Blade-free cataract surgery is a huge step forward from normal cataract surgery. Traditionally, cataract surgery wasn’t a type of laser eye surgery. With advancements in technologies and techniques, however, cataract surgery is more effective than ever before. What are cataracts? A cataract is common visual impairment identified by the clouding of the lens within the eye. When the lens gets too cloudy, light cannot pass through it and therefore the patient become blind. Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness today. While progressing to a more cloudy state, a cataract impairs vision to the point that the patient has trouble doing day-to-day activities, like driving, reading, or even recognizing faces. The good news is that cataracts are treatable. Traditional cataract surgery In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon used tools to manually make incisions in the eye, breakup the cataract, and remove it. The surgeon first used a blade to…

For obvious reasons, patients want to know which LASIK procedure is the safest, the most advanced, and the most effective. All surgeries have their own unique risks, and people want to be as informed as they possibly can be before making such a large investment. When it comes to laser eye surgery, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Every patient has a unique set of eyes, unlike any other patient that came before them. Every LASIK procedure has its different strengths and weaknesses as well. It can be argued multiple ways which LASIK procedure is the safest or most advanced. The safest LASIK procedure However, when it comes to safety, the All-Laser Custom LASIK would be our choice. Also known as femtosecond laser technology, when it was first approved for public use it was a bit rough around the edges. The technology and techniques have greatly improved over the years and the…

Curious to know what side effects you may experience after having cataract or LASIK surgery? Here are a few side effects that could happen to you after surgery: On the first day, you may feel like you’re looking through cellophane. Once you wake up the next morning, everything you see will be dramatically clearer and crisper. Right after surgery, you will experience some minor discomfort where your eyes feel dry, itchy, gritty, or as if there is sand in your eye. The peak of discomfort will hit about 2 hours after the surgery, and will last between 8 to 10 hours. Fortunately, once you wake up the next day, the discomfort should be gone. The most dramatic changes in vision occur within the first 24 hours. Vision changes will continue over the next several months. Daily fluctuation in your vision is very normal during this timeframe. Until you feel completely…

When selecting a LASIK surgeon, it is very important to select one that has at least 10,000 hours of experience. To some, that may seem excessive, but it really isn’t. If you devote 10,000 hours to your job, your hobby, or your passion, chances are good that you are very good at what you do. That is why doctors “practice”, for practice makes perfect. Why is the number of procedures a big deal? Well, think of it this way. Many LASIK and cataract surgeries are performed by ophthalmologists that only do the surgeries on a part time basis. For example, they may have attended a weekend or weeklong seminar, and earned the certificate to begin performing these delicate surgeries with lasers and high tech equipment. The question is, how good are they after their first surgery? After their 10th surgery? After their 10,000th surgery? If the surgeon practices more frequently,…

Many patients inquire if they need cataract surgery. Many are not sure, because they have been living with the slow progression of cataracts, not noticing the changes. They are accustomed to their compromised vision, often saying their sight is “just fine”. Here are some signs that you may need cataract surgery: You have hazy or blurred vision, like you are looking through frosted glass. Light from the sun, lamps, or headlights are too bright and intense for your eyes. Colors may appear more dull than they used to be. Night driving is difficult and oncoming headlights appear too bright; may have halos or streaks around them. Cataracts are evident in your family history. To be crystal clear if you need cataract surgery, here is a Self-Evaluation Questionnaire that should help you decide if cataract removal is necessary or an option. Submit the form for a free consultation, and the LaserVue…

As our vision declines, we may not really notice. Because we live with our eyes day in and day out, our vision appears “just fine”. If you would like to have clear vision and remove the need for contact lenses or glasses, here are some signs you need LASIK surgery: You have a moderate case of myopia or nearsightedness. You are over the age of 40 and you have farsightedness or hyperopia. You have an astigmatism, which blurs your vision. However, even if you have these issues, not everyone is a perfect candidate for LASIK surgery. To remove any doubt if you need or qualify for LASIK surgery, check out our Self-Evaluation Questionnaire and submit it for a free LASIK examination. The LaserVue team will carefully evaluate your condition and let you know if LASIK surgery is your best option. For more questions about LASIK surgery, contact LaserVue for a…

Many of our patients want to know what night driving is like after cataract surgery. The answer is not the same for everyone, but here are some typical experiences you may have with your vision while night driving after cataract surgery: Your visual clarity and the colors are much improved. You should be able to delineate the sharp outlines of a dark car on a dark background. You should not see halos around lights. Images on the sidewalks and inside cars should be very clear. Car lights and streetlights may be brighter. As your eyes adjust and heal, you may see light streaks off of street lights, tail lights, and oncoming headlights. This may happen temporarily as your eyes heal. You will see better when you drive. That should make you feel safer, and help you to enjoy driving again. For more questions about how your vision and night driving…

When it comes to LASIK surgery, many patients want the lowest cost in the Bay Area, but you should always beware of being “penny wise and pound foolish”. There are several low cost LASIK providers that cut corners in order to provide bargain prices. However, many patients who have experienced these low cost LASIK centers felt they had to deal with a “bait and switch” mentality, with additional fees being tacked on to the original low rate. These fees matched or exceeded some of the other, more moderately priced LASIK procedures in the Bay Area. At LaserVue, LASIK surgery is our forte, and we hire the most experienced LASIK practitioners in the Bay Area. Experience, technology, and doing the LASIK surgery correctly is worth its weight in gold. Generally, LASIK surgery is not an inexpensive procedure. On average, you should expect at least $2000 per eye, if not more, for…

The cost of cataract surgery varies in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the wide range of prices should be no surprise. Like in all industries, you have your bargain-basement low cost vendors, and you have your high-end vendors. And, like in all industries, you often get what you pay for, so buyer beware. There are many low cost cataract surgery providers who will offer a steal-of-a-deal price, but will tack on fees for supplies, consultations, medications, and other overhead costs. In addition, these low cost cataract surgery providers are often using older equipment, older lasers, older technology, and outdated treatment procedures. Again, buyer beware when you hear of a super deal at $780.00 for cataract surgery on one eye, because you could be facing much larger bills after the add-on fees. According to All About Vision, straightforward cataract surgery in the United States would cost you about $3,429 per…

Many of our cataract patients want to know what their vision will be like after cataract surgery. Here is what can be expected, and how your vision will improve after cataract surgery: After cataract surgery, you will be prescribed several eye drops that you will need to apply often, following all post operative instructions. Immediately after cataract surgery, you may experience the normal sensations of: Mild discomfort Tearing of the eye Aching of the eye Soreness of the eye Your vision will be blurry right after surgery, but it will improve over the first week. You may drive or go back to work soon after your vision becomes clear again. We advise against lifting anything heavier than 15 pounds for the first two weeks, for that may cause unnecessary strain on your body, affecting your eyes. Make sure to avoid smoky or dusty environments, as they may hinder your healing…