Choosing the Lasik Surgeon Who Caters to You

We’ve all heard Shakespeare’s saying “the eyes are the window to the soul.” However, some “windows” are harder to see through than others. Improved vision can have a significant impact on our lives, so it makes sense to find the best surgeon possible to handle your vision correction surgery.

However, it’s important to find a Lasik surgeon who will cater specifically to your individual needs. In order to find accomplish that, there are some important factors you should keep in mind.

Skip the Bargain Hunting

A good deal can be tempting, especially when it comes to Lasik surgery. And while a competitive price is important, it shouldn’t be the only driving factor in your decision. So many other aspects, such as the quality of care and the cleanliness of the facility, should be more important in influencing the decision of which surgeon to choose. Good vision is priceless, and your search should reflect that notion.

Look at Qualifications

Your Lasik surgeon’s credentials should be one of your biggest concerns when making your decision. Board certification and state licensure are absolutely necessary. Look for a surgeon who is a member of an academy or association, such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology or the Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Also search for a surgeon with many successful years of experience in laser vision correction. Look for an experienced Lasik surgeon who is knowledgeable concerning new and improving laser technologies for vision correction.

Review Your Surgeon’s Results

Once you’ve made sure your surgeon looks good on paper, see how their results look. Here are some important questions to help gauge if the surgeon has done quality work:

  • What is the surgeon’s success rate?
  • What is the surgeon’s guarantee, if any?
  • Is there data to back up any claims?

Also , be sure to read patient testimonials, talk with former patients, and search reviews online.

Look for That Personal Touch

Once you’ve found the best surgeon, make sure that you have a good rapport. Find that surgeon who adds a personal touch to your experience by communicating in a friendly and attentive way. Since Lasik procedures are often an in-and-out procedure, some surgeons become impersonal during the process.

Find a surgeon who is concerned about your specific eye care needs and goals and will follow-up repeatedly on your care. You want a surgeon who will constantly communicate with you regarding updated technologies or procedures. Also, look for a surgeon who is focused on personal, long-term care for you and your eyes.

Choose Advanced Eye Medical

You’ve already decided that great vision is important to you. Make sure that an attentive Lasik surgeon is just as important. The eye care experts at Advanced Eye Medical are not only qualified, experienced, and successful, but they also pride themselves on providing follow-up visits, ensuring that your eyes are healthy in the weeks, and even years, after your procedure.

Contact us today to schedule your custom Lasik consultation. Let the experts at Advanced Eye Medical serve you and your eye care needs.

How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Monovision Correction?

Whether you have just undergone monovision LASIK or other monovision correction, or you’re discussing the procedure with your eye care specialist, you’re probably wondering how long it will take your eyes to adjust. As you are probably aware, monovision correction is the process by which the dominant eye is adjusted for distance vision, and the non-dominant eye is adjusted for close-up activities including reading or working on the computer.

Types of Monovision Correction

This is usually accomplished either through surgery, or with corrective contact lenses. With monovision correction, the non-dominant eye is adjusted depending on whether or not you were far or near-sighted. This correction sounds like it would ruin your vision, but in fact, it is a great option for those who either cannot, or do not wish to wear bifocal lenses.

During the adjustment period, you may experience difficulties such as reading from a distance, or nighttime driving, and you may notice a delay in focusing from near objects to distant objects, but thankfully these side effects pass quickly.

Monovision correction is such an amazing option because, after a period of time, your brain will actually rewire itself to automatically select the appropriate image for the appropriate distance. This amazing feat of neuroplasticity actually allows the patient to achieve relatively normal eye function, without bifocal contacts or glasses. This is all possible because of the brain’s unique relationship with the eye. Our brain automatically fills in gaps in our vision, as well as processes away things like our nose that we see all the time, but fail to notice.

How Much Time Will I Need?

By now of course, the big question in most people’s mind is of course “how long?” There is a readjustment period following any monovision correction, whether surgical or otherwise. However, it is a relatively brief recovery period. For most people, the adjustment takes less than a month, and often no more than a few weeks.

Studies have shown that the time to adjust varies from person to person, but it can be shortened tremendously. If you do not compare the differences in your vision, keep both eyes open while looking at objects, and by not dwelling on the disparity in your vision. Do that, and before you know it, there won’t be a noticeable disparity anymore as your eyes and mind will have adjusted accordingly.

