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Life After LASIK

Congratulations! After years of wondering where you left your glasses, you finally went through with getting LASIK eye surgery. You can’t wait to see what the world looks like with 20/20 vision. Before you drive at night to see a 3D movie in celebration, there are a few important points you should know about.

For more information on Orange County LASIK eye surgery, contact Advanced Eye Medical.

Immediately After Surgery

You will spend 2-3 hours at the surgery center on the day of your procedure. You will need to plan for someone to drive you to and from the center. After your surgery you will go home to rest and sleep for the rest of the day in order to heal. You will experience improved vision immediately and your vision will continue to improve over the next few days.

The Day After Surgery

The day after surgery, you will visit your doctor for your postoperative appointment. LASIK surgery does not carry a lot of risks, but it will be important to know that everything is working properly. During this appointment your doctor will simply check on the condition of your eyes, and make sure everything is healing according to schedule. This appointment should have been scheduled at the same time that you scheduled your LASIK surgery appointment. You may return to work the day after your surgery.

The Week After Surgery

Because a new part of your cornea is now encountering the atmosphere, you may experience burning, stinging, and pain in your eyes for about a week after your surgery. Because most of us are not used to really feeling anything at all in our eyes, this can be nerve wracking. Just know that this symptom is to be expected and you should not worry about it.

Red Eyes

Redness of the eyes is another normal side effect of LASIK surgery. If you feel a social stigma or it is bothersome to you in any way, you can request eye drops from your doctor to reduce the redness. If you think this side effect is lasting too long, get in touch with your doctor. Although it is probably nothing, you want to make sure you are not experiencing a more serious reaction to surgery.

Eye Makeup

After LASIK surgery you should not apply any eye makeup such as eyeliner, eyeshadow, or mascara. You won’t need to avoid it forever, but it can really harm your eyes immediately after surgery as your eyes adjust. How long you need to go without your makeup depends on your individual case. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor and get his or her permission before your start applying it again.

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

For a period after your LASIK surgery, you will need to stay out of pools and jacuzzies. Period. You can’t go in from the waist down. You can’t wear goggles. Not at all. If even a drop of chlorine gets in your eye, you are in serious trouble. This is a strict requirement that lasts for the immediate recovery period. Ask your doctor when it is safe for you to swim again.

An Opportunity to Quit Smoking

By now you know that smoking is really bad for you. Whether you smoke cigarettes, marijuana, or even vape, you will need to quit at least temporarily after your LASIK surgery. This is because smoke is especially irritating to your eyes, making it one of the most important things to avoid. Other irritants to avoid include dust, dirt, and other air pollutants. If you do quit smoking you will not only be saving your eyes, but your heart and lungs as well.

Orange County LASIK Eye Surgery

Dr. Gosheh at Advanced Eye Medical in Orange County performs LASIK surgery using iLASIK. iLASIK is the latest technology which has recently been approved by NASA for use on astronauts, and by all branches of the US military for use on all service men and women, including Air Force pilots and Naval Aviators. Contact Dr. Gosheh at Advanced Eye Medical for a consultation towards Orange County LASIK eye surgery today!

How to Choose Glasses to Fit Your Face

If your eye heath and eyesight have faded with time, you’re certainly not alone. Actually, roughly 75% of American adults use some sort of vision correcting mechanism. As we age, there are a myriad of factors that contribute to declining eyesight. Whether you have a condition, regular wear and tear, or just feel like you can’t read everything you used to be able to, vision correction is a common pursuit.

Whether you’re a contacts-lover or a glasses-wearer or somebody in between, we all know the struggle that is choosing a new set of frames. Round frames, cat eye frames, rectangular, extra-angular, oh my! The key to finding the perfect pair that emphasizes your favorite features? Finding a pair that fits your face properly.

If it’s finally time to forego your glasses, contact our experts at Advanced Eye Medical to learn more about your options for Orange County LASIK eye surgery.

The first step is to establish which of the four common face shapes you have. You likely already know which of these matches your features, but if you don’t, follow these guidelines:

1. Oval: Oval faces have balanced features and high cheekbones and the chin is typically narrower than the forehead. Simply put: your face is longer than it is wide.
2. Round: Rounded faces typically have full cheeks and a rounded chin, and your face is as wide as it is tall.
3. Heart: People with heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead, high cheekbones, and a narrower chin. Their facial features are wider at the top of the face and come down to a narrow chin.
4. Square: Those with square faces have a very prominent jawline, wide forehead and noticeably angular features.

