Why Contacts May Not Be the Right Choice for You

If your vision is a problem, it’s a big one. Being able to see clearly is a luxury that people with great vision do not realize they have, and people who struggle with poor vision are all too aware of. Luckily, today, we have many ways to correct vision issues, from traditional glasses to laser surgeries. At Advanced Eye Medical, we encourage our prospective patients to reach out for a consultation to find out if LASIK in Orange County would serve them well, because we are strong believers in the LASIK procedure’s success and positive impact on our patients’ lives.

Disadvantages of Contacts

Though contacts are an easy, short-term solution for vision issues, they are simply that: a Band-Aid. They are not a long-term solution, nor do they contribute to increased eyesight. Though they are a very mainstream medical tool, contact lenses have many drawbacks, and users should consider a long-term solution like iLASIK to actually solve their vision issues.

Contact lenses can restrict oxygen from reaching your eye, causing dry eyes and irritation, can contribute to computer vision syndrome if you work at a computer often, require very specific and sterile day-to-day care and upkeep that many users do not take seriously, which leads to infection and serious eye damage. Additionally, if one falls asleep wearing contact lenses, serious eye irritation and inflammation can occur. Contact lenses require lots of upkeep and care, and if you cannot, or do not want to, commit to so much work, a more permanent solution is for you.

What is the difference between LASIK and iLASIK?

Although both procedures use laser technology to improve the eyesight of our patients, they bear a few differences. Traditional LASIK is a 2-step procedure where a flap is created in the cornea with a small metal blade. Then, a laser vision correction treatment continues on the inner layer of the cornea. This method has been highly effective for years, but has a few risks and is unpredictable. Though LASIK issues are extremely rare, error in this process is usually the source of any reported complications.

iLASIK is performed using a very precise laser to cut the corneal flap with unparalleled accuracy by any other vision correction technology. The advanced nature of this procedure allows Dr. Ghoshesh to tailor each surgery to the specific patient, and due to iLASIK’s consistent, extreme accuracy, patients who were eliminated from candidacy for LASIK due to thin corneas are now treatable. iLASIK has been around since 2001, and after over 22,000 procedures there have been no reported significant complications.

Benefits of iLASIK Over Contacts

Laser vision correction is a procedure that we encourage anyone (who meets the general health requirements) with bad vision to consider. Not only is this procedure quick and easy, but it permanently improves your quality of life. At Advanced Eye Medical, we perform a series of exams to establish whether or not the characteristics of your vision qualify you for this procedure. Once we do, you’re set to undergo iLASIK.

Not only can you return to work the day after your procedure, iLASIK is a procedure that typically only requires your presence at our office for 2-3 hours and only needs roughly a day to heal. Your vision will improve immediately, with continued positive improvement over the following few days. This surgery is simple, effective, and has great results. Not only that, but it’s a one-time procedure yielding great eyesight, an issue that contacts and glasses only put a Band-Aid over.

iLASIK is a procedure available virtually everywhere. If your eyesight is hindering your quality of life, you should look no further. Laser vision correction will change your life, and is done through iLASIK technology that is not only proven to be highly effective, but is completely safe. LASIK is so safe that is available to almost anyone who satisfies the age and general health requirements of the procedure, which require that you are 21 years old, in good general health, have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year, and have no current eye disease.

LASIK in Orange County

Like all forms of surgery, there are risks, though they are very rare. During your consultation at Advanced Eye Medical, Dr. Ghosheh will explain in detail what these risks are, and answer any questions you may have about receiving LASIK in Orange County.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation where we will assess your needs and answer any questions you may have regarding your eye health and further procedures!

The Difference Between Cataract and LASIK Surgery

LASIK and Cataract surgery are two of the most popular ocular surgeries today. Because we hear so much about both kinds of surgeries, it is common for people to get the two of them confused. People not only forget which surgery serves what purpose, but they wonder if both can be performed at the same time. For example, people with cataracts often ask if they should have LASIK to help with their vision loss. Although these two surgeries share some similarities, in truth they are two different procedures that correct vision in separate ways.

For more information about Cataract or LASIK surgery in Orange County and to see if you may be a candidate, contact Dr. Ghosheh at Advanced Eye Medical today.

