DLM Internal

June 4, 2000

Are you awake during laser eye surgery?

All of our refractive patients are awake during surgery. however we do give our patients a little pill to help relax them so they feel much more at ease and not too anxious during surgery.

What happens if you blink during laser eye surgery?

The laser machine will automatically stop, the machine is very sensitive. We use a lid speculum and gently keep your eye open while the physician does the procedure. We only operate 1 eye at a time, while the other eye is taped close.

Does Lasik last forever?

No, lasik does not last forever. Short answer your eyes will change as we age, which is called the aging provess, it will happen to all of us. Some in our early 40s others may take a bit longer. Depending on the patients Rx, the bigger the Rx the more likely it is to come back as well.

Can I watch TV after Lasik surgery?

The first 24 hours after any refractive surgery its best to relax and let your eyes work. Your 2 eyeballs have been working for you for your whole life let them relax and let your loved ones take care of you. Listen to podcasts, listen to music, sleep in dark room and continue to use your prescription drops and lubrication.

Can Lasik give you 20 20 Vision?

Here at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology we like to call it 20 HAPPY. We like to tell patients that they will be what they are with their corrective lenes or glasses. Most patients in our office are 20/20 but we like to say that they are happy with their vision outcome.

Is 55 too old for Lasik eye surgery?

We have many patients that come in for refractive surgery that are on the older side. We offer our patients something call mono-vision. Where one eye is for distance and the other is for up close.

How do I know if Im a candidate for Lasik?

Come in for your free LASIK consultation, we will tell you if youre a candidate

How many days rest is required after Lasik surgery?

Its a good idea to take the next few days after surgery off. Take it easy, your two eyes have been working for you so long, give them a rest. Listen to podcasts, music, try not to watch tv let them rest.

Can eyes get worse after Lasik?

The chances of regression after lasik are low, however, in the case that your prescription changes after lasik, you may be eligible for an enhancement.

Can I do lasik twice?

While it is uncommon to need lasik twice, it is possible to undergo a second round of treatment if you are a candidate.

Does laser surgery leave scars?

Lasik surgery leaves very minor scarring that is only visible under high magnification. The minimal scarring does not have an effect on your vision.

Can laser surgery correct astigmatism?

Yes, in many cases, lasik is a great and effective treatment option for astigmatism.

Can you get 20/20 vision back?

The purpose of refractive surgery is to reduce dependence on glasses and contacts, however, in most cases our patients are able to achieve 20/20 vision or better after surgery.

Can you get laser eye surgery if you need bifocals?

Monovision lasik is a great option to reduce the need for bifocals. This is a procedure in which one eye is corrected fully for distance and the other eye is targeted for near.

Can you be too old for Lasik eye surgery?

Age is not a limiting factor for lasik, however, underlying ocular disease can prevent you from being a good candidate for the procedure.

What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?

There is a small risk of dry eyes, glare, and halos after laser eye surgery, however, a thorough screening before undergoing the procedure can help to reduce the chance of having those complications.

Is laser treatment good for eyes?

Laser treatment is a safe and efficient option to reduce to need for glasses or contact lenses. The chances of infection are much higher with contact lens wear.

Is laser vision correction surgery safe?

Laser vision correction is a safe procedure with a very low rate of complications. The most common complications of the procedure are glare, halos, and dry eyes which can be screened for prior to undergoing the procedure.

Who can have laser vision correction?

Laser vision correction is a great option for anyone over the age of 18 who would like to be less dependent on their glasses or contact lenses. A good candidate for laser vision correction must also have a stable prescription and no underlying ocular disease.

How can I improve my night vision after Lasik?

If you are struggling with your night vision after Lasik, you may benefit from an enhancement or touch up procedure. Some patients elect to wear glasses specifically for driving at night to correct any residual prescription.

Can you go blind from Lasik?

The procedure itself will not cause blindness. As with any surgery, there is a small chance of complications such as glare at night, halos around lights, and dry eyes. After the procedure, it is important to use any prescribed drops and follow all instructions given to minimize complications.

What is the success rate of laser eye surgery?

The success rates of laser eye surgery are very high. They usually range from 96-99%.

Whats the worst vision that can be corrected?

This is dependent on the thickness and regularity of your cornea combined with how high your prescription is. If you are not a candidate for Lasik or PRK, you may be a candidate for ICL.

How do you pay for Lasik?

We offer a few options to our patients. We take cash, credit, and cashier check. We also offer our patients financing with Wells Fargo Financing and Care Credit.

How long does eye surgery take?

The surgery itself can take less than 3 minutes per eye, but youre in our office at least 1 hour. We like to go over all questions patients have for us before surgery as well as all post-op instructions.

How long is the recovery for Lasik surgery?

For most patients, they are functioning normally by the next day. With PRK, recovery is a bit longer and in most cases patients can resume normal activities within 1 week of surgery.

Can I work the day after Lasik?

You can work after surgery, although its advisable you take a few days off to recover. Your eyes will be tired and light-sensitive the first few days after surgery.

Can you get Lasik in just one eye?

Yes, you can get LASIK in only one eye. Some patients do not need to do LASIK in both eyes.

Does eye flap heal after Lasik?

Your flap does heal after LASIK, but it does take some time for it to heal. Thats why we ask our patients to sleep and use eye shields for the first week after surgery.

Do your eyes look different after Lasik?

