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Monday, April 26, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green Tea May Protect Eyes from Glaucoma and Other Diseases

Earlier this week, the American Chemical Society released a study indicating that the healthful substances found in green tea may benefit the long term health of your eyes. According to the study, the powerful antioxidants in green tea penetrate eye tissues. Therefore, it is highly possible that green tea may protect against a variety of serious eye diseases, including glaucoma.

Researchers have listed green tea "catechins" as part of the group of antioxidants which may protect your eyes from disease. These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin

This is the first study to demonstrate that the catechins in green tea actually pass from the stomach through the blood stream, ultimately getting absorbed by tissues in the eye. These studies, which analyzed the eye tissues of rats that consumed green tea, demonstrated that their eye structures absorbed substantial amounts of these catechins.

The rats participating in the study experienced a reduction of harmful oxidative stress in their eyes for as long as 20 hours. This has led researchers to conclude that regular consumption of green tea may be an excellent way to reduce oxidative stress in the eye.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Americans. It is caused by an increase in intraocular pressure which ultimately does permanent damage to the retina. This study may provide people with an easy, healthy, and inexpensive method to help prevent the development of glaucoma.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Preparing for LASIK Surgery

There are several important steps to take when preparing for LASIK
surgery to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. At your initial consultation, your LASIK surgeon should review these points with you in detail. If you have any questions about how to prepare for LASIK, make sure to ask your surgeon at this time.

Please keep the following points in mind when preparing for LASIK:

  • Stop wearing contact lenses - You will need to stop wearing your contact lenses for at least two weeks prior to surgery. The actual time period may vary depending on the type of contact lenses you wear and how long you have been wearing them.
  • Stop wearing makeup - Makeup, lotions, perfumes, and creams can get into your eyes, increasing the chance of infection. Therefore, refrain from using these items prior to surgery.
  • Take time off from work - Make sure to inform you employer that you will need several days off following your LASIK procedure to allow your eyes time to properly heal.
  • Arrange for a ride home following surgery - You will not be able to drive after your LASIK procedure. Therefore, you will need to arrange for someone to give you a ride home. If your ride plans to wait while you undergo surgery, make sure he knows it may take several hours before you are ready to leave.
  • Know the cost of your surgery - LASIK is generally considered an elective procedure, and most insurance carriers will not cover the cost of your surgery. Make sure you are fully aware of all of the expenses associated with your procedure before moving forward.

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Friday, April 09, 2010

LASIK Risks

LASIK
surgery is a very effective way to correct refractive errors in vision such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure is extremely safe, and it enjoys one of the highest success rates of any surgical procedure.

However, as with any surgery, there is always the risk of complications. The following list highlights some of the most common risks associated with LASIK. It is important to discuss these risks with your LASIK surgeon before deciding whether to undergo surgery:

  • Dry Eye Syndrome - Some LASIK patients have difficulty producing tears following LASIK. This can be treated with eye drops or punctal eye plugs.
  • Under- or Over-Correction - LASIK surgery uses a laser to reshape your cornea, enabling light to properly focus on your retina. Occasionally, this corneal reshaping either over-corrects or under-corrects for your refractive error. This can generally be fixed with a touch-up procedure.
  • Imperfect Vision - Not all LASIK patients end up with 20/20 vision following surgery. If you have a very strong prescription, it is likely that while your vision will be vastly improved, you may still need glasses following your surgery.
  • Higher Order Aberrations - Some LASIK patients experience higher order aberrations such as glare, halos, or starbursts during night vision.
  • Inflammation and Infection - As with any surgical procedure, there is always the risk of inflammation or infection. Your LASIK surgeon will give you careful instructions regarding follow-up care to reduce this risk.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

LASIK Surgery Costs

LASIK surgery is a popular method to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Recent advances in LASIK technology have made the procedure routine and very safe. In fact, LASIK offers one of the highest satisfaction rates of any surgical procedure available.

Unfortunately, LASIK surgery is rarely covered under insurance, making cost an issue for many potential LASIK candidates. However, beware of making price your primary deciding factor. When it comes to LASIK, you often get what you pay for.

In general, most LASIK procedures cost somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000 per eye. There are a variety of factors that contribute to the cost of your LASIK procedure, including:

  • Surgeon's skill and experience
  • Technology
  • The degree of your refractive error

At your initial consultation, make sure to ask your LASIK surgeon what the cost of your procedure covers. Some items which may or may not be included in your price quote include:

  • Anesthesia cost
  • Post-surgical enhancement and eye care if necessary
  • Pre- and post-operative evaluations
  • Medications and eye drops used before, during, and after surgery

In general, you will experience superior results with the most advanced technology. Procedures performed using a laser to create your cornea flap and wavefront technology to create a 3D map of your cornea will often increase the likelihood that you will achieve 20/20 vision without higher order aberrations such as glare or halos. It is important to ask your LASIK surgeon about these options at your consultation.

If cost is a serious issue for you, it will be important to balance the added benefits of this technology with the increase in price. You may have to prioritize which features are most important to you.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3 Rules to Follow after LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery is an effective way to correct refractive errors to your vision. It is extremely safe and enjoys one of the highest success rates of any surgical procedure. However, like any surgery, you will need to take certain precautions during the recovery period to ensure that your eyes heal properly and without complications.

It is very important that you adhere to the following three rules after your procedure. Failure to do so may impact the health of your eyes.

  1. Wear eye goggles while sleeping - It is crucial that you protect your eyes while sleeping for 1-2 weeks after your surgery. Wearing goggles will help prevent eye injuries and allow your eyes to properly heal.
  2. Attend all of your follow-up visits - Your LASIK surgeon will require you to come back for a series of check-ups after your surgery. It is important that you do not miss any of these appointments. These check-ups will ensure that your eyes are healing properly without any complications or side effects. In the event that you do experience complications, it is crucial that they are diagnosed and treated early.
  3. Wear sunglasses - LASIK will heighten the sensitivity of your eyes to bright light. You will need to wear sunglasses whenever you are outside in order to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Sunglasses will also prevent dust and other particles from getting into your eyes while they heal.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

LASIK Surgery Costs

There are a variety of factors that will affect the cost of your LASIK procedure. Generally, you can expect your surgery to cost somewhere between $1,500 and $3500 per eye. Prices vary based on:

  • Skill and experience of your LASIK surgeon
  • Severity and type of your refractive error
  • Technology used during your procedure

While cost is often a factor for most people when choosing a LASIK surgeon, it should not be the primary factor. In general, you tend to get what you pay for. Be wary of surgeons who offer prices lower than the range listed above.

Furthermore, while LASIK is widely considered to be one of the safest surgical procedures available, there are still risks of complications, including higher order aberrations such as glare, halos, and starbursts. In general, the more expensive LASIK procedures will give you a greater likelihood of achieving 20/20 vision without complications.

There are several reasons for this. Surgeon experience and LASIK technology are two of the primary determining factors of the success of your procedure. Surgeons with extensive experience performing refractive surgeries often charge more for their skills and experience. Also, all-laser LASIK procedures and Wavefront technology enable your LASIK surgeon to achieve a greater deal of precision when performing your surgery. These technologies cost more than procedures using older technology.

The decision to undergo LASIK should not be taken lightly. You must evaluate all factors, including cost, when you decide if this procedure is right for you. However, remember that your vision is too important to cut corners on price. While you may not want to opt for the most expensive procedure offered, you will certainly want to spend enough to have your surgery performed by a highly skilled surgeon using advanced technology.

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