LASIK v. Cataract Surgery: The Differences

The most obvious difference between these two surgeries is in their purpose. LASIK surgery is meant to correct vision. It allows you to see well without glasses or contacts, and generally corrects distance vision. Cataract surgery corrects foggy vision, allowing you to see more clearly.

The next difference lies in how the two surgeries are performed. LASIK surgery aims to reshape the cornea, which in vision deficient patients can be football shaped. The doctor makes a small incision in the center of the cornea, allowing it to reshape itself into a more natural baseball shape. This changes the way the eye focuses light on the retina. During cataract surgery, by contrast, the doctor removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a plastic implant called an Intraocular Lens (IOL.)

Another difference is that LASIK is performed at a laser center on an outpatient basis, while cataracts surgery is performed on an inpatient basis in an operating room. The doctor can perform LASIK surgery on both eyes during one session, but cataract surgery needs to be scheduled for each eye separately.

Finally, there are major differences in the way these surgeries are covered by insurance. LASIK surgery is not reimbursed by insurance. However, you may want to look into paying for surgery with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA.) Cataract surgery is covered by insurance, although there are various out of pocket costs that you may want to add on. These include premium IOLs and laser rather than diamond scalpel surgery.

LASIK v. Cataracts Surgery: The Similarities

Still, there are many things that these two surgeries have in common. LASIK surgery uses two kinds of lasers: one to create a corneal flap and another to change the corneal shape. If you elect to have a laser surgery to remover your cataracts, one of these types of lasers will be used to remove the natural lens from the eye.

Other similarities are that both surgeries provide patients with 20/20 vision or better. They are both performed under general anesthesia while awake, require less than 15 minutes to perform, and boast of virtually no recovery time.

Can You Have LASIK and Cataract Surgeries on the Same Eye?

Yes. Since LASIK works on the cornea and cataract surgery works on the lens, it is possible to have both surgeries on the same eye if the doctors find you need to. Although it is less common, you can even undergo both procedures at the same time. Sometimes, when undergoing cataract surgery, the doctor finds that vision is still not perfect even after applying the IOL. In these cases, they may provide LASIK surgery to complete the procedure and provide the patient with 20/20 vision.

LASIK surgery addresses myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia. These are issues which are usually addressed at a younger age. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens, a condition which generally occurs with old age. Therefore, most people receive LASIK surgery when they are younger and cataract surgery when they are older.

Cataract and LASIK Surgery in Orange County

Visit Advanced Eye Medical for a LASIK screening or complete eye exam to find out if you are a candidate for either cataract or LASIK surgery in Orange County. Schedule your appointment or come in for a consultation.

What Does Color Tell Us Subconsciously?

Colors evoke emotions, moods, and feelings. Knowing the psychology of color can help you make better decisions whether you are decorating your home, picking an outfit for a job interview or a first date, or designing marketing materials for your business.

Your choice of color can improve comprehension by 73%, learning by 55-68%, and reading by 40%.

It is important to remember that context, culture, and time are important things to consider when thinking about color symbolism.

For more information about vision impairments and treatment including Orange County Lasik eye surgery, contact Advanced Eye Medical.

Primary Colors

Red

Red encourages strong emotions like passion and love. It also encourages appetite, so if you want your kids to finish their dinner, consider using red plates. Because it creates a sense of urgency, red often is used in marketing to attract impulse shoppers. Red also gives the impression of seriousness and power; for example, it is used as a symbol for the Republican Party in the US, and for Communist and Socialist Parties around the world.

Yellow

Yellow represents cheerfulness, warmth, optimism, and youthfulness. It is also known to make babies cry, so you may want to rethink that gender-neutral yellow nursery. It encourages communication, so the family room is probably a better place for it. Yellow stimulates the mind and is the first color the human eye notices, making it useful in marketing to grab the attention of window shoppers. Yellow stimulates the nervous system, so much so that it can cause fatigue and strain on the eyes.

Blue

Water is known as a “cold” color, and is associated with peace, calmness, and serenity. It reminds us of stability and constancy because of the blueness of the sky and the ocean. Because it increases productivity, it is the most-used color in corporate offices. Blue is the second most powerful color; it stands for contemplativeness, strength, and trust. For these reasons it is the symbol of conservativism worldwide and of the Democratic Party in the US.

