Monthly Archives: February 2014

Study: LASIK in eyes with thin corneas safe, effective

In a study comparing LASIK outcomes in eyes with thin vs. thick corneas, Tomita and colleagues found that the procedure in the two groups resulted in comparable safety, efficacy and stability.

According to a study published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the researchers evaluated 146 LASIK patients with thin corneas (central cornea thickness of less than 500 µm) and 193 LASIK patients with corneas of regular thickness, all with normal topography, up to 6 years postsurgically.

The researchers analyzed the two groups of patients for differences at the last check-up 3 to 4 years postoperatively, the abstract stated.

Both groups showed a significant difference in visual and refractive outcomes between the 3-month postoperative check and the most recent check, according to the study. However, no significant difference in visual, refractive or topography outcomes was seen. No postoperative complications occurred.

LASIK in eyes with thin corneas was as safe and effective as and showed similar long-term stability in eyes with a central cornea thickness of 500 μm or greater,” the authors concluded.

Original Source: http://www.healio.com/optometry/refractive-surgery/news/online/%7B3938f0af-2e24-4229-bbd7-d3eb3f7887ec%7D/study-lasik-in-eyes-with-thin-corneas-safe-effective

Seeing Straight When Choosing An Eye Surgeon

WWhen it comes to having surgery there is a lot to think about.  This is especially true when it comes to eye surgery.  In society our five senses seem to be taken for granted.  It’s impossible to consider them every time we see, taste, smell, hear or feel something but when the thought of surgery comes into play they are heavily contemplated.

LASIK eye surgery is available to help patients who wish to improve their eyesight with laser surgery.  Many people who have undergone laser eye surgery have said that it not only improved their eye sight but their overall quality of life.  When considering having surgery on something as delicate as eyes how do surgery candidates choose a qualified vision center with a reputable staff to oversee your procedure?

Many decisions that are made are done so with only one thing in mind; cost.  This is not the way to go about choosing a LASIK surgery provider.  A great deal is something you get on a new pair of shoes not on something as important as your eyes.  Cost plays a factor in an elective surgery however there are a number of things that should come first.

One thing that is important when choosing an eye surgeon to operate is the cleanliness of the facility.  The truth is a dirty facility is a breeding ground for germs. Surgery is to be performed in a sterile environment especially when it comes to a delicate area such as the eye.  A reputable vision center and LASIK provider will offer a waiting room, office and exam rooms that you could eat a meal off of any of the surfaces.  It will be tidy and hygienic.

Another factor when choosing a facility and surgeon is their equipment.  With something as delicate as eye surgery the technology is advancing at quiet a rapid pace.  With that being said it is important to find a surgeon who is up to date on all of the latest laser techniques and equipment.  Two different procedures are done in LASIK one is a hundred percent bladeless laser technique and one uses a microkeratome blade.  Most patients prefer and are able to have the bladeless technique.  If the option is not available to you questions.  It could be that the surgery you require is not done in that fashion however if it’s because they don’t offer it at the clinic you are being examined at look elsewhere.

Another important factor when it comes to surgery on your eyes is the staff.  When you have surgery the surgeon and supporting staff are all important.  The supporting staff will be with you throughout the surgery and should be knowledgeable, professional and willing to assist with concerns.  Your results are based on the collective effort of everyone in the office.  With that stated it is important that you are comfortable, relaxed and at ease with the staff surrounding your surgery from the surgeon to the billing coordinator.

Having LASIK surgery can enhance your life.  Invest the time and effort in finding a provider dedicated to you.  This decision will pay you back ten-fold when you are able to see clearly without glasses or contacts.