Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dry Eye Help with Restasis® & Artificial Tears

Help for Dry Eye Syndrome which is also called Dysfunctional Tear Syndrome (DTS), is more readily achieved with the use of a combination of Restasis® and artificial tears than with artificial tears alone according to researchers reporting in the September 2011 publication of Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice. Dry Eye Syndrome is a disease of the tears and ocular surface that causes symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. There are many approaches to managing Dry Eye Syndrome including avoiding adverse environmental factors, eyelid hygiene, artificial tears and lubricants, punctal plugs, tear stimulation and anti-inflammatory drugs. From this study it appears as if the combination of artificial tears and Restasis® is a helpful treatment for Dry Eyes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Near Vision & LASIK Surgery

Question: While reading, I see that LASIK surgery can correct issues with seeing up close (reading). Is this correct? At what age is it good to get this done? I am 47 now and my eyes haven't changed for several years, but I don't want to get the surgery and then have to wear reading glasses a short time afterwards.


Answer: It is impossible to really advise you as their are some key details about your situation that would need to be clarified. You do not say whether you currently wear any reading correction or bifocal correction and it is not obvious what type and degree of correction you wear for distance if any. LASIK Surgery is beneficial for patients who wish to be less dependent or even independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses for seeing clearly at distance. It is possible for some people with certain types of correction and with certain near vision requirements to have Monovision LASIK whereby some help with reading and near vision can be offered by adjusting the correction of the non dominant eye so that it focuses more effectively for intermediate arm's length and near vision and "blends" with the full far vision correction in the dominant eye. Your best next step is to schedule a consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon in your area and have the necessary eye health evaluation as well as refractive measurements taken to determine what your suitability might be.


Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on www.seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of www.seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.

Monday, November 14, 2011

LASIK: How Long Does It Last?

Question: I have a question about how long the effect of LASIK Surgery lasts. I am 22 years and my prescription is -7.5 D in both eyes . I want to know that LASIK can provide 20/20 for my prescription and whether my age is appropriate for LASIK or whether I should wait a year or two. I have also heard from many people that LASIK Surgery only lasts for 10 to 12 years and then have to go back to glasses again. Is this true?


Answer: First, the only way to know if you are a candidate for LASIK or any type of Laser Eye Surgery for vision correction is to have a thorough consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon. From a technical perspective -7.50 D is well within the treatable range of LASIK IF your eyes are healthy with an adequate corneal thickness and shape and healthy and adequate tear film. However, 20/20 should NOT be the expectation or goal. Deceasing your dependence on eyeglasses or contacts for seeing at a distance is a more appropriate goal. These are no guarantees of 20/20 for anyone-LASIK is surgery and each eye heals slightly differently. Your age is not a limit AS LONG AS YOUR PRESCRIPTION IS STABLE-the key element here is the stability of your prescription and not your age. The effect of LASIK does NOT diminish after 10-12 years. Your eyes may change for other reasons but the change in corneal shape from LASIK does not reverse-it is permanent. Your next step is to schedule a consultation with the best LASIK Surgeon you can find in your area.

Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.

Friday, November 4, 2011

LASIK Surgery More Than Once?

Question: Can you have LASIK surgery more than once?


Answer: If you have LASIK Surgery and at some point in the future your prescription changes necessitating a re-treatment or enhancement, it is possible to do so IF your eyes are otherwise healthy enough in terms of quantity and quality of the tear film, health and integrity of the Cornea especially regarding its thickness and shape AND you do indeed require a meaningful change to your prescription. Depending on how long after you have the primary LASIK procedure you need an enhancement it is often possible to simple lift the flap and apply the laser correction, or if a very long time may require a complete recreation of the flap.

Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.

LASIK & Reading Glasses

Question: I have a question about having LASIK instead of using reading glasses. I am a 51 year old male and I had great vision until I was 40. Now I wear reading glasses. My job has me using a computer at work and I use a computer at home as well. I find that the eye strain is exhausting. Can LASIK help with my vision?

Answer: LASIK Eye Surgery is primarily indicated for helping people who are nearsighted, farsighted and who may also have astigmatism become less dependent or independent of eyeglasses and contacts for seeing clearly at distance. It is most appropriate for people who wear their eyeglasses or contacts at the time for seeing far away. There are techniques such as Monovision LASIK that can help people correct BOTH far and near vision but in general LASIK for Laser Vision Correction of common refractive errors is for distance vision.

You do not state whether you are attempting to wear the reading glasses for working on the computer. If you are, they may not be the correct prescription for the "arm's length" vision that computer work requires. Further, working on the computer for prolonged periods of time is also known to cause dry eye problems that can make your eyes feel tired. Your best course of action is to schedule a comprehensive eye examination with your eye doctor and review the various distances you work at as well as the complaints you have identified. Chances are that LASIK is NOT a good choice at all but that several other alternative eyeglass options and dry eye management tools will be of great help.

Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.