Monthly Archives: December 2017

Dr. Oz: Cataract surgery and the elderly

In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 photo, a volunteer examines the eye of a patient prior to her cataract surgery at a military hospital in Padang Sidempuan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Indonesians flocked to the hospital for free cataract surgery performed by a team led by Nepalese master surgeon Dr. Sanduk Ruit who is renowned for his high-volume assembly-line approach. During the eight-day eye camps held in two towns in North Sumatra, more than 1,400 cataracts were removed. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Q: My 87-year-old mother has a cataract in one eye and is developing another in the other. Her doctor says she should have surgery, but at her age, I’m worried about the operation. What’s your advice? — Edie C., Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

A: If her overall health is good, the surgery should not only improve her quality of life, but could extend it, as well. A new study based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative found that cataract surgery was “associated with decreased risk for all-cause mortality.” “All cause” means everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer.

The team of researchers, assembled at UCLA and including docs from across the U.S., recently published their findings in JAMA Ophthalmology. They looked at more than 20 years of data that included 74,000 women 65 and older, 40,000 of whom had cataracts.

The scientists found that seeing an ophthalmologist and maintaining your vision (cataract surgery) was associated with better cognitive function and a longer life. One obvious reason is that an older person’s risk of falling is greatly reduced with improved vision. Falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, accounting for around 9,500 deaths annually. Also, when you can see better, you’re happier, more active, more able to read, play games and interact with the world — all fuel for keeping the body healthy and the brain sharp.

So for your mom, the next step is to find a good eye surgeon. We suggest getting referrals from her doctor and friends who have had the procedure done; then talk to the surgeons. Ask about their complication rate. Even though the procedure has an overall success rate above 98 percent, there are risks. In the U.S., the lifetime risk of a detached retina as a complication is about 1 percent. That number rises to about 2 percent if there is some cloudiness on the lens post-surgery that’s cleaned up with YAG laser capsulotomy. But chances are Mom will sail through with flying colors — that she’ll be able to see!

Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Dr. Mike Roizen is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Email your health and wellness questions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at youdocsdaily@sharecare.com.

Original Source: http://newsok.com/dr.-oz-cataract-surgery-and-the-elderly/article/5576815

Local woman’s eyesight saved by laser surgery

Clair (left) and Mary

A Carnoustie woman’s sight has been saved by laser surgery following a retinal tear.

Mary Heywood visited Specsavers in Arbroath as soon as she began to experience flashes and floaters in her vision. An exam revealed Mary had a condition called posterior vitreous detachment in one eye.

She was advised to contact the shop immediately if her symptoms worsened.

A few days later, her symptoms deteriorated, so principal optometrist Clair Donaldson saw her that same day and discovered a retinal tear had developed.

She said: ‘Thankfully, Mrs Heywood followed our advice and did the right thing by arranging another exam.

“If she didn’t have it checked out, there is a high chance she would have developed a retinal detachment and suffered permanent vision loss.”

Mary said she was immediately referred to the Hospital Eye Service at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where she had laser treatment.

She said: “Shortly afterwards, I developed the same symptoms in my other eye and returned to the hospital for further laser treatment. Both were successful.”

Mary has shared her experience because she wants to warn others not to be complacent about their vision and to “book an appointment if you experience anything out of the ordinary”.

Original Post: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/local-womans-eyesight-saved-laser-surgery/

Original Date:

Original Author: Reporter

 

New laser surgery to get blue eyes emerging

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — People who want to turn their eye colors blue permanently now have a chance as a U.S. medical company has promoted a new laser surgery to achieve the change.

Stroma Medical, a U.S. company based in southern California, has helped at least 37 patients to change their eye color from brown to blue with a laser surgery in around 20 seconds, according to an online report posted on Tuesday.

The laser works to eliminate the brown melanin — the pigment which dyes hair and skin — from the surface of the iris.

Without the brown melanin, when light consequently enters and scatters in the stroma — the little fibers look like bicycle spokes in light-colored eyes, blue eyes appear.

In an earlier interview with CNN, the company’s representative Dr. Gregg Homer said the laser is so weak that the eyes won’t bear injuries from it. Nevertheless, the medical industry and ophthalmologists still raised concerns about the irreversibility of the surgery.

Though the surgery currently stands at a price as high as approximate 5,000 U.S. dollars, many netizens asked for more information on the company’s facebook. Some are eager to see the technology released in London and Mexico.

However, the new laser is in clinical trials, Stroma Medical said in their most recent reply on Facebook on Nov. 3.

So far, the company’s website has been hung up. It said a new website will be launched soon.

Early reports said the new technology is yet to gain approval from U.S. regulatory bodies.

It seems that blue eye seekers have to wait longer until the new laser is more advanced and gains wider acceptance.

Original Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/23/c_136774001.htm

Original Date: 11/23/17

Original Author: pengying

Are You Ready For Laser Vision Correction Surgery?

