Friday, May 1, 2009
Went for an eye care talk by Dr. Yeo Phee Liang at MBKS this morning. Two topics for discussion: Cataract Surgery & Glaucoma. and how diabetes and high blood pressure can cause damage to the eyes.
From this talk, i get to know that LASIK surgery is recommended for short sighted people from age 20-40. This expensive surgery can cure your sight, meaning one longer has to wear specs or contact lens, but when you reach the age of 40, you still, will have to suffer from Cataract disease. Cataract is what we know as 'bai mo'. (Anna, correct me for any misinformation ya..) The process of extracting the 'egg white' out of your eyes and replacing a 'mirror' only uses about 15-20 minutes. After this cataract surgery, one will no longer have to worry about old age far sightedness, cataract and short sightedness. In short, it's killing three birds with one stone.
However, during the informal Q&A session, there are several audiences who voiced out their negative experiences of undergoing such surgeries. One uncle's 'mirror' 'moved place' after 3 months, and he has to fly to kl for immediate surgery or he will loose his eye sight. How scary is that? But, this technology advancement has saved hundreds and thousands of public.
As for Glaucoma, it is a disease caused by increased intraocular pressure (IOP) resulting either from a malformation or malfunction of the eye’s drainage structures. Left untreated, an elevated IOP causes irreversible damage the optic nerve and retinal fibers resulting in a progressive, permanent loss of vision. However, early detection and treatment can slow, or even halt the progression of the disease.