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Can LASIK Eliminate the Need for Reading Glasses?

Reading Glasses or LASIKThe answer to this question is “yes” and “no.”

LASIK vision correction in Victoria is typically performed to correct a refractive error that has been present since childhood or acquired later in life:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness), which results in blurry distance vision
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness), which results in blurry up-close vision
  • Astigmatism, which results in blurry vision at all distances

Once adults hit their 40s, a different condition called presbyopia can begin to affect up-close vision. Presbyopia occurs as the eye lenses begin to lose flexibility, making it difficult to focus on things close-up. Over-the-counter reading glasses in Victoria are available in various strengths to help accommodate for this change in vision.

LASIK does not correct presbyopia. During a LASIK procedure, the cornea is slightly reshaped to allow light to properly focus on the retina (the back of the eye) to achieve clear vision. Because presbyopia is not caused by the shape of the cornea, LASIK in its basic form does not correct this vision condition.

However, there is a loophole!

Monovision LASIK in Victoria can be performed to provide clear distance vision in one eye and clear up-close vision in the other, affording clear vision at all distances. This technique can take some time to adjust to, so trial contact lenses may be prescribed before you have the procedure.

So if you don’t want to feel embarrassed about wearing your glasses to read…or feel like your grandmother with your reading glasses…you may want to consider monovision LASIK or other forms of vision correction. Contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation to discuss the options. Call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your appointment online.

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LASIK Healing Time

LASIK Healing timeOne of the great advantages of LASIK eye surgery is the quick healing time. Once the procedure is complete, you will typically notice an immediate improvement in vision.  This changes within an hour or so, as your eye begins to heal and your vision becomes blurry.

Although you should have little to no immediate discomfort, as time goes on you may notice some itchiness or scratchiness, as your eye heals.  Your doctor can prescribe eye drops to help with this and to reduce dryness, since your eyes may feel dry for a few days or a few weeks.  Although every procedure has risks, most patients report a high level of satisfaction with their LASIK procedure.

It is important that you do not rub your eyes while your eyes are healing from you LASIK procedure.  Your eye surgeon will tell you when you can resume normal activities and what symptoms or problems you should watch for.  Your follow up appointment is a great time to ask any questions about your activity level or any problems you may be having.  For more information about healing and recovery time from LASIK, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Beeville today.

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Eye Surgery for Farsightedness

LASIK for farsightednessTired of wearing contacts lenses or eyeglasses for your farsightedness?  Have you considered LASIK eye surgery for farsightedness?

Eye surgery for farsightedness continues to grow in popularity and is a frequently requested procedure.  LASIK reshapes the cornea and changes the way light rays enter your eye, allowing your eye to focus differently.  LASIK is typically a very effective treatment for farsightedness, though it is also good for nearsightedness and for some forms of astigmatism.

Some doctors utilize a “monovision” treatment plan for LASIK when treating farsightedness.  This means one eye is corrected for distance vision and one eye is corrected for near vision.

LASIK surgery is not without risk, although most patients report few complications.  Side effects can include over-corrections or under-correction (sometimes requiring a second adjustment), difficulty with night driving, infection and other complications.  Your doctor will discuss your risks, recovery and LASIK options during your consultation.

For more information about eye surgery for farsightedness, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Dangers of Improper Contact Lens Care

Get Rid of ContactsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report showing there are almost one million doctor visits in the United States every year for eye infections due to improper contact lens care.

It is estimated that 38 million Americans wear contact lenses. While contacts in Victoria Eye Center can provide improved vision for people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, you must follow proper hygiene steps to avoid eye infections.

Keratitis is the condition that can occur with poor contact lens care. It occurs when the cornea becomes infected with fungi, bacteria or other microbes, leading to pain, inflammation, scarring and vision disturbances…even blindness.

