Precautions After Lasik Vision Correction

When it comes to advancement in medical procedures one that stands out is Lasik eye surgery.  Throughout the past decade eye surgeons have been working together to correct eyesight permanently using lasers to reshape the corneas thus taking away the need for glasses and contacts. Lasik eye surgery is completely pain free and requires only minor, temporary changes to your lifestyle in order for your eyes to heal.  Avoid the following activities following your Lasik eye procedure to prevent complications from arising.

For the first few weeks after your Lasik eye surgery you should take great care in avoiding bright light.  Your Lasik eye surgeon will provide you with a pair of dark sunglasses that should be warn all the time.  They will help create dim light that your eyes can easily adjust to.  The sunglasses are meant to block out bright light, including sunlight as well as protecting your newly operated eyes.

Your Lasik doctor will also supply a pair of sleep goggles.  These goggles should be warn for at least two weeks anytime you are sleeping.  The goggles are provided to keep you from damaging your eyes.  They protect against nighttime rubbing, scratching and accidental poking.

As a new Lasik patient you will be required to sit out driving for a few days, especially nighttime driving.  The healing process after Lasik is not long or complicated however as with any surgery or procedure you will require patience.  It may be hard to be dependent on someone else to drive you when needed but it is advisable until your eyes are completely healed.

Women that undergo Lasik treatment should avoid all make up and scents for at least two weeks after the surgery.  Make up irritates the eye area and can slow the healing process.

Keep your eyes moisturized at all times.  Eye drops are an essential part of the healing process.  Adding drops to your eye will promote hydration as well as keeping the area moist.  Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the eye drops to the area to avoid passing germs and bacteria to your healing eye.

Another consideration after Lasik is exercise.  You will want to avoid exercise at all for the first few days after Lasik.  After that slowly start exercising again avoiding strenuous activities.  This helps with the healing process and gives your eyes adequate time to adjust and heal.

Avoid showering for the first few days after Lasik.  If you must shower avoid washing your hair and facial area close to your eyes.  Goggles should be warn in the shower as a precaution.  You will want to avoid harsh chemicals as well as directly washing the eye area. It is also so important to continually wash your hands to keep free of any bacteria.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology in eye surgery available to suit your lifestyle.  To see what the leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery has to offer you can find more information at http://www.michiganlasik.com.

The Next Steps In Preparations For Lasik Eye Surgery

When it comes to Lasik eye vision correction surgery you will want to make sure that you follow the pre-surgery and post-surgical instructions you are given closely. Each part of the procedure starting with the initial consultation to the final consult is an important step in optimal vision.  Not following directions or giving full disclosure to your surgeon on your medical history could put you at risk for complications that are unnecessary.  When Lasik is performed correctly and patient directions are followed the risks associated with the procedure are decreased tenfold.

The day before the surgery is as equally important as the day or the days following the surgery. You must arrange to be driven to and from the office as well as to and from your follow up appointment.  You will want to make sure this is arrangement is confirmed the day before the operation is set to take place.  Often times Lasik patients will be given medicine that helps them relax before the appointment.  This medicine will make it impossible for you to drive yourself.  After your surgery your vision will be blurry and it is important to keep the strain off your eyes.  This is why a driver is so important the Lasik procedure. A support person is also important after your surgery.

The day of surgery your eye surgeon will give you a list of requirements in order to prepare for the surgery.  It is important that they day of your surgery you do not apply any facial or body creams, lotions, make-up or perfumes.  Each and every one of these products has an associated risk of infection.  Most eye surgeons will ask that you scrub your eyelashes and surrounding area for a substantial amount of time before the surgery to remove any foreign debris and left over residue that can often be found on the lashes.

More often that now Lasik is performed in the office as an outpatient surgery.  On average the procedure is relatively fast that takes under an hour to perform.  You will be asked to sit in a reclining chair in an exam room that contains a laser system to perform the operations. Numbing drops will be placed in your eyes, the area will be cleaned once again and your eyelids will be held open with a speculum. A slit will be cut into the cornea and the laser surgery will be performed.  This part of the procedure will be different based on the level of vision correction needed as well as the individual patient.

After the surgery is finished a shield is placed over the eye for protection.  It is super important that you don’t rub or put any pressure on you eye.  The shield will protect the eye while you sleep and will keep the eye from accidentally being hit or poked until the flap is healed. You will need to abstain from eye make-up, creams, sports, swimming and other activities that are strenuous or breed bacteria.  You will also want to where the eye shield at night for a month after the procedure.  A follow up visit with the eye surgeon will be scheduled within the first twenty four hours after surgery.  They will direct you with detailed instructions on the do’s and don’ts after Lasik.  Follow them and the healing process should be easy and free of complications.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology in eye surgery available to suit your lifestyle.  To see what the leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery has to offer you can find more information at http://www.michiganlasik.com/lasik.php.