Secondary Colors

Orange

Orange is bright and inspires enthusiasm and conversation. Since it is a “warm” color you may think it draws people in; in fact, it warns of caution. In marketing, it creates a call it to action (to buy, sell, or subscribe, for instance.) Orange is the national color of the Netherlands and its Royal Family.

Green

Firstly, green symbolizes nature, and by extension, health. It represents new growth and tranquility. Secondarily, it symbolizes money. Surrounding yourself in a green environment can alleviate depression, and workers have been shown to have fewer stomach aches when surrounded by green. Green has long been a symbol of fertility, and believe it or not was the top choice for wedding gown color in the 15th century. It is associated with balance and is the symbol of political environmentalists.

Purple

Purple stimulates creativity and intuition. It can be used when trying to get people to develop new insights, so a classroom or a therapist’s office might be appropriate places for this color. Purple is a symbol of high achievement like royalty, wealth, success, and wisdom. It is often used in marketing to promote beauty and anti-aging products for these reasons. In politics, purple was used to symbolize royalty, but it is hardly used in modern politics.

Color Psychology

Color is a form of non-verbal communication, and its meaning is not static or unchanging. For example, a person may wear red on a particular day, and this could mean:

• They are angry

• They are feeling passionate about something they are doing that day

• They are in love

• They are ready to take action in some way

• It is their favorite color

When reading color psychology, it definitely helps to understand color associations. However, you also have to read a person’s energy on a given day and consider any mitigating circumstances. Pay attention to what is going on around you and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Knowing the unconscious meaning that colors send us helps us to understand ourselves, our communities,  and our environment better.

Orange County Lasik Eye Surgery

The laser vision correction specialists at Advanced Eye Medical have the experience that matters when it comes to helping you achieve the best vision possible. Now in our fourth decade of serving the Orange County community, we look forward to counting you among our thousands of satisfied patients. Call for a free consultation towards Orange County Lasik Eye Surgery: 866-997-2020.

How Much of Life Affects Your Vision?

If you are seeking an Orange County Lasik center, eye surgery, cataract surgery, or are even just starting to think you may need eye glasses for the first time, you might be wondering what you can do in your daily life to keep your eyes healthy. After all, you want to maintain your vision at its best, right? It turns out that some eye health factors are more important than others. While some are biologically inherited and out of your control like genetics, many can be managed by good decision-making and a healthy lifestyle. Although we cannot always prevent worsening vision as we age, we can combat it with proper knowledge of the factors that affect our eyesight. Read on to find out what parts of your life are affecting your vision the most.

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1. Genes

We all inherit our genetic makeup from our parents. In our genes are biological codes that predict factors like our hair and eye color, our height and metabolism rate, and the diseases that we will be susceptible to developing during our lifetimes. Some of the diseases that affect eyesight which can be inherited genetically include glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. The only way to predict your chances of developing these eye problems is to have your family’s medical history checked. The good news is, studies show that making proactive, health-related decisions can potentially override your genes, and even change your genetic makeup so that your children will be less susceptible to some maladies.

2. Age

Aging is, of course, a factor in nearly all bodily processes. After our mid-twenties, our bodies begin a deterioration process which goes on for decades, and we slowly lose the strength we once had as teenagers. Even those who in their youth enjoyed 20/20 vision cannot count on that perfect vision continuing into their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. We begin to wear glasses and pursue alternative treatment options. Beginning in our 50s and 60s, proteins may start to clump together within the corneal lens, shrouding our vision. These are known as cataracts. Other common age-related problems are loss of focus-ability, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.

3. Stress

The current emphasis on mindfulness, including meditation, yoga, and other de-stressing practices, shows just how badly our society needs to unwind. It has been shown over and over again that stress causes many kinds of health problems in the body, and this includes problems with eyesight. Aside from a generalized decline in eyesight, there are three known stressors that can cause temporary declines in vision. They are:

Tiredness: Fatigue makes your whole body start to shut down, and when you are too tired your eyes can get blurry.

Muscle tension: If you tire your eyes out from reading, staring at the computer, or watching too much tv, you may also experience blurry vision.

Boosts in adrenaline: Increases in adrenaline can have a dramatic effect on eyesight. You may experience anything from simple blurriness to tunnel vision all the way to visual hallucinations.

