Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LASIK: What Cost is Too Cheap?

Cheap LASIK Surgery may not be worth the cost. LASIK Vision Correction is surgery and should be considered carefully-including its cost. In today’s economy everyone needs to “watch their pennies”-and their dollars as well! Having LASIK Vision Correction is top of mind for a great number of people who need to have it for their jobs or even more often, just don’t want the dependence, hassle or inconvenience of wearing glasses or contacts all the time to see clearly at distance. Thus there is a balance between wanting LASIK today and being able to afford it and trying to get the “best deal” thinking that cheap LASIK is good LASIK. Unfortunately there is an assumption that potential LASIK patients actually know what to ask and what they are “shopping” for. Here are some guidelines-HOWEVER-they are NOT a substitute for the fact that finding the best LASIK Surgeons has NOTHING to do with looking for the best LASIK price which implies cheap LASIK.

  • When thinking about going after that “$295 LASIK” advertisement YOU NEED TO KNOW that you are setting yourself up for a “bait and switch” high pressure sales scheme potentially loaded with deceptive sales tactics-similar to what you would expect from a shady used car dealer. 
  • Each time the LASIK Surgeon performs a LASIK Surgery procedure THEY MUST PAY THE LASER MANUFACTURER A LICENSE FEE FOR THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE THAT RUNS THE LASER. Typically the fee ranges from $150-$250. The only way to avoid this fee is to use a NON APPROVED LASER-only that has not been scrutinized and passed through the FDA approval process-can you say “safety hazard and increased risk?” 
  • LASIK is surgery and thus the procedure requires the use of surgical supplies. Surgical supplies COST MONEY. Typically the actual LASIK surgery supplies can cost $25-$50 PER EYE at a minimum. 
  • Let’s assume that the LASIK Surgeon and the staff work for FREE. Sure…let’s say they actually like doing FREE LASIK. Most of us like to get paid for working and doing our job….but let’s say its FREE LASIK.
  • The very basic cost of LASIK is $175-$300 PER EYE before the facility pays its rent, electric bill and other costs such as insurance-AND THAT IS WITH EVERYONE WORKING FOR FREE. Do you think folks who work for free are inclined to do an A+ job with YOUR EYE SURGERY?
  • The very basic cost of LASIK is $175-$300 PER EYE before the facility pays for the cost of laser SERVICE and UPKEEP. Do you think folks who have little or no profit are inclined to keep the laser serviced so it operates at ITS BEST PERFROMANCE FOR YOUR EYE SURGERY?
Thus what happens is that patients considering LASIK who shop for the best LASIK price and the cheap LASIK doctors MOST OFTEN FIND THAT THERE ARE MANY “UPCHARGES” including:

  • Extra charges for the “complete eye exam and consultation” which isn’t covered by the cheap LASIK price!
  • Extra charges for “your prescription”, which isn’t covered by the cheap LASIK price!
  • Extra charges for “follow up care”, which isn’t covered by the cheap LASIK price!
  • Extra charges for “enhancements”, which isn’t covered by the cheap LASIK price!
And on and on…so that after you have gone through the entire process your actual cost of LASIK isn’t so cheap-AND ALL YOU GOT WAS A CHEAP LASIK SURGEON WORKING IN A CORNER CUTTING CORPORATE RUN DISCOUNT CENTER THAT COULD BE GONE TOMORROW!

LASIK Vision Correction requires the skill, dedication and experience of top LASIK Surgeons using reliable and well serviced instruments as well as top experienced staff members. This costs money. Don’t be fooled or drawn to the best LASIK price that is too cheap. As with most things in life-if it looks too good to be true –IT USUALLY ISN’T!

Monday, January 30, 2012

LASIK Facebook Contest in Birmingham

Announcing an “Awful Glasses LASIK Contest”, Birmingham LASIK Surgeon Marc Michelson, M.D. of Michelson Laser Vision commented, “LASIK Surgery is serious business-but it doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way helping people as they wonder what it would be like to not have to wear glasses to see clearly at distance without them. To that end we thought it would be fun to have people interested in LASIK share photos of themselves wearing their most awful glasses. We have quite a community of Facebook fans who have “LIKED” us and so we felt that Facebook would be a great place to socialize with folks.”

