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    Potential Pediatric Vision Problems

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Often, children are misdiagnosed with learning or reading disabilities due to undetected vision problems. To prevent misdiagnosis, look for the following symptoms of poor vision in your child’s reading, writing, and sports performances.

    If your child frequently loses his place while reading; is reluctant to read at all; skips little words, but not big words; and has poor reading comprehension, he may be struggling with vision problems. When it comes to writing, ask if he has difficulty copying off the blackboard, check the spacing of his letters, and check to see if he reverses letters like “b” and “d.” If children are uncoordinated during sports, they may also have vision problems. For more information, watch this video.

    To have your child’s vision evaluated, contact Boston Laser. Our vision correction professionals can examine your child and prescribe any necessary treatment. Call us today at (617) 566-0062.

     

    Tips for Caring for Your Eyes after LASIK

    Last updated 1 year ago

    LASIK is an innovative laser eye surgery that corrects poor vision and usually eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. One of its many benefits is a brief recovery period, allowing many patients to return to work in a matter of days. However, your eyes still need to be responsibly cared for following the LASIK procedure. Here are some tips to ensure a quick, positive recovery from laser eye surgery:

    Relax

    • Although LASIK is a minor outpatient procedure, your body still needs time to fully recover. Don’t attempt daily tasks unless you feel absolutely ready, and don’t forget you’ll need someone to transport you home from the procedure. Adequate rest following LASIK includes resting your eyes, so refrain from watching television, using a computer, or reading for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. Napping is a great way to rest your eyes, especially immediately following LASIK.

    Follow your doctor’s orders

    • Your vision correction professional gives specific directions for a reason: to optimize your healing time and progress. Following your doctor’s orders will ensure proper care of your eyes after LASIK. Visit your doctor as he or she recommends, usually 24 hours after the initial surgery, to appropriately monitor your recovery. Take medications as prescribed, especially any eye drops formulated to assist healing and prevent infection. Always inform your doctor of any discomfort or sensation outside of the normal recovery process.

    Protect your eyes

    • Protecting your eyes after LASIK is one of the most important steps of the recovery process. It’s normal to feel itching, burning, and soreness of the eyes following surgery, but it’s crucial to refrain from rubbing your eyes. Always remember to wear eye protection while you sleep, refrain from playing sports, and put on sunglasses when outside on a sunny day. Avoid using facial creams or makeup until your doctor advises otherwise; taking baths instead of showers is sometimes helpful in preventing eye irritation.

    If you’re interested in eye surgery, contact the experienced team at Boston Laser. For answers to your questions or to schedule an appointment, call (617) 566-0062.

    Important Eye Health Information

    Last updated 2 years 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 Factors Increase the Chance of Developing Glaucoma?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Glaucoma occurs when fluid builds up in the eye and increases pressure. If the disease is treated early using laser eye surgery and other procedures, the risk of vision impairment associated with glaucoma can largely be avoided. Here are some factors you should know about that increase the chance of developing glaucoma:

    Ethnicity

    • Although glaucoma affects many different people from all walks of life, some races are more susceptible to the disease than others. African Americans are much more likely to get the disease than people of European descent and are also more likely to develop glaucoma earlier in life, as compared with other ethnic groups. Asians and Latinos are also at high risk for developing certain types of glaucoma.

    Diabetes

    • People with diabetes are at a high risk for developing glaucoma, since high blood sugar can damage the eyes and cause fluid to build up. Compared with the general population, diabetics are much more likely to develop glaucoma. Diabetics should schedule regular eye exams with their eye doctors in order to prevent serious medical conditions, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, from developing.

    Age

    • As people age, their likelihood of developing eye problems increases. Generally, people who are 60 and over are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma.

    Genetics

    • Like many medical conditions, glaucoma can be passed on through genes. Individuals who have a family history of glaucoma are more likely to develop the disease when compared with the general population. If someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with glaucoma and you have other risk factors for this disease, schedule a wellness exam with your eye doctor.

    As with any other health concern, the best way of preventing or treating glaucoma is to visit an experienced eye doctor early for screening. To learn more about glaucoma treatment and vision correction procedures such as LASIK, visit Boston Laser on the web or call us at (617) 566-0062.

    Watch This Video to Learn More about LASIK Eye Surgery

    Last updated 2 years ago

    LASIK surgery is an effective way to improve vision and eliminate the need to wear glasses or contacts. In addition to being an incredibly safe procedure with few side effects, LASIK surgery can be completed in a matter of minutes.

    This video explores the basics of LASIK eye surgery, including how the procedure uses laser light to repair vision problems. After watching, viewers will understand what LASIK is, have a good overview of the eye conditions the procedure treats, and know what happens during a LASIK operation. 

    Many eye doctors prefer LASIK because the procedure is proven safe and effective. To learn more about LASIK treatment and whether the surgery is right for you, call the experts at Boston Laser at (617) 566-0062.

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