What to Expect Before, During, and After LASIK Surgery

LASIK is the most common laser eye surgery to treat myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism. If you are tired of wearing contacts or glasses, a simple consultation with a Lasik surgeon can determine if you are the right candidate for Lasik surgery. If, after an evaluation, it is determined that LASIK is not a good fit for you, know that there are other vision correction surgeries such as LASEK, PRK, and Phakic IOL surgery as possible options too.  

In this article, we discuss the process a patient can experience before, during, and after LASIK surgery. Any detailed questions you may have should always be left for your trained medical professional to answer.

Before Surgery

Before receiving LASIK surgery, a comprehensive eye exam is needed to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough to move forward with the procedure. It is recommended to stop wearing contact lenses a few weeks before the eye exam and surgery since most can change the shape of the cornea. Patients should wear their eyeglasses instead.

During the exam, your doctor will look at the cornel shape, thickness, pupil size, refractive errors, and other eye conditions. This is a great time to bring up any questions or concerns that your doctor may be able to answer.

If everything goes well during the exam and you’re comfortable with the next steps, it is time to prepare for surgery. Your doctor should ask you to stop using products such as creams, lotions, makeup, or perfumes since these items can cause a higher risk for infection during and after surgery. It is also important to arrange transportation to and from surgery.

During Surgery

For many, surgery is the most dreaded part. However, there is no need to fear, as it is painless and should take less than 30 minutes. Just before surgery, the patient will recline back to rest in a comfortable position. Next, numbing drops are placed into the eyes. The area around the eye will be cleaned and a lid speculum (a device that holds the eyelids open) will be used.

You will be asked to focus on a special fixation light while the surgeon activates a precision instrument electronically to cut a flap in the cornea. The laser treatment is then performed to reshape the cornea using techniques that vary depending on the type of refractive errors. The corneal flap is then repositioned, allowing for the eye to heal.

Post-Op Instructions

Once the surgery has been completed, the first sensation you may feel is itching or burning; however, this is only temporary discomfort and will resolve soon. A brief examination will be performed shortly after the procedure, and subsequently, you will be sent home, accompanied by your appointed driver.

Your vision may seem blurry or hazy at first, and you may feel that you want to rub or itch your eyes. You mustn’t touch your eyes during this recovery time as they are healing. Rubbing your eyes could cause the flap to dislodge, which could require further treatments. A shield is recommended to place over your eyes for protection from additional elements and light sensitivity.

A follow-up appointment with your doctor will be scheduled 24 to 48 hours after the initial surgery. Subsequent check-ups will also be planned throughout the next six months.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology available to suit your lifestyle and visual needs.  As a leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery, our goal is to help you achieve the best vision possible without glasses or contact lenses.  More information can be found online at https://michiganlasik.com.



Precision LASIK Surgery with Biomechanical Analysis

Laser eye surgery has been a procedure that thousands of patients have undergone for the last 25 years to improve their vision. As with most cutting-edge technologies, laser eye surgery continues to make breakthroughs within the field of ophthalmology. According to this article, Dr. Dupps, who is a professor of ophthalmology at Cole Eye Institute, believes there is a precision gap in refractive surgery planning. He points out the fact that refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK, SMILE, and others are all currently retrospective, which is based on historical outcomes as opposed to having a treatment plan personally customized with a patient’s individualized data. Using clinical lab studies, Dr. Dupps and Abhijit Sinha Roy, Ph.D., have determined that biomechanical assessment is imperative for better detecting the risk of ectasia and increasing the efforts to personalize refractive treatments. Their studies have also been able to show individual variations in corneal stiffness affected during LASIK.

What to Think About Before LASIK

After tons of research and consideration, you may have finally decided that LASIK eye surgery could be the right choice for your eyes. Before jumping on board, however, there are a few things that you should consider. Here are five tips that you should keep in mind when thinking about LASIK eye surgery:

  1. Choosing the right surgeon. There are many doctors available, so it’s essential to find the one with the right skills and experience. Also, trust and reputation are significant factors, so try to find a referral from a friend or family member.
  2. Follow pre-surgery instructions. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of must do’s and don’ts the day before the procedure.
  3. Recovery time. LASIK surgery will not require extended recovery (approx. 4 to 8hrs). Most people can drive, go back to work, and live their daily lives, as usual, the very next day.
  4. Post-Op. Once the surgery is complete, your LASIK surgeon will ask that you go home and rest after the procedure. You can develop severe eye irritation if you don’t sleep and rest your eyes after LASIK surgery. So, be sure to get plenty of shut-eye!
  5. Do NOTS after surgery! Patients are asked not to rub their eyes, wear makeup, or have the ceiling fan turned on directly after surgery.

Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

There are many things we can do to keep our eyes healthy and maintain good vision as we age. This article goes over a few tips on ways to keep your eyes in good health and vision lasting for years to come.

