Monthly Archives: September, 2013

LASIK: Getting Through The Aftermath

The 20 or 30 minutes it normally takes for a LASIK surgery may feel like a couple of hours for the patient who just went through the procedure. LASIK eliminates the need for corrective apparatuses and can help restore eyesight to near or normal levels. However, the first 24 hours after the surgery are critical to the overall success of the procedure, hence requiring effective measures to get you on the path of a speedy recovery.

First, take a couple of days off from work or school, or if the need arises, the rest of the week. When its time to take a bath, make the effort to just use the bathtub and do not even shampoo your hair to prevent irritating the eyes. Showers are out of the question as well. If you have avoided using any facial products in days leading up to the surgery, extend that abstinence a few days more. At the same time, take a break off any outdoor activities.

Visit your doctor the day after the operation to check on your progress, with a companion if necessary. Always don eye protection whenever you are out and about, plus avoid dusty areas to prevent irritation. You should also will yourself to not rub your eyes no matter what happens.

A LASIK operation may be the start of better things for you. It is now up to you to make them happen.

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No Spots: Learning About the Types of Glaucoma

Glaucoma has been tagged as one of the leading triggers of blindness in the United States. Some experts even advocate the use of marijuana to combat this condition. It is also a long-term danger that leads to permanent vision loss if not detected and treated at the early stages. It is important to know that there are several types of glaucoma that your eye practitioner is capable of addressing.

The most common type of glaucoma is the primary-open-angle glaucoma (POAG). In POAG, the eye has increased pressure exerted on it because blockages of aqueous fluid appear at some point in the eye’s drainage canal. Angle closure glaucoma occurs when the fluid canals are narrow or have fully sealed up. Nausea, blurred vision, and headaches are common symptoms for this type of glaucoma.

You can be diagnosed with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) if tests show damage to the optic nerve even when the pressure on the canals are relatively low. Risk factors for NTG include hereditary conditions and even Japanese ancestry. Glaucoma can be also be secondary effects of other ailments such as diabetes and cataracts.

Glaucoma is often labelled as the “thief of vision” because you lose it over a long period of time. It is not the end, as early diagnosis and prevention will stop further damage.