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Television and Glaucoma

Posted by administration on August 31, 2015

Television_and_Glaucoma.jpgIt may be possible to identify glaucoma and other eye diseases by observing the eye movements of people as they watch television.

A team of researchers at City University London put this idea to the test by comparing 44 patients with glaucoma against 32 elderly patients who had good vision. Eye tracking devices were used to record every patient’s eye movements as they watched three television and film clips on a computer.

The researchers were able to note which scenes the participants could focus on and which they were missing. Saccade maps were then produced to compile these movements and identify which participants had failing vision, especially in the peripheral sections. A gradual decline in peripheral vision is a common symptom of primary open-angle glaucoma in San Francisco.

Even if you have inherited good vision from your parents or have undergone LASIK vision correction in San Francisco to correct your refractive errors, it is important to remember that anyone can get glaucoma. Because this eye disease is often “silent” (without major symptoms in the early stages) television vision testing may help to identify the disease for early treatment.

Regular eye exams will also detect eye diseases such as glaucoma. During these exams, you may also find out that you are a good candidate for vision correction procedures like San Franscisco LASIK. Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists have performed thousands of vision correcting and vision saving procedures as well as treatments to protect failing eyesight.

Don’t wait until you experience eye problems. Schedule an eye exam at Pacific Eye Specialists today and stay proactive with your eye health. Call (650) 755-6900 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com today.

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LASIK & Dry Eye

Posted by administration on August 25, 2015

Dry_Eye.jpgDry eye can be a fairly common side effect of LASIK vision correction due to the potential for reduced sensitivity of the corneal nerves, leading to a reduction in tear production. Tears are necessary to lubricate and protect the eyes and if there is not adequate tear production, the eyes can become irritated.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Excessive eye watering
  • Itching and burning
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling of sand or grit in the eyes
  • Pain
  • Blurred vision

Dry eye after LASIK is typically temporary, but some patients can experience the symptoms of dry eye for months or years after LASIK. Lubricating eye drops can help minimize discomfort.

Some patients who have pre-existing dry eye may not be good candidates for LASIK in San Francisco because the procedure might exacerbate the condition. Any existing symptoms of dry eye should be discussed with your ophthalmologist prior to having LASIK so your condition can be fully examined. Your eyes may be better suited for alternative laser vision correction procedures. Certain procedures may actually help improve pre-existing dry eye in San Francisco.

Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specilists will discuss all of the risks of LASIK, including dry eye, as well as the benefits of LASIK, during a free LASIK Consultation. He will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure that your eyes are right for the procedure. To schedule your no-obligation appointment, call (415) 921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com. 

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Laser Eye Surgery Procedure Time

Posted by administration on August 20, 2015

LASIK_Surgery_Time.jpgAfter years of wearing eyeglasses or corrective lenses, you may be wondering how long it takes to have your vision corrected through LASIK.  It’s a common question patients ask when consulting with the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco.

In the hands of a highly skilled LASIK surgeon like our doctors, laser eye surgery normally takes about 30 minutes.  Numbing drops are applied so that you don’t feel any pain, only some pressure.  An enhancement is sometimes needed months or years following the surgery, to fine tune the vision and get it to where it should be, although this is not common.

Hormonal changes and aging can also require further vision correction.  If you have questions about LASIK in San Francisco, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com.

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Types of Laser Eye Surgery

Posted by administration on August 11, 2015

Types_of_LASIK.jpgEverybody’s heard of LASIK right?  But did you know there are actually different types of laser eye surgery?

LASIK (laser-assisted-in-situ-keratomileusis) is often referred to as laser vision correction or refractive surgery.  It uses a microkeratome metal blade to cut the cornea flap and an excimer laser to reshape the eye.  It is the most frequently performed elective surgery in America.  During LASIK in San Francisco, the surgeon creates a protective flap to access the inner corneal tissue.  The inner layers of your cornea receive pulses of cool laser light controlled by a computer.  You hear a clicking sound while this happens but don’t feel pain because of the numbing drops put in your eyes.  The laser gently reshapes the inner corneal layer to improve your vision.  Following this, the surgeon repositions and aligns the flap to its original position.  Some blurriness may be experienced following the procedure but will correct itself quickly.

PRK (Photorefractive Keratotomy) is a procedure for people with larger pupils, thin corneas, dry eyes or other corneal issues.  During PRK surgery, an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea. This laser, which delivers a cool pulsing beam of ultraviolet light, is used on the surface of the cornea, not underneath a flap of the cornea

LASEK is a type of surgery often used for patients who aren’t suites for standard LASIK surgery, such as people with astigmatism.  Short for laser epithelial keratomileusis, this is a variant of PRK. An epithelial flap is created and then epithelial cells are loosened using an alcohol solution. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, then the flap is replaced and secured with a soft contact lens while it heals.

If you have questions about vision correction surgery, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at 650-755-6900 or pacificeyespecialists.com.  We can provide you with detailed information about the different types of eye surgeries.  If you’re considering laser eye surgery, you want to make sure that the laser and procedure are 100 percent FDA-approved and that your surgeon is experienced and Board Certified.

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Are Cataracts Noticeable?

Posted by administration on August 03, 2015

Cataracts.jpgMany patients who find out they have cataracts in San Francisco are completely surprised by the diagnosis. This is because cataracts are not typically visible to the human eye until they reach an advanced stage. Rather than showing up as a physical change in your eyes, in the early stages of cataracts you will gradually begin to experience vision changes, such as:

  • Cloudy or fuzzy vision
  • Nighttime vision problems
  • Glare or halos from sunlight and headlights
  • Faded colors
  • Multiple images

Over time, these cataract symptoms will become more severe, often prompting people to have an eye exam in south San Francisco.

As cataracts grow and begin to obstruct more of your vision, the eye can take on a milky-colored appearance. At this point the cataracts will be noticeable to others. If left untreated, cataracts will eventually lead to blindness.

The good news is that you don’t have to live your life looking through a milky lens. The eye doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists provide laser-based cataract surgery in San Francisco to remove the cataract and replace the affected lens with an artificial Intraocular Lens (IOL)…one that will not develop cataracts in the future. Pacific Eye Specialists has invested in LenSx® laser technology to provide patients with a more customized, precise and comfortable procedure.

If you or a loved one’s eyes are beginning to look milky-colored, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of cataracts in San Francisco, please contact Pacific Eye Specialists at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule a Cataract Consultation.

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