Michelson Laser Vision invites anyone over the age of 21 to participate in their “Awful Glasses Contest” by going to www.facebook.com/michelsonlaservision and locating the Awful Glasses Contest tab on the left hand navigation bar. Upon clicking and loading the contest page you can LIKE us and you will be asked to provide a photo of yourself with your “Awful Glasses” and are encouraged to write a little statement about why they are so awful. “We will be accepting entries throughout the entire month of February,” noted Michelle Michael, Practice Administrator. “Then beginning on March 1, 2012 we will open the contest to allow your friends and relatives to vote for you. Whoever has the most votes by their friends and relatives will get to have LASIK at Michelson Laser Vision complements of our center!! So-be sure to tell your friends that you have entered and that they should vote for you.”

There is no entry fee or cost of any kind to enter the Awful Glasses Contest at Michelson Laser Vision. However, if you win you must come in for a no charge consultation and be deemed a suitable LASIK candidate by our medical staff. In the event you are not suitable you will be able to give your LASIK to someone of your choosing who is medically suitable.

Michelson Laser Vision is a leading Laser Eye Surgery Center in Birmingham staffed by a team of specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained cornea specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, technical and administrative staff who provide examination, consultation and treatment including LASIK, Bladeless LASIK and other types of Laser Eye Surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

To learn more about Michelson Laser Vision visit www.michelsonvision.com. To enter the Awful Glasses Contest visit www.facebook.com/michelsonlaservision

For additional information, contact:

Michelle Michael
Alabama Eye & Cataract Center
1201 11th Avenue S., Suite 501
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
michellem@alaeye.com
1-205-930-0930

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Best LASIK Vision Results & Wavefront Treatments

“Getting the best vision results for my LASIK patients in San Antonio requires a careful evaluation, examination and consultation including measurement of the wavefront refraction which we do routinely at every consultation to be certain we are getting the most accurate analysis of each patient’s vision,” commented San Antonio Texas LASIK Surgeon & Corneal Specialist Lisa Martén, M.D. of the South Texas Eye Institute. “Further, for the best LASIK results that are consistent and predictable I routinely perform custom wavefront laser eye surgery treatments for virtually all patients as a matter of course. As a corneal and refractive surgery specialist, the patients who visit us tend to have high expectations-and we want to deliver the best results. ”


“We too find that it is quite worthwhile to take the extra time at the initial consultation to measure the details of the aberrations of the eye using wavefront analysis. Patients appreciate the effort when we do any and everything as part of the consultation to be sure we are working to get the best LASIK results and vision for them,” agreed Leslie Doctor, M.D., a Connecticut LASIK Surgeon & Cornea Specialist at Doctor & Associates with offices serving Fairfield County in Westport, Wilton and Norwalk. “We know that refractive surgery, such as LASIK in particular, has been shown to induce changes in corneal asphericity-especially in the treatment of higher nearsighted prescriptions-so we really need to minimize or eliminate the spherical aberration as part of our routine corneal laser eye surgery procedures.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Eye Surgery & Vision Correction Perspectives 2012

“It is truly amazing how our perspectives on vision correction eye surgery have and continue to evolve,” commented Connecticut eye surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D. “Laser Vision Correction was an almost surreal procedure in 1993 when I was a Fellow performing some of the first vision correction eye surgery procedures with the laser and studying corneal and refractive surgery.”

“As a Clinical Investigator for the FDA trials of Laser Vision Correction in1991, it was somewhat of a challenge for us to even explain to patients the concept of using a laser to reshape the cornea and correct nearsightedness,” explained Birmingham eye surgeon Marc Michelson, M.D. “We would explain that up until that time we typically could help nearsighted patients see clearly with spectacle vision correction or contact lens vision correction-and that by participating in the study they could have Laser Vision Correction so they could see.”

“Now, my challenge in offering consultation to patients who wish to become less dependent on eyeglasses is to explain that their age may make them better candidates for another type of vision correction surgery-other than LASIK-as they have entered the age of presbyopia where they have blurry vision for far, but also have near vision problems as well”, said Dr. Leslie Doctor. “For the 50’s set I help them understand the continuum…we used to have just spectacle vision correction and contact lens vision correction-then in 1995 we were able to offer patients an alternative to correct their blurry vision at distance-Laser Vision Correction or LASIK. In 2012 we have lots of patients who need to have both dista
nce and near vision corrected-and they don’t want to be dependent on
eyeglasses, so we can offer them Lens Implant Vision Correction.”

