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    The Advantages and Disadvantages of LASIK Surgery – Everything you Need to Know!

    Last updated 3 days ago

    We have heard it many times, “Eyes are the windows to our soul”. There are many people who believe this phrase to be true. People's eyes are like the gateway to some door, we give and take vibes and they always speak the truth. If you are to open your eyes and make an eye contact to the other person when communicating, you will see that some people have real truth, there are others that are afraid, while some are intimidated. Also, it is in the eyes where we can see the innocence and truest interests of the people. Our eyes define who we truly are from the inside. It shows the reality of ourselves, unfortunately for us, many haven't genuinely realize and appreciate their importance.

    Out of all our senses, human body uses this sense of sight the most. Vision is an occurring process which includes continuous interaction between the human's nervous system, bran and the eyes. When we look at an object, what we really see is light which the object reflects. Technically speaking, our eyes are well protected since they lie within the bony sockets of our skulls. Meanwhile the eyelids are responsible for protecting the eyes in front. It is a natural defense activity for the eyes to blink at the average of once every six seconds, washing the eyes with salty secretion. However, these protections  are never enough to keep them protected at all times and maintain a healthy vision. When we take them for granted we commonly develop eye problems and diseases.

     

    Common eye conditions and problems by people include myopia in which only nearby objects are distinct. This is also referred to nearsightedness. On contrary, the ability to only distinct far away objects is called farsightedness or hyperopia. Astigmatism is another common problem which is define as a condition when images appear to be blurred regardless if they are near or far. People ages 50 years old often develop eye condition called Aging Eye or presbyopia. In case you are one of those sufferers of any eye conditions mentioned, perhaps you have already been hearing about surgical procedure – LASIK to reduce our dependency on contact lenses and glasses and improve vision. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis that permanently changes the shape of the eye's clear covering – cornea.

    How do you know what's best for your eye condition? In this article you will find an in-depth look into the benefits and some disadvantages of LASIK eye surgery which will surely help you make a more informed choice.

    The Advantages of LASIK Surgery

    1. LASIK is Highly Precise Results to Fewer significant complications

    The technique uses excimer laser, it usually starts with the thin flap's creation. With different techniques available today, LASIK is considered more desirable from the rest because of the procedure's precision and fewer significant complications.

    2. LASIK has Long-Lasting Results.

    The stabilization period usually takes 3 months where the eyes adjust, following this period LASIK result is permanent. Patients would not need to undergo any follow-up procedures unless advice by surgeons due to normal loss of eyesight cause by illness and aging. With modern techniques, it is very much possible that this procedure can last a lifetime.

    3. Fast Results and fast recovery.

    In general, laser treatment through LASIK procedure takes less than one minute per eye. Perhaps, the patient will need to stay for about 60 – 90 minutes in doctr's office after the surgery but you are expected to be comfortable during the procedure. Most patients can see improvements of their natural vision immediately after the process. The next day, patients can see well enough.

    4. No more glasses, no more contacts.

    The technique is designed to improve vision thus there's no need to go out and purchase expensive prescription glasses and contact lenses. Take them off and go for your new look and style that you ever wanted. 

    5. Develop Higher Self-Esteem, Improves Social Life

    After the surgery, wearing glasses and contact lenses will not be in your daily routine anymore. There have been many patients who claimed that they now feel more confident with their selves and have better career opportunities. There are some who even decided to take up new hobbies and engage in sports which they once felt restricted to do when wearing glasses and lenses. As they become confident with themselves, they have learned to do more activities and relate to more and more people improving their social lives.

    The Potential Risks Associated with LASIK Surgery

    1. Dry Eye Syndrome

    Following the surgery, the eyes may not be able to produce enough tears to make it comfortable and moist. Intensive drop therapy may be needed to reduce the discomfort.

    2. Not Reversible

    We have to understand that the procedure is done in the most sensitive part of our eyes. Therefore this procedure is not reversible.

    3. Decrease in Sharpness and Contrast Sensitivity

    Clients may experience difficulty in situations of low contrast, example at night. Even with good vision during the vision test, objects may have the tendency to appear fuzzy.

    LASIK surgery has been an affective procedures wherein most people are satisfied with their visions after undergoing the procedures. However, just like everything, getting a surgery does come with some risks. The risks associated are typically explained thoroughly by surgeons before the procedures, this should be the “informed consent” process.

