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LASIK for Cataracts?

Posted by administration on May 22, 2016

LASIK_for_cataracts.jpgCataracts are a natural clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye.  Many people with cataracts complain of poor distance vision, which is especially noticeable while driving. 

Modern cataract surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis.  Anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort and a sedative may be used to alleviate anxiety.  An incision is made at the edge of the cornea and the cataract is removed.

Following cataract surgery, LASIK surgery can be performed to fine-tune vision.  For example, astigmatism, which is not corrected by cataract surgery, can often be corrected by LASIK surgery.  Cataract patients often consult a LASIK surgeon following cataract surgery to evaluate their options.

If you’d like more information on LASIK after cataract surgery, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.

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Another Reason to Stop Smoking

Posted by administration on May 17, 2016

Smoking_and_Cataracts.jpgMost people are aware that smoking is bad for your health. It’s linked to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and other cancers throughout the body, including the kidneys, bladder, throat, mouth and more. Researchers have also known for some time that smoking also poses a higher risk for the development of cataracts in the eyes. This may be due to the fact that smoking damages the proteins in the eye lens, which can promote cataract development.

Now research has surfaced to strengthen the link between smoking and the need for cataract removal. A study followed 44,371 Swedish men age 45-79 that completed a questionnaire on smoking habits and lifestyle factors in 1997. The study found that:

  • Smoking 15 cigarettes a day raised the risk of needing cataract surgery by 42% (compared with those in the study group who had never smoked)
  • Quitting smoking decreased the need for cataract surgery
  • The longer and more intensely people smoke, the longer it takes for the lens to repair protein damage caused by cataracts (thus, the longer it takes to decrease the need for cataract surgery)

Smoking is also linked to other eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and more.

Pacific Eye Specialists encourages all of our patients to take the necessary steps to stop smoking, especially before and after cataract surgery. We provide laser-based cataract surgery in San Francisco to help patients improve their vision with cataract removal and replacement Intraocular Lenses (IOLs), including premium cataract IOLs (Lifestyle IOLs in San Francisco). But smoking after cataract surgery recovery may hinder the healing process and make it take much longer than necessary to resume your normal activities.

If you are a smoker and think you may have cataracts, contact Pacific Eye Specialists today to schedule a Cataract Consultation in San Francisco. We can assess your situation and provide information to help you get your overall health and eye health in order. Call (415) 921-7555.

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Dangers of Improper Contact Lens Care

Posted by administration on May 10, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report showing there are almost one million doctor visits in the United States every year for eye infections due to improper contact lens care.

It is estimated that 38 million Americans wear contact lenses. While contacts in San Francisco can provide improved vision for people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, you must follow proper hygiene steps to avoid eye infections.

Keratitis is the condition that can occur with poor contact lens care. It occurs when the cornea becomes infected with fungi, bacteria or other microbes, leading to pain, inflammation, scarring and vision disturbances…even blindness.

LASIK_Get_Rid_of_Contacts.jpgAvoid Eye Infections with Proper Contact Lens Care

If you don’t wear or care for your contacts properly, your risk of San Francisco eye infection (keratitis) increases. Here are some tips to follow when using contacts:

  • Always have super clean hands before touching contacts in or out of your eyes
  • Never clean contacts with tap water or saliva – there are millions of bacteria in your mouth and tap water can be teeming with bacteria and microorganisms that can lead to serious infections
  • Use a fresh batch of the proper disinfecting solution every time – certain types of bacteria can live in cleaning solution for over 4 hours
  • Clean and dry your contact lens case with the proper solution after each use; replace the case every 3 months
  • Do not sleep in contact lenses unless approved by your doctor
  • Do not swim or shower in contact lenses
  • Always have an extra pair of glasses to wear, in case you need to remove your contacts

If you love your appearance with contact lenses (as opposed to glasses), you need to invest time each day to care for and wear them the right way. If you rate your “Contact Lens Hygiene” low, but you don’t like wearing glasses, maybe LASIK in San Francisco is a better way to go!

LASIK vision correction at Pacific Eye Specialists may help you achieve 20/20 vision so you can remove the inconveniences of contacts and glasses from your life. However, not all patients are good candidates for this procedure. The only way to know for sure is by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation to have your eyes examined. Call (415) 921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule your first step toward a lens-free life…and possibly a lower risk of eye infections. 

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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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