Like any medical procedure, it’s understandable to have some LASIK concerns. However, we’re here to set your mind at ease!
LASIK Concerns #1: Consciousness
One of the most common questions we receive about the LASIK procedure is the patient’s level of consciousness. Patients need to stay awake during the LASIK procedure. However, EyeLASIK Midland utilizes a specially designed tool that holds your eye open. It also helps to keep your head still during the procedure. Also, the laser technology used by EyeLASIK is designed for precision. It tracks the movement of your eyes movement more than 4,000 times per second. The best part? The actual procedure takes approximately 30 minutes!
LASIK Concerns #2: Pain
Patients are concerned about pain for any surgical procedure. LASIK is no different. However, prior to beginning, your eyes will be numbed with drops. You can expect to feel some pressure, but the actual procedure is pain-free. After LASIK, the most common complaint from patients is a “gritty” feeling and temporary blurry vision. You will be provided post-op prescription drops that have a moisturizing agent. Over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient to relieve any aching patients experience.
LASIK Concerns #3: Cost
The cost of any procedure can be a sticking point for many patients. However, we offer complimentary consultations to help our potential patient evaluate their options. While the procedure is not covered by traditional insurance, patients with HSA or FSA plans are allowed to used those savings to cover the cost. Be sure to check with your insurance carrier. Additionally, we offer affordable financing options for our patients (subject to credit approval). Interested in finding out more? Just click here!
LASIK Concerns #4: Risk
No matter how simple, there is a level of risk involved with any surgical procedure. LASIK is no different. However, when you choose a reputable surgical center with modern, permanently-installed equipment, you can significantly reduce the chance of complications. Additionally, patients who carefully follow our post-op care guidelines are able to minimize the risk of developing infections.
LASIK Concerns #5: Expectations
You want to see results. Literally. Some patients are nervous about how well the procedure will meet their expectations. However, 92% of patients reach 20/30 or better vision with their procedure. While there is no such thing as “perfect” vision, the majority of patients enjoy a life without glasses or contacts. We discuss many of these factors during your complimentary consultation.
Still have some LASIK concerns? Our LASIK consultations are free. We focus on providing potential patients with as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision about your health. Set yours up today!
March winds, April showers, and May flowers are all beautiful indicators of warmer weather and the end of winter. However, those things also have another thing in common. Though it is dependent on region, spring is often labeled as the worse season for allergy sufferers. Read on for tips from the EyeLASIK team on managing spring allergies.
Know Your Triggers
Some people are allergic to everything. However, it’s important to know what is actually triggering your allergy attacks. You can wing it based on past experiences or you can meet with an allergist who can conduct various testing. The testing, while time-consuming and (literally) irritating, can help you more effectively combat your allergies.
Protect Your Home
Simple solutions can help you to preventatively manage your spring allergies. Here are some easy tips that can keep irritants and allergens out of your home.
- Remove shoes at the door before walking through your home.
- Frequently change out your air conditioning/heating filters.
- Use a good quality vacuum with a HEPA-filter.
- Bathe furry family members often, particularly indoor/outdoor pets.
- Opt for a minimalist look by tossing dust-collecting pillows and upholstered items.
- If possible, choose tile, stone, or wood flooring, as carpets can be allergen gatherers.
- Clean your house! Scrub kitchens, floors, and bathrooms regularly.
- Toss the houseplants, particularly those that pollinate!
- Wash towels, sheets, blankets, and stuffed animals regularly.
- Use the air conditioner, which passes air through a filter, instead of fans.
- Keep windows closed (even those spring breezes can be so nice).
- Stay indoors on high allergen count days (check your local weather).
Medication is one of the easiest ways to manage allergy symptoms. For many people, over the counter antihistamines can easily help allergy sufferers cope with seasonal attacks. However, some severe sufferers may need prescription medications. Be sure to talk to your doctor about eye drops, nose sprays, and oral medications that can help make spring allergies a bit more bearable.
When You’re In The Throes Already
Sometimes, all preventative measures in place, allergies happen. Here are a few suggestions on how to easy the suffering:
- Take a shower. The steam can help relieve the tenderness of sore eyes, ears, and throats.
- Drink plenty of clear liquids. We know, we know…this is the medical solution for everything, right? However, it’s important to stay hydrated. Hot tea works wonders, too.
- For eye allergies, keep your face clean. Washing your face regularly keeps allergens from your face.
- Additionally, you can ease eye allergy pain and irritation by applying a cool compress to your face for several minutes.
Though we can’t fix your eye allergies for you, we can correct your vision with LASIK. Be sure to set up your complimentary consultation so you can see clearly…well, unless you have watery allergy eyes.
Enjoy The Scenery Without The Sneezing
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Part of our job as healthcare providers is to help educate our patients about their vision health. Read on for more information on how alcohol affects your eyes, over the short- and long-term.
