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Does LASIK Hurt?

Posted by administration on November 23, 2015

Does_LASIK_Hurt.jpgYour LASIK procedure should be a pain-free experience.  Before your eye surgery begins, numbing eye drops will be put into your eye to eliminate any pain or discomfort during the procedure.  You may also request or receive a prescription for a medication to help you relax before the surgery.  During the surgery you will likely feel some pressure on your eyes but no pain.

After the surgery, your eyes will remain numb for a while.  After the drops wear off, you might experience some short-term, temporary discomfort or itching.  This doesn’t last long.  You might experience temporary dry eye syndrome which can also be uncomfortable.  Special eye drops can be provided to help with this.

LASIK surgery in San Francisco has a high patient satisfaction rating and is one of the fastest surgeries performed with a quick recovery time.  Although you may have some blurriness after the surgery, this usually resolves quickly.

If you are ready to proceed with LASIK surgery in San Francisco, contact Pacific Eye Specialists at (415) 921-7555 or to schedule your LASIK consultation.  Our doctors will be able to answer any questions that you may have during your initial consultation.  

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LASIK Financing for Patients

Posted by administration on November 17, 2015

LASIK_Financing.jpgIf you are considering LASIK surgery, you may be wondering what financing options are available to you. Since LASIK costs several thousand dollars per eye, it can be a major financial decision.  Here are some tips on LASIK financing:

  • Commercial credit companies.  These include Care Credit, AccessOne and others; they offer financing for medical costs.  The terms of medical care financing can vary so be sure to study the terms carefully and find out what your payments will be.  If it’s not affordable, wait until it is or save and pay cash.  You don’t want to be stressed about paying for LASIK.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).  With an FSA, you are able to use pre-tax income to pay for medical expenses.  Check with your employer and see if this option is available.
  • Health Savings Account (HSA).  Also a great option for eligible medical expenses, the health saving account combines high-deductible health insurance with a savings account.

LASIK is considered a tax-deductible medical expense if certain conditions apply.  See your accountant for information.  For more information about LASIK financing, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at (415) 921-7555 or to schedule a consultation. 

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How Old Do You Have To Be To Have LASIK?

Posted by administration on November 10, 2015

Age_for_LASIK.JPGGrowing eyes are changing eyes.  LASIK, commonly referred to as laser vision correction, is a procedure meant for those who have a stable prescription.  A patient's eye prescription should be stable for at least one year prior to surgery. Until you’ve stopped growing and changing, you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK

In fact, the FDA has approved LASIK only for people who are age 18 and over.  Some eye surgery centers prefer to operate only on patients 21 and over, to ensure stability.  Appropriate education is given to the patient prior to the procedure.

For more information on LASIK, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at 415-921-7555 or to schedule a LASIK consultation.

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Custom LASIK vs. Traditional LASIK

Posted by administration on November 02, 2015

Custom_and_Traditional_LASIK.jpgTraditional LASIK has been around since the 1990s and has been performed on thousands of people around the world.  It has produced excellent results for the majority of people who have utilized this life changing procedure.

Custom LASIK is a great improvement over traditional LASIK.  Custom LASIK uses a mapping system to diagnose the exact contours of each of your eyes.  This data then guides the laser in your treatment.  This technique is known as Wavefront-guided LASIK and it produces outstanding vision results for patients.  Wavefront technology is not used in traditional LASIK.

The Wavefront system gathers more detailed and precise information, so that your LASIK treatment is more precise.  Wavefront Custom LASIK can correct both lower and higher-order aberrations.  Traditional LASIK corrects only lower.

If you have any questions about traditional LASIK vs. custom LASIK, please contact the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco.

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Can I have LASIK if I have Keratoconus?

Posted by administration on October 29, 2015

Keratoconus_and_LASIK.jpgKeratoconus (ker-uh-toe-KOH-nus) occurs when your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped front surface of your eye — thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape.

Keratoconus is a progressive disease. It can occur in one or both eyes and often begins during a person's teens or early 20s. 

LASIK is not a solution for this progressive disease due to several factors, including the thinning of the cornea and the shape of the cone.  There are, however, effective solutions available for this disease. In addition to custom toric lenses, gas permeable lenses and other lenses, Keratoconus can often be best treated with:

  • KeraSoft lenses (Bausch + Lomb). These high-water silicone hydrogel lenses can correct up to 20 diopters (D) of nearsightedness or farsightedness and up to -12 D of astigmatism.
  • NovaKone lenses (Alden Optical). These medium-water hydrogel lenses can correct up to 30 D of nearsightedness or farsightedness and up to -10 D of astigmatism.
  • Corneal inserts received FDA approval for treating keratoconus in August 2004. The tiny plastic inserts are placed just under the eye's surface in the periphery of the cornea and help re-shape the cornea for clearer vision.
  • A procedure call corneal crosslinking, which strengthens corneal tissue to halt bulging of the eye's surface.
  • Corneal transplants are sometimes the best solution for people with this disease.

If you have any questions about LASIK and/or Keratoconus, please contact the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule a consultation.  

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