Lasik Eye Surgery Over 40

The laser assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery, also known as LASIK surgery is a laser eye surgery employed in the treatment of astigmatism (blurred vision), hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness)

It is a type of refractive surgery and the procedure entails the reshaping of the cornea with a laser or microkeratome for better positioning. This ensures that light entering the eye correctly focuses on the retina and the result is an improved and clearer vision. It is an outpatient procedure that takes about 10 minutes for each eye. Results are often visible within the next 24 hours after surgery while vision takes between few days and several weeks to stabilize.

LASIK is much preferred because it reduces and in many cases eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. But, the LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone. Your optometrist will examine you and decide this based on certain factors that will determine if you are a good candidate or not.

A lasik candidate needs to be at least 18 or 21 years old, depending on the laser to be used. The age limit is a necessary precaution because for candidates younger than 18 years of age, growth is still occurring in different parts of the body as well as the eye. It is only in extreme cases that candidates below 18 are considered for the lasik eye surgery. This rarely occurs though as there is an increasing necessity for this surgery by candidates aged 40 years and above due to eye-related problems associated with middle age or developments due to lifestyle.

The older a patient is with any of the listed eye problems, particularly farsightedness, the higher the tendency for worsening if nothing is done about it. Lasik eye surgery offers men and women over 40, a chance to see better without having to depend on contact lens or glasses for their daily activities.

In fact, once you are over 40, you need to see your doctor for periodic tests as some of the considerations for the surgery, such as presbyopia, hyperopia and myopia, crop up with age and are true even for those who have had seemingly perfect vision all their life.

This is to be expected though because certain features of the eye such as the lens, change with age and cannot be expected to function optimally as in the past.

The lasik eye surgery is a painless and safe procedure with immediate results. It is a selective procedure and may not be the go to option if you have any eye defect other than loss of reading and distance vision

It is however prospect to be expected and okay to consider it as a better option and permanent solution than glasses and contact lens once you’re over 40. You however need to see your doctor first or a Lasik surgeon before you decide and once you reach a decision, go through the options and processes available for you together.

Thanks to an advance research and technology, high tech lasik technology is in use today with remarkable results to show for it.

Learn more about laser vision surgery from our professional ophthalmologists including correction for glaucoma, cataracts, astigmatism, dry eyes, and more.  To contact an eye doctor near you to discuss corrective eye surgery visit our website at http://www.michiganlasik.com/ or call us to make an appointment at 877.579.0202.

Is LASIK Worth $5,000?

Eyesight is an interesting thing. The American Optometric Association simplifies vision as what happens when rays of light reflect off an object and enter the eyes through the cornea. Ideally, our vision would always be perfect with little-to-no issues. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and many Americans need assistance in the form of prescription glasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly. LASIK surgery gave those with poor eyesight hope back in the late 1990’s when it was finally approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But with an average cost of $4,000-$5,000 for the procedure, interested patrons may be initially turned off by the price. So, is LASIK worth $5,000?

The Cost of LASIK Over the Years

When LASIK first was approved in the U.S., the average cost per eye was $2,200, Alex Tabarrok writes in Marginal Revolution, an economic publication. Today, TLC Laser Eye Centers states that the average cost of LASIK is now $1,500 to $2,500 per eye, meaning there hasn’t been much of a change in rates despite the amount of time the procedure has been around. It is important to note, though, that price may vary depending on location and technology used.

The main issue in cost resides in the fact that most insurance companies will not cover the surgery as they deem it to be cosmetic. However, the good news is that many clinics do set up payment plans with you to help take away the burden of paying for LASIK all at once. You can also set up a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account, which can be used for medical expenses, TLC Laser Eye Centers advises.

Of course, you will see ads for LASIK offering rates as low as $250 per eye. Qualsight, a company that helps you find affordable LASIK doctors near you, warns that these deals look too good to be true because they often are.“These misleading pricing models significantly increase the cost based on your prescription or astigmatism. In addition, extremely low prices may not factor in enhancements or post-operative visits which are typically the following day after surgery, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months post-operative care,” they state on their website.

