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What Eye Conditions Does LASIK Treat?

LASIK surgery uses the latest technology to correct a number of refractive errors that cause blurry vision. LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and has proven to be highly effective in correcting and reducing the refractive eye conditions that it is used to treat. This surgical procedure makes use of a highly precise laser to carefully reshape the cornea to the desired results.

LASIK surgery can correct three types of refractive errors:

Myopia (Nearsightedness) – Myopia occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than usual. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface. Patients who are nearsighted have difficulty seeing objects that are at a distance. LASIK surgery corrects myopia by flattening the cornea so that light entering the eye focuses on the retina rather than in front of the retina.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness) – Hyperopia occurs when the image formed by the focusing mechanism of the eye is behind the retina. This condition is caused by an eye that is shorter than normal, or a cornea that’s not as curved as it should be. Patients who are farsighted have difficulties seeing objects that are close, and typically have trouble with reading or viewing any item up close.

Astigmatism – Astigmatism is a common condition caused by an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea or lens of the eye. When the cornea or lens is unevenly steepened, it can result in objects having an irregular focus. This very a common refractive eye disorder and can be found on its own but it can also accompany hyperopia and myopia.

Patients with varying degrees of refractive error have found success with LASIK vision correction in Victoria. To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis.

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How Do You Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

There are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. The following simple tips can help keep your vision as clear as possible for many years to come:

Maintain Routine Vision Care: You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. Your eye doctor is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.

Know Your Family’s Eye Health History: Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions which can lead to vision loss such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

Wear Protective Eyewear: Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity.

Avoid Cigarette Smoke and Other Irritants: Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun: Too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure can damage your retina and cause lasting vision loss. It can also raise the risk of cataracts. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 – 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

To learn more about how to keep your eyes healthy or to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Boozalis in Victoria, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com today.

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How Successful is LASIK?

During LASIK in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis uses the latest laser technology to carefully and effectively reshape your cornea to improve vision. LASIK has proven to be an incredibly safe procedure. Studies show that 55% of all LASIK patients achieve vision of 20/20 or better and 93% of patients achieve 20/40 or better.

While LASIK is considered to be highly successful, not every patient experiences the crisp vision they desire. Up to 10% of those that have a LASIK procedure will need to undergo a second surgery in order to get the results that they were hoping for.

LASIK success may vary depending on several factors:

  • Those who are under the age of 18 are rarely good candidates for the surgery because their vision is typically still changing.
  • Women who are pregnant or are nursing may experience vision changes and are therefore not well-suited for LASIK.
  • There are a number of prescription medications that could have an impact on the successfulness of the surgical procedure, including oral steroids like prednisone.
  • Patients with dry eye may not be ideal LASIK candidates because the surgery will exacerbate dry eye symptoms.
  • Those who are diabetic or have lupus, glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disease should be sure to discuss their unique situation with their LASIK surgeon.

While some of these concerns may not exclude patients from qualifying for LASIK, it is always best to mention all potential concerns to your surgeon so that the best possible results can be had from the surgery.

Always be sure to discuss your expectations about LASIK with your surgeon. Realistic expectations will ensure that you are not disappointed with the results that your LASIK surgery yields.

LASIK is very successful in the majority of cases, which means that if Dr. Boozalis deems you to be a good candidate for the procedure, it is likely that you will experience positive results. The closer you follow post-surgery instructions, the better your chances of a full recovery will be. Remember that you will likely see good improvement in your vision almost immediately after the surgery, and your vision will continue to improve over the months that follow.

To schedule a LASIK consultation with Dr. Boozalis, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com today.

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How Long Do You Have to Wear Sunglasses After LASIK?

Caring for your eyes after your LASIK procedure is vitally important. Your eyes will be extra sensitive to light for the first month after the LASIK surgery and you will be required to wear protective goggles and sunglasses following the procedure.  

On the day of your LASIK surgery, you will need to keep your eyes in the dark for the rest of the day. Immediately following your procedure you will be given dark goggles to wear home and for the first few days of recovery. In addition to protecting your eyes from harmful light, these goggles also protect from rubbing the eyes during this important stage of recovery when the LASIK flap could become easily damaged.

As you continue to heal from your LASIK procedure it is recommended that you wear high-quality sunglasses anytime you are outdoors, even on a cloudy day. If your eyes are exposed to UV rays without protection shortly after the surgery, your eyes may suffer from corneal haze which means a hazy or foggy view. It is very important that you make sure that your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. The sunglasses should also fit well and make you still feel comfortable after long time of wearing.

Style can be an important issue when choosing your sunglasses after LASIK surgery because if you have a pair of sunglasses that you don’t like or don’t find comfortable, you are more likely to not wear them as often as you should. So, buy a pair of sunglasses that are comfortable, yet stylish, but most importantly offer proper protection.

Wearing sunglasses after LASIK will help keep your eyes healthy and protected for years to come. If you need help choosing sunglasses or would like more information about LASIK in Victoria, contact Victoria Eye Center at 757-483-0400 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Can You Blink During LASIK?

