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5 LASIK Misconceptions You’ve Probably Heard

Created on: Friday, April 28, 2017

With fame comes scrutiny (or, in this case, misconception.) LASIK surgery has long been the front-runner in the world of vision correction. Its popularity grows every day, yet there are still a lot of LASIK-related myths floating around. cIt’s our personal mission to make sure the truth about LASIK gets out! Below are 5 common myths you may have heard about LASIK surgery.

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“The laser can burn your eyes!”

When you picture a laser, chances are you’re thinking of something straight out of a sci-fi movie. However, the fictional “death-rays” used in Star Wars are nothing like the laser we use during LASIK surgery. The technology used during LASIK surgery emits “cool” laser energy meaning there is no heat applied directly to the eye.  

“You’ll go blind!”

While LASIK is a surgical procedure and complications can occur, most LASIK risks and complications are mild and most patients have a successful procedure.  Always be sure to choose a qualified surgeon to perform your LASIK surgery to reduce your risk of complication. Dr. Moadel has performed thousands of vision correction procedures with a high success rate.

“The surgery is painful!”

During your LASIK surgery, your eyes will be completely numb. and some patients report feeling only mild discomfort during their procedure. While you will feel some pressure on your eye during the surgery, most procedures are usually  pain free. 

“You’ll never have to wear glasses again!”

Although the results of LASIK surgery can last decades, there are certain age-related visual changes that LASIK cannot help. One example is presbyopia. Most people who enter their 40s and 50s will begin to notice a decline in their near vision. This is called presbyopia and has nothing to do with the cornea. Unfortunately, regardless of whether you’ve previously had LASIK surgery, you may need to wear reading glasses.

In other cases, especially those with severe refractive error, LASIK may improve vision, but not eliminate the need for glasses. Dr. Moadel will be sure to inform you of all of the possible outcomes prior to your surgery.

“You’re too old for LASIK!”

Many people are under the impression that LASIK surgery is only for people in their 20s and 30s. While those age groups make up the majority of LASIK patients, there are LASIK patients in their 40s, and some even in their 50s! Your LASIK eligibility has less to do with a number and more to do with your individual eyes. If your eyes are healthy and you are not experiencing any age-related vision disorders, you may still be able to get LASIK surgery!

If you are interested in the crisp, clear vision LASIK surgery can provide, be sure to call Dr. Moadel’s Manhattan office at (888) 690-8833. Book your LASIK consultation today and you’ll be well on your way to the best vision of your life!

3 Ways LASIK Eye Surgery Can Change Your Life

Created on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LASIK eye surgery. We’ve all heard of it, but what can it actually do for you? As with all surgeries, the results of each LASIK procedure will vary from person to person. However, in our many years of experience, we find that LASIK can changes the lives of our patients. Here are 3 positive life changes you may experience after your LASIK eye surgery.

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After LASIK Eye Surgery, You’ll Save Money Over Time

Most people look at the steep price tag on LASIK and think that undergoing the procedure is a poor financial choice. However, we find the opposite can be true. LASIK surgery can save you money in the long run.  For most people, the cost of LASIK pays for itself after 20 years (or less) of not buying contact lenses or eyeglasses.

Still, many people do not have the lump sum to shell out in one sitting. The average cost of LASIK surgery is about $2,000 per eye, and in today’s economy, this can be a stretch. Luckily, you have options. Here at New York Eye Specialists, we offer multiple payment avenues. You can use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or sign up for CareCredit. To learn more about these payment methods, visit our financing page or give us a call!

You’ll Gain Confidence

Many people remark that their confidence level has risen since undergoing LASIK surgery. While many people use their glasses as a fashion statement and love it, for others, their glasses are a point of insecurity.

Those who hate the way they look with glasses will surely get a confidence boost after LASIK eye surgery. Our patients often tell us that they love the freedom LASIK offers! No more worrying about matching your glasses with your outfit, not to mention the glare they can leave in photos. Stop hiding behind your glasses and just be you!

Life is More Convenient After LASIK Eye Surgery

Imagine waking up in the morning to clear, crisp vision and not having to fumble around for your glasses or contacts; just being able to get out of bed and being able to be ready to go! This one of the biggest reasons people opt for LASIK surgery. They’re tired of the constant worry that comes along with glasses and contact lenses.