The Cost of LASIK Vs. Contact Lenses

Even though you aren’t paying a few thousand dollars at once for contact lenses or prescription glasses, the cost per year and over a lifetime can still add up.

According to senior editor Gary Heiting, OD, of AllAboutVision.com, the average cost of contact lenses per year can range from $220 to $260, and this does not include the eye exams or solution. For contact lens solutions, Heiting writes to expect the cost to be an additional $150 to $200.

For eyeglasses, Vision Service Plan states that the national average cost is $530 without vision coverage. Even with insurance coverage, some insurance companies put a limit amount patients are able to spend on glasses, CostHelper Health adds. For example, Lia Health Alliance will pay up to $120 per year for glasses and the patient must pay for the rest, they state.

Is LASIK worth $5,000?

In most cases, LASIK surgery completely corrects your vision, meaning glasses and contacts are no longer necessary in order for you to see clearly. As with most things, there is no “one size fits all” with the procedure. In fact, even Dr. Joseph Dello Russo of DelloRusso Laser Vision admits that corrective laser eye surgery is not for everyone. Some may also have to get the surgery again later in life, depending on your age when you first receive it. This may be the case with Rebecca Harrington, who wrote about her experience in this 2016 Business Insider article.

But, due to its corrective nature, the cost of LASIK can definitely be worth it to save money over time. Poor vision often tends to get worse instead of better, thus meaning surgery is the only way to fully correct vision and prevent future expenses in prescription lenses.

Regardless, just like with any surgery, you want to make sure you do a thorough consultation with a LASIK doctor first and do your research. LASIK will only be worth the $5,000 if you are a candidate for the procedure.

Lastly, if you are interested in seeing what you might pay monthly for the costs if approved for a finance plan, you can use Lasik.com’s calculator here.

What are your thoughts? Is LASIK worth $5,000?

Original Source: https://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2017/06/23/1049922_is-lasik-worth-5000.html

Original Author: Jennifer Clark

Original Date: June 23 2017

 

Yes, you can fix your eye problems – this is how

Imagine not having to decide between being able to see and hot yoga class…or, waking up in the middle of the night and actually being able to walk your way to the bathroom without running into things.

While you might think dodgy vision is your lot in life, like thin hair or being under 5’2’’, turns out, there’s actually a raft of solutions depending on your eye condition.

“About half of Australians wear glasses (including reading glasses) or contact lenses,” says Melbourne-based ophthalmologist and advanced cataract and laser eye surgeon, Dr Rick Wolfe.

“Of those, about 50 percent are short-sighted, and 50 percent are long-sighted or presbyopic,” he says.

Wolfe, who’s been in the business for 30 years and 40,000 eye surgeries and counting, says his patients opt for a more permanent choice (only 4 percent of surgeries will need an enhancement), rather than glasses or contacts, for a few major reasons.

“It’s personal choice, but the first is convenience, second, that quality of vision is better with laser eye surgery, third, to avoid some of the potential complications associated with contact lenses (there’s a 1 in 2000 chance every year of an infection on the cornea), and then there’s also vanity reasons,” he says.

Often the eye surgery can be life changing, and Wolfe recalls one memorable moment with a patient.

“I saw one young woman who wore very thick glasses, and it was a pivot for her to change. She became more confident and addressed all the other things she saw about herself.”

In fact, it’s not unusual for patients to burst into tears…of joy.

“One of the most common laser eye surgeries, LASIK, actually enables you to see straight away. Patients will have a surprised look on their face and start to cry, as the results are better than they expected. You want to join in with them,” he says.

Why then isn’t everyone at it?