“For that group of 50+ folks who need help with both distance and near vision and who want an unencumbered lifestyle, we too tell them how we have evolved from spectacle and contact lens vision correction-to Laser Vision Correction and now to Lens Implant Vision Correction,” agreed Dr. Michelson. “With careful patient selection through detailed examination and consultation we are able to recommend advanced technology accommodating and multifocal lens implants to more and more 50+ folks who need help seeing far and near and just don’t want to worry about glasses all the time.”

If you wish to learn more or would like to schedule a consultation to see if you might be a candidate for lens implants for vision correction you may contact Leslie Doctor, M.D. at the Doctor & Associates offices in Westport, Norwalk or Wilton, Connecticut or you may contact Marc Michelson, M.D. at Michelson Laser Vision in Birmingham, Alabama by calling 877-871-3937.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Texas City Eye Care Office Opens

“We felt that eye care and eye surgery patients in and around Texas City would appreciate having convenient access to our team of ophthalmologists in a new comfortable and convenient state of the art facility,” stated Bernard Milstein, M.D., Founder of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “We are really pleased to be able to see patients for eye health and vision needs including cataract evaluations at the new Texas City office location at 7111 Medical Center Drive in Texas City,” commented Ophthalmologist Dr. Da-Thuy Van. “In addition, patients looking for eyeglasses or eyewear of any type will enjoy the personal service and selection of fashion frames and advanced technology eyeglass lenses. The Texas EyeWear staff in Texas City is happy to guide you through the process of finding that perfect fitting eyeglass frame and help you select the best lenses for your own individual needs,” note Co-Founder Allan Fradkin, M.D.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.


To learn more about The Eye Clinic of Texas you may visit http://www.ecot.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Getting Pregnant after LASIK

Question: I'm 35 years old and eager to have LASIK done and I am trying to get pregnant at the same time. I have met with an experienced LASIK surgeon that I feel good about and he told me I can have the surgery done as long as I'm not pregnant. However every web site online tells me that I should avoid being pregnant up to 6 months after LASIK surgery due to hormonal changes that make effect my recovery. I questioned my surgeon on this but he reassured me that is not the case, that I can be pregnant soon after surgery and it will not effect my healing process. So I'm confused at this point and would really appreciate your advice. Will becoming pregnant soon after my surgery effect my healing process?


Answer: There is a conservative school of thought that suggests waiting to have LASIK until you are 6 months post partum and even 6 months after the discontinuation of nursing in order to avoid any variations that might occur due to the hormonal changes. This was pretty much required with PRK but current thinking is that if you are indeed a good LASIK candidate and have the procedure and THEN become pregnant some time thereafter, the likelihood of impacting healing is pretty small. However, what you should know is that LASIK very often causes a temporary reversible dry eye-pregnancy also can cause dry eye symptoms, thus there is a good possibility you may encounter dry eyes which in and off itself usually can be tolerated. But, if the dry eye is extreme it can cause physical discomfort as well as visual discomfort and instability AND you will NOT be able to use the prescription eye drops that help relieve the symptoms while you are pregnant. This should be discussed with your LASIK Surgeon in order to be sure that your tears are sufficiently healthy and of sufficient quantity to minimize any dry eye risk that might make you uncomfortable or induce transient blurry vision.

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 http://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.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

NJ LASIK Surgeon Welcomes Eye Doctors

Corneal Specialist and NJ LASIK Surgeon Joel Confino, M.D. welcomes two NJ eye doctors and specialists to The Eye Care & Surgery Center with offices in Westfield, Warren and Iselin, New Jersey.


Roslyn Stahl, M.D., is a Board-Certified and Fellowship trained New Jersey Ophthalmologist who specializes in Cataract Surgery as well as the medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Stahl is a graduate of The University of Michigan and earned her Medical Degree Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Downstate Health Sciences Center. She completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at The University of Michigan-Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor as well as a Fellowship in Glaucoma at Columbia University Edward Harkness Eye Institute where she remains on the teaching faculty for residents and fellows.

She is certified by and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the medical honors society, Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology and New York State Ophthalmological Society.

Baljeet Purewal, M.D. is Board-Certified and Fellowship trained New Jersey Ophthalmologist who specializes in Cosmetic Eye Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Purewal earned her Medical Degree from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Downstate College of Medicine in New York City and completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center followed by a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. Dr. Purewal holds the academic appointment of Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where she has trained residents and fellows in ophthalmic plastic surgery.

