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What Does LASIK Treat?

LASIKLASIK is a popular and advanced treatment for improving vision. LASIK is used to treat refractive errors of the eye. In most cases, these errors happen because the shape of the eye isn’t quite right and, as a result, light doesn’t focus on the retina the way it should. In some cases, refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses or contacts, but LASIK provides a long-term solution that often results in clearer vision. Common refractive errors include:

  • Hyperopia: Hyperopia is commonly referred to as farsightedness. People with this condition may have trouble clearly focusing on nearby objects while they can see things that are far away quite clearly. In this case, light focuses behind the retina instead of on the retina.
  • Myopia: Myopia is also known as nearsightedness. In this case, people can usually see nearby objects clearly, but far away objects are blurry or hard to focus on. In this situation, light is being focused in front of the retina.
  • Astigmatism: If someone has an astigmatism, the shape of the cornea prevents light from focusing evenly on the retina. Objects at various distances may appear blurry or distorted.

There are multiple types of LASIK available. Some patients will be best suited for traditional LASIK while others may be able to opt for Custom LASIK. Custom LASIK, wavefront-guided LASIK. is one of the most advanced and successful treatments available for refractive errors. This type of treatment provides more detailed information and can be used to treat a wide range of pupil diameters. At Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis provides custom LASIK treatment that is suited to your vision and your health.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your eyesight and make your day-to-day tasks a bit easier, LASIK may be a good solution. Contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options.

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LASIK Recovery Time

LASIK RecoveryFull LASIK recovery takes between three and six months, but most people say they see a difference in as little as 24-hours after surgery. Your individual recovery time will be different because no two people heal exactly the same way. In general, patients can expect the following during their LASIK recovery time:

Day One Following LASIK: Shortly after your LASIK eye surgery, you will be directed to go home and rest. You must refrain from using your eyes as much as possible during the first 24-hours after your procedure. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your treated eyes and what to avoid during your recovery. You may notice that your eye itches, burns, waters or feels like you have an eyelash stuck in it. This is entirely normal and will go away with time. The main thing to remember is to avoid rubbing the eye at all costs. Rubbing the eye can displace the corneal flap that was created during the procedure. Wearing a protective eye shield at night will help you stop from poking or rubbing your eye at night while you sleep, too.

Week One Following LASIK: By the end of the first week, you should have your first follow-up appointment. During this visit, you will most likely be released to go back to driving and work. You can resume most normal activities minus swimming, hot tubs, saunas and contact sports. You may continue to experience some itching and the sensation that something is in the eye.

Month One Following LASIK: During this point in your LASIK eye surgery recovery, you should be back to your normal routine. You will still need to avoid extreme sports and exercise for a few more weeks. Make sure to continue using moisturizing eye drops even when you feel like you do not need them to maintain the correct moisture level for proper healing.

LASIK surgery results can sometimes take several months. Often, the more drastic your prescription, the longer healing takes. During your initial LASIK consultation in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis can give you an estimate of LASIK recovery time for you based on your individual eyes and prescription. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK Candidacy

LASIK CandidateFor the right candidate, LASIK can be an incredibly effective way to address refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. However, if you are not a good candidate, LASIK risks are much higher when you undergo this procedure.

To be considered a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery in Victoria, you should meet the following requirements:

  • LASIK eye surgery candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Your vision and prescription should be stable (not worsened) for at least one year.
  • Your eyes should have a healthy retina, eye pressure and the cornea must have sufficient thickness.
  • Your prescription for distance vision needs to match a certain minimal strength, and that prescription strength (glasses or contacts) must meet FDA approved guidelines for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
  • Your pupils should not be larger than 8.5mm in the dark due to increased risk of vision glare and halos at night and decreased night vision.
  • You should have no major eye diseases, no evidence of vascular or autoimmune diseases, no recent history of eye infection or inflammation, excessive corneal disease/scarring or severely dry eyes.
  • You should not be pregnant or nursing.
  • You should not have uncontrolled (unmanaged) diabetes or certain rheumatologic conditions (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s Disease).

The best candidates for LASIK have realistic expectations about the benefits and limitations of this treatment. You should also be fully aware of potential risks. LASIK is largely considered safe and can help you achieve crystal clear vision, but results vary based on individual factors beyond the control of even the most skilled eye surgeon.