Get to Know Your Correction Options

If you’re thinking about monovision correction, talk to your doctor and see if it’s right for you. For almost everyone, monovision correction comes with a short readjustment period, and years of benefits. With something as important as your vision on the line, isn’t a few weeks getting used to a new way of seeing things worth it?

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghosheh at Advanced Eye Medical Group to know more about monovision correction.

4 Signs You’re in Need of New Glasses

Even with glasses or contact lenses, your vision deteriorates over time. Declining eye conditions can be caused by various factors: long hours under the sun without sunglasses, gazing at screens or cellphones, even studying under dim light. Sometimes your eyes just weaken with age.

While you may have glasses, your prescription might not be adequate enough to correct your vision. Orange County’s eyecare specialists at Advanced Eye Center advise you to watch out for these red flags when wearing your glasses. They are signs that you may need to replace them. Read on as we discuss what you need to look out for:

Random Episodes of Headaches or Squinting

At times, it’s the subtle symptoms that matter most. While wearing your glasses you may believe your vision is a perfct 20/20, however, you may actually, and at times, unconsciously, be straining your eyes. But how will you know if you’re putting your eyes through stress when everything seems crisp and clear? Ask yourself, have you ever had sudden headaches that come out of nowhere? Are you squinting even with your glasses on? These are early warning signs that you may need new glasses.

Do You Bring Your Eyes Closer, or Make Text Bigger?

Bringing objects closer to you while wearing glasses is an obvious indicator. If you’re changing the settings on your phone to enlarge text size, this may be a sign that your lenses are no longer giving you the clarity they originally gave you. Instead, your blurry vision can lead to headaches and eye strains.

Sensitivity to Light

Are you experiencing overwhelming glare as you drive past cars at night? Do you ever wake up in the morning and hiss at the sunlight? Your glasses might actually be doing more harm than good with these reflective distractions. Breakthrough technology in corrective lenses has given patients the option to deck their glasses with anti-reflective features.

Scratched or Cracked Lenses

If your glasses are donning a variety of  scratches or cracks, you’re prone to a world of problems, including optical flaws, blurry vision, and distractions. It is also important to not overlook broken eyeglass temples. Glasses that don’t sit properly on your face can also affect your vision. If your glasses are in poor condition, it might be time to visit an eyecare specialist.

Lasik in Orange County Is An Option

Glasses used to be seen as the be-all, end-all solution for poor vision. If you wear glasses, spotting these hazards are important. Experiencing any of these conditions merits a visit to an eyecare specialist.

Dr. R.K. Ghosheh and his team at Advanced Eye Medical have over 25 years of experience correcting vision problems. They’ve performed over 50,000 procedures, most especially the popular Lasik surgery. If you’re tired of your glasses and you’re ready to view the world in 20/20 without lenses, contact our office in Mission Viejo at 888-439-6565 for a consultation.

How the Eye Works – What to Know About Your Vision

As long as they are working fine, your eyes are probably a part of your body that you take for granted. We all feel that way, but have you ever stopped to think about how the eye works and what you need to know about your vision, to preserve it for a lifetime? Your eyes are among the most vulnerable organs of the body, with little to protect them from hazards. To understand how best to upkeep your vision, you need to know how your eyes work and what can potentially go wrong with them.

Here is a quick rundown of functions of the main parts of the human eye:

The Cornea

The cornea is the outer layer of the human eye. When rays of light reach the eye, it first meets with the cornea, which aids in focusing the incoming light. The cornea is important to a person’s overall visual acuity because it accounts for most of your overall eyesight. Interestingly, and somewhat uniquely in the human body, no part of the vascular system reaches the cornea, so tear ducts and fluids produced in the anterior chamber (which is deeper within the eye) give the cornea its only nourishment.

As an unshielded surface of the body, the cornea is subject to some serious health concerns which have a strong bearing on overall vision. Cornea diseases and disorders include:

  • Corneal abrasions
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)

The cornea is generally very resilient to minor abrasions; however, serious traumas or any signs of cloudiness of the eye demands immediate medical attention. As the starting point for visual information in human neurological processes, the cornea is a critical organ that demands prompt and proper care at the first sign of trouble.

