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LASIK Candidate

LASIK CandidateIf you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is right for you. LASIK eye surgery may dramatically improve your life and the way you see it. Your candidacy depends on a comprehensive vision exam by an experienced eye doctor to determine your personal visual needs and if LASIK is a good fit for you.  LASIK laser eye surgery can correct such eye problems as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.  After your eye evaluation in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis will discuss the different laser vision options and discover which would benefit your current condition and lifestyle best.

Before going to your LASIK eye surgery evaluation there are some general criteria that can guide you in deciding if this is the right procedure for you. To have laser eye surgery you should have good eye health, be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the LASIK procedure.

Below are some eligibility requirements for LASIK candidates.

LASIK Candidates Should Have Good Eye Health:

  • Your eye prescription should fall within certain prescription limits.
  • You should have no eye disease, including keratoconus, uncontrolled glaucoma, severe cataracts, corneal disease or certain retinal and optic nerve diseases.
  • You should have no residual or active eye conditions including optic neuritis, ocular herpes, some cases of amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (muscle imbalance).
  • You should have no current or recurring infections.

LASIK Candidates Should Have Overall Good Health:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • To be a good candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery, you should not have any autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
  • If you have diabetes it must be well managed and under good control with no diabetic retinopathy.
  • Certain health conditions may require medications that can slow or prevent healing. You should tell your surgeon about all the medications you are taking and have taken in the last year.
  • You cannot be pregnant or nursing, or plan to become pregnant in the next 6 months following surgery. If nursing and considering LASIK laser eye surgery, you should wait at least 3 months after you’ve stopped. Hormonal fluctuations can affect vision stability.

Considerations and Expectations:

In preparation for a LASIK procedure, you will not be able to wear contact lenses for an extended period of time before the surgery due to contacts temporarily altering the shape of your corneas. This amount of time will be determined by Dr. Boozalis. This is a very important LASIK surgery requirement.  By discontinuing the wearing of your contacts and allowing the shape of your corneas to go back to their natural state, your LASIK scan can accurately determine your specific eye dimensions.  This will ensure the laser is programmed to reflect your true visual state and allow the surgery to be its most effective.

It’s important that you are committed to following the LASIK post-operative instructions from Dr. Boozalis, including:

  • Resting your eyes immediately following surgery.
  • Using prescribed and non-prescribed eye drops to continue the lubrication of your eyes after surgery.
  • Follow-up visits to check on progression of your eye healing and health.
  • Restriction on some activities that could impair the healing processes (such as swimming).

You must be comfortable knowing that while in many cases LASIK surgery eliminates the need for contacts and glasses, results can vary depending on the individual.

Victoria Eye Center offers a free, no-obligation LASIK evaluation. Contact us today at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to see if you are a good candidate or to find out even more about LASIK eye surgery.

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Monovision LASIK

Monovision LASIKMonovison LASIK is a specialized technique in LASIK surgery to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses.

Typical LASIK surgery can correct nearsightedness, but many patients find they still needed to purchase reading glasses as they age. This has changed thanks to modern technology. In Victoria Dr. Boozalis uses the latest customized LASIK techniques to correct your distance vision problems while improving your focus on close objects as well.

As we age we gradually lose the ability to accommodate  (focus) the lens of our eye. When the ability to accommodate is lost, it means that the eyes cannot adjust or focus images at different distances. Therefore, different glasses, at different focal lengths, are required for distance and near vision. People may find that if they can see well at distance, they now require glasses to read and vice versa. This problem is called Presbyopia and this may be corrected with monovision. Monovision corrects one eye for distance and one eye for near vision.

How Monovision LASIK Works

Monovision LASIK can correct nearsighted or myopic problems in the dominant eye, and then only a portion of the nearsightedness in the other eye. This enables the patient to see distant things clearly by using the fully corrected eye, and close objects with the partially corrected eye. While this may seem unusual, the brain is able to adapt to the different ways each eye sees, producing a better outcome for the patient.

If you plan to try the new procedure, keep in mind you will need to wear monovision lenses first for a period of time to see if your body will tolerate having one fully corrected and one partly corrected eye. If you tolerate this well, you may be a good candidate for monovision LASIK surgery.

The best way to determine if monovision might work for you is to contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com so we can set you up with a free LASIK consultation.

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Cataracts After LASIK

A cataract means the normally clear lens within the eye has become cloudy.

A cataract means the normally clear lens within the eye has become cloudy.

Cataracts will eventually develop in most people, including those who have had LASIK. Patients with signs of cataracts before LASIK should consider not having LASIK because vision may be better corrected with the intraocular lens used for cataract surgery.

How are Cataracts Developed?

Cataracts are a natural clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. Since the eye works much like a camera, a cataract, much like a clouded lens, causes blurring or dimming of vision. The development of cataracts in the eye is a very common occurrence in patients who are 60+ years of age.

Most often cataracts are an inevitable consequence of aging and cannot be prevented. Less common causes of cataracts are trauma, medications, extensive exposure to sunlight and other eye diseases as well as heredity.