 

Preparations For Lasik Eye Surgery

With any surgery it is important to understand exactly what you should expect throughout the entire process from start to finish.  Every surgery, no matter how routine to the doctor and staff performing it is unique to you.  Each experience will be just a little bit different based on the perspective of the patient and the difficulty of operating on them.  The same is true with Lasik eye surgery as well.  The information below should be used as a basic guide.  Your experience will be different based on you as a patient, the degree of your specific eye situation and your eye surgeon.

Before Surgery

When you begin to contemplate Lasik eye surgery your first step will be to step up an initial consultation with a Lasik provider.  This evaluation will allow your surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery or if it is best that you continue your current course of vision correction.  If you wear contacts you will want to stop wearing them before you meet with the surgeon.  When you call to set up the consultation they will ask you a series of questions and give you thorough instructions to prepare for you first visit.

When you meet with the surgeon for the first time you will be asked a series of questions.  This is the time to speak up about your past and present medical conditions medication that you are taking and any previous surgeries.  An eye exam will be performed and you will be told whether you are a good match for Lasik eye surgery or not.  Remember not everyone who wants Lasik will be able to have the procedure done.  For some vision issues Lasik vision correction surgery is not the best option for optimal results.

Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for eye surgery the doctor and their staff will go over the details involved with the procedure.  The risks, benefits and alternatives to Lasik will be discussed as well as what to expect before, during and after the surgery and the aftercare that will be needed.  This is also the time you will want to discuss in detail any questions or concerns that you make have.

At this point most eye surgeons will explain that the surgery is something that really needs to be thought about and will give you time to think about how you are going to proceed.  You will not be pressured to make a definite decision that day.  You may find that after a few days of going through the material and having your initial questions answered that you have more concerns that need to be talked about.  This is why it is important not to feel pressured to make a decision right away.

Once you decide to have the Lasik eye surgery performed a date will be scheduled and for your procedure.  Be sure that you understand all the directions that the doctor and his staff has given you. Make sure that you follow orders with detailed precision this will help allow for a successful outcome to your procedure.

Our next installment will go into details about the day of the surgery, the surgery and after care.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology in eye surgery available to suit your lifestyle.  To see what the leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery has to offer you can find more information at http://www.michiganlasik.com/lasik.php.

 

 

 

Eye Health: Pain-free LASIK surgery is often best, most common solution for poor vision

Are you dependent on glasses or contact lenses? For the majority of my patients who are, I have spoken with them about LASIK surgery.

LASIK is an acronym for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” and is the most common laser eye surgery that treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

Laser eye surgery is pain-free and is usually completed in about 15 minutes for both eyes. During LASIK surgery, the cornea is reshaped to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clear vision.

A thin circular flap is made in the cornea, then it is folded back and a highly specialized laser uses an ultraviolet light beam to remove tiny amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. The goal is to flatten the cornea for nearsighted people, or to create a steeper cornea for those who are farsighted.

The flap is laid back in place and the cornea heals naturally. 

Immediately after surgery, people may experience some blurry vision or haziness.

Positive results can typically be experienced in as little as 24 hours, and eyesight will continue to improve within a few days. It’s possible that a patient could go back to work the next day, but many doctors advise taking a couple days off to rest.

Exercise should be avoided for about a week after LASIK. 

It is not guaranteed, but most people attain 20/20 vision with LASIK surgery. LASIK continues to improve and millions of people all over the world are less dependent on glasses or contact lenses.

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Rohr Eye and Laser Center Now Offering Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for Glaucoma Treatment

Grand Blanc ophthalmologists,  Jeffrey Rohr D.O. and Anju Aggarwal M.D., are proud to announce that Rohr Eye & Laser Center will now be offering Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) for glaucoma treatment.

“SLT is an effective first-line and adjunct therapy option for reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients,” says Dr. Rohr.  “SLT can eliminate or reduce a patient’s dependence on eye drops for glaucoma and the procedure is pain-free.”  Due to the laser energy’s gentle application, the treatment is not associated with the side effects or compliance issues commonly linked to glaucoma medications.  Dr. Rohr and Dr. Aggarwal can determine whether or not SLT is an appropriate procedure for glaucoma patients after a complete eye exam.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Rohr Eye & Laser Center at 810-579-0202 or visit www.michiganlasik.com.

Improvements In Vision Correction

The history of vision correction is vast and complex.  Before the invention on contact lenses people relied on glasses to correct imperfections in their eyesight.  Today, contacts have become the norm and LASIK eye surgery is replacing them.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each method in correcting vision and the choices become even more increasing difficult to decide upon when it comes to our children’s vision.