    The key to improve your sight and maintaining good vision always come with proper self preparation for the LASIK eye surgery. It is highly advise the you will meet an adviser who can discuss all the important details during and after the surgery. At your meeting during the surgeon, your eye conditions will be carefully checked, evaluated and tested. It is also very important that your medical history will be reviewed by your surgeon prior to performing the surgery. Most importantly, you should ask further questions which you may have. Afterwards, you could book and appointment for your procedure.

    Remember our eyes are essential organs of our body. We should never take them for granted!

    How to Prepare for LASIK Surgery

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Choosing to undergo a LASIK eye surgery can be one of the best investments you could ever make in yourself. Not only will it help restore your eye sight to its optimal levels but you will have the great peace of mind that you no longer will need to deal with contacts, fuzzy vision or glasses until the unforeseen future. This can give you a boost in confidence in addition to allow you to finally be able to experience good eyesight again, which can do wonders for you and other senses you have.

     

    More than likely you have a plethora of different feelings and emotions going through your body preparing for your LASIK surgery. This can include excitement, anxiety, anxiousness and nervousness, to just name a few common emotions. These emotions cannot only last the entirety of the preparation but they can encourage the way the surgery and recovery outcome as well.  So making sure that you stay calm and your emotions are controllable is a very important part of the preparation process.

    There are several others ways to prepare for your LASIK eye surgery. Some things you may have already thought of and other ways you may have overlooked previously. It is very common to feel overwhelmed before surgery and have a lack of focus. But taking a look at the different ways we suggest for you to prepare for your LASIK surgery can easily change this.

    Here are several ways how to prepare for LASIK eye surgery:

    • Stop wearing contact lenses – If you have prescribed contact lenses and wear them on a daily basis or occasionally it is time to stop wearing them and switch to your glasses full time. Typically a good time to switch to glasses is between two to four weeks before the procedure. The reason you need to stop wearing them is because contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea. If your cornea becomes distorted due to the contact lenses it may lead to inaccurate measurements. No matter your specific situation, your doctor will give you guidelines about glasses and contact lenses prior to the procedure.

      Another reason to stop wearing contact lenses is so you can begin to get use to not having any contacts or glasses. If you highly rely on your contacts, it may be a shocker after the procedures to have your eyes free once again. Many people become very comfortable with their contacts lenses in and feel uncomfortable when they are not in. Taking them off will allow you to begin to get used to it and have it become a regular and comfortable feeling again.
       
    • Stop wearing eye make-up – All eye make-ups including creams, perfumes, lotions or powders should not be used 2-3 days prior to your surgery. This will help prevent any debris going into the eyes from your eyelashes or lids, which can minimize infection and help recovery time. More than likely your doctor will instruct you to clean your eyelashes and lids daily prior to your procedure. Eye make-up is also known to make eyelids and eyeballs become swollen and puffy which can distort the actual size of your cornea. This can be a problem when it comes to making measurements for the procedure and can have a poor surgical outcome.
       
    • Arrange a ride home after surgery  - Immediately after the surgery you may still feel the effects of the medicine that was given to you before your surgery. Some common side effects include grogginess and dizziness, which is not a state that you should be in while driving. Many patients’ also may have blurred vision after surgery. Both the medication and the blurred vision will not allow you to drive obviously but another reason why you would want a driver is so you have someone to look after you during the first part of your recovery. You may need assistance with different tasks once you get home and may need a hand to get to and from the car.
       
    • Understand the cost of LASIK surgery – This procedure is commonly considered an elective surgery, meaning that most insurance companies will not cover the cost of the surgery since having the surgery is a choice and not a necessity. Budgeting adequate amount of money to pay for the expenses out of pocket will need to be addressed.  Although it is always nice to pay cash for such a large expenses, more than likely your surgery center offers some type of financing that you may apply for. There are also many banks that offer financing for procedures such as LASIK and are often easy to be approved.
       
    • Avoid antihistamines or other drugs than can cause dryness of the eyes – Many times individuals use an antihistamine on a daily basis for allergy problems. Using them the day of your procedure may make your eyes dry out and can cause a problem during the surgery. Make sure if you do regularly take antihistamines that you consult with your doctor about alternatives or if it will be ok for you to still take it. Other than drugs that dry eyes out their typically are not any other restrictions for eating, drinking or medications the day of the procedure.
       
