10 Foods To Eat For Healthy Eyes

Eye Nutrition

It is important to eat healthy for a number of reasons. And while the majority of Americans adjust their diet to take care of their heart, their skin or their muscle tone, few take into account what they need to eat for healthy eyes.

This is unfortunate, because eating right can prolong healthy vision, and slow the onset of many natural eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

I could go through a list of the specific vitamins and nutrients essential to eye health, but that would take quite a while. How about a simple list of 10 foods to eat for healthy eyes?

Whole Grains

Whole Wheat Products

Whole Grains are good for your eyes, because they have a low glycemic index as opposed to other common types of carbs (white rice, pasta, processed bread). Eat foods like quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat and oats to protect your eyes. Whole grains also contain Vitamin E, Zinc and Niacin.

Fish

Salmon Bagel

Fish are one of the best foods for eye health, because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help protect against dry eyes, cataracts, AMD and more. They are also lower in fat than most other meat, which is always a dieting plus!

Citrus Fruits

Orange Snacks

For good vision, you need Vitamin C. And nothing contains Vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits, limes, lemons and berries. Of course, you can get most of this through standard multivitamins, but why not eat some fruit instead?

Eggs

Sunny Side Up

Eggs are rich in the proteins that are essential for eye health and basic functions. They contain lutein and Vitamin A, protect against dry eye syndrome, and can even improve your night vision. The only thing to beware of is the fat contained in eating too many yolks.

Nuts

Cashews

Almost all kinds of nuts are good for eye health. Nuts contain a number of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a healthy dose of vitamin E. Don’t hesitate to mix nuts into a salad with the right kinds of vegetables. Which brings me to my next point.

Leafy Greens

Kale

Leafy greens contain important pigments and anti-oxidants that slow the natural aging of your eyes. Vegetables like spinach and kale contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which prevent the development of cataracts and AMD. Broccoli, avocados and peas are good sources as well.

Legumes

Kidney Beans

Legumes are essentially beans, and in addition to containing quality proteins for general health, they protect your retina and boost your eye health past middle age. Kidney beans and lentils contain a healthy dose of bioflavonoids and zinc. Everything the healthy eye needs.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Plant

Sunflower seeds are a delicious snack. Which is a good thing, because they provide a strong source of the vitamin E and zinc that is needed for quality eye nutrition.

Beef

Skirt Steak

Most surprisingly, lean beef contains high concentration of the zinc that is needed to break down high doses of vitamin A. A measured amount of lean beef can actually help reduce the risk of AMD significantly.

Carrots

Carrot Plant

Yes, carrots will help keep your eyes healthy. Though they are hardly alone in doing so. Carrots are extremely healthy for the eyes because they contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C AND carotenoids, which reduce the risk of many common eye diseases. But there are other vegetables with equally miraculous eye health properties, including tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkins and corn.

5 Key Benefits Of The KAMRA Inlay

Near Vision

The KAMRA Inlay is a small, implantable lens designed to correct problems with near vision. Think of the KAMRA Inlay like a permanent contact lens for people who need reading glasses. The technology works like the lens of a camera, focusing light to the back of the eye through a narrow aperture.

But the KAMRA Inlay is far smaller, safer and healthier than any contact lens. And because one eye will remain corrected for long-range vision, you will have 20/20 eyesight at every distance. Here are 5 key benefits of the KAMRA Inlay:

1) No Reading Glasses

Near Vision

Most people need reading glasses after a certain age due to the development of an age-related condition called presbyopia. Others are simply born far-sighted. But the KAMRA Inlay can eliminate the need for reading glasses entirely. There will be no need to carry glasses around or hold books out at a distance.

2) Improved Computer Vision

Computer Vision

Digital eye strain is an increasingly common problem. People who have to work long hours at a desk can develop dried-out, irritated eyes. The problems associated with computer vision syndrome are exacerbated when someone has difficulty reading up close. Thankfully, the KAMRA Inlay helps you read at close range without having to squint or rub your eyes. It also lets your eyes breathe. This brings me to my next point.

3) Minimal Impact

KAMRA Technology

The KAMRA Inlay is healthier than any standard contact lens, because it has 8,400 high precision, laser etched micro-openings to allow air and vital nutrients to flow over the surface of your eye. This prevents your eyes from becoming too dry. The entire Inlay weighs less than a grain of salt, and is inserted in a minimally invasive procedure that lasts less than 15 minutes. The FDA has approved the KAMRA Inlay as a safe and reliable surgical procedure.