Many cataract patients complain of poor distance vision, especially while driving. Glare can be especially troublesome while driving at night. Cataracts can also be responsible for double vision or altered color vision. Cataracts do not cause pain, tearing, redness or floaters.

Understanding How it Works

To understand why cataract surgery is possible after you have had LASIK surgery, it is helpful to know some basics about the eye. LASIK surgery is performed on the cornea — the dome-shaped transparent tissue at the front of the eye. Think of the cornea as your eye’s front window. During LASIK surgery in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis uses a laser to reshape the cornea so it will bend, or refract, light rays to focus more precisely on your retina — the light-sensitive membrane on the back inside wall of your eyeball — rather than at some point beyond or in front of your retina. The result is clearer vision.

Cataract surgery, on the other hand, is performed on the natural lens inside your eye. The lens, where a cataract forms, is positioned just behind the colored part of your eye, called the iris. The lens focuses light that passes into your eye, producing clear, sharp images on the retina. Normally, the eye’s lens is transparent and clear. When the lens becomes cloudy, it is called a cataract. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a plastic lens implant. The replacement lens sits in the same place as your natural lens and becomes part of your eye.

The artificial lens placed during cataract surgery is designed to provide vision correction to replace eyeglasses as well as the removed cataract. For people who have not had LASIK or other types of corneal refractive surgery, vision correction with cataract surgery is usually straightforward, and the outcome is quite predictable. In Victoria, Dr. Boozalis takes measurements of the eye before surgery to help determine the correct lens power to implant. After cataract surgery, many people have clear distance vision without glasses, although most still need glasses for close-up work or reading.

For people who have had LASIK surgery, providing the appropriate lens implant for cataract surgery takes additional calculations to determine the correct lens power. In addition to taking measurements of the eye, Dr. Boozalis also needs an accurate record of your prescription before and after LASIK surgery, as well as an accurate measurement of the curvature of your cornea before LASIK. The records from your LASIK surgery should contain this information.

To schedule an eye examination, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com, and discuss your options for optimal vision.

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Benefits of LASIK

Benefits of LASIKLASIK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for the average eyeglass wearer. If you’ve been wearing eyeglasses for a long time, consider a few of the benefits of LASIK listed below.

  1. Improved Vision: The primary LASIK benefit is that 95%of patients who undergo the procedure achieve 20/40 vision, the vast majority of those achieving 20/20 vision or better. Although each patient is different, the statistics show that a significant number of those who undergo LASIK surgery significantly improve their vision.
  1. Long-lasting Results: Following a stabilization period of about 3 months for the eye to adjust, LASIK results are expected to be permanent. Some patients will need reading glasses as they age due to normal vision changes that occur in the aging process, as LASIK surgery does not correct those types of issues.
  1. Quick Recovery: Another LASIK benefit is the quick recovery after the procedure. Patients cannot drive immediately after LASIK surgery, but most patients return to their normal schedules as soon as the day after the procedure.
  1. Safe and Quick Procedure: LASIK surgery is performed quickly, and because the skilled surgeons at Victoria Eye Center use blade-free methods, which they have found to be more accurate, the procedure is considered by many to be one of the safest surgeries performed today. The entire procedure takes just a matter of minutes, making this another LASIK benefit.
  1. Money Saving: One LASIK benefit that is often not considered is that the procedure saves money in the long run. Contacts and glasses usually need to be replaced annually. The total spent for corrective lenses can reach into the tens of thousands during a patient’s lifetime.  LASIK has become more affordable over the last decade, as new technologies are developed, making it more economical to invest in LASIK surgery than to continue to expend money for new glasses or contacts each year.
  1. Life Changing: Many Victoria Eye Center patients say that the best LASIK benefit is the life change it creates for them. Patients often say they gain confidence and many indicate they are able to participate in many recreational activities they were unable to do before because of their need for glasses or contacts.

If you have questions about LASIK eye surgery contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com for more information and to determine if you’re a good candidate for eye surgery.

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LASIK Recovery

LASIK RecoveryLASIK surgery is one of the most popular forms of vision correction. Recovery from LASIK can vary from person to person, however most people see 20/20 the next morning after their LASIK procedure. Although the patient’s vision is usually very good, that does not mean that healing is complete. It is common for healing to go on for weeks to months after the procedure. During this healing period, most patients can go about their usual work and recreational activities. After a LASIK procedure there is customarily 3-4 follow-up visits over the first year. Immediately after LASIK surgery, patients should expect to experience discomfort, tearing and blurry vision. Additionally, there will be some restrictions on the patient’s activities for a period of time after the procedure. Understanding the recovery process will help a patient avoid making mistakes which can be detrimental to the recovery process or otherwise put the patient and their vision at risk.

Post-Operative Care

After surgery, you should lie down, relax and close your eyes. Watching television, reading or operating a computer should be avoided for the first 24 hours. The surgery recovery process requires your eyes to remain relaxed. To help with any pain or discomfort, medications may be prescribed following treatment; alternatively, you may be able to use over-the-counter pain medications to help alleviate irritation.

