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    Understanding Cataract Surgery

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens, and they drastically affect vision. Cataracts are common in older adults and can occur in one or both eyes. Thankfully, there are several types of eye surgery designed to remove cataracts. To learn more about cataract surgery at Boston Laser, read on.

    The Basics of Cataract Surgery

    • Cataract surgery is a relatively simple form of eye surgery, taking only 15 minutes to perform, and is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. The cataract and the natural lens are broken into several pieces and easily extracted from the eye. An implant is then gently placed in the eye to act as a replacement lens and decrease dependency on glasses in the future. This implant is either accommodative or multifocal, depending on your vision needs. Dr. Melki of Boston Laser performs state-of-the-art cataract surgery using a revolutionary no-stich, no-needle technique.

    Phacoemulsification

    • Phacoemulsification is the process of removing cataracts from the eye. During phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic oscillating probe is inserted into the eye, breaking the natural lens into pieces. Because cataracts cannot be removed from the lens, the lens itself must be replaced. The emulsified sections of the lens are then suctioned from the eye, effectively removing the cataract and correcting vision. Finally, the implant is placed in the eye to help focus light onto the retina. Vision should return quickly after the eye surgery, and recovery will be brief.

    Posterior Capsulotomy

    • Occasionally, a posterior capsulotomy is necessary following traditional cataract surgery. During initial eye surgery, the anterior lens capsule is removed via phacoemulsification to destroy the cataract, and the posterior capsule remains intact. However, for a small percentage of patients, the posterior lens capsule clouds following eye surgery. A posterior capsulotomy is a five-minute laser eye surgery that restores vision to the affected eyes. Recovery is minimal, and any side effects should dissipate in a few days.

    The surgeons at Boston Laser are pioneers in the field of cataract surgery. We also perform state-of-the-art, custom LASIK procedures, cosmetic surgery, and regular eye exams. For more information on our vision correction procedures or our Boston practice, call (617) 566-0062 or visit our website.

    The Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

    Last updated 1 year ago

    LASIK eye surgery is a form of laser vision correction that virtually eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK is one of the most popular eye surgeries in the United States, and for good reason. 

    Many LASIK patients experience near-perfect vision immediately following surgery. LASIK eye surgery also allows patients to discontinue use of corrective eyewear, enjoy new sports such as swimming and skydiving, and explore careers requiring excellent vision, such as law enforcement. Watch this video to hear more about the benefits of LASIK.

    The experienced surgeons at Boston Laser specialize in LASIK surgeries. For more information regarding LASIK or other laser vision correction procedures in Boston, call (617) 566-0062.

    Comparing Getting LASIK to the Continued Use of Prescription Contact Lenses

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There is a commonly held belief that wearing contact lenses is safer than LASIK corrective surgery. However, recent studies have proven this notion wrong; LASIK is incredibly safe, and prolonged contact lens use carries its own risks. Thanks to new scientific developments, laser eye surgery has become a serious competitor of prescription lenses. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing laser vision correction over the continued use of prescription contact lenses:

    Safety

    • In recent years, laser eye surgery has drastically improved. According to recent studies, the risk of prolonged contact lens use is greater than the risk of undergoing LASIK surgery. Users of contact lenses are more likely to violate their doctors’ orders over the years, such as wearing their contacts at night or forgetting to wash their hands prior to insertion. These mistakes can lead to infection and related complications.

    Affordability

    • When you add up the cost of your contact lenses, contact lens solutions, eye appointments, and accessory purchases over the years, the price will likely exceed that of laser eye surgery. Over the course of a decade, you may spend up to six thousand dollars on your contact lenses! LASIK surgery is much more affordable, even state-of-the-art, custom applications of laser eye surgery. If you’re worried about paying a large amount up front for LASIK, fear not. Most practitioners offer financing options, allowing you to pay over time.

    Convenience

    • In order to safely wear contact lenses, you must remove them after a certain number of hours of wear. Wearing your prescription lenses overnight is dangerous and can cause serious infections, irritation, and damage to the eye. Most contact lens wearers also have to supplement these corrective lenses with eyeglasses, which can be expensive and inconvenient to wear. With LASIK surgery, you never have to sacrifice your vision. Permanent laser vision correction allows you to wake up and see clearly, not to mention eliminates the worry of lost, broken, or scratched contact lenses or glasses.

    For more advice concerning contact lenses versus LASIK surgery, call the experts at Boston Laser. Our experienced team offers the most advanced laser eye surgery options in the Boston area. Give us a call today at (617) 566-0062.

    Important Eye Health Information

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Boston Laser is greater Boston’s premier choice for custom, state-of-the-art LASIK eye surgery. We also offer cosmetic surgery, other vision correction procedures, and financing options for your convenience. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (617) 566-0062 or visit our website. For important eye health and vision information, read through the following articles.

    • WebMD reports that LASIK surgery may be safer than wearing contact lenses.
    • If you’ve recently received laser eye surgery, explore this article from LiveStrong.com regarding recovery.
    • If you’re a parent, have your child examined by an ophthalmologist. Studies show that standard kids’ vision tests don’t always catch common eye problems. 

    What to Expect from the Visian ICL Procedure

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you aren’t a candidate for LASIK surgery or are simply seeking alternative options, Visian ICL may be the right choice for you. Visian ICL is a procedure that implants permanent lenses for vision correction; unlike laser eye surgery, this procedure requires no removal of sensitive eye tissue. Read on to learn more about what to expect from the Visian ICL procedure.

    Before Surgery

    • One to two weeks prior to the Visian ICL procedure, your surgeon will ask you to schedule an appointment to prepare your eyes for surgery. During this appointment, your eye doctor will perform a brief laser surgery to create small openings at the corners of the iris. This will allow fluids to circulate around the lens once the implant is put in place. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to ensure your comfort leading up to the appointment.

    The Day of Surgery

    • Visian ICL is an extremely short outpatient surgery, lasting between 15 and 30 minutes. Your vision correction professional will make sure you are comfortable, administer a topical anesthetic, and then begin the procedure. Your custom Visian ICL prescription lens will be inserted through a small incision in the cornea, unfolded over the natural lens, and then gently tucked under the iris to be invisible to you and others. Eye drops are applied to prevent infection and inflammation, and then you are sent home. Those who receive the Visian ICL procedure are not permitted to drive following surgery, so arrange for a loved one to pick you up.

    After Surgery

    • The day following your Visian ICL procedure, you will have another appointment with your vision correction professional. This appointment is to ensure proper internal eye pressure, as well as to review aftercare instructions. Visian ICL has a fairly short recovery period, with some experiencing improved vision as soon as the next day.

    Boston Laser offers Visian ICL procedures to residents of the greater Boston area who are unqualified or uninterested in LASIK surgery but who still desire a permanent vision solution. For your convenience, we offer payment plans for Visian ICL, LASIK, and other procedures. To learn more about Visian ICL, call us at (617) 566-0062 or visit our website.

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