The best way to determine if LASIK is right for you is through a comprehensive examination with Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center. Contact us at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com today to schedule your LASIK consultation.

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What to Expect from LASIK

LASIKLASIK refractive surgery has helped millions of people around the world achieve better vision. If you are considering laser vision correction, it can be helpful to know what to expect from LASIK before scheduling your procedure.

Before LASIK in Victoria, patients visit Victoria Eye Center to get their eyes thoroughly examined, talk about what procedures they are a candidate for, and then go over their options at length. This comprehensive evaluation is a critical, mandatory step in preparing for LASIK. During your evaluation, you will receive the latest in diagnostic testing to identify the laser platform and procedure best suited to deliver your best vision possible at any age.

Patient education is important to us and critical to your making an informed decision. We will answer all your questions and help you understand (based on your medical condition and history, prescription and diagnostic testing) what results you can expect after your LASIK procedure.

Please plan to arrive as rested and relaxed as possible on the day of your procedure. It is completely natural to feel nervous and excited before surgery.

Wear comfortable clothing and make sure to bring a sweater or light jacket because the surgical area may be cool. Do not use creams, lotions, eye makeup, hair spray, perfume or wear earrings or other jewelry above the neck. This is important since your eye area will be thoroughly cleaned for surgery and drops will be placed in your eyes.

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Boozalis will spend a few minutes explaining everything that is going to take place, make sure you are comfortable and answer any final questions you may have. During the procedure, Dr. Boozalis will give you instructions such as, “Look at the flashing red light” and will update you as to what’s occurring during each step of the process.

Immediately after surgery, your eye might itch, burn or be watery. Although you’ll be able to see after surgery, usually without glasses or contacts, your vision won’t be completely clear right away. It takes about two to three months after your surgery before your eye heals and your vision fully stabilizes.

At Victoria Eye Center, we want you to be comfortable, informed and prepared for your LASIK experience. Our goal is to help you through the process by guiding you with our extensive knowledge. Our highly trained staff will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed while you are with us. To learn more about what to expect from LASIK or to schedule a consultation, contact us by calling 800-833-0234 or visiting victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Investing in LASIK

Investing in LASIKLASIK is an investment in your vision. Based on patient experience, it’s also an experience that adds valued benefits and satisfaction to a person’s life. Having LASIK eye surgery is a great solution for many people that have nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism than other visual aids. Using a prescription product in close contact with the eye is a perfectly acceptable solution, but LASIK surgery offers many benefits compared to contacts and eyeglasses.

LASIK surgery benefits you may experience include:

  • No worry of infection from prolonged contact lens use
  • Fewer infections in general
  • No lens cleaning solution fees
  • No contact refills every year
  • Less damaging to the eye over time
  • Fewer trips to the optometrist
  • More freedom
  • Ability to be spontaneous
  • Improved night vision
  • Reduced allergy symptoms
  • Fewer headaches
  • Less eye strain compared to using optical aids

In reality, LASIK is less expensive over time than contacts or glasses. LASIK eye surgery is a fixed, once-and-done cost. Although LASIK surgery is a large one-time expense, it’s often cheaper than the long-term cost of contact lens wear or eyeglasses. Once you have the treatment, there are no more fees. Care Credit monthly financing plans, Health Spending Accounts and other options may help you pay with a monthly payment for the length of time that fits your budget.

If you’re wondering if you can afford LASIK, we offer a full range of monthly payment options; from no interest and extended options to low monthly plans that fit any budget.

If you’re ready to invest in LASIK, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your LASIK consultation today!

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How to Research LASIK Surgeons

LASIK SurgeonIf you are interested in having a vision correction procedure such as LASIK, it’s important to do your homework and properly research potential LASIK surgeons. When researching LASIK surgeons, consider the following:

Experience and Versatility. It’s important to select the most experienced LASIK surgeon you can find, who uses the most up-to-date, advanced technology. Consider the surgeon’s versatility and competency in a variety of refractive procedures. LASIK isn’t the only game in town, and it isn’t the best procedure for every person. Choose a surgeon who is comfortable and experienced with several procedures — such as LASIK, PRK, LASEK and clear lens replacement (refractive lens exchange) — and the latest technology. If your doctor displays a thorough understanding of these different procedures, then they can confidently choose the one that will be best to correct your unique vision problems.