Many people who are considering LASIK eye surgery express various concerns. One of the most common questions we hear is, “What if I blink during my procedure?” The prospect of blinking or moving the eyes during LASIK or any other laser vision correction procedure is one of the most common concerns potential candidates have. Fortunately, the use of advanced technology and other precautions taken during treatment should alleviate these concerns.

There is nothing that a patient can do to mess up their LASIK procedure. Our laser uses a sophisticated tracking system that measures the position of your eye a thousand times per second. It follows your eye at the same speed and is therefore always perfectly centered. If the eye happens to make rapid movements, the laser will automatically turn off and start again once the eye stops. We can also turn the laser off manually if needed.

Numbing drops are administered before the treatment to enhance your comfort and to reduce the chances of eye movement during surgery. During the procedure, the eyelids are held open with a small medical device to prevent blinking. It is therefore impossible for you to close your eye or blink during the procedure. We keep the surface of your eye lubricated with drops, so your eye does not get dry, and you will not feel the need to blink. Additionally, our team takes a number of steps to ensure you are in a comfortable position during treatment. Remember, LASIK takes just a few minutes to complete and multiple safeguards are in place to reduce the chances of complications.

LASIK surgery is the most popular laser vision correction procedure performed today, and for good reason. Ongoing advancements in laser technology and ophthalmology have made way for safe and successful surgeries with better visual outcomes. At Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis utilizes the latest advancements in LASIK surgery to offer patients the best possible vision correction experience. To schedule a LASIK consultation, contact us today at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common condition caused by an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea or lens of the eye. The cornea is the clear, round dome covering the eye’s iris and pupil. The lens of the eye is a transparent structure behind the cornea. Normally, the cornea and lens are smooth and curved equally in all directions, helping to focus light rays sharply onto the retina at the back of your eye. However, if your cornea or lens isn’t smooth and evenly curved, light rays aren’t refracted properly. This is called a refractive error.

When the cornea has an irregular shape, it is called corneal astigmatism. When the shape of the lens is distorted, you have lenticular astigmatism. As a result of either type of astigmatism, your vision for both near and far objects appear blurry or distorted.

Astigmatism can affect both children and adults. It is usually congenital, present at birth, but it can develop after an eye operation or an injury to the eye. Most people are born with some degree of astigmatism, and they may have it along with other refractive errors: nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).

While adults with a higher degree of astigmatism may realize their vision isn’t as good as it should be, children who have astigmatism symptoms may not be aware they have this condition and are unlikely to complain about blurred or distorted vision. But uncorrected astigmatism can seriously impact a child’s ability to achieve in school and sports. And some forms of astigmatism can be a sign of keratoconus, a cone-like bulge of the cornea, which can distort vision. Because of this, it is important that children have regular vision checks to detect astigmatism or other vision problems as early as possible.

The following are common signs and symptoms of astigmatism:

  • Blurred or distorted vision at all distances
  • Headaches
  • Excessive squinting
  • Eye strain, especially when the eye must focus for long periods, such as using a computer monitor
  • Difficulty driving at night

A person with these symptoms may not have astigmatism, but if these symptoms are experienced, it is recommended that they schedule an eye examination. Astigmatism is easily corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery such as LASIK. To learn more about astigmatism or to schedule an examination with Dr. Boozalis in Victoria, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com today.

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How to Find the Best LASIK Surgeon

If you are thinking about correcting your vision with LASIK eye surgery, perhaps the most important decision you will make is your choice of surgeon. With so many LASIK surgeons in the Victoria area, it can be difficult to know how to choose the best one for you and your needs. Choosing the right LASIK surgeon can make a significant difference in the ultimate quality of your vision. If you are considering LASIK surgery, consider the following:

Experience: Experience is the key to a safe and successful LASIK surgery. Don’t feel shy about asking your potential surgeon how many times they’ve performed LASIK.

Board-Certification: When a doctor is board-certified, it means they have completed extensive relevant residency programs and passed a series of rigorous examinations set down by the board in question. Board-certified doctors also must work to maintain their certification, which means they’re up to date on the latest in techniques and technology.

Comfort Level: Your consultation with your prospective LASIK surgeon is important because it’s an excellent chance for you to get to know the doctor a little better. While the doctor’s experience and skill are the crucial factors, it’s also important that you feel comfortable with the LASIK surgeon and their staff.

Personal involvement: Your LASIK surgeon should be involved in your eye care before, during and after your procedure. This means that they should participate in your evaluation and post-operative care, not just the surgery itself.

Price: Cost should not be a factor when it comes to your vision. Beware of doctors offering bargain basement discounts and deals. Most low cost LASIK will come with many hidden fees and end up costing you much more than you realize anyway. While expense may be a real concern for you, good financing options are almost always available.

