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Nursing Beyond the Vital Signs

Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

Are You A Candidate For Vision Correction Surgery For Astigmatism?

A common source of vision problems is associated with astigmatism. For people within this population, asymmetrical or irregular cornea issues can prompt vision concerns that are sometimes lifelong, but they do not always have to be. Vision correction surgery is sometimes an option to help resolve vision issues for these patients. 

Overall Health

For the most part, any person who undergoes vision correction surgery for a stigmatism should have a good or stable bill of health. Certain pre-existing conditions that are uncontrolled, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, can reduce the risk of unsuccessful treatment. 

In terms of hypertension, consistently elevated blood pressure levels may increase the risk of eye disease and additional eyesight concerns, which can introduce new vision issues. Uncontrolled diabetes prompts a similar circumstance. It is also worth noting that performing the procedure with these conditions produces risk. Patients with their health under control typically experience a safer procedure and have more favorable long-term results. 

Age and Development

The patient's age and developmental stage are also important when deciding if this procedure is appropriate. For the most part, minors would be discouraged from this treatment. One main reason for this concern is prescription stability. 

Individuals can have their prescriptions changed at any point, but since the eye is still developing in children, these changes are more common. As such, the degree of astigmatism could change drastically, resulting in the effects of the procedure no longer being sufficient. Regardless of age, a healthcare provider must examine your eye to determine if your existing developmental stage makes you suitable for this procedure. 

Eye Health

Good eye health is equally important when making this decision. Two main eye health concerns to consider are dry eyes and cornea thickness. Particularly when it comes to vision correction procedures, such as Lasik, dry eyes are a common side effect lasting for varying lengths of time. 

Someone with a severe case of dry eyes might not be suitable as the procedure would only worsen the condition and put their eye health at risk. In terms of cornea thickness, since corrective surgery involves manipulating the asymmetrical or irregular cornea, the physician will be unable to make any adjustments if it is too thin. Again, a proper exam will be required before moving forward.

The decision as to whether this treatment is right for you should be made in partnership with a trusted healthcare professional. Consider the details of this procedure and speak with your eye care provider to learn more.