Any type of surgery can be nerve-wracking no matter how minor or major it is including laser vision correction surgery however it doesn’t have to.  Pre surgery anxiety can be eliminated with a little bit of preparation.  By guaranteeing your eye examination is complete and is set up with enough time in advance of the surgery, you can comfort your brain in the days paving the way to laser vision correction.

Guarantee you are eligible for laser eye treatment surgery

Have a full assessment by your eye specialist to decide if you’re reasonable for laser eye surgery. This will in all likelihood incorporate various tests, for example, thickness of the corneal and mapping, vision and medicine testing, eye weight and student expansion. These tests may sound scaring, yet they are simple and effortless. You have to guarantee you get the most ideal treatment and the more you think about your eyes and the strategy, the more casual you will fondle in the number one spot to your operation.

Request an information pack

Ensure your specialist knows about your restorative history With regards to examining your wellbeing with your specialist, there is no such thing as a lot of data. Ensure he or she knows about eye-related medical problems, and in addition more broad wellbeing concerns or issues, over a wide span of time. Guarantee your specialist knows precisely what pharmaceuticals you go up against a consistent premise, and in addition any drugs you might be hypersensitive to.

Quit wearing eye cosmetics

For one to two days before your laser vision correction surgery, you should keep your eye region clean and cosmetics free. Any trash left along the eyelashes can expand danger of contamination. Tenderly however altogether wash your eyes in the days paving the way to laser eye surgery to guarantee there is no cosmetics left waiting.

Change from contact focal points to glasses

On the off chance that you wear delicate contact focal points, it is fundamental that you take them out no less than one week preceding having laser eye surgery. Hard (unbending gas penetrable) focal points ought to be expelled three to a month preceding surgery. This is fundamental. Wearing contacts changes the state of your corneas. Wearing contact focal points excessively near your laser eye surgery may bring about incorrect estimations, making your outcomes less successful. It is important that before your LASIK surgery that you plan to wear your glasses instead of contact lenses.

No creams, aromas or moisturizers

In the days paving the way to your laser eye surgery take good care to keep your facial skin totally free of any creams, aromas or establishments. On the off chance that these come into contact with the eye, your danger of disease may increment.

Guarantee you design the day of your operation well ahead of time. Sort out to have somebody take you to and from your arrangement. As you will probably have a pre-surgery narcotic and shields to ensure your eyes secured after your system, you are not allowed to drive upon the arrival of your surgery. Your eyes must recuperate before your specialist will exhort you are protected to drive, ordinarily the morning following your laser vision correction surgery methodology.

Since its best practice to keep the laser innovation at temperature that is low, it may become frosty in laser eye treatment room, so wear something warm, ideally something that you don’t have to pull on and off finished your head. Anything that is feathery is best to be maintained a strategic distance from.

Download podcasts or perusing books

It is essential on the night of your laser eye treatment surgery that you rest your eyes and keep them shut. This implies you won’t utilize your versatile, PCs, perusing or sitting in front of the TV. You will in all likelihood rest yet it is best to be arranged and have a remark you amid your recuperation, especially on the off chance that you are having the ASLA method. Having music or other sound diversion arranged is suggested.

If you are looking to reduce or even get rid of your eye glasses and/or contacts let us at Rohr Eye & Laser Center help you! We offer several types of LASIK eye surgery including PRK, AK, CK, Cataracts surgery and more. We perform all these eye laser treatments with state of the art equipment. We are a leader in laser vision correction, and our goal is to help you achieve superior vision. Contact us today or view our website http://www.michiganlasik.com/  to schedule an appointment.

Laser Eye Surgery: All you need to know!

Deciding to get laser eye surgery can often be a huge decision, not helped by some common myths surrounding the process and the potential side effects.

But, regaining your sight can also be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do, so we thought we’d bust those myths (and horror stories!) and find out what really happens if you opt for surgery.

Mr David Allamby is a specialist laser eye surgeon and founder of London’s Focus Clinic.

He’s not only one of the most respected vision experts in the world, but he’s also treated a host of celebrities, including model David Gandy, Olympian Victoria Pendleton, TV host Laura Whitmore and Love Island’s Scott Thomas.

Here, he lifts the lid on everything you ever needed to know about surgery to correct vision:

How does it work?

The most popular form of laser eye surgery is called LASIK – aka ‘laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis’. It works by changing the curvature of the cornea, the transparent, curved window at the front of the eye. Something called an ‘excimer laser’ evaporates a really thin layer of collagen within the upper layers of the cornea and surgically reshapes the overall dome.

This means light entering at the front of the eye comes to a clear focus on the retina at the back of the eye, ensuring you can see clearly. And several studies have shown that once the shape of the cornea is adjusted, the change is ‘permanent’.

