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Can Surgery Repair Your Cataracts?

Unfortunately, far too many people take their eyesight for granted and just assume that they will always have it. That is until something happens to change it and then everything changes in an instant. Whether it is a gradual, instant, partial or complete loss, having to deal with the loss of sight is truly a life-changing event. Unless you have experienced some degree of temporary blindness or loss of sight, you have no idea what it is like to live with cataracts.

 

What are Cataracts? What causes them?

The lens of the eye plays an extremely important function and as long as it is working correctly your vision will be unaffected. Unfortunately, at some point, the natural lens starts to get cloudy and no longer allows for optimum focusing capability. According to vision specialist, the cloudiness of the natural lens is caused by the buildup of proteins that gather together on the surface of the lens which gives it the cloudy appearance.

 

This cloudiness causes the light that is able to pass through the eye to be unfocused and images appear blurry. Once your vision becomes hazy and blurry it normally means that your vision is at risk and that you will need to talk to an ophthalmologist to determine what is the next the step that you will need to in order to be able to restore your vision.

 

What treatments are options available to correct the condition?

There is only one real treatment to correct cataracts in one or both eyes and that is surgery. The surgical procedure involves removing the clouded lens and replace it with an Intraocular (IOL) implant lens. Once the surgery is complete and the cataract removed your vision will once again return to normal. There are two different types of IOL lens; monofocal and multifocal

 

Cataract surgery

If you are like millions of people who have cataracts, you will eventually have to opt to go through the surgery to have the affected lens in your eye or eyes. Unfortunately, as of now, this is absolutely the only way to treat Cataracts and have any chance of being able to see normally again. The skilled surgeon will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an implant lens and you will be able to see normal again.

 

Cataract laser surgery

As with many eye procedures, the laser has made performing the delicate task of cutting in and around the eye much safer. This is definitely true in the case of the Cataract surgery. Now there is a second type of surgery that can be performed on your Cataract and it involves using a laser instead of the blade of a knife.

 

Common risks associated with cataract surgery

As with any surgery, you should always take into consideration the risks that are involved before you go under the knife. While you are obviously at a point in your life that you are in danger of totally losing your vision due to the severity of your cataracts in your eyes, however, you still need to be sure that you understand all of the risks from having the cataract removal surgery. We put together a list of some of the more common risks associated with the cataract surgery procedure:

 

Risks associated with Cataract Surgery using multifocal IOL
  • Loss of sharpness in vision
  • Halo effect in low light or fog
  • Excessive glare

 

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.

 

 

 

Patient age, corneal thickness need to be considered in laser eye surgery

The patient selection process is important to ensure positive outcomes.

Surgeons must take several patient factors into account when determining the appropriate laser eye surgery and ensuring the best outcomes.

LASIK is the preferred procedure for most patients at his practice, Peter S. Hersh, MD, FACS, told Ocular Surgery News, but factors such as a patient’s risk for ectasia, thin corneas, irregular topography and epithelial changes may make PRK the more appropriate procedure.

“In general, I prefer LASIK over PRK. It’s easier for patients, easier for re-treatment, and we also find in our practice that it is slightly more refractively predictable because there is less wound healing and epithelial remodeling component. With that as the baseline, I’d say we do about 75% LASIK and 25% PRK,” Hersh said. “One of the reasons I would do PRK: We’re very interested in keratoconus in my practice, and we obviously don’t want to put patients at risk of ectasia. Patients I’ll select for PRK typically have thinner corneas, which with LASIK would not leave a residual stromal bed (RSB) of more than 300 µm. I use 300 µm RSB, in general, as my cutoff, as well as a percentage of tissue altered of 40% of corneal thickness.”

Indications

Any irregularity on topography that does not point to an ectasia risk, which would rule out surgery, or a concern about keratoconus or ectasia because of a slight topography irregularity may be a reason for performing PRK instead of LASIK, Hersh said.

Patients who have minor corneal scars or a foreign body scar may be better suited for PRK, he said, as these irregularities may lead to vertical gas breakthrough during femtosecond flap creation. In addition, patients with epithelial basement membrane dystrophy are better treated with PRK in order to circumvent epithelial sloughing after LASIK and also to treat the dystrophic material itself.

“All of that having been said, the results of LASIK are exceptional, and we’ll treat patients from +4 D upwards to –8 D or –10 D, given that all the corneal variables are appropriate. Obviously, if they have thinner corneas or higher corrections, we may not want to do the treatments and we’ll move to something like a phakic IOL. But with current technologies, we have excellent results with LASIK along those parameters as well as up to 6 D of astigmatism, which we have treated successfully in post-corneal transplant patients,” he said.