    • Wear comfortable clothes  - Although the surgery is fairly quick and only lasts about 10 minutes per eye, you may still be at the surgery center up to two hours. Make sure to wear relaxing clothes so you are not uncomfortable during and after the procedure at the surgery center. In addition to comfortable clothes, make sure not to where anything such as things in your hair that may interfere with the position of your head during surgery.
       
    • Eat a light meal before – Although it is a quick procedure it is important that you have something in your stomach. Sometimes people may feel queasy or uneasy after taking the medication and having food in your stomach may help from not experiences worse side effects. Also being in a doctor’s office for a couple hours you may begin to feel hungry, so make sure to eat before so you can hold off until your next meal.
       
    • Don’t forget to take time off – Most people it takes a few days for their eyes to heal and be able to be back to normal (or even better with your new eye sight!) so make sure to take that adequate time you need. Depending on your circumstances and specific situation, your doctor will write you a doctor’s order and can consult with your job to make sure that you can heal properly.

    Relaxing is the most important thing that you can do to prepare for your procedure. It is normal to feel anxiety and become anxious before your surgery. Ask your doctor any questions you may have and they will make sure that you are comfortable for the procedure. Having LASIK surgery is one of the most exciting surgeries that we as humans can undergo because it can enhance one of our most important senses. Preparation is key in order to have a successful procedure, so make sure to take all of our tips into consideration and get ready for a wonderful new you.

    Basic Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Just as your body depends on a good diet, exercise, and treatment from your family physician to stay healthy, so too does your eye health benefit from constant care. The best way to keep your vision at its peak is to schedule frequent appointments with a vision specialist who can examine your eyes for any abnormalities. Here are four more tips for protecting your eyesight:

    Use Protective Eyewear

    • One of the easiest ways to protect your vision is to wear sunglasses while outside, even in the wintertime. Most eye doctors recommend that patients wear glasses that block out at least 99% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Another feature to look for is wrap-around sides that protect peripheral vision. If you play sports, you should also wear protective goggles or glasses.

    Say Goodbye to Cigarettes

    • While you may know that smoking comes with a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, and cancer, you may not know that smoking also increases your chances for developing eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. So say goodbye to this bad habit and say hello to healthier eyes.

    Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

    • Another simple way to protect your eyesight is to eat a healthy diet each day, consisting of vegetables, citrus, and lean proteins. Many vision specialists encourage their patients to choose vitamin-rich items like kale, spinach, salmon, eggs, nuts, and oranges when filling their grocery carts each week.

    Take Frequent Breaks When Working on a Computer

    • Those who work on a computer know how taxing looking at a screen for a long period can be on their eyesight. If you spend several hours each day on a computer, be sure to follow the 20-20-20 rule, which encourages you to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

    For more helpful insight into protecting your vision, speak to your doctor here at Boston Laser. Our caring and knowledgeable professionals have years of experience helping patients establish good habits that will ensure the health of their eyes. To learn more about our laser eye surgery services, call us at (617) 566-0062. 

    Get The Facts About Today's Vision Correction Procedures

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Here at Boston Laser, our caring staff has years of experience treating a range of eye diseases and conditions, with a commitment to patient health and comfort. If you’d like to learn more about eye health, common eye disorders, and corrective procedures available to you, be sure to check out the resources below. To speak with one of our staff about the possibilities for LASIK or other procedures, call us today at (617) 566-0062. 

    • Could you be at risk for developing macular degeneration? Find out who is more likely to develop this retinal condition by reading this article from WebMD.
    • This article from Medscape Reference offers valuable information on retinal artery occlusion and can help you understand the importance of detecting this condition early.
    • If you spend a significant amount of your day working on the computer, read this article from Everyday Health on how to protect your sight.

    Understanding Cataract Surgery

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A staggering 20 million Americans are living with cataracts today. Fortunately for cataract sufferers, there is an effective surgical solution that can eliminate cataracts and successfully restore both near and distance vision, as this news clip explains. 

    An implantable lens, or intraocular lens, is placed into the eye after the natural lens and the cataract are removed. This implantable lens is carefully unfolded during the procedure and stays in place permanently; most cataract surgeries require only 10 to 15 minutes to be performed. Many patients who have undergone this advanced treatment no longer need to wear glasses, except for reading.

    To learn more about cataract surgery, contact Boston Laser. If you have cataracts and would like to discuss your treatment options with an experienced vision specialist, call us today at (617) 566-0062.

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