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Cataract Surgery Procedure and What to Expect

Cataracts are one of the most common eye-related problems in the world today. It occurs when the eye lens becomes cloudy, leading to misty and hazy vision. Occurring naturally due to age, anyone that develops cataracts will eventually see a significant loss of clear vision, which can only be addressed through surgery.

Cataract surgery happens to be a very straight-forward procedure. Completed on hundreds of thousands of patients annually, cataract surgery helps to restore vision, preventing blindness from eventually developing.

Here’s everything you need to know about cataract surgery:

When is cataract surgery necessary?

A loss in vision is common in aging people, with many suffering from cloudy vision at some stage of their later years. Cataracts can take years to fully develop however, allowing people to live with it for quite some time before vision is impaired.

However, cataracts eventually develop into a much more significant problem over time. The only way to rectify the issue is by surgical procedure, where the cataracts are removed from the eye.

Should your vision not be impaired by cataracts, then you can hold off on surgery. It’s only truly necessary once it starts to have a negative impact on your day-to-day life. For instance, if you can no longer read, drive, or struggle to see in most conditions, then surgery is advised.

What does cataract surgery involve?

Cataract surgery is quite a simple routine. You are provided with some local anaesthetic and some eye drops, after which the eye surgeon makes a minor incision on your eye. If you are feeling anxious about the procedure you may be given a minor sedative to stay relaxed.

The eye lens is then removed and replaced with an artificial implant lens known as an intraocular lens, after which the surgery is complete!

What you can expect from cataract surgery

There are a few things to expect from cataract surgery, none of which should give you any concern.

The procedure is very simple and shouldn’t take longer than an hour, so expect a total surgery time of around 20-40 minutes in most cases. Only one eye is treated per surgery, so you will likely require two procedures should you have it in both eyes, which will take place a few weeks apart.

So, you can also expect to go home that day. Remember, you are only under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake for the entire procedure. Don’t worry; you won’t be able to feel a thing! Most patients are home just a few hours after surgery, so it’s not too taxing of a day.

Also, your vision may be quite blurry for a few days after the surgery, although some people see their vision improve that same day. Don’t have high expectations of this however, as it’s best to assume you will need a few days to fully recover.

Are there any risks with cataract surgery?

Serious risks from cataract surgery are very low. The procedure is one of the safest and most straight-forward administered to patients, although there are some minor risks worth knowing. For instance, inflammation in the eye may occur, while more serious problems such as a detached retina are possible.

However, chances of complications remain low. Serious complications are reported in around 1 percent of cataract surgeries, so you should be completely free of risk!

At Rohr eye and laser center we offer cataract surgery with Tecnis IOLs or Toric IOLs. Don’t let cataracts affect your vision. We recommend you get a eye exam each year to insure your eyes are healthy. If you are worried about your vision and need a check up or would like to schedule a surgery, give us a call at 877-579-0202. You can also visit our website at www.michiganlasik.com. Our office is located in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

The ABC’s of Cataracts

When Shakespeare’s King Lear calls on “cataracts” to spout during his “blow winds, and crack your cheeks!” speech, he’s not asking for cloudy vision.  In Shakespeare’s day, a “cataract” also means a huge waterfall.  This is fitting because the clouds of white foam arising from a waterfall are metaphorically like the cloudy vision caused by a cataract.  Roughly half of everyone who lives to age 80 will eventually get cataracts in one or both eyes.

What exactly is a cataract?  To answer that question, let’s begin by looking at the eye in more detail.  A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens.  The lens of the eye is right behind the pupil.  Light enters the eye through the pupil.  As the picture shows, the lens focuses light onto the retina, which is a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye.

The lens must be clear to focus light onto the retina.  If the lens has become cloudy with a cataract the image that is seen will be blurry.  People say that having a cataract is like looking through a dirt car windshield.

How Do Cataracts Form

The eye’s lens is composed of two substances: the first is water and the second is protein.  As we age some of the protein that constitutes the eye’s lens, along with water, can clump together, causing the clouding of the lens.  Although most cataracts are simply a product of aging there are other causes of cataracts, too.