Age can also be a factor in patient selection, as those with signs of early cataracts may be more appropriate to move into lens treatment rather than a corneal surgery. In addition, high corrections in association with very flat baseline corneal curvature may lead a surgeon to avoid corneal surgery, Hersh said.

Hyperopic patients

Hyperopic patients typically have excellent results after LASIK, Hersh said.

“We probably treat higher hyperope patients than a lot of other people do. I find in a presbyopic population with hyperopia, the inherent aberration profile one gets with a hyperopic treatment actually corrects for a lot of their near vision. They’re enjoying better near vision than a native cornea would in the same patient with presbyopia,” he said.

Instead of a presbyopic LASIK approach for myopic patients, Hersh said he will typically do “some mini-monovision, usually with about 0.75 D overcorrection of the hyperopes and about 0.75 D to 1 D undercorrection in the myopes.”

“In most cases, I don’t think you actually need a lot more than that to give them a functional near-point vision. We’ve moved away from a presbyLASIK approach. We used to do a fair amount of that, where we’d model a hyperprolate pattern onto the cornea. I’m finding the mini-monovision approaches work so well that we’re rarely doing a presbyLASIK approach,” he said.

“In older patients, if there is concern about epithelial healing and ocular surface integrity, I still prefer LASIK over PRK. LASIK can preserve the epithelium and offers less risk for epitheliopathy and aberrant healing after the procedure,” Hersh said. “In our experience, the incidence of LASIK-associated dry eye has decreased markedly with the use of thin femtosecond laser flaps.”

“I find myself actually moving away from PRK and more toward LASIK in those cases,” he said. – by Robert Linnehan

Original source: https://www.healio.com/ophthalmology/refractive-surgery/news/print/ocular-surgery-news/%7Ba7662563-c10e-4198-bb9f-eb637231c419%7D/patient-age-corneal-thickness-need-to-be-considered-in-laser-eye-surgery

Written by: Ocular Surgery News U.S. Edition

Original Date: May 25 2018

 

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Corrective Eye Surgery

If you wear eyeglasses, chances are you’ve probably thought about having corrective eye surgery at least once. The frustration of having to wear glasses all the time can be really annoying. Even wearing contacts instead of glasses can be a dreadful chore each morning as you have to put your lenses in and then take them out each night. Here are a few reasons why you should just bite the bullet and consider corrective eye surgery to help you see without glasses or contacts:

Convenience

One of the biggest benefits of corrective eye surgery is the convenience of not having to deal with glasses or contact lenses each day. You’ll be able to wake up in the morning with amazing sight!

Long Term Cost Savings

The procedure might be a lot up front, but corrective eye surgery will save you money in the long term since you won’t have to pay for glasses, contacts or a new lens prescription each year if your vision changes.

No Prescription Sunglasses Needed

If you wear glasses, you know you need your regular glasses and then additional prescription sunglasses if you don’t wear contacts. This just doubles the amount of money you have to spend on glasses! Laser eye surgery eliminates the need for both types of glasses!

Active Lifestyle

If you live an active lifestyle, you already know how frustrating it is to have to wear glasses all the time. They fall off when you’re working out, playing sports and can’t be worn when you’re swimming. You won’t need to worry about any of this when you choose corrective eye surgery!

Increased Confidence

Some people with glasses don’t feel as confident as they would without them. Corrective eye surgery will make you feel and see better since you’ll be able to walk around with your head tall instead of being self-conscious because of your glasses.

Simple Surgery

Even though it’s still surgery, you’ll be out for maybe a day before going back to your regular schedule. But only this time, you won’t need any glasses.  Corrective eye surgery isn’t a hard surgery at all and thousands of people get it down each day. It’s not super invasive like other surgeries and you simply go in, have it done and then are released a few hours later.

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.

 

Avoid Lasik side effects

Side effects of Lasik eye surgery have prevented many from undergoing the procedure.

Take, for example a 37-yearold talent agent from Hollywood. He hated glasses and could not tolerate contact lenses. He even had the money to do the procedure. The only thing stopping him was that his uncle had the procedure 20 years earlier and had a lot of side effects.

This was food for thought, but it was also a lead-in to discussing how modern technology has decreased the incidence of side effects and the best way to prevent them.

The side effects from Lasik stem from causes before surgery, during the procedure and afterward. I explained to him that once we understand the cause, elimination becomes a matter of will and dedication.

Before surgery

Age of patient: The best age for Lasik eye surgery is from 21 to 45. Younger patients can undergo laser vision correction, but steps must be taken to determine stability of vision. Otherwise the effect of surgery will wear off.

