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LASIK Eye Surgery Candidate

LASIK eye surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient. LASIK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASIK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASIK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity.

To be eligible for LASIK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

General Health: LASIK eye surgery candidates must be in good general health and should not have certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises the immune response.

Eye Health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASIK surgery candidates should not have certain eye conditions including herpes simplex or herpes zoster.

Eye Problems: LASIK patients should make their eye doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance) or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may influence healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems and claustrophobia. Please make your surgeon aware of any mental health conditions because these may also affect your LASIK surgery or recovery.

Eye Injury: Patients should not have any eye infections or injury.

Nursing/Pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.

Dry Eye Condition: Patients […]

What is the Best Age to Get Laser Eye Surgery?

For many glasses or contact lens wearers, there comes a time when they say enough is enough and decide to have laser eye surgery. So, what is the best age to get laser eye surgery? Generally, the perfect candidate is someone between the ages of 20 and 40. This is because a major determining factor in laser eye surgery candidacy is a stable eye prescription for at least two years. Just as your body grows and matures through adolescence, so do your eyes. Research shows that your eyes begin to stabilize and your prescription is more likely to remain steady after the age of 20.
Laser Eye Surgery for Teens
Although LASIK is a safe and effective way to improve vision, the FDA has not approved the procedure for people under the age of 18 because their eyes are not fully developed. In some cases, a person’s eyes may not fully develop until the age of 21. A teenager who undergoes laser eye surgery when their eyes are not fully developed will find the results to be temporary and may need corrective surgery in the future.
Older Patients
Older patients typically suffer from age-related conditions that cannot be treated with refractive surgery, such as cataracts, and therefore may not be good candidates for this type of procedure. Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in blurred vision. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss among older people. Patients with cataracts should consider undergoing cataract surgery, in which the eye’s natural lens is replaced by an artificial lens.

Of course, laser eye surgery is not right for every patient. If you’re ready to find out if it is right for you, the […]

Finding the Right LASIK Surgeon

If you are thinking about correcting your vision with LASIK eye surgery, perhaps the most important decision you will make is your choice of surgeon. The experience and skill of your surgeon directly influence the success of your procedure. Here are some recommendations to help you find the right LASIK surgeon:

Get Referrals from Former LASIK Patients – Ask friends and family members that have had good experiences with LASIK for the names of their surgeons. You can also ask your primary care physician or regular eye doctor to refer you to a respected LASIK surgeon.

Do Your Research – Once you have some names, spend time on the surgeons’ websites to learn more about their background and credentials. Double-check that they are board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology which indicates that they have received the proper education and training and passed rigorous testing of their knowledge.

What to Look for In a Surgeon – When selecting a surgeon to perform your LASIK surgery, it’s important that they have a number of qualities, including the following:

Experience: Ideally, your LASIK surgeon should have performed at least several thousand successful procedures. This type of experience signifies that they have acquired the techniques and knowledge necessary for safe, effective treatment.
Technology: Leading edge technology improves the safety, predictability and precision of LASIK surgery. Don’t settle for someone that offers outdated technology.
Trustworthiness: Truthfully, LASIK is not right for everyone, and the best surgeons are not hesitant to screen out people that are not good candidates. A surgeon with a reputation for performing LASIK on everyone is not meeting industry standards and should be avoided.
Low Pressure: Sought-after LASIK surgeons never pressure patients into treatment. If you meet with […]

LASIK Eye Surgery Candidate

LASIK eye surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient. LASIK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASIK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASIK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity.

To be eligible for LASIK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

General Health: LASIK eye surgery candidates must be in good general health and should not have certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises the immune response.

Eye Health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASIK surgery candidates should not have certain eye conditions including herpes simplex or herpes zoster.

Eye Problems: LASIK patients should make their eye doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance) or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may influence healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems and claustrophobia. Please make your doctor aware of any mental health conditions because these may also affect your LASIK surgery or recovery.

Eye Injury: Patients should not have any eye infections or injury.

Nursing/Pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.