4. Diet

The food we choose to put in our body is considered to be the number one determinant of overall health. Our bodies need all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to function properly. Without them, we invite disease. “If you want to have good vision, consume foods high in beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and antioxidants.”

5. Exercise

Most people don’t sit around doing eye exercises, and that’s not what we’re talking about. We mean for you to get out there and walk, swim, take a cardio class, lift weights, or do whatever physical activity suits your body, your lifestyle, and your preference best. Exercising regularly helps prevent diseases which can cause a serious decline in vision, such as diabetes (which is usually linked to obesity.) Like maintaining a healthy diet, exercise keeps your body healthy. It also allows you to keep in a healthy weight range and avoid the onset of disease.

6. Direct Damage

This doesn’t necessarily mean injury, though it can. Most loss of vision due to direct damage occurs by too much exposure to the sun. Believe it or not, exposing your eyes to the sun without UVA/UVB protective sunglasses for too long can cause vision loss over a relatively brief period. The overexposure to ultraviolet rays can also lead to glaucoma, cataracts, and other disorders. The moral of the story: buy a good pair of sunglasses, and wear them.

Orange County Lasik

Dr. Ghosheh at Advanced Eye Medical and his team of optometrists and ophthalmologists deliver the clearer vision you expect from the premier Orange County Lasik Center. Call 866-997-2020 (Lasik) or 888-439-6565 (Cataract and others) for a FREE consultation today!

Best Exercises for Strained Vision

Eye strain is a common problem for many of us, especially when we sit in front of a computer screen for the majority of the day. However, if you ignore eye strain, you could develop some serious vision issues. Read on to learn some simple tricks you can do at home to strengthen your eyes. Eye strain is a common problem for many of us, especially when we sit in front of a computer screen for the majority of the day. However, if you ignore eye strain, you could develop some serious vision issues. Read on to learn some simple tricks you can do at home to strengthen your eyes.

To hear from the professionals at Advanced Eye Medical regarding proper eye exams, LASIK in Orange County, and other vision health services, schedule a consultation.

Work Those Muscles

Eye exercises are designed to strengthen your eye muscles, help you focus and stimulate your brain’s vision center. As with any muscle, it only gets stronger if you work it out! As you continue to do these exercises, you will begin to develop more control over your eye muscles which can improve your vision.

Exercises are unique to each individual and can also be based on age and specific eye problems. These are some very simple techniques you can do to exercise your eyes at home:

• Change your focus from an object that is close to you to an object further away and back again.

• Cover one eye and focus on different objects.

• Concentrate on looking at a solitary object.

• Follow a pattern to build your eye muscles.

Additional Exercises

There are many other exercises you can try at home to help strengthen your eyes and combat eye strain. Try one or a combination of all six to develop a routine that can help you work those eye muscles.

1. Try rubbing your palms together to generate some heat and then putting your hands over your closed eyes and applying some gentle pressure. Allow the heat from your palms to warm your eyes and relax them for a few minutes.

2. Computer-induced eye strain contributes to a lack of blinking which can dry out your eyes. A simple exercise goal is to try and blink once every four seconds to keep your eyes lubricated. Sounds simple but when you are engrossed in computer tasks, it is easy to forget.

3. When you feel your shoulders tightening up and your neck starting to ache, you probably start some relaxing neck rolls to loosen up. You can do the same for your eyes. Close your eyes and roll them in circles. This will help keep your eyes well lubricated and can ease the strain.

4. In addition to the exercise mentioned above where you adjust your focus from an object near and then one far, you can also practice visual scanning. Focus on one or two items to start and then take in everything in the room around you, even looking out the window if you can. This allows your eyes to be in a constant state of motion.

5. It’s also important to take a break from that computer screen and focus on something, anything, else for a few seconds or better yet, a few minutes if you can. You should try to do this at least once an hour.

6. Another exercise to help avoid strain and strengthen those eye muscles is to practice the art of glancing. Sit down and close your eyes. Glance as far up as you possibly can and hold your head there for a moment. After a few seconds, look down and repeat this process for about 30 seconds. Now, with your eyes still closed, do this again only look to the right and then to the left. Continue to repeat for about 30 seconds.