  • Eat Well

Maintaining a proper diet and taking the right vitamins have a big impact on your eyes and vision. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E could help lessen the chance for getting macular degeneration and cataracts. Vegetables that are green and leafy such as spinach, kale, and collards, should be a part of your diet if you are serious about your eye health.

  • Stop Smoking

Smokers have a higher likelihood of getting cataracts, developing optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you are a chronic smoker and have not had eye issues yet, consider yourself lucky. The faster you can kick the habit, the higher the chance you won’t develop eye issues.

  • Wear Sunglasses

Constantly exposing your eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays can increase your chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. If you live in a sunny climate with higher UV exposure, wearing sunglasses every time you go outside or are in the car can drastically lessen the chances of developing eye problems. Useful tip: Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

  • Limit Eye Exposure to Computer Screens

We all live in a world where we are constantly looking at computer screens. However, too much exposure to digital screens can be damaging to our eyes and vision. The problems that can develop from staring at computer screens too long are eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing, dry eyes, and headaches. To protect your eyes, make sure to take regular breaks from your computer or phone. Readjusting your eyes every 20 minutes by looking at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds will have a huge impact on your vision, focus, and minimize the chances of developing headaches and other eye-related issues.

  • Visit Your Eye Doctor and Get Exams Regularly

We all should be regularly visiting our eye doctors and receiving regular eye exams to check for any abnormalities that could be developing with your eyes or vision. Eye exams can find diseases like glaucoma and determine if you are developing any eye or vision issues. 

The Truth About Cataracts

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are one of the leading eye health issues that can cause blindness, affecting roughly 65.2 million people worldwide. Cataracts are relatively simple to treat surgically in developed countries, but in others, eye care is minimal. The increase in our life expectancy has also uninhibited the growth of cataracts in the human population.  What is a cataract exactly? This condition is described as the clouding of the lens in the eye. Vision becomes blurred as the cataract develops and eventually, blindness is the result. Unfortunately, there is no definite route to prevent cataracts, but there are several ways to lower the risk of obtaining it. If you feel your vision is starting to worsen, or if you have trouble being able to see without bright light, you should consult with your doctor and be tested for cataracts.

Risk Factors of Cataracts  

Biological aging is the most common cause for cataracts with environmental exposures such as smoke or ultraviolet light. There are other secondary conditions related to other health problems like skin disease, diabetes, and overall health and lifestyle habits. Research also shows that women are at a higher risk for cataracts than men. Experts believe the reason for this is due to menopause, causing a decrease in estrogen that triggers cataracts later in life. Another genetic factor appears to be race. Most people falling suspectable to cataracts after turning 70 are classified as ‘white’ while Hispanics seem to have the lowest rate for cataracts.

Lifestyle Habits and Protection from Cataracts

Although you cannot completely remove the risks of environmental exposure, there are specific measures that you can take to help protect you. The two most common causes include excessive sun exposure and smoking. Ultraviolet light and smoking are known for causing cataracts even in people at a young age. Unfortunately, the overexposure from UV rays can take years or even decades to contribute to cataract development, so many people may not even know there is a problem until the damage has already occurred. To reduce the exposure of UV rays, it is advised to wear the correct protection, for instance, sunglasses with at least 99% protection from UVA and UVB rays or wearing a sunhat with at least 3” wide brim whenever out in the bright sun. Evidence also suggests that having a proper diet may also prevent cataracts from developing. Foods that are high in antioxidants such as green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and eggs may decrease your risk.

Treatment

Cataracts can be very devastating if left untreated. The good news is that they take years to develop, which gives you plenty of time to discuss with your doctor which option will be best for your treatment. Cataract surgery is done in two stages; first, they remove the existing lens, and then they replace it with a new lens implant that will allow you to see clearly again and sometimes correct other vision problems. Your doctor can monitor early progression treatment and you may have months or years before surgery is needed. A simple upgrade in your glass’s prescription or the use of brighter lights can help, but ultimately the removal of the cloudy lens through cataract surgery will need to be performed.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology available to suit your lifestyle and visual needs. As a leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery, our goal is to help you achieve the best vision possible without glasses or contact lenses. More information can be found online at https://michiganlasik.com.



Post-Op Cataract Hypertension

The most common adverse effect seen on day one of post-op cataract surgery that may require some form of treatment is ocular hypertension. It is essential to understand when and how to treat this condition to avoid a rare but serious complication of optic nerve damage and vision loss. Either inflammation typically causes this condition, or the ophthalmic viscosurgical device (OVD) used during surgery to keep the eye shape has left a small remainder of the gel on the ocular. Experts have come to the consensus that if the pressure is higher than 30 mm Hg, the patient should be treated. Also, if a patient has preexisting glaucoma or is currently experiencing eye pain, then they too should be helped. In this article, it goes into detail on how this condition can be treated. It is always best to consult with your doctor for any concerns after surgery.