Advertisements. Many refractive surgery centers advertise in newspapers and on radio, television and the Internet. Some ads are more informative than others. Some tout extremely good pricing. But while this can be a starting point, an ad or a procedure price should not be your primary criterion when choosing a doctor. Be cautious about slick advertising and/or deals that sound too good to be true. Remember, they usually are. There is a lot of competition resulting in a great deal of advertising and bidding for your business. Be wary of eye centers that advertise, 20/20 vision or your money back or package deals. There are never any guarantees in medicine. You should expect to pay more for a highly-skilled surgeon who is experienced in performing LASIK and uses the latest technologies. Remember, getting a great deal should not be the deciding factor for any surgical procedure. It’s much more important that you select a surgeon who you trust and have a good rapport with.

Referrals. Ask for a referral from your regular eye care practitioner, whether an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Tell your doctor that you want the LASIK surgeon in your area with the best reputation in the profession. Also, the best LASIK surgeons themselves can be great sources of referrals. If you know of a refractive surgeon who is well respected in another state, call their office and ask for recommendations regarding good surgeons in your area.

Being an informed patient is a good way to set yourself up for success with LASIK or any medical procedure. Don’t base your decision simply on cost and don’t settle for the first eye center, doctor or procedure you investigate. Remember that the decisions you make about your eyes and refractive surgery will affect you for the rest of your life.

Taking time to choose the best surgeon for your LASIK procedure is a crucial step in increasing the likelihood of attaining a satisfying visual outcome. Contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a LASIK consultation with Dr. Boozalis.

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Eye Surgery Types

Eye SurgeryFrom LASIK to PRK, there are several types of eye surgery available today to correct less than perfect vision. While each one has the same goal of improved eyesight, every eye surgery procedure is unique. To help you understand which type of eye surgery is right for you, here’s an overview of some of the most popular types of eye surgery offered at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria.

Standard LASIK

LASIK, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is an FDA-approved refractive eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism by permanently changing the shape of the cornea. LASIK surgery is one of the most popular vision correction procedures. It is designed to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses.

Custom LASIK

Custom, wavefront LASIK provides a more personalized vision correction than regular LASIK. Wavefront technology captures unique imperfections in each patient’s vision. This custom technology produces a detailed map of the eye much like a fingerprint; no two are alike. This information is then transferred to the laser providing advanced precision and accuracy.

PRK

PRK, photo refractive keratectomy, is a refractive eye surgery that is similar to LASIK. Both procedures are performed using an excimer laser and are used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. PRK, however, does not involve creation of a corneal flap. Instead, Dr. Boozalis will gently remove the surface corneal cells (epithelium) and proceed with the laser aspect of the procedure.

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are very common and affect over half of all adults over age 60. Cataract removal surgery is very safe and successful. There are three different approaches to cataract surgery: phacoemulsification, extracapsular cataract surgery and intracapsular cataract surgery.

Other eye surgery types include:

  • Radial keratotomy (RK)
  • Astigmatic keratotomy (AK)
  • Automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK)
  • Conductive keratoplasty (CK)
  • Intracorneal ring (Intacs)

To determine the eye surgery type that may be suitable for your needs, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis.

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LASIK Complications

LASIK ComplicationsLASIK eye surgery is one of the safest procedures of its kind, with an excellent success rate. Like any medical procedure, refractive surgery carries some risk. Major complications after LASIK are extremely rare, occurring in less than 1% of all patients. Most side effects are minor and can be easily resolved.

After LASIK, you may experience the following minor side effects and complications:

Dry Eyes – Your tear production may be limited while your eyes are healing, causing dry eye syndrome. Up to half of all LASIK patients will experience some degree of dry eye syndrome temporarily after LASIK.

Under or Overcorrection – In some rare cases, if your eyes do not heal in a typical manner, you may be left with less-than-perfect LASIK results. Most of the time, undercorrection/overcorrection is so minor that patients do not even notice it. However, if it is significant enough, it can be treated through LASIK revision surgery.

Visual Disturbances – For the first few weeks after LASIK you may notice glare, halos and/or starbursts at night or in low light, along with reduced sharpness. These issues are temporary and will gradually disappear over time.

