The ability to see is essential for a fulfilled life.
Over 80 percent of our sensory input is through our eyes. We use our eyes to gather information. Our eyes help us see on the darkest of nights and in the brightest sunlight. We can see things that are incredibly far away, like the stars in the sky, or the tiniest of specks up close.
Rooted in a long history of innovation in optics, ZEISS, a world leader in medical technology, helps drive progress in medicine with advancements for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. From the time Robert Koch has used a ZEISS microscope to discover the tuberculosis bacteria in 1882, to latest digital technologies advancing eye care today, ZEISS is enabling doctors to improve the quality of life of their patients. In ophthalmology and optometry, many doctors rely on ZEISS when it comes to diagnosing, treating and managing the most common eye diseases and vision conditions.
We are constantly looking at the world around us. As long as our eyes remain healthy, few of us think very much about how precious good vision is. Even if we need to wear glasses from a young age because we are nearsighted (Myopia) or farsighted (Hyperopia), most refractive errors affecting vision can be almost completely corrected.
From about the ages of 40 to 50, almost everyone needs a visual aid for near vision as the lens and iris muscles lose their elasticity over the course of time. This vision condition of age-related farsightedness is called Presbyopia.
Refractive vision conditions can be corrected using eye glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. Also the replacement of the eye’s natural lens with an intraocular (IOL) implant may be used to correct refractive errors.
During recent years, ZEISS has developed many optical innovations for eye glasses that do more than just correct refractive errors, such as lenses that minimize reflections for driving at night, or lenses designed to put an end to digital eye strain from computers, smartphones and tablets. Discover more how glasses can improve your wellbeing.
Even people who don’t wear glasses should consult an eye care specialist regularly. In addition to evaluating refractive vision conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, an eye exam may help detect eye disease or problems at any early stage. Many eye disorders and diseases can remain symptom-free for years. Early detection and treatment may help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.
In today’s modern medicine a broad range of surgical procedures is in place to restore vision and to support a healthy vision. Whether it’s about correcting refractive errors or health related issues, some of these procederes are the most common surgical procedures in medicine worldwide. The replacement of the eye-lens, blurred by cataract with an Intra Ocular Lens Implant (IOL) for example is performed over 20 million times globally, based on WHO data. The following list provides some basic information about these standard procedures:
Everybody has the desire for clear, crisp, sharply focused vision. Many people, however, do not have perfect vision; they are either nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. These common eye conditions are called refractive errors. An eye surgeon can correct these by using a laser to reshape the cornea so that light is properly focused onto the retina to achieve improved vision without glasses and contact lenses. Learn more about laser eye surgery options.
A cataract is the most common cause for diminished vision quality today and affects most people as they age. Patients might not realize they have a cataract until cloudy vision dramatically impairs their daily routine. Left untreated, a cataract may even lead to complete loss of vision. The good news is that a cataract can be treated easily and effectively with a safe, routine procedure. Learn more about modern cataract treatment technologies.
Did you know that 625 million people are threatened by blindness? And that 2.2 billion people have no access to eye care? Our goal is to provide everyone everywhere with access to medical technology. Better training for doctors and adequate treatment facilities are the key to fighting preventable blindness in all regions of the world. Fellowships from the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), supported by ZEISS, help young doctors from emerging economies get familiarized with modern clinical care for ophthalmic diseases. ZEISS, together with the Christoffel Mission for the Blind (CBM) and other partners, is committed to ensuring that more people in all regions of the world gain access to good ophthalmic care. Social commitment is of special importance to ZEISS and the grateful smile of a patient is the rewarding moment we work for.