4) Retain Distance Vision

Distance Vision

Unlike reading glasses, the KAMRA Inlay allows you to retain distance vision in both eyes. This includes stereo vision, depth perception and binocularity. There will be no need for extra glasses or extensive surgery; the KAMRA Inlay allows you to see well at every range.

5) Totally Removable

Eye Exam

Still unsure? Well, the KAMRA Inlay is totally reversible, so you will have all the time in the world to change your mind! The Inlay itself can be removed with a simple and painless procedure that allows you to revert to a different form of vision correction. There is no risk to the eye, and your near vision will not be permanently affected by the implantation of a KAMRA Inlay.

 

To learn more about KAMRA Inlay technology, or to schedule a free eye exam, Contact Us today!

What You Need To Know About Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Lots of people wear sunglasses because they are trendy. They focus on appearance or brand name rather than UV protection, and that can be dangerous. Because studies show that people don’t protect their eyes from the sun nearly enough.

There is no reason you can’t pick a good looking pair of sunglasses, but you should also make sure that they contain the proper UVA and UVB protection. From polarization and risk factors to radiation and design, here is what you need to know about sunglasses:

UV Protection

UV Radiation

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the spectrum of light past the visible range that we can see. UV rays are usually broken down into three categories: UVA, UVB and UVC. When you buy sunglasses, it is important to make sure that they are 100% UVA and UVB protected. UVC rays are mostly absorbed by the ozone layer, but as that breaks down, we will become more and more at risk!

Location

Everest

The sun shines down everywhere, right? Not necessarily. The danger of sun damage can increase depending on your location. UV levels are higher around the earth’s equator, and may vary drastically even within the same country. The higher the elevation, the greater the risk. And the environment plays a role too. Highly reflective surfaces like snow and sand make it imperative that you wear sunglasses at all times.

HEV Protection

HEV Radiation

HEV is an abbreviation for “high-energy visible” light, or blue light. Although HEV rays are not as dangerous as UV rays, they can still cause long-term retinal damage, speeding up the process of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Check to make sure that your sunglasses absorb HEV rays (most UVB protected sunglasses do).

Risk Factors

Sunlight

There are personal risk factors that can make you more susceptible to sun-induced eye damage. Medications such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control, diuretics and tranquilizers increase your sensitivity to harmful light. Eye conditions such as cataracts, AMD and retinal dystrophy can also place you in greater risk. When in doubt, consult with an optician to determine what kind of sunglasses are right for you.

Polarization

Sunglasses

Polarization is the reflective coating on sunglasses that reduces glare from other objects, (water, snow, glass, etc.). Some sort of polarization or anti-reflective coating is always a good idea, but many people are at risk because polarized lenses or not otherwise protected. Cheap sunglasses with polarized lenses are often not treated for UV protection, which means harmful light is passing through. Your eyes feel protected, but they are definitely not.

Children At Play

Children's Sunglasses

The damage caused by sunlight is cumulative, which means that you should start protecting your children from sunlight at an early age. Children are outdoors more often than adults, but are much less likely to wear sunglasses. In fact, studies have shown that more than half of your unobstructed exposure to UV light occurs before you are 18 years old. With this in mind, purchase good sunglasses for your children. Wrap-around frames will better block sunlight coming in from the side, and flexible lenses will be less likely to break.

Why The KAMRA Inlay May Replace Reading Glasses

Eye Lens

If you are over 50, you have probably needed reading glasses at least once in your life. Most people develop mild farsightedness as they move past middle age, due to a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia affects the eye’s ability to focus on near objects (books, computer screens, etc.) which can be highly annoying!

For the longest time, presbyopia could only be dealt with through reading glasses or bifocals. There are now more advanced forms of ocular surgery such as lens implant and Monovision LASIK that can fix presbyopia, but all such procedures result in a permanent vision change.

The AcuFocus KAMRA Inlay is a new technique for dealing with presbyopia. The KAMRA Inlay is an implantable and removable lens that restores near vision by focusing light properly to the back of the eye. Here is how it works:

KAMRA Inlay

KAMRA Diagram

This new technology was given the acronym “KAMRA” because it functions much like a traditional camera shutter. A small opening in front of the cornea allows light to pass through to the back of the eye without becoming distorted. The KAMRA Inlay is only inserted into one eye, so as to ensure proper depth perception and distance vision.