Even if you don’t feel you match any of these descriptions exactly, it’s likely that you fall into one of these categories more than the others.

Now comes the next step: choosing a design! Each face shape is flattered by different designs and sizes. choosing one that flatters your particular face shape is a game changer. But, what are those designs and sizes?

Oval

If you have an oval shaped face, try looking for some bold shapes, colors and textures! Oval faces are flattered by many types of glasses, so looking for a pair that emphasizes the balance of your face is key. Look for a pair that are wider than the widest part of your face. Lucky for you, this is considered the easiest face shape to shop for!

Round

If you have a round face shape, look for glasses with strong details with frames that are wider than they are tall. The wider shape will flatter the roundness in your face and make it appear slimmer. The strong features and angles of the glasses are flattering because those with round faces typically do not have a highly angular face, and rather have more rounded features. A fun print, an interesting color and strong detailing can add lots of contrast and definition to the face.

Heart

For you heart-shaped faces out there, try looking for frames that are wider than your forehead (the widest part of your face) and perhaps some design work on the bottom half. This will help balance out your features and emphasize your beautiful, strong cheekbones! We think light colors are flattering and don’t take away from your beautiful features.

Square

Because of your strong jawline and angular features, look for round shapes with thinner frames. We also think neutral colors help flatter your jawline and keep a nice, even balance throughout your face. A pair with strong angles might make your face appear more angular than you want!

Orange County LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’re sick and tired of hunting for frames and putting in contact lenses, perhaps LASIK is right for you. From its seriously low level of risk and phenomenal, consistent results, this procedure will leave you with great eyesight and without the hassle of eye corrective gear. LASIK has tons of benefits, including:

-Corrected vision
-Low amounts of pain associated with the procedure
-Vision is corrected or improved immediately or the following day
-Quick recovery
-Results can be adjusted later on in life
-No longer needed corrective eyewear

For more information on Orange County LASIK eye surgery and whether or not you are a qualified candidate for the procedure, contact us!

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!

Surgery Options for Correcting Myopia

Myopia, also known as near nearsightedness, is one of the most common eye disorders. As a result, there are many options to correct myopia, including surgical procedures. These surgical procedures generally fall under the category of laser eye surgery. There are several options within laser eye surgery that can be used to correct myopia. With that in mind, here are the options that you can choose and a breakdown of their pros and cons for treating myopia.

Different Types of Laser Eye Surgery

Before laser eye surgery, doctors used a procedure called radial keratotmy to correct the symptoms of myopia. In radial keratotmy, a select number of incisions were made in the cornea to alter its shape and affect how it refracted light. Fortunately, laser eye surgery is a much more simple procedure with a much higher rate of success.

LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is now the preferred form of laser eye surgery because it has a greater depth of treatment in comparison to traditional laser eye surgery. Recovery time on LASIK eye surgery is also quicker and the surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure if no complications occur. LASIK eye surgery is performed by a surgical instrument being used in conjunction with a laser to fold back a flap of the corena and reshape the tissue behind it to correct vision. While complications are not common, do keep in mind that LASIK eye surgery can cause damage if you have thin corneas or have had previous complications from past eye surgeries.

Photorefractive Keratectomy

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is the other major option to correct myopia, and it is an extension of radial keratotmy with the addition of lasers. Prior to the widespread use of LASIK eye surgery, PRK was the standard option for elective eye surgery. PRK uses a laser directly on the surface of the cornea instead of underneath the cornea to reshape the curvature of the eye. It takes about two to three days for the cornea to heal after PRK surgery. If you have a eye condition such as dry eyes, your medical professional may opt for PRK surgery, as it is less likely to complicate existing conditions or disorders.

Ultimately, your medical professional will decide which type of laser eye surgery is the right choice for you. Make sure to heed their advice carefully during your consultation and make an informed decision about how to best clear up myopia and be able to view objects nearby without blurred vision again.

