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I have had strabismus from my childhood, now I am 22. They say a surgery cannot restore vision, why to go for it then?
Strabismus treatment is a complex and long process, and it is best managed when started early. If the problem has not been attended in childhood, it may lead to functional vision acuity deterioration of the affected eye called amblyopia. With strabismus images seen by the eyes are very different, and the brain for the sake of visual chaos protection blocks images from the squinted eye. Vision on the eye can be lost forether. Modern conservative and surgical procedures allow to correct strabismus in most cases, however the final outcome forecast can be obtained only after a comprehensive vision testing. Binocular vision (when images from both eyes are merged by brain into integrated image) is restored mainly by apparatus assisted exercises, special training and complex vision stimulation. Indeed strabismus surgery is first of all a cosmetic procedure as in most cases it cannot restore binocular vision. But sometimes it is rather important for professional and private success.
I have worn contact lenses for a long time. Do I have to avoid wearing contacts before the surgery? If the answer is positive, for how long?
To provide for true diagnostics results one has to remove soft contact lenses a day before the testing. As for the surgery, it is advisable not to wear soft lenses for a week. Those who use hard lenses should abstain for two weeks.
They say cataract is a disease of elderly people. Is this true? Why does it occur?
Cataract is an eye disease manifested by partial or complete opacification of crystalline lens, which is located between iris and vitreous body. In younger years the lens is transparent, elastic and can change its shape providing immediate focussing ensuring good eyesight for various distances.
With age biochemical composition of the crystalline lens is changing leading to opacification. No one is ensured against this disease, it may be said that if humans could live up to 120 to 150 years, everyone would experience a cataract.
There are many factors causing cataract development: genetic predisposition, metabolism disorders, diabetes mellitus, vitamin deficiency, UV irradiation, higher levels of nuclear radiation, bad ecology.