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Honesty.jpgYou may have heard claims from LASIK centers that you can “throw away your eyeglasses” after LASIK or that perhaps going with the lowest cost provider is the best idea and makes no difference on the quality or results.

At Pacific Eye Specialists in California, we believe in complete transparency with our clients.  We want you to be happy and healthy, whether that means you become our patient or not.  The FDA is clamping down on LASIK surgeons who make false or exaggerated claims about LASIK or any type of eye correction surgery.  In a news release last September, the Agency made it clear that anything but total transparency would not be tolerated.

At Pacific Eye Specialists in California, we have always believed in total transparency with our customers.  While most patients breeze through the procedure, LASIK, or other advertised refractive surgery, has risks and potential complications, and they will be discussed during a surgical consultation prior to the procedure.  Also, LASIK does not always mean that you can throw away your glasses.  Older people, people over 40 and other individuals may find that they still need reading glasses or other types of correction even after LASIK.

We are also upfront about costs for the procedures.  We’ve heard horror stories about people looking for low-price deals or coupons, or only paying a few hundred dollars for LASIK, often with bad results.  We price our services fairly and competitively, in order to provide you with the highest quality service and procedures and state-of-the-art equipment.  When it comes to your eyesight, you don’t want to sacrifice.  Your eyes are worth it.

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Celebrate Children’s Book Day with Clear Vision

Posted by administration on April 03, 2015

Young girl reading a book.Hans Christian Andersen wrote some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. His stories have been translated into more than 125 languages and have inspired films, ballets and plays. 

To mark Andersen’s birthday in 1805, April 2 has been named Children’s Book Day. It’s an observation meant to encourage children to read. What better way to pass on the love of reading than by picking up one of Andersen’s stories and reading it to your child…stories such as:

  • The Princess and the Pea
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Snow Queen 

If you are farsighted, you may need glasses to focus on printed items close-up. The constant need to locate your glasses before you read may be discouraging – and even cause you to forego reading for some other form of entertainment.

If you have dealt with farsightedness for years, our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists may be able to help. Our doctors have performed thousands of LASIK procedures in San Francisco, and many of thier farsighted patients have achieved 20/20 vision so no glasses are required. 

However, if you are over age 40 and have started experiencing difficulty reading, it probably isn’t farsightedness. Most likely it is a completely different vision condition called presbyopia. Unlike farsightedness (which is a refractive error), presbyopia is caused when the eye lens begins to lose flexibility. It happens to most people as they age and results in trouble focusing on close-up objects, including books. Reading glasses are often needed to see more clearly. 

Traditional LASIK does not correct presbyopia. However, there is a form of LASIK called monovision LASIK that can help minimize the effects of presbyopia by correcting one eye for up-close vision and one eye for distance vision. 

To find out if you qualify for LASIK in San Francisco, contact Pacific Eye Specialts at 415-921-7555 to schedule a free LASIK Consultation. You might even achieve clear vision the day after the procedure…just in time for Children’s Book Day! 

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What Causes Nearsightedness?

Posted by administration on March 26, 2015

Girl getting her eyes checkedIf an eye doctor has diagnosed you with myopia, or nearsightedness in San Francisco, this means you have a refractive error that causes distant objects to appear blurry. Nearsighted people can usually see close objects clearly but they may need to wear corrective lenses to see well at a distance.

Nearsightedness can occur for one of two reasons:

  • The eyeball is too long
  • The cornea is too steep

When either of these conditions are present, light entering the eyes will focus in front of the retina (the back of the eye), instead of directly on the retina, causing blurred distance vision. Myopia can usually be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

After age 21, myopia can be corrected surgically for some patients through LASIK vision correction. Our doctors perform blade-free LASIK in San Francisco to alter the shape of your cornea by removing a microscopic amount of tissue so light can focus correctly on the retina. This procedure has been highly effective in helping nearsighted people achieve 20/20 vision.

According to the American Optometric Association, nearsightedness affects almost 30% of the United States population. This vision condition usually develops in children and it may progress into a person’s early 20s. But with today’s advanced LASIK technology in San Francisco, achieving clear distance vision can be a reality.

LASIK is not right for everyone. If you are nearsighted and are curious to know if LASIK might work for your eyes, contact Pacific Eye Specialists today at 415-921-7555 to schedule a free, no-obligation LASIK Consultation. 

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Shaded Lens Technology Heading Toward “On Demand”

Posted by administration on March 20, 2015

GlassesIf you wear prescription glasses, you may have tried transitional lenses. These specialty lenses change the tint of the lens in response to the intensity of light. However, there are limitations with these lenses:

  • The transition time from clear to shaded (or vice versa) can take too long
  • The shaded adaptation may not be effective in blocking out harsh lighting situations
  • The lenses may not change in certain situations, such as when wearing a hat or driving

Scientists to the Rescue with New Lenses

Scientists, led by John Reynolds, Georgia Institute of Technology professor of chemistry & biochemistry and materials science & engineering, along with BASF, are currently developing an electrochromic polymer lens material that can change to and from clear-to-shaded in seconds. The change would be driven by a user-controlled electrical charge (like a switch) to allow for “on demand” changes. 

These revolutionary lenses may change the game for prescription eyeglass wearers – time will tell.

Even with advances in lens technology, the fact remains that wearing prescription lenses can be cumbersome and aggravating. If you are tired of the hassles of corrective lenses, find out if San Francisco blade-free LASIK is right for you. Our doctors at Pacific Eye Speicalists can assess your vision and eye characteristics to determine if your eyes are right for this popular procedure. You may even achieve 20/20 vision to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts.

To learn more about LASIK in San Francisco, contact Pacific Eye Specialists today! 

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Do You Need Reading Glasses or LASIK?

Posted by administration on March 13, 2015

reading glasses

Why is that restaurant menu so blurry?

The first step to answering that question is to identify when your blurred vision occurred. Have you had blurry vision for most of your life? Or is this a new condition that has popped up recently?

There could be many reasons why it may be hard to read things close-up:

  • Farsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Or another type of eye disease

If you are farsighted, this means you have a refractive error (created by the shape of your eye or the curve of your cornea) that causes light to focus behind the retina, rather than directly on it. Farsighted individuals have trouble focusing on close-up objects. Refractive errors can be corrected through blade-free laser vision correction in San Francisco for many people.

As most people reach their 40s, a condition called presbyopia can make it difficult to focus on menus, smart phones and other near objects. Unlike a refractive error, presbyopia is caused by a gradual stiffening of the eye lens, making it harder to focus. Off-the-shelf reading glasses are available to help people combat this natural occurrence, but many dislike having to resort to “readers.” Laser vision correction, in its traditional sense, will not correct presbyopia, but there are methods such as monovision LASIK that may help improve close-up vision. This method corrects only one eye for close-up vision while the other is left with clear distance vision.

Cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases cannot be corrected through San Francisco LASIK. Symptoms of these conditions may include blurry vision, so if you are experiencing any changes in your vision make sure to schedule an eye exam right away. Early detection can help monitor and protect your eye health.

Back to the original question: Why is that restaurant menu so blurry? The only way to find out is by scheduling an eye exam or LASIK Consultation.

Don’t leave your eye health a mystery. Contact Pacific Eye Specialists today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation and find out if your eyes are right for San Francisco LASIK. Call (415) 921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to learn more. 

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