Think of it like a contact lens calibrated for close reading. The KAMRA Inlay is microscopically thin, and contains 8400 microscopic openings to allow oxygen to flow freely to and from the surface of the eye. This is what makes the KAMRA safe for permanent implant, although it can be easily removed if the patient changes their mind.

Is The KAMRA Inlay Safe?

Lens Implant

The KAMRA Inlay has been approved by the FDA to treat farsightedness among patients who have regular distance vision, and who have NOT had cataract surgery (different from LASIK). The KAMRA Inlay is best used for patients between the ages of 45 and 60 who are suffering from mild nearsightedness. Overall, KAMRA technology is considered a safe and minimally invasive procedure, and the objective data shows that its future is very promising.

 

If you are interested in treatment options relating to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, Contact Us to learn more today. The Laser Eye Center offers free LASIK eye exams to patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope to hear from you soon!

How To Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome

Digital Eye Strain

There are many chronic health problems unique to the modern office workplace. Whereas factory workers and manual laborers must fear falling rebar or toxic exposure, indoor workers are afflicted by sedentary conditions that are slow developing but still severe. This can include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and heart disease brought on by obesity or a lack of exercise.

One of the lesser known “white-collar” health problems is called computer vision syndrome, or “digital eye strain”. As you would expect, this is a chronic condition caused by staring too long into computer screens that manifests itself in symptoms such as dryness, irritation and even eye twitching.

The good news is that computer vision syndrome is easily preventable if treated proactively. Here are 6 easy tips on How To Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome:

Adjust Lighting

Computer screens are harder to see in a brightly lit room, and many people turn their brightness up past the point of comfort to compensate without realizing. This can be very hard on your eyes. If you can, turn off desk lamps near your computer and dim any overhead lights (especially fluorescent bulbs).

You can also try to eliminate glare by closing the blinds and relying on indirect sources of lighting. After your eyes adjust, you may be shocked to find how bright your computer screen has been.

Dim Your Screen

Computer Screen Backlight

Most office workers have their computer screens on too bright. Whatever the reason, you will want to adjust the brightness down. Your computer screen should be roughly the same color as its surrounding environment (desk, cubicle, etc.). If the screen appears like a light source, it’s probably too bright.

You can also make things easier on your eyes by adjusting the size of any text you are reading on screen. This can be done by increasing the display percentage in a Word Document or a PDF, for example. Its better to read something at 16 point font or 200% resolution than to use reading glasses in conjunction with a screen. As for color, contrast is king. It’s always best to read dark color text on a light-colored background. The greater the difference, the better.

LCD Screens

Make sure you have the highest quality computer screen possible. The best screen for eye health is a liquid crystal display (or LCD) screen, with the highest resolution and refresh rate for that particular device. And contrary to popular trends with tablets and mobile devices, you also want to have the biggest size screen available. Desktops are preferred.

Exercise Your Eyes

Eye Care Tips

Your eyes are less likely to become dry or tired if you move them around. Blink frequently throughout the day, and take occasional breaks from staring at your computer screen. Try to stay active with what you look at and how you move. A useful trick is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds staring at an object 20 feet away. This will help keep your vision strong throughout the day.

Improve Your Posture

Desk Posture

 

Many office workers have terrible posture when they are sitting at a computer. The angle at which you sit can not only cause joint pain, but can also make it more difficult to read off a computer screen. Maintain good posture, avoid leaning your neck forward, and try to keep your computer screen level with your eyes at all times. You can also do stretching exercises during any 20-20-20 breaks you take to help loosen up your shoulders and neck.

Schedule Regular Eye Exams

It is important to have a comprehensive and routine eye exam to check for any problems that may be developing. This will help cut off any serious problems before they start, and will avoid computer vision problems exacerbated by minor eye conditions.

For example, being mildly farsighted can cause you to squint at a computer screen, while workers who wear contact lenses are noticeably more likely to develop dry eye syndrome while working on a computer. Visit your local optometrist or ophthalmologist to get on a regular schedule of eye exams. Its never too late.

