Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Connecticut LASIK & Glasses Facebook Contest

“Our Connecticut LASIK patients and our Facebook friends have nudged us to do something fun for those considering LASIK in Fairfield County and the so we decided to sponsor an “Awful Glasses LASIK Contest,” stated Leslie Doctor, M.D., Cornea, Cataract & LASIK Surgeon at Doctor & Associates. “As a corneal specialist I take patients’ desire and intent to have LASIK as quite a significant decision-but we can still have some fun along the way as we help people think about what it would be like to not have to wear glasses to see clearly at distance without them,” remarked Dr. Leslie Doctor.

Doctor & Associates invites anyone over the age of 21 to participate in their “Awful Glasses Contest” by going to www.facebook.com/doctorandassociates 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 from February 27, 2012 until April 14, 2012,” noted Dottie Figueroa, Practice Administrator at Doctor & Associates. “Then beginning on April 15, 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 Doctor & Associates complements of our practice!! 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 Doctor & Associates. 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.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Connecticut eye care practice with Fairfield County offices in Westport, Norwalk and Wilton that provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center.

To learn more about Doctor & Associates you may visit http://www.doctor-and-associates.com/. To enter the Awful Glasses Contest visit facebook.com/doctorandassociates.

For additional information, contact:
Dorothy Figueroa, Doctor & Associates, 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, dfigueroa@drdrgroup.com, 203-227-4113.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monovision LASIK with Glaucoma Risk

Question: I am 59 years old considering monovision LASIK surgery. My mother has Glaucoma and uses eye drops. I did two separate visual field tests that were inconclusive and my IOP is 15 in each eye. I also occasionally experience dry eye symptoms with my contact lenses. Am I eligible to have LASIK Eye Surgery for the correction of myopia as my eye surgeon said I am a good candidate?


Answer: Having a family history of Glaucoma absolutely predisposes you to developing Glaucoma, so there is good reason to be cautious. If you have normal IOP, normal visual field tests and normal optic nerve health then you are simply at greater risk for but do not have Glaucoma. Now, if you have otherwise healthy eyes including the health of your Cornea, the thickness of your Cornea and adequate quantity and quality of your tears-then you could very well be a good candidate for LASIK. Since you are a contact lens wearer, the best way to determine whether you might do well with Monovision LASIK is to have a trial with Monovision Contact Lens correction in order to see how you adapt to the range of vision and whether this would be suitable for you. If you have not already done this you should scheduledule an appointment with your LASIK Surgeon and request a trial.

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, February 23, 2012

Dry Eye Help for Winter Cold Weather

“Many patients can really benefit from some help for dry eye and problems with dry eyes as these problems can be particularly annoying in the winter cold weather,” remarked Keegan Johnson, M.D., a Fall River Massachusetts Cornea, Cataract & LASIK Surgeon at Center for Sight. “While we have had a pretty mild winter in most of the United States and certainly in New England this year, whenever we do turn up the heat in our homes, at work or in our cars create a great deal of dry air that can impact the surface of the eye leading to dry eye symptoms.”

Dry eyes can be caused by either a deficiency in the quantity or the quality of your tears. The blowing and circulation of dry warm air from heat ducts or heater vents in autos has a considerable effect on your tears. We all want to keep warm in the winter so it’s important to take some steps to prevent your tears from evaporating from the dry winter air we are exposed to that we create in the environment around us. Make sure that air vents and ducts are pointed away from your head and face. Where possible try and install humidifiers at home or in offices to keep the warm air around you at least minimally moist.

“I always review the environmental factors that increase dry eye problems with my patients. In addition, today we have many effective dry eye treatments that offer patients help for their dry eye symptoms. Depending on the severity of their problems, we may recommend specific types of artificial tear eye drops to replace the evaporated tears, we may insert tiny microscopic plugs in the tear ducts to help retain the tears that are already present or we may even prescribe an eye drop called Restasis® that can help patients make more of their own tears,” said Dr. Johnson.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Houston LASIK & Glasses Facebook Contest

“Facebook gives us the opportunity to do something fun for those considering LASIK in Houston so we decided to sponsor an “Awful Glasses LASIK Contest” through our community of Houston LASIK surgery patients and our Facebook fans and their friends,” stated Bernard Milstein, M.D., Cataract & LASIK Surgeon at The Eye Clinic of Texas. “We are quite stringent in our requirements for patient selection of LASIK candidates but we can still have some fun as we help people think about what it would be like to not have to wear glasses to see clearly at distance without them,” remarked Galveston and Houston LASIK Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van.