How Alcohol Affects Your Eyes: Short-Term
Everyone has had one of those weeks where nothing goes right. All you can think about it making it to Friday, so you can head to happy hour. However, it’s important to not throw caution to the wind when winding down with a few drinks. In addition to other side effects such as slurred speech, reduced reaction time, and lowered inhibitions, alcohol can impact your vision, too. Short-term effects of drinking too much can include blurry vision and disorientation. Keep in mind that the more you drink, the more likely these side effects will occur.
How Alcohol Affects Your Eyes: Long-Term
For heavy drinkers, the vision side effects of alcohol are amplified. The liver acts as the body’s filter for toxics. Over periods of heavy alcohol intake, the liver function is reduced. Alcohol prevents the liver from absorbing vitamins needed for healthy eyesight, including vitamins A and B-1.
Vitamin A helps with a whole host of health benefits. When the body stops absorbing it properly, your eyes are impacted. Symptoms include corneal thinning and tearing, night blindness (being unable to see in dark lighting), and possibly blindness.
Healthy muscle function is one of the benefits of Vitamin B-1. When the body stops absorbing this essential vitamin, the muscles surrounding the eyes become weakened. In some cases over long periods of use, it can even cause paralysis.
As we previously discussed, age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is an incurable disease, which can lead to blindness. The American Optometric Association has identified heavy alcohol use as a risk factor for AMD.
EyeLASIK Midland wants to encourage you to drink responsibly. Although an occasional beverage is enjoyable, be sure to find alternative ways to de-stress or have fun without overindulging.
Please enjoy responsibly.
If you are looking for a Midland LASIK surgery center, look no further than the team at EyeLASIK Midland. The team of EyeLASIK Midland strives to bring our patients the most modern technology, state-of-the-art surgical facilities, and most experienced surgeons in the area. There’s no need to travel to a larger city to get incredible LASIK results and patient care. EyeLASIK Midland is proud to be the premier Midland LASIK surgery center.
Midland LASIK Surgery Center Technology
Are you anxious about the accuracy of LASIK? EyeLASIK Midland’s WaveScan System delivers exceptional measurement accuracy to improve the precision of the overall procedure. The components the WaveScan technology help to deliver the most accurate results for the broadest range of visual conditions. We understand that one size does not fit all, especially when it comes to LASIK. The WaveScan System accurately maps the dimensions of both eyes to produce the best results possible for each individual.
Additionally, EyeLASIK Midland offers the iLASIK technology suite. This program is so advance, it is approved for the use of our NASA astronauts and U.S. fighter pilots. The experienced surgeons of EyeLASIK Midland utilize the latest blade-free, Wavefront-guided procedures. Our surgeons have an exceptional record of consistent quality, safety, and results.
Our Approach Is Different
At EyeLASIK, our Midland LASIK surgery center has a different approach to laser vision correction. Our surgeons only perform the LASIK procedure itself. Patients continue to work with their own optometrist for pre- and post-op treatment. Our approach allows patients to work primarily with their own doctor, with whom they already have an established relationship. Want to know if your optometrist is in our doctors’ network? Click here.
When you’re ready for a Midland LASIK surgery center, EyeLASIK Midland understands your needs. We offer top technology, skilled surgeons, and a friendly staff to make the road to seeing clearly a smooth one. To find out more, contact us to request your complimentary consultation for LASIK.
We can’t wait for you to experience a life free from glasses and contacts!
Most tired people immediately reach for caffeine as a boost to their energy throughout the day. Though the pros and cons of caffeine have been well documented throughout the years, we’re here to explain how caffeine affects your eyes. So grab a cup of (decaf) tea and read on for more.
What Is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a chemical found naturally in over 60 plants. It is considered a nervous system stimulant, giving the body a “jolt” of energy within 30-45 minutes after consumption. It is found is beverages such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks and even in foods, like chocolate.
How Caffeine Affects Your Eyes
As much as we love getting the boost of energy from caffeine, there are several ways how caffeine affects your eyes.
Increased Glaucoma Risks
According to a new study, people who consumer 3 or more cups of coffee each day increase their risk of developing certain types of glaucoma. However, the study couldn’t conclude that other sources of caffeine had the same results. Do you need to give up the cup of Joe? Not really. A cup or two daily won’t be enough to increase your risk, though it’s important to be aware of how much you’re consuming.
Though only in serious cases of potential caffeine overdose, blurred vision is usually the result of a blood sugar drop or rise. It’s important to keep a careful eye on sudden changes in your energy levels, as it could be indicative of another health issue. Caffeine overdoses, which can occur when over 1,000mg of caffeine are consumed within 24 hours, can also cause blurry vision. If you suspect a potential overdose, you should consult a healthcare professional immediately.
Have you ever experienced twitchy eyelids after drinking several cups of coffee? It’s definitely a side effect of consuming too much caffeine. Avoid the twitch by avoiding too much caffeine.
We hope today’s blog on how caffeine affects your eyes gave you an awakening jolt! Treat your eyes (and the rest of your body) well by taking your caffeine in moderation.