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Monday, May 8, 2017
LASIK surgery is one of the most common vision-related procedures in the United States. It is effective and safe, which is why 98.4 percent of patients claim that they would choose LASIK surgery again in the future if needed.
Unfortunately, there have been a few pervasive myths surrounding the procedure. In fact, you may have heard a few yourself. With that in mind, we’ll be debunking a few of these myths:
I’m Too Old for the Procedure
It’s never “too late” to enjoy healthy vision. The only age restriction for LASIK surgery is that the patient must be at least 18 years old. Otherwise, anyone above the age of 18 is eligible for the procedure.
LASIK is Painful
This is a common myth because of a general unease of the use of a laser. However, patients who undergo LASIK surgery are provided with numbing eye drops before the procedure. As such, patients experience no pain. If ever they do feel something, they may feel a slight pressure on their eye at the beginning of the procedure.
It Only Corrects Nearsightedness
Saturday, May 6, 2017
In monovision LASIK surgery, one eye is treated to focus more clearly at distant objects, while one is deliberately intended for close vision. This means that the two eyes have a different working distance to the other. The dominant eye—the one that focuses for clear distant vision—does the lion’s share of the workload, and so it is corrected for best possible distance vision.
Monovision LASIK surgery can be liberating—it allows those with impaired vision to enjoy the best of both worlds with no need for glasses. However, it can take a while to get used to.
Before an eye doctor can approve a patient for monovision LASIK however, he must first ensure that the patient has two healthy and fully functioning eyes. Those with macular degeneration, glaucoma, and lazy eye will have a hard time coping with monovision, that’s why they are often rejected for the procedure.
That said, monovision doesn’t guarantee complete independence from reading glasses. Though some may no longer need it, others may still need to use light glasses for special situations, such as prolonged reading in poor light. Then again, such shortcomings are minor compared to the unprecedented convenience and other lifestyle benefits that monovision LASIK can afford.
To find out if you are a suitable candidate for monovision LASIK, schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County LASIK eye surgery specialist.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Many patients who undergo laser eye surgery for cataracts fear that their cataracts may return, and that they may need to go through a second cataract operation in the future. To allay your fears, it’s impossible for cataracts to return in the same area of the eye, since cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens that is implanted inside the eye. Unlike natural lens, artificial lens does not cloud, and therefore cataracts have no chance of hitting the same location twice.
That said, the lens capsule—the small ‘sac’ membrane that held the original lens in place, can become blurry after surgery. This condition, called capsular opacification, can occur in more or less 25 percent of patients who receive cataract surgery. If a patient has this condition, he or she may start to experience symptoms similar to those of a cataract, such as cloudy vision, haze, sensitivity to bright lights, and difficulty reading small letters.
Surgery is not necessary to treat capsular opacification—eye doctors may simply employ a specific type of laser to treat the condition. The laser creates an opening at the middle of the opacified lens capsule to allow light to enter the eye. The procedure is painless, and takes no more than a few minutes to complete. Thus, it is generally considered as an outpatient procedure, which means that patients may immediately go home after receiving a capsular opacification laser treatment.
Capsular opacification laser treatments are provided by competent Orange County laser eye surgery practitioners.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
To date, surgery is the only way to address a cataract problem. No medication or eye drop can do the trick, and prescription glasses only provide a temporary solution. If you want to get rid of your cataracts completely, then you have to undergo a surgical removal of your natural lens where cataracts have formed.
That said, a person shouldn’t have cataract surgery just because cataract is present. Many people with cataracts do not have the symptoms often associated with the condition and can continue to lead active and productive lives. In such cases, cataract surgery is unnecessary.
So when should you have cataract surgery? Here are four questions developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to guide you.
● Are your cataracts affecting your activities at home and at work?
● Are you no longer able to drive safely at night?
● Are your cataracts preventing you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities?
● Have your cataracts become unmanageable?
If you answer yes to all of these questions, then you are a good candidate for cataract surgery.
It usually takes a couple of days to a week for an eye to heal after cataract surgery. Blurry vision, irritation, and itchiness are common after the procedure. If both eyes have cataracts, surgery for each eye is performed a week or two apart. Simultaneous cataract surgery for both eyes is not recommended by cataract surgeons in Los Angeles to ensure the patient still has use of one eye as the other heals. Separate procedures also reduce the possibility of complications affecting both eyes.