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Posted by administration on September 18, 2014
Blackbeard…Captain Kidd…Black Bart…Redbeard…even Jack Sparrow…
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pirate who wore glasses (there were plenty of eye patches, though). Does that mean that all pirates had 20/20 vision? Probably not; but it’s safe to assume that pirates didn’t have access to good eye care.
Even if a pirate did manage to visit an eye doctor and find out his vision was less-than-perfect, the idea of wearing eye glasses wasn’t too appealing. (After all, a pirate had a reputation to uphold!) And laser vision correction wasn’t FDA-approved before the late 1990s, so all the gleamin’ booty in the world wouldn’t make that an option.
Why are we talking about pirates? September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It’s a day for you to connect with your inner pirate and toss about a few “Aarrs” and “Blimeys” with friends, family and co-workers. You may even want to don an eye patch for the occasion. But if you have to wear glasses to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, it will be almost impossible to look authentic with an eye patch over your glasses.
Avast! If you want to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day by looking like a pirate (meaning, no glasses), find out if laser vision correction in San Francisco is right for you. Call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule your free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists.
Pacific Eye Specialists won’t hornswaggle you with the cost of laser vision correction and they will even provide LASIK financing options to make better vision more affordable.
Posted by administration on September 10, 2014
Reality shows: Whether you love them or hate them, they have definitely taken over television programming. There are too many makeovers and lifestyle shows to list, but shows like the Biggest Loser, Undercover Boss, Love It or List It and Intervention tend to feature how less-than-ideal situations can be improved.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a LASIK Makeover reality show? Here is the pitch:
“24-year-old Joe has worn glasses and contacts since childhood. An avid outdoorsman, he finds it impossible to really pursue his adventurous side due to his vision limitations. After LASIK at Pacific Eye Specialists, Joe takes off on a journey worthy of a spin-off TV show…skydiving, rock climbing, extreme kayaking. Now Joe’s possibilities are limitless…thanks to LASIK.”
A LASIK Makeover reality show probably wouldn’t impress TV executives, but our doctor's happy LASIK patients at Pacific Eye Specialists might beg to differ. Even if you aren’t considering LASIK in San Francisco to climb Mount Everest, improving your vision to 20/20 can still be a life-changing event.
Of course, not everyone who wears glasses or contacts is a good candidate for LASIK. If you have poor eye health or if your corneas are too thin, a different vision correction procedure might be safer. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists. Our doctors won’t approve you for LASIK unless they are 100% sure your eyes are right for the procedure.
Posted by administration on September 05, 2014
Popular Mechanics recently published an online article titled “10 Things That Will Disappear in the Next 110 Years.” We thought we would share that list with you:
- Video game consoles
- Postage stamps
- C batteries
- Snow tires
- Telephone poles
- Flathead screwdrivers
The article didn’t go into any specifics on why the publication’s editors felt these items would no longer be relevant. However, at Pacific Eye Specialists we can take a guess at one reason why the #1 item on the list might phase out: LASIK vision correction. San Francisco LASIK is already helping thousands of people in our area eliminate their need for glasses or contacts. It’s a laser procedure that corrects vision for people who are nearsighted, farsighted or who have astigmatism, but it’s not for everyone. If a patient’s corneas are too thin or if other eye problems exist, an alternative to LASIK may be recommended. The only way to know for sure if LASIK might reduce or eliminate your need for eyeglasses is to schedule a free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists by calling 415-921-7555 or visiting pacificeyespecialists.com.
It’s possible that no one reading this blog will know for sure if all of these 10 things will be gone in 110 years. But it’s going to be interesting to see what the future holds for all types of technology, including vision correction.
Posted by administration on August 28, 2014
If you remember television shows from the 1970s, you’re sure to remember The Six Million Dollar Man. Actor Lee Majors played Col. Steve Austin, an astronaut severely injured in a crash who was later rebuilt with bionic implants in his right arm, legs and left eye. The “bionic man” had super strength, speed and vision. Viewers of this series undoubtedly fantasized about how it would feel to be like the bionic man.
Approximately 40 years later, technology has made the “bionic eye” a reality for patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. This disease slowly causes damage to the retina (the back of the eye) and eventually leads to almost complete blindness. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an artificial retina procedure being dubbed as a “bionic eye.” The system uses a tiny camera and transmitter in special eyeglasses to transmit impulses to the retina’s healthy cells to allow for limited restored vision.
Researchers continue to develop new technologies to restore or improve eyesight. Good vision is often taken for granted; but even when people have less serious vision conditions that require them to wear glasses or contacts (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism) they are often on the lookout for new methods of vision improvement.
LASIK vision correction in San Francisco is one such method that can truly change the lives of people who wear glasses or contacts. LASIK has been around since 1996 and over 14 million Americans have undergone this popular surgical process. The LASIK process works by slightly altering the shape of the cornea with an excimer laser so light will focus properly on the retina at the back of the eye. When light focuses properly, clear vision can be obtained.
Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists offers LASIK in San Francisco. He is dedicated to providing patients with detailed information about the LASIK procedure, the risks of LASIK and what results may be achieved for each unique patient.
Pacific Eye Spicialists can’t give you bionic vision; however, our doctors can analyze your eye characteristics and overall health to determine if Location LASIK might be right for you. Call 415-921-7555 to schedule your free LASIK Consultation or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule your appointment online.
Posted by administration on August 19, 2014
Conjunctivitis is aptly named “pink eye” because the eyes actually look pink, red or bloodshot due to an inflammation of the clear membranes on the white of the eyes and inside the eyelids. This is a highly contagious condition that is easily spread when it is caused by a virus or bacteria.
People of all ages can get pink eye in San Francisco. The more you are in contact or close proximity with other people, the greater your risk of contracting pink eye because it can spread through sneezes, coughs or by using an object that was previously used by a person who already has pink eye.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to prevent pink eye, and you can contract the condition at the most inopportune times. For example, if you have a San Francisco LASIK procedure scheduled and you contract pink eye, you will have to have the pink eye treated before having LASIK. Your eyes must be healthy to avoid LASIK complications.
Pink Eye Treatment
Viral conjunctivitis will typically clear up over several days, but bacterial conjunctivitis may require medicated eye drops or ointments. It may take 10 days or more for a bacterial infection to clear up. Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists can determine when it is safe to have LASIK after pink eye in San Francisco.
Pink Eye Symptoms
Besides red eyes, other symptoms of pink eye include:
- Excessive eye watering
- Swollen eyelids
- Burning and itching
- Crusty eyelids in the morning
- Light sensitivity
- Gritty sensation
- Yellow discharge
If you are considering LASIK in San Francisco, schedule your free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists. Call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com. Our doctors will examine your eyes and tell you if your eyes are healthy enough for this amazing vision correction procedure.
Of course, even after successful LASIK, you can still contract pink eye. It’s important to take measures to protect yourself against pink eye, such as:
- Wash hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes
- Use hand sanitizers
- Avoid sharing hand towels and personal items
- Wear goggles when swimming
- Follow contact lens wear instructions