Refractive stability: It is important that vision has stabilized and the eyeglass prescription has stayed the same for at least a year. However, minor variations are to be expected and are even allowed by the FDA.

Ruling out the effect of other medical conditions: diabetes and autoimmune diseases like thyroiditis may lead to increased side effects such as delayed healing of the surface layer.

Shape of the cornea: The shape of the cornea should be within normal ranges. If the cornea is thin or abnormal it could bulge after surgery, which would affect the outcome of the procedure.

Dry eye: This is present in a lot of individuals, especially those living in warm, dry climates like Southern California. Older individuals, postmenopausal women and anyone taking multiple medications are predisposed to a lack or poor quality of tears. Dry eyes must be resolved before Lasik is done.

During the procedure

Automated versus manual data entry: Manual entry for data needed to perform the surgery was found to be the most common source of error in one study. Newer automated wavescan systems eliminate data entry errors. The technology is used to collect information about the patient’s eye and create a correction plan to be used during surgery.

Calibration and accuracy of laser: Choosing a doctor one can trust is paramount because it is difficult to analyze behind-thescene actions. The best centers keep the laser well-calibrated and under maintenance contract with the manufacturing company.

Sterility of equipment: This is a no-brainer but is sometimes neglected at greedy centers.

After Lasik surgery

Immediate assessment of flap: Within an hour the surgeon needs to check the flap placement. Adjustments should be done to prevent long-term problems.

Doctor should check within 24 to 48 hours for inflammation or infection: This should not be neglected. It often gets omitted when the operating doctor is different from the one doing the postoperative checkups.

Original Source: https://www.toacorn.com/articles/avoid-lasik-side-effects/

Original Date: May 16 2018

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Increasing Freedom After LASIK Eye Surgery

After LASIK eye surgery patients should expect an increasing freedom in their lifestyles.  There is a new-found convenience that is found after laser vision correction.  Upwards of ninety percent of LASIK patients state that they are more than satisfied with the results seen after surgery.  In fact, there are a number of lifestyle changes that are mentioned over and over when talking about the independence vision correction surgery gives patients.

TV in Bed

Imagine how annoying it is to have to get up and take out your contact lenses after watching television in bed and gotten comfortable or worse yet falling asleep with your glasses on, rolling over, and breaking them.  LASIK allows people to enjoy clear vision twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week without the weight and irritation of glasses rubbing against your nose or cheeks or the uncomfortable feeling of dry eyes in the morning.  Clear vision makes a huge transformation in patient’s everyday routines including catching some late-night television.

Decrease Expenses for Clear Vision

Costs associated with vision exams, yearly contacts, and eyeglasses can really add up to a lot of money over the course of a year.  The updates in your prescription and the constant need for replacement glasses can cost upwards of a thousand dollars.  Not only do they cost more financially, contacts cost you in time as well.  There is a significant amount of time involved in caring for your contact lenses.  With LASIK eye surgery the time and financial costs of taking care of your eyes decreases significantly.

Convenience in Sport Activities

Have you ever tried running with glasses on?  LASIK makes it possible to participate in sports without the inconvenience of contacts or glasses.  Patients that are into swimming can swim without needing expensive prescription goggles or risking the loss of a contact lens in the water.  Not only can this increase your performance in sporting activities it can add comfort in participation.

Physical Changes

Without the need for eyeglasses, LASIK patients will experience a change in their physical appearance.  Women may find a new-found love for makeup as they no longer need to hide their eyes behind glasses.  In fact, men and women both enjoy the cosmetic changes of laser eye correction whether they are at home, work, or play.

Options in Sunglasses

Without the need for prescription eyeglasses you have a world of sun glass options to choose from.  Sunglasses are an especially important fact of life for LASIK patients as they help protect your newly fixed eyes from the damaging rays of the sun.

Of course, the greatest advantage of laser correction surgery is the reward of clear vision.  Reward yourself today with a free LASIK consultation with the professionals at Michigan Lasik – Rohr Eye & Laser Center.

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.

Visual impairment – How to improve your vision

Visual impairment is when the ability to see is decreased and cannot be fixed by usual means such as glasses, contact lenses, laser surgery.

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 The quality of our vision depends on 2 factors:

The quality of the image that is transferred from the eyes to the brain- the optics. The quality of the image processing in the brain.

Vision may be impaired due to a variety of reasons. Some include eye disease, failure of the brain to receive and read the visual cues sent by the eyes etc.