Today glasses are seen mostly as a hindrance.  Glasses are a good source of vision correction but viewed by many as an inconvenient method of vision correction.  The advantage of wearing glasses is the ease at which you can transition from wearing them to not wearing them.  They are also readily available and have become reasonable to purchase.  They also can be seen as a fashion statement. Glasses are also easy for children to be in charge of.  The disadvantages of glasses are plentiful as well. Keeping glasses clean and scratch free is often hard for even the most careful wearer let alone a child in glasses.  They are also bulky when playing sports and can act as a blind spot for some.  Losing track of glasses is also common especially when dealing with children.

Contacts have been a rite of passage for many children as they become teens.  With contacts comes the great responsibility to care for them.  In caring for your contacts you are essentially caring for your eyes.  Bacteria and germs are more susceptible to be passed to the eye with the use of contacts. Contact lenses must be cleaned and maintained daily to prevent infections within the eye.  This is why most of the time children are not trusted with contact lenses.  If a child prefers contacts over glasses often caregivers will choose daily contacts in which the same pair is not worn twice.

Contacts have many advantages over glasses.  It is easy to forget about your contacts and not worry about them for the entire day.  With glasses you have to maintain their cleanliness throughout the day. They allow complete, clear vision in which there is no blind spot.  Contacts are also affordable and can be purchased in a multitude of styles and quantities. The disadvantage of wearing contacts is that they need daily maintenance and need to be removed nightly before bed.  For some this can be seen as a disadvantage but for others it is an advantage over the constant worry and concern over scratching the lens of your glasses.

Today in vision correction options we have available to us LASIK eye surgery.  This is a more permanent way to handle vision correction.  Whether LASIK can be performed to correct a child vision is very situational.  Eye sight does tend to change more drastically in younger eyes.  When considering LASIK on a child it is best to meet with several eye surgeons to determine if such an approach is beneficial or if time will benefit the child. In most cases, unless incredibly severe vision loss is present it will be recommended to wait on LASIK until a child has reached adulthood.

LASIK in adults however is seen as a game changer for many struggling with a vision impairment.  LASIK is a lifestyle changer.  No longer is the concern of bringing a ton of eye lens chemicals with you on vacation or that spare pair of glasses just encase, LASIK eye surgery offers complete eye correction and eliminated the reliance on contacts or glasses. With today’s technology LASIK eye correction surgery can be performed with minimal downtime on eyes affected with a range of severity.  For more information and to see if you are a perfect candidate for LASIK contact a local LASIK eye surgeon for a consultation.

 

Living Without Glasses or Contacts With Laser Vision Correction

Which of the five senses do you consider to me the most important?

Which do you think you could live without?  Thinking about this brings me to a reality that life would not be the same if I could not see.  I can’t imagine living in a world in which I could visually not be a part of.  I think that out of the five senses sight is the one that is unimaginable to be without.  Taste, touch, sound and smell would all be incredibly hard to live without but not impossible.  For me everything I do is about my eyesight from work to play my eyes and sight is a huge part of me.  This is why when I started to have issues with my vision I knew I must get into an eye doctor immediately.

The blurry vision that I experienced was inconvenient.  It made my eyes strain at work, watching the kids in their sports and even driving.  It was awful and I had a constant headache. It was confirmed with the eye doctor that my vision issues was easily corrected with one of three vision correction methods: glasses, contacts or LASIK.  All three sounded scary and inconvenient to me at first.  I had never been dependent on any for clear vision so this was a new arena for me.  Plus I was caught off guard as my vision had been perfect for my entire life up to this point.

I hated the idea of wearing glasses.  Having something on my face all day was not something I was looking forward to.  I truly like to get into everything I do and to have to be concerned with the responsibility that comes along with keeping glasses in tip top shape did not appeal to me.

Contact lenses also did not appeal to me as I am not a fan of sticking my finger into my eye.  I also didn’t like the idea that at the end of every night and the beginning of every morning for the rest of my life I would need to put in and take out lenses.  I also didn’t like the idea of being without proper vision at night after the lenses were out.  With those two options less than ideal I started to see that LASIK was going to be the best option for me to be able to keep the lifestyle I was used to while being able to see like I did before.

Before I was to undergo such a delicate surgery I wanted to make sure that I had an eye surgeon who was the best of the best.  After much research and several consultations with several different eye doctors I knew I had found the eye doctor that would perform my surgery. I knew because not only did he examine my eyes, health history and everything else there was to know about me he cut straight to the chase with the risks during and after surgery. He was the only doctor I had seen that talked as intensely about the surgery itself as he did the post-surgical care that would be needed.  Never once did he sugar coat the disadvantages and did not ever over exaggerate the benefits.

LASIK changes not only your vision but your life as well.  Vision correction without the use of glasses or contacts is possible thanks to advances in technology which make LASIK safer than ever before to perform.