5 Signs Your Child May Need An Eye Exam

Vision problems among young children are far more common than you would think. Many kids under the age of 10 live with mild to moderate nearsightedness for several years before their visual impairment is first detected, often by someone else.

Part of the reason for this is that children have no real reference for what “normal” vision should be like. Their eyesight is what it is, and everything they see looks “normal” to them rather than “blurry”. Because this is such a common occurrence, it is something every parent should be on the lookout for.

Poor vision can be a harmful condition that impacts performance at school and even slows brain development. If your child needs an eye exam, sooner is much better than later. Here are 5 signs you may need to take your son or daughter in for a comprehensive eye exam:

 

1) Sitting Too Close To The TV

Television

Sitting too close to the television is not just an old wives tale we tell our kids to scare them about the curse of crossed eyes. It can also be a telltale sign that your child is nearsighted, and is edging closer to the TV because they have to in order to see clearly. If you notice a pattern developing, ask them to stand back and describe the fine details of what they see on the screen.

 

2) Squinting

Kid Squinting

Squinting at far away objects is a dead giveaway that your child has a vision deficiency of some sort. Squinting outside on a sunny day is one thing, but if you see them consistently squinting to make things out, they are probably compensating for a mild case of nearsightedness or astigmatism.

 

3) Rubbing Eyes

Kid Rubbing Eyes

It is normal for children to rub their eyes when they are tired or sleepy. But if your child is rubbing their eyes while trying to focus on something (e.g. reading a book or watching a movie), this could be a sign that their eyesight is not up to par.

 

4) Keeping One Eye Closed

One of the less known symptoms of low vision is closing one eye to see objects far away. You see, most people have a dominant eye that sees slightly better at distance. Closing your off eye is a way to see farther away at the cost of ideal depth perception. In some children this can become a reflexive tendency, especially when they are compensating for subpar vision.

 

5) Poor Grades

Blurry Blackboard

You would be shocked how many children struggle at school due to undetected vision problems. Their grades will drop or they will become confused, simply because they can’t spell words or solve problems they can’t see. If you notice a sudden drop off in your child’s grades, make sure to ask whether they can see the blackboard. Nearsightedness is a serious condition for anyone to overcome.

 

So there you have it – 5 signs your child may need an eye exam. It’s important to stick with the recommended schedule when it comes to eye exams, but being on the lookout for these kinds of indicators is an important part of keeping your children’s eyes healthy and strong.

The 5-Step Guide To Healthy Eyes

 

The eyes are an important part of your overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, few people take the time to care for their eyes until they have a problem with them. This is a big mistake.

Many eye diseases develop chronically with age, and there are several simple steps you can take to prolong healthy vision and take good care of your eyes over the years. So without further ado, here is your 5-step guide to healthy eyes:

 

1) Diet

Vision Supplements

 

 

Believe it or not, there are numerous vitamin supplements and food types that are proven to reduce the risk of eye disease later in life. For example, Vitamin A can help prevent blindness while Vitamin C can slow the progress of glaucoma. For a natural source of these nutrients, make sure to incorporate the following foods into your diet:

 

Fruits & Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are an important source of the vitamins and antioxidants that keep your eyes strong. Carrots, spinach, kale, turnips, berries (blueberries, blackberries) and citrus fruits are all a good source of nutrients.

 

Lean Meats & Seafood: Seafood is especially helpful because it is low in fat and contains omega-3 fatty acids. These acids combat chronic dry eye and prevent the natural age-related degeneration of your eye tissue. Seafood to eat includes salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, oysters and crab. Other good sources of protein include eggs, milk, nuts and legumes (beans).

 

Multivitamins: Even when eating right, it can be hard to incorporate every vitamin that your body needs. I would suggest taking a multivitamin in addition to whatever fruits and vegetables you can fit in. Fish oil, flaxseed, zinc and selenium supplements can also be helpful.

 

 

2) Computer Vision

Computer Vision Syndrome

 

 

The modern workplace presents eye care issues that are unique to this generation. Many people spend 8 hours a day staring closely into a brightly lit computer screen, not to mention the personal time they spend looking at smartphones, laptops and TV screens.