Each of these exercises is designed to help keep your eyes lubricated and those muscles working.

Importance of Regular Eye Exams & LASIK in Orange County

If your eye strain is causing you vision issues, it’s important to visit an eye care professional to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on. Just like any health checkup, it is important to get your eyes checked regularly. Visit Dr. Ghosheh and his team at Advanced Eye Medical. Don’t let issues with your vision become permanent. Schedule your consultation today.

How iLASIK is Customized for You

If you are tired of depending on contacts and glasses, then you might be thinking of getting surgery to correct your vision. Improving your vision with Lasik surgery in Orange County can be a great option for some people and can even improve their quality of life.

iLasik surgery is different from traditional types of Lasik surgery. iLasik combines all the latest technology into one comprehensive eye procedure, and uses advanced technology for a more precise outcome. There are also less complications with this procedure, making it a great option for everyone who meets the surgical requirements.

The Difference Between Traditional Lasik and iLasik

In traditional Lasik eye surgery, your doctor uses two steps to complete the surgery. To begin, the flap in your cornea must be created with a small metal blade. Then, the laser vision correction treatments occur underneath the flap on the inner layer of your cornea. The metal blade used to make the corneal flap was traditionally created with a hand held mechanical device called a microkeratome. This device was sufficient for a number of years for the surgery, however it could sometimes be unpredictable. Complications in Lasik surgery are rare, but were created by this device most of the time.

With iLasik, your doctor will use a precise laser to create the flap in your cornea, making this a completely blade-free surgery. The laser is extremely accurate, +/- 10 microns, and is the most advanced technology currently used for this procedure. It creates the flap by producing tiny bubbles inside your cornea. The consistent accuracy of the laser means that people who have thin corneas and may have been previously told they were not eligible for surgery could potentially have this procedure done.

How iLasik Customizes Each Procedure

The iLasik surgery is completely customized for each patient. The advanced procedure uses the VISX Wavescan System to create a vision profile for each patient, including a 3-D digital map of your eye. The laser relies on this map as it creates the flap in the cornea, shapes the cornea and fixes your vision.

The vision profile creation is the first step in the iLasik surgery, and uses a series of tests to determine your unique vision characteristics using the Wavescan system. The system then creates a 3D map of the imperfections in your eyes, which is 25 times more precise than standard prescription measurement tools used for glasses and contacts prescriptions.

Surgical Requirements

Since the iLasik procedure is available pretty much everywhere, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for the surgery. The technology used for iLasik is safe, FDA approved and proven to be effective. It is a fast and simple procedure, and most people who meet the basic requirements are eligible for iLasik surgery. While there are risks that are associated with any surgical procedure, iLasik is safe and your doctor can talk to you about the risks.

You may be a good candidate for this surgery if you meet these requirements:

  • Age: You need to be at least 21 years old.
  • Health: You must be in good, general health with no existing eye diseases.
  • Prescription: This procedure treats mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Your prescription must be stable for at least a year.

Lasik Surgery in Orange County

If you think you are a good candidate for Lasik surgery in Orange County, make sure to contact Dr. Ghosheh and the team of dedicated eye care experts at Advanced Eye Medical. In addition to offering iLasik surgery, we offer a number of services for patients who are suffering poor vision or eye diseases/conditions. Our experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists deliver clearer vision and a high level of customized care for their patients.

Top Myths About LASIK Eye Surgery

While contact lenses still remain to be one of the leading ways to vision correction for many patients that need it, there are always risks that come with wearing contact lenses.  Bacterial infections are a common problem with contact lenses users and many people experience dry, red, or itchy eyes.  With these potential problems that come with wearing contact lenses, why aren’t more patients opting for LASIK eye surgery in Orange County? LASIK eye surgery is a very successful solution for vision correction.  A recent study shows that an estimated 98.4% of patients who underwent LASIK eye surgery would opt for the procedure over again.

However, there are some myths that surround LASIK eye surgery, which make some skeptical.  Below are some of the top myths about LASIK eye surgery in Orange County (and the facts about these myths!).

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #1: LASIK eye surgery is expensive.

