Discover The Facts About LASIK Surgery

Lasik surgery has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years. It is a very safe surgical procedure, but there are many factors you should consider other than cost before deciding that this is for you. This eye surgery procedure uses lasers to reshape the cornea of the eye, allowing people with less-than-perfect vision to be able to get rid of their glasses or contact lenses. Recovery from this type of surgery is usually less than a day, but it is not for everyone. You should understand what the procedure is and what problems this procedure is designed to correct.

For example, if you currently wear contact lenses and need reading glasses to read or have bifocal glasses, you will still need reading glasses after this surgery in almost all cases. Repeat that sentence to yourself, because a majority of people do not understand that aspect of it. Many lasik surgeons will not consider you as a candidate for surgery if you have other severe medical problems, or if you have a severe astigmatism.

When considering Lasik eye surgery, also known as refractive surgery, one of the things that you will want to do is find a surgeon that you are comfortable with. This only makes sense, since this is your eyes that he is going to be pointing a surgical laser into! Although there is not evidence to support the theory that a lasik surgical center does better work than a lasik clinic next door to Hallmark at the local mall, it is still something you need to be comfortable with.

As far as the LASIK surgeon, I would suggest finding out how many surgeries he has done and for how long. Note that lasik surgery has been around for less than 10 years, so do not accept an answer of “25 to 30 years”. It is not out of line for you to ask for references of previous patients where the surgeon has performed the same type of surgery with approximately your same level of vision deficiency. You can learn a lot if you contact these references and I encourage you to do so.

Find out how long the surgeon has been affiliated with the hospital or clinic where the surgery will be performed. Also find out the policy if enhancement surgery is needed within the first six months to a year. Enhancement surgery is sometimes necessary to make final corrections to the lasik surgical procedure, and if required, is normally done within the first year. Also find out what is recommended as far as follow-up visits, especially how many of them and how frequently, as well as whether or not these follow-up visits are included in the quoted cost.

It is also important to find out if your lasik surgeon candidate is part of any hospital organization or research organization. Frequently, doctors and surgeons will belong to and/or be affiliated with research organizations, which allows them to keep up to date on the latest findings and the latest techniques as more and more studies and research is done. Although you may not want to consider this type of affiliation a requirement in your lasik surgeon selection, it is certainly a point in the surgeon’s favor if he does belong to one or more organizations such as this.

Once you have found the right clinic or hospital and are comfortable with the surgeon that you have interviewed and consulted with, then you can move on to the next steps of your lasik eye surgery planning and scheduling.

Eye Doctor Helps Blind Child Be Independent

“The Power of Optometry”

I was fortunate. I learned early in my career the power optometry had to change lives. I was given the responsibility of helping Amy, a very special 4 year old, during my first year of patient care, which occurred in my third year of optometry school. She was born prematurely and blind, along with her twin brother who suffered no vision loss or ill effects. Amy, who could not talk, stand nor walk would sit on the floor, head down to her chest, listening to her mom’s keys as she jingled them directly in front of her face. I quickly noticed how traumatic the act of standing was to Amy, who would shriek with terror despite her mom’s support. Amy’s parents had taken her across the country to neurologists, ophthalmologists and other eye care specialists but to no avail. Now here she was in my exam chair!

As a student doctor at the time, I must admit to being a little intimidated, as she had been to many world class eye professionals. Nonetheless, I worked with Amy and built a level of trust over the next few visits. During that time, I noticed she reacted to a light source when placed up and to her left. Sure enough, I had discovered a small sliver of vision that still worked in her left eye. Finally, I had something to work with. I quickly went about creating a pair of glasses that took that little piece of vision she had left and ‘centered’ it directly in front of her.

The day we had all worked toward had arrived. Amy in her usual position, head down while sitting on the floor, allowed me to place her new glasses on. Now came the moment of truth. Getting Amy to stand up! Previous attempts at this had produced panic attacks in Amy. Now her mom supported her hands and gently lifted Amy to her feet. Slowly, Amy’s mom released her hands and Amy wobbled as if ready to fall. As Amy stood there, shaking like a leaf, she did something that surprised everyone, she lifted her head off her chest and smiled. Tears welled up in my eyes as I passed around the Kleenex to her mom, who was crying with tears of joy.

I realized at that moment, that while I had not actually improved her eyesight, I had affected her life in a very positive way. Now for the first time, Amy would be able to stand and walk.

Now that’s the Power of Optometry!