Posts

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 Downside of Contact Lenses

Contacts are becoming increasingly popular among individuals who need to correct their vision. The appeal of not wearing glasses have led this trend, and many people think they’ll never go back to wearing glasses after trying on their first pair of contact lenses. However, as time goes on, they might be noticing some negative effects of wearing contacts that may lead them to seek out other options.

For information about eye health and LASIK in Orange County, please visit Advanced Eye Medical.

Dry Eyes

When wearing contact lenses, the quantity of tears that your eye is absorbing is greatly reduced. Instead, those tears are being absorbed the by the contacts! The lack of moisture leads to unpleasant dry eye symptoms, like itchiness, redness and a burning sensation in your eyes. If your eyes become way too dry, your cornea can even become scarred – which is very painful.

Medication Complications

The combination of using contact lenses and some medications, especially birth control pills, can result in chronic dry eye and irritation. When taking birth control, for example, and wearing contact lenses, the tear film in your eye can become damaged. The tear film consists of three main layers that work together to protect, bathe and nourish your eye. The combination of birth control and contacts can upset the balance among the three layers, causing you to feel a gritty sensation in your eye and a burning feeling due to excessive tearing.

Decreased Corneal Reflex

Contact lenses use may cause diminished corneal reflex in your eye. The corneal reflex is responsible for making sure that we close our eyes if something is threatening them, like an object flying towards your eye or someone trying to poke you. It is a protective mechanism signaled by the brain to your eyelids, telling them to close whenever any pressure is applied to the cornea.

Constant use of contacts can cause your body to ignore the corneal reflex, or may dull the body’s response to it. This can lead to all different types of eye damage because your eyes did not close fast enough.

Corneal Abrasion

Your contacts have the possibility of scratching your cornea if not fitted properly or when your eye becomes too dry, causing a corneal abrasion. You also increase your chance of a corneal abrasion when sleeping in your contacts or if you are carelessly inserting or removing them. Besides just the pain and uncomfortableness of a corneal abrasion, you might also get an infection because the abrasion creates an opening for bacteria and viruses.

Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis

Wearing contact lenses greatly increases your risk of developing conjunctivitis or a sty, especially if you sleep in them. Contacts provide a moist environment that acts as breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. And since less oxygen reaches your cornea when wearing the contacts, your body cannot fight off the infection as effectively as it could.

Ptosis

A condition where your eyelids start to droop, ptosis can lead to the affected person not being able to open their eyes fully. The contact lenses can move into the eyelid tissue, causing scarring and contraction.

What You Can Do

First, you can start wearing your contact lenses less, and use your glasses more regularly – at the very least make sure to always clean your lenses and do not sleep in them. However, if you are one of the many people that switched to contact lenses to stop wearing your glasses, there is another option for you: Lasik surgery. This surgery is done to correct your vision, and frees you from having to wear your glasses or contacts. For this reason, it is a good idea to talk to your eye doctor about the undergoing the procedure.

LASIK in Orange County

If you are having concerns about wearing your contact lenses, make sure to contact Dr. Ghosheh and the team of dedicated eye care experts at Advanced Eye Medical. We offer a number of services for patients who are suffering poor vision or eye diseases/conditions, including LASIK in Orange County. Our experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists deliver clearer vision and a high level of customized care for our patients.

How to Choose the Right Contact Lenses

There are many things to take into consideration when deciding which contact lenses you want to purchase. Here’re some tips for choosing the best and safest option for your eyes.
First, you have to choose between soft or hard contacts, though 9 out of 10 contact wearers opt for the soft version. Hard contacts are best for people with astigmatism, or that may have a disorder that causes protein to form on the lenses.

Contact Lens Options

Daily Wear Contacts
Daily wear contacts are the most inexpensive contact option. Daily wear contacts have to be taken out every night to be disinfected and replaced on a set schedule which can range from every two weeks to every three months.

Disposable Contacts
Disposable contacts can be quite costly because you need a new pair every day. They require no maintenance and are one of the most convenient choices for contact wearers. Disposable contacts can be replaced every week or every month. Disposable contacts are ideal for those who suffer from allergies.

Extended Wear Contacts
Extended wear contacts can be worn overnight and only need to be disinfected once a week. However, most eye care professionals agree that you should not wear your contacts overnight because they deprive the eyes of oxygen and make them susceptible to infection.

Color Change Contacts
Color change contacts can completely change the color of your eyes. You can find these in either prescription contacts or just wear them for cosmetic purposes.

Toric Contacts
These contact lenses are usually more expensive than others because they are designed to correct astigmatism.

Multifocal Contacts
These lenses correct presbyopia, which is an eye condition that develops as people get older. This condition is characterized by not being able to bring close things into focus.

Safety tips to keep in mind when purchasing contact lenses:
Don’t buy a box of contact lenses if the seal is broken. This may indicate that the box has been opened, and the lenses may have been tampered with.

Exercise caution when purchasing contact lenses online. Make sure you always buy from a reputable company that features brand name products. The website should also confirm your prescription with your eye doctor. And when the lenses arrive, make sure each package has your correct prescription listed on the label.

Be sure to use a current prescription written by your eye care professional, remember that prescriptions are only good for a year from the date they were written.

Even cosmetic or theatrical contact lenses should only be purchased after consulting an eye care professional. While cosmetic and theatrical contact lenses can be bought everywhere costume stores to beauty salons it is important for them to be fitted by an eye care professional. In addition, you should visit the eye doctor regularly after you begin wearing these contacts in order to avoid developing infections and other issues.

Now that you know how to choose the right contact lenses, be sure to put these tips into practice the next time you pick out a pair. If you have any further questions about choosing the right contact lenses, we would be happy to assist you. To schedule an appointment, visit laserforeyes.com.