Well, you have to be an eligible candidate for starters. “Moderate to medium-high degrees of short- sightedness, and long-sighted people are usually suitable. If you have a disease of the cornea and eye, you won’t be suitable, nor are systemic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Your eyes will be thoroughly assessed to determine suitability before any treatment is recommended,” he says.

And then there’s the fear and expense. At around $3000 per eye, the hefty price tag is understandably a barrier for some. Although Medicare does not cover laser eye surgery, some private health insurance funds do cover some or all of the cost – so it pays to check with your provider.

Still interested? Behold, the available treatments for your eye conditions.

Short-sightedness (myopia)

What is it? Distant objects appear blurry. Short-sightedness affects about 25 percent of people, does not worsen with age, and is the most commonly treated condition.

What is the treatment? LASIK, ASLA, ICL, RLE.

How LASIK works is creating a flap from your cornea and treating underneath, and putting the flap back. You’ll be better almost immediately (the next day). ASLA treats the surface, recovery time takes about one week and patients usually experience some pain. Wolfe tries to avoid this method, which is only used in about five percent of cases, where the cornea thickness precludes the patient from LASIK.

ICL refers to the process of putting a lens inside the eye without taking the human lens out. This is a one eye at a time procedure, and is done when LASIK is not an option (too short sighted). RLE which is short for Refractive Lens Exchange, is similar to a cataract operation, where a multi-focal ocular lens is implanted teaching the eye to focus. It’s the most common implanted medical device in the world.

Long-sightedness (hyperopia)

What is it? Difficulty focusing on objects up close

What is the treatment? LASIK, ASLA, ICL, RLE.

Astigmatism

What is it? Light focuses unevenly causing blurry or distorted vision over both long and short distances. Astigmatism doesn’t occur on its own, rather it’s associated with long or short sightedness. Bonus.

What is the treatment? LASIK, ASLA, ICL, RLE.

Presbyopia

What is it? A natural part of ageing process, reading smaller print becomes more difficult usually from the age of 45. In fact, if you don’t get it, there’s likely something wrong with your eye, says Wolfe.

What is the treatment? Monovision, RLE. Monovision can treat presbyopia by making one eye short-sighted.

Keratoconus

What is it? A degenerative eye condition, where the normal shape of the cornea becomes distorted and a cone-shaped bulge develops, resulting in a progressive blurring of the vision. This is a weakness in the collagen or fibres of the corneas.

What is the treatment? Kerarings, Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL).

Cataracts

What is it? An age-related cloudiness that develops in the lens, inside the eye, typically in your sixties and seventies.

What is the treatment? Cataract surgery/laser-assisted cataract surgery (LACS) is the most common operation in the world, with around 200,000 done every year in Australia.

Original Source: http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-advice/yes-you-can-fix-your-eye-problems-this-is-how/news-story/46912a81356a57d65db84765215115ce

Original Author: Melissa Shedden

Original Date: Jul 4, 2017

Study: People Who Choose LASIK After Contact Lenses Are More Satisfied with Their Vision and Remain Satisfied Over Time

Article Courtesy of: Eyewire Today

A new study finds that contact lens users who chose to have LASIK were more satisfied with their vision a year after the surgery – and even more satisfied after 2 and 3 years, according to the Cornea Research Foundation of America. The study is the first to directly compare satisfaction rates of contact lens wearers with those who opt for LASIK laser vision correction surgery.

According to Three-Year Longitudinal Survey Comparing Visual Satisfaction with LASIK and Contact Lenses (http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(16)30096-3/fulltext), former contact-lens users surveyed after LASIK surgery reported higher satisfaction rates than a control group that did not have LASIK and instead continued to use contacts. In follow-up surveys conducted 2 and 3 years after the procedure, LASIK satisfaction rates were consistently high, while contact lens satisfaction rates declined steadily. The study was conducted by the Cornea Research Foundation of America. Findings were published in the August 2016 issue of Ophthalmology. Continue reading Study: People Who Choose LASIK After Contact Lenses Are More Satisfied with Their Vision and Remain Satisfied Over Time

Are Annual Eye Exams Necessary?

eye-examOften people will wait until they notice a change in their vision before they schedule an examination with their eye doctor. A recent study found that one in four adults haven’t had an eye examination in the last two years.

