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LASIK and Dry Eye

Posted by administration on October 16, 2013

If you are considering LASIK vision correction surgery but have the pre-existing condition of Dry Eye Syndrome, it is advisable to get your Dry Eye condition under control before undergoing LASIK. One of the potential complications of laser vision correction is Dry Eye, as it can cause a temporary decrease in tear production and affect healing after surgery. If your eyes are already dry, LASIK could worsen your condition and cause your eyes to feel unusually dry and uncomfortable. This could last just temporarily or for months or years after surgery.

Ways to Treat Dry Eye

Your Dry Eye condition may be treatable so you can pursue laser vision correctioneye surgery. Your doctor may order prescription eye drops to lubricate your eyes, help your body produce more tears or reduce inflammation. Punctal plugs, which are inserted to block tear drainage, may also help restore moisture to the eyes.

The Experts Agree

“Patients with pre-existing dry eye should be cautioned that refractive surgery, particularly laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), may worsen their dry eye condition.” (Nettune & Pflugfelder, 2010)

“Patients who have dry eye and are considering refractive surgery should have the dry eye treated before surgery.” (American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Course Subcommittee, 2011)

The only way to know for sure if your eyes are ready for LASIK is by scheduling a comprehensive laser vision correction Consultation to identify Dry Eye and other conditions. Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists offer free LASIK Consultations at the San Francisco office. Schedule yours now at (415) 921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com

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Reasons for a LASIK Consultation

Posted by administration on October 09, 2013

Reasons for a Laser Vision Correction Consultation

More than 14 million Americans have had laser vision correction eye surgery to correct their nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Although this procedure is typically very safe and effective, it is still important to make sure you have all of the facts about LASIK, be 100% confident in the abilities of your surgeon and have the right eye conditions for laser vision correction. The only way to do this is through a face-to-face LASIK consultation.

Most laser vision correction surgeons provide free consultations to help you determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. This is a two-way street; you must be completely honest with the surgeon in explaining your vision expectations and your medical history. You can also determine if you feel a good rapport with the surgeon. First impressions go a long way.

During the consultation you can also discuss:

  • The surgeon’s qualifications (you can ask for patient referrals)
  • Your overall health and lifestyle choices
  • Your vision correction options (these may be different than what you expected)
  • What to expect before, during and after laser vision correction
  • Potential risks and complications of LASIK
  • How much laser vision will cost and what type of financing options exist

Referrals from family members, coworker or friends are beneficial when researching vision correction procedures like LASIK; however, this is not a decision to make lightly. Choose the surgeon that feels right for you.

Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists offers free laser vision correction consultations and a free online LASIK Self-Evaluation to take the first step in the LASIK discovery process. To schedule your consultation, visit pacificeyespecialists.com or call 415-921-7555.

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Is LASIK Different from LASEK – Or is it a Type-o?

Posted by administration on October 04, 2013

Is LASIK Different from LASEK – Or is it a Type-o?

Most people know that LASIK is a type of vision correction procedure that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The acronym LASEK is not a typographical error; this is actually a slightly different vision correction procedure that can produce the same results as LASIK. Patients with corneas that are too thin or steep for LASIK can benefit from the LASEK procedure.

In both procedures, a surgeon uses excimer laser energy to reshape the cornea and correct the refractive error. The main difference between LASIK and LASEK is how the surgeon gets access to the inner section of the cornea.

In LASIK, the surgeon creates a corneal flap that is folded back to perform the refractive surgery and then replaced after the procedure. In LASEK, an extremely thin portion of the outer epithelial layer of the cornea is removed with a special tool called a trephine. The refractive surgery is performed and the epithelial layer is replaced.

LASEK Recovery

Recovery from LASEK is slightly longer than with LASIK. While most LASIK patients are able to see with improved vision almost immediately and can usually drive the day following their procedure, LASEK patients may require a week to recover and will have crisp vision within several weeks. Patients can also experience slightly more discomfort with LASEK.

LASEK Advantages

While there are recovery disadvantages, there are some advantages of LASEK. The procedure allows people who were previously not suitable for LASIK to have successful vision correction procedures. LASEK involves the modification of significantly less corneal tissue, lowers the risk of dry eye after surgery and eliminates corneal flap complications. People who play contact sports may also be better suited for LASEK, as corneal strength is not compromised.

Regardless of which procedure your doctor deems prudent for your eyes, most patients can achieve 20/20 or better vision after LASIK or LASEK.

Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists can determine if LASIK, LASEK or a different vision correction procedure will give you 20/20 vision. To schedule your free LASIK consultation, visit pacificeyespecialists.com or call 415-921-7555.

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Little League Blog

Posted by administration on September 12, 2013

Glasses, Contacts and Sports – How to Improve Your Game

Recently we read that September is National Little League Month. We’re not sure how many people actually celebrate this observance, but it got us thinking about all of those boys and girls on the field who wear corrective lenses as they play. In turn, this made us think of “vision-challenged” adults who continue playing sports of any kind.

Being nearsighted, farsighted or having astigmatism can become a real nuisance in life, especially if you are trying to see to hit a baseball/softball, swim laps in a pool, putt a golf ball into a hole or any other type of sport. Forced to wear glasses or contact lenses as you play, you can face different challenges than those with “near-perfect” vision. Sweaty noses can cause glasses to slide, dirt and debris can get underneath contacts, glasses can be broken and contacts lost.

Think of how much you could improve your game of choice if you were lens-free.

When you add laser vision correction to your pre-season training activities, you may be able to erase corrective lenses from your sports equipment list.

Our doctor's at Pacific Eye Specialists is ready to be your vision trainer. Schedule your laesr vision correction Consultation with us today at pacificeyespecialists.com or 415-921-7555 to find out if your eyes are in the right physical condition to handle laser vision correction. You can also ask questions about laser vision correction and learn more about our doctor's background and experience. 

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