Dr. Purewal is a specialist in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyelids and structures around the eyes. She performs cosmetic eye plastic surgery including "eye lifts" or blepharoplasty. Dr. Purewal has specific expertise and a special interest in facial and skin rejuvenation as she is facile with non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Sculptra® Aesthetic, Dysport® treatments and injections, fillers to smooth fine lines and wrinkles including Restylane®, Juvéderm™ and Radiesse® Injections as well as Latisse™ eyelash enhancer. Dr. Purewal is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the author of numerous publications on reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery including eyelid surgery and facial and skin rejuvenation.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center offers a Free Consultation for those seeking LASIK in New Jersey with NJ LASIK Surgeon Joel Confino, M.D. and may be contacted at 800-504-1083, or by visiting http://www.newjerseyvision.com/ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

LASIK Surgeon Joins Michelson Laser Vision in Birmingham

Corneal Specialist and LASIK Surgeon Tyler Hall, M.D. has joined Michelson Laser Vision in Birmingham, Alabama. Marc Michelson, M.D., Medical Director of the specialist laser eye center in Birmingham welcomes Dr. Hall who earned his medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama (UAB)-Birmingham Medical Center followed by a Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Emory University prior to returning to Birmingham.

Dr. Hall offers a Free LASIK Consultation to patients from throughout Alabama seeking LASIK in Birmingham in order to help them determine if they are candidates for Laser Eye Surgery for Laser Vision Correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Michelson Laser Vision can be contacted by phoning 877-871-3937, or visiting http://www.michelsonlaser.com/ or facebook.com/michelsonlaservision.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Laser Eye Surgery & Macular Degeneration

Question: I've been thinking about having some sort of laser eye surgery for correction surgery but wanted to ask if I was even a candidate due to the macular degeneration in my left eye. I'm only 36 years old and my eye is currently stable and has been for over a year since I underwent a year of treatments. That treatment being injections. I wanted to see if it was worth my time seeing a LASIK doctor or center, if I'm not even a candidate.


Answer: The answer is that it worth having a consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon in your area with some reservations and concerns you need to be aware of and prepare for. First, we do not know the cause of your macular degeneration. It may be important to the LASIK Surgeon to know the cause of your macular degeneration as whether it is due to some type of myopic degeneration, heredity degeneration, inflammatory process or other cause, may impact your suitability. Second, we do not know what you best level of corrected visual acuity is in the affected eye. This too may impact your suitability or at least your expectations as in MOST cases, LASIK or any Laser Eye Surgery for Vision Correction should be considered if the expectation and the intent is to improve the best level of correction in an eye with macular degeneration. All of these issues should be thoroughly discussed and your goals and expectations clearly defined. Then you need a complete explanation of what LASIK or any laser eye Surgery for vision correction can do or not do in your specific case. Schedule a consultation with the best LASIK Surgeon you can find in your area and listen to their recommendations

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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Computer Use, Dry Eyes & Eyestrain

Question: I had LASIK done 12 years ago and have not had one problem. It's been great. My new job requires me to be on the computer for 8 hours a day with some breaks but I am finding that my eyes are so dry, blurry and sensitive all of a sudden. Is the computer related to my issues I am having? Should I just use artificial tears?


Answer: LASIK does in fact cause dry eyes in the first several months after you have the procedure. The fact that you have changed jobs and intensified the amount of computer work and now have dry eyes is pretty indicative of the common complaints about computer use, dry eyes and eyestrain. There are some important things to know about computer and video display terminal use, your eyes and eyestrain. Staring at your computer screen, video game or other digital devices for long periods causes your eyes may feel dry and tired. Normally, you blink about 18 times a minute, but only blink half that often while using computers and other digital screen devices, whether for work or play. Reading, writing or other intensive “near work” can also cause eyestrain and dryness of a similar nature. Use the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. It is also helpful to use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry. Make sure that you take regular breaks from computer work, and be sure to get enough sleep at night. If the behavioral changes don't help with the dry eyes then see your eye doctor for a dry eye consultation as perhaps there are some other options that might enhance your tear film quantity and/or quality such as punctal plugs or even prescription eye drops called Restasis.

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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Baltimore LASIK Surgeon Receives FACS Designation

Baltimore LASIK Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center has been accepted as a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as "Fellows." The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. Dr. Spagnolo joined Baltimore Washington Eye Center in 2000 after completing his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at the George Washington University Medical Center and a Fellowship in Corneal Disease and Surgery at the Kresge Eye Institute.