Most of the means that are available for vision impairment are devices that influence the visual-optical system, such as glasses contact lenses and some of the low vision aids. Surgeries (cataract surgery, laser surgery), influence the optical system as well. RevitalVision Eye Exercises are designed to improve eyesight in patients suffering from a broad range of eye conditions and diseases such as Adult Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), enhancing vision after cataract surgery, improving low vision, enhancing vision after Lasik surgery, Nystagmus, treatment for postponing the need for reading glasses and low myopia.

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Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Amblyopia is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects at least 2% of most populations and can lead to permanently reduced vision if not detected and treated within a specific period in childhood. RevitalVision Lazy Eye exercises are done by stimulating specific areas in the brain, which create new connections between the neurons. As a result of brain plasticity, these changes can occur after the critical age of 8-9 years, which means that Adult Lazy Eye can be cured using RevitalVision Lazy Eye exercises method.

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RevitalVision Cataract surgery recovery exercises

The difficulty in vision after artificial lens implants results from a significant decrease in contrast sensitivity, and from the brain’s need to adapt to the new image coming from the eye. Contrast sensitivity decreases with age and after cataract surgery. Decrease in contrast sensitivity include symptoms such as difficulty with night vision, difficulty detecting stains on clothes or dishes, difficulty distinguishing facial expressions and a need of more lighting while reading. RevitalVision eye exercises improve contrast sensitivity post cataract surgery by over 150% on average and help to adjust to the new vision, by influencing the vision processing ability in the brain. This goal is reached by Revitalvision eye exercises, practiced at home in front of the computer.

Nystagmus treatment

Nystagmus is a repetitive, uncontrolled movement of the eyes. These movements often result in reduced vision and depth perception. RevitalVision exercises are designed according to the needs of each individual based on specific stimulation. Gabor patches stimulate specific areas in the brain so that it can maximize its efficiency from the information received from the eye. The effect obtained by RevitalVision eye exercises is an improvement of 2.5 lines and a 100% improvement in contrast sensitivity.

Presbyopia

Natural effects of aging cause a decline in near vision resulting in the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Customers and clinical trial participants who have completed the presbyopia program have experienced improved eyesight and quality of life, including reading without glasses, reading smaller print – on a newspaper, menu or computer screen. Reading better – in low contrast or challenging conditions like reading street signs on the move.

Post LASIK program

Blurred vision from the eyes can be improved by enhancing brain visual processing. To fine-tune the results of LASIK (refractive surgery), RevitalVision trains your brain to see better without additional surgery.

Low myopia

Or near-sightedness is a vision defect caused by the shape and length of the eye. Near-sighted people can see close objects clearly and distant objects appear out of focus. Thousands of customers and clinical trial participants who have completed the RevitalVision low myopia program have experienced improved eyesight and quality of life, including: Reading subtitles on TV, reading signs in the street and recognizing faces from a distance.

RevitalVision eye exercises are practiced at home in front of the computer and last approximately 30 minutes, under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. More than 85% of patients who were candidates for this treatment and completed its course improved their visual acuity by 2.5 rows and showed 100% improvement in their contrast sensitivity. RevitalVision eye exercises train the brain to see better without the use of medications, without the necessity of surgery and with no side effects. These eye exercises have been proven their efficacy clinically and scientifically.

Original Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/245704

Original Date: 5/10/18

Written By: B. Optom Yonina Thee

Can Surgery Fix an Astigmatism?

During the last few decades a variety of methods to treat an astigmatism have grown widely accepted.  An astigmatism is a defect in your eye or in the lens that is caused by an abnormality on the spherical shape of your eye which distorts images. When a patient has an astigmatism, the light rays entering the eye are prevented from meeting to come to a common focus point.  The most common treatment has been to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses and more recently laser surgery correction. Although all three treatment options are acceptable in treating an astigmatism it is important to understand the options to make an informed decision regarding treatment based on your lifestyle.

Whether you are near sighted, far sighted, have blurry vision, or other sight issues, then you most likely have an astigmatism.  A diagnosis is a simple eye exam with an optometrist where they can tell you if you are suffering from an astigmatism or another eye deficiency.  There are three main forms of astigmatism including:

  • Myopic Astigmatism: Otherwise known as nearsightedness means that either one or both of your eyes are myopic, shortsighted, in varying degrees.
  • Hyperopic Astigmatism: Otherwise known as farsightedness means that either one or both of your eyes are hyperopic in varying degrees.
  • Mixed Astigmatism: This occurs when both types of astigmatisms are present, myopic astigmatism in one eye and hyperopic in the other.

Astigmatisms can be either regular or irregular.  With a regular astigmatism the principal meridians are perpendicular to one another, ninety degrees apart. With an irregular astigmatism the principal meridians are not perpendicular.  The most common is a regular corneal astigmatism meaning that the front of the eyes surface is oval in shape.

