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LASIK for Cataracts?

LASIK for cataractsCataracts are a natural clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye.  Many people with cataracts complain of poor distance vision, which is especially noticeable while driving.

Modern cataract surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis.  Anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort and a sedative may be used to alleviate anxiety.  An incision is made at the edge of the cornea and the cataract is removed.

Following cataract surgery, LASIK surgery can be performed to fine-tune vision.  For example, astigmatism, which is not corrected by cataract surgery, can often be corrected by LASIK surgery.  Cataract patients often consult a LASIK surgeon following cataract surgery to evaluate their options.

If you’d like more information on LASIK after cataract surgery, please call Victoria Eye Centers in Virginia Beach at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Corrective Eye Surgery

Corrective Eye SurgeryCorrective eye surgery, also known as laser eye surgery or refractive surgery, is a surgical procedure that corrects vision problems.  There are different types of correction eye surgeries available to today’s patient.  Two popular procedures are:

LASIK:  LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis.  LASIK eye surgery is used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, and for some types of astigmatism.  It cannot correct all vision problems.  LASIK works by reshaping the cornea by making a flap in the outer layer of the cornea so that the underlying tissue can be accessed.  Numbing drops are used to eliminate pain.  Most patients report a dramatic improvement in vision after undergoing LASIK surgery.

PRK: With PRK, the cornea is reshaped by removing a microscopic amount of tissue from the corneal stroma using a beam of light (laser).  No flap is created.  Recovery time is generally longer with PRK than with LASIK.  However, since there is no flap, there are some benefits to PRK.

For more information about corrective eye surgery, please call Victoria Eye Center in Victoria to schedule a consultation.

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LASIK and Tax Refunds

Paying for LASIKTax refund time is one of the best times of the year for many people.  The extra money often finds its way to purchases for new home furnishings, clothing and….LASIK?   Yes, LASIK.  Why not?

If you have a tax refund coming, LASIK might be a great way to utilize it.  Although financing is typically available for medical and vision correction procedures, cash is even better.  LASIK has become more affordable in recent years but is still a major investment.

To schedule a LASIK consultation or to talk to one of our experts, call Victoria Eye Center in Victoria to schedule an appointment.

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Contacts after LASIK

Contacts after LASIKLASIK and other laser eye procedures have great records for successfully improving vision.  However, it doesn’t always improve vision to the point where prescription corrective lenses are no longer needed.

Wearing contacts after LASIK is sometimes necessary.  While a follow-up procedure or enhancement may be able to solve the problem, it is not always the case. Gas permeable or hybrid lenses may be a good solution for improving vision after LASIK.

LASIK surgery can significantly alter the shape of the cornea, making the fitting of contact lenses post-surgery a bit more challenging.  You’ll want to consult your eye care specialist to be sure you have the right contact lenses for your eyes.  For more information about contacts after LASIK, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria today!

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LASIK for Presbyopia

Closeup portrait of casual style adult man in glasses

Are you over 40 and wear reading glasses?  Chances are you have presbyopia.  Presbyopia is an age-related process where people find they need to hold reading materials at arm’s length in order to read them properly.  You might remember your parents or grandparents doing this and are dismayed that you are finding yourself with the same problem as you age.  Presbyopia, however, is unavoidable though options are available to help correct it.

LASIK for presbyopia is an option that more people are considering as they age.  LASIK in Victoria can be used to create monovision, which many people find beneficial.  This procedure corrects one eye for near vision and leaves one eye strong for distance vision.

Multifocal LASIK, also known as presbyLASIK, is a newer form of LASIK currently being tested and allows for near, intermediate and far vision in each eye.

For more information on treatment options for presbyopia, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK for Farsightedness

LASIK for farsightednessAre you farsighted (see better at a distance) and wondering if LASIK will help?  The answer is yes, in most cases.  LASIK is approved by FDA for treatment for farsightedness.

LASIK is a form of eye surgery that changes the curvature of the cornea with the use of lasers.  By changing the curvature of the eye, you change the way light enters the eye and changes the way your eye focuses.

There is a limit to the actual amount of farsightedness that can be treated by LASIK. The curvature and thickness of your eyes are some of the variables that determine whether or not your vision can be treated with LASIK.

A consultation and pre-operative eye exam with the expert staff at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria can help you decide whether LASIK is the right treatment for you.  For more information on LASIK for farsightedness, please call our office.

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LASIK Surgery Under 18

LASIK under 18The old saying goes that “you’re never too old,” but are you ever too young?  In the case of LASIK surgery, you might be.

Can LASIK surgery be performed on children under the age of 18?  Eyes are still developing all the way up to the age of 21.  Until then, vision continues to change.  Most ophthalmologists are reluctant to perform LASIK surgery on anyone under 18.  In fact, the FDA has not approved LASIK surgery for patients under the age of 18.

Rather than LASIK, parents should seek conventional forms of treatment, such as contact lenses and eyeglasses.  It should be noted, however, that researchers are studying the effects of LASIK on children who suffer from rare vision problems or eye diseases.  It could be that at some point in the future, LASIK will become acceptable for treating people under 18.

If you’d like to know more about LASIK surgery for those under 18, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Wearing Contacts before a LASIK Consultation

Contacts before a LASIK consultationWhat’s the hardest part of having LASIK surgery?  It’s not necessarily the recovery.  A lot of our patients say going without contacts is often the hardest part of LASIK.

Before having a consultation for LASIK surgery, you must not wear your contacts from anywhere between 10 days to a month before surgery, depending on the type of lenses you wear and how long you have been wearing them.  Contact lenses work by changing the shape of your cornea.  Your eyes need time to adjust back to their natural shape prior to a LASIK consultation to ensure the best surgical result possible.

Before scheduling a LASIK consultation, you’ll want to let the staff at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria know what contact lenses you wear.  They will let you know how long you need to go contact-free before you have your procedure.

For more information, please contact us at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK or Laser Eye Surgery: Is There A Difference?

LASIK vs laser eye surgeryLaser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, otherwise known as LASIK, is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser.  A mechanical microkeratome (a blade device) or a laser device is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap and the flap is then folded back, revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced.

LASIK is not the only type of laser eye surgery. PRK is a different type of laser eye surgery.  It utilizes a surface ablation technique to remove the cornea’s outermost layer, rather than creating a flap.

Laser eye surgeries have surged in popularity in the past decades.  Millions of people have undergone laser eye surgery and each year over half a million people in the United States undergo some form of laser eye surgery.

Though laser eye surgeries can eliminate the need for contacts or eyeglasses, not everyone is a candidate for laser eye surgery, whether is it is PRK or LASIK.  To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK or laser eye surgery, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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