Interesting Laser Eye Surgery Facts

Even if you have had LASIK, there may be some laser eye surgery facts that you are unaware of. For example, do you know that there have been seven generations of laser shutterstock 140368687 300x157 Interesting Laser Eye Surgery Factssystems used in LASIK since 1987, with over thirty platform upgrades? You might consider laser systems the iPhone of LASIK surgery! Here are some more interesting laser eye surgery facts:

  • LASIK has been available since 1990. That’s almost a quarter of a century! Since Laser Eye Surgery became available to the public, almost 17 million people have had the procedure.
  • Of those 17 million surgeries, almost half were performed on Americans. People in the United States have had LASIK more than people from any other country — about 8 million Americans in all.
  • LASIK and LASEK are two different procedures. No, that’s not a spelling error! The main difference between the procedures is the thickness of the flap, because in LASIK, both the epithelium and stroma corneal tissue are thinned out, while LASEK only ablates epithelial tissue.
  • Men and women undergo laser eye surgery at the same rate. The percentages of men and women undergoing LASIK surgery are practically identical, and both sexes are 90% likely to recommend the procedure to their friends.
  • You won’t go blind from LASIK. In fact, there have been very few serious complications reported! Regardless of any urban legend you’ve heard, there has never been a report of blindness following a LASIK surgery.
  • The corneal tissue layers removed by LASIK surgery are only about 1/200th the thickness of a human hair. What’s more, each of those slices only takes 12 billionths of a second! LASIK surgery on both eyes only takes about 10-15 minutes.

For more laser eye surgery facts, or general information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. As top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy do more than just lend their name to the clinic — they treat patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit our website, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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Dry Eye: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

You may have seen some commercials about dry eye, but how much do you really know about it? Everyone’s eyes feel dry from time to time, whether from wind exposure or eye drops 300x199 Dry Eye: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment another temporary cause. True dry eye, however, is more than just a momentary discomfort. It’s a condition in which the eye fails to produce the tears necessary for lubrication and nourishment. People with dry eyes either produce an insufficient quantity of tears or have low-quality tears. As a result, they suffer from irritated, burning, scratchy or gritty eyes as well as a feeling that there is something inside the eye, excess watering and blurred vision. In advanced cases, the front surface of the eye is damaged, leading to impaired vision. So what causes dry eye, and how can you treat it?

There are many different causes of dry eye. The condition can be the result of aging or can happen to women who are pregnant or undergoing hormone replacement therapy. It can be triggered by medications or environmental factors. It can be the result of chemical or thermal burns to the eye, some sort of illness or disease and can even be a side effect of LASIK surgery. Sometimes, dry eye occurs from exposure keratitis, a condition in which the eyelids do not completely close during sleep.

If you think your dry eyes may be serious, an eye doctor can diagnose this condition. During a comprehensive eye exam, you may undergo testing with special emphasis on quality and quantity of tears produced. This testing can entail a detailed patient history, external exam of the eye, and evaluation of the eyelids and corneas through the use of bright light and magnification. Your doctor may also test the quantity and quality of your tears by using special dyes to better observe tear flow. Once the doctor understands your particular case, he or she will be able to make some decisions about how to treat dry eyes.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for the condition. Aimed at restoring or maintaining the normal amount of tears in the eye, dry eye treatment works to minimize dryness and discomfort, while maintaining good eye health. Mild cases of dry eye can be managed with artificial tear solutions that are available over the counter. For more severe dry eye, doctors sometimes work to preserve tears by blocking the tear ducts with lacrimal plugs, designed to keep the eyes from draining. There are also prescription drops and nutritional supplements that can be very useful for increasing tear production. Another treatment for dry eyes is Restasis, FDA-approved prescription eye drops shown to help your eyes increase the production of natural tears

If you’re suffering from dry eye or any other eye condition, it may be time to find a doctor you can trust. Many contact lens wearers eventually are unable to continue wearing the contacts due to dry eyes. Often patients with mild dry eyes, who cannot wear their contacts, are excellent candidates for LASIK after pre-op treatment for their dry eyes. For more information about eye health or LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. As top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy do more than just lend their name to the clinic by treating patients themselves. With more than 30 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, Twitter and YouTube.

