FDA LASIK Outcomes Reports High Satisfaction Rate by Patients

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Results from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration LASIK Quality of Life Collaborations Project

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration LASIK Quality of Life Collaborations Project, recently presented at the 2014 International Society of Refractive Surgery meeting, that after two decades of clinical application of LASIK in the U.S., high satisfaction has been demonstrated in the recent Patient Reported Outcomes with LASIK (PROWL) studies. Two versions of the study were conducted: military (PROWL-1) and non-military (PROWL-2). Both studies were a collaboration of the Department of Defense (via the Navy Refractive Surgery Center in San Diego) and the private sector (data obtained online from LASIK patients). The National Eye Institute, the Department of Defense and the FDA worked together to address questions that have been raised regarding the safety and efficacy of LASIK. The PROWL studies are among the most comprehensive prospective studies done by the FDA. The studies showed that overall, the prevalence of visual symptoms, such as glare, halos and star bursts did not increase in patients that had undergone LASIK surgery. The study was thoroughly performed and confirmed the excellent safety and efficacy profile of LASIK. Results of the studies indicated a 97% patient satisfaction rate.

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Bright Side of Cheap Oil: How LASIK May Now Be Affordable

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Is LASIK Affordable? Moretsky Cassidy LASIK offer affordable LASIK surgery to improve patients’ vision.

Although not everyone is happy about the impact of the North American energy revolution, there is a bright side of cheap oil.  It is like getting a raise. It is estimated that lower energy prices at the gas pump could translate into about a $1,000 a year savings for the average American. Although prices are dependent on supply and demand, it is argued that lower demand has also contributed to these lower prices.  It is undeniable that increased North American production is a game changer in the energy sector, which will carry forward. The energy sector took 20 years to go from bust to boom again, from the last collapse. However, with new techniques in U.S oil production, it is safe to say that the lower cost at the gas pump will not be a temporary event.

Although it has been shown that salaries have remained stagnant for the last several years, the savings from gas purchases is expected to stimulate traditional retail sales, auto sales, travel and restaurants.

What does all of this have to do with LASIK?  For many LASIK has been desired but unaffordable.  With the impact of reduced gas prices, LASIK can now be financed with the savings obtained from the pump.

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LASIK in the Long Term: Will it last and is it safe?

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Is LASIK safe? Moretsky Cassidy LASIK has the experience and skill to improve patients’ vision, even long term.

LASIK is a popular procedure, but some people still wonder if LASIK is safe. Others worry that they might go through the surgery only to find that it’s not effective long term. Fortunately, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can put those concerns to rest. Not only is LASIK safe, but also its long-term effectiveness has been demonstrated over the course of decades of success stories.

One reason patients often ask the question “Is LASIK safe?” is because it’s a relatively new procedure. The first United States patent for a laser used in LASIK surgery was granted in 1989, but the procedure itself wasn’t FDA approved until the late 90s. However, studies of LASIK patients indicate that there is a high level of satisfaction, even after 10 or even almost 20 years. In a consumer reports survey, 80 percent of the respondents said they were “completely” or “very satisfied” with their surgery. While the procedure is not a cure-all, and every surgery has risks, most of the information available declares LASIK safe and effective.

In addition, the technology used in the procedure has vastly improved since that first patent was granted. Today, cutting edge surgical equipment makes LASIK safe and effective, with remarkable precision that leads to positive outcomes. While every patient will not achieve 20/20 vision, the screening process has also improved, which means that more patients will achieve satisfactory outcomes than ever before, with healthy corneas and vision that remains improved even in the long term.

In the Phoenix area, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK has provided high quality LASIK surgery for over thirty years, helping thousands of patients achieve better vision and reduce or even eliminate their dependence on corrective lenses. Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy have the expertise that makes LASIK safe and effective, offering patients improved long term vision. Visit the website to book an appointment online or call us for your LASIK surgery. You can also follow Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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LASIK Surgery for Young Adults – Is Twenty-Something Too Soon?

LASIK Surgery for Young Adults - Is Twenty-Something Too Soon?

LASIK surgery from Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can be a good choice for young adults who meet certain qualifications.