After LASIK your eyes will be watery (tearing) for the first few days after surgery. Your eyes may also develop what we call an eye bruise (bloodshot eyes) after surgery from the suction that keeps your eye in place, similar to how we get bruises on our skin. Bruising can last anywhere from 1-4 weeks.

Does Lasik last forever?

LASIK does not last forever, it depends on how high your prescription is. It can come back a little bit over time, which is what we call regression. If it gets to the point where it bothers you we can go back and perform a touch up.

Is Lasik cheaper than contacts?

Of the course of a lifetime of wearing glasses and contacts, yes LASIK is cheaper. Some patients have astigmatism and need to wear astigmatism contact lenses that are more expensive than spherical contact lenses. Often patients end up buying contacts, glasses, amd prescription sunglasses as well as contact lens solution. In the end, the cost of all those over the course of a lifetime would definitely be more than the cost of LASIK.

How long is vision blurry after Lasik?

Your eyes can be a bit blurry 2-3 days after Lasik surgery. Day by day it will get better and better. Just give your eyes some rest and let them tear naturally.

Can eyes get worse after Lasik?

Yes. LASIK surgery will not prevent other eye related problems from happening, such as age-related nearsightedness, so it’s entirely possible for your eyesight to get worse due to these other factors.

Can Lasik give you 20 20 Vision?

Yes. LASIK is designed to provide 20/25 vision or better. However, it is not guaranteed that everyone can achieve totally perfect vision given that everyone’s vision impairment is different.

Can you get Lasik If you have astigmatism?

Yes. LASIK can be a very helpful surgery for people who suffer from astigmatism. If you have severe astigmatism, your ophthalmologist may recommend other refractive surgeries such as PRK or ICL that would be more able to correct your vision.

Can you get Lasik surgery if you wear bifocals?

Yes. The vast majority of people who need both near and far vision correction can benefit from LASIK. Your ophthalmologist will discuss with you your options, such as monovision or correcting for a single distance.

Do I need glasses after Lasik now?

Usually no. Most people no longer require corrective lenses following their LASIK procedure, but this isn’t guaranteed. Some people still require slight vision correction to see clearly at certain distances or in certain conditions.

Do you need reading glasses after Lasik?

Usually no. Most people no longer require corrective lenses following their LASIK procedure, but this isn’t guaranteed. Some people still require slight vision correction to see clearly at certain distances or in certain conditions.

Can my vision be too bad to qualify for LASIK?

Yes. LASIK can be performed on nearly anyone who requires a prescription corrective lens to see correctly, but there is a limit to what degree of vision correction it can achieve for people with severe prescriptions. Other options such as PRK or ICL may be better in that case.

Will my eyes be dry right after LASIK?

Yes. The surface of your eye will need to heal, which may cause your eyes to feel more dry for several days following the procedure. In the past, it was not uncommon for people to have longer lasting symptoms of dry eye following a LASIK procedure. This is much less common with the current technology, but is still a possibility.

Can you shower after PRK surgery?

It is important to keep water out of the eyes for the first week after surgery.

Do you have to wear sunglasses indoors after PRK?

It is important to wear sunglasses both indoors and outdoors for the first few days after surgery as your cornea is healing and you will be very sensitive to light.

Can I look at screens after PRK?

Your eyes will be light sensitive for the first few days after the procedure, but after that, you can return to normal activity.

How long is vision blurry after PRK?

The vision will be blurriest for the first few days after surgery, but it can take a week or two to reach your visual potential.

Is PRK better than Lasik?

Both procedures have very similar visual outcomes, however if you are at a higher risk of trauma or injury to the eye due to your career or hobbies, PRK is a better option.

Why is vision blurry after PRK?

With PRK, the vision will be blurry for as long as it takes for the corneal epithelium to regenerate. Usually this is anytime between 4-14 days.

What happens if you rub your eyes after PRK?

Rubbing your eyes can disrupt the healing process of the corneal epithelium. You will have a contact lens in place to help the eye heal for the first few days after the procedure to add an extra layer of protection.

Are there artificial corneas?

Yes, there are artificial corneas that can be used in cornea surgery. An artificial cornea is known as a keratoprosthesis.

Can you wear contact lenses after corneal transplant?

Yes, contact lenses can be very helpful after a corneal transplant. However, be sure to follow your ophthalmologists directions regarding contact lens use after surgery.

Can a living person donate a cornea?

Yes, but it is not common for living patients to donate corneas.

Do corneal transplants last forever?

This depends on the overall condition of your eye. Some corneal transplants will last forever, however, in some cases patients will need to have another surgery due to transplant rejection.

Can I wear glasses after corneal transplant?

Yes, either glasses or contact lenses may be worn. Corneal transplant patients will need some form of vision correction in the majority of cases.

Does cornea transplant change eye color?

No, a corneal transplant does not change eye color. This is because the cornea is clear and does not determine eye color.

Can you have a second corneal transplant?

Yes, you can undergo a second corneal transplant as needed. For example, a transplant rejection would require a second surgery.

How long after a corneal transplant can you fly?

There is typically no reason why you cannot fly after your corneal transplant surgery. Most patients are ready to resume travel between 24 and 48 hours after their surgery.

How long does it take to recover from a corneal transplant?

It can take up to a year to fully recover from a corneal transplant. However, most patients can resume their normal routines within a week or two.

