Dr. Jonathan Christenbury Predicts Top Vision Correction Trends for 2015

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Many Patients Choose Vision Correction Surgery Over Glasses and Contacts

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Dr. Jonathan Christenbury explains some of the top vision trends for 2015, including more patients asking the question, "Why wear glasses at all?"

As vision correction technology advances, patients are becoming more confident they can successfully make a difference in their eyesight.

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury, Medical Director at the Christenbury Eye Center, releases his Top Vision Trends for 2015. With more than 20 years of experience in laser eye surgery, Dr. Christenbury has experienced a lot of change in the vision correction industry. For 2015, Dr. Christenbury predicts an increase in changes seen over the past few years, especially with respect to early treatment of cataracts and lens implants. Many patients are also choosing permanent vision correction to eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Common solutions include LASIK, Visian ICL and ReSTOR. Younger patients are giving the message, “Why wear glasses at all?”

Early Cataract Surgery - Historically, people with cataracts waited until the problem progressed enough to cause severe vision issues, such as the inability to drive at night, before undergoing cataract surgery. This procedure typically was reserved for adults over the age of 65 and more typically 70s and older. Statistics now show that 65% of people over 50 have some degree of cataracts with that rising to100% of people over 80 years old. Today, Dr. Christenbury sees two new trends: 1) Patients in their 40s and 50s are continuing to have active lifestyles; and 2) Many patients with early cataracts now choose surgery at a much earlier age, sometimes in their 40s, rather than waiting until the condition progresses to a severe state. Dr. Christenbury finds that often patients opt to include a ReSTOR lens implant in order to eliminate the need for bifocals glasses or reading glasses.

ReSTOR Vision Correction Instead of Glasses - LASIK only corrects Myopia, distance vision, and not Presbyopia, which causes the need for reading glasses or bifocals. After age 40, ReSTOR, a multifocal lens implant, corrects distance but also the intermediate and reading distance, which eliminates the need for reading glasses and bifocals. Increasingly, vision correction surgery is becoming the choice of people young and old, with an increase in procedures for those evaluated over the past two years. With more powerful technology, more accurate procedures and the desire to become glasses free, more people are opting to permanently fix their vision problems instead of correcting with glasses or bifocals.

Dr. Christenbury hears many complaints from patients not being able to read not only small print but also their smartphones. They have increased the font size on the phone but still cannot see it. One patient said, “I’m tired of asking my children to read my smartphone for me.” Some of the reasons for this increase in early procedures may come from the advent of wellness programs in today’s workplaces. Also, the fact that individuals are working longer and live more active lifestyles creates a desire to improve quality of life without spectacles.

Dr. Christenbury says, “As vision correction technology advances, patients are becoming more confident they can successfully make a difference in their eyesight. I’m encouraged to not only see these technological advances in action at our Center, but I’m excited to share patients’ excitement at shedding their glasses and contacts.” He goes on to say, “Our patients tell us they experience advancements in their careers, sports and an overall increase in satisfaction with their lives.”

Christenbury Eye Center offers many options for vision correction, from LASIK and ReSTOR to cataract surgery and treatments for dry eye. Learn more at Christenbury Eye Center or call us at 877- 702-2020 to schedule a free consultation.

About the Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For two decades he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures including LASIK, Visian ICL, and ReSTOR.

Dr. Christenbury performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990s and since that time has performed more than 100,000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first all laser IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast in 2002 and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas in 2005. In the Spring of 2005, he was the first in the Carolinas to perform the ReSTOR® procedure, which treats Presbyopia and can eliminate reading glasses and bifocals. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the United States.

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