Are your early twenties too soon for LASIK surgery? Most providers encourage young adults to wait until their early 20s because, until this time, a person’s prescription may still be changing. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is often required as proof before anyone, young or old, is deemed a good candidate for LASIK surgery. But why is this important, and what are the other requirements?

If you get LASIK before your prescription is stable, you will end up wearing corrective lenses later. That’s why it’s so important for your prescription to stay the same for at least a year, preferably two. So, even though LASIK surgery is FDA approved for people 18 and older, it’s really dependent on the individual’s prescription.

Another requirement for LASIK qualification is good health. First, of course, your eyes must be healthy, free from conditions like conjunctivitis or infection.  Severe dry eyes can be aggravated by LASIK surgery, so if you have symptoms of dry eye, discuss this with your doctor before surgery. The condition may be able to be successfully treated, and then LASIK surgery can proceed. If you have cataracts or glaucoma, however, these problems will prevent you from being a good candidate for LASIK. Additionally, health concerns that aren’t specific to the eyes can interfere with your ability to qualify for LASIK surgery. Contraindications can include degenerative conditions or uncontrolled autoimmune diseases; if your body has trouble healing, there’s a higher risk that your LASIK surgery will have an unsatisfactory outcome.

The third thing your surgeon will determine before approving you for LASIK surgery is if your prescription is not too high. Whether your high prescription is due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, it may cause your surgical outcome to be less predictable, which means it may not be safe or worth the cost. Other factors come into play as well, such as the thickness of your cornea and the size of your pupils, so the best way to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate is to consult with a reliable and experienced surgeon.

The most common age range for LASIK surgery is 20-50, but as long as you meet the requirements for a successful procedure, age doesn’t really matter. For anyone, from young adults to those in their senior years, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can help improve vision and reduce or even eliminate the need for corrective lenses. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and stop into our offices to schedule an examination before your surgery.

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The Gift of Sight – Giving LASIK Surgery as a Christmas Present

LASIK surgery from Moretsky Cassidy LASIK is the perfect way to give the gift of sight to people on your Christmas list.

LASIK surgery from Moretsky Cassidy LASIK is the perfect way to give the gift of sight to people on your Christmas list.

It’s that time of year again, and while you’re making your Christmas shopping list, LASIK surgery may not be the first thing you think of as a gift. But, why not? If people on your list have poor vision, they’re missing out on some of the best things in life! Eyesight is a wonderful thing to have, and some of the best moments in life are also those during which it’s important to be able to see clearly. When your brother’s baby is born, or your daughter is walking down the aisle as a beautiful bride, wouldn’t those moments be perfect if they were perfectly seen? For that matter, even the simplicity of seeing a rainbow after a rainstorm or watching a butterfly in the flowers is just not the same without perfect vision. Give the precious gift of sight this Christmas for a loved one so they can experience these things.

LASIK surgery is one of the most popular elective procedures in the world because it’s generally safe and effective. A virtually painless outpatient procedure, it improves vision right away and has a short recovery time, so patients can get back to their normal lives quickly. By giving someone the gift of LASIK, you’ll be giving him or her a chance to reduce or even eliminate his or her need for corrective lenses.

What a valuable gift! Giving your loved ones the opportunity to see things they may not have seen clearly in years is truly worthwhile. The gift of sight is far more precious than almost any other Christmas present you can imagine. The availability of LASIK surgery has made this a possibility that previous generations could have only dreamed about.

How can you surprise someone with LASIK surgery? If you live in Arizona, it’s easy to make this happen. Moretsky Cassidy LASIK has locations in Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale, where our friendly professional staff will be happy to help you make the necessary arrangements.

Giving the gift of improved vision is an amazing and rewarding experience, especially when you know you’ve procured LASIK surgery from the very best surgeons available. In the Phoenix area, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK has more than 30 years clinical experience and is well equipped to improve the vision of anyone on your list. Visit the website, or call the office at (602) 263-4041 for more information or to schedule a consultation. You can also follow Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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LASIK for Seniors- What to Consider

LASIK-for-SeniorsLASIK is a popular surgery, and the procedure has helped millions of people across the world to improve their vision and reduce dependence on corrective lenses. As a senior, however, there are many factors to consider before going under the knife, even for a procedure as relatively safe as LASIK. Here, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK offers some guidelines for determining whether LASIK is right for you.

