Monthly Archives: September, 2014

What to Expect Before Getting LASIK Surgery

LASIK is a popular surgical procedure used to correct conditions that affect vision such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Almost all patients will gain their desired vision after the procedure. Also, while changes made to the cornea cannot be reversed, in most cases, patients have reduced or lost altogether their dependence on using eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Before scheduling a LASIK session, you have to meet with an eye surgeon who will discuss what to expect during and after it. An evaluation of your medical history will be performed along with a thorough examination of your eyes. These steps are needed to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are wearing contact lenses, it is strongly advised that you do not wear them for at least three weeks before your evaluation.

At this point, you should also tell the doctor about the medicines you are currently taking (including over-the-counter products) and other medications that you might be allergic to. Take time to weigh the possible risks and benefits of undergoing the procedure, asking your eye doctor for input as needed.

Remember that the results of the LASIK procedure cannot be reversed. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for detailed information about it.

Keeping the Windows to the Soul Clean and Clear

Ask anyone about which sense they fear losing the most, and a majority would definitely give “eyesight” as their answer. It’s not difficult to understand why: humans function and react based mainly on what they can see. Eye doctors can attest that only with proper care and maintenance will our eyes serve us well in our lifetimes, with little or no impairment whatsoever.

Eat right to see right

Proper nutrition will help keep your vision clear as well as maintain overall health. Vegetables like carrots contain Vitamin A that is beneficial to eye health; a deficiency in this important nutrient often results into xerophthalmia, or drying of the eyes which could lead to permanent blindness. Food that contains antioxidants and zinc is also good for the eyes.

Eye ailments

If you were born with defective eyes, you could develop congenital eye disorders such as astigmatism, myopia, and glaucoma. These can be corrected via surgery, eyeglasses, or eye drops. Patients with cataracts and macular degeneration should consult an ophthalmologist.

Adequate protection

Each time you go out into the world, anything from a speck of dust to sunlight can result in eye discomfort and might even escalate to something serious. Use protective eyewear when travelling or working with industrial equipment to avoid flying debris. Dark sunglasses with ultraviolet-rated protection should be used to prevent damage caused by intense light. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands and reading in dim light.