LASIK & Miscellaneous Eye Issues
LASIK & Refractive Surgery Co-Management
With our extensive experience in the pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care of LASIK and other vision correction procedures, we will help you find the ideal solution for your problem and partner with the best surgeon to perform your procedure.
We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:
♦ Eye infections
♦ Foreign materials stuck in the eyes (such as wood or metal)
♦ Eye trauma
♦ Scratched eyes
♦ Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
♦ Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
♦ Flashes of light in the vision
♦ “Floaters” in the vision
♦ Red or painful eyes
♦ Dislodged contact lenses
♦ Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes
Dry Eye Treatment
The symptoms of dry eye including dryness, scratchiness and burning can usually be successfully managed. We recommend the solutions depending on your condition.
Computer Vision Syndrome
The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) are eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain. Computer Vision Syndrome can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Solutions to computer-related vision problems are varied.
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. LASIK has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.
An instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser.
The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ("ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.
When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.
Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.
Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.