LASIK surgery is one of the ways that an astigmatism can be fixed.  Laser vision surgery corrects the asymmetrical shape of the front surface of the eye, the cornea.  Lasik takes the cornea of the eye from the shape of a football, the astigmatism, back to the shape of a baseball.  The lasers reshape the cornea and in turn correct the astigmatism.

Laser surgery correction to treat an astigmatism is usually done in under fifteen minutes and can be completed without anesthesia.  The reshaping of the cornea in the eye often takes under a minute per eye.  LASIK surgery is done with the advanced technology of an eye tracker that works by monitoring your eyes position and adjusting the laser as needed throughout the surgery.

Astigmatisms are easily corrected with glasses and contacts but if you lead a more active lifestyle or want added convenience in your life consider LASIK vision correction.

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.

Glaucoma is painless and can go unnoticed

Known as the silent blinding disease, Glaucoma is the second most common cause for blindness globally, accounting for almost eight per cent of blindness cases.

BENGALURU:  Known as the silent blinding disease, Glaucoma is the second most common cause for blindness globally, accounting for almost eight per cent of blindness cases.

In India, glaucoma is the main cause for permanent blindness leaving at least 12 million people affected and more than one million people totally blind. Unfortunately, more than 90 per cent of glaucoma cases remain undiagnosed in the community.

Glaucoma is actually an eye disease that causes damage of the optic nerve progressively and at the point where the nerve leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain. It occurs due to a fluid build up (pressure) within the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve. The eye makes a fluid called aqueous humor and as new aqueous flows into the eye, the same amount should get drained out. This is called the intraocular pressure that keeps the vision intact.

If the pressure continues to build up, the optic nerve and other parts of the eye will be damaged resulting in vision loss. As the optic nerve fibers get affected, the person may develop blind spots in the eye and ultimately become blind.

There are many types of glaucoma:

Primary open angle glaucoma: This is the most common type of glaucoma and occurs when the eye does not drain fluid normally. Consequently, there is an eye pressure build-up that damage the optic nerve. Unfortunately, this kind of glaucoma does not give any indication before and is also painless. The only option is to get regular check-ups done to detect early damage. Also, some people are sensitive to even normal eye pressure and they are susceptible to getting glaucoma.

Angle-closure glaucoma: When a person’s iris is very close to the drainage angle in the eye, the iris itself blocks the draining and can cause damage. This is usually an emergency attack because there are no symptoms at first. This requires immediate medical care, failing which can lead to blindness. But this condition gives some symptoms, unlike primary open-angle glaucoma. Some of the symptoms are blurred vision, eye pain, headache, nausea and seeing halos around lights.

Normal tension glaucoma: This is the third type where people with normal eye pressure also develop blind spots and blurred vision.

Glaucoma suspects: There are people that have higher than normal eye pressure and are called as glaucoma suspects. They have a higher risk of developing glaucoma and so should be monitored regularly.

Congenital glaucoma: This occurs due to increased eye pressure in young children. The cause is usually a genetic disorder.

Diagnosis

Glaucoma can be diagnosed only with a complete eye examination that involves measuring eye pressure, examining the eye drainage angle, studying the optic nerve and the damage done to it and measuring the thickness of the cornea.

Treatment

The usual treatment for glaucoma is daily use of eye drops which will lower the eye pressure. It can be done through two ways: either by reducing the amount of aqueous fluid in the eye or by helping the eye drain the fluid better. There are two main types of laser surgery to treat glaucoma. They help aqueous drain from the eye.

There are special surgical procedures too to treat glaucoma:

Trabeculoplasty: This is for people who suffer from open-angle glaucoma. A laser is used to make the drainage angle free from fluids and so the eye pressure is reduced.

Iridotomy: This procedure is for people who suffer from angle-closure glaucoma. The surgeon makes a tiny hole in the iris so that the fluid flow is normal.

There is another more complex surgery where the surgeon creates a new draining channel for the fluid so that pressure is normalised. Sometimes the surgeon uses a glaucoma drainage tube in the eye that sends the fluid to a collection area which is then absorbed into the blood vessels directly.

Original Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2018/apr/18/glaucoma-is-painless-and-can-go-unnoticed-1803334.html

Original Date: April 18 2018

Written By: Dr Poonam Yadav

5 Ways LASIK Can Improve Your Quality of Life

LASIK is currently the most popular laser procedure under refractive surgery that is used to treat a variety of eye problems for improved vision. Also referred to as laser-assisted in-situ keratomileuses, this procedure uses two methods: either with a small instrument containing a disposable blade called a microkeratome or with a femtosecond laser, which is a device that creates a burst of laser energy at very high speed to reshape the cornea and help light entering the eye to be focused onto the retina for clear vision.