 

The damage from this digital eye strain can compound over time and lead to serious vision problems. To avoid the problem that has now been dubbed “Computer Vision Syndrome”, try to practice the following tips:

 

Adjust Brightness: The room you are in should only be half as bright as the screen you are staring at. Most offices and workspaces are far too bright in this regard. You should also adjust the screen brightness down and wait for your eyes to adjust. You’ll be shocked at how bright your display has been.

 

Eliminate Glare: Remove sources of glare coming from windows, desk lamps or other screens. Try to rely as much as possible on indirect lighting.

 

Blink: Blinking more often can help keep your eyes active and limit the discomfort caused by dry, overworked eyes. Follow the simple 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at an object 20 feet away. This will help greatly.

 

3) Sunglasses

UVB Protection

 

 

Another source of cumulative damage to your eyes comes from the sun. Ideally, you should wear sunglasses at all times when you’re outside. Even when it’s cloudy, UV rays are penetrating and can cause retinal damage and vision loss. New studies suggest that even children should begin wearing sunglasses at an early age.

 

When buying sunglasses, make sure that the pair you get (no matter how fashionable) is 100% protected against UVA and UVB light. Wrap-around lenses that cover the sides of your eyes are also preferable, and polarized lenses can cut down on the amount of glare reaching your eyes.

 

4) Eye Safety

Eye safety is a situational factor that you should be aware of whenever there are potential irritants or hazards in the area. Many people think that eye safety is only relevant to dangerous work environments, but there are many household items that can cause minor eye injuries. Common dangers include:

 

-Household Chemicals (paint, bleach, soap, kitchen cleaners, etc.)

 

-Airborne Particles (sawdust, dirt, sand, pollen)

 

-Small Objects (garden tools, screwdrivers, loose nails)

 

-Makeup Items (curling irons, mascara brushes, etc.)

 

If you have children, it is especially important to remain vigilant of anything that could be accidentally blown or splashed into someone’s eyes. Keep chemicals and sharp objects in a safe place, and buy some safety glasses whenever you have work to do around the house.

 

5) Eye Exams

Eye Exam Chart

 

 

Its important to have regularly scheduled eye exams to check for any problems (nearsightedness, astigmatism or color blindness) that may be developing. Children in particular need to have their eyesight monitored closely, as poor vision can slow learning and lead to other problems in school.

 

Make sure that you are receiving a comprehensive eye exam from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist (opticians are not doctors), and get started at an early age. The recommended lifetime schedule for eye exams is as follows:

 

-One exam at 6 months

-One exam at age 3

-One exam before starting pre-school

-One exam every 2 years thereafter

-Seniors age 60 and above should have an eye exam once a year

-Immediately upon any serious eye infection or injury

 

People vary greatly when it comes to eyesight, and almost everyone will be prone to an age-related vision problem at some point in their life. But these steps will help you take good care of your eyes, eliminate chronic eye conditions, and head off any serious problems that may come. Your eyes are an important part of your body. Start taking care of them now.

LASIK Surgery: Separating Fact From Fiction

Optometry Appointment

 

If you’ve researched LASIK surgery on the Internet, you’ve probably seen that there is a wealth of contradictory information out there. Opinions on the safety and effectiveness of LASIK run from “you may go blind” to “there is no risk and no side effects”.

Side effects are frequently exaggerated, horror stories shared, and numbers pulled out of thin air. Because misconceptions about the LASIK procedure are spread by both sides (consumers and surgeons), we are writing this article to clear the air and lay down some facts. Here is the truth about the basic LASIK issues patients want to know.

 

1) Dry Eyes

You will hear many patients complain of dry, irritated eyes after LASIK. While dry eye is a common post-operative side effect, it can also be avoided with proactive measures and treated with simple over-the-counter remedies like eye drops. When patients do experience dry eyes, it is a temporary condition that will pass, usually within a matter of days or weeks.

Avoiding dry eye is also a matter of being a good candidate for LASIK in the first place, so it’s important to consult with your doctor about all physical conditions that may impact your eligibility. For more information about dry eye causes and treatment methods, read this helpful article on LASIK & Dry Eyes.

 

2) Night Vision

Ten to twenty years ago, seeing worse at night after LASIK was one of the most common problems of the first-generation LASIK procedure. With early LASIK techniques, patients
would frequently obtain “20/20 visual acuity”, but would complain about seeing halos, glare, or so-called “star bursting” at night.

