LASIK surgery is a common dream shared by many people who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. This surgery, performed by an opthomologist, corrects vision using a laser to re-shape the cornea, improving visual acuity, which is the clearness and sharpness of images. LASIK surgery is a relatively safe, minimally invasive surgery that significantly improves the lives of recipients, who are usually able to discontinue the use of eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, for the woman who is pregnant or nursing a baby, there are several important factors that must be taken into consideration before choosing to go ahead with this procedure.
Physical Changes in Eyesight Due to Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of change in a woman’s body. Some of these changes involve the eyes and eyesight. Some are only temporary, while others may be permanent. Because of fluctuations in hormone levels, many women experience changes in vision, such as new or increased levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The shape and thickness of the cornea can change, and because of fluid retention, may also swell. Changes in eyesight can also be caused by the development of hypertension and diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy. Dry eyes are another common complaint. These physical changes in a pregnant woman’s body make her a poor candidate for LASIK surgery, as the correction achieved may not be right if the eyes change again after the birth of the baby.
Safety Issues During Pregnancy
There are many changes in a pregnant woman’s eyes that warrant waiting to have LASIK surgery, but there are certain safety issues as well. LASIK surgery patients are prescribed medications during and following surgery that may enter the bloodstream through mucous membranes. Many of these medications have not been tested on pregnant women, and cannot be guaranteed to be safe for the fetus. The doctor must dilate the eyes prior to surgery, and drugs are often given, such as Valium, for relaxation during the procedure. There may be antibiotics and steroid eye drops after surgery. These can all enter the bloodstream and pose potential risks to the baby. There is also a small risk of radiation from the lasers themselves. These safety concerns are red flags to any pregnant woman that this is not the best time to explore LASIK surgery.
Considerations For the Nursing Mother
It is clear that a pregnant woman should wait until after pregnancy to have LASIK surgery. However, for the nursing mother, there are concerns as well. She will experience hormonal changes even after the birth. These can have a detrimental effect on healing after surgery. Breastfeeding can also cause changes in the cornea that may not be resolved until after weaning.
There is also an increased risk of medications making their way into the breast milk. Post-operative medications, antibiotics and steroid eye drops all enter the breast milk, even in small amounts. These medications are not tested on babies, so there is no safety guarantee, and they could be potentially dangerous to the nursing infant.
It is clear that the months during pregnancy and breastfeeding are not the time to consider having LASIK surgery. The physical changes that occur in a woman’s eyes, as well as the safety hazards involved in certain types of medications will not be fully resolved until after the breastfeeding period is over. Most doctors recommend that women wait to have the procedure for approximately two to three menstrual cycles after the baby is weaned for best results. So, being patient, following doctor’s orders and waiting the proper amount of time are the right ways to ensure the best results possible from LASIK surgery.
Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding LASIK surgery at (800) 398-3937.
Listed below is how to correct astigmatism in the most efficient and effective way possible via modern technology.
First, what is astigmatism and how can it impact your vision?
Astigmatism involves an irregular curvature of the cornea, which means that light is no longer being properly focused on the retina at the back of your eye. This condition can cause light to focus in multiple points instead of one, which creates a blurry image.
Unfortunately, astigmatism affects about 28% of the population to some degree, causing blurred vision at all distances, headaches, and strained eyes. It’s mainly hereditary, though it can also be the result of an eye injury. If left untreated, it can also get worse.
Since it affects so many individuals, understanding how to correct astigmatism is crucial for optometrists and LASIK surgeons alike. Of course, there are always contact lenses and glasses, but those simply mask the inherent problem. On the other hand, laser eye surgery can actually reshape your eye’s lens so it can properly focus light once again.
Both LASIK and PRK correct the distorted corneal shape. It’s normal to feel discomfort for a short amount of time after the procedure (usually a few hours for LASIK and up to a few days for PRK), but it’s worth it!
Wondering how to choose a LASIK Surgeon? Finding the right LASIK surgeon is a crucial decision – after all, laser vision correction can have a huge impact on the rest of your life! So what’s important to remember while you’re still on the search? We recommend starting with a list of questions.