You are a good candidate for a laser vision correction procedure if you in overall good health, you do not have chronic eye dryness, are not pregnant, and you aren’t taking certain medication or have medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases known to affect the results of the surgery. If you want to improve your vision, here is how LASIK procedure can improve your quality of life.

  • Corrects nearsightedness

LASIK is considered a safe and effective and the most popular procedure for correcting the most common refractive error of the eye known as nearsightedness or myopia. People with this condition find it difficult to see distant objects clearly and LASIK can reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.

  • Corrects farsightedness

Also known as hyperopia, unlike nearsightedness, people with this eye condition can focus better on objects from afar, however, things get too blurry up close. The goal of LASIK surgery is to alter the shape of the cornea, which significantly improves refractive vision and eliminates reliance on contact lenses or eyeglasses.

  • Corrects astigmatism

The most common symptom of this refractive eye error is blurred or distorted vision at near and far distances usually is caused by an uneven curvature of the cornea or the shape of the lens inside the eye. This condition is known to occur in children as young as five years old, it is, therefore, important for parents to extra vigilant with their children’s eye health and to have eye examinations at regular intervals for early detection to avoid vision problems from uncorrected astigmatism. LASIK surgery can change the shape of the cornea permanently to restore the eye’s ability to focus by allowing the light rays to focus on the retina for improved vision.

  • Fast results and recovery

There are no stitches, bandages, or excessive aftercare procedures to deal with after LASIK surgery. In fact, most patients can return to their normal lifestyle and work within as little as 24 hours.

  • Long-term results

People who’ve worn glasses almost all their lives will probably appreciate the long-term results of LASIK surgery, which is, eliminating the exorbitant costs incurred for corrective eyewear. Laser vision correction saves you hundreds of dollars each year, and you can begin to enjoy life to the fullest with a 20/20 vision acuity. Ask your doctor if LASIK procedure is ideal for you.

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.

 

14 Things I Learned When Getting LASIK Eye Surgery

Hi everyone! We’re Arielle and Jamie, and we both recently got LASIK and PRK eye surgery (respectively).

What is LASIK and PRK? It’s an elective eye surgery used to improve your vision for (ideally) an extended period of time. However, the surgeries have their differences.

LASIK: With LASIK, the surgeon creates a protective flap in the cornea with a laser or a blade. The flap of tissue is lifted and the laser reshapes the inner layers of the cornea to repair imperfections that lead to distorted vision. The corneal flap is then put back and heals relatively quickly, usually within a couple days. PRK: With PRK, no corneal flap is created. Instead, the outer layer of the cornea is removed and the laser reshapes it to correct vision. Because the cornea has to grow back, the healing process is more painful and intensive (but more effective). Once the PRK surgery is completed, the doctor places a temporary contact lens, which is used as a bandage on the eye for improved comfort. PRK is a better choice for people with thin corneas or chronic dry eyes.Read the differences between LASIK and PRK.

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LASIK: With LASIK, the surgeon creates a protective flap in the cornea with a laser or a blade. The flap of tissue is lifted and the laser reshapes the inner layers of the cornea to repair imperfections that lead to distorted vision. The corneal flap is then put back and heals relatively quickly, usually within a couple days.

PRK: With PRK, no corneal flap is created. Instead, the outer layer of the cornea is removed and the laser reshapes it to correct vision. Because the cornea has to grow back, the healing process is more painful and intensive (but more effective). Once the PRK surgery is completed, the doctor places a temporary contact lens, which is used as a bandage on the eye for improved comfort. PRK is a better choice for people with thin corneas or chronic dry eyes.

We learned some things to make the recovery process a little easier, and we wanted to share our tips from both perspectives.

Remember that not all surgeries and recoveries are the same. Some people have complications, some people don’t. This isn’t necessarily a reflection of how your experience will be, we’re just sharing ours.

Disclaimer: Please always consult an ophthalmologist before making any changes or taking suggestions!

1. Meal prep before surgery.

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Arielle: The thought of cutting apples after surgery is both laughable and terrifying. I’m glad I had everything done and all I had to do was grab my food from the fridge.

Jamie: I don’t normally meal prep so instead I just loaded up on some of my favorite comfort foods from Whole Foods (mainly gluten-free vegan mac & cheese and Siete chips).

2. Or pre-order delivery to avoid cooking.

Arielle: I didn't actually do this, but I thought about ordering Indian later in the day, but didn't want to mess around with my phone screen. This would have been ideal.Jamie: I also didn't do this, my groceries were all I needed/wanted.