By integrating technological innovations such as Wavefront LASIK Technology modern LASIK techniques have greatly 
helped to solve this problem. Recent studies have shown that modern All-Laser Wavefront IntraLASIK is ten-times more likely to improve night vision, rather than make it worse.

 

3) Side Effects

As a prospective LASIK patient, safety should be the single most important factor guiding your decision
to have LASIK. While “fear of a complication” is a common obstacle to having LASIK, becoming informed may dismiss unnecessary fear.

LASIK is not an entirely foolproof procedure, but nor is it as dangerous as many would have you believe. Though LASIK has been performed more than 25 million times, only 141 patients have complained to the FDA that their laser vision
 correction results were unsatisfactory. And the complications that do occasionally surface tend to be minor, like dry eye irritation or minor infection/inflammation.

Today, problems are more likely with older technology, less experienced/less careful surgeons and patients who actually aren’t good candidates for LASIK. This is why it’s important to consult closely with an experienced LASIK surgeon and ask whether LASIK is safe for you. For a more detailed list of safety considerations, check out this article on LASIK & Safety.

 

4) Success Rate

The goal of laser vision correction is to eliminate a patient’s dependence on glasses/contact lenses. For most patients this is a very realistic goal. But even in the best of hands, LASIK is not 100% accurate on the first attempt. After undergoing LASIK/Epi-LASIK, some patients still have some residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, and a re-treatment procedure may be necessary. All objective data reveals that the possibility of a LASIK 
re-treatment ranges from 2% to 10%.

Though standard LASIK has a long track record for effectiveness, newer Wavefront LASIK methods have improved the accuracy of LASIK, and reduced the possibility of a re-treatment to about 2% to 4%. In reality, this is a very low percentage as there is no other surgical
 procedure that can rival the accurate results of LASIK.

 

5) Retreatment

Most patients are interested in the million dollar question. How long does LASIK last? While laser vision correction does permanently reshape the cornea, other age-related eye changes such as presbyopia may eventually cause vision
 to decline. On average, LASIK results in perfect 20/20 vision for about ten years.

At this point, patients can elect to use glasses, contacts, or to have a minor corrective retreatment (yes, you can have LASIK more than once). At the Laser Eye Center, our Wavefront Warranty and “Extended Vision Plan” will cover the full cost of a retreatment for life.

Ultimately you will have to evaluate the facts, talk with a doctor and decide if LASIK is right for you. If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to check out our extensive Information Library, or to call today and schedule a Free LASIK Exam.

 

 

Safety Concerns: Is LASIK Right For You?

Wavefront Scans

Safety is the most important factor in determining whether any patient is an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery. While LASIK is an FDA-approved procedure with a very high success rate, most patients want to know that the surgery is as safe and foolproof as possible.

The answer for most patients is that LASIK is an extremely safe procedure. So long as you fit the right criteria, there is small chance of serious complications or side effects. However, there are certain factors that can impact your eligibility to receive LASIK surgery, and plenty of misinformation spread around the Internet.

In this blog, I will explain the potential side effects of LASIK surgery, along with the physical conditions that impact patient diagnosis and safety. For a more detailed list of considerations, check out our Information Library to learn whether LASIK is the right procedure for you.

 

LASIK Side Effects

1) Dry Eyes – This happens when there is temporarily reduced nerve sensation or other ocular surface condition caused by the surgery. Luckily, this is very treatable and preventable for most patients. Click here to learn more about treating dry eyes.

2) Poor Night Vision – Some patients experience night vision problems such as glare, halos, or so-called “star-bursting”. These effects were common in patients with large amounts of nearsightedness treated with older technology, but modern innovations have largely solved this problem. A recent study showed that patients are ten-times more likely to see better at night than worse after having Wavefront LASIK.

3) Imperfect Results – Even in the best of hands, LASIK is not 100% accurate. After undergoing LASIK/Epi-LASIK, if a patient still has some residual near-sightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, a re-treatment procedure may be necessary. All objective data reveals that the possibility of a LASIK re-treatment ranges from 2% to 10%. Read more about our Wavefront Warranty to see how you can be covered indefinitely for retreatments going forward.

4) Infection – Though infection is very rare (1/10,000 surgeries), I advocate using preventative
antibiotic eye drops, just to be safe.