Is corneal transplant major surgery?

A corneal transplant is a serious surgery, however, it does not require extended downtime or overnight hospital stays.

Are there artificial corneas?

Yes. Artificial corneas do exist and have been used for over 50 years. However, results suggest that corneas from human donors work best for corneal transplants.

Can you have a second corneal transplant?

Yes. Secondary corneal transplants can be effective, but slightly less so than original corneal transplant procedures.

Are you awake during a corneal transplant?

Yes. Corneal transplants are usually performed with a combination of local anesthetic and a sedative so youre comfortable.

Do corneal transplants last forever?

In most cases, corneal transplants will last for the long term. They can require replacement, however, if the tissue is rejected or fails for various reasons.

Can a living person donate a cornea?

Yes. However, this is very rare and usually reserved for patients who need the eye removed for severe health reasons. Most corneal donations come from deceased people.

Do you have to lay flat after corneal transplant?

Yes. Laying flat on your back for the first few days after surgery can help the graft attach to the cornea. Your ophthalmology team will provide detailed instructions on how long and often to do this.

Can I wear glasses after corneal transplant?

Yes. You may still need corrective lenses after a corneal transplant surgery. Your ophthalmologist can give you the best indication of what to expect from your vision.

Does cornea transplant change eye color?

No. The color of the eye is determined by the iris, not the cornea, so your eye color will not change after a corneal transplant.

How long after a corneal transplant can you fly?

It can be unsafe to fly after a corneal transplant procedure, so you should plan your travel for at least two to three weeks afterward. Make sure to discuss your itinerary with your ophthalmologist during your appointment.

Is corneal transplant major surgery?

No. A corneal transplant is a relatively safe and minimally-invasive procedure. You should still plan to give yourself plenty of time to rest and recover afterward, however.

Can I fly immediately after a corneal transplant?

No. It can be unsafe to fly after a corneal transplant procedure, so you should plan your travel for at least two to three weeks afterward. Make sure to discuss your itinerary with your ophthalmologist during your appointment.

Are you born with keratoconus?

While the definitive cause of keratoconus is not known, it is believed that the level of risk someone has to develop the disease is present at birth.

Can a living person donate a cornea?

In most cases, a donor cornea comes from the deceased. However, a donor may be living in very rare circumstances.

Can the cornea repair itself?

The cornea can heal small scratches or abrasions on its own. However, deeper injuries may lead to permanent vision problems.

Can you go blind from a corneal transplant?

In some cases, the body can reject a corneal transplant. This occurs when the bodys immune system mistakenly attacks the donor cornea. Medical attention is needed in these cases.

How long does DMEK surgery take?

DMEK surgery usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.

How long does it take your eye to heal after surgery?

It will take 6-8 weeks for your eye to heal following DMEK surgery. It is normal for patients to experience eye redness, discomfort, teariness, and light sensitivity immediately following surgery.

How much is corneal transplant surgery?

The cost of corneal transplant surgery may vary depending on different factors. Please contact our office today for more information regarding pricing.

How quickly can keratoconus progress?

For some people, keratoconus can progress slowly for up to 10 years or more. For others, it can progress very quickly.

What happens if a corneal transplant is rejected?

If a corneal transplant is rejected, then medical treatment or another cornea transplant may be required

What happens if Keratoconus is left untreated?

If keratoconus is left untreated, it can lead to permanent vision loss. This is why it is so important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Do contacts expire?

Yes, when you order contact lenes, the contact lens expiration date is printed on the contacts. It would be advised to discard the contact lenses after that date.

Do contacts hurt for the first time?

No they do not hurt, but it can take some time to get used to contact lens in your eyes. Most patients adapt well to contact lenes. It takes some practice to really get the hang of it.

What is a good age to start wearing contacts?

This is necessity answer, some children need to wear contact lenses because they might have vision issues and they are not able to wear glasses. Therefore their parent will help put their contact lenses on/off. The age can vary depending on patient/parent and physician.

Can I shower with contact lenses?

Not advisable to swim with contact lens or put any type of water in the eye including swimming, salt water n(ocean water) Jacuzzi /hot tub or saunas.

Can you buy contact lenses over the counter?

Contact lenses are not over counter, a doctor needs to write you a prescription for your contact lenses and glasses every year. Your prescription does expire and youre not able to buy them once your expiration date has passed. You will need to get an updated Rx from your doctor.,.

Can contacts go behind your eye?

No contact lens can not go behind the eye. Although it is an old wives tale that is can, they can not get behind your eye.

Are contact lenses better than glasses?

This is a personal question really, some patients prefer to wear contact lens becauase they are more comfortable wearing them and they are able to wear their sunglasses on top of them, other patients prefer glasses and they either buy another set of prescription sunglasses or buy a clip for their current glasses. Some patients are not able to tolerate contact lens, therefor they like glasses and vise versa.

Can I cry with contacts in?

If you cry with your contact lenses on your eyes may dry out, therefore you might need to lubricate with them with eye drops made for contact lenses. There are many drops available over the counter at your local pharmacy or retail shop.

Can I order contact lenses online?

You can order contact lenses directly through our website or if you prefer we can give your the prescription and you can purchase them online or at a retailer.

How do you put in contacts?

Some patients may need a contact lens training in our office and our staff is trained to do so and help patients out. Dont get impatient or frustrated with yourself it can take time to get it. Eventually it will be breezy and it will just work one day

How long can I close my eyes with contacts?

