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Eye Surgery for Farsightedness

Posted by administration on May 02, 2016

LASIK_for_farsightedness.jpgTired of wearing contacts lenses or eyeglasses for your farsightedness?  Have you considered LASIK eye surgery for farsightedness?

Eye surgery for farsightedness continues to grow in popularity and is a frequently requested procedure.  LASIK reshapes the cornea and changes the way light rays enter your eye, allowing your eye to focus differently.  LASIK is typically a very effective treatment for farsightedness, though it is also good for nearsightedness and for some forms of astigmatism.

Some doctors utilize a “monovision” treatment plan for LASIK when treating farsightedness.  This means one eye is corrected for distance vision and one eye is corrected for near vision.

LASIK surgery is not without risk, although most patients report few complications.  Side effects can include over-corrections or under-correction (sometimes requiring a second adjustment), difficulty with night driving, infection and other complications.  Your doctor will discuss your risks, recovery and LASIK options during your consultation.

For more information about eye surgery for farsightedness, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.

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LASIK vs ICL: Which Is Best for You?

Posted by administration on April 25, 2016

LASIK_vs_ICL.jpgIf you’ve been told that you’re not a good candidate for LASIK due to the severity of your nearsightedness, dry eyes or thin corneas, ICL may be the right option for you.

Implantable Collamer Lens, or ICL, is a lens that is implanted right into your eye to improve your vision.  The lens is placed between your iris and your natural lens.  During the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision that often does not require stitches.  ICL is also sometimes considered for patients with astigmatism. The procedure takes only fifteen minutes or so and both eyes can be done on the same day.

LASIK is the most popular option for vision correction surgery.  During LASIK a thin flap is created on the eye to reach the cornea.  The cornea is then reshaped in order to improve your natural vision.  The procedure is quick and drops are used to numb the eye beforehand.  Most astigmatism can be corrected using LASIK, as well as farsightedness and nearsightedness.

Your surgeon can tell you which procedure would be best for you.  For more information on LASIK vs. ICL, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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Wearing Contacts before a LASIK Consultation

Posted by administration on April 18, 2016

Contacts_before_a_LASIK_consultation.jpgWhat’s the hardest part of having LASIK surgery?  It’s not necessarily the recovery.  A lot of our patients say going without contacts is often the hardest part of LASIK. 

Before having a consultation for LASIK surgery, you must not wear your contacts from anywhere between 10 days to a month before surgery, depending on the type of lenses you wear and how long you have been wearing them.  Contact lenses work by changing the shape of your cornea.  Your eyes need time to adjust back to their natural shape prior to a LASIK consultation to ensure the best surgical result possible.

Before scheduling a LASIK consultation, you’ll want to let the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco know what contact lenses you wear.  They will let you know how long you need to go contact-free before you have your procedure.

For more information, please contact us at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.

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What Does Refractive Surgery Mean?

Posted by administration on April 14, 2016

Refractive_Surgery.jpgRefractive eye surgery is eye surgery that is performed to eliminate or reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses, although some people still need prescription eye glasses or contacts after the procedure. It is used to improve the refractive state of the eye which improves natural vision. 

Refractive surgery can include a variety of methods of surgery that remodel or change the cornea or can include cataract surgery.  Excimer lasers are used most commonly to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  Refractive surgery is a way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and some types of astigmatism.  The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASIK.

If you are interested in reducing your dependence on contact lenses or eye glasses, are free of eye disease, and would like to investigate refractive surgery as an option, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule a consultation.

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LASIK vs. PRK: What is the Difference?

Posted by administration on April 04, 2016

LASIK_vs_PRK.jpgOne of the most well-known eye surgeries is LASIK.  When asked, most people have heard about it. But PRK, which stands for photo refractive keratectomy, is less well-known.  What’s the difference?

PRK and LASIK are both laser surgery procedures and both work by changing the shape of the cornea. The difference is mainly in the method. With PRK, the surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea and exposes an area for the laser to reshape.  With LASIK, the surgeon makes an incision in the cornea to create a flap of tissue which is lifted so the laser can be applied to reshape the inner layers of the cornea.

PRK can be a better choice for people with certain conditions such as dry eyes or thin corneas.  However, PRK can be more uncomfortable and takes longer to heal.  LASIK has a quick recovery period and discomfort tends to be minimal.

Your surgeon will discuss which surgical procedure is right for you.  If you’re interested in correcting your vision with laser surgery, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at 415-921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.

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