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Rubbing Your Eyes is a Bad Idea

Posted by administration on June 30, 2015

Rubbing Your Eyes

You’re tired. Your eyes are itchy. Naturally, you rub your eyes and they feel better. What’s wrong with that, right?

According to the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco, you can get dirt and germs in your eyes by rubbing them, leading to eye infections.

If you have progressive myopia, a form of short-sightedness caused when the eyeball is too long, rubbing your eye can worsen the condition.

Anyone suffering glaucoma should be aware that rubbing their eyes can lead to increased eye pressure, disturbing blood flow and leading to nerve damage and permanent harm to your sight. If you have had glaucoma surgery it is especially important that you avoid rubbing your eyes.

Those who have had LASIK surgery should also avoid eye rubbing for at least a short time, per the instructions sent home with you by your eye care professional.

If you have a condition called Keratoconus, eye rubbing can be especially dangerous. Keratoconus is a thinning of the central part of the cornea which results in the normally round shape of the cornea to become distorted and cone-like in shape.  Although it doesn’t cause total loss of sight, Keratoconus leads to a progressive loss of vision and can be severe enough for patients to be declared legally blind.

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What is a LASIK Self-Evaluation?

Posted by administration on June 23, 2015

A LASIK Self-Evaluation is an interactive online tool to help you determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery. While this is not a substitute for a full LASIK Consultation from an experienced ophthalmologist, it is a great first step in the LASIK research process.

The Self-Evaluation asks questions about what your vision is like right now, such as:

  • I can’t see things up close
  • I can’t see things far away
  • It’s difficult for me to drive
  • I’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism
  • I wear glasses / contacts / reading glasses

The Self-Evaluation also asks questions regarding your current medical health and your eye health. This information is kept strictly confidential.

When all of the details are submitted, the Evaluation tallies the information and provides an immediate, personalized result as to whether or not LASIK might produce the results you desire. You can use this information to further research your options or as back-up information to share during your full LASIK Consultation with a surgeon. The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for LASIK is by having a complete eye exam to determine your corneal thickness and overall eye health.  

Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco offers a free LASIK Self-Evaluation on their website at pacificeyespecialists.com. If you are considering LASIK, we encourage you to take the quick assessment to see what might be best for your unique situation. 

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Does LASIK Help Nearsightedness?

Posted by administration on June 16, 2015

Nearsightedness & LASIK

Nearsightedness is a condition where objects in the distance appear out of focus.  It is a common reason for blurred vision, says the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco, California. Nearsightedness (also called myopia) is not a disease.  Nearsighted people might squint when trying to see objects in a distance.  

Teachers commonly notice children with vision problems when they see them squinting at the chalkboard or whiteboard, resulting in an eye exam and some form of vision correction. Nearsightedness often begins in childhood between ages 6 and 12. During the teen years, as the eyeballs continue to grow, it may develop slowly or get worse quickly. By age 20, myopia usually stabilizes and stops getting worse.

The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye.  Its cornea could also be steeper. When light passes through the cornea and lens, it is focused in front of the retina, making distant images appear blurry.

While contacts and glasses are the most common form of correction for nearsightedness, there are several refractive surgery solutions available to correct nearly all levels of nearsightedness.  Most myopia patients report good results from refractive surgery.  The risk of complications from LASIK surgery is low and decreases with a more experienced surgeon. If you are interested in this option, please contact our office for a consultation.

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Will Wearing Glasses Make Your Vision Worse?

Posted by administration on June 11, 2015

Glasses & LASIK

If you need corrective lenses…but you don’t wear them…what are your reasons?

  1. You hate the way you look in glasses.
  2. You can’t seem to get the hang of wearing contact lenses.
  3. You simply forget to wear them or misplace/lose them often.
  4. You think that by wearing glasses your vision will actually become worse.

If you fall into the number 4 category of people, consider this: WebMD has flat-out stated that, “Your eyes will not grow weaker as a result of using corrective lenses. Your prescription may change over time due to aging or the presence of disease, but it is not because of your current prescription.”

People who need reading glasses may be especially prone to thinking that wearing readers will make their vision worse. The fact is that wearing glasses does not weaken your eyesight. Close-up vision deterioration happens to most people over the age of 40. It’s a condition called presbyopia that occurs when the eye lens loses flexibility. You can’t prevent it and you won’t worsen it by wearing readers.

Any type of glasses, whether prescription glasses or readers, are simply an aid to improve vision. If your vision isn’t clear, you owe it to yourself to wear the proper lenses to achieve clear vision.

The alternative is to look into a vision correction procedure, such as San Francisco LASIK. The doctors at Pacific Eye Institute offers free LASIK Consultations to help people determine their candidacy for this popular procedure. Keep in mind that not all eyes are right for LASIK; having a comprehensive evaluation is the only way to know for sure.

To learn more about San Francisco LASIK, contact Pacific Eye Institute today at 415-921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule your free LASIK Consultation

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Can Fido Get LASIK?

Posted by administration on June 02, 2015

LASIK and dogs

Dog owners go to some extraordinary lengths to pamper their pooches, and some owners may wonder: “Can dogs get LASIK?” 

It has been reported that some dog breeds have a tendency to be nearsighted, others farsighted – just like people. But we have not heard of any actual LASIK procedures performed on dogs to correct these refractive errors. There is a diuretic drug for dogs called “Lasix” that is sometimes confused with “LASIK.” Lasix is used to treat congestive heart failure and edema, or fluid build-up.    

Dogs can also develop eye problems like cataracts and glaucoma and there have been reported cases of dogs receiving laser eye surgeries to provide improved canine vision for these conditions. This type of laser surgery is not the same as LASIK vision correction.

At Pacific Eye Specialists, we do not treat animal eye problems. We do, however, provide technologically advanced LASIK vision correction in San Francisco for humans. In fact, the 20/20 vision results we provide for most of our patients allows them to enjoy life with their “best friends” without the hassles of:

  • Fogged up glasses when playing outside
  • Dirt under contact lenses when at the dog park
  • Glasses that slide down their noses during walks in the summertime

If you would like to improve your vision, contact Pacific Eye Specialists today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation and find out if your eyes are right for San Francisco LASIK. We also provide treatment for cataracts and glaucoma in San Francisco…but only for humans. Call 650-755-6900 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to learn more. 

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