LASIK eye surgery has become extremely popular and accessible to patients, which means it is a considerably more affordable option for vision correction.  If you take into account the cost over time for eye exams, new frames, new lenses, contact lenses, contact solution, eye drops, and everything else that comes with wearing corrective lenses, LASIK eye surgery in Orange County will actually save you money.  Furthermore, it doesn’t take into account the time and inconvenience of having to visit the eye doctor and order contacts, plus having to put them in, clean them, take them out, etc., each and every day.  Many doctor’s offices offer reasonable payment plans and financing options.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #2: The procedure is painful.

The procedure itself is very quick and typically takes about 15 minutes.  Patients are providing numbing drops, which helps to limit any pain or discomfort.  Patients typically report feeling a brief moment of pressure during the procedure when the corneal flap is created.  Some patients tend to be more anxious or nervous about the procedure.  Doctors can typically provide a mild sedative to help you relax and endure the procedure with the least amount of discomfort and anxiety.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #3: Recovery from LASIK eye surgery takes too long.

The recovery time for LASIK eye surgery is typically 24 hours or less.  Patients should notice immediately improved vision following the procedure.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #4: LASIK eye surgery can only treat nearsightedness.

This myth is true with the original LASIK eye surgery procedure, but technology has since changed and LASIK is now used to correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness.  Further, newer technology with LASIK can also fix monovision, blended vision and multifocal vision impairments.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #5: LASIK eye surgery doesn’t treat astigmatism.

This myth is believed to have originated from some of the centers that would charge higher fees for patients with astigmatism, claiming that it was more difficult or problematic.  However, that is not the case.  LASIK technology has been easily treating astigmatisms since the 90’s and is done quickly and easily with today’s laser technology.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #6: Patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery experience poor night vision.

Again, similar to many of the other myths, this myth originated from some of the common side effects experienced by patients early on when LASIK eye surgery was introduced.  Patients have reported vision disturbances at night including glare or halos.  Some still have reported this on occasion, but by far and large, this common side effect is rare.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #7: LASIK eye surgery is only for younger patients.

The only age restriction for patients for undergoing LASIK eye surgery is that they have to be over the age of 18 (and for some doctors, they prefer over the age of 21).  There is no age limit for LASIK eye surgery.  The only thing that may prohibit and older patient from getting LASIK eye surgery is if they have any other health issues or eye conditions that may prevent them from being a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #8: The procedure is too new to know of any negative side effects.

LASIK eye surgery has been performed now for more than 25 years.  The long-term studies around those that have had LASIK have been positive.  Further, technology has only improved over the years, making the previous risks and potential complications minimal.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #9: LASIK eye surgery doesn’t last.

While most doctors will never claim LASIK eye surgery to be a permanent corrective solution, there are many cases where LASIK eye surgery has provided permanent results.  There are a few rare cases where patients have experienced vision regression after LASIK.  Patients can still develop other age-related vision changes, such as cataracts, but for the most part, LASIK eye surgery has yielded long-term and lasting results for majority of patients.

LASIK EYE SURGERY MYTH #10: You risk going blind undergoing LASIK eye surgery.

This myth is debunked by merely stating the fact that there’s not a single recorded case of a patient who has undergone LASIK eye surgery that has gone blind as a result of the surgery.  LASIK eye surgery merely treats the surface layer of the eye in order to reshape the cornea and the likelihood of blindness occurring from LASIK eye surgery is extremely unlikely.

If you are nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism or aren’t sure, but know that your vision is not as clear as it could be, and would like to discuss with an experienced doctor about whether or not LASIK eye surgery in Orange County is right for you, please contact us today at 1-866-997-2020 to schedule a FREE initial consultation.

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

If you’re looking for a new way to combat less than perfect vision, then you’ve probably looked into Lasik eye surgery. You’ve probably read about all the benefits, like no longer having to worry about contacts or glasses, the painless surgery process, the short 24-hour recovery time and the savings on eye care over time. Lasik eye surgery in Orange County may be perfect for you.

However, do you know if you are the right candidate for this surgery? While most people are able to get Lasik eye surgery performed on their eyes, there are a few caveats and requirements.

Age

Since our vision changes as we get older, and changes more significantly in our younger years, there is an age requirement. This surgery is only FDA-approve for individuals 18 years of age or older. Most eye doctors, however, often advise their patients to wait at least until their mid-twenties to get the surgery when their prescription will be more stable.

