Category: LASIK

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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The Secret To Great Laser Vision Correction

Laser Eye Surgery has improved tremendously from the mid-1990s. New generation lasers have improved both the percentage of patients with 20/20 vision after surgery and the quality of vision. The reason behind this has to do with the shape of the cornea (the cornea is the clear front part of the eye which is reshaped by the laser treatment.)

In nature, there are 2 types of cornea shapes, prolate and oblate. Animals with great vision such as eagles and hawks have prolate corneas. Animals with not-so-great vision like frogs have oblate corneas. The human cornea is naturally prolate in shape like that of a hawk, so by nature we have great visual potential.

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Research & Publications

Can Cataracts Be Prevented?

The mention of cataracts can cause a bit of a heart palpitation for some people, particularly older ones who have family …

The Difference Between Headaches and Migraines

Are headaches the same as migraines? Can a migraine cause a vision problem? Can a vision problem cause a migraine? Are headaches …

Did You Know You Can Get Herpes in the Eye?

Here’s an unexpected differential diagnosis for anyone who’s ever had pink eye – eye herpes. As nasty as that sounds, …