5) Corneal Inflammation – This can occur after LASIK (a.k.a. diffuse lamellar keratitis). Careful follow-up care
by the surgeon and appropriate use of anti-inflammatory eye drops can prevent this problem.

6) Inappropriate Surgery – If LASIK is performed on patients who were actually not “good candidates” for various reasons 
(i.e. thin cornea, asymmetric cornea, keratoconus). To learn about our rationale for careful patient
selection or other reasons for non-candidacy read the Info Library topic: “Do Not Have LASIK If…”.

 

Get Informed

The best way to alleviate your fears and ensure a positive result is to get educated about LASIK. Our Information Library is a great resource on different variations of the LASIK procedure, as well as common patient concerns. For a down-to-earth appraisal, read this article on LASIK Expectations & Realistic Results.

As a prospective patient, it is prudent to adopt a healthy amount of cautious skepticism when considering 
any medical procedure. Across the country, some LASIK business models have crossed the line by neglecting to give patients realistic expectations, failing to properly care for their patients after surgery, and not focusing on their patient’s best interests.

However, if you work in close conjunction with your doctor to determine that LASIK is safe for you, there is a very good chance of obtaining a safe and positive result. This is why I feel it is essential to personally meet with every one of my
patients prior to their procedure.

For about 20% of my patients the answer is “No”, and it is better to stick with glasses or contacts. Luckily for most people, the answer is “Yes, LASIK is very safe”. If you are interested in scheduling  a free LASIK Exam to find this out, please feel free to contact us today.

LASIK: How To Treat Dry Eyes

One of the most common side effects of LASIK surgery is temporary discomfort caused by dry eyes. Some patients who undergo LASIK experience “dry-eye” symptoms such as light sensitivity and a burning sensation until their eyes heal fully from the surgery, usually after about 6 weeks.

This happens when nerves in the corneal surface are affected and natural tear production is decreased. However, proactive treatments and advances in LASIK technology have done a lot to eliminate this problem. Selecting the right procedure and using some simple over the counter treatments can help prevent or stop this condition from happening. Here’s how.

The first and most important remedy for dry eyes is artificial tears. It is recommended that patients who undergo LASIK use preservative-free artificial teardrops at least 4 times a day, for one full month after surgery. This should be done even if you are not prone to dry eyes, and even if you experience no symptoms after the surgery.

Preservative free drops are preferred because there is less of a chance of secondary irritation. Some good over-the-counter drops include Systane, Blink, Optive, Refresh Plus, Thera-Tears and GenTeal.
Some additional remedies include:

• Staying hydrated. Drink lots of water to help your body with natural tear production
• Avoid drinking too much caffeine, which has a dehydrating/diuretic effect
• Use gel lubrication at night. Gel lubricated tears like GenTeal are more viscous and tend to last longer.
• Omega-3 fatty acids, such as that found in fish oil, to optimize the oily portion of the tear film
• Use baby shampoo eyelid scrubs to clean your eyelids regularly
• Use a room humidifier to help saturate the surrounding air

These steps should be more than enough to treat dry eye discomfort. However, a small number of patients (usually those suffering from chronic dry eyes before surgery) may require prescription treatments such as steroid eye drops or doxycycline pills. For a more extensive list of prescription remedies, click here.

Whether you will be prone to this condition will depend on a number of things.
A list of factors to consider includes:

Age-Tear glands become less efficient with age
Alcohol-Alcohol use has a dehydrating effect and may aggravate dry eyes
Cigarettes-The smoke from cigarettes can likewise cause irritation and dried out eyes
Hormones-Hormonal changes can cause dry eye symptoms. Dry eye is a common side effect of menopause
Computer Vision Syndrome-People who spend lots of time looking at screens will be more prone to dry eye syndrome.
Make-up Products-Eyeliners can affect the lipid tear layer, which is produced on the eyelid margin, and decrease tear break-up time.
Vasoconstrictors-Standard eye drops like Visine may temporarily make you eyes look less red, but do not treat the underlying cause of the redness, which is usually dryness.
One of the most important things to do when considering LASIK is to give a full and accurate medical history. This will help your doctor determine whether you are at risk for a post-operative condition like dry eye, and to find the right treatment for you.

Newer procedures like Epi-LASIK (PRK) and the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) may even offer a permanent solution. To learn more, check out our Information Library online to decide whether LASIK is right for you!