Category Archives: Eye Health

Common Reasons Persons Delay Their Cataract Operation

Accordingly, over 50% of the world’s total cases of blindness is caused by cataracts. By the time you reach the age of 60, you have a 90% chance of having a cataract. A cataract is a slowly progressing disease that affects both eyes. It may start with mild symptoms such as blurring. In advanced cases, complete loss of vision may be the result.

When cataract surgery was not yet near perfection as it is today, surgery was done until the cataract is ‘ripe.’ This happens when there is an obvious white mass on the lens. However, there is no need to wait for that with today’s advanced cataract surgery methods, such as micro-incision phacoemulsification surgery and laser-assisted cataract surgery. Persons with cataracts are advised to undergo early management for easier removal.

But while early removal is recommended, many still delay surgery for their cataracts for the following reasons.

Lack of Budget

The lack of budget for the operation can be why some people delay a cataract operation. It can come as expensive for the lower-income population. In Singapore, the cost of cataract surgery is $10,000 per eye in some private hospitals, although some can charge it to as low as $4.490. But Singapore citizens under government medical subsidies can have their operation at an average of $1,269 per eye.

In the US, cataract surgery is even more expensive as it costs an average of US$3,500 per eye as of January 2020.

Cataract Has Slow Progression

A cataract is an eye disease with a slow rate of progression. For some people, this is a reason to delay their eye operation. As much as their activities of daily living are not yet affected, and the cataract does not cause so much discomfort, they will not rush to have an operation.

Eyeglasses Provide Clear Vision

Because cataract is progressive, a person with cataract may have eyeglass changes to remedy the increasing loss of sight. Thinking that eyeglasses will forever fix his worsening loss of vision, he will surely delay an operation.

It Is Not Yet Obvious

To some, they delay going for cataract surgery because the cataract is not yet obvious. It still does not affect their physical attributes.

Too Old for the Operation

As 90% of senior citizens are affected by cataracts, not all are open-minded to undergo cataract operations. They think that blindness comes with age naturally, and they are old for any surgical operation.

Fear of the Outcome

The fear of the needle is not uncommon. Many are afraid of the pain and blood bursting from their body. With cataract removal, they also fear that the operation may not be successful. But with the latest technology in cataract surgery, the procedure is painless and assures 100% success.…

How To Become An Eye Care Specialist

Are you passionate of improving people’s vision and overall quality of life? You can do this by becoming an optometrist. An optometrist is an eye care specialist. Optometrist performs eye examinations, diagnoses vision conditions and prescribes corrective surgery. Well, the following steps will aid you in becoming an eye care specialist.

Steps

Get A High School Certificate

Graphic of eyeTo start with, attain a high school certificate. Take interest in science subjects like biology, physiology and chemistry. Ensure that you perform extremely well in these subjects. They will be of great help to your journey in becoming an eye care specialist. In high school you will learn the basics.

Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree

You have to attain an undergraduate degree. It will take you up to 4 years. Mostly, an optometry school requires course work in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and English. This is very crucial for you to move to the next level. An optometry school can’t admit you if you haven’t attained a degree.

Take an Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

After the university degree, take optometry test and ensure you pass well. Before the test, read OAT guide. The guide will assist you to get information about eligibility requirements, rules of conduct, test regulations and test procedures. After the test, apply to an accredited optometry school.

Complete a Doctor of Optometry Program

If you have passed the OAT, you become a student in an optometry school. This program takes four years to complete. In the school, you learn to become a doctor of optometry. This calls for hard work and dedication.

Get Experience

It is important to consider taking a postgraduate residency in optometry. The program will enable you to gain experience. This is because residency program will allow you to practice in optometry. You will be guided by professionals in optometry. You will advance your skills in becoming a better optometrist. This program usually takes one year. It must be recognized by Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

Get Licensed

EyeOn completion of the optometry program, acquire a license. This wills enable you to practice optometry. In order to be licensed, complete all sections of the National Board in Optometry. You need to do and complete written and oral examinations. The license needs to be renewed after a certain period of time. This will be determined by the country you are practicing in.

There you have it. Go ahead and take the necessary education in becoming an eye care specialists. All you need is quality education, experience and passion…