Diabetics can develop cataracts and so can steroid users.  Cataracts can develop after an eye injury sometimes years later.  They can often develop after exposure to radiation.  Babies can sometimes be born with cataracts as well.  Other factors that could cause cataracts include smoking and drinking.  Here are the symptoms of cataracts, in case you think you are developing one.

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Faded colors
  • Headlight, lamps, or sunlight glare
  • Halos surrounding lights
  • Double visions
  • Multiple images in one eye

Frequent changes in your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses could also be a sign of cataracts.  If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you are age 60 or older, ask your eye doctor to check your eyes for cataracts, as well as for age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, or any other vision issues during your next eye exam.

What To Do When You Have Cataracts

If you do have a cataract and it is interfering with your normal everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV, your cloudy lens can be removed in surgery and replaced with a clear artificial lens.  If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, usually the doctor will do each eye a month or two apart.

However, surgery should be avoided unless it’s absolutely necessary for your vision or if a cataract interferes with getting another eye issue treated, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.  Nevertheless cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the United States and about 90% of people who have cataracts removed have improved vision.

Prevention

Now if you don’t have cataracts and you want to forestall getting them, there are some precautions you can take, according to research done by staffers of the Mayo Clinic.  Get regular eye exams, at least once every two years or more frequently if you notice changes in your vision quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Wear sunglasses and clear glasses with 100% Ultraviolet (UV) protection.  Maintain a healthy weight and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Quit smoking, decrease or eliminate drinking alcohol, decrease or eliminate eating meat, increase eating fruits and vegetables and you might live long enough to have your first cataract as a 95th birthday present – among other goodies.

Many people who need cataract surgery will get a temporary pair of eyeglasses to use that corrects the vision of both eyes, the eye that has the cataract and the eye that does not.  Then when they have had the cataract surgery in both eyes they get a new pair of glasses.

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.

 

A Guide to LASIK and Laser Eye Surgery

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is the most common type of laser eye surgery. As a relatively straight-forward procedure, LASIK eye surgery has helped to restore vision to those suffering from a range of eye conditions.

Anyone with eyeglasses or contact lenses will no longer need to rely on eyecare to see properly after undergoing LASIK eye surgery

How Does It Work?

This form of laser eye surgery works by using a laser to correct the irregular shape of the patient’s cornea (the surface of the eye). To do this, a surgical tool known as a microkeratome is used to create a small flap on the cornea, after which the laser is used to reshape the corneal surface.

As an irregular cornea causes light to enter the eye incorrectly, the surface must be reshaped during surgery to help make it more even, allowing light to enter properly. This restores vision and removes the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Other Types of Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is the most common form of laser eye surgery, although there are several other options available too. This includes:

LASEK – Similar to LASIK surgery but designed for patients with thin cornea. While the corneal surface is still corrected, it requires a thin layer of tissue covering the cornea (the epithelium) to be temporarily removed to one side before correcting the cornea. A microkeratome isn’t used either, with a tool known as a trephine used to create the flap instead.

PRK – One of the first forms of laser eye surgery, it is not unlike LASEK surgery, with the main difference being the epithelium is completely removed rather than partially removed. This epithelium grows back naturally over time, although the procedure is now less commonly used in favour of LASEK eye surgery.

IntraLASIK – Almost identical to LASIK surgery, with the main difference being a laser is used to create the flap rather than a microkeratome.

Eye Conditions Treated by LASIK Eye Surgery

There are a host of eye conditions that can be effectively treated with LASIK and other forms of laser eye surgery. This includes:

Myopia – Commonly known as short-sightedness, the condition makes it difficult to focus on objects from longer distances. It can make tasks that require distance vision difficult, such as driving.

Hyperopia – Commonly known as long-sightedness, this condition results in nearby objects being out of focus. This makes things like reading small text quite difficult, and many sufferers strain their eyes trying to read, leading to headaches.

Astigmatism – A common condition where blurry vision is caused by an irregular shaped cornea. Quite common for those that requires eyeglasses, and the condition is caused at birth so can only be permanently removed through laser eye surgery.

 

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

Most people will get LASIK surgery as it offers the quickest recovery period of all other treatments, minimising any disruption from the surgery.