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Hyperopia: What Is It and How LASIK Can Help?

As we’ve mentioned, LASIK is a popular elective procedure that is capable of correcting a Man reading nearsighted 300x200 Hyperopia: What Is It and How LASIK Can Help? variety of vision problems, including presbyopia, myopia and hyperopia. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK surgeons can help reduce or even eliminate a patient’s need for corrective lenses. We’ve already addressed its efficacy for myopia, and now we’ll discuss LASIK as a solution for those on the other end of the spectrum: patients with hyperopia.

In contrast to patients with myopia, who may not be able to see things that are far away, people with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have difficulty seeing things that are close up. While distance vision is sometimes affected as well, individuals with hyperopia primarily have trouble reading fine print or doing work that requires them to see small details close to them. It occurs when the eyeball is too short, or the cornea or lens is abnormally shaped. These factors prevent light from focusing on the retina. Symptoms of hyperopia include headaches, blurry vision, squinting and eyestrain – a comprehensive dilated eye exam can easily diagnose a person suffering from these symptoms. This condition affects one in four people in the United States and tends to increase in occurrence as people age. In fact, at least half of people over age 65 are afflicted with hyperopia. Fortunately, there are several options for handling this problem.

The simplest and most common solution for hyperopia is prescription eyeglasses. Contact lenses can also provide a safe and effective solution, acting as the first refractive surface for light entering the eye. Surgical intervention, however, provides a permanent solution. There are several options for refractive eye surgery, including Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, but because of PRK problems like regression, induced astigmatism and corneal haze, LASIK is the surgery of choice to correct hyperopia. During the LASIK procedure, the cornea is reshaped through corneal ablation, enabling the eye to focus normally, thus restoring vision.

LASIK isn’t always the solution for every case of hyperopia. For instance, if you’ve got rheumatoid arthritis then LASIK surgery may not be for you. For those who are good candidates for LASIK, however, the procedure can reduce or even eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses. It’s important to see a qualified physician to help decide whether or not LASIK is the right choice for you.

If you’ve been experiencing problems with hyperopia, or are dealing with any other vision problems or eye diseases, it’s important to find the right doctor to diagnose and treat your condition. For more information on how Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can help correct your hyperopia, check out our website. For eye tips, information and fun facts, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Astigmatism: What is it? How LASIK Can Help

Are you interested in learning how LASIK can help astigmatism? Astigmatism is a vision problem, caused when the front surface of the eye or the eye’s lens has an irregular curve. This curve changes the way light is passed to the retina, causing blurry or distorted vision. It’s a common problem, and if you suffer from it, knowing how LASIK can help astigmatism may help you decide how to proceed with treatment.before lasik Astigmatism: What is it? How LASIK Can Help

The first step in understanding how LASIK can help astigmatism is understanding the two main types of astigmatism.

  • Corneal astigmatism refers to a misshapen cornea. Because LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea, it’s often useful for this condition.
  • Lenticular astigmatism happens when the lens is misshapen. This condition is corrected by replacing the lens with an intraocular lens, like the IOLs used in cataract surgery.

You may be at risk for astigmatism if your family has a history of the condition, as genetics are a large factor, though it can also occur after an eye injury or surgery. Other risk factors include scarring or thinning of the cornea, excessive nearsightedness or farsightedness and a history of some types of eye surgery. If your mother smoked when she was pregnant with you, you may have a higher risk of astigmatism.

Symptoms of astigmatism include blurry or distorted vision, difficulty seeing at night, squinting, eyestrain, headaches or eye irritation, and the condition must be diagnosed by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist, through a comprehensive eye exam. Your doctor might use a visual acuity test, refractor test or a keratometry examination.

