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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.

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.