Will I ever need to wear contacts / glasses ever again?

It’s a common myth that surgery will ‘wear off,’ but your surgery for short-sightedness should last many, many years or indeed for your lifetime. The same applies for correcting astigmatism.

Long-sightedness and the need for reading glasses are age-related problems, and so re-treatment may be needed in the future.

At our clinic, we give short-sighted patients a ten-year guarantee on their laser surgery – ten times longer than other clinics.

So, in the extremely rare circumstance that you require re-treatment in the first 10 years post-treatment, the cost of the repeat surgery is free!

Might I need to wear reading glasses?

As we age, the lenses in our eyes lose some of the elasticity that lets them focus on objects up-close. This is just part and parcel of growing old and known as ‘presbyopia’, and is the reason why many people aged 40 and over will need reading glasses.

But there are solutions.

We offer two techniques that can help patients already suffering from presbyopia—the ‘LASIK Blended Vision’ procedure, or alternatively Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). The choice will depend on your age and prescription.

Also, contrary to common misconceptions, if you’re under 40, LASIK surgery will NOT cause you to need reading glasses prematurely.

How long does the procedure take? 

The laser aspect of the surgery lasts for just a few minutes per eye and takes around 10 minutes in total.

The rest of the time—your appointment will last for about 90 minutes—simply involves the surgeon carrying out a series of checks to ensure complete accuracy.

After surgery, you’ll spend about twenty minutes in a patient recovery room, essentially relaxing while eating tea and biscuits!

How long is recovery time / will I need much time off work? 

With LASIK, most patients have a little discomfort immediately after surgery, as your eyes need a few hours to heal.

You’ll also need someone to drive you home or help with a taxi, too, and you should rest up for the remainder of the day. If in London, you mustn’t use the tube on the way home, to avoid dust or dirt being blown into your face.

Your eyes might also feel a little dry and scratchy, though this won’t last long and eye drops can relieve the symptoms.

You’ll have a follow-up appointment at the clinic the following morning after surgery, and most people are then able to return to work immediately afterwards.

Do I have to stop wearing contact lenses pre-surgery?

Contact lenses can alter the shape of your corneal surface, so it’s important you take them out long enough for your cornea to return to its natural shape before surgery.

Typically, if you wear regular soft contact lenses or extended wear lenses, you’ll need to take them out a week before surgery.

But if you wear Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, and have been doing so for some time, you might need to go without contacts for 4-8 weeks before coming in for your treatment.

It’s also fine to switch to soft lenses for most of this time if you’d rather not wear glasses for that long.

How long will it take after the surgery for me to be able to see?

Most patients who have LASIK will have good vision straight after surgery. However, in some cases, it can take up to 24 hours for your 20/20 (or better) vision to come into effect.

It’s also important to remember that laser eye surgery doesn’t hurt. Most patients don’t find it an uncomfortable procedure, more strange and rather ‘sci-fi’!

How do they stop your eyes from blinking during the surgery?

During surgery, your eyes are gently held open by a device which makes sure you can’t blink.

You’re given anaesthetic drops so that you don’t get any pain, and it’ll feel like you’re blinking normally, even though your eyelids aren’t opening and closing. The muscle to blink still twitches, but the lids don’t close.

Some people worry that if they move—or sneeze!—it will affect the results. But it’s impossible to do so. During the time the laser is running, sophisticated tracking technology rapidly analyses the position of the eye to make sure it’s always in exactly the right position.

And this all takes place faster than you can physically move your eyes anyway. All you have to do is look at the flashing green light directly in front of you and your surgeon will do the rest.

What happens if something goes wrong?

As with everything, when you’re choosing a surgeon you need to think carefully and check their results. You should ask questions like, “What percentage of patients get 20/20 vision after surgery?”

Be aware that the main risk in laser eye surgery is a surgeon who selects and treats people who aren’t actually good candidates for surgery in the first place.

You should choose a specialist surgeon who works in a lower volume setting, and who can, therefore, take the time to properly assess and treat you.

As with any surgery, there are potential risks, but treatments are available for almost all complications that affect your vision.

Serious complications with LASIK are actually very rare if the patient is well selected.

The chance of having a significant complication affecting your vision (in one eye or the other) from LASIK is around 1 in 10,000. The risk of infection is even less, at 1 in 20,000.

What precautions do I need to take following the surgery? 

It’s bad news if you like swimming or hot showers—we recommend avoiding getting water in your eyes for the first 48 hours after surgery and you should keep away from saunas and steam rooms for around two weeks.

You should also skip sporting activities for the first week after treatment, which will give your eyes time to heal properly. As for flying, you can take short-haul flights the next day after surgery and you can travel long-haul around a week after treatment.

Original Source: https://www.new-magazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/1242621/laser-eye-surgery-all-you-need-to-know

Original Author: Georgia Farquharson

Original Date: November 29, 2017