Macular Degeneration: A Sign of Aging Eyes

Aging is an undeniable part of life. It takes its toll on the body in many ways, from wrinkles to gray hair to diminished physical strength. In addition to all of these things, time can negatively affect the performance of the eyes. Most of us aren’t surprised by this revelation. In fact, we often come to expect certain common vision changes such as presbyopia, which causes blurred vision when reading or focusing at around age 40. However, other age-related conditions are more serious and can have a greater impact on your life. This includes a disease called macular degeneration.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss for those roughly 60 years or older. It involves the deterioration of central vision, which is due to damage of the macula (the central part of the retina). While AMD remains incurable, visiting an eye doctor for treatment is the best way to slow its progression and help you make the most of your vision.

Types of Macular Degeneration

There are 2 main forms of this age-related eye disease. The first and most common type is referred to as “dry” macular degeneration. In these cases, the yellow protein called drusen forms in or around the macula. Eventually the protein accumulates and causes the macula to thin, leading to central vision loss. The loss of vision is usually a gradual process.

The second, less common form is “wet” macular degeneration. Abnormal blood vessels can grow beneath the retina and leak fluids which distort central vision. With this form of the disease, the progression of vision loss is faster and more severe.

Symptoms & Risk Factors

In a lot of cases, AMD comes on slowly and does not produce any initial symptoms. Due to the fact that it’s also painless, this doesn’t necessarily give you a warning that something is wrong. However, this does shine light on how important routine eye exams can be for detecting problems as soon as possible.

When symptoms do begin to occur, the most prevalent sign is blurry vision. Additional symptoms can include:

-Shadowed central vision
-Blind spots
-Impaired depth perception
-Difficulty seeing in low light
-Trouble seeing details and/or colors
-Straight lines appear wavy

What causes AMD? Well, the exact cause is still unknown. However, advanced age is the biggest risk factor. Other links have been made to genetics and family history, blue eye color, gender (women are more at risk than men), and race (Caucasians are more likely to develop it than other races). Despite this, there are some risk factors that can be controlled. These include:

-Smoking
-Obesity
-High blood pressure
-High cholesterol
-Sun exposure
-Poor diet

Treatment

As previously stated, AMD cannot be cured at this time. Certain methods and steps can usually be taken to decrease the rate that it progresses or lower your risk of developing it in the first place. Examples of these actions include avoiding smoking, protecting your eyes from the sun, and maintaining a healthy diet that doesn’t consist of processed foods or artificial fats. Your eye doctor may also recommend certain vitamins, nutritional supplements, or FDA-approved medications or laser treatments, depending on the form and stage of AMD.

There are also a range of low vision devices that can help AMD sufferers cope with the vision loss. Things like computer aids, magnifiers, and large print reading materials can possibly prevent AMD from completely stopping you from participating in the things that you love.

Experienced Vision Care

If you are having an issue with your eyes, or would like to set up a vision screening, please contact us at Advanced Eye Medical Group in Mission Viejo today. Our skilled team of eye doctors offer services that extend from eye exams to iLASIK, and we feel that it’s a true privilege to help patients with their vision needs.

Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted?

Two of the most common eyesight problems are nearsightedness and farsightedness. Both conditions can cause long-term vision impairment and are considered refractive disorders. Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects that are far away to be viewed as blurry. Farsightedness, know as hyperopia, causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions, which are very common, are caused by an elongation of the eyeballs, that occurs naturally with age, and prolonged use of the eyes, but also can be genetic among children.

Keep in mind that when you are either nearsighted or farsighted, you are only affected to a certain extent. Because myopia and hyperopia occur on different levels, this will also affect your prescription for either eyeglasses, contact lenses or both. While only a medical professional will be able to determine and diagnose if you are near-sighted or far-sighted , there are ways to tell what your particular refractive disorder you have. Here are the best ways to determine if you are near-sighted or far-sighted.

How To Tell If You’re Near-Sighted

Pediatricians regularly have children read a sequence of shrinking letters off a chart in their offices for this specific reason. You’re probably familiar with this test. These charts are called a Snellen or Tumbling E -chart. Fortunately, the test associated with these charts can be found online, although a medical professional can only make the final diagnosis. If you are unable to determine the sequencing of letters on the chart, in a readable order, it is possible that you have myopia.