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Arielle: I didn’t actually do this, but I thought about ordering Indian later in the day, but didn’t want to mess around with my phone screen. This would have been ideal.

Jamie: I also didn’t do this, my groceries were all I needed/wanted.

3. Put your eye drops in the fridge.

Arielle: OMG this gave my eyes such relief throughout the day.Jamie: I agree, this was such a nice little relief, felt so good.

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Arielle: OMG this gave my eyes such relief throughout the day.

Jamie: I agree, this was such a nice little relief, felt so good.

4. Take a shower and wash your hair the morning of your surgery

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Arielle: For LASIK, they tell you not to wet your eyes for a few days. I thought it would be easier to just shower morning of and not shower the next day (sorry).

Jamie: With PRK the initial post-surgery recovery was INTENSE and I really didn’t want to do anything, I basically slept for two days straight, so showering was out of the question (not sorry).

5. Download audiobooks, music, or podcasts since you can’t really look at screens.

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Arielle: I only had to avoid screens for a day, but let me tell you, it can be SO BORING. Having podcasts was the only thing keeping me from going crazy. I mainly listened to Matt Bellassai’s Unhappy Hour and Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.

Jamie: I was also advised to stay off screens and away from light in general as much as possible, but the sound of people talking actually made me feel worse. I opted for some really nice mellow music that I had on repeat. It was so soothing and calming it really helped me feel better.

6. Eat a filling meal before your surgery.

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Arielle: For me, I had to be at the doctor’s office for three hours (paperwork, payment plan, waiting for the Valium to kick in, the surgery, relaxing after, etc.). I also just wanted to nap right when I got home, so the fuller I was, the less cranky.

Jamie: I don’t actually remember eating before the surgery, I’m sure I had a bar or something, but I was only at the doctor for 45 minutes so I wasn’t that concerned I was going to get hungry like Arielle. I was hungry when I got home though and had all my groceries waiting for me.

7. If you have pets, consider having a family member or friend take care of them for the day or next few days.

Arielle Calderon, Jamie Urso

Arielle: I have a cat, and I was actually fine with her. I had shields on the whole day so I wasn’t really getting hair in my eyes. But my doctor also advised not to take pets out for a walk the first day.

Jamie: This was a definite must for me. I have a dog (named Pasta, how cute is she?) and there is NO WAY I would have been able to take her out for walks within those first few days. Luckily my parents live close by and love taking care of her so she stayed with them until I was better.

8. Ask someone to take you home and get you settled.

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Arielle: For LASIK, the healing isn’t that intense and they tell you that you’re able to go home alone. But I asked my friend, and I’m glad I did. I was stumbling a little from the Valium and walking to the cab was sensitive on my eyes since it was bright out.

Jamie: This was a must for PRK, I was also given Valium to keep me relaxed during the procedure and to help me sleep after. If I could do it over, I’d actually have someone with me for the first 24 hours. In addition to Valium, I was prescribed to take strong pain pills when I got home (and over the next few days as needed) which made me very tired and loopy. It would have been nice to have someone helping me with drops, making food and to comfort me since the pain was bad. With PRK I wanted nothing more than to keep my eyes closed and be in complete darkness for the first two days so I kind of lost track of what day/time it was. It’s not a necessity, but something I’d recommend to anyone doing PRK.

9. When you need preservative-free eye drops, try getting one with a resealable cap so you can take them on-the-go.

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Arielle: I used Refresh Optive and it was great because you can reseal the caps. I didn’t want the other ones to drip in my bag and go to waste so this worked out great.

Jamie: I used Systane Ultra Preservative Free Eye Drop. They were the vials, that’s what my doctor recommended. They were amazing.

10. Make your phone text bigger and turn down brightness.

Arielle: I did not do this and now thinking about it, this probably would have made life easier. I was in general trying to avoid screens anyway, though.Jamie: This is something I thought of on day two I think. I was off my phone as much as possible, but bigger text over the next few days just helped me focus less and not have to look at the phone too long.

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Arielle: I did not do this and now thinking about it, this probably would have made life easier. I was in general trying to avoid screens anyway, though.

Jamie: This is something I thought of on day two I think. I was off my phone as much as possible, but bigger text over the next few days just helped me focus less and not have to look at the phone too long.

11. And if you have an iPhone, you can ask Siri to read your notifications or text people.

Arielle: I really only needed this for the day, but it was super helpful to just yell at Siri to send a text message. Also, you can tell Siri to play your music or podcasts too.Jamie: This was HUGE. I didn't think of doing it right away, but it's such a great feature. Siri read all my notifications and I was able to reply to text messages without needing to pick up my phone.