As we age, a condition called presbyopia can set in around 40 years of age. This condition can make it difficult to see things within an arm’s reach and makes most people reach for their reading glasses. Unfortunately, Lasik surgery cannot correct presbyopia. There is another type of surgery though, called monovision laser surgery, that may be able to help this problem.

Prescription Changes

When considering you for Lasik eye surgery, eye doctors also look at how much your prescription has changed within the last 1-2 years. Generally, they like to see that your prescription has remained the same. Too many changes can signal that your eye still need to “settle” on one prescription. Refractive errors need to be stable for at least a year before a doctor will consider performing Lasik surgery on your eyes.

Prescription Limits

In addition to prescriptions changes, your prescription must be within certain limits in order for the surgery to be successful. If your prescription is too high, a doctor will probably not recommend you for Lasik eye surgery. The results of Lasik performed in individuals with high prescriptions can be unpredictable and not worth the risk or the cost. There are different surgeries and treatment options that you can discuss with your doctor if your prescription is too high for Lasik eye surgery.

Pupil Size

The size of your pupils play an important role in the success of the surgery, so they need to be the right size. Pupils that are too large can increase the risk of some side effects, like halos, glares and starbursts in low light, especially when driving at night.

Thick Corneas

Since most of the procedure will take place on the front surface of your eye, a.k.a. your cornea, this area will need to be able to stand up to the task. The surgeon will be reshaping this area, and it cannot be too thin or misshapen. Otherwise, the surgery can make your vision worse.

Recent advancements have allowed people with thinner corneas to be able to have the surgery. For example, a surgeon could use a different kind of laser on a person with thinner corneas. And if your corneas are still deemed too thin, there are other treatment options that you can discuss with your doctor.

You and your eyes must be in good general health

There are some conditions and illnesses that may prevent you from being a good candidate for Lasik eye surgery in Orange County. If you have uncontrolled autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and AIDS your doctor may recommend another treatment option for you. Also, if your body has any trouble healing, you may be better off treating your vision with another type of surgery. Also, your eyes need to be in good health and free from illnesses, like cataracts, in order to be considered for Lasik eye Surgery.

Lasik eye surgery is definitely a great option for people who suffer from less than perfect vision. Talk to you doctor to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure!

Advanced Eye Medical Group is led by experienced eye doctors with a mission to deliver their patients clearer vision, while providing them the highest quality care. Our team of doctors and specialists have years of experience to deliver outstanding and advanced laser eye surgery in Orange County.

Lasik Recovery

Many people are unsure whether or not to undergo Lasik surgery. Aside from the pre-procedure jitters, many can agree on the benefits of the Lasik procedure. The Lasik process is a simple outpatient procedure that has proven results and success for many patients. It is important to flesh out the Lasik recovery process to overcome any reservations you may have. There have been millions of Lasik patients whose lives have been transformed with their improved eyesight. Why not revamp your vision with Lasik eye surgery?

Lasik Surgery

Lasik Surgery is done as a quick, outpatient procedure. Initially, the patient’s eyesight deficiencies are clearly pinpointed through a 3-D wavescan map. Numbing drops are then placed in both eyes to prepare for the surgery. After the drops have properly numbed the area, the doctor will then create a corneal flap with the laser. Once the corneal flap is lifted, all mild to severe vision deficiencies will be corrected through this procedure. Then the flap will be placed back to finish the Lasik process. After the procedure, the doctor will place a shield over the eyes to further protect the results.

Lasik Recovery

Immediately after the Lasik procedure, the recovery process begins. After the surgery, the patients will be given eye drops to avoid infections and inflammation. Patients are able to return to work same day with this easy outpatient procedure. 24 hours after the procedure, the doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate the patient’s progress thus far. It is crucial to develop a relationship with your Lasik doctor to make sure your recovery is on the right track. Vision will still be adjusting days after surgery, but rest assured that most patients experience results within the first week of the Lasik procedure.

Lasik’s Proven Success!

According the FDA, studies have shown that more than 95% of patients of the Lasik eye surgery have been satisfied with their vision. This study also noted that 99% of patients within the study did not experience any problems with their vision after the procedure. Around 95.4% of Lasik patients, worldwide, reported satisfaction with the Lasik eye surgery, as found in a study done by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In another study done by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it was noted that within a three-year time frame, patient satisfaction grew greater and greater each year.

