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With new technology, new questions arise. This time we’ll discuss ReLEx SMILE ReLEx SMILE has been presented as a less invasive procedure to correct for myopia and astigmatism.  During SMILE, a 3D lens is cut and created in the cornea with a laser to correct the eye’s prescription.  The laser also creates a small incision in the cornea, which the surgeon uses to pull and remove the lens that was created.  This in essence flattens the cornea and corrects the myopia and astigmatism.  Unlike LASIK surgery, there is no flap created which eliminates any flap complications, a smaller chance of inducing aberrations, and a more stable cornea after surgery. Also, because only a small incision is made in the cornea, there is potentially a smaller chance for dry eye post surgery. Some studies have shown that the precision between SMILE and LASIK differs more in patients with higher prescriptions.  In…

Is it normal to lose clarity a week after your laser vision surgery? A decrease in vision after Lasik is not normal however, there may be several relatively benign causes of decreased vision.  The most common cause is dry eyes.  During Lasik, a flap is cut in the cornea of the eye severing some of the nerves that are responsible for sending signals to the brain, especially those signaling dryness.  Because the nerves have not yet been repaired, you may not necessarily feel that your eyes are dry.  Dryness is a common culprit for decreased and especially fluctuating vision after Lasik.  Artificial tears and other dry eye therapies may be prescribed to help alleviate the dryness.  It is also possible that your vision has regressed since the surgery.  In this case your surgeon may wait a few months until your eyes have stabilized to consider the possibility of an enhancement.  …

LASIK Surgery Recently? Did Your Surgeon Tell You That You Have “Migrating Cells”? The “migrating cells” that your LASIK eye surgeon mentioned is likely a condition called epithelial ingrowth.  This occurs when the cells on the outermost surface of your cornea grow under the LASIK flap.  In most cases no treatment is required and your eye doctor may monitor these cells during your normally scheduled follow-ups.  Treatment is required if the cells are affecting vision or if they are proliferating which may lead to corneal melts or erosions.  In summary, majority of the time epithelial ingrowth is not a serious complication however, if the cells are growing into your line of sight and affecting your vision, your LASIK surgeon may decide to lift the flap and irrigate the cells from under the flap to prevent any vision loss.  If your surgeon decides to lift the flaps and irrigate the cells, there…

Zypotix Lasik utilizes custom wavefront technology to map the front surface of your cornea, which is the same as topography guided LASIK.  Dryness may be causing your symptoms especially if you notice that your vision changes upon blinking.  Taken consistently and correctly, Restasis does take a few months for you to notice the full effect of the medication.  It is still possible that dry eye may be causing your symptoms.  It is also possible that you have some residual prescription left over or regression may have occurred causing you to experience glare and halos.  I would recommend you to see your surgeon so that they can do further testing to determine if they need to change your dry eye therapy or if you need an enhancement. Dr. Jay Bansal Major LASIK Complications? There Is Hope For You. was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by jeff irvine

LaserVue is proud to announce the opening of a new location in Sacramento! We’re opening this location in Sacramento to bring affordable advanced all-laser LASIK and laser cataract surgery to more people than ever before. Jay Bansal, MD, founded LaserVue in 1996 with the goal of bringing the most advanced technologies and techniques to his patients. His personal approach to visual health allows him to identify the best approach and obtain the best results for his patients. Dr. Bansal has been practicing ophthalmology for over 20 years now, bringing personalized care to thousands and thousands of people in the Bay Area and performing over 25,000 eye surgery procedures. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1994 and, ever since, he’s been working hard to stay on the cutting edge of laser vision correction. Since beginning his career in refractive surgery, Dr. Bansal has become an expert in…

Dr. Jay Bansal addresses patient questions about LASIK Eye Surgery. Dr. Bansal is a leading laser eye surgeon located in the Bay Area of Northern California. With over 25,000 eye surgery procedures, Dr. Bansal often speaks at industry events and offers his patients the safest eye surgery correction procedures by investing in the newest and safest technologies.     Is it better for someone to have PRK for a LASIK enhancement if they developed dry eyes from the original LASIK surgery? Since it has been over 10 years since you had LASIK, PRK would be a better option for an enhancement.  By this time your eyes have had plenty of time to heal and the previously created flap will be held down pretty tight.  Re-lifting the flaps to perform a LASIK enhancement may prove to have more risks than benefits since flap complications may occur.  PRK would eliminate the flap risks…

Yes, it is possible to have LASIK for farsightedness after having LASIK for nearsightedness.  However, it is important to note that if you have surgery in both eyes for nearsightedness, your distance vision will not be clear because you are correcting your vision for a closer focal point.  As we age, our ability to focus up close decreases which is part of the natural aging process.  This processes is called presbyopia.  Most people will notice starting at around age 40-45 that they cannot see as clearly up close and need a little bit of help to be able to focus when doing any near work.  One option that you may opt for is to have one eye corrected for near and the other for distance.  This is what we call monovision.  Typically the dominant eye will be corrected so that point of focus is in the distance, allowing you to…

Post LASIK patients generally take three types of drops: an antibiotic for one week, a steroid for one week, and artificial tears as needed.  Post PRK patients are usually prescribed four types of drops: an antibiotic for a week, a steroid tapered over the course of a month, a non-steroidal drop for four days, and artificial tears as needed.  As you can see, the overall medications are similar.  The antibiotic prevents infections, steroid prevents inflammation, NSAID also for inflammation but mainly prescribed for pain, and artificial tears to lubricate and make the eye feel comfortable.  The main difference between the post-op drops in PRK and LASIK is the steroid for PRK is prescribed for a longer period of time.   The steroid delays healing to decrease scarring and post-operative corneal haze.  If you have questions regarding PRK surgery eye drops I would recommend you talk to an ophthalmologist who is a corneal…

LaserVue offers cutting-edge All-Laser LASIK technology to the residents of Sunnyvale! The VisuMax system is a highly advanced refractive eye surgery device that revolutionizes the way that LASIK is performed. VisuMax comes from Zeiss, the world renowned optical system manufacturer. All of its components are of the highest quality. These high quality components include high-precision lasers, surgical microscope, slit illumination light, contoured contact glass, and more. All of this helps Dr. Bansal stay in complete control for the best results. What makes VisuMax Unique? If you’re in the Sunnyvale area and are interested in All-Laser LASIK, LaserVue offers the highest levels of technology and experience. Contact us today. But high quality components aren’t enough to completely change LASIK surgery. What makes VisuMax unique is its combination of technologies that alter both the patient and the doctor’s experience during the surgery. First is the inclusion of a femtosecond laser in the…

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…