While LASIK surgery is safe and effective, occasional side effects may develop. In most cases, they clear up within a few weeks after the LASIK procedure, and very few patients consider them to be a problem or concern. The side effects may include dry eye, fluctuating vision and glare/halos around lights. These are not unusual nor concerning, since they get better with time as things stabilize and your visual quality improves.
About 1 in 28 Americans have low vision, which is a visual impairment not correctable through surgery, medications, glasses, or contact. Cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are diseases that cause low vision. While up to 80 percent of cases of low vision are preventable, many eye disorders that result in low vision cause subtle symptoms – or no symptoms at all. Furthermore, many people are unaware of low vision and its causes therefore do not undergo the routine eye exams that can detect the disorders that cause low vision.
LASIK surgery corrects many visual problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. A unique combination of variables can affect the visual outcomes of LASIK surgery. While the vast majority of LASIK procedures are effective, some patients may be good candidates for a LASIK enhancement to refine the result of their procedure. Fewer patients may be a candidate for a LASIK enhancement several years after their initial surgery to correct changes in their vision.
January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month by many leading eye health organizations in efforts to spread awareness of the disease by sharing knowledge regarding the risk factors, causes, symptoms, and treatment options for the disease.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, but loss of sight from glaucoma can be prevented if treated early enough.
Make your eye health a priority in the New Year with a routine vision exam.
Routine vision exams allow your eye doctor an opportunity to detect vision problems and eye diseases early, while they are most responsive to treatment. Many vision problems and eye diseases have no early warning symptoms, such as pain or noticeable vision loss, until the condition has advanced to the point where permanent damage has occurred. For example, many eye care professionals refer to glaucoma as “sneak thief of sight” because it causes no symptoms, no noticeable vision loss, and no pain; glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the world. Once vision is lost to glaucoma, it cannot be restored.
LASIK eye surgery is a refractive surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This procedure is one of the most popular elective surgeries, which comes with many misconceptions. Here are the top LASIK misconceptions that we’re debunking for you today:
Dry Eye syndrome is exactly what you’d think it is – when your eyes get dry. Specifically, it is when your eyes are unable to produce enough quality tears to keep your eyes moist, comfortable, and healthy.
A healthy lifestyle can have a significant impact on your overall health in life, which includes your eye health. By eating a clean diet, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing various eye health problems down the line.
While most of us know that smoking tobacco can lead to serious health issues, including cancer, lung disease, heart disease, and many other health issues, many do not know that it can also lead to serious eye problems.
Why wait for warmer weather? Sun protection is needed all year round, which is why you need to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, even in the snow! Learn all the reasons why you should wear your sunglasses every time you’re outside this winter.