Treatments For Keratoconus

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The term astigmatism refers to an abnormally shaped cornea. Whereas a cornea should be smooth, in the case of an astigmatism, the cornea has wrinkles in it. These wrinkles form an hourglass shape that bends the light flowing through the cornea and distorts vision. The term keratoconus refers to an especially odd-shaped astigmatism, and if you have keratoconus, you may need to take drastic measures in order to improve your sight. Hybrid Lenses Keratoconus is not a stable condition, the wrinkles in your eye will most likely get steeper as time goes by. As the state of your cornea gets worse, it will be less and less likely that soft contact lenses will sit properly on your eye. Thus, you will most likely need a hard lens to correct the shape of your eye. On the other hand, if you have ever worn hard lenses, then you know that they are horribly uncomfortable. To make hard lenses more comfortable, you should look into wearing hybrid lenses, which have a hard center with a soft skirt around the edges. The skirt makes hybrid lenses more comfortable, and the hard center gives you the best chance of correcting your vision. Corneal Cross-Linking If you don’t want to have to wear hard lenses, or your vision is still not that great even with hard lenses, then you should look into corneal cross-linking. In this procedure, a doctor shaves the outer layer of your cornea off, then bombards your eye with betacarotene. After receiving a few such procedures, your eye should have a more normal shape and will be less likely to further degrade.  In-Tacts In-tacts are another option to consider in conjunction with cross-linking or on their own. In-tacts are two horseshoe-shaped pieces of plastic that are placed under the cornea. Their purpose is to stretch out the cornea. To understand how in-tacts work, picture a shirt that has been thrown in a heap on the ground. Obviously, it will be a maze of wrinkles. If you grab the corners of the shirt and pull, the shirt will flatten out. In-tacts do the same for your eye and should give it a more uniform shape.  Kerotoconus is a debilitating condition that can significantly decrease your ability to see clearly. If your condition is not that bad, then you may be able to get by with soft lenses. On the other hand, if your condition is bad, then you should talk to your eye doctor about cross-linking and...

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Tips For Cutting Down On The Cost Of Funeral Arrangements

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have the need to cut back on the amount of money that you are spending on the cost of a funeral arrangement, you will want to make sure to review the following suggestions. Ask For A Cremation Instead Of A Burial Burials tend to cost a lot more money because of everything that is involved with them. You have to pay to transport the body from the funeral home to the burial plot. You also have to pay for the casket, the grave site, the headstone, and for the labor that is needed to dig the site and fill it back in. With a cremation, you do not have to pay for any of that. You can still use a casket for a viewing, but you should have the option to rent one from the funeral home instead of having to spend much more money to purchase one outright. Stick To One Viewing Time Instead of reserving a viewing room at the funeral home for several days, you will want to pick just one day. Then, to make things even more affordable, you will want to select either a morning or evening viewing instead of having two viewings during the day. This way, the viewing room is free to be reserved by other families, which means it will cost you a lot less money. If you are worried about some family and friends not being able to make it back in time for the single viewing, you can always push the date of viewing out a little bit. That way, you are allowing plenty of time for everyone to make the necessary arrangements to make it to the funeral home in time. Seek Donations Instead Of Flowers Many people find that the tradition is to send flowers to the funeral home so the viewing room can be decorated with them. However, if you are really struggling to pay for everything, you could ask the friends and family of the deceased to send a donation to the funeral home to be applied to the funeral costs instead of having flowers delivered. You can advise people of the request for cash donations instead of flowers through social media posts, obituary listings, and through the funeral director. With just those three helpful tips, you should find that the cost of the funeral is going to be much easier to handle. All you have to do now is get in contact with a funeral director like Ryan-Parke Funeral Home to begin making the...

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