It is not advisable to sleep with your contact lenses on or even take a nap with them on. When your eyes are dry they can scratch the eyes and or cause many other future problems with the eyes.

Can ICL cause glaucoma?

ICL can cause glaucoma if the implant is oversized or incorrectly positioned, however, the chances for this are very low.

Can an intraocular lens be removed and replaced?

Although rare, IOLs (intraocular lenses) can be removed and replaced - typically because of incorrect power or shifting within the eye.

Can ICL change eye color?

No, the ICL is a clear implant that is inserted between the eyes natural lens and iris.

How long does ICL last?

ICL is permanent, but it can always be removed if necessary.

What is a toric implant?

A toric implant corrects for astigmatism just as a toric contact lens does.

How long after lens replacement can I exercise?

You can start low impact exercise on the second or third day, but you should avoid lifting heavy weights or exercises that involve bending down for the first week or two.

Is ICL permanent?

Yes, however it can always be removed if necessary.

What are toric lenses used for?

Toric lenses are used to correct for astigmatism.

Does ICL correct astigmatism?

Yes, a toric lens implant can be placed to correct for astigmatism.

What is ICL procedure?

ICL is an alternative to Lasik and PRK that reduces the dependency on glasses and contacts.

Can you get ICL after Lasik?

Yes - you can have ICL surgery after undergoing LASIK.

Do you have to get toric lenses for astigmatism?

Toric lenses are effective for astigmatism because they retain their shape rather than conforming to the surface of the eye like regular lenses. This helps accommodate astigmatic eyes which are misshapen.

How are toric lenses different?

Toric lenses are weighted at the bottom to help them retain their shape and position. This helps compensate for the irregular shape of astigmatic eyes.

Can ICL correct astigmatism?

ICL is best for myopia and astigmatism. It can achieve permanent results and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses.

How long does it take for a lens implant to heal?

It can take about 8-12 weeks for an implanted lens to fully heal. During this time, its very important to protect your eyes from irritation.

Is ICL painful?

ICL is a very quick procedure performed with a local anesthetic and mild sedative so youre comfortable. Surgery is typically fully completed within 30 minutes.

What is Visian Toric ICL?

The Visian Toric ICL is an implantable lens that can restore vision permanently for patients who dont qualify for LASIK. Its similar to a contact lens that does not need to be removed.

What causes halos after ICL?

Halos can occur when the eyes dilate beyond the area of the ICL. Light that enters the pupil outside of the lens can look brighter, causing a ring effect.

Do the rigid gas permeable lenses hurt?

The lenses can be uncomfortable initially as they are made up of a hard plastic. However, after about a week of wear, your eyes will adjust to them. Using a gel or artificial tear drop before insertion can help improve comfort.

How long does it take ortho-k lenses to work?

It takes about one week of wear for low to moderate prescriptions and about two to three weeks for higher prescriptions. If you stop wearing the lenses every night, your eyesight will return back to baseline. Some patients may need to wear a soft contact lens temporarily during the day for the first week or two to ensure vision is not myopic.

Is ortho-k permanent?

No, much like a retainer, it only works for as long as you continue treatment. If you stop wearing the lenses, your eyes will return to baseline in about 72 hours. This is a great option for kids who are not Lasik candidates to keep their prescription stable until they are at an eligible age for Lasik.

Are there any risks to using an ortho-k lens?

The risk of ortho-k lenses is similar to any contact lens. However, it has a lower infection rate in comparison to soft contact lenses. It is a highly effective, non-invasive, non-surgical, and reversible method to halt the progression of myopia.

Are headaches common after retinal surgery?

No. If you experience headaches or severe pain after retinal surgery, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.

Are you awake for retinal surgery?

Yes. Retinal surgery is typically performed using a local anesthetic. Youll be relaxed and comfortable during surgery with few postoperative side effects.

Can a regular eye exam detect retinal detachment?

Sometimes. Your ophthalmologist will need to perform additional specialized tests to diagnose any retinal problems.

Can retina heal itself?

No. A retinal problem, such as retinal detachment or a retinal tear, will not heal on its own. Its important to see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible for the best chance of maintaining healthy vision.

Can you drive after retinal tear surgery?

No. You should plan to have a close friend or family member take you home after surgery. Depending on any prescription medications given by your ophthalmologist, you can resume driving the next day.

Can you watch TV after retinal detachment surgery?

Yes. Your vision may be blurry after surgery, but you can resume reading or watching TV while you recover.

Does cataract surgery increase risk of detached retina?

Rarely. Cataract surgery could increase the risk of retinal detachment in the past, but it has become much less likely when using modern surgical techniques.

Does retinal detachment cause blindness?

Yes. If a significant portion of the retina detaches, it can cause permanent vision loss. This means that it requires prompt treatment.

How do they test for detached retina?

Your ophthalmologist can test for retina detachment using a dilated eye exam and a tool called an ophthalmoscope.

Can retinal detachment happen suddenly?

Yes. Retinal detachment can happen over time or suddenly. Some risk factors for this include a family history of retinal detachment, eye trauma, a history of eye surgery, age, or nearsightedness.

Are there tests for retinal detachment?

Yes. Your ophthalmologist can test for retina detachment using a dilated eye exam and diagnostic machines designed to assess the retina.

Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?