In non-life threatening eye care treatments, the cornea performs an important role in treating common sight problems. The shape of the cornea itself can affect whether or not a person needs to wear corrective lenses. Refractive eye surgery is a common procedure that can improve natural eyesight, potentially without the need for eyeglasses or contacts.

The Iris

The iris rests just underneath the cornea. The iris is a circular elevation that dictates the diameter of the pupil. The iris gives your eyes their distinctive coloration. The iris consists of two layers: the stroma and, beneath that, pigmented cells. The muscular system connects to the stroma of the iris, allowing it to dilate the pupil dynamically.

Aside from injury, the major health concern for the iris is conjunctivitis – commonly called pink eye – which can indicate infection, inflammation, or acute glaucoma.

The Pupil

The pupil is the circular black hole at the center of the eye. The iris regulates the amount of light coming into the pupil. When light enters your eye, a neurological response feeds signals into the oculomotor nerve which causes the iris to expand or contract accordingly.

The pupil is subjected to nerve damage, which can cause chronically dilated pupils in some cases. Conversely, some people experience chronically narrowed pupils, which makes it very difficult to see in the dark.

The Inner Eye – the Lens, the Vitreous Humor, and the Retina

The eye’s lens performs an important function. The lens allows you to focus on small details. The lens is also a trouble spot for aging adults, as it is the area of the eye which loses elasticity with age, resulting in cataracts.

The vitreous humor is the gel-like substance of that eye which gives your eyeballs their unique shape. As you age, floaters, or imperfections in the static fluid of the vitreous humor, can occur. These are sometimes visible to the affected person.

Although, the brain sometimes learns to “ignore” floaters, in extreme cases, a laser procedure called vitreolysis is occasionally necessary to evaporate them. The vitreous humor is also prone to shrinkage during the aging process, which can lead to detachment of the vitreous humor from the retina, requiring surgery.

The retina is the back portion of the human eye. It receives the focused visual information from the outer parts of the eye and, importantly, translates that information into neurological information. The retina is also subject to the following diseases and disorders:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Cone-rod dystrophy (CORD)
  • Retinoblastoma (cancer of the retina)
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

As an important hub for translating visual stimuli into neurological information, any problem with the retina calls for a consultation with a qualified ophthalmologist.

Visit Dr. Ghosheh for An Eye Exam

What most patients do not realize is that their eyes do more for their bodies than they imagine. If you are looking for more information regarding eye care exams and services, please contact the Advanced Eye Medical Group and we will help guide you in the right direction.

 

Protect Vision from Computer Screens

Today’s work environment requires many to stare at a computer screen for long periods of time. It is important to take care of your vision before you schedule Lasik eye surgery. Staring at a monitor for long hours can affect your vision because of the strain placed on your eyes.

Exercise your Eyes

Remember to take breaks often when staring at a computer screen. Step away from your computer and stretch your legs, your arms, and breathe. Close your eyes for a minute and rest your eyes. Doing this keeps your eyes from drying out or getting irritated.

Take Breaks

Your eyes need breaks too. It is recommended that you take a break and look away from your computer monitor every 20 minutes. Stare at an object that’s 20 feet across the room for 20 seconds to give your eyes that break they so badly deserve – follow the 20-20-20 rule.

Dry Eyes

Stressful work environments can lead to intense concentration on the computer screen. The average person blinks a few times every second, but when placed in front of a computer screen that decreases to a few blinks every minute. Remember to keep blinking to keep your eyes from drying and straining themselves.

Consider Your Orange County Lasik Eye Surgery Options

Orange County Lasik provides the best technology for all of your laser eye surgery options. It is important for us all to take care of our existing vision, whether we wear corrective lenses or not. Don’t neglect your vision, for more information on correction procedures contact your Advanced Eye Medical Group.

How Do I Know If iLasik is Right for Me?

The iLasik procedure continues to reign as one of the most revolutionary laser vision correction surgeries worldwide. When patients come in for a consultation, they often question if it is the right procedure for them. Though it is expected that only you and your ophthalmologist can make that decision, you should always consider your options. To help put your mind at ease about iLasik, here are some things to keep in mind before you meet for your consultation.