Temporary Discomfort – The first few days of your recovery period may involve increased light sensitivity and mild irritation in the eyes. Wear dark glasses as often as possible to prevent your eyes from being strained.

Most LASIK complications can be avoided simply by making sure you are a good LASIK candidate and choosing a qualified LASIK surgeon. At Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis will perform a complete diagnostic exam to determine if LASIK is right for you, examining factors such as:

  • Thickness of your cornea
  • Shape of your cornea
  • Pupil size
  • Moisture level in eyes
  • Eye disorders
  • Medical history
  • Health problems that may interfere with LASIK (e.g. autoimmune disorders, degenerative conditions)

If you are not a suitable candidate for LASIK, you may still be an excellent candidate for another type of refractive surgery. Contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a LASIK consultation today!

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How is Laser Eye Surgery Performed?

Laser Eye SurgeryLASIK laser eye surgery is a vision correction procedure that aims at permanently altering the focusing power of the eye by reshaping the cornea with a precise excimer laser.

Laser eye surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure while the patient is awake. Usually both eyes are operated on at the same time, but if you prefer, it can be done one eye at a time.

LASIK is performed in the following steps:

Eye Preparation – A few minutes prior to your LASIK procedure in Victoria, anesthetic eye drops will be placed in the eye to be treated. A special solution is used to clean around the eyes. A speculum (eyelid holder) is placed between your eyelids to keep your eyelids wide open and prevent you from blinking during the procedure.

Flap Creation – To create the corneal flap, Dr. Boozalis uses either a handheld device or a laser to cut the top layers of corneal tissue at a pre-determined depth. One edge of the flap is left uncut, forming a hinge. Using the hinge, Dr. Boozalis folds back the flap to access the underlying corneal tissue.

Excimer Laser Ablation – The creation of the corneal flap prepares your eye for the primary step of the LASIK procedure, where the excimer laser is used to correct your vision. The laser beam will be focused over your eye and you will be asked to stare at a blinking light. This light will help you to fixate your eyes on one spot once the laser is started. In a series of short pulses, the excimer laser will reshape your cornea by removing some tissue from the middle layer of the cornea called the stroma. A computer controls the amount of laser energy delivered to your eye according to amount of treatment required. A tracking device is used to find the center of your pupil, so if your eye moves, the laser will follow and stay with the center.

Flap Replacement – After reshaping the corneal tissue, Dr. Boozalis returns the flap to its original position, where it heals naturally. This step marks the completion of the LASIK procedure.-

If you are interested in laser eye surgery in Victoria, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your free LASIK consultation.

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Is LASIK Right for You?

LASIKLASIK has successfully improved the vision of millions of people, but it isn’t for everyone. Before you sign up for LASIK surgery, here are a few things to help you determine if LASIK is right for you:

  • LASIK is surgery to a very delicate part of your eye, and cannot be reversed.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to receive LASIK.
  • LASIK is not for those who are pregnant or nursing.
  • You shouldn’t be taking certain prescription drugs, like Accutane or oral prednisone.
  • Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable.
  • Your general health should be good. LASIK may not be recommended for patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye, cataracts, disorders of the cornea and retinal disease.
  • As with any surgery, there are risks and possible complications. Potential problems include dryness, glare, halos, flap problems, vision changes and vision loss among others.
  • It’s important that you have realistic expectations for the surgery.
  • LASIK may not give you perfect vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports that 9 out of 10 patients achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision, but 20/40 vision may not be sharp enough for certain work or leisure activities. Even 20/20 does not always mean perfect vision. Detailed, precise vision may be slightly diminished.
  • Even with LASIK to correct your distance vision, you are likely to need reading glasses around middle-age. LASIK surgery cannot correct or prevent presbyopia, the age-related loss of focusing power for seeing near objects.
  • The benefits of the LASIK procedure may diminish over time. A small percentage of LASIK patients in the U.S. require a second surgery, called an enhancement, to restore the desired vision correction.

To learn more about whether LASIK is right for you, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com. During your LASIK consultation in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis will evaluate your candidacy for laser eye surgery. After a thorough discussion and a non-invasive eye exam, Dr. Boozalis will help you determine if LASIK is right for you.

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