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    Comparing Getting LASIK to the Continued Use of Prescription Contact Lenses

    Last updated 2 years 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 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 to Expect from the Visian ICL Procedure

    Last updated 2 years 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.

    Potential Pediatric Vision Problems

    Last updated 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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