Of course, the most obvious benefit is you no longer require eyeglasses and/or contract lenses. This is very relieving for many people, especially those with several types of eye conditions. You can do many things that were once impossible to do due to poor vision.

LASIK eye surgery – and all laser eye surgery – is one of the safest surgical procedures available. It requires no anaesthetic and is virtually pain-free, meaning you don’t have to spend hours recovering from surgery.

Michigan Lasik also known as Rohr eye and laser center offers 3 different types of LASIK eye surgeries. To find out which option works best for you, give us a call at 977-579-0202. We are an eye treatment center located in Grand Blanc, Michigan. You can also visit our website at michiganLasik.com

Eye Conditions And How To Solve Them

Because scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that affects connective tissue, symptoms and complications can appear in any part of the body, including the eyes. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common eye complications experienced by people living with scleroderma, with help from the Arthritis Foundation and sclero.org.

Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome or keratitis sicca is where the eyes are unable to maintain a healthy film of tears, which is essential for keeping the eyes lubricated and protecting them from dust. The eyes become very dry and sore and vision may be affected, typically becoming blurred. Without the film of tears, the retinas can become damaged and the eyes are more prone to infection.

The condition can be caused by scleroderma itself or some of the medications used to treat the symptoms of the disease. Changing medications or using false tears (eye drops) can help relieve the problem.

Retinal Vascular Occlusion
Retinal vascular occlusion is where the small blood vessels surrounding the retina become blocked. These thin arteries can become backed up just like the larger blood vessels in the body. Vision problems occur and patients experience a sensation of a curtain coming down over the eye — which can come and go or happen suddenly.

Damage can be permanent but sometimes the veins can be treated with laser eye surgery to relieve the surrounding inflammation and allow better blood flow.

Autoimmune Uveitis and Iritis
Uveitis is an inflammation of the layer of the eye between the retina and white of the eye (sclera). The most common form of uveitis is iritis, also known as inflammation of the iris.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include eye pain, redness, blurred vision, seeing dark floating spots, decreased vision and light sensitivity. Anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive medications may be prescribed to treat the condition.

Glaucoma
Glaucoma is the term for eye diseases where the optic nerve becomes damaged due to high pressure inside the eye. Often without any symptoms, glaucoma gradually decreases vision and may be brought on by high blood pressure or reduced blood flow to the optic nerve.

Regular eye exams are crucial to spot glaucoma early, as it can lead to blindness if left untreated. Eye drops are usually prescribed to increase the outflow or production of fluid in the eye, laser eye surgery is also an option according to the Mayo Clinic.

Scleroderma News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Original Source: https://sclerodermanews.com/2017/09/19/ways-scleroderma-can-affect-eyes/

Original Date: Sept 19 2017

Original Author: Wendy Henderson

Coloured contact lenses WARNING: Shock reason you shouldn’t opt for them this Halloween

COLOURED contact lenses are a popular fad in the UK particularly for Halloween and can easily be obtained online or in some fancy dress shops, but are you familiar with the types of risks and dangers associated with these types of lenses?

If you are considering getting coloured contact lenses for Halloween this year you may want to think more carefully about the ones you choose.

Non-prescription contact lenses for fancy dress come in a variety of different colours and shapes and are available from a number of high street and online retailers for less than £10.

But many of them come without aftercare information, have not been FDA approved and can cause serious damage to your eyes.

Optician Anita, Waldo’s in-house optician, has been in optics a total 26 years and has revealed why coloured contact lenses this Halloween might be a bad idea.

Why are decorative contact lenses bad for your eyes?

Many decorative lenses are usually painted on, which dramatically reduces the amount of oxygen getting to the eyes. Therefore, they could become quite red as the blood vessels expand to try to compensate. They may also not have been FDA approved to UK standards.

What are the risks in wearing these types of lenses?

A lot of these lenses can be purchased from non-certified retailers, so instructions on how to look after them/cleaning solutions may not have been provided. If you haven’t been instructed on how to apply and remove the contact lenses safely you will be at risk of damaging your eyes. Decorative lenses are often thicker than normal contact lenses, which means they are likely to dry out quicker and become difficult to remove. If these lenses are re-used there is a significant risk of infection if not properly disinfected. What’s more, if worn for long periods they may even cause ulcers.

