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LASIK for Farsightedness

Posted by administration on February 07, 2016

LASIK_for_farsightedness.jpgAre you farsighted (see better at a distance) and wondering if LASIK will help?  The answer is yes, in most cases.  LASIK is approved by FDA for treatment for farsightedness. 

LASIK is a form of eye surgery that changes the curvature of the cornea with the use of lasers.  By changing the curvature of the eye, you change the way light enters the eye and changes the way your eye focuses.

There is a limit to the actual amount of farsightedness that can be treated by LASIK. The curvature and thickness of your eyes are some of the variables that determine whether or not your vision can be treated with LASIK.

A consultation and pre-operative eye exam with the expert staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco can help you decide whether LASIK is the right treatment for you.  For more information on LASIK for farsightedness, please call our office.

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LASIK versus Contacts: Which is Better for You?

Posted by administration on February 01, 2016

LASIK_vs_Contacts.jpgSome contact lens wearers eagerly wait for the day when they can afford or qualify for LASIK surgery.  But is LASIK right for every contact lens wearer?

Not every contact lens patient is suitable for LASIK surgery.  Some of the reasons that you may not qualify (or want) LASIK include if you:

  • Have a thin cornea
  • Have unusual or severe astigmatism
  • Have keratoconus, macular degeneration or other incompatible conditions
  • Suffer from diabetes
  • Take certain medications
  • Have Glaucoma

There are other conditions that may preclude you from LASIK.  Contact lenses can be an ideal long-term solution for those people who are unable to have LASIK surgery.  For more information on contact lenses or to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.

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Contacts after LASIK

Posted by administration on January 24, 2016

Contacts_after_LASIK.JPGLASIK and other laser eye procedures have great records for successfully improving vision.  However, it doesn’t always improve vision to the point where prescription corrective lenses are no longer needed.

Wearing contacts after LASIK is sometimes necessary.  While a follow-up procedure or enhancement may be able to solve the problem, it is not always the case. Gas permeable or hybrid lenses may be a good solution for improving vision after LASIK.

LASIK surgery can significantly alter the shape of the cornea, making the fitting of contact lenses post-surgery a bit more challenging.  You’ll want to consult your eye care specialist to be sure you have the right contact lenses for your eyes.  For more information about contacts after LASIK, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco today!

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LASIK after 40

Posted by administration on January 18, 2016

LASIK_after_40.jpgLASIK has changed the vision for the better for millions over the past decades.  For those 40 and over, LASIK may be a great option to improve or even correct vision.

As the eyes age, it becomes more likely a person will need reading glasses, especially after the age of 40.  Today, individuals in their 40s  and older are increasingly opting for laser surgery that assists in correcting near vision, or presbyopia, by correcting one eye for distance and the other for near vision.  Sometimes LASIK surgery improves vision substantially although patients might still find the need for reading glasses.

If you’re over 40 and considering LASIK, please contact us at 650-755-6900 or pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule a LASIK consultation.  We’re happy to provide you with the information you need.

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Questions About LASIK Healing

Posted by administration on January 11, 2016

LASIK_healing.jpgOne of the most popular questions we are asked is: How long does it take to heal after LASIK surgery?

Our answer is:  In most cases, the healing process is remarkably quick.  In fact, often by the next day, patients report an improvement in vision although there may be a haze or fog. 

After LASIK surgery, someone will need to drive you home.  Your eyes may be itching, uncomfortable, weeping or may burn a little and will feel a bit blurry.  This is normal after LASIK.  You will be told to rest for several hours and may be instructed to sleep with an eye patch as it is important that you do not rub your eyes.  Medicated drops may be prescribed by your LASIK surgeon.

Although everyone heals differently, vision typically stabilizes within six months.  If you have questions about LASIK, contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.  

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