Dr. Spagnolo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

At Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Dr. Spagnolo specializes in LASIK Surgery as well Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants. For more information or to schedule an appointment Baltimore Washington Eye Center can be contacted by phoning 800-495-3937 or visiting http://www.bweyecenter.com/ or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Houston LASIK Eye Surgeon on Cost of Surgery in 2012

Houston LASIK Eye Surgeon Bernard Milstein, M.D. commented on the cost of LASIK Surgery in Houston-“While 2012 appears to still have significant challenges for our economy, a very healthy number of patients have elected to be treated in at The Eye Clinic of Texas during January. This is probably a reflection of a combination of factors including the availability of Flex Plan funds through employers, patients realizing that there is really good value delivered when one considers the cost of LASIK as compared to glasses and contact lenses and certainly to the pent up demand for LASIK created by economic uncertainty. At some point patients just say “lets’ do this already,” stated Dr. Milstein. “The cost of LASIK is pretty affordable for most patients who want it at our practice-especially when we help them with easy payment plans which are very popular.”


The Eye Clinic of Texas Laser Eye Surgeons Drs. Milstein and Van offer those thinking about LASIK in Houston a Free LASIK Consultation to help find out if they are candidates and whether LASIK Surgery or some other type of Laser Vision Correction is the best vision correction option for their personal goals. You can schedule an appointment for a Free Consultation at The Eye Clinic of Texas by calling 800-423-3937 or by visiting http://www.ecot.com/ or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

Vision Recovery after LASIK Surgery

Question: How long is the vision recovery after LASIK and when does the blurriness go away?


Answer: For the vast majority of patients having LASIK Surgery, the vision recovery is pretty quick and they see well enough to drive a car within a day or two after their Laser Vision Correction treatment. For some patients who have had LASIK and who had very high prescriptions that needed to be corrected, the visual recovery time can be somewhat longer-even as long as a week. In addition, each patient does heal slightly differently and there could be some slight residual swelling of the cornea that causes blurriness. There are a few short term LASIK complications that could also cause blurriness. You need to keep your follow up appointments and if by the end of a week or so after your LASIK Surgery you are not seeing pretty well you do need an explanation from your LASIK Surgeon. By the end of 90 after days after LASIK, you will most likely be seeing as well as you will see barring any complications.

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.

Friday, January 6, 2012

LASIK & Farsightedness & Near Vision

Question: I am farsighted and have near vision problems and wonder if I am a LASIK candidate. I am a 49 year old male and started wearing eyeglasses when I was 40. I now struggle to see things up close as well and my near vision is a problem. I hate glasses. Am I a candidate?


Answer: From your description it sounds as if you are both farsighted and presbyopic and thus have reached a point where both your near and far vision are impacted by the two different focusing problems. Further, it sounds as if the vision is changing which is typical of hyperopic or farsightedness as you transition through your 40's. If you had healthy and plentiful tears, a healthy cornea of a normal shape and thickness and had good motivation for LASIK, you would be a marginal candidate at best because of the changing vision and somewhat because of the near vision focusing problem. Near vision focusing problems can be managed with Monovision LASIK in many instances, but is not a good choice if the vision is unstable.

Hyperopic patients who also suffer from presbyopia actually do much better with Lens Replacement Surgery using lens Implants for Vision Correction. If you hate glasses, you may wish to consider the possibility of lens Implants for vision Correction using a Multifocal or Accommodating Lens Implant. It is worth the time to have a consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon who is also Cataract Surgeon, also called a Refractive Cataract Surgeon and get their opinion. You may be a bit on the young side but maybe not.

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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

LASIK Surgeons Suggest 2012 Flex Plan Use Now

This is the time to use your 2012 Flex Plan for LASIK Surgery to make the cost most affordable. Many patients thinking about LASIK don’t realize that beginning on January 1, 2013, the amount each employee will be able to withhold in their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work will be limited to $2,500 per year.

Since a significant number of patients seeking LASIK take advantage of FSAs, 2012 is when individuals wishing to have LASIK Eye Surgery can maximize their benefit while it is still at the $5,000 limit. Patients really appreciate that having their employer take a small amount of money out of each paycheck-especially since it is before taxes-is a great way to have LASIK with extra savings and easy payments. You can find top LASIK Surgeons in your area at http://www.seewithlasik.com/.

Monday, January 2, 2012

LASIK Surgery New Year’s Resolutions from Eye Surgeon Ray Gailitis, M.D. in Ft. Lauderdale

New Year’s marks the time we can make exciting resolutions about our eyes, vision and LASIK Surgery for 2012. Here are some resolutions Ft. Lauderdale LASIK patients shared with Dr. Gailitis over the years at The Center for LASIK.