Coloured contact lenses warning

What are the short and long-term damages wearing decorative lenses can cause?

Short-term damages include the possibility of your eyes becoming red, feeling sore and drying up. As previously mentioned, you will be at risk of developing ulcers which can be sore and painful, these would also take a few days to clear up. Long-term risks include the ulcers becoming infected, which could can be sore and painful, these would also take a few days to clear up. Long-term risks include the ulcers becoming infected, which could cause scarring on the cornea. You can risk an infection if your lenses are not learned and looked after with appropriate contact lens solutions which can seriously damage the cornea. If water has been used, there is a risk of bugs like Acanthamoeba which can badly damage the cornea or even lead to blindness.

Is there any way to reduce the damage?

If you want to try colours lenses for occasions such as Halloween, we’d recommend that you visit your optician for  proper fitting and listen to advice on how to wear your lenses. Use contact lens friendly eye-drops to keep your eyes moist and use contact lens solutions to clear your lenses. Do not use tap water and do not share the lenses.

Would you recommend wearing them or are they not safe?

As long as the lenses are fitted and supplied by an optician and you follow the instructions given, you should be ok. However, we would recommend that you limit the use and amount of time you wear the lenses due to the lack of oxygen reaching the cornea.

Coloured contact lenses warning

Coloured contact lenses warning: Short-term damages include the possibility of your eyes turning red

For those who do not wear contact lenses but are interested in maintaining good eye health on a daily basis, Anita also has some quirky tips:

1. Thoroughly remove all your eye make-up every day.

2. There are many supplements you can buy to aid the health of your eyes from any chemist or opticians.

3. Give your eye lids a squeeze. Hot showers or baths allows the steam to open your pores. Next, gently squeeze at the base of your lashes and massage your eye lids. This helps to unblock your ducts and produce the oily part of your tears to help keep them hydrated.

What should you avoid doing?

Anita said: “If you are on a computer all day make sure you give your eyes a break. Staring at a screen all day can dry out your eyes, as can lots of tea and coffee so keep hydrated – especially after sports. Every so often look away from your screen and focus on something in the distance, then focus on your thumb in front of your face. Respect this about five times too wake you eyes muscles. Also, eye dries really help hydrate the eyes.”

Eye infections could be detected within minuted by a new microchip.

Original Source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/859538/coloured-contact-lenses-uk-halloween

Original Date: September 28 2017

Original Author: Katrina Turrill

 

How to know you’re getting a good laser eye surgeon

Having laser eye surgery is a big decision, it goes without saying that your eyes and vision are important to you and it is very important to firstly take no chances and secondly to get the very best possible care available.”

Mr. Sheraz Daya who performed the first LASIK laser vision correction procedure in the UK shares six key pointers that should help you make an informed choice.

1. RECOMMENDATION FROM YOUR OPTICIAN OR GP

Ask your optician whom they would choose to do their eyes? Word of mouth is a good one, as you will be getting information based on someone else’s personal experience and outcome. Testimonials are good especially if they are on independent websites. Reviews and internet chat rooms are useful places to obtain recommendations, but no substitute to you doing your own due diligence. Leave no stone unturned!

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2. REPUTATION

What is the surgeon’s track record? How long have they been doing Laser eye surgery for and how are they viewed by their colleagues? As doctors are in the business, they will know who is good and very useful to know if the surgeon has treated other doctors or surgeons, particularly other eye surgeons! Choose someone who is a surgeon to other surgeons!

3. EXPERIENCE

How long has the surgeon been in practice and for how long have they been performing laser eye surgery? Additionally, find out if the surgeon being considered is a “trouble-shooter”. Good surgeons often fix problems from other laser eye centres. They therefore not only know how to avoid problems, they have good knowledge and ability to remedy them – exactly what you want for your eyes.

4. TRAINING/QUALIFICATIONS

Has the surgeon had fellowship training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery? Refractive surgery is the speciality that deals with correcting shortsight, farsight, astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for readers). Laser eye surgery treats the cornea, so best to have someone with expertise and understanding on how the cornea behaves. Fellowship training is an optional period of time when eye surgeons immerse themselves in a speciality for a year or more and trained by a specialist in the area.