Dry Eye Condition: Patients […]

Reasons to Have LASIK

If you are struggling with vision problems because of a refractive error, LASIK surgery may be the right tool to improve your eyesight. By correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, LASIK can truly change your life.

Here are just a few reasons to have LASIK:

To Offer Convenience – One of the most positive reasons to have LASIK is the convenience of life without glasses and contact lenses. Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to read the clock without first searching for glasses or putting contacts in.

To Ease Discomfort – Glasses and contact lenses cause many people to experience regular discomfort and sometimes even pain. Contacts can dry out the eyes and cause irritation; ill-fitting glasses can cause pain on the bridge of the nose. LASIK reduces and often eliminates many of these discomforts so you can feel better in your daily life.

To Make Traveling Easier – With clearer vision you won’t have to worry about packing bulky bottles of contact solution or an extra pair of glasses. There’s no risk of forgetting, misplacing or breaking your visual aids when you are away from home.

To Further Your Career – People in certain careers, such as first responders or members of our military, require excellent vision and candidates that wear glasses or contact lenses may be turned away. By improving vision, LASIK can help people pursue their occupational dreams and enjoy professional success.

To Save Money in the Long Run – Although the one-time cost of laser vision correction is much higher than a box of contact lenses or a pair of eyeglasses, once you add up the amount of money you spend in just a few years on glasses, frames, contact lenses, solution and routine […]

LASIK or Laser Eye Surgery

All laser vision correction surgeries, including LASIK, work by reshaping the cornea – clear front part of the eye – to improve how well a person sees. By reshaping the cornea, light traveling through the front part of the eye is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. There are several different laser eye surgery techniques used to reshape the cornea.

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) – LASIK is the most commonly performed type of laser eye surgery and has helped millions of individuals improve their vision. During this procedure, a very thin flap is cut in the corneal tissue with a laser or a tool called a microkeratome. Next, the laser gently reshapes the underlying tissue. Once the eye has been reshaped, the corneal flap is replaced.

Wavefront-guided LASIK – This is a completely customizable and more accurate form of LASIK that involves using a three-dimensional computer-generated image of the cornea prior to the eye being reshaped.

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) – In PRK, a flap of corneal tissue is not created. Instead, the outer layer of the cornea, called the epithelial, is removed and discarded to expose the area for the laser to reshape. The epithelial heals itself in around four days and the patient is provided with a soft contact lens to protect the cornea in the meantime. PRK is sometimes a better choice for patients whose eyes meet certain criteria, such as having thin corneas or chronically dry eyes.

LASEK (laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratomileusis) – This surgery is similar to PRK except that the epithelium is replaced on the eye after the laser treatment. This makes the healing process much quicker. LASEK is often preferred in cases when a person’s cornea […]

LASIK Consultation and Exam

A LASIK consultation and exam at Medical Eye Center includes several steps to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. This appointment will last approximately 2-3 hours during which time you will have your vision, eyes and overall health thoroughly evaluated.

You might wonder why the LASIK consultation and evaluation is so long. During the visit in Medford, your doctor is creating a thorough assessment including highly detailed measurements of your entire eye and its capabilities. This information determines three very important things:

The overall health of your eyes.
If LASIK is recommended (or not recommended) for your eyes, your vision and your lifestyle.
If LASIK is recommended, and you decide to move forward, the data from your consult will drive the vision correction treatment.

The goal is to collect as much information as possible for both your surgeon and you to help make the best choice for your vision.

This information is collected through a series of sophisticated diagnostic tools and tests that evaluate and measure every aspect of your eye. The good news is that, except for getting a few eye drops and a bit of gentle pressure on the surface of the eye, these tests are noninvasive and pain-free. Most of the tests are simply taking pictures with high powered imaging devices.

What to bring to your LASIK consultation and exam:

All Prescription glasses
DON’T wear your soft contacts for 4 days prior to the exam
DON’T wear your Toric soft contact lenses for 2 weeks prior to your exam
DON’T wear hard or gas-permeable lenses for 4 weeks prior to the exam
List of all medications and supplements
List of medical and general allergies
Records from your previous eye doctors (old […]

What Are the Risks of LASIK?