Satisfaction Records: Good LASIK surgeons are proud of their work and satisfied patients are excited about the impact that improved vision has had on their lives. Ask your prospective surgeon if you can talk to other patients who have undergone LASIK surgery.

Understanding: Your LASIK surgeon should understand your personal goals, be willing to thoroughly answer all your questions and address all your concerns. They should explain the procedure, what kind of results you can expect and what you must do after surgery to ensure proper healing.

Dr. Boozalis would be happy to use his years of experience as a LASIK surgeon to explain the procedure to you and walk you through what you can expect. If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced LASIK surgeon in Victoria, please contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a consultation.

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Can You Be Too Old for LASIK?

If you have considered vision correction surgery, you may have wondered how old you have to be to have LASIK. LASIK has been FDA approved for patients 18 or older. You may also wonder if you can be too old for LASIK surgery. There is no ideal age to have the procedure, but it is important to have a stable prescription and, of course, healthy eyes.

One benefit of having LASIK performed when you are younger is that there are more years to enjoy the benefit of improved vision, the eyes tend to heal quicker and stabilize faster, and there are fewer side effects with things such as dry eyes. There are also fewer problems with reading vision than in older patients.

At first LASIK seemed to be most popular with an older demographic of average age around late 30s or early 40s but now we are seeing many more patients in their 20s who have discovered the benefits of laser vision correction.

For patients in their 30s or 40s, LASIK is a wonderful procedure, but special consideration must be given to the management of presbyopia (need for reading glasses after 40).

For patients in their 50s and 60s, LASIK is still safe and effective, but other factors, such as possible cataracts, that start appearing at this age, must be evaluated. If you suffer from a cataract, LASIK will not improve vision and cataract surgery should be considered.

It is not uncommon for patients to undergo LASIK in their 70s and 80s as an enhancement for premium cataract surgery.

If you would like more information about LASIK, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com. Dr. Boozalis has helped thousands of patients in Victoria Eye Center achieve optimal vision and freedom from glasses and contacts and would love to help you also.

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What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a refractive error that causes blurry vision. Having a refractive error means that the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in seeing a blurred image. Hyperopia, also called hypermetropia, farsightedness or long-sightedness, is a vision problem that causes blurry vision when focusing on nearby places and objects, but clear vision when focusing at a greater distance.

What Causes Hyperopia?

Hyperopia occurs when the image formed by the focusing mechanism of the eye is behind the retina. The condition is caused by an eye that is shorter than normal or a cornea that’s not as curved as it should be. Eyes that are slightly misshapen won’t be able to focus light accurately onto the retina, which results in blurred vision.

Farsightedness is largely hereditary but can develop in anyone. It’s possible to experience symptoms even during childhood but is much more common later in life. 

Hyperopia Symptoms

Symptoms of farsightedness include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty seeing objects up close
  • Crossing of the eyes in children

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s recommended than you make an appointment with an eye care professional. A comprehensive eye exam will help determine what kind of issue you’re having and what steps can be taken to correct it.

Treatment Options

Hyperopia is commonly treated with corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. For some forms of hyperopia, refractive surgery such as LASIK may be able to correct it. Each treatment option has its own advantages and disadvantages, though, and lifestyle, work environment and personal preference all play a role in deciding which is best for each patient.

It’s vitally important for patients to get their eyes checked regularly because vision problems tend to slowly change over time. For those diagnosed with farsightedness, this will enable your eye doctor to monitor your condition and adjust your corrective lens prescription as appropriate.

To learn more about hyperopia, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule an appointment with Dr. Boozalis.

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Are You Awake During LASIK?

A common concern among potential LASIK patients is whether they will be awake during the procedure. Yes—patients are awake during LASIK. However, there is no need to worry if you accidentally blink or move your eyes during the surgery. Thanks to advanced LASIK technologies in Victoria, your eyes will remain comfortably steady as Dr. Boozalis provides the vision correction results you need to see as clearly as possible.

Before the procedure begins, you will be given anesthetic eye drops that numb the eyes. This will help reduce discomfort during the operation. Then, they’ll use an instrument that will keep your eyes open, so you do not have to worry about blinking throughout the procedure.

Many patients fear that being awake means that they will feel everything that is happening and that makes them squeamish when they think about eye surgery. Rest assured that you will feel nothing more than a light pressure on your eye if you feel anything at all. In addition to the numbing eye drops, you will be given a mild oral sedation so although awake, you will feel relaxed.

On average, LASIK will take less than 10 minutes for each eye. The actual time the lasers are in contact with each eye is merely seconds. Still, the idea of being awake while something is touching the most sensitive part of your body is unnerving for many. So much so, in fact, that many people avoid LASIK surgery for this very reason.

The good news is that with advanced LASIK technologies and lasers, patients can expect to experience a quick and easy procedure and outstanding vision correction results, even when they are awake during LASIK.

To learn more about the LASIK procedure and how we can help you see as clearly as possible, schedule a free LASIK consultation with Dr. Boozalis by contacting Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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