Astigmatism


BACK ON NEXT SUNDAY AND MONDAY AS WE LOOK AT THAT 10-DAY FORECAST. ALL RIGHT, LADIES, BACK TO YOU. >>THANK YOU, GREG. >>> IF YOU’VE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU HAVE ASTIGMA ACTIVELY, THAT’S MAYBE BLURRING YOUR VISION, YOU CAN GET IT FIXED BUT HOW YOU DO IT DEPENDS ON YOUR AGE. DR. JEFFREY WHITMAN FROM THE EYE CENTER IS HERE WITH YOUR BEST TREATMENT OPTIONS, WHETHER YOU’RE UNDER 40 OR OVER 40. GOOD MORNING. >>GOOD TO BE HERE THIS MORNING. >>LOVE HAVING YOU HERE. FIRST LET’S ADDRESS, HOW DO WE KNOW IF WE HAVE THIS? >>THAT’S KIND OF THE EASY PART IN THAT IN GENERAL PEOPLE WITH ASTIGMA ACTIVELY HAVE BLURRY VISION. IF YOU HAVE MODERATE, MORE SEVERE CASES, WHAT WE HEAR MOST FROM PATIENTS IS THAT I NOTICE THINGS KIND OF DOUBLING OR A GHOSTING OF IMAGES, SO WHEN I LOOK AT LETTERS OR WHATEVER, THERE’S LIKE A LITTLE SHADOW BEHIND THEM. AND, YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY TROUBLING AND IT EXISTS RIGHT ALONG WITH NEARSIGHTEDNESS AND FARSIGHTEDNESS, AND SO THEY USUALLY GO HAND IN HAND, AND THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON IS TO COME IN THE OFFICE AND GET IT MEASURED. >>TYPICALLY I’M SELF- DIAGNOSED, BUT IF YOU ARE CATCHING ON TO THESE THINGS, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY COME RIGHT ON IN. WHAT IS CAUSING THAT VISION DISTORTION? >>WELL, THAT’S SOMETHING WE LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, WE LOOK AT THE ANATOMY IN THE FRONT OF THE EYE AND THE CORNEA, AND THE CORNEA IS USUALLY ROUND IN SHAPE LIKE THE FRONT OF THIS BALL. BUT WITH ASTIGMATISM THERE’S AN EXTRA CURVE THAT’S ALL THE SAME CURVE AROUND IT BUT MORE LIKE FOOTBALL. AND IF WE SEE THAT THERE’S THAT STEEP CURVE HERE AND A MORE SHALLOW CURVE HERE ON OUR FOOTBALL THAT WE GET RID OF THE CURVE, IT BRINGS IT BACK AROUND AND WE’VE CORRECTED THE CONDITION, AND WE HAVE REALLY SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY AT KEY WHITMAN WHERE WE CAN MEASURE THE KIND OF IT, HOW MUCH IS THERE SO WE CAN RECOMMEND THE BEST TREATMENT FOR YOU. >>I’M SURE THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TREATMENT OPTIONS PER CLIENT. >>ABSOLUTELY. SO WE REALLY DO LOOK AT THIS IN TERMS OF AGE. SO GENERALLY FOR PATIENTS UNDER 40, WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT LASER CORRECTION, THINGS LIKE LASIK, OKAY? AND THAT ALLOWS US TO RESHAPE THE SURFACE OF THE EYE, AND WE CAN DO THAT RIGHT ALONG WITH THE NEAR SIGHTEDNESS OR FAR SIGHTEDNESS BECAUSE THEY GENERALLY HAVE ASTIGMATISM WITH THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME. AND WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY, WE CAN TREAT HIGHER AMOUNTS OF NEAR SIGHTEDNESS, FAR SIGHTEDNESS AND ASTIGMATISM THAN BEFORE. IF YOU’VE BEEN TOLD IN THE PAST YOU WEREN’T REALLY A GOOD CANDIDATE, YOU SHOULD COME IN AND WE’LL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR IT. >>THAT’S UNDER 40. WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE OVER 40? >>AS WE GET OLDER, THE LENS OF OUR EYE GETS MORE DENSE, LEADS TO CATARACTS. AND THE GREAT THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER IS YOU CAN GET THE CATARACTS REMOVED AND WE CAN NOW PLACE IT WITH A LENS IMPLANT WITH THE CORRECTION BUILT INTO IT CALLED A TORIC LENS. AND ONE OF THE REALLY NEAT THINGS, THOUGH, IS OUR HIGH- TECHNOLOGY LENSES LIKE SYMPHONY, MULTI-FOCAL LENSES ALSO COME IN TORIC VARIETIES SO WE CAN TREAT THE CATARACTS AND YOUR RANGE OF VISION, GIVE YOU THAT EXTENDED RANGE OF VISION TO DECREASE YOUR DEPENDENCE ON GLASSES OR CONTACTS ALL AT THE SAME TIME. >>HOW CAN OUR VIEWERS AT HOME WHO MIGHT ACTUALLY BE SEEING US RIGHT NOW KNOW WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE FOR EVALUATION AND TREATMENT? >>WELL, THE EASIEST PART, JUST GIVE US A CALL, COME IN FOR AN EVALUATION. WE’LL MEASURE AND SEE WHAIND OF ASTIGMATISM THERE IS, THE BEST TREATMENT FOR YOU AND MATCH THAT TO WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR EYES. >>AND THE BEST PART IS YOU HAVE LOCATIONS ALL OVER TOWN, SO THERE’S BOUND TO BE ONE NEAR YOU. >>WE’RE EASY TO GET TO. MY TEAM AND I ARE AT THE HEADQUARTERS OFFICE OFF OF ROYAL AND CENTRAL LANE. WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU. PICK UP THE PHONE, MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT AND WE’LL GET YOU TAKEN CARE OF. >>DR. WHITMAN, LOVE TO HAVE YOU IN. IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR VISION, CALL THIS NUMBER. YOU CA

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