5. SURGEON-LED CARE

Make sure you will be having your consultation with your operating surgeon before your procedure. This is an important recommendation by the majority of major institutions overseeing eye care, including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and makes a lot of sense.

6. INTEGRITY

This is a hard one to measure and evaluate. Often this goes along with some of the suggestions above like “Reputation” and “Recommendation”. However there are some useful pointers. Is the surgeon involved in any civic activities, such as charitable work, teaching or performing surgery in areas where there is a need? Are they involved in caring for the community? Do they care about the environment? Are they willing to make a stand for what is right? You can find some material out from your research, however more often than not, you will get a sense from the surgeon when you meet them in consultation.

Your eyes are precious, do your research well and get educated. In your pursuit of finding a good surgeon, do not get distracted by inducements, offers and “deals”. It is not about getting a good deal but getting the best care that sets you up for the rest of your life! You really want to meet the surgeon, figure out whether you trust them and want them to do your procedure.

You also want the surgeon to familiarise themselves with your eyes and take into consideration specifics about you, your optical system and your lifestyle and visual needs when figuring out their treatment plan. A good surgeon will examine you thoroughly and make sure there are no incidental eye problems that might preclude you from having the procedure. A good surgeon will also customise or tailor-make your care to suit you, your optical system and your needs and lifestyle.

Original Source: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/a28875/best-laser-eye-surgery/

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Original Date: Sept 15 2017

 

 

A clear explanation of cataracts, treatment

The eye is one of the most sensitive organs in our bodies — and like other body parts, their health changes over time.

You are born with a naturally clear lens, explained Dr. Sunil Thadani, Fellow, American College of Surgeons and ophthalmologist with Maryland Vision Center, but clouding of an eye’s lens can occur as you age.

According to Thadani, cataracts usually come on slowly, but cloudy, foggy or fuzzy vision makes it difficult for you to see and perform daily living activities. Other symptoms can include halos and glare from headlights, lamps and the sun. A cataract alters an eye’s lens, so frequent eyeglass prescription changes also are a telltale sign.

While older adults are most at risk for cataracts, diabetes, certain medications and upper-body radiation treatment might also cause them.

Most people develop cataracts during their lifetime, but not all will notice symptoms. During an annual eye exam, an optometrist views an eye’s lens for cataracts and notes any progressive vision loss. Based on the results of the eye exam and any concerns you have, such as night driving difficulty and sensitivity to light, your eye doctor will refer you to an ophthalmologist — a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats eye diseases.

Diagnosis and treatment

To diagnose cataracts, Thadani performs slit-lamp and glare-simulation tests and takes measurements of the eye. He also spends time understanding how cataracts affect your daily living.

If surgery is required, Thadani treats one eye at a time to allow one to heal and determine if your vision improves with a single cataract surgery.

Surgery is safe and pleasant —“almost like a light show,” Thadani said. The procedure involves the removal of the cataract lens and the replacement of a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens. Under conscious sedation, the procedure takes place in an outpatient setting, and patients remain groggy and relaxed for the entire procedure.

Thadani offers patients standard cataract surgery, which involves making tiny incisions in the eye to remove the cataract and insert the new lens. He also offers advanced laser cataract surgery, a technique that can be used to perform the cataract procedure without using a blade. Both approaches produce similar visual outcomes when addressing cataracts, he said.

Recovery

You can expect a quick recovery — usually a day or two — after cataract surgery. Self-sealing incisions close over time, but you must use special eye drops for several weeks. Thadani will examine your eyes to monitor your progress during the healing period.

Cataract surgery is safer and more effective than it was even a few years ago, Thadani reported. A strong patient advocate, he encourages people to understand their insurance benefits and the pros and cons of traditional surgery versus laser cataract surgery before undergoing the procedure.

Meritus Health, at 11116 Medical Campus Road, east of Hagerstown, is the largest health system in the area, providing hospital and outpatient services to the community.

Original Source: http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/health/a-clear-explanation-of-cataracts-treatment/article_c9c790c2-5ef6-58f6-a94c-3e5b94b33c3a.html

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Original Date: Aug 27th 2017

New laser procedure for dry eye patients

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – You’ve heard of Lasik. But have you heard of Smile?