Do not rub your eyes. Some patients report a mild burning sensation two to four hours into recovery as the anesthetic wears off. The sensation resembles wearing an itchy or dirty contact lens.

To Ensure a Quick Healing Process:

  • Wear sunglasses after surgery, rain or shine.
  • Take baths instead of showers for the first 24 hours after surgery and be careful not to allow the shower to spray directly into your face for the first week.
  • Use a face cloth and be careful not to rub your eyes.
  • Avoid eye makeup and smoky or dusty environments for a week.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption for 48 hours after surgery.

Your surgeon or ophthalmologist will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your results and potential problems such as epithelial growth. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any complications.

It’s important that you follow your doctor’s advice and instructions on protecting your eyes after LASIK – even though your eyes may feel fine the first couple days after surgery.

Long-Term Healing

If a patient experiences any side effects from LASIK (such as dry eyes or halos at night) for several weeks after surgery as the eyes are healing, those symptoms usually go away once healing is complete. During this time period, patients will have several check-ups with their LASIK surgeon to ensure that the recovery is proceeding smoothly.

If you are considering LASIK in Victoria, contact your local LASIK experts at Victoria Eye Center. They offer a free LASIK Consultation to help you learn more about this amazing procedure and learn about your own unique vision. LASIK might just be the right procedure for you.

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How Long Does Cataract Surgery Take?

How Long Does Cataract Surgery TakeAs a person ages, their eye’s natural lens can become cloudy, gradually losing its normal transparency.  This is called a cataract.  Without cataract surgery, the cloudiness can become so bad that it can lead to blindness.

Surgery to correct a cataract usually takes under an hour, and typically takes at most 30 to 45 minutes.   Cataract surgeries, for the most part, are done using anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye.  While some people may be anxious about work being performed on their eye, a sedative can be used to induce a sense of relaxation.  Recovery is usually fairly quick and most patients are satisfied with the procedure.

Cataracts cannot be reversed with medications.  Surgery is the treatment of choice.  The cataract experts at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria can discuss your surgical options.  Please call our office for more information.

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Are You a LASIK Candidate?

Candidate for LASIKLASIK is refractive eye surgery performed to correct or improve vision.  During LASIK, a trained eye surgeon from Victoria Eye Center in Victoria creates a flap in the cornea.  A laser is then used to reshape the cornea, which corrects most vision problems.

For people with moderate vision problems who also have a good health history, LASIK can be a great way to correct eye problems.  LASIK can be used for:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Some forms of astigmatism

Your ophthalmologist can determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK.  Some people with health problems, dry eyes, diabetes or other conditions may not necessarily be a candidate.

Call us to schedule a LASIK consultation.  Be sure to bring your health history and list of all medications.

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Types of Cataracts

Causes of CataractsThere are three main types of cataracts.  These three are:

  • Subcapsular cataract. This type of cataract occurs at the back of the eye’s natural lens.  Those most at risk for this type of cataract includes people who suffer from diabetes or take high doses of steroid medications.
  • Nuclear cataracts form deep within the nucleus of the lens (the central area of the lens). Senior citizens commonly have nuclear cataracts and they are most associated with aging.
  • A cortical cataract occurs in the lens cortex. This is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.  This type of cataract is identified by its white opacities that form in the periphery and move to the central vision area.

For more information about cataracts, or to find out if you may be at risk for cataracts or if you are a candidate for laser cataract surgery, please call Victoria Eye Center in Victoria to schedule a cataract surgery consultation.

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LASIK Eye Treatment

LASIK Eye TreatmentsLASIK, otherwise known as laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a very popular procedure for correcting vision problems and is performed across the United States and around the globe.

Laser vision correction works by reshaping the cornea to produce better vision results.  By reshaping the cornea, light traveling through it is properly focused on the retina. Across the world, millions of people undergo laser eye correction each year.

With the use of numbing drops, very little or no pain is experienced by the patient.  According to most LASIK professionals, approximately 96% of LASIK patients achieve improved vision through LASIK.

Possible side effects, including dry eye, glare and halos, are addressed during pre-surgical LASIK consultations.  Although not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, most people needing vision correction are good candidates for this procedure.

If you would like to learn more about LASIK eye treatments, please call Victoria Eye Center in Victoria to schedule a consultation.

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Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?

LASIK and AstigmatismAstigmatism is an eye condition where the eye is irregularly shaped, looking like a football in shape instead of being round as an eye should be.  The astigmatism causes distortion of light rays and interferes with vision.

At one point, astigmatism was difficult to treat through laser eye surgery.  With today’s modern LASIK procedures, nothing could be farther from the truth.  Most people with astigmatism are candidates for LASIK.  Only those with keratoconus, a deformity that causes a bulge in the cornea, and those with some other eye conditions like dry eyes, are not candidates for LASIK.

Most people with astigmatism have great results from LASIK.  If you are interested in LASIK to fix your astigmatism, please call the experts at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria to schedule a consultation.

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