Save Your Vision with These Tips from Your Ophthalmologist

April 21, 2015

QUESTION:

My spherical power is -7.25 and cylinder is -1.25with 10 degree axis in right eye and spherical power is -5.5 and cylinder is -2 with 170 degree axis in left eye in which i have undergone barrage laser for lattice…and my corneal thickness is about 611 in both eyes..what is the best procedure to get rid of my glasses?

 ANSWER:

With your prescription and corneal thickness, assuming the shape of your corneas is normal, I would recommend LASIK as the procedure of choice for you.  Lattice degeneration is not a contraindication for LASIK.

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April 21, 2015

QUESTION:

I’ve noticed that some doctors perform the iridotomy a few days or a week prior to the ICL implantation, but my doctor wants to do it on the same day. I also see that dome doctors prescribe antibiotic drops to be taken a day prior to the surgery; mine didn’t. Some recommend no make-up etc. for several days prior. My instructions were only: don’t wear contacts and don’t put any lotion, etc. on the day of the procedure. Also, my doctor wants to do both eyes on the same day. Should I be concerned?

ANSWER:

There is no absolute right or wrong way to handle some of the issues you raise regarding Visian ICL.  Some physicians will perform iridotomies in advance and some at the time of ICL implantation.  Similarly, some pretreat with antibiotics and some don’t.  Nearly all will advise against makeup on the day of surgery and some for a few days even before that.  Some will do the two eyes separately and some will perform bilateral implantation.  If your surgeon is well trained, experienced with ICL, and you are comfortable with him/her, you should not be concerned.

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April 21, 2015

QUESTION:

I have very poor vision that has required me to wear contacts for over a decade. As such, I would like to get refractive surgery to correct my vision. Unfortunately, my pupils are very large (8-9mm in low light conditions). As such, I am very worried about getting glares or halos if I have my eyes corrected with LASIK or ICL or some other surgery. Is there a “best” refractive option for people who have large pupils?

ANSWER:
It would be very important to know both your current prescription, and your corneal thickness in order to better advise you regarding what procedure might be best for you. All refractive procedures, including the ICL, have a risk of night side effects such as glare, halos and starburst. If your corneas are relatively thick and your prescription mild to moderate, you would likely be best off getting wavefront (custom) LASIK to help address high order aberrations, which are a root cause of night side effects.

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March 12, 2015

Vision health is an often-overlooked aspect of our modern lives. Many people put incredible strain on their eyes without considering the long-term effects. Yaldo Eye Center wants all people to take care of their eyes.

Save Your Vision 2015 is focused on the eye-care needs of the 21st Century. They are trying to raise awareness of how digital technology impacts users’ eyes.

The doctors at Yaldo Eye Center have listed several eye health tips below!

  • There are no shortcuts. While there are mobile apps and electronic tests online that claim to offer comprehensive eye exams, they have not replaced the traditional visit to an optometrist’s office. See your doctor once yearly to get a full exam.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule. Yaldo Eye Center recommends that users take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something three-dimensional at least 20 feet away. This easy principle takes discipline, which makes it an important habit for children to develop because they are using digital devices more every year.
  • Be careful shopping online. Consumers believe that shopping for eyeglasses online is a way to save money. Yaldo Eye Center wants to raise awareness of the hidden costs and dangers of online eyewear shopping. Arm yourself with knowledge and avoid paying for eyewear that could be hurting your vision.

 Learn about Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also known as Digital Eye Strain, is a group of eye and vision problems that are associated with extensive use of computers, cell phones, e-readers and tablets. The following symptoms are commonly associated with CVS:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Evidence indicates that the severity of these symptoms is often dependent upon pre-existing vision abilities and the time spent looking at digital screens. Some may experience symptoms of greater severity or variety if they have uncorrected vision problems like astigmatism, farsightedness, or poor eye coordination.

Older individuals may experience greater difficulty in viewing screens due to age-related changes of the eye like  presbyopia. Some other causes of CVS symptoms are:

  • Glare on a digital screen
  • Poor seating posture
  • Poor lighting
  • Improper viewing distances

What Causes CVS?

Computer and digital screens make eyes work harder. Looking at a screen is different than looking at print on paper. Lettering on screens may not be sharply defined, causing users to struggle to read it.

Excessive visual demands on an individual, requiring eyes to perform tasks that take the greatest effort to focus, will cause CVS. Those at greatest risk of the syndrome are those who spend two or more hours in front of a screen every day.

At Yaldo Eye Center we encourage people to take the time to consider the health of their eyes. Everyone uses their eyes for many tasks, so make sure they will last a lifetime.

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding LASIK surgery at (800) 398-3937.

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