the field and dedication to his patients. Since completing his training at Thomas Jefferson University and receiving his certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Levin has been using his considerable ophthalmologic knowledge to help individuals see the world around them. As part of Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, Dr. Levin provides a wide array of services to help patients suffering from some of the most common vision problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, and refractive errors. With his extensive experience and modern treatment techniques, Dr. Levin has provided countless individuals with the care they need to see clearly.
If you are experiencing vision issues, Dr. Levin can help. Call Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates at (610) 400-1348 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Levin at our Thorndale office. You can also browse our website for a complete credential listing for Dr. Levin and our other eye doctors.
Last updated 15 days ago
Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.? People with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop cataracts and have a unique risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, which is the most common type of diabetic eye disease. Some people with diabetes assume that their eyes are healthy since they have no problems, but the early stages of diabetic eye disease frequently show no symptoms. That’s why visiting the eye doctor every year for an eye exam is essential for people with diabetes. Your West Chester eye doctor can detect early signs of diabetic eye disease, which gives you a greater chance of preventing permanent damage. Check out this infographic from Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, your eye doctor in Thorndale, to learn more about the connection between diabetes and vision health. Please share this important information with your friends and family!