For example, ask them what kind of laser they use, what financing options they offer, and how long they’ve been performing LASIK procedures. The main objective is to determine their level of expertise, experience, and safety although cost is always a concern. While going with the least expensive surgeon in town is certainly not a great rule of thumb, choosing the most expensive one does not mean that you’ll receive superior services either.
There are multiple other aspects to consider as well – look into their licensing and board certification along with verifying whether they are credentialed by the American Board of Ophthlamology or American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Determining how to choose a LASIK surgeon can and should be a deeper process than that of course. You’ll probably want to visit the office for an initial examination — most practices (like Yaldo Eye center) offer this for free. It always helps to be able to interact with the staff firsthand, asking further questions such as if they charge extra if an enhancement is required.
Finally, ask around – request a referral from your friends or family, doctors, and read online reviews (if available). This allows you to get a “second opinion” of sorts from other sources so you can effectively choose between your existing options.
Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding LASIK surgery at (800) 398-3937.
At Yaldo Eye Center, we pride ourselves in having the
capability to offer our patients a complete selection of vision
correction procedures that can be customized to their unique needs
and provide the best possible outcomes. That’s why we’re excited to
offer the Visian ® ICL™ (implantable Collamer® lens) at our center,
an advanced vision correction option for our potential patients that
is growing in popularity. To date more than 450,000 Visian ICLs have
been implanted in patients worldwide. The Visian ICL is a thin, soft
lens made of Collamer implanted in the eye to permanently correct
moderate to severe nearsightedness.
VISIAN ICL FAQs
The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is made of an advanced
soft-material lens, composed of 100% biocompatible collagen
copolymer, that provides not only UV protection and permanent vision
correction, but also a quality of vision that is sharper, clearer,
and more vivid than that what one can achieve with glasses or contacts. Additionally, unlike LASIK, the Visian ICL procedure does
not permanently alter the shape of your cornea. There is no maintenance associated with the lens, and it is intended to remain in place as long as you are satisfied with your vision. If at any point your vision changes or you wish to have them removed, it can
be done easily and because your cornea is in its natural state, you are able to pursue other vision correction options.
What are the advantages of the Visian ICL?
If you are between the ages of 21 and 45, and suffer from a moderate
to severe degree of nearsightedness, then you may be a candidate for
this great procedure and the advantages it provides. These include:
* High Definition Vision:
You can enjoy a new level of vision correction that’s sharp, clear, vivid, and has great depth and dimension.
* Designed to be Permanent, Yet Is Removable:
One of the compelling advantages of the Visian ICL is that while it can permanently correct your vision, the lens can be simply removed and/or replaced if necessary. Also, concerns involving the cornea typically do not apply to the Visian ICL, as no natural corneal tissue is permanently removed or reshaped in during implantation.
* Does Not Cause Dry Eye:
Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, ask your doctor if the Visian ICL may be the best vision correction option for you.
* Short Recovery Time:
The recovery for the Visian ICL is quick and pain-free, and may be as little as one day due to the very small size of the opening required. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort, and many times go back to work the next day.
* UV Protection:
Long-term exposure to UV radiation can damage your eyes; and longer term or more intense exposure
* Treatment Flexibility for the Future:
Your vision changes as you grow older and eventually almost everyone will need cataract surgery. An important benefit with the Visian ICL
is that you have options for future treatments. Because Visian ICL maintains the structure of the eye, the measurements required for new procedures are often much easier to identify and can increase the likelihood of positive outcomes.
* Simplification of Life:
There is no daily maintenance as with traditional contact lenses, and no concern of problems from daily activities such as swimming and sports.
* LASIK Alternative
Patients who have corneas too thin or prescriptions too high for LASIK still have a fantastic option for lasting vision correction.
Who is a candidate for Visian ICL?
If you are between the ages of 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you may be
an excellent candidate for the Visian ICL. This procedure is able to
treat a range of patients from low to extremely high refractive
errors and is especially beneficially to those with thin corneas and
dry eyes. It is preferable that the patient has not undergone any
ophthalmic surgery and does not have a history of eye disease such
as iritis, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.
If you are between the ages of 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you may be an excellent candidate for the Visian ICL.
Elite athletes, celebrities, and military personnel have chosen the Visian ICL™.
In fact, more than 98% of military personnel that have opted for the
Visian ICL are seeing 20/20 or better.