The first step to determining if LASIK surgery is right for you is to make sure you’re free of pre-existing health conditions that might interfere with the procedure. Certain chronic conditions such as autoimmune diseases may preclude a patient from being a candidate for LASIK. Corneal disorders, diabetes, glaucoma and other diseases that impact the eyes can also be contraindications for LASIK.

Certain medications, too, may not be compatible with LASIK. Before deciding on the procedure, patients should be upfront with their doctors about prescription drugs they’re taking. Drugs such as amiodarone, which is used to treat heart arrhythmias, can affect the accuracy and healing after LASIK.

Dry eye can sometimes interfere with the effectiveness of LASIK surgery. Older patients are often more prone to dry eyes, and certain medications can aggravate the problem. Fortunately, dry eye can sometimes be treated prior to LASIK, so talk to your doctor if you have any of the symptoms in order to determine what can be done to help.

The cost of LASIK can differ among LASIK surgery centers and may be a factor in your decision on whether to have the procedure. Where there is a high volume of patients, the cost tends to go down; where the volume of patients is lower, the cost is higher, but you may experience pre- and post-examinations to make sure the procedure went well. Because it’s an elective surgery, LASIK is not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Talk to your surgical center to determine cost and what payment options may be available to you.

No matter what your age, it’s important to find the right surgeon to perform your LASIK surgery. In the Phoenix area, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK provides surgery backed by over 30 years of clinical experience. Visit the website, or call the office for more information or to schedule a consultation. You can also follow Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Are You a Good LASIK Candidate?

good-lasik-candidateLASIK is a popular procedure, and it’s helped millions of people worldwide to achieve better vision and reduce their dependence on corrective lenses. Safe and effective, LASIK surgery can help correct problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. But, how can you know if LASIK is right for you? Only your doctor can tell you for sure, but there are factors that can indicate whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK.

LASIK is a great choice for many people. It’s fast, safe and practically painless, and can reduce or even eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Today’s LASIK is technologically advanced, and the procedure has been around for decades, with long-range studies backing up its safety and efficacy. You’re the perfect candidate for LASIK surgery if:

  • You’re at least 18 years of age.
  • Your vision has been stable for at least the past year.
  • You have no history of corneal disease, and no significant medical or eye problems.
  • You’re not pregnant or nursing.
  • Your career and hobbies are compatible with LASIK.

If all of those conditions apply to you, it’s time to talk to your doctor about LASIK! An outpatient procedure, the entire surgery is usually completed in less than 30 minutes, and you’ll be able to see better quickly. In fact, you can resume normal activities in a day or two, and your vision should be fully stabilized within a couple of months.

For people with vision problems, LASIK can be a life changing intervention, and if you are considering LASIK, it’s important to find the very best surgeon to perform the procedure. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Amazing Pumpkin – How It Keeps Eyes Healthy and Other Benefits

Pumpkins-eye-healthLASIK is a boon to those with poor vision, but there are plenty of ways you can improve the state of your eyes. One of the best things you can do to support eye health is to pack your diet with superfoods, and one of the best superfoods is the pumpkin. Bountifully available at this time of year, the pumpkin is delicious and easy to eat, and it does amazing things for your eyes.

It’s been said that eating a rainbow of food is the key to good health, so the pumpkin’s bright orange hue should give you a clue to its benefits. That orange color comes from beta-carotene, an important nutrient that converts to vitamin A in your body. In fact, a single cup of pumpkin contains about 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, which helps the retina absorb and process light and is extremely important in promoting eye health. In addition to vitamin A, pumpkin contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that may help prevent cataracts and slow the development of macular degeneration.

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins are all delicious ways to indulge in this scrumptious superfood, but would you like some new, even easier ideas?

  • Pumpkin dip is creamy and delicious, perfect when served with graham crackers and apple slices.
  • A pumpkin smoothie is the perfect fall breakfast treat, and tastes like you’re drinking pumpkin pie.
  • Pumpkin pancakes are such fun on a brisk autumn day!