Unfortunately many eye problems do not show symptoms and often can only be found during a comprehensive eye examination by your eye doctor. During your eye exam your eye doctor will looks for vision disorders, eye muscle imbalance, and any eye disease that could cause future problems.  Continue reading Are Annual Eye Exams Necessary?

Introducing Our Latest Technology

Rohr Eye & Laser Center is excited to announce the newest addition to our range of Laser Vision Correction tools, the Wavelight Eye-Q Excimer Laser. This state-of-the-art laser uses a series of technical innovations to optimize laser vision correction. 

ALLEGRETTO-CLOSE-UP-700pxWith 400-Hz eye tracking and laser pulse rate, the overall system is designed to deliver a positive experience for the surgeon and patient, with:

* Excellent clinical results *
* Potential reduced fixation fatigue *
* Enhanced patient throughput *

And this is the first laser platform in the world to perform a wavefront-guided custom procedure.

If you have been considering LASIK surgery, or any other eye correction procedure, now is the perfect time to schedule your appointment to learn more about how we can help you regain your vision.

 

 

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Eye Health Tips

“Looking after your eyes is a lifelong activity.  Keep them healthy by following these simple suggestions from the National Eye Institute. Schedule your annual eye exam with Dr. Rohr today by calling (877) 579-0202”

Article Courtesy of: National Eye Institute

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages. Continue reading Eye Health Tips

Adult Vision : 19 to 40 Years of Age

“Last month we shared with you the American Optometric Association’s article on Adult Vision for 41 – 60 Years of Age. Continuing with this theme we are excited to share their article on Adult Vision for 19 – 40 Years of Age. If you have any questions regarding your eyes contact the Rohr Eye & Laser Center today. (877) 579-0202”

Article Courtesy of: American Optometric Association

Most adults, aged 19 to 40, enjoy healthy eyes and good vision. The most common eye and vision problems experienced by people in this age group are due to visual stress and eye injuries. By taking proper steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect your eyes from stress and injury, you can avoid many eye and vision problems.

Good vision is important as you pursue a college degree, begin your career, or perhaps start and raise a family. Here are some things you can do to help maintain healthy eyes and good vision: Continue reading Adult Vision : 19 to 40 Years of Age

Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age

“As we age our eyes and vision change. If you are noticing that you need more light when reading, are having a hard time reading small print or any other symptoms now is the time to schedule an eye examination. Contact Rohr Eye & Laser Center today to schedule your appointment.”

Article Courtesy of: American Optometric Association 

If you are over 40 years of age, you’ve probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.

Beginning in the early to mid-forties, most adults may start to experience problems with their ability to see clearly at close distances, especially for reading and computer tasks. This normal aging change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time. Continue reading Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age

Are Annual Eye Exams Really Necessary?

“Many people feel that they don’t need to have an annual eye check. This informative article from VSP highlights the importance of regular check ups. If it is time for you to schedule your annual eye exam contact  Rohr Eye & Laser Center today” 

Article Courtesy of: VSP

Most of us get our car serviced annually to make sure it runs smoothly. We also visit a dentist regularly to get our teeth cleaned. But how many of us get our eyes checked each year?

Many people wait until they notice a change in their vision to see a doctor. But eye problems are often silent – meaning they have no symptoms, and this can be dangerous to the person who is waiting to see a change.

A recent study found that one in four adults hadn’t had an eye exam in the past two years, and the same proportion was unaware that an eye exam could prevent them from losing their sight. Even if you’ve had laser vision surgery or have naturally good vision, you still need an annual eye exam. Continue reading Are Annual Eye Exams Really Necessary?