It’s a new type of technology to correct your vision, and it’s only offered at 30 places in the country.

One of those places is right here in the Twin Cities.

“I literally had glasses everywhere, upstairs, downstairs, everywhere. Now I don’t have to worry about that,” said Renae Herman, a Smile patient.

“I was a minus 5 and a quarter in both eyes, so fairly blind, couldn’t drive without my contacts or anything like that, couldn’t go swimming without glasses on,” Herman said.

Herman, who struggles from dry eye and seasonal allergies, was always skeptical of Lasik. One of the potential side effects from that form of laser surgery is dry eyes.

So when she heard that Smile is less invasive and less likely to lead to complications, she was on board.

“Smile laser vision corrective surgery is the latest evolution in laser refractive surgery,” said Y. Ralph Chu, medical director and opthalmologist at Chu Vision Institute.

Chu performed the laser surgery on Herman’s eyes. His is the first, and only, surgical center in Minnesota to use this technology, which was recently approved by the FDA.

“There are many patients out there who are afraid of Lasik, who haven’t had Lasik because they’re told they are bad candidates because they have dry eye,” said Chu. “And now Smile offers an opportunity for those patients to re-look at laser vision correction.”

The procedure only takes a few minutes, with the laser portion lasting about 30 seconds. And it requires only a tiny incision, as opposed to a large flap with Lasik.

“With Smile we make a small incision in the cornea and we sort of create a contact lens piece of tissue that is removed from the eye through that small incision, and that’s what corrects the vision,” said Dr. Chu.

“It’s just easier all around,” said Herman. “I say just do it. It was awesome. It’s probably the best thing I’ve done.”

The total estimated cost of the procedure is $2,000 for each eye.

Original Source: http://www.kare11.com/news/new-laser-procedure-for-dry-eye-patients/466504863

Original Date: Aug 22 2017

Original Author: Camille Williams

Doctor finds 27 contact lenses lost in woman’s eye, British Medical Journal reports

A brief write-up in the British Medical Journal claims that doctors found 27 contact lenses in a 67-year-old patient’s eye when she was being prepped for surgery at England’s Solihull Hospital.

The piece was authored by Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist; Richard Crombie, a consultant anesthesiologist; and Amit Patel, a consultant ophthalmologist.

The lenses were clumped together in a “blueish mass” and were “bound together by mucus,” according to the journal.

“She was quite shocked,” Morjaria, who worked on the patient, told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.”

The patient, though, wasn’t the only person who was shocked.

“None of us have ever seen this before,” Morjaria said. In fact, she chose to publish the case because most doctors didn’t think it was possible for someone to lose so many contact lenses in their eyes without suffering from severe symptoms.

The patient had worn monthly contact lenses for 35 years, and she rarely visited the eye doctor during those years. But she had cataracts, so last November doctors were injecting anesthesia into her eyes for surgery when they paused, surprised by the bizarre discovery.

“It was such a large mass,” Morjaria said. “We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”

“Patients do sometimes present with a contact lens stuck under their upper eyelid, particularly if they are new to contact lens wear, or have problems with dexterity, but finding this many lenses stuck in someone’s eye is exceedingly rare,” Association of Optometrists clinical and regulatory officer Henry Leonard told Optometry Today. “Most patients would experience significant discomfort and redness, and be at risk of eye infections.”

They were also confused by how they got there. Perhaps it’s because she had “deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies,” the paper in BMJ stated.

Immediately, they postponed the pending surgery.

“Because she had harboured these contact lenses in her eye for an unknown length of time, if we had operated she would have had a lot of bacteria” in her eye, Morjaria said.

Morjaria hopes that contact lens wearers who see the story will take a little more caution.

“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check-ups,” she said. “Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight.”

Some, though, have questioned the story.

“How is this even possible? How did she not feel the lenses?” tweeted one user.

“How does that happen? I wear my dailies for an HOUR too long and my eyes start the rejection process: goop, itching, hide-n-seek,” tweeted a second.

Original Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/17/doctor-finds-27-contact-lenses-lost-in-womans-eye-british-medical-journal-reports/?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer98f3d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=.cf9841be951f

Original Author: Travis M. Andrews

Original Date: July 17

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