Category: <span>LASIK</span>

Astronaut in space

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: The Side Effects of Space Flight

It’s the dream of many a little boy or girl – to one day become an astronaut and gaze upon our beautiful blue planet not from the earth, but from outer space. However, unless you were a particularly sensible, well-researched child, you may not be aware of the profound effects that space flight can have on the human body. Extensive and ongoing research by NASA and other authorities have found that extended durations spent with your head in the stars can actually result in:
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Older woman smiling with glasses

Can I Have LASIK If…

If you’re one of the many bespectacled people who have considered LASIK laser eye surgery, you may have heard of the term “eligibility criteria” or something similar. Basically, are you suitable for LASIK?

While the definitive answer to this question lies with your eye specialist, there are some general guidelines that can help you know whether to expect a resounding “yes, you are!” or a disappointing “no, unfortunately not.”
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You're Unsuitable for LASIK. Now What?

I’ve Just Been Told I’m Unsuitable For LASIK Laser Eye Surgery. Now What?

You’ve finally saved up those dollars, mentally prepared yourself for the idea of undergoing an eye operation, told all your friends now is the time, and advised work you’re going to need some time off. Then you march into the ophthalmologist’s office armed with your questions about how long the LASIK procedure will take, how long until you can drive again… and, after all that you’re told you can’t have LASIK.
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Is LASIK eye surgery right for you?

Is LASIK Eye Surgery Right For You?

 

Picture this: It’s the dead of night. Only a sliver of moon is visible through the clouds, casting deep, motionless shadows across your house. Suddenly, the stillness is broken by a tinkling noise from downstairs. You awaken with a startle, eyes frantically blinking away the sleep. It sounds like an intruder! Trying to pull your legs out from under the covers, you rub at your eyes to clear them but your vision is so blurry you can hardly see your slippers on the floor. It’s so hard to see… not only because it’s dark but because you’re also myopic and you broke your glasses two weeks ago and your contact lenses are in the bathroom drawer but you don’t think you could see well enough to make it to the bathroom, especially when your slinky cat has a penchant for tripping unsuspecting humans. Meanwhile, the intruder has stolen all your fine china and the good cutlery you bring out when your in-laws come for dinner.
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Can LASIK Fix Presbyopia?

Can LASIK fix Presbyopia?

It happens to the best of us, this getting old business. As the internet has succinctly put it, “One minute you’re in your 20s living your best life, the next minute you’re getting excited about an air fryer.” And as the natural order of aging goes, after air fryer excitement comes the inevitable change to your vision known as presbyopia.
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The 40 Year Old Woman Who Cried Tears of Joy

I’d like to venture into the human component of what I do. A little story that reminds me of the true essence of what I do for a living. At the end of the day, it’s not about the money. It’s all about affecting people’s lives and how much I’m affected by affecting those lives.

We spend a lot of time trying to provide useful research to our website visitors especially in the fields of LASIK/LASEK and Pterygium. I think there are times, though, when a good old fashioned story is called for.

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A Laser Eye Surgeon’s Confession: I Love LASEK

Yes, you read that right. I love LASEK. I fully admit it. When done properly it is a great procedure.

Quick story: I recently had a Navy veteran in for a Laser Vision Correction consult. He told me that the Navy requires LASEK to be performed on all of its pilots. So if you are going to land a plane on a ship, you have to go with LASEK (or equivalent) instead of LASIK. Who would not want the same LASEK technique used on them as the Navy demands for its pilots?

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LASIK vs. LASEK – Which Laser Surgery Option Is Best for You?

Imagine this. The zombie apocalypse has finally arrived, you’re running for your life from the undead when suddenly your glasses slide off your nose – and you hear a crunch under your feet. What do you do now? Is that a hungry zombie over yonder or just a human dragging his feet?

A great way to prepare for this impending event (and to not need glasses) is to consider laser eye surgery.

In 2015, 596,000 people in the USA underwent a laser eye surgery procedure known as LASIK. This year, in 2017, an estimated 638,000 people in the USA will have LASIK performed. Also known as laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, LASIK is just one of several refractive surgery options alongside another relatively newer procedure known as LASEK (laser assisted sub-epithelial keratomileusis).  Both are surgical techniques with the aim to address what is called refractive error – basically, the need for correction with spectacles or contact lenses.

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Fear and Finances- Addressing the Obstacles to Laser Vision Correction

Last summer, we embarked on a trial program with the goals of providing great vision at a reasonable price point while reducing the fear that is inherent to eye surgery. Part of my goal was to make eye surgery more accessible to patients in their 20s and 30s as they tend to have nearsighted eyes that respond beautifully to treatment.

Wavefront Lasik surgery typically costs $5,000 and up. It is worth every penny but most people don’t have $5,000 to spend on a luxury surgery. Couple this with the reservations that any sane person would have about having surgery on their otherwise healthy eyes and it is no wonder that only a small percentage of the US population has had Laser Vision Correction.

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Laser Eye Surgery Shouldn’t Sacrifice Near Vision Over Distance Vision

Like many Cornea Specialists, I have a thriving general Ophthalmology practice.  I am always amazed when I see patients that had Laser Vision Correction done elsewhere when they were over the age of 40 and had both eyes corrected for distance vision only.  This effectively wiped out their near vision and made them completely dependent on reading glasses to see up close.  They basically traded one shortcoming for another.

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Research & Publications

What eye floaters look like

Food for Floaters

It’s a fly! No, it’s a spider! No, it’s a…. vitreous floater. Though you may be relieved to realize you’ve not …

Happy senior couple

Cataract Surgery Could Reduce Dementia Risk

With dementia affecting almost 6 million people in the US, it wouldn’t be unexpected that you may personally know of someone …

Woman with a bionic eye

Bionic Eyes Aren’t Just for Terminators

When you hear of a bionic eye, what first comes to mind? For those who grew up in the 80s and 90s, there’s probably a picture …