Most LASIK patients are highly satisfied with the results of their refractive surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are certain risks to be considered. Before undergoing a refractive procedure like LASIK, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits. Potential LASIK risks include:

Loss of Visual Acuity: Visual acuity is the sharpness of your vision. Vision that is at least 20/20 is considered ideal visual acuity. But LASIK surgery does not guarantee perfectly sharp visual acuity – like some of the ads promise – and you might not be able to completely ditch your glasses and contacts after your procedure.

Visual Distortions: Even patients who do achieve 20/20 visual acuity following LASIK can have other problems. Some visual distortions that may be experienced include halos, double vision and issues with glare.

Under or Over Correction: Though relatively rare, undercorrection or overcorrection are both possible complications of LASIK surgery. Those with severe myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism are at increased risk for undercorrection or overcorrection.

Dry Eye: Damage to nerves sustained during the LASIK procedure can lead to dry eye. Symptoms include discomfort, blurred vision and sensitivity to light; some patients also feel like they have something in their eye. If you already have dry eye, you may not be a suitable candidate for LASIK until you undergo treatment for it because LASIK may worsen your existing condition.

Inflammation: Inflammation is a normal response to injury, including the cell damage caused by LASIK. If not controlled, or if caused by wound contamination, inflammation may slow the healing process, leading to corneal haze or even permanent loss of vision. Symptoms of inflammation include pain, a burning sensation and/or redness.

Regression: Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that LASIK outcomes are stable […]

How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon

Choosing a LASIK surgeon is one of the most important decisions to make once you have decided to have LASIK surgery. But how do you know who the best person is for such a task? When choosing a LASIK surgeon, consider the following key factors:

Surgeon’s experience and qualifications
Technology
Patient reviews
Number of surgeries performed

Credentials – One should make sure that their LASIK surgeon is board certified, meaning that an entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice their specialty. Also, make sure that the surgeon is licensed in the state they are performing the procedure.

Technology – Understanding the type of technology that a surgeon uses is another important factor to consider. There are several different technologies that LASIK surgeons may use and there are many differences that contribute to precision and results achieved. For example, some surgeons may still use a microkeratome blade to create the corneal flap during LASIK surgery whereas many surgeons now use an all laser approach to laser vision correction. Other surgeons may offer more advanced technology such as customized wavefront LASIK which provides a more individualized correction and more accurate result.

Patient Reviews – Reviews from patients who have previously had LASIK performed by the surgeon you are researching can give great insight as to what you can expect. Knowing that the majority of the surgeon’s patients are satisfied with their experience and would recommend the surgeon can be helpful toward feeling more comfortable.

Number of Surgeries Performed – Making sure that the surgeon you choose to perform your laser eye surgery has adequate experience is very important. The more surgeries a LASIK doctor has performed, the more time they have had […]

Custom LASIK

Custom LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure which uses the latest technology to measure the unique visual characteristics of your eye to customize your treatment. Custom  LASIK in Medford provides an additional level of precision over what traditional LASIK offers and provides you with the best possible quality vision.

The WaveLight® Laser relies on PerfectPulse ­Technology® to accurately control the energy level and exact placement of every laser pulse as it reaches the eye. The high-speed active eye-tracker tracks the eye 200 times per second, following even the fastest eye movements during treatment. If the eye moves out of range, the procedure pauses until the eye returns to a treatment position

Custom LASIK is preferred by many since the WaveLight® Laser is very precise and the outcome is an individualized vision correction, which is very different from traditional LASIK surgery or standard prescription glasses. Aside from being very unique and individualized, here are the other benefits of custom LASIK:

Helps to improve visual acuity (how much a person can see) and contrast sensitivity (how well a person can see fine details)
Less risk of post-LASIK issues such as halos and glare
Has been found to have fewer risks of night vision issues after surgery
Addresses both aberrations or visual distortions of both lower and higher order
Can treat even those who have lost best-corrected vision from prior surgeries such as LASIK, RK and PRK

As with traditional LASIK, a thorough vision exam and consultation is required to determine if a patient is qualified to undergo custom LASIK. If you are eligible for the procedure, Dr. Oliva or Dr. Welling will ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. If you are interested in having custom LASIK vision correction […]