LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is an amazing procedure, but not many people know exactly how it works. The colloquial term “Laser Eye Surgery” can summon intimidating images for someone who doesn’t know what to expect during a procedure. Of course, everyone wonders whether or not LASIK surgery is painful, how long it takes to recover from LASIK, or simply how long the procedure takes. If you’re considering LASIK at Illinois Eye Center, this is a walk through of the day-of your LASIK procedure.
LASIK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for the typical glasses or contact lens wearer. Here, Dr. Evan Pike, one of the fellowship-trained LASIK surgeons at Illinois Eye Center, answers some LASIK FAQs. It’s everything you wanted to know about LASIK surgery but were afraid to ask!
Most people are familiar with pink eye – the bloodshot eyes, the itchy eyelids, gunk on your lashes – but not many people know exactly how contagious pink eye really is. Most pink eye cases are caused by viruses that can’t be medically treated. That means it spreads extremely easily and quickly. Whether you, your child, or someone you know has pink eye, it’s important to take steps to avoid its spread.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is known to be pretty harmful to the skin, but did you know that it can also have harmful effects on your eyes? Exposure to UV radiation from the sun has been linked to several different types of eye damage, and new studies are showing a correlation between UV exposure and cataracts.
UV radiation comes from the sun, as well as artificial sources such as welding machines, tanning beds and lasers. There are actually three different types of UV radiation: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. While UV-C is absorbed by the ozone and poses no threat, A and B can have very serious negative effects on the eyes.
A study published in the US National Library of Medicine has found that exposure to ambient AV-A and UV-B radiation can induce cataract formation and lead to impaired vision as well as transient and permanent blindness, especially if the recipient is over 40 years of age.
Of course you’ve heard people talk about LASIK eye surgery. Maybe even a friend or family member has recommended it to you. So, how long have you been wearing eyeglasses? Do you need glasses just to read this post? How about when driving, playing sports, or swimming? How many times a day do you notice little spots and smudges on your lenses? Ever broken your frames and had to spend time and money on a replacement pair? Let’s rephrase all of that: are you sick and tired of wearing glasses?
Topics: Eye care
Cataracts are a very common vision problem, with 22 million Americans over the age 40 affected. While most people associate cataracts with aging, one of the most overlooked causes of cataracts is eye trauma.
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and with the first day of school almost here, it’s a great time for your child to get that eye exam you’ve been meaning to schedule. In fact, there’s no better time to start learning about children’s eye health and safety than the start of a new academic year.
Topics: Eye care
Astigmatism is a vision condition caused by refractive error, similar to nearsightedness and farsightedness. An eye with astigmatism isn’t diseased or unhealthy; it simply has trouble focusing light. It’s more common than you’d think as well: about one in three people suffer from this condition. People with astigmatism no longer need to depend on corrective lenses—astigmatism can often be treated with LASIK.
“Approximately 1 out of every 20 preschoolers has a vision problem, but with only about 15 percent of preschool children actually getting the recommended routine eye exam, many vision issues go undiagnosed. Our children are surrounded by visual cues that help them learn everything from their ABC’s to the correct way to safely cross the street, and poor visual health can potentially impact everything from academic progress to social development. By understanding your children’s eye health, you can help them get the running start they deserve.
Topics: Eye care