In some cases depending on what type of lens the patient selects they patient will need glasses after surgery. Some patients choose a lens for up close distance therefor the patient would need glasses for distance. Vice versa its patients preference on what type of lens they are wanting and they are willing to give up after surgery.

What type of lens does Medicare cover for cataract surgery?

Medicare will only cover the most basic surgery, they will cover conventional cataract surgery as well as conventional lens. Medicare unfortunately does not cover laser cataract surgery or any of the specialty lens options.

What kind of sedation is used for cataract surgery?

Surgery is done as a Ambulatory Surgery Center (day in day out) surgery therefor the anesthesiologist will inject a little bit of medication to relax patients. Patients are not asleep during surgery and will be aware during surgery just in case the physician needs to speak to the patient.

At what stage should cataracts be removed?

Cataracts are only removed when they are bothering the patient. The

Are you sitting or lying down during cataract surgery?

All patients will be lying down on a table for surgery.

Are you awake during cataract surgery?

Surgery is done as a Ambulatory Surgery Center (day in day out) surgery therefor the anesthesiologist will inject a little bit of medication to relax patients. Patients are not asleep during surgery and will be aware during surgery just in case the physician needs to speak to the patient.

How long do I need to wear dark glasses outside after cataract surgery?

Patients will be most comfortable to wear dark sunglasses for the next month after surgery. Your eyes will be light sensitive right after surgery.

What happens if you blink during cataract surgery?

Your eye is held open with a lid speculum therefor you are not able to open your eye. n

How long does cataract surgery take?

With the latest in laser assisted technology, cataract surgery can be completed very quickly if there are no complications or considerations. The surgical step of the procedure can take as little as ten to fifteen minutes, although you’ll need to undergo a short recovery and monitoring period afterwards to allow the sedatives to wear off and ensure you’re safe enough to return home. The length of this stage can vary based on each unique patient.

How long after cataract surgery will my vision be blurry?

After cataract surgery, your vision may be blurry for the first few days before it begins to improve. You’ll be asked to wear a protective eye shield (especially at night) during this time to protect your eyes and allow for healing. After the first few days, you may notice that your vision is much more vibrant and colorful, since cataracts can produce a muted perception of colors.nnLaser cataract surgery shortens patients healing time.nLaser cataract surgery is a state-of-the-art technology that improves the precision and shortens the healing time for a patient undergoing cataract surgery.  Traditionally, cataract surgery involves using blades to create the corneal incisions; using a needle and small forceps to create the opening to the cataract; and using only ultrasound energy to break up the cataract into smaller pieces for safe removal.  In contrast, femto-second-assisted cataract surgery uses laser energy to create all of the corneal incisions; laser energy to create a perfect circular opening to the cataract; and laser energy to break up the cataract into even smaller pieces.nWe feel that this laser technology is superior to “standard” cataract surgery because no human can match the precision of a laser!  Laser-assisted cataract surgery is also much gentler on the corneal endothelium (i.e. the “water pumps” of the cornea) which translates into faster patient recovery times.  Lastly, astigmatism reduction is more precise using the laser compared to traditional methods using blades.nnWait a second, I thought all surgeons used a laser for cataract surgery?nnContrary to popular belief, most cataract surgeons do not have access or experience with laser-assisted cataract surgery, in fact most are ultrasound based. The difference is that the laser provides our patients with computer-controlled precision for their cataract surgery. It automates some of the most challenging steps of refractive cataract surgery. This femto-second laser replaces the traditional hand-held blade to optimize all incisions for enhanced, reproducible surgical results.In traditional non-laser basic cataract surgery, the surgeon makes incisions and removes the cataract using surgical instruments and blades. However, during laser cataract surgery, several of the most critical steps of the surgical process are performed using an image-guided femto-second laser.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

The cost of your cataract surgery can depend on factors like whether one or both eyes will be treated, the types of lenses used (to also correct astigmatism or presbyopia, for example), and whether you opt for laser techniques. In many cases, basic cataract surgery is covered by medical insurance, but you’ll receive a full estimate of your costs during a consultation with our ophthalmologists.

Can you wait too long to have cataract surgery?

Waiting too long for cataract surgery can result in negative effects, including a higher risk of complications during surgery and increased lifestyle risks such as accidental falls.

At what stage should cataracts be removed?

Cataracts can be removed at any stage. They should generally be removed when they begin to interfere with normal activities, such as reading or driving. Most health insurance companies will not cover the procedure until the cataract reaches a stage which impacts quality of life.

Can cataract surgery be done on both eyes at the same time?

Only one eye is operated on at a time. Once that eye heals, you can proceed to operate on the other eye. If only one eye is being affected enough by a cataract to make you want it removed, you can do surgery in that eye alone.

Are you put under anesthesia for cataract surgery?

In most cases, cataract surgery is performed under a combination of local and mild anesthesia. This means that, while you may not be fully unconscious for the procedure, you can still follow instructions from your surgeon.

How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

Recovery after cataract surgery takes an average of four to six weeks.

What should I avoid after cataract surgery?

After cataract surgery, you must avoid rubbing the eyes, driving, strenuous activities, or applying eye makeup. Your ophthalmologist will give you complete directions to follow after your procedure.

How do you clean your eye after cataract surgery?

You never want to put anything in your eye right after surgery except for the drops given to you by your doctor. You may gently clean the area around the eye using a tissue.