”I want LASIK this year so I can get up and get moving in the morning without searching for my glasses-my boss will appreciate this so I am not late for work!”

“My hubby surprised me with a gift card for LASIK for Christmas-I can't wait to lean over in bed and see him without being an inch from his face.”

"I am having LASIK now, so my 2 year old doesn't destroy another pair of glasses by pulling them off my face.”

"I’ve got the money-my Flex Plan for LASIK kicked in-let’s get it done.”

Eye Surgeon Ray Gailitis, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been caring for the eye health and vision correction needs of patients throughout the greater Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach area for almost two decades. Dr. Gailitis is a Corneal Specialist, Cataract & Refractive Surgeon and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. In addition Dr. Gailitis has been selected by his peers as a "Florida Super Doctor". For additional information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gailitis please call Ophthalmology Consultants-The Center for LASIK at 954-969-0090 or visit http://www.bestvision.com/.

LASIK after Retinal Detachment

Question: Can I have LASIK if I had a retinal detachment and a scleral buckle surgery and then a lens replacement surgery?


Answer: There are a number of considerations that might or might not permit you to be a good LASIK candidate at this time based on your history of retinal detachment surgery and lensectomy and lens replacement surgery. First, your Retinal Surgeon must give clearance regarding the stability of the Retina. Assuming he or she does, then your Cornea must be of sufficient thickness and healthy enough to sustain another surgery as well as you must have a healthy and adequate normal tear film.You should also have a sound reason for, as well as realistic expectations for LASIK at this time as one would need to understand your motivations vs. wearing glasses. Another consideration is the location and the condition of the scleral buckle. Sometimes the buckle can interfere with the placement of the suction rings needed for LASIK when a microkeratome is used or even the suction device when a femtosecond laser is used to create the flap during LASIK Surgery. It might just be that if all other factors are acceptable, your LASIK Surgeon suggests that a Laser Eye Surgery such as PRK might be a better choice in order to avoid any difficulties with a suction device. Your firstep is to obtain clearance from your Retina Specialist. Then if he or she approves you should find a LASIK Surgeon who can review your entire history carefully and after a thorough examination and consultation tell you whether the outcome is likely to be as you desire.

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.

Ghosting Vision after LASIK

Question: I had LASIK performed 2 years ago. All seemed well, until a few months ago when I started noticing changes and bothering effects with my vision. It first appeared in dry eyes, which I treated with drops and punctual plugs...but as the dry eye cleared up, I started noticing more problems with ghosting images/blurry vision/problems seeing on the computer and watching TV, as well as constant dizziness and depth perception problems. Its been a nightmare. I am going in on Monday to talk with the LASIK Surgeon who performed the procedure...as I went last week and talked to another doctor and she didn't seem to have any answers for my problems. Regardless of what my LASIK Surgeon says, I would like a second opinion. Any advice on what options/things I should consider for these problems? I kept measuring 20/15 on eye tests, but the vision quality is poor (ghosting images all the time). I went to another eye doctor for an exam, as I was desperate, and he measured ed me as -.25 in each eye. I ordered glasses for this mild change, picked them up today, and have been wearing them for the last few hours. I have noticed a small improvement in sharpness/the quality of my vision, but the ghosting and sensitivity to light is still here and bothering me. I just need to know what options I can take.


Answer: It is really impossible to provide much information about your situation without having many details of your eye examination and current overall eye health and vision as well as having access to some testing data. That said, there may be some things to consider as you go forward. First, you do not indicate whether you have had conventional LASIK, Custom Wavefront LASIK or Custom Wavefront Optimized LASIK. Depending on which type of procedure you had, it is possible that while each one would fully correct your primary refractive error, each could treat different types and amounts of what are called "higher order aberrations-or not. Higher order aberrations do indeed cause patient symptoms of "ghosting". However it is unclear why these symptoms are just being manifest now, if they are the cause-but it is possible. These aberrations are directly measurable as part of you examination using an instrument called a wavefront analyzer or aberrometer and thus this can usually be ruled in or out. You do not state your age and it is possible that mild changes in the crystalline lens could also cause these aberrations to occur after some time where previously you were not symptomatic. If you have not already had at least a screening visual field test you may be asked to have one based on the symptoms you report. There are many other reasons that may or may not be related to your eyes directly that could contribute and you should probably consult your primary care physician as well.

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.