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    Understanding Cataract Surgery

    Last updated 2 years 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.

    Does Your Computer Affect Your Vision?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you’re like most Americans, your everyday activities include reading, working, browsing the internet, and playing games on your computer several hours each day. Unfortunately, this constant focus on a computer screen could come at the expense of your vision. As your eye doctor will attest, your computer may be negatively affecting your vision:

    You Feel Drowsy After a Short Period of Computer Use

    • For many adults who grew up using paper documents to correspond, read, and work, making the switch to widespread computer use can cause focusing problems, which lead to drowsiness and fatigue. To counter these symptoms, adults should take frequent pauses every 20 minutes to look away from the screen and focus on an object approximately 20 feet away, giving their eyes a deserved break.

    You Develop Headaches and Double Vision

    • If you begin experiencing headaches, sore eyes, or double vision, it’s possible that you’ve developed Computer Vision Syndrome. This syndrome can eventually lead to hyperopia, myopia, dry eyes, and astigmatism. Your laser vision correction physician can help you determine any underlying conditions that may be exacerbating your computer-related eyestrain before discussing treatment options.

    Your Office’s Ergonomics Lead to Eyestrain

    • One of the most common causes of computer-related vision problems is faulty ergonomics. If you work on a computer frequently, make sure it is placed directly in front of your line of sight and is lit from above in a manner that reduces glare. After adjusting your position to accommodate your sight, discuss the possible necessity for prescription eyewear and corrective treatments with your LASIK surgeon.

    The skilled surgeons here at Boston Laser have helped thousands of Boston-area clients improve their vision. From Computer Vision Syndrome to Coats’ disease, any number of vision problems can be evaluated and treated by our professional team. To find out how we could help you regain your sight, call us today at (617) 566-0062. 

    What Are the Most Common Retinal Disorders?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    For those suffering from vision problems, eye surgery often offers a promising means of improving their sight, their health, and their overall quality of life. Eye surgeons can use their skills to treat a variety of major eye disorders that inhibit vision and create discomfort. Here is a look at some of the most common retinal disorders, all of which should be professionally evaluated as soon as symptoms develop:

    Macular Degeneration

    • Macular degeneration is an age-related eye disease characterized by vision loss in the center of the line of sight, within an area of the retina known as the “macula.” Although the cause of this common retinal disorder is not exactly known, those who are obese, smoke, or have a history of macular degeneration in their family are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

    Retinal Artery Occlusion

    • Just like other organs in the body, the eyeballs are supplied with blood via a major artery known as the retinal artery. When this artery becomes blocked, the health of the eye’s cells is compromised and a person’s vision can begin to rapidly decline. An eye surgeon and general physician can assess risk factors that could lead to this condition, which include cardiovascular disease and ocular problems.

    Retinal Detachment

    • Retinal detachment is the physical disconnection of the retina from its surrounding tissue. Early signs of retinal detachment include blurred peripheral vision, floaters, and perceived flashes of light. The retina may detach due to injury or changes to the eye’s inner vitreous; patients with severe nearsightedness are especially prone to retinal detachment.

    If you’re experiencing problems with your vision, be sure to speak with your specialist here at Boston Laser. Our surgeons are experienced in assessing and treating a variety of common and even rare retinal disorders. To learn more about our services, be sure to visit us online or call (617) 566-0062 today.

    What You Need to Know About Floaters, Flashes, and Retinal Detachments

    Last updated 2 years ago

    To understand many bothersome, and potentially threatening, eye conditions such as floaters, flashes, and retinal detachment, it helps to have a basic understanding of the eye’s anatomy. Watch this helpful video that illustrates how the eye is structured and why floaters and flashes occur.

    The retina is the light-sensitive tissue of the inner eye that perceives an image based on light focused from the cornea and lens. The gel that lies between the retina and lens is called the vitreous. When this gel thickens or shrinks over time, it can cause tears and bleeding in the eye, which result in floaters appearing. Another cause for floaters and light flashes include trauma, migraines, and retinal detachment. Detachment of the retina is a serious cause for concern and should be immediately addressed by your doctor.

    To learn more about these and other treatable eye conditions, be sure to contact Boston Laser at (617) 566-0062. Let us be your choice for today’s state-of-the-art LASIK procedures.

    A Complete Overview of the CustomVue LASIK Procedure

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Over the last decade, millions of Americans have discovered the benefits that laser eye surgery can bring to their vision. Using advanced FDA-approved devices such as the CustomVue, LASIK surgeons can offer precise and accurate results for patients with vision problems, including refractive errors. Here is a complete overview of the CustomVue LASIK procedure:

    Analyze the Condition of the Eye

    • The first step in treating the eye with CustomVue technology is to scan the eye to determine the extent of its imperfections. CustomVue is able to perform this analysis 25 times more accurately than standard LASIK technology, which means the patient will receive more precise treatment and better results.

    Create an Effective Treatment Plan

    • After a laser vision correction surgeon has used the CustomVue device to scan the eye, he or she will transfer the results to another component of the system that will guide tailored treatment of the individual’s eye. This data is paired with the VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser, the surgeon’s main tool during the procedure.

    Reshape the Cornea to Treat Refractive Errors

    • Using the VISX Star S4 IR, the eye surgeon will then begin the process of reshaping the cornea in order to correct such refractive errors as myopia and astigmatism. Because of its precise measurements, CustomVue LASIK is able to correct even the most severely misshapen corneas.

    Guide Patient through Successful Recovery

    • After the CustomVue LASIK procedure is completed, the medical team will help ensure a smooth recovery for patients. Those recovering can expect to see halos or ghost images and have itchy or dry eyes. Once these possible side effects subside, patients will enjoy improved sight and a reduced dependency on glasses.

    If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for the CustomVue LASIK procedure, contact Boston Laser. Each of our skilled surgeons is experienced in using the most advanced technology to help clients achieve more perfect vision. Call us at (617) 566-0062 to set up your LASIK consultation today. 

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