How To Tell If You’re Far-Sighted

Determining if you are far-sighted also involves the same method of testing. To test yourself for this refractive disorder, you will need to find an online, sight-testing, chart where the texts in each line appears smaller. An eye with normal focusing ability should be able to read each individual line without experience any blurriness or discomfort. If you are unable to do so, you may hyperopia, and should seek a medical eye exam immediately to determine if you need reading glasses. If you do, a true medical examination will be able to not only determine whether you have hyperopia, but also what strength of reading glasses you will need. Luckily, being far-sighted is the less serious and more common of the two conditions, but both the onset of myopia and hyperopia can be corrected with proper eyeglasses or contact lenses as prescribed by a medical professional.

If you are experiencing any eye-sight issues, feel free to Dr. Ghosheh, today, at 1-888-439-6565. To schedule a consultation, or appointment, go to laserforeyes.com.

Top 10 Questions On Eye Health Answered

As an often neglected aspect of general health and wellness, eye health is essential not only for vision, but also for daily and general activity. Within eye health, lay many misconceptions and unknown factors in regard to eye exams, eye condition, and illnesses associated with the eyes. That being in mind, here are ten common questions about eye health and their corresponding answers.

1.How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?

According to the American Optometric Association, adults that are aged 61 and above should see their optometrist every year, if they are currently using glasses or contact lenses. However, adults 60 or younger are typically only required to have an eye examination every two years, although their optometrist might recommend a more frequent checkup, depending on the severity of their eye condition.

2.What is a cataract?

Despite being one of the most common eye conditions, cataracts are largely misunderstood, both in how they are acquired and what treatment is available. A cataract is a cloudy film that develops in your eye that prevents light from passing into your retina which, if left untreated, can impair your vision. Cataract removal is one of the most common mandatory surgeries in the United States once the condition is discovered.

3.What is the difference being nearsighted and farsighted?

Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects, that are far away, to be viewed blurry. Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia, which causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions – which are very common, are caused an elongation of the eyeballs that occurs with age.

4.Do you need a prescription to purchase eyeglasses or contact lenses?

It is necessary to have a prescription when purchasing prescription eyeglasses, and contact lenses, as they need to be adjusted specifically for your eyes and vision. Contact lens or eyeglasses that are fitted incorrectly can cause blurred or distorted vision, infection, inflammation or permanent eye tissue damage if used continuously, which is why a prescription is required.

5.How safe is LASIK eye surgery?

While all surgery necessitates some level of risk, LASIK laser eye surgery is considered particularly safe and noninvasive. Possible side effects include dry eye syndrome, the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses after surgery, or seeing halos or glares due to over correction or under correction of eye tissue. Loss of vision is also a possible risk, although this is thought to be quite rare.

6.How do you know if you have glaucoma?

Unfortunately, glaucoma is not detectable outside of specialized tests by medical professionals, and will only become apparent once there is damage to your optic nerve. This is why regular preventative eye examinations are recommended, as glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65.

7.Can you develop both cataracts and glaucoma simultaneously?

While cataracts and glaucoma affect different areas of the eye, both can occur at the same time. Both cataracts and glaucoma are onset by aging, although contracting one does not increase your risk to contract the other. However, there are some exceptions, and those concerned should consult a medical professional.

8.Can you prevent hyperopia or myopia?

Unfortunately, neither condition is preventable, although they are both treatable through either prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses or LASIK laser surgery. Both conditions are a result of a defect in the eye, which makes the light entering the eye focus incorrectly. However, myopia can be made worse by intensely focusing on close blurred objects for extended periods of time.

9.What are dry eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that alters the quality, or quantity, of tears that leak out of your eyes. These tears are made up of three different layers that are balance to keep your eyes nourished and lubricated. If anything changes the balance of these three layers, your tears will evaporate too quickly, which, in turn, will cause your eyes to become chronically puffy and irritated. This can be caused by a combination of age, medications and environmental factors. This can be treated by adding artificial tears, other medications, and consuming more water and other nutrients.

10.What is macular degeneration?

While glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65, macular degeneration is the leading cause. Unlike glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration is often slow and painless, and there is no cure, although treatment can slow or in some cases keep the process at bay. Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which blocks imaging from the brain to the eye. It is an all too common condition that affects more people than both glaucoma and cataracts combined, and is estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans.