What are the side effects of cataract surgery?

Side effects after cataract surgery are usually temporary and mild. They may include blurry vision during the healing process, dry eye, glares or halos, and light sensitivity. If you experience more severe side effects, you should notify your doctor immediately.

Are lens implants safe?

Yes, the technology surrounding implanting intraocular lenses (IOLs) has been studied and proven over many years, although some types of IOLs are newer than others.

Can a lens implant be replaced?

Yes, IOLs can be removed and replaced if not performing or correcting a persons vision optimally, although this is rarely necessary due to the number and precision of calculations made prior to implanting the lens.

Does lens replacement improve vision?

Yes, the goal of lens replacement surgery is to provide perfect to near-perfect vision for patients undergoing the procedure.

Does lens replacement surgery hurt?

No, with numbing eye drops and the lack of nerves in the lens and cornea, lens replacement surgery does not result in pain.

How do lens implants work?

Lens implants are specially made synthetic lenses that mimic the naturally occurring lens in your eye but that are manufactured to correct misshapen lenses or corneas to help people see clearly at both near and far distances.

How long do lens implants last?

Unless you experience a sudden change or unfavorable vision correction with your IOL device, they should not need to be replaced at all during your life.

How long does it take for your vision to stabilize after cataract surgery with lens implant?

It can take up to a few days to recover, but your ophthalmologist will let you know exactly how to care for your treated eye(s) following IOL implantation.

How long does it take to adjust to multifocal lens implants?

It can take several months to become fully accustomed to your IOL, although every patient heals and adapts at a different rate.

Is lens replacement surgery permanent?

Typically, yes, lens replacement surgery is supposed to be permanent. However, if you do not have ideal vision results the IOL can be removed and replaced with a different one.

What happens if the lens moves after cataract surgery?

In the extremely rare event that an IOL moves following implantation, an ophthalmologist will need to replace it with another lens.

Why are retina exams important?

Many diseases can be detected early by reviewing images of the retina, even if you have no other symptoms present. This helps to protect your overall health as well as your eye health.

Are there side effects of Optomap?

There are no adverse side effects of the Optomap procedure, as images are taken through a non-invasive and low-intensity laser.

What is an Optomap?

Optomap is a digital image of the retina achieved using laser technology.

What are the benefits of Optomap?

Optomap allows your doctor to detect problems regarding your health quickly through a non-invasive and overall comfortable procedure. Images of the retina can also be saved to compare them after future exams.

Is Optomap safe for children?

Children can have images taken through Optomap. In fact, retinal imaging such as Optomap is an important part of a child’s regular eye exam.

Does Optomap hurt?

The Optomap procedure is completely painless and is completed in less than a second.

How often should I have an Optomap?

Your physician will advise when you should have an Optomap taken, however, it is generally recommended as part of your routine eye exam.

Are headaches common after retinal surgery?

No. If you experience headaches or severe pain after retinal surgery, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.

Are you awake for retinal surgery?

Yes. Retinal surgery is typically performed using a local anesthetic. Youll be relaxed and comfortable during surgery with few postoperative side effects.

Can a regular eye exam detect retinal problems?

Sometimes. Your ophthalmologist will need to perform additional specialized tests to diagnose any retinal problems.

Can the retina heal itself?

No. A retinal problem, such as retinal detachment or a retinal tear, will not heal on its own. Its important to see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible for the best chance of maintaining healthy vision.

Can you drive immediately after retinal tear surgery?

No. You should plan to have a close friend or family member take you home after surgery. Depending on any prescription medications given by your ophthalmologist, you can resume driving the next day.

Can you watch TV after retinal detachment surgery?

Yes. Your vision may be blurry after surgery, but you can resume reading or watching TV while you recover.

Does cataract surgery increase risk of detached retina?

Rarely. Cataract surgery could increase the risk of retinal detachment in the past, but it has become much less likely when using modern surgical techniques.

Can retinal detachment cause blindness?

Yes. If a significant portion of the retina detaches, it can cause permanent vision loss. This means that it requires prompt treatment.

Can retinal detachment happen suddenly?

Yes. Retinal detachment can happen over time or suddenly. Some risk factors for this include a family history of retinal detachment, eye trauma, a history of eye surgery, age, or nearsightedness.

Are there tests for retinal detachment?

Yes. Your ophthalmologist can test for retina detachment using a dilated eye exam and diagnostic machines designed to assess the retina.

Do the rigid gas permeable lenses hurt?

The lenses can be uncomfortable initially as they are made up of a hard plastic. However, after about a week of wear, your eyes will adjust to them. Using a gel or artificial tear drop before insertion can help improve comfort.

How long does it take ortho-k lenses to work?

It takes about one week of wear for low to moderate prescriptions and about two to three weeks for higher prescriptions. If you stop wearing the lenses every night, your eyesight will return back to baseline. Some patients may need to wear a soft contact lens temporarily during the day for the first week or two to ensure vision is not myopic.

Is ortho-k permanent?

No, much like a retainer, it only works for as long as you continue treatment. If you stop wearing the lenses, your eyes will return to baseline in about 72 hours. This is a great option for kids who are not Lasik candidates to keep their prescription stable until they are at an eligible age for Lasik.

Are there any risks to using an ortho-k lens?