Recovery Tips 

To ensure a smooth recovery, here are some helpful tips to heal your eyesight with ease. It is important to adjust your lifestyle when recovering from Lasik eye surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure a seamless recovery. Apply eye drops and artificial tear drops as prescribed and directed by your doctor. Do not rub your eyes at all after surgery, they are in the midst of healing and should be left entirely alone. Soap and water should be strictly kept out of eyes within the first week. If you at work staring at a screen or just at home staring at your phone, breaks should be incorporated into your day. Staring at electronic screens can cause dryness within the eyes which may alter your recovery process.

Avoid any hot tubs, swimming pools and any areas where bacteria can grow. Do not partake in any intense sports or activities that may cause sweat to enter your eyes. No makeup or eye creams should be applied within a week after the procedure. Make sure that sunglasses are being worn to protect against any harmful UV rays when outside. Protecting your eyes is key to a successful recovery.

The Lasik procedure continues to be a simplistic procedure, with a speedy recovery period and proven success. If you are open to all the beneficial results that the Lasik eye procedure has to offer, contact Dr. Ghosheh. Evaluate your candidacy and improve your vision with Lasik at Advanced Eye Medical Group.

 

The Lasik Process

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis or Lasik for short, is a vision correction eye surgery that eliminates the use or need of eyeglasses or corrective lenses. The Lasik procedure continues to be one of the most revered laser vision correction surgeries out there. Before proceeding with Lasik surgery, it is important for the patient to understand the entire process through research and a consultation with their eye doctor. For all questions regarding Lasik surgery in Orange County, contact Advanced Eye Medical, as every patient’s needs are different.

Are you a Candidate?

Candidates for the Lasik procedure are at least 21 years old. Typically, at the age of 21, eyesight is fully developed, making it easier to pinpoint and treat problems with vision. Candidates should be in good health before Lasik, therefore presenting no potential risks during surgery. Candidates should have a stable vision prescription for at least one year.

The doctor will then evaluate the patient’s current prescription to fully assess if Lasik surgery is right for the patient. No existing eye disease should be present, thus further ensuring a smooth vision correction surgery.

How to Prepare for your Lasik Surgery

During the initial consultation, your doctor will provide you with an overview the Lasik procedure. They will evaluate your candidacy for laser vision correction surgery. Your doctor will then assess your medical history to address any potential complications. During this appointment, necessary vision tests and eye examinations will be performed. Your doctor will also answer any questions or concerns about the surgery, if needed. If you are considered a good candidate for Lasik, your doctor will schedule the procedure.

The day before the surgery, it is advised to stop using creams, lotions, makeup and perfumes around the eye area to lessen the risk of infection during and after surgery. Transportation should be arranged to and from the Lasik procedure.

The Lasik Procedure

Lasik is a quick and simple outpatient surgical procedure. This procedure typically takes around 10 minutes to complete. First, a personalized vision profile is created with the help of Advanced CustomVue® Wavescan technology. A 3-D map of the patient’s eye is created to view every angle of the patient’s vision deficiencies. Before the surgery begins, numbing eye drops are administered to the patient’s eyes. Once the drops have begun the numbing process, a corneal flap is created with the Intralase laser. Using the corneal flap, the Advanced CustomVue treatment will use the VISX Star S4™ excimer laser to treat mild to severe vision problems. After the procedure is finished, the doctor will return the corneal flap to its original state. A shield is then placed over the eyes to protect and heal the vision corrections made during the procedure.

Lasik Recovery

Following the Lasik procedure, patients will be given eye drops to help prevent infections and inflammation. Most patients will see results a few days after surgery. A follow-up appointment with the doctor will be booked 24 hours within the surgery. Patients can return to work the day after surgery. It is important to keep in contact with your doctor to ensure a seamless healing process.

Lasik Eye Surgery in Orange County

Improve your vision with our specialized laser vision correction surgery. Contact Dr. Ghosheh to see if you are a candidate for Lasik eye surgery in Orange County and start your journey to better eyesight with Advanced Eye Medical Group.