As science marches on and new technologies are developed, one can’t help but think of the major improvements one can have in the future when it comes to improving and correcting vision. In the past people consulted the gods or some crazy ritual to bring healing to their blurry eyes. But at the turn of the century we can see that there have been a lot of improvements in the way we treat eye problems. The crudest operations were fast cuts to just push the cataract laden lens of old patients downward so that they could see clearly, but this leads to aphakia in which causes far-sightedness as well as potential vitreous or retinal detachment. Nowadays, modern society is blessed with the advances in medicine such as effective ophthalmic anesthetics, improved sterile techniques, tinier and more precise instruments of operation as well as better understanding of the healing process.
And with such advantages, vision correction today is all about the possibilities. Right now, the technology is capable of restoring 20/20 vision to patients who have refractive error either via a temporary, simple prescription glasses, contact lenses or permanent surgical correction via lasers. The more interesting possibilities are the addition of an electronic device so thin that it can be inserted into the eye whether as removable contact lens or an ocular implant device. It would virtually allow unprecedented uses ranging not just visual correction but also virtual integration of real time data to improve efficiency and ease of use. Imagine a world wherein people will be able to improve their sense of vision more than what our physical bodies allow us to do so. A person might be able to have 360 degree vision sometime in the future or perhaps integration can allow a person with only one eye to have compensation for the loss of depth perception.
Perhaps there can even be corrective surgery that would allow a person who was blind from birth to be able to see. At the rate our technology is expanding, one can only dream of the possibilities. A few things are worthy of discussion while we are on the topic of vision correction. Some would say that with new technology that could improve vision beyond the norm, this could lead to breaches in privacy as one could be secretly assessing or stalking a person who does not want any kind of unwanted attention.
In fact, when Google first released Google Glass, a wearable glasses platform, critics were quick to point out the flaws of such technology. And yet despite these concerns, the possibility of going beyond human vision in the name of correcting eye sight problems is still some sort of a black box that can both be either a bane or a boon users around the world. Prescription glasses are cheap and have the advantage of not irritating the eye but have a problem with peripheral vision limitation. Contact lenses remove this concern as well as the buildup of precipitate which interferes with vision in cold weather, not to mention the possibility of eye irritation and infection. The next step is the permanency of eye surgery to improve vision by altering the refractive powers of the eye but this comes with complications that may very well end up in loss of vision. The options for correcting vision are vast and varied with different techniques and different pros and cons but the end result is an improvement in the quality of vision as well as the quality of life.
As we move in to the 21st century, more and more people will have access to this kind of technology and it is the hope of the general populace that these advancements can be made much cheaper than current prices so that many more can avail them. Vision is no doubt one of the most important of senses, more so than hearing, taste, smell and touch. As such before undertaking any kind of procedure or correction it would be wise to consult a healthcare professional on the best course of action before in order to avoid deleterious complications leading to vision loss.
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