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How Long Does Cataract Surgery Take?

Posted by administration on June 27, 2016

How_Long_Does_Cataract_Surgery_Take.jpgAs a person ages, their eye’s natural lens can become cloudy, gradually losing its normal transparency.  This is called a cataract.  Without cataract surgery, the cloudiness can become so bad that it can lead to blindness.

Surgery to correct a cataract usually takes under an hour, and typically takes at most 30 to 45 minutes.   Cataract surgeries, for the most part, are done using anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye.  While some people may be anxious about work being performed on their eye, a sedative can be used to induce a sense of relaxation.  Recovery is usually fairly quick and most patients are satisfied with the procedure.

Cataracts cannot be reversed with medications.  Surgery is the treatment of choice.  The cataract experts at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco can discuss your surgical options.  Please call our office for more information.

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Are You a LASIK Candidate?

Posted by administration on June 20, 2016

Candidate_for_LASIK.jpgLASIK is refractive eye surgery performed to correct or improve vision.  During LASIK, a trained eye surgeon from Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco creates a flap in the cornea.  A laser is then used to reshape the cornea, which corrects most vision problems.

For people with moderate vision problems who also have a good health history, LASIK can be a great way to correct eye problems.  LASIK can be used for:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Some forms of astigmatism

Your ophthalmologist can determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK.  Some people with health problems, dry eyes, diabetes or other conditions may not necessarily be a candidate. 

Call us to schedule a LASIK consultation.  Be sure to bring your health history and list of all medications.

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Corrective Eye Surgery

Posted by administration on June 15, 2016

Corrective_Eye_Surgery.jpgCorrective eye surgery, also known as laser eye surgery or refractive surgery, is a surgical procedure that corrects vision problems.  There are different types of correction eye surgeries available to today’s patient.  Two popular procedures are:

LASIK:  LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis.  LASIK eye surgery is used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, and for some types of astigmatism.  It cannot correct all vision problems.  LASIK works by reshaping the cornea by making a flap in the outer layer of the cornea so that the underlying tissue can be accessed.  Numbing drops are used to eliminate pain.  Most patients report a dramatic improvement in vision after undergoing LASIK surgery.

PRK: With PRK, the cornea is reshaped by removing a microscopic amount of tissue from the corneal stroma using a beam of light (laser).  No flap is created.  Recovery time is generally longer with PRK than with LASIK.  However, since there is no flap, there are some benefits to PRK.

For more information about corrective eye surgery, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule a consultation.  

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Can Contacts Cause Bacteria to Grow in the Eye?

Posted by administration on June 06, 2016

Contacts__Bacteria_in_the_eye.jpgContacts lenses may cause bacteria to grow in the eye, according to a recent study. The lenses can change the community of bacteria living in your eyes. Results of the study, conducted by NYU Langone, point to contact lenses as causing an increase in bacteria and certain types of infections.

"Our research clearly shows that putting a foreign object, such as a contact lens, on the eye is not a neutral act," says senior study investigator and NYU Langone microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD.

"What we hope our future experiments will show is whether these changes in the eye microbiome of lens wearers are due to fingers touching the eye, or from the lens's direct pressure affecting and altering the immune system in the eye and what bacteria are suppressed or are allowed to thrive," says Dominguez-Bello, an associate professor at NYU Langone.

Study results showed that people who wore contact lenses had triple the proportion of certain bacteria species, on average, compared with the people in the study who did not wear lenses.  Researchers also found differences in the composition of the bacteria appearing on the surface of people’s eyes. 

If you’re concerned about prolonged used of contact lenses and the bacteria they may be causing in your eye, call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule a LASIK consultation to get rid of your lenses for good! 

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Wearing Make-up After Cataract Surgery

Posted by administration on June 02, 2016

Makeup_after_Cataract_Surgery.jpgMany cataract surgery patients want to know when they can start wearing make-up after laser-based cataract surgery. There is no set rule for how long you should wait; every patient will be different. At the very minimum, most patients should not wear any type of make-up (powders, foundation or eye make-up) for at least one week after surgery. Some patients may need to wait one month after surgery.

Wearing make-up too soon after surgery will increase your risk of make-up particles and/or applicators interfering with proper healing. You also run the risk of infection.

Don’t just assume your eyes are healed; always ask your doctor when you can start applying minimal eye make-up (eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara). You may also want to consider purchasing new eye make-up after cataract surgery to further reduce the possibility of infection.

So if you are planning to have a cataract surgery procedure, keep in mind that you’ll need to go for the “natural” look for a while after your procedure. If you are having surgery for a special event, be sure to plan enough healing time so you can look your very best for the event.

If you would like to learn more about bladeless cataract surgery, contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.  Call (415) 921-7555.

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