How Stable is My Vision?

Generally, patients of the minimum age of 21 are considered candidates, but they must also have stable vision for at least one year. More importantly, women who are pregnant or nursing may experience fluctuating vision, so laser vision correction may be postponed. Most ophthalmologists expect to treat patients who are in good health and do not have any existing eye diseases, but only an Orange County iLasik surgeon can determine if you are considered a candidate to receive vision correction.

Will iLasik Improve My Way of Life?

Most patients who feel unsatisfied with wearing contacts or glasses all the time should consider vision correction surgery. There is typically a short recovery period after the procedure and most patients are back to their normal routine within a few days, but afterwards they are able to live without worrying about breaking their prescription glasses or losing contact lenses.

What Vision Impairments Are Treated?

If you are an Orange County patient struggling with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, then you should turn to iLasik for vision correction. Presbyopia is one of the less common reasons for repairs, but it is capable of improving vision in adults struggling to read due to the lack of elasticity in the eyes’ lenses. Some doctors prefer that you have something that is worth visually enhancing, so those who struggle with one of these conditions can find comfort from iLasik surgery.

According to the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology over 90 percent of patients who underwent Lasik see between 20/20 and 20/40 without glasses or contact lenses. However, patients hoping to achieve perfect vision without glasses or contacts run the risk of being disappointed.

Successful iLasik offers the safety of micron level accuracy that goes unmatched to any other vision correction surgery. If you want to know more about iLasik, schedule an appointment at our office in Orange County.

Could Too Much Coffee Be Making You Blind?

A new study shows that drinking more than three cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of developing glaucoma. The Harvard study, published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, revealed that heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee is associated to developing exfoliation glaucoma, an eye disease that affects nearly 10 percent of adults above age 50.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Its most common type, primary open-angle glaucoma, has no noticeable symptoms until vision gradually depletes. Early treatment can minimize optic nerve damage, reduce intraocular pressure and limit vision loss.

Exfoliation glaucoma appears as tiny white flakes of dandruff that build up over the lens of the eye. The flakes rub off on the lens with movement of the iris, simultaneously pigment is rubbed off the iris. The pigment and flakes clog the eye’s ability to drain, which results in increased pressure. Cause of exfoliation glaucoma is still being tested, but genetics play a key role in development.

The Coffee Break Test

Harvard analyzed data in 79,000 women in the Nurses Health Study and over 42,000 men in the Health Professional Followup Study. The men and women, 40 and older, did not have glaucoma at the start of the study and attended scheduled eye exams from 1980 (women) and 1986 (men) until 2008. Analyzing questionnaires about the participants’ consumption of coffee, caffeinated drinks and their medical records, researchers gathered that the rise of exfoliation glaucoma was linked to those who drank three or more cups of coffee per day.

Is it Time to Cut Back?

Coffee consumption has a lot of benefits besides helping people stay awake. Coffee contains over 1,000 compounds that affect a person’s health, including decreasing risk of diabetes, improves digestive health, lowering the risk of strokes and many other perks.

Experts say that further research needs to be conducted to ultimately prove coffee’s relationship with glaucoma. Doctors suggest that patients with a family history of glaucoma should limit their intake of coffee to less than three cups per day to start taking steps of preventing the disease.

Coffee Replacements

Most people realize that coffee is a stimulant. Experts will even relate its effects to drugs. It perks up a person’s energy levels, but the effects of coffee are short term. Those who are used to having more than three cups a day will feel the pressure of trying to survive without it. However, there are healthy replacements for coffee, especially for those who feel like it is time to quit. Here are some alternatives to help the body maintain energy levels with limited or no caffeine coffee:

  • Eat a light breakfast

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day

  • Get more sleep

  • Eat small meals every three to four hours

  • Avoid processed foods

  • Snack on fruits, nuts and vegetables

  • Drink at least eight glasses of water a day

  • Replace a cup of coffee with coconut oil

There are  many health experts that say they are not cutting back on coffee just yet, but those of you who feel the need to help yourself prevent glaucoma should start cutting down on those cups of java. Visit an ophthalmologist regularly to ensure that your vision is healthy, and free of glaucoma. Give yourself the option to maintain healthy eyesight and see a specialist to check for glaucoma early and often.