The risk of ortho-k lenses is similar to any contact lens. However, it has a lower infection rate in comparison to soft contact lenses. It is a highly effective, non-invasive, non-surgical, and reversible method to halt the progression of myopia.

Can an intraocular lens be removed and replaced?

Yes. Although rare, ICLs can be removed and replaced. This is typically because of incorrect power or the lens shifting within the eye.

Can ICL cause glaucoma?

Rarely. ICL can cause glaucoma if the implant is oversized or incorrectly positioned, however, the chances for this are very low.

Can ICL change eye color?

No. The ICL is a clear implant that is inserted between the eyes natural lens and iris.

Can ICL correct astigmatism?

Yes. ICL is often the best option for permanently correcting very high myopia or astigmatism.

Can you get ICL after Lasik?

Yes. You can have ICL surgery after undergoing LASIK.

Should I avoid exercise immediately after ICL surgery?

Yes. You can usually start low impact exercise one week after surgery, but you should avoid lifting heavy weights or exercises that involve bending down for the first two weeks. You should also always consult your doctor before fully restarting your normal exercise regimen.

Is ICL permanent?

Yes. ICL is a permanent solution to poor vision, but it can always be removed if necessary.

Is ICL painful?

No. ICL is a very quick procedure performed with a local anesthetic and mild sedative so youre comfortable. Surgery is typically fully completed within 30 minutes.

What causes halos after ICL?

Yes. Halos can occur when the eyes dilate beyond the area of the ICL. Light that enters the pupil outside of the lens can look brighter, causing a ring effect.

What if my vision changes after the procedure?

We commonly recommend that patients have a stable prescription before undergoing an ICL procedure, meaning you vision hasn’t changed for a year or longer. However, it’s not impossible for your vision to change after the procedure, so we can replace the lenses during a quick and easy procedure to further correct your vision.

Will anyone be able to see the lenses?

ICLs are virtually unnoticeable after implantation since they are placed between the iris (the colored part of your eye) and the natural lens underneath it. Although your surgeon and ophthalmologist will be able to tell whether you’ve had an ICL procedure, most people will not be able to notice.

What is Collamer?

Collamer is a biocompatible material that contains a small amount of purified collagen. It is very safe and effective, and also contains an ultraviolet filter to protect the eyes.

When should I worry about eye floaters and flashes?

Most of the time, you dont have to worry about floaters in your vision. However, if you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters or start to see flashes of light, you should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

What does it mean when you see flashes and floaters?

Floaters are normal occurrences with people who have healthy eyes. They are caused by strands of proteins in the jelly of the eye( the “vitreous humor”) that have detached from the back of your eye and begin floating around. Floaters are not a serious condition by themselves but could be the sign of something more serious.

What is the most common cause of flashes and floaters?

The most common cause of floaters is vitreous detachment, which itself is not a serious condition, but could be the sign of something more serious.

How do you get rid of floaters and flashes in your eyes?

Floaters typically go away on their own after some time. Activities such as staring at a screen for prolonged periods of time can increase the likelihood of floaters.

Do flashes always mean retinal detachment?

Flashes in your vision may or may not be caused by retinal or vitreous detachment, as some flashes are caused by sudden exposure to bright lights or head trauma. If you notice prolonged eye flashes, especially those outside your peripheral (side) vision, it is best to be evaluated by a doctor.

Can stress cause eye floaters?

Stress may have a small part to play in the frequency of eye floaters affecting your vision, but it is likely not the only cause.

What does it mean when you see flashes of light?

Flashes can appear for a number of reasons, external or internal. Eye flashes are known to be caused by head trauma, changes in the internal structure of the affected eye, and can be signs of serious eye conditions such as retinal detachment. If you begin to notice flashes, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor right away.

How can I reduce eye floaters and flashes naturally?

Theres no way to speed up how quickly your body breaks down the strands of protein that cause eye floaters, but if youre experiencing frequent eye flashes with an unidentified cause, it could be a sign of something an eye doctor should take a look at.

What should you avoid if you have macular degeneration?

Avoid foods high in fat such as dairy, red meat, and fried foods. If you smoke, you should also try to quit since this can be a risk factor.

Does everyone with macular degeneration go blind?

Although macular degeneration can cause significant vision loss, it is rare that people go blind from it.

Can you have wet and dry macular degeneration in the same eye?

Yes, this is possible, but wet macular degeneration is less common.

Can you drive with macular degeneration?

It is possible that you will still be able to drive, especially during the early stages of macular degeneration. Some patients will find it easier to drive during the day than at night.

How long can you keep your sight with macular degeneration?

The rate of macular degeneration varies among patients, but dry macular degeneration will progress slower than wet macular degeneration.

What are early warning signs of macular degeneration?

Early warning signs include visual distortions, reduced central vision, the need for more light when doing work up-close, a blind spot in your vision, colors appearing duller, and difficulty recognizing faces.

Can anything slow down macular degeneration?

Taking vitamins, stopping smoking and scheduling regular eye exams with your doctor can help slow the progression of macular degeneration.

Can glasses help macular degeneration?

Although glasses will not directly cure macular degeneration, they can improve symptoms by helping you see clearer.

What are the stages of macular degeneration?

During the first stage, a buildup of fatty proteins called drusen will occur in the retina. Vision loss will not begin until the second, or intermediate stage. During this intermediate stage, large drusen will begin to form and mild vision loss may begin. Late stage macular degeneration will be diagnosed as dry or wet and involves vision loss.