For more information on the health of your eyes or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Ghosheh at, 1-888-439-6565, today.

How Soon Can I Run After iLasik Eye Surgery?

If you are on the verge of having iLASIK, you’re probably excited that the road ahead will be paved with clear vision and the freedom from contacts or glasses. Safe, effective, and blade-free, it’s an advanced type of laser eye surgery that has a lot of advantages to offer its patients. That being said, people naturally want to know what they can expect after the procedure and how it may impact their routine. So if running is your game, you may be wondering how soon you’ll be able to get back to doing what you love and pounding the pavement.

Hitting The Ground Running

Overall, iLASIK boasts a speedy recovery rate, with most patients returning to work and resuming normal activities, as soon as, the following day. Your eye doctor will provide more exact post-op instructions and restrictions, but as a general rule, many doctors allow jogging and running to be resumed anywhere from one day to one week, after the surgery. However, even when you are given the greenlight to run, you should still proceed with caution and care to safeguard the healing process.

It’s often advised for iLASIK patients to wear protective eyewear during a run to prevent possible injury or trauma. Of course, running isn’t considered a contact sport, but you never can predict certain occurrences like an object flying toward your eye or face. Additionally, the eyewear will help protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun and hopefully keep you from rubbing your eyes, as well.

Meet With Our Experienced Team of Eye Doctors

Considering everything, iLASIK doesn’t create road blocks when it comes to getting back into a runner’s groove. Rather, it has the potential to help them better enjoy their run, to take in the clear details of the park on a sunny day, or to capture the beauty of a sandy beach.

If you are interested in running the course towards improved eyesight, please contact us at Advanced Eye Medical Group for a consultation or call 1-866-997-2020 for LASIK questions. Located in Mission Viejo, our premier eye center is staffed with an experienced team, of optometrists and ophthalmologists, who are dedicated to assisting patients with their various vision needs. Knowing the impact clear vision can have on the quality of life, we take great pride in helping others achieve it.

Why is iLASIK Better than Regular Lasik Surgery?

When it comes to something as precious as your vision, it’s only natural to want the best. This undeniably remains the case when venturing to improve it with surgery. However, quite frankly, not every vision correction technique is made equal. By comparing iLASIK with traditional LASIK surgery, it’s easy to see that one procedure has several advantages over the other . Here’s a hint; it isn’t LASIK… and here’s why:

iLASIK is Bladeless:

No blades used, need we say more? Probably not, but let’s expand on that anyway. Using a laser system, called IntraLase, iLASIK creates a corneal flap with more precision and safety than LASIK, which uses a small bladed instrument called a microkeratome.

Fewer Complications:

While complications with regular LASIK were fairly rare, the absence of blades, combined with the innovation of advanced technologies, has made iLASIK largely considered the safer of the two. The laser’s exact measurements, capabilities, and predictable outcomes, offer reduced chances of complications such as partial or incomplete corneal flaps.

It’s a Custom-Fit Treatment:

In order to detect the tiniest irregularities and imperfections of the eyes, iLASIK makes a 3D map using WaveScan technology. After the customized flap is created, the map is then utilized when making the appropriate corrections. Not to mention, by being able to treat a wider range of imperfections, such as severe nearsightedness (myopia), iLASIK is possible for a greater amount of people. This, of course, includes those who were not necessarily ideal candidates for traditional LASIK. Overall, it’s a fair to say that iLASIK is a more advanced, more personalized way of improving vision, than that of its predecessor, which is comparatively closer to a one-size fits all technique.

Better Vision Results:

Last, but certainly not least, iLASIK has offered better results, with a majority of patients achieving 20/20 vision, or even better.

Seeing the Benefits of Clearer Vision

Utilized by the United States military and NASA, iLASIK has proven itself to be a highly effective method of vision correction. From precision to safety, the reasons for choosing this procedure are crystal clear, and those for traditional LASIK well, a bit foggy.

To learn more about iLASIK and how it can address your specific vision needs, contact us at Advanced Eye Medical in Orange County. Our expert staff of optometrists and ophthalmologists take pride in helping patients. Say so long to contacts and glasses, and say hello to a clearer world!

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.