Lasik Procedures Are Faster Than You Might Imagine
How long does Lasik surgery take?
Patients often ask how long they will be in the operating room during the Lasik procedure? Typically, the average time in the operating room is approximately 10-15 minutes. The actually working time on each eye is about two minutes, but the rest of the time is spent confirming calculations, ensuring the patient is comfortable, and that the procedure goes smoothly. Procedure times will vary from
Do You Qualify For Lasik? Find Out!
During a Lasik consultation, patients often ask what disqualifies someone from having Lasik surgery. The most common things that can disqualify a patient are:
1) keratoconus -a genetic weakness of the cornea that can lead to irregularity of the surface of the eye
2) thin corneas-if there is not enough tissue to safely correct the prescription
3) extreme dry eye-if dry eye is not controllable before surgery, it may not be advised to proceed
What are Ocular Steroid Drops?
Ocular Steroid drops are commonly used in eye care, particularly in refractive surgery (Lasik/PRK). Ocular steroids are used to decrease inflammation in the eye, and while very effective, there are possible side effects with any medication.
Side effects for ocular steroid drops
Ocular steroids can cause a temporary increase in eye pressure in susceptible patients, usually this won't cause any long term problems, but if left unchecked a patient could develop steroid induced glaucoma. Also, steroids can cause
Punctal Plugs for dry eyes?
What are punctal plugs?
Punctal plugs are either temporary or permanent plugs that are typically inserted into the lower openings in the nasal side of each lower eye lid. The purpose of punctal plugs is to occlude the lower opening of the tear drainage system in order to preserve more of the liquid portion of the tear film. The reason to occlude part of the tear drainage system is to eliminate
Refractive Surgery and Corneal Haze
What is Corneal Haze?
Corneal haze refers to a degree of opacity to the otherwise clear tissue of the cornea. In Lasik, haze can potentially form in the interface, which is between the Lasik flap and the underlying stromal bed.
Differences of haze between PRK and Lasik
In PRK surgery, haze can develop directly underneath the newly formed epithelium overlying the stromal tissue. In modern refractive surgery (Lasik/PRK), when haze occurs (rare), it tends to be mild and
If You Have Irregular Cornea, There's A Solution For You
What is PTK?
Phototherapuetic Keratectomy (also known as PTK) is a procedure in which the Lasik laser removes a desired amount of tissue to decrease the irregularity in the surface of the cornea (the clear window of the front of the eye).
When is PTK used?
PTK is used in cases where the cornea has become irregular secondary to injury (scarring), trauma, and surgery (including refractive). If there is trauma or scarring in
Worried About Cataracts?
Many patients presenting for Lasik surgery inquire about the possibility of developing cataracts later in life. Also, many patients present with mild age related cataracts during their surgery consultation.
What are cataracts?
A cataract is an opacity of the natural lens inside the eye. Cataracts can range from mild to advanced, which can lead to minor or major visual disturbance. Cataracts generally cause decreased best corrected vision, increased glare, and problems with night vision. It is possible to do
Natural Therapy For Dry Eyes
Omega 3's are great for dry eyes
Fish oil has been a mainstay in dry eye therapy for sometime due to it's effects on tear layer stability. The exact mechanism is not completely understood but the long chain omega 3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA do affect inflammatory pathways and are natural antioxidants. The use of fish oil is usually in conjunction with artificial tears and or prescription dry eye medication, so it does not
San Diego Lasik – Global Laser Vision
When patients visit Global Laser Vision for San Diego LASIK, they can rest easy knowing their needs will be tended to by a highly trained support staff with a reputation for their friendly and pleasant service. Since establishing our practice over 12 years ago, the Global Laser Vision team has performed over 70,000 LASIK eye surgery procedures in San Diego. And because we understand that no two eyes are exactly the same, our
Over Age 40 & Considering Lasik?
Distance only or monovision
If a patient is greater than 40 years old when presenting for a Lasik consultation, they are informed of two different types of correction. Lasik over 40 years of age is either performed as a distance only treatment or a monovision treatment, in which one eye is corrected for distance and one eye corrected for near. If distance only Lasik is performed in a patient over 40 years old, reading glasses