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11
Jul

Patient needs reading glasses

Today I had a patient who does not need glasses except for reading. She is 54 years old. She asked if LASIK could help. LASIK is a laser vision treatment which uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea. LASIK is not a perfect solution for every problem. People who can see fine...

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11
Jul

Problems with focus and dryness following LASIK

Question: I am 42 years old who had LASIK 6 weeks ago for myopia. I have noticed when I work on the computer I can read fine, but when I look up at a distant object my dominant eye is extremely blurry. Blurriness goes away after 5-10 minutes, but eye feels strained. I can still...

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2
May

Corneal Scars and LASIK

Question: I Was Told That I Have a Scar on my Cornea and Glasses or Contacts Wouldn’t Help. Would Lasik Help? Answer: It is likely that if you were told that you have a scar that the scar is not visible cosmetically and may not affect vision at all. In this case, there is really...

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2
May

Minimum age for LASIK surgery

The FDA has approved excimer lasers for use in LASIK for patients as young as 18 years of age. Surgeons could perform LASIK in patients younger than 18 but such a treatment would be considered off-label. The concern for younger patients is that the glasses prescription has not yet stabilized and the person would later...

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8
Apr

Water in the eye

Question: I had LASIK 3 weeks ago and while taking a shower a drop of water went into the eye, there is no discomfort but wondering if this is okay? or should i book an appointment with my optometrist? Answer: Three weeks following surgery there is usually not an issue with getting a little water...

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18
Mar

LASIK eye surgery patient with hyperopia

Recently, we had a LASIK patient in our LASIK facility who was over 50 and suffering from hypermetropia (also called hyperopia or far-sightedness) as well as presbyopia (the inability to see near objects due to aging). This patient was confused about the difference between hyperopia, far-sightedness, and presbyopia. This confusion is very common and I...

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4
Mar

10 Days Post Lasik but Vision is not perfect in my Left Eye?

Question It’s been 10 days of my I lasik in both eyes I had high power – 5.00 in both eyes but now after lasik although I can see 20/20 from my right eye but in left eye I see blurred I had a big clot on up of my left eye which is touching...

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25
Feb

Do Lower Prescriptions Have Better Results with Lasik?

Question: Is It True That Lower Prescriptions Have Better Results with Lasik? I had Lasik about a year ago and have had almost no complications and been overall happy with the result. But I’ve been surfing the web and what I found worried me, terrible reviews and regrets about having the procedure done. I had...

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28
Jan

How much would LASIK cost me?

Q: How Much Can I Expect LASIK Surgery for -3.75 D to Cost on the Average? (WaveFront) A: It is a common misunderstanding that the cost of LASIK depends on the prescription. While some low cost centers might connect the price of LASIK eye surgery to your prescription, the most common reason for this is...

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29
Oct

Will LASIK remove corneal scars

Today I met a patient in the LASIK Center with two scars in the right cornea from ulcers due to contact lens wear. She was asking if the scars would remain following LASIK surgery. Ulcers and trauma to the cornea can sometimes form scars if they penetrate beyond the layers of the epithelium. These scars...

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8
Oct

LASIK for astigmatism

Q: What Preparations Should Be Made Prior to Having LASIK for Astigmatism? A: Astigmatism means that the cornea has greater curvature in one meridian than in another. Some eye care doctors use the analogy of a football shape rather than a basketball shape. Most people have some astigmatism although very small amounts are often left...

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1
Oct

Safety and LASIK: Corneal Thickness

Q: Can I Do Lasik? My Cornea Thickness is 490 Microns? I decided to have lasik on both eyes. The doctor said everything is good except my cornea thickness was right eye 490 microns – left eye 488 microns. Can I have lasik? The doctor recommended not to wear contact lenses for three months and...

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27
Sep

Eye movements during LASIK

A recent patient in our office asked this question: Q: What if my eye moves during LASIK? A: While attempted fixation on the target is important, our current laser systems have effective tracking abilities that follow the eye’s movement. In fact, if you look at eye tracking videos on LASIK technology websites you will see...

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27
Sep

Does LASIK Change Your Eye Color?

Q: Does LASIK surgery change your eye color? A: The iris is the colored portion of the eye. Normally the color of the iris does not change after Lasik, however a change in iris color may indicate other ocular health issues that should be checked. Depigmentation of the iris may make it become lighter. Some...

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27
Sep

What is LASIK?

Q: What is Lasik? A: Lasik is a form of surgery that reshapes the cornea (clear front of the eye) to change the way light is focused within the eye. The goal is to reduce the need for corrective lenses. The first step in Lasik is to create a thin flap of corneal tissue about...

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