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The Difference Between Cataract and LASIK Surgery

LASIK and Cataract surgery are two of the most popular ocular surgeries today. Because we hear so much about both kinds of surgeries, it is common for people to get the two of them confused. People not only forget which surgery serves what purpose, but they wonder if both can be performed at the same time. For example, people with cataracts often ask if they should have LASIK to help with their vision loss. Although these two surgeries share some similarities, in truth they are two different procedures that correct vision in separate ways.

For more information about Cataract or LASIK surgery in Orange County and to see if you may be a candidate, contact Dr. Ghosheh at Advanced Eye Medical today.

LASIK v. Cataract Surgery: The Differences

The most obvious difference between these two surgeries is in their purpose. LASIK surgery is meant to correct vision. It allows you to see well without glasses or contacts, and generally corrects distance vision. Cataract surgery corrects foggy vision, allowing you to see more clearly.

The next difference lies in how the two surgeries are performed. LASIK surgery aims to reshape the cornea, which in vision deficient patients can be football shaped. The doctor makes a small incision in the center of the cornea, allowing it to reshape itself into a more natural baseball shape. This changes the way the eye focuses light on the retina. During cataract surgery, by contrast, the doctor removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a plastic implant called an Intraocular Lens (IOL.)

Another difference is that LASIK is performed at a laser center on an outpatient basis, while cataracts surgery is performed on an inpatient basis in an operating room. The doctor can perform LASIK surgery on both eyes during one session, but cataract surgery needs to be scheduled for each eye separately.

Finally, there are major differences in the way these surgeries are covered by insurance. LASIK surgery is not reimbursed by insurance. However, you may want to look into paying for surgery with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA.) Cataract surgery is covered by insurance, although there are various out of pocket costs that you may want to add on. These include premium IOLs and laser rather than diamond scalpel surgery.

LASIK v. Cataracts Surgery: The Similarities

Still, there are many things that these two surgeries have in common. LASIK surgery uses two kinds of lasers: one to create a corneal flap and another to change the corneal shape. If you elect to have a laser surgery to remover your cataracts, one of these types of lasers will be used to remove the natural lens from the eye.

Other similarities are that both surgeries provide patients with 20/20 vision or better. They are both performed under general anesthesia while awake, require less than 15 minutes to perform, and boast of virtually no recovery time.

Can You Have LASIK and Cataract Surgeries on the Same Eye?

Yes. Since LASIK works on the cornea and cataract surgery works on the lens, it is possible to have both surgeries on the same eye if the doctors find you need to. Although it is less common, you can even undergo both procedures at the same time. Sometimes, when undergoing cataract surgery, the doctor finds that vision is still not perfect even after applying the IOL. In these cases, they may provide LASIK surgery to complete the procedure and provide the patient with 20/20 vision.

LASIK surgery addresses myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia. These are issues which are usually addressed at a younger age. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens, a condition which generally occurs with old age. Therefore, most people receive LASIK surgery when they are younger and cataract surgery when they are older.

Cataract and LASIK Surgery in Orange County

Visit Advanced Eye Medical for a LASIK screening or complete eye exam to find out if you are a candidate for either cataract or LASIK surgery in Orange County. Schedule your appointment or come in for a consultation.

What Does Color Tell Us Subconsciously?

Colors evoke emotions, moods, and feelings. Knowing the psychology of color can help you make better decisions whether you are decorating your home, picking an outfit for a job interview or a first date, or designing marketing materials for your business.

Your choice of color can improve comprehension by 73%, learning by 55-68%, and reading by 40%.

It is important to remember that context, culture, and time are important things to consider when thinking about color symbolism.

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Primary Colors

Red

Red encourages strong emotions like passion and love. It also encourages appetite, so if you want your kids to finish their dinner, consider using red plates. Because it creates a sense of urgency, red often is used in marketing to attract impulse shoppers. Red also gives the impression of seriousness and power; for example, it is used as a symbol for the Republican Party in the US, and for Communist and Socialist Parties around the world.

Yellow

Yellow represents cheerfulness, warmth, optimism, and youthfulness. It is also known to make babies cry, so you may want to rethink that gender-neutral yellow nursery. It encourages communication, so the family room is probably a better place for it. Yellow stimulates the mind and is the first color the human eye notices, making it useful in marketing to grab the attention of window shoppers. Yellow stimulates the nervous system, so much so that it can cause fatigue and strain on the eyes.

Blue

Water is known as a “cold” color, and is associated with peace, calmness, and serenity. It reminds us of stability and constancy because of the blueness of the sky and the ocean. Because it increases productivity, it is the most-used color in corporate offices. Blue is the second most powerful color; it stands for contemplativeness, strength, and trust. For these reasons it is the symbol of conservativism worldwide and of the Democratic Party in the US.

Secondary Colors

Orange

Orange is bright and inspires enthusiasm and conversation. Since it is a “warm” color you may think it draws people in; in fact, it warns of caution. In marketing, it creates a call it to action (to buy, sell, or subscribe, for instance.) Orange is the national color of the Netherlands and its Royal Family.

Green

Firstly, green symbolizes nature, and by extension, health. It represents new growth and tranquility. Secondarily, it symbolizes money. Surrounding yourself in a green environment can alleviate depression, and workers have been shown to have fewer stomach aches when surrounded by green. Green has long been a symbol of fertility, and believe it or not was the top choice for wedding gown color in the 15th century. It is associated with balance and is the symbol of political environmentalists.

Purple

Purple stimulates creativity and intuition. It can be used when trying to get people to develop new insights, so a classroom or a therapist’s office might be appropriate places for this color. Purple is a symbol of high achievement like royalty, wealth, success, and wisdom. It is often used in marketing to promote beauty and anti-aging products for these reasons. In politics, purple was used to symbolize royalty, but it is hardly used in modern politics.

Color Psychology

Color is a form of non-verbal communication, and its meaning is not static or unchanging. For example, a person may wear red on a particular day, and this could mean:

• They are angry

• They are feeling passionate about something they are doing that day

• They are in love

• They are ready to take action in some way

• It is their favorite color

When reading color psychology, it definitely helps to understand color associations. However, you also have to read a person’s energy on a given day and consider any mitigating circumstances. Pay attention to what is going on around you and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Knowing the unconscious meaning that colors send us helps us to understand ourselves, our communities,  and our environment better.

Orange County Lasik Eye Surgery

The laser vision correction specialists at Advanced Eye Medical have the experience that matters when it comes to helping you achieve the best vision possible. Now in our fourth decade of serving the Orange County community, we look forward to counting you among our thousands of satisfied patients. Call for a free consultation towards Orange County Lasik Eye Surgery: 866-997-2020.