Keeping your eyes healthy is extremely important, and to do that, you need to find the right eye doctor. If you’re looking for LASIK in the Phoenix area, the right doctors for you might be those at Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy have over thirty years of clinical experience, offering precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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LASIK and Fall Sports – Football and Basketball after Surgery

LASIK-Fall-SportsFall is a great time to get outside, and if you’ve recently had LASIK, you have a new reason to love the season: fall sports with no glasses! LASIK surgery can free you from the need for prescription lenses, which means you don’t have to worry about breaking your glasses on the court, or losing a contact lens on the field. One thing you should still be cautious about, however, is eye injury. Did you know that more than 40,000 eye injuries each year are sports related? The good news is that about 90% of these injuries are preventable.

  • Some common eye injuries include blunt trauma, penetrating injuries and radiation injury. Blunt trauma injuries occur when something hits the player in the eye. This can cause serious problems like a broken bone under the eye, a broken eyeball, or a detached retina. A black eye can also happen with blunt trauma, but it’s not usually very serious. Penetrating injuries happen when something cuts the eye, and this can happen if eyeglasses break while the person is wearing them. Radiation injuries are common in sports such as snow and water skiing, and other water sports that expose people  to the sun’s UV radiation.
  • With all these risks, you’ll want to be proactive in keeping your eyes safe. Always wear protective gear when you’re playing sports. Helmets and protective eyewear can greatly reduce the risk of injury, so they should be insisted upon every time players are on the field or court. Of course, you can prevent your risk of penetration injury by not wearing glasses on the court- this is one great outcome of LASIK!
  • If you are injured, see a competent eye doctor immediately, even if the injury doesn’t seem severe. Damage to your vision can increase if you delay treatment, so you should never just try to play through an eye injury. Before you return to play, the injured eye should feel comfortable, and you should be able to see well.

If you want to be a better athlete, with better vision, you have to take good care of your eyes. Part of taking care of your eyes is finding the right eye doctor, and if you are considering LASIK, that’s an even more important reason to choose wisely. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Time Change is here! How LASIK Will Make Your Mornings Better

LASIK-Time-ChangeBy now, you probably know that LASIK brings many benefits to a person’s life.  Improved vision is huge, and not having to hassle with glasses and contacts is just the icing on the cake. But this fall, as the time changes and everyone struggles to readjust to the change in circadian rhythm, you’ll find that LASIK has an additional benefit – the chocolate shavings on the icing on the cake, if you will. Once you’ve had LASIK surgery, your vision is better in the mornings! Here are some ways Lasik makes post-time-change mornings brighter:

  • LASIK lets you see your alarm clock. No more blurry digital numbers to try and decipher- you’ll be able to make an informed choice about hitting that snooze button.
  • You’ll have an advantage in the dark. Falling back is easier than springing forward, but on the other hand, mornings are about to get a lot darker. While everyone else is struggling, you’ll be reveling in your newly enhanced vision!
  • You won’t be fumbling for glasses. This is a great benefit on any given day, but think of this: fall is the perfect time for campouts, and with Lasik, you won’t have to figure out where to stow your glasses in a tent. This is particularly beneficial in case of a bear at your campsite.
  • After LASIK, you have extra time in the morning. With no more need to deal with contacts, and no trying to put on makeup around eyeglasses, you’ll have extra time to snooze or read the morning news.
  • Reading the morning news will be easier! Not only will you have more time to do it, but you’ll have the ability to see the words more clearly, without having to bother with glasses or contacts.
  • There’s no more sleeping in contacts. Contact lenses are better and more comfortable than they’ve ever been, and many people wear them while they’re sleeping in order to be able to wake up with better vision. Unfortunately, this practice can deprive your corneas of oxygen, as well as raising the risk of infection. After LASIK, there’s no need to risk your eye health- you’ll wake up with healthy eyes and clearer vision!

If you’re ready for brighter mornings, you may be ready for LASIK! In the Phoenix area, this means you owe it to yourself to learn more about Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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