Once you’ve received a diagnosis of astigmatism, your options for astigmatism treatments include corrective lenses, the least intrusive treatment method, or orthokeratology, a treatment that uses rigid contact lenses to correct the cornea’s irregular curvature. Some people can achieve clear vision while undergoing orthokeratology, but the benefits disappear as soon as the treatment is discontinued. You might be unaware of how LASIK can help astigmatism, but the procedure can actually be quite effective for corneal astigmatism. LASIK surgery addresses the problem of astigmatism by reshaping the cornea.

If you’re ready to know how LASIK can help astigmatism, it may be time to consult with an experienced LASIK surgeon. For more information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact 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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Is It Safe To Have LASIK After Cataract Surgery To Refine Your Vision?

shutterstock 191019215 285x300 Is It Safe To Have LASIK After Cataract Surgery To Refine Your Vision?  If you’re wondering whether it’s wise to consider LASIK after cataract surgery, you’re not alone. LASIK and cataract surgery are two distinctly different procedures, and sometimes they can both be performed on the same patient, in order to refine vision. However, patients sometimes worry about the risks that may be involved.

In cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an ocular implant. LASIK, on the other hand, corrects vision by reshaping the cornea. Both of these procedures are commonly performed individually, but there are reasons you may need both. Sometimes, people who have had LASIK surgery develop cataracts as they age and may become candidates for cataract surgery. On the other hand, some people require LASIK after cataract surgery, because after they’ve received monofocal implants, they find it difficult to read close up. LASIK on the non-dominant eye can often be the best solution in that case, even though it will require some adjustment, as one eye will perform better at seeing close-up and the other will perform better at viewing things further away.

A recent study of LASIK after cataract surgery indicated that the process was not only safe, but also effective for improving vision. Studying 100 pairs of eyes, the researchers determined that after either monofocal or multifocal intraocular lens implantation, LASIK could safely refine vision further. However, a more accurate outcome was achieved when LASIK was performed on eyes that had received monofocal IOLS, rather than multifocal. If you’ve had cataract surgery, and think you might be interested in LASIK, it’s important to consult with an experienced surgeon to determine whether or not additional surgery is right for you.

For more information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact 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 FacebookTwitter, or YouTube.

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Myopia: What Is It and How Can LASIK Help?

You probably already know that LASIK is a procedure that reshapes the cornea, but are you aware of the many benefits it can provide those with myopia? Myopia is a condition that affects 20% to 30% of the population. Also known as nearsightedness, myopia causes people to have difficulty seeing objects in the distance, even though they can clearly see objects that are near. Someone with myopia probably won’t have trouble reading, but they may be unable to see signs on the highway until they are quite close.

This condition is caused by a refractive error. When the eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too curved, light entering the eye doesn’t focus correctly, and this causes blurred vision for objects that are far away. shutterstock 10621201 300x200 Myopia: What Is It and How Can LASIK Help?Myopia is hereditary, usually appearing in childhood and can often worsen with age. In addition to the inconvenience of not being able to see things far off, nearsightedness can cause people eyestrain, headaches and fatigue.

Glasses and contact lenses are commonly used treatments for myopia. For people under 18 who are too young for surgery, this is a reasonable solution. Ultimately, however, LASIK surgery is considered to be the best procedure for nearsightedness, because it frees patients from the hassles of corrective lenses. LASIK provides a solution for other different refractive disorders, including farsightedness or hyperopia and astigmatism. For patients suffering myopia, eyeglasses or contact lenses may solve the problem, but LASIK surgery is a more permanent solution.

LASIK and other refractive surgeries, including PRK and ICL or (Intra ocular corrective lens) can reduce or even eliminate a patient’s need for glasses or contacts. Of the various corrective surgeries, however, LASIK is considered the most effective and popular for myopia. Of course, some people aren’t good candidates for LASIK, such as people with irregular cornal shape or people with thin corneas, so it’s important to see a qualified refractive eye surgeon who can help you decide if the procedure is right for you.