Not having to worry about breaking your glasses while on a run, about a contact lens falling out during your football game, or a piece of sand getting stuck under your contact lens at the beach is what LASIK is all about!

What Are You Waiting For?

Everything mentioned above can be yours: more money, more confidence and more convenience. LASIK surgery can change your life for the better, all in about 15 minutes. If you’re interested in learning more about LASIK surgery or would like to schedule your surgery, be sure to book a consultation with Dr. Moadel! Here at New York Eye Specialists, we want to make a positive impact in your life. Call (888) 690-8833 to complete the first step of your journey to clear vision.

The Danger Diabetes Presents to the Health of your Eyes

Created on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Diabetes is a growing issue throughout the world, with an estimated 382 million people suffering from it in 2013. If not treated, diabetes can lead to other serious medical complications such as: ischemic heart disease, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke—but did you know that diabetes can also affect your eyes?

According to the American Optometric Association, diabetic retinopathy is a condition that “causes progressive damage to the retina.” The leading cause of blindness in the United States is attributed to this disease.

If you have diabetic retinopathy it is very difficult to regulate and requires a lot of extra care. Properly adhering to a good diet will help to mitigate the damages to your eyes, but a good diet alone will not be enough to ensure healthy eyes. Just because you aren’t suffering from eye pain, does not mean you don’t need medical attention.

Diabetic retinopathy is unpredictable, making follow-up care all the more important to maintain good visual health. Always be sure to regularly go in for checkups with your eye doctor as symptoms aren’t always easily detected.

Common Misconceptions Regarding UV Safety

Created on: Monday, June 08, 2015

 
Most people know to protect themselves from Ultraviolet (UV) rays using traditional sunblock because of increasing skin cancer awareness. It is a less common understanding when it comes to the dangers UV radiation poses to your eyes, but like skin cancer awareness, it is becoming a growing concern around the world. It is good to see a raised level of awareness surrounding these issues, but in regards to how and when you should protect yourself from the dangers of UV radiation, there are some common misconceptions.
 
Here are a few common misconceptions regarding UV safety you should look out for:
 
• UV rays remain a danger during all seasons of the year. Dangerous UV rays can still penetrate moderate, overcast cloud cover, mist, and fog.
• Natural light isn’t the only type of light that can be dangerous to your skin and eyes. Artificial rays produced from tanning beds and some plant grow lights can produce the same amounts of UV-A and UV-B rays that are produced by the sun.
• Just because you aren’t looking up at the sky doesn’t mean your eyes aren’t being affected by harmful UV rays. UV rays bounce off most things, even if the object in question doesn’t appear to be reflective. To name a few examples: sand, water, snow, metals, bright colors etc…
• Not all sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun; only sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection” protect you from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays.
 
So, regardless of the weather, be sure to make it a part of your routine before going outdoors to always keep that sunblock handy, wear a hat, and to not forget your 100% UV protective sunglasses.
 

 

Stop Rubbing Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Author: Ken Moadel

Stop Rubbing Your Eyes

Even though it is a very natural reaction to rub your eyes when they're feeling itchy, watery or otherwise irritated, it is important to keep your hands away from your eyes. Rubbing them can lead to eye injuries, infections or even damaged vision.

Our eyes become itchy or irritated for a variety of reasons. Sometimes this reaction is caused by allergies, other times a foreign object may be the source of irritation when it becomes trapped inside the eyelid. In any case, rubbing your eyes can be dangerous. Your eyes natural defense for removing irritants comes from producing tears to flush objects out of the eye. Rubbing your eyes when there is a foreign object trapped in the eyelid can result in scratches to the cornea. It also increases irritation by increasing additional histamine into the affected eye and can lead to the development of an infection. Eye drops can help to supplement natural tears in individuals who have dry eyes and may not produce enough tears for relief of irritation.

Dark circles under your eyes may also result over time if your frequently rub them as rubbing causes blood vessels in the eyelids to break and leak blood. As a result, blood pools under the skin and creates dark circles. Once dark circles appear, it may be difficult to effectively get rid of them. Wearing an eye mask when you sleep can help to eliminate dark circles that are caused by rubbing.