Concerns of Idaho Laser Eye Surgery Requirements

A house bill in the Optometric Physician Licensing Act is currently in debate in the state of Idaho that is causing concern to many eye surgeons. This bill would allow optometrists to perform certain laser eye surgeries after they have met an experience requirement of at least five laser procedures supervised by an ophthalmologist. They also would be required to pass the laser and surgical procedure exam administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Eye M.D.s of Idaho feel this is a dangerous move and will increase the risk to residents in Idaho and would lower the standards of eye surgery. To read more on this bill and the concerns it presents, visit this website.

How Expensive Is LASIK?


Choosing a procedure such as LASIK comes with many questions and concerns that should be considered carefully. It is essential to consult with a LASIK surgeon and be sure that you are a good candidate for the surgery. A lingering question in your mind, of course, will be, “How much does LASIK cost?” In 2019, the average cost for LASIK surgery was about $2,246 per eye. This is an out-of-pocket expense for most vision insurance plans don’t cover LASIK because it is considered a cosmetic procedure and not medically necessary. Below we will further discuss factors that influence the costs of LASIK and tips on how to prepare financially for this investment for your eyes.

Key Cost Factors for LASIK

Several factors should be considered when budgeting the expense of LASIK surgery. The surgeon’s experience and reputation are one. The more experience a surgeon has may affect the cost of the procedure, and you need to determine if this is worth the extra cost. Also, the type of laser technology used to perform the correction can cause a swing in costs. Traditional treatment options that have been used since the 1990s may cost less than some of the newer advancements, such as custom wavefront technology. Lastly, your overall eye condition will also be a factor that is taken into consideration during the quoting process. A person may be quoted a higher price than someone else due to having a stronger prescription level and more impaired vision. No matter the surgeon or technology you decide is best for you, always do the research required and choose the option that you feel 100% comfortable with.

Use Caution with LASIK Bargains & Deals

It can be tempting to shop for the best deal and choose an option based solely on price but beware of something that sounds too good to be true. Often in media, it is advertised for LASIK for lower than $1000 per eye or less, but typically, you may be surprised to find that there may be additional costs that are not displayed as clearly. It is highly advised at your initial consultation to ask your surgeon for a written quote that itemizes everything included in the offer. Read the fine print and ask if there are additional fees for follow up visits, glasses, and post medications. Another warning regarding bargain LASIK procedures, their “solution” may not resolve all of your corrective issues with your eyes. If you have a mild condition, this may work out for you. Remember always to read the fine print and ask questions until you fully understand the entire process.

Financing Options for LASIK

Although there may not be an easy way around cutting costs for LASIK surgery, there are plenty of options available to help make payments more manageable and affordable. Many patients choose to pay for their procedure overtime at a monthly rate with finance companies that sometimes can offer deals with no-interest or special limited-time offers. Some employers offer subsidized health plans that can cover a portion of elective corrective LASIK costs, so be sure to investigate if this is available to you.  Another great option when preplanning is the use of a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA). If you are part of the military, there is a possibility that LASIK is free or at a discounted rate. No matter your situation, it is important to research all of your options before committing. The professionals at Rohr Eye and Laser Center are always happy to answer any of your questions and they will help you come up with a solution that will be sure to make your LASIK experience enjoyable.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology available to suit your lifestyle and visual needs.  As a leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery, our goal is to help you achieve the best vision possible without glasses or contact lenses.  For more information, visit our website at https://michiganlasik.com.



A Look at LASIK Pros and Cons 20 Years Later

LASIK surgery has been FDA approved for just over 20 years since 1999. Each year, LASIK surgeons perform roughly 600,000 LASIK procedures in the United States. The majority of patients will leave with 20/20 vision and more than 95% say that they are satisfied with the results. LASIK surgery has improved since its lifespan with the development of more effective and advanced technology methods.  Unfortunately, as with any medical procedure, there is no 100% guarantee; LASIK surgery does have its risks and possible negative side effects. 20% to 40% of people who receive the procedure can temporarily suffer from dry eye or glare/halos, which usually resolves after 6 to 12 months post-surgery. To read more on this topic, visit the article here. The most important thing to remember when considering LASIK surgery is finding an experienced doctor and making sure that you are a good candidate for LASIK to have the best outcome.

Cataract Surgery For Wild Snow Leopard

A brighter future insight for an 11-year-old snow leopard named Linghan after successfully undergoing cataract surgery. The procedure took place ion Xining, which is the capital of northwest China’s Quinghai Province. The wild animal was found by an ecological patroller earlier this year and was in rough shape with low weight and after examination also eye impairments due to corneal perforation in the left eye and a cataract in his right. Surgery was the best solution for his vision, but he needed his physical strength improved first, so after 10 months of recovery he was finally ready. To read more on his surgery, read here. This surgery has significance in the fact that not only will it benefit this individual animal for the rest of his life, but it also opens the possibility for other future wildlife that too can benefit to regain their eyesight.