If you’ve been experiencing problems with myopia, it’s important to find the right doctor to diagnose and treat your condition. For more information on how Moretsky Cassidy Lasik can help correct your myopia, check out Arizonalasik.com. For eye tips, information and fun facts, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

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Eye Health Organization: National Eye Institute

T Eye Health Organization: National Eye Institute he National Eye Institute is an organization with a significant investment in American eye health. Established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people, the National Eye Institute, or NEI, supports research that improves the quality of life for people of all ages, while advancing knowledge pertaining to eye health. The mission of the National Eye Institute is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”

In its forty-six year history, the NEI has done much to promote healthy vision and support the work of researchers. Today, the NEI conducts patient-oriented and laboratory research at its own facilities, as well as supporting vision research through research grants and training awards made to scientists at more than 250 medical centers, hospitals, universities and other institutions. This research is far reaching, impacting research not just in America, but also around the world. Thanks to continuing Congressional and public support, this important eye health organization has been able to make great strides in the treatment of many visual disorders, including potentially blinding eye diseases. Diseases and treatments impacted by this research include diabetic retinopathy, amblyopia, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, corneal stromal keratitis, retinopathy of prematurity and much more.

In addition to research, the National Eye Institute works to develop both public and professional education programs. These programs not only increase awareness of devices and services available to those with low vision, but they also educate in order to prevent blindness and reduce visual impairment. In keeping with these goals, the National Eye Health Education Program was established, creating a partnership between more than 65 professional, civic and voluntary organizations, as well as government agencies focused on eye health. In addition, the NEI has taken the lead among Federal agencies in the vision and hearing chapter of Healthy People 2010, the national plan to improve public health.

Having already done so much to promote healthy vision, the NEI looks forward to a future with even further scientific advances. Some of the research in progress includes the transplantation of healthy cells into diseased retinas, gene-based treatments for many inherited eye diseases, and “neuroprotection” methods of preventing or slowing glaucoma cell damage. No matter what the future holds, the National Eye Institute will be leading the way through pioneering research and important educational initiatives. For more information about the NEI, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov.

 

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How to Pick a Good LASIK Eye Surgeon – Avoid Scams

shutterstock 96303416 300x292 How to Pick a Good LASIK Eye Surgeon   Avoid Scams At first glance, choosing a LASIK eye surgeon may seem like a simple task. There are
many laser eye surgeons available in any good-sized town, and some even advertise special deals on the radio, television or in print. How can you be sure, however, that you’re getting a good LASIK eye surgeon? It’s important to know that you’re trusting your vision to a reputable doctor and not falling for a scam.

  • Before you decide on a LASIK eye surgeon, check his or her credentials. Licensing should be up to date, the surgeon should be board certified, and you should choose a surgeon with experience and high standards. A membership in the American College of Surgeons should give you confidence, as members are held to high ethical standards of conduct.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find out how many procedures your surgeon has done, ask about the complication rate and outcome statistics, and don’t be shy about questioning your surgeon’s training. Ask about the equipment used and what results you can reasonably expect. Make sure you understand everything about the surgery before you commit to it, from your doctors credentials to a breakdown of the cost.
  • Know when to seek a second opinion. If your surgeon says, or even implies, that the procedure is risk-free or that 20/20 vision is guaranteed, it’s time to look elsewhere. Similarly, if the LASIK eye surgeon is unavailable to meet you or can’t provide you with contact information for prior patients, it may be time to move on.
  • Money should not be the deciding factor when you’re choosing a LASIK eye surgeon. Clinics often draw patients in with promises of low cost surgery, and while that’s not necessarily a red flag, it’s also not the only thing you should consider when choosing between laser eye surgeons.
  • Choose an office in which you are comfortable. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few top contenders, visit the offices for a consultation. You’ll be able to determine whether or not the office has that indefinable something, unique to every person, which makes you feel confident and comfortable entrusting your vision to those who work there.