Avoid Eye Infections with Proper Contact Lens Care

If you don’t wear or care for your contacts properly, your risk of Victoria eye infection (keratitis) increases. Here are some tips to follow when using contacts:

  • Always have super clean hands before touching contacts in or out of your eyes
  • Never clean contacts with tap water or saliva – there are millions of bacteria in your mouth and tap water can be teeming with bacteria and microorganisms that can lead to serious infections
  • Use a fresh batch of the proper disinfecting solution every time – certain types of bacteria can live in cleaning solution for over 4 hours
  • Clean and dry your contact lens case with the proper solution after each use; replace the case every 3 months
  • Do not sleep in contact lenses unless approved by your doctor
  • Do not swim or shower in contact lenses
  • Always have an extra pair of glasses to wear, in case you need to remove your contacts

If you love your appearance with contact lenses (as opposed to glasses), you need to invest time each day to care for and wear them the right way. If you rate your “Contact Lens Hygiene” low, but you don’t like wearing glasses, maybe LASIK in Victoria is a better way to go!

LASIK vision correction at Victoria Eye Center may help you achieve 20/20 vision so you can remove the inconveniences of contacts and glasses from your life. However, not all patients are good candidates for this procedure. The only way to know for sure is by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation to have your eyes examined. Call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your first step toward a lens-free life…and possibly a lower risk of eye infections.

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What is The Average Cost of LASIK?

Cost of LASIKWondering how much it costs to have LASIK surgery in Victoria?  Price is often a top concern of those considering corrective eye surgery.

Some surgeons quote a flat fee per eye, while others quote a price based on the amount of vision correction needed or the technology being used.

According to one source, the average cost overall for laser vision correction in 2013 was $2,073 per eye (up from $1,941 the previous year). The results show an average of:

  • $2,223 per eye for laser vision correction procedures (LASIK, PRK, LASEK, etc.) at surgery centers where a single price is quoted regardless of technology or vision correction requirements.
  • $1,543 per eye for non-customized LASIK using a bladed instrument and excimer lasers that are not guided by wave front analysis.
  • $2,177 per eye for wavefront-guided LASIK using a femtosecond laser-created flap.

Across the country, LASIK prices tend to stay in the range of $1500 to $3000 per eye.  Geographic regions with higher costs of living can also result in higher price tags for corrective eye surgery.

Fortunately, financing for LASIK may be an option to those who prefer it.  If you have any questions about LASIK pricing or the LASIK procedure, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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What Does Refractive Surgery Mean?

Refractive SurgeryRefractive eye surgery is eye surgery that is performed to eliminate or reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses, although some people still need prescription eye glasses or contacts after the procedure. It is used to improve the refractive state of the eye which improves natural vision.

Refractive surgery can include a variety of methods of surgery that remodel or change the cornea or can include cataract surgery.  Excimer lasers are used most commonly to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  Refractive surgery is a way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and some types of astigmatism.  The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASIK.

If you are interested in reducing your dependence on contact lenses or eye glasses, are free of eye disease, and would like to investigate refractive surgery as an option, please call Victoria Eye Center in Victoria to schedule a consultation.

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What Causes Cataracts?

Cataract CausesCataracts are the cause of half of all blindness and 33% of visual impairment worldwide.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision. Cataracts can impact just one eye or both eyes and can develop slowly over time.  Although some children are born with cataracts, it is most commonly seen in older adults (and older animals).

Symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision, halos around lights, problems with seeing or driving at night, seeing colors in muted or faded tones and problems with bright lighting.

Possible causes or risk factors of cataracts include:

  • Diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Complications from other eye diseases, such as glaucoma
  • Poisoning
  • Steroid use
  • Smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Family history of cataracts

If you notice problems with your vision or think you may be developing cataracts, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com for an appointment.  Bring along a list of any medications you may taking.

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Cataracts Under 40

CataractsThink cataracts only happen to seniors?  That is not always the case.

Cataracts can occur in people under the age of 40 and are not uncommon for people in their thirties.  A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye which lies between the pupil and the iris.  For those over 40, it is the most common cause of vision loss.  For those under 40, it can cause problems as well.

Cataracts start out small, usually having little or no effect on your vision.  As a cataract worsens, you may notice impairment with night driving, unusual sun glare or other symptoms.  Some of the risk factors for cataracts, at any age, include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Ultraviolet radiation / sun exposure
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Family History
  • Statin medications

Cataract surgery is typically successful at restoring vision for those who have vision impairment.  If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts or suspect you may have a cataract, please contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria for a consultation.

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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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