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High-Definition Vision Clearly a Boon for the Eyes

Posted April 11, 2007
Updated April 12, 2007

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— High-definition television offers a crystal-clear image compared with older, standard TV sets. What if people with poor eyesight could see with new, crystal-clear vision?

Doctors are doing just that with a new laser-and-lens procedure.

Margaret Nehrke's eyesight was never great, but it got worse as she aged.

"I couldn't read. I couldn't see anything without my glasses," said Nehrke. Now she sees better than ever thanks to a laser-and-lens procedure called "high-definition vision."

"High-definition will give better color, better clarity, better contrast," said Dr. William Rand with the Rand Eye Institute in Miami. High-definition vision combines "Custom-Vue" LASIK surgery' with the latest lens-exchange techniques, and it can give almost anyone better than perfect vision.

In TV terms, the new vision is like adding more pixels, more picture detail with more visual definition. One lens commonly used in the so-called "hi-def" vision is the Rezoom lens. It allows people to see in HD, up close, from afar or even while driving at night because it has multiple focus points.

"We have a point for distance. We have a point for the middle and a point for the near so that all distances are covered and the person can see near, far and in-between," Rand said.

Nehrke no longer needs her glasses for anything.

"It's fabulous. I can't imagine anybody would settle for anything less. It's the most wonderful gift you could give yourself," said Nehrke. She says the benefit of high-definition vision is crystal clear.

You can get more information about the high definition vision procedure.


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  • ghwhitaker1_old Apr 16, 2007

    "go for it" At age 55 my near vision was shot; couldn't read anything without glasses. Long range vision was also suffering. I consulted with Dr. Martin at Carolina Eye Associates in Pinehurst about the Restor Lense, which corrects both problems. He transplanted the Restor Lense in each of my eyes in November of '05. Near and far vision was immediately corrected. There is a zone about an arm's length away with some reading difficulty, and I was initially troubled with haloes, to which I have since adapted, and now don't even notice them unless I try. Dr. Martin was wonderful. Cost was apx. $4800 per eye. My insurance paid -0-, because it was deemed an elective surgery. Was well worth it.

  • John Doe Apr 15, 2007

    You can use your High Definition vision with your high definition tv and your high definition radio

  • MrD Apr 15, 2007

    i'm skeptical. "like adding more pixels?" that doesn't make sense. to do that they would have to add more rods and cones to the eye.

    this is like a commercial for some proprietary technology with a lot of hype words thrown in but no analysis.

    it looks like they just believed everything a salesperson said.

  • nc lover Apr 15, 2007

    I need/want the surgery. I'm nearsided with a stigmatisum. Does anyone have any idea what the Surgery Cost? about 3,000 an eye?
    Just looking for a ballpark figure. I know cost is different between different doctors.I've been thinking of looking into this alot but I just keep procrastinating.

  • owlady Apr 15, 2007

    I plan to wait out a few more years before having Lasik eye surgery done. It sounds wonderful, but the proceedures have improved tremendously in the last 8 years or so. It can only get better, and my contacts and glasses work fine for me now. Also, maybe the price will come down more if I wait longer. I will have to wait and see. (no pun intended) ;-)

  • Z Man Apr 13, 2007

    I had lasik years ago and it's fallen off some, but I'm still delighted I had it done. This sounds like a technological breakthrough. Trouble is, there's no procedures for my other ailments!

  • Ashen-Shugar Apr 12, 2007

    How about whether this can be done in conjunction with previous eye surgery, like phacoemulsification. It would be nice considering my surgery done 4 years ago did not put in a bendable or refractable lens.

  • patriot 16 Apr 12, 2007

    how about x-ray vision... or maybe laser beam eyes, that'd be awesome.

  • Angry Independent Apr 12, 2007

    I agree.. this reads like an ad, not a story.

  • Red Apr 11, 2007

    How about some practical information like availability, cost, side effects and restrictions to the surgery?