The Eye Clinic of Texas invites anyone over the age of 21 to participate in their “Awful Glasses Contest” by going to www.facebook.com/ecot.lasik 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 from February 20, 2012 until April 7, 2012,” noted Amy Trittel, Refractive Surgery Coordinator at The Eye Clinic of Texas. “Then beginning on April 8, 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 The Eye Clinic of Texas 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 The Eye Clinic of Texas. 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.

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/. To enter the Awful Glasses Contest visit facebook.com/ecot.lasik.
For additional information, contact:

Amy Trittel, The Eye Clinic of Texas, 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas 77550, atrittel@ecot.com, 1-800-423-3937.

LASIK with Prism in Eyeglasses

Question: I have a question about having LASIK if I have prism in my glasses. When I get tested by my optometrist, he states I need some prism in my glasses. However, I wear contact lenses, and if I wear them daily for 5 days or so, I am very comfortable, and don't see double at all. I am MUCH more comfortable when I wear my contacts, as opposed to my glasses. If I wear my glasses (with prism) for 5 days or so, then put on contacts, I see double for a few days, until my brain or muscles compensate. Am I a candidate for LASIK? Will lasik replicate my experience with my contacts?


Answer: LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism so that it is possible to decrease your dependence or eliminate the need for glasses to see clearly at distance. If you have a muscle imbalance and require prism correction in your eyeglasses, this cannot be achieved by LASIK Surgery. However, if you are able to achieve "image fusion" with contact lenses which also do not have a prism correction then you could very well be a good candidate for LASIK. It would be worthwhile for you to find a top LASIK Surgeon and scheduling a consultation to see if you meet the other important eye health, vision and anatomical criteria for successful LASIK.

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, February 17, 2012

Indiana LASIK & Glasses Facebook Contest


 
“For patients thinking about LASIK in Indiana, sponsoring an “Awful Glasses LASIK Contest” Facebook Contest is a way we can have some fun with our Indiana LASIK surgery patients and our Facebook fans and their friends,” remarked Scott Buck, M.D., Cataract & LASIK Surgeon at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso, IN. “While we take the patient education process and consultation for LASIK pretty seriously, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fun thinking about what it would be like to not have to wear glasses to see clearly at distance without them,” noted Dr. Buck. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center invites anyone over the age of 21 to participate in their “Awful Glasses Contest” by going to www.facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser 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 from February 13, 2012 until March 30, 2012,” noted Kelley Buck, Refractive Surgery Coordinator at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center. “Then beginning on April 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 Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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 Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center. 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.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center is a leading Indiana eye care practice in Valparaiso that provides eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services.

To enter the Awful Glasses Contest visit www.facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser.

For additional information, contact:

Kelley Buck, Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, IN, kelley@drsbuck.com, 219-464-8223.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

LASIK, Motorcycle Safety & Dry Eyes

“This is the time of year we start to see many motorcycle riders who are interested in LASIK,” commented Connecticut LASIK Surgeon & Corneal Specialist Leslie Doctor, M.D. of Doctor & Associates with offices in Fairfield County. “Contact lenses and certainly eyeglasses can be a challenge for both recreational as well as competitive riders-so many consider LASIK about now. As motorcycle lovers start to think about the spring and summer motorcycle riding season, I try to remind them that eye safety and also dry eyes should top the list of things they think about as part of their readiness checklists along with the condition of their gear and bikes.”

“For our Ft. Lauderdale LASIK patients-many of whom are year round motorcycle riders-we alert them to the need for eye protection from the sun, bugs, small rocks and pebbles and especially the wind, which along with the south Florida heat can really contribute to dry eye symptoms,,noted Ft. Lauderdale LASIK Surgeon & Corneal Specialist Ray Gailitis, M.D. of The Center for LASIK in Margate, Florida. “At The Center for LASIK my staff is pretty well attentive to exploring the lifestyle needs and activities of LASIK patients so that we can carefully counsel them in order to get the best results.”