For more information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact 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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Lasik in Phoenix | Effects of Staring at A Computer

If you are looking for LASIK in Phoenix, you know that it’s important to find the right ophthalmologist to help you make decisions about your vision and surgery. Even for those without vision problems, however, sometimes it’s necessary to seek the advice of a competent eye doctor about everyday eye problems. Here, Dr. Moretsky and Cassidy, top providers of LASIK in Phoenix, offer some suggestions about the common problem of computer eye strain.shutterstock 187123148 300x200 Lasik in Phoenix | Effects of Staring at A Computer

When you’re working at a computer for hours at a time, you may find yourself with dry, tired eyes, blurry vision or even the feeling that you’re seeing double. This isn’t a sign of permanent eye damage, but it can be a problem, especially if you spend lengthy stretches at the computer each day for work. The reason these symptoms occur is, while we normally blink about 18 times each minute, research indicates that people using computers blink only about half that much. Add to that the eye strain that comes from any “near work,” and you have an uncomfortable situation. So what can you do?

  • Make sure you’re in the right position. Sit about 25 inches away from the monitor, and make sure the screen is positioned in such a way that you are looking slightly downward.
  • Reduce glare. Light the area properly, and use a screen filter if necessary. If you wear glasses, consider customized computer glasses that are designed to reduce eye strain.
  • Keep your eyes lubricated. Post a note on your computer reminding yourself to blink! Using over the counter eye drops can also be useful in combatting dry eyes and eye strain.
  • Give your eyes plenty of rest. Shift your eyes every 20 minutes or so, and focus on an object about 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This is known as the 20-20-20 rule and can help relieve tired eyes. Take regular breaks from working at the computer, and make sure you get enough sleep at night; sleep deprivation can exacerbate the problem.

When you’re ready to find a LASIK surgeon Phoenix trusts, look no further than Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. With decades of clinical experience behind them, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy provide LASIK Phoenix residents recommend, with skill, precision and quality patient care. Whether your question is about LASIK eye surgery cost, the technical details of the procedure or the doctors themselves, the capable, knowledgeable staff at Moretsky Cassidy LASIK is happy to help, offering information about everyday eye options as well as LASIK in Phoenix. Visit the website today, or connect with the online community on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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Best Sunglasses For Your Eyes and Face Shape

Your eyes are extremely important, and yet relatively delicate. Protecting them should be at the top of your priority list, and that means eating well, getting adequate rest, and keeping your eyes shaded from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Do you want some great news? Today’s sunglasses come in such a wide variety of styles and colors, you’re practically guaranteed to find a pair to frame your face beautifully while keeping your eyes protected. Need help?shutterstock 178366241 e1406561311609 300x214 Best Sunglasses For Your Eyes and Face Shape

  • An oval face has a chin that’s slightly narrower than the forehead, and features that are balanced, overall. It’s actually a pretty easy face to fit with glasses or the perfect hairstyle, so if you have an oval face, rejoice! When you’re choosing glasses for an oval face, you can select basically any style, but you might want to try on some that are softly angular.
  • If your face is round, that means that the width and length are almost equal. For this face shape, avoid large round frames or colored lenses, opting instead for angular frames, which will help give your face definition.
  • A heart-shaped face has a broad forehead and narrow jawline. If you have this shape of face, protect your eyes with cat eye or round glasses, but choose some free of too much embellishment.
  • If you have strong, well-defined angles in your forehead, cheeks and jawline, you probably have a square face. With that many angles already present, you might guess that it’s best to skip sharp geometric shapes in your sunglasses, and you’d be right. Choose oval or round glasses instead, to soften your look.

No matter what style of sunglasses you choose, remember to find the right protection for your eyes. UV radiation puts your eyes at risks for many conditions, including cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis and skin cancer. Choosing sunglasses with UV protection protects your eyes from these problems, and can also delay the formation of wrinkles around your eyes.

Taking care of your eyes means keeping them healthy and safe, but it can also mean improving your vision through LASIK surgery. For more information on LASIK, or Moretsky Cassidy LASIK, visit us at ArizonaLASIK.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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