By Eli Zaret, Yaldo Eye Center Spokesman,
A patient recently asked Dr. Yaldo, “Is it possible to be both nearsighted and farsighted in the same eye, and can Lasik could also cure my astigmatism?
The simple answer is that it’s impossible to be both nearsighted and farsighted in the same eye. It is like a number being both positive and negative at once.
What that patient needed to hear was that Lasik can cure both near and farsightedness. But let’s try to get at some of the confusion and misperception that creates questions like this in the first place.
- “Farsighted” means you see well for things far away, or at least arm length and beyond.
- “Nearsighted” means you see things well that are nearby, while objects farther away appearing blurry
- “Astigmatism” is distortion caused by a deviation in the eye’s curvature.
One reason for confusion is that medical terms describing farsightedness, such as “Hyperopia” may complicate a patient’s understanding of farsightedness. Same situation when the medical term for nearsightedness, “Myopia,” is brought into the equation.
And when the aging process causes patients to have trouble seeing up close, it gets further confusing when that term, “Presbyopia,” is thrown at them.
Simply, the cause of these conditions has to do with the shape of the eye and how accurately light rays reach your retina through the focusing ability of the cornea.
Another major factor underlying confusion felt by Lasik candidates, comes from a lack of understanding these two definitions:
- Optometry: the practice of testing visual acuity and prescribing corrective lenses
- Ophthalmology: the medical science dealing with anatomy, functions and diseases of the eye
In other words, an optometrist is not a doctor, but is a practitioner who prescribes glasses and contacts. An ophthalmologist is an actual medical doctor, like Dr. Yaldo, with years of training to develop surgical credentials and skills.
Unfortunately, some optometrists spread dubious information, such as, “Lasik can’t cure astigmatism.” Custom Lasik at the Yaldo Eye Center easily corrects astigmatism and patients leave the office thrilled with the results. But every client that an optometrist refers to an eye surgeon, is a client that won’t buy glasses.
The bottom line is, don’t get caught up in definitions or discouragement. State of the art eye surgery at the Yaldo Eye Center can solve virtually every visual issue. Get a free evaluation and see better than ever without glasses or contacts.
By Eli Zaret, Yaldo Eye Center Spokesperson
I’m still waiting for somebody to tell me, “Oh, I love my reading glasses!” And since virtually everyone aged 45 or older has issues with close vision, reading glasses are a part of life that must be dealt with. It’s called Presbyopia, the inability to see objects up close.
- Cell phone
- Pill bottle instructions
What solving Presbyopia comes down to is, “Pick your poison.”
The choices are:
- Progressive glasses
- Bifocal contacts
- Reading glasses
Or, the Rolls Royce solution: Multifocal lens implants.
The first-generation multifocal lens implant was introduced in 1996. Until then, when a patient replaced his cataract damaged lenses with single focal point implanted lenses, the near vision problem remained. But in the last few years, multifocal lens technology has improved so dramatically that it’s now the choice of pre-cataract patients also.
To qualify, you must be about 50 or older.
The reasons why this is such a remarkable solution, is that glasses and contacts don’t solve your vision issues. They are a band-aid, and when you take the band-aid off you can’t see.
Multifocal implants are with you 24-hours a day for the rest of your life.
Recently, Dave, 49 years old, wanted to be done with his progressive glasses and got multifocal implants in both eyes, and wrote: “I left Yaldo’s at 2:30 today; I came home and napped, as instructed. Now it’s 6:30 and I’m typing this on my phone without my glasses – something I couldn’t have done in the last 8 years! I’d be happy to provide firsthand, unpaid testimony of the experience.”
Thanks, Dave. You just did!
Dr. Yaldo corrects both your nearsightedness or farsightedness by replacing your natural lenses with what amounts to a new focusing system that allows you to see near, intermediate and far images in both eyes without glasses or contacts. Your vision becomes stable and is unlikely to change over time.
Multifocal Lens Implant surgery is painless. Anesthetic drops numb the eye and an IV delivers medication to keep you relaxed. In most cases, both eyes are done on the same day. In some cases, based upon medical history and other factors, the second eye is done a week after the first eye. Dr. Yaldo will recommend the right course of treatment for you.
By Eli Zaret, Yaldo Eye Center Spokesman
The Yaldo Eye Center offers free evaluations to determine a patient’s candidacy to receive Lasik surgery. The other good news (besides the fact that the evaluation is free!) is that well over 90% of those who seek Lasik at the Yaldo Eye Center are determined to be good candidates.
One of the reasons that Dr. Yaldo is Michigan’s leading Lasik surgeon, with over 30,000 procedures performed, is that he will only operate on those who is he 100% assured will be nothing short of overjoyed with the results.
So, what disqualifies me?
- Being younger than 18: Vision issues rarely stabilize before adulthood
- Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy and childbirth can affect visual acuity
- Thin corneas: There needs to be sufficient thickness of the cornea
- Acute astigmatism: An extreme asymmetrical, conical shape of the cornea
- High hyperopia: Extremely high prescription for seeing distant objects
The good news here is that except for pregnancy and being underage, Dr. Yaldo has had great results with high prescription candidates. Clarence Day, known to his Channel 955 listeners as “Stick” had a +7 prescription and was helpless to see without glasses and contacts. But all his other factors were perfect and he walked away with 20-15 vision and has been thrilled about it ever since.
- Scarring from an eye injury
- Detached retina
- Extremely dry eyes
Let’s not forget the bottom line: If you’re not aware of having any of the above issues, then it’s up to a 99% certainty that you will enjoy a successful, life-changing Lasik experience. And it’s so easy to find out. Call 1-800-398-EYES or go to yaldoeyecenter.com and sign up for your free evaluation.
Lasik is a modern medical miracle, freeing millions of people from the need for glasses, reading glasses and contacts and, at the same time, enjoying better vision without those devices than they ever did with them!
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, like the KAMRA Inlay also described on our website, has been FDA approved for Presbyopia, or difficulty with near vision.
Presbyopia is the most common eye condition. The symptoms include difficulty seeing near objects, such as newspapers and your cell phone, without blurriness, while your long distance vision remains fine.
If you’re 41-65 years old and reliant on bifocals or reading glasses, the Raindrop is another option to consider among several available at the Yaldo Eye Center to deal with Presbyopia.
The Raindrop Inlay (ReVision Optics) is the first device to change the shape of the cornea to correct vision.
In technical terms, The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a microscopic hydrogel inlay. Its optical characteristics are almost identical to the human cornea. The hydrogel material is comprised of nearly 80% water, ensuring effective nutrient diffusion and transfer through the cornea. It is easily placed within the cornea under a LASIK-style flap. When in position, the inlay changes the curvature of the cornea so the front of the eye acts much like a multifocal contact lens.
In other words, it works by re-shaping the surface of the eye to improve reading vision. Patients can return to work the next day as it is a completely walk in and walk out procedure
Call the Yaldo Eye Center at 1-800-398-EYES or fill out and submit the sign up box for a free evaluation. Dr. Yaldo will explain all the Presbyopia solutions that are offered and recommend the best one for you and your unique situation.