 “Birmingham LASIK patients also tend to be pretty much year round motorcyclists as well. In addition, with the proximity of Michelson Laser Vision to the Barber Motorsports Park we tend to see quite a number of competitive motorcycle riders who are coming into town for American Motorcycle Association Events, especially the AMA Superbike Series,” remarked Marc Michelson, M.D. a Corneal Specialist & Birmingham LASIK Surgeon. “LASIK patients as well as other recreational motorcycle riders sometimes overlook or are just not aware of the potential for eye irritation and motorcycle dry eye caused by the wind, exhaust fumes, pollen and pollution-as well as our Alabama sun and heat.”

For motorcycle riders thinking about LASIK Eye Surgery, now is the time to explore the possibility with top LASIK Surgeons across the United States.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Maine LASIK & Awful Glasses Facebook Contest

“Sponsoring an “Awful Glasses LASIK Contest” resulted from our community of Maine LASIK patients, our Facebook fans and their friends having expressed an interest in sharing some great photos-so we decided it was time to engage them,” stated Clement Berry, Chief Executive Officer of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine. “LASIK is surgery and we are quite conservative and clinically diligent in our approach to LASIK patient care-but it doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way helping people think about what it would be like to not have to wear glasses to see clearly at distance without them,” remarked Ravi Shah, M.D., Maine LASIK, Cornea & Cataract Surgeon at Eyecare Medical Group.


Eyecare Medical Group invites anyone over the age of 21 to participate in their “Awful Glasses Contest” by going to facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup 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 from February 15th until March 31, 2012,” noted Erica Mitchell, Refractive Surgery Coordinator. “Then beginning on April 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 Eyecare Medical Group 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 Eyecare Medical Group. 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.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading Maine eye center in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

To learn more about Eyecare Medical Group visit http://www.eyecaremed.com/. To enter the Awful Glasses Contest visit www.facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup

For additional information, contact:

Kathy Brackett, Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102, kbrackett@eyecaremed.com, 1-888-374-2020

Monday, February 6, 2012

LASIK at 60 Years Old

Question: My friends and I have had LASIK about 13 years ago. We are in our early sixties now and are wondering if LASIK can be repeated to improve our eyesight?


Answer: You may not know and thus do not state the reason for the declining vision in your 60's. The first consideration in whether you can have LASIK again is why you and your fiends might need to. As you enter your 60's the incidence of Cataracts and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) increases considerably and thus needs to be ruled out prior to LASIK. If the decreasing vision is in fact due to increasing nearsightedness, the formation of a Cataract in particular must be ruled out very carefully as this can often present as a need for a change in glasses. Typically, if you had successful LASIK some time ago it would not be expected that your distance vision would decline in your 60's as a result of nearsighted progression-although it could happen. If your eyes are healthy, you have a normal healthy quantity and quality of tears AND your Cornea were thick enough and of the proper shape-and you needed LASIK repeated in your 60's-it would be possible to have it again. It is important for you to schedule a consultation with your LASIK Surgeon to determine all of these factors and have appropriate measurements taken to find out for sure.

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.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

LASIK, Lens Implants & Near Vision

With careful patient selection and application of LASIK as well as Lens Implants for near vision correction for our “baby boomer” population, the potential for “glasses free vision” may be a reality for those seeking vision correction with a comfortable and convenient “no hassle” lifestyle.


“As a Corneal & Refractive Surgeon, patients most often come to see me at the South Texas Eye Institute in San Antonio asking how we can help them become less dependent or even free of glasses and contact lenses. In years past, our patients were mainly seeking help with far or distance vision-today we are doing more and more examinations and consultations for patients needing help with far, near and arm’s length vision,” noted Lisa Martén, M.D. “This is where as a full scope Refractive Surgeon I am able to evaluate all aspects of the patient lifestyle and needs and offer a comprehensive range of solutions that include LASIK-with or with monovision correction, as well as lens implants that can correct their presbyopia related focusing problems.”

“Some of my most rewarding days in the office are when I get to see patients for follow up visits after they have had lens implants for vision correction of combined problems such as farsightedness and presbyopia. Many of these patients we see have previously been told that were not good LASIK candidates-which in fact turns out to be true,” remarked Leslie Doctor, M.D. a Connecticut Eye Surgeon & Cornea Specialist at Doctor & Associates with offices serving Fairfield County in Westport, Wilton and Norwalk. “Seeing the positive results for those who thought there were no options makes for a great day.”