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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.

Living Well with Low Vision

Low vision is a degenerative ocular disease that causes a loss of vision that is not correctable using prescription glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. In fact, there is no medical cure at all. A person with low vision may find it difficult to accomplish everyday activities such as reading, driving and facial recognition. Although low vision in a not a normal part of the aging process, and loss of eyesight cannot be regained, there are many tools that exist so that you can live well with your remaining eyesight. With that in mind, here are some tips and tools you can use to maximize your remaining vision and live well.

Use Large Print Devices and Magnifying Glasses

Many household items and digital devices come in larger versions. These larger print versions, including books, clocks and other products, can be read more easily when the text is larger, and will be easily purchasable at any store. You can also zoom in on most web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, which will make reading webpages much easier.

Use Talking Devices for the Visually Impaired

Many household items can be purchased in ‘talking versions’ for those who are visually impaired. These include watches, timers and even books in the form of audio books. Make the most of computer and electronic devices, so that everything from typing on the computer to timing dinner in the oven can be accomplished with relative ease.

Compensate With Your Other Senses

It has long been said that your other sense will start to make up for the other when it becomes somewhat unusable. For example, those will low vision can start to rely more on their hearing to make up for their comparable lack of vision, and use the feel of texture to touch their way around environments. By redesigning your home environment to adapt more to your other senses, you will be able to navigate much easier and adapt your home to your lack of coherent vision.

If you follow these tips, living with low vision won’t be nearly as big of a problem, and you will be able to live a normal and sustainable life with minimal assistance. Contact Dr. Ghosheh to set up an appointment learn about how to take care of your eyes the best way possible.

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.

Congratulations to the League-Leading Anaheim Ducks!

As the Official Lasik Specialists of the Anaheim Ducks, we want to express our excitement at the phenomenal season they are having so far. With last night’s win over the Atlantic-Division-Leading Boston Bruins, the Ducks remained undefeated in regulation here at the Honda Center in Anaheim. That gives them a wide nine-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have remained at the top of ESPN’s Nation Hockey League Power Rankings once again this week.

Over the years, we have been so proud to help this wonderful franchise with our laser vision correction services. We have seen them grow over the years, from an expansion franchise in 1993 to Stanley Champions in 2007, right up to their league-leading status today. They are a model organization, and we wish them the best of luck in the second half of the season. The entire franchise has always been a joy to work with.

After beating Boston 5-2 last night, the Ducks travel to Nashville tomorrow to face the Predators with the hopes of extending their current winning streak to five. They then travel to Phoenix before returning to Anaheim to host the Redwings this Sunday. With 37 games to go and a league-leading 69 points, the future is looking bright for the Anaheim Ducks this season. Could a second Stanley Cup be on the horizon for this fresh-faced team? Only time will tell, but we hope so.