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Arielle: I really only needed this for the day, but it was super helpful to just yell at Siri to send a text message. Also, you can tell Siri to play your music or podcasts too.

Jamie: This was HUGE. I didn’t think of doing it right away, but it’s such a great feature. Siri read all my notifications and I was able to reply to text messages without needing to pick up my phone.

12. Have Advil/Aleve/Tylenol available for headaches or pain.

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Arielle: I didn’t really experience pain, but I did have a couple headaches. Just good to have on hand in case.

Jamie: One of the big differences between PRK and LASIK is the pain. The pain was bad. I was given prescription pain pills and numbing eye drops to use on the first two days only (when the pain was the worst.) After that since the pain was never that bad again but my doctor recommended taking ibuprofen for general pain management which helped a lot.

13. Buy paper plates and cups so you don’t have to do dishes.

Arielle: I did not do this but that definitely would have been easier lol.Jamie: This was another thing I thought of after the fact. It just would have made things easier.

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Arielle: I did not do this but that definitely would have been easier lol.

Jamie: This was another thing I thought of after the fact. It just would have made things easier.

14. Invest in a good sleep mask.

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Arielle: I personally didn’t use this because with LASIK, they gave me these plastic shields to tape to my face, so I just used that instead. However, I do plan to use my sleep mask from now on just for extra protection.

Jamie: I thought I had a sleep mask but couldn’t end up finding it when I needed it (of course) so I opted for a winter beanie that I could pull over my eyes. I just wanted pure darkness as much as possible.

15. Wear something comfortable to surgery so you can get home and go straight to bed.

Arielle Calderon, Jamie Urso

Arielle: THIS so hard. You will want to just go straight to sleep. Make it easier on yourself. It’s just surgery, you don’t need jeans for that.

Jamie: 100%. There’s a chance I wore the same comfy outfit for two days straight.

16. Buy a cold compress for some relief.

Arielle: I actually didn't even think of this, but I might give it a go??Jamie: Also this was so nice. I actually kept the cold compress in the fridge instead of in the freezer so it wasn't so cold I couldn't put it directly on my face. I still do this from time to time when I got to sleep. It's just nice.

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Arielle: I actually didn’t even think of this, but I might give it a go??

Jamie: Also this was so nice. I actually kept the cold compress in the fridge instead of in the freezer so it wasn’t so cold I couldn’t put it directly on my face. I still do this from time to time when I got to sleep. It’s just nice.

17. REST REST REST. Do not try to go overboard, let your eyes heal.

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Arielle: I cannot stress this enough. Even though I could see, I wanted to go out and do things and watch TV right away. But the best thing you can do is take it easy and relax. These are your EYES — let them recover.

Jamie: This is probably the main similarity with PRK and LASIK — REST! You may want to be active or think it’s not that bad, but the first two days are critical. Stay inside, SLEEP, and stay away from light. Protect those eyes, they cost a lot of money now!

Arielle: Overall, I absolutely LOVE my LASIK procedure. It was scary (you know, because all surgeries have risks and the last thing I wanted was to go blind), but quick and relatively painless. The healing process was short and I haven't had any complications, just some dry eyes here and there. It's an expensive surgery, but completely worth it for me. You can read about my LASIK surgery for more information.Jamie: I still can't believe I got elective eye surgery. Like, what? The crazy thing is, I'd do it all over if I had to. I haven't had any complications and the result is incredible (I now have 20/15 vision). The whole experience was INTENSE, I will not sugar coat that. The first two days of recovery were very painful and hard, but by the end of day two/morning of day three, I was a new person with new eyes. It was expensive, but for me, it was an investment I was willing and able to make. I <3 PRK!

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Arielle: Overall, I absolutely LOVE my LASIK procedure. It was scary (you know, because all surgeries have risks and the last thing I wanted was to go blind), but quick and relatively painless. The healing process was short and I haven’t had any complications, just some dry eyes here and there. It’s an expensive surgery, but completely worth it for me. You can read about my LASIK surgery for more information.

Jamie: I still can’t believe I got elective eye surgery. Like, what? The crazy thing is, I’d do it all over if I had to. I haven’t had any complications and the result is incredible (I now have 20/15 vision). The whole experience was INTENSE, I will not sugar coat that. The first two days of recovery were very painful and hard, but by the end of day two/morning of day three, I was a new person with new eyes. It was expensive, but for me, it was an investment I was willing and able to make. I <3 PRK!

Original Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/lasik-prk-tips?utm_term=.nhKWG71eD#.yy3z0X8xK

Original Date: April 29 2018