What is the newest treatment for macular degeneration?

The FDA has recently approved an injectable eye medication called Vabysmo which will require less frequent injections to improve vision.

Can macular degeneration cause me to go blind?

Macular degeneration is a serious vision condition that can cause blindness. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to prevent significant vision loss.

Can macular degeneration be treated?

Yes. Treatments for macular degeneration should be administered by an ophthalmologist.

What do you do when a chalazion wont go away?

The first step is to try to treat a chalazion with medication. If that is not effective, then you can choose to either have your chalazion excised or receive a steroid injection.

Will eye drops help a chalazion?

Antibiotic eye drops can treat a chalazion and keep it from getting bigger.

How long does it take for an eye chalazion to go away?

If treated right away, a chalazion can heal within a week. However, if left untreated, it can take 4-6 weeks for the chalazion to go away.

Can a chalazion be permanent?

Chalazion can be individually treated and removed, but they may reoccur.

Will a chalazion burst on its own?

A chalazion can spontaneously pop on its own and potentially release a thick discharge into the eye.

How do doctors drain a chalazion?

Your doctor will numb the area with a local anesthetic and then make a small incision in the chalazion cyst to excise it.

Do tea bags help Chalazions?

Applying a warm tea bag to the chalazion is a common at-home remedy and by acting as a warm compress, tea bags may help the chalazion drain on its own.

Can Chalazions be caused by stress?

Although there is no scientific evidence that identifies stress as a cause of chalazions, stress can weaken the immune system and make you susceptible to infections such as chalazion.

Can medication help a chalazion?

Antibiotic eye ointments or prescription pills can treat a chalazion or keep it from getting bigger.

How long does it take for a pterygium to go away?

A pterygium will not go away on its own and requires treatment from an ophthalmologist.

Can you go blind from pterygium?

If left untreated, it is possible for a pterygium to cause blindness if it grows large enough to cover the pupil. Fortunately, it is rare that someone waits until this stage to seek treatment.

What aggravates a pterygium?

UV light is the cause of pterygium, but things like wind, sand, smoke, or dust can aggravate symptoms.

How do you stop a pterygium from growing?

The best way to prevent the growth of a pterygium is by protecting your eyes from sun exposure. This means wearing UV-protective sunglasses, or at least a wide-brimmed hat, when you are outside.

Can pterygium be treated without surgery?

Very small pterygiums can be treated with prescription steroidal eyedrops from your ophthalmologist. However, larger pterygiums are typically removed with surgery.

Can pterygium grow back?

Pterygiums can return after surgical removal, which is why its important to address the underlying causes and prevent further growth.

What causes a pterygium?

Pterygiums are caused by long-term UV light exposure. Theyre more common in people who spend a lot of time outside, especially around bodies of water (which reflect sunlight).

What is the best eye drop for pterygium?

Your ophthalmologist can prescribe specialized eyedrops or recommend over-the-counter options. Typically pterygium eyedrops include medications like mitomycin C and 5-fluorouracil.

Can pterygium turn cancerous?

Pterygium themselves are not cancerous, but some new studies suggest that pterygium have a small chance of developing into melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Can pterygium cause permanent damage?

If pterygiums are not treated in a timely manner, they can grow large enough to cause scarring on the eye.

Do pterygiums go away on their own?

A pterygium will not go away on its own and requires treatment from an ophthalmologist.

What can make a pterygium worse?

UV light is the cause of pterygium, but things like wind, sand, smoke, or dust can aggravate symptoms.

What activities should be avoided with glaucoma?

It is advised that individuals with glaucoma avoid anaerobic exercises such as sprinting, biking, sit-ups and pullups, and weightlifting.

How long can you keep your vision with glaucoma?

Yes, for many people glaucoma does not lead to blindness. Glaucoma is controllable with modern treatment.

Should glaucoma patients wear sunglasses?

Yes, wearing sunglasses is one the simplest ways to ease discomfort caused by glare and light sensitivity.

What is the best vitamin to take for glaucoma?

Vitamin supplements that can be helpful for glaucoma include B1, B3, B12, C, A, and E.

How Common is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, and about 3 million Americans currently live with glaucoma.

What are the Types of Glaucoma?

There are four major types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma, closed-angle glaucoma, congenital glaucoma, and secondary glaucoma.

What are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

One of the reasons glaucoma can be so dangerous is that symptoms may not be noticeable until permanent damage has been done to the vision. One symptom you may notice is that your peripheral vision, or the “edges” of your vision, begins to decrease.

Does stress affect glaucoma?

While stress cannot cause glaucoma, it may affect the way your body works. If you are highly stressed and not sleeping well, it may affect your vision.

What causes glaucoma to worsen?

Consuming high levels of trans fats has been proven to cause damage to the optic nerve.

Does the sun affect glaucoma?

Increased exposure to sunlight and UV radiation may increase the risk of glaucoma and can worsen glare sensitivity.

What are the best treatment options for glaucoma?

There are two common treatment options for glaucoma. One is the daily use of prescription eye drops that reduce eye pressure. Another is a laser procedure that helps prevent the pressure in the eye from getting too high.

Is blindness inevitable with glaucoma?

No, glaucoma is controllable with modern treatment. As long as someone follows the treatment prescribed by their doctor, glaucoma does not usually lead to blindness.

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