Regular eye rubbing over an extended period of time can lead to a condition known as keratoconus. Keratoconus causes a thinning of the cornea and results in the cornea losing its shape. This condition can lead to blurry vision and sometimes cannot be fully corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Keratoconus is often accompanied by severe infections. Fingers and hands can carry many germs, even if you wash your hands regularly. Those germs can spread to your eyes through rubbing and result in pink eye (conjunctivitis) and other similar complications. Chronic eye rubbing can also result in long-term vision damage that cannot be fully corrected or reversed.

How to treat irritated eyes

Relief from itchy eyes can be achieved through the use of over the counter eye drops or by applying a cold compress to your eyes. When these home remedies are not enough, or if an infection develops, you should arrange to see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can perform a thorough eye examination to identify the root cause of your eye irritation and prescribe treatment to help relieve your symptoms.

Eye Health in the Office

Created on: Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Author: Ken Moadel

Eye Health in the Office

Experiencing red or watery eyes, blurred vision or difficulty focusing after a day at work can often be the result of staring at a computer screen for eight or more hours. Office environments can certainly take their toll on your eyes. Here are some common symptoms and simple solutions to help maintain healthy vision during your work day.

Adjust Your Work Area
If your computer is not properly positioned, you may find yourself experiencing eye strain and visual fatigue. Make sure that your computer's screen is at least 24 inches away from your face and that the screen itself is directly in front of and also slightly lower than your line of sight.

Dry Eyes
Poor ventilation, dry air, and dust can cause eyes to become red and irritated since tears may not properly coat and moisten the eye. When reading or using a computer we tend not to blink as often, which can actually make the issue worse. When you are reading or looking at your computer screen for extended periods of time, be sure to take breaks and remind yourself to blink.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
Focusing on your computer screen for extended amounts of time can cause your eyes to become fatigued. That's why it is so important to give your eyes a break by following the 20-20-20 Rule; after 20 minutes of computer use, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  

Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Author: Ken Moadel

Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

According to a national survey, 32% of drivers reported that they have trouble seeing in the dark. Most of these drivers have difficulty judging distance, identifying signs or exits, and struggle to see animals and pedestrians in roadways.

So why is it so much harder for some people to drive at night? The reason is due to the fact that the pupils in the eyes dilate under low light causing vision to become blurred as well as contributing to focusing problems. Glare from oncoming vehicle headlights also makes driving at night more difficult, especially for older individuals. Drivers should not operate vehicles with uncorrected vision problems. This is just another reason why the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams is so great. Without a regular visit to your eye doctor you may not know that your prescription needs to be updated and therefore you may experience more difficulty with nighttime driving than necessary.

Here are some easy rules to follow to help you drive safely at night:

• Drive slowly
• Use your high beams during clear conditions and be sure to dim them for oncoming cars
• Regularly maintain your vehicle by checking fluids, tires, breaks and lights
• Be sure to turn off all interior lights before driving
• Give your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the darkness before you start driving
• Avoid glare by looking at the bottom of the road and by using the night setting on your rearview mirror to reduce glare from cars behind you
 

Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Created on: Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Author: Ken Moadel

Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Have you ever experienced an irritating eye twitch that just won't seem to end? How about dry eyes or blurred vision? Have you ever thought that these issues could be caused by stress? It's true, our eyes are an extension of our brain so whatever affects the various parts of our brain can actually interfere with our vision.

Eye Twitching
Possibly the only thing more irritating than an itch you can't scratch is involuntary eye twitching, or myokymia, which is a feeling that many of us are familiar with. Stress is actually one of the leading factors of involuntary eye twitches. Some other causes of myokymia include spending too much time on a computer and insufficient amounts of sleep. The condition itself is usually temporary, but persistent eye twitching may be a sign of a serious genetic disorder, which should be addressed by your eye doctor.

Dry Eyes
When our body experiences heightened levels of stress, it naturally increased and thickens blood flow to protect us from injury. In turn, the heart has to work even harder than usual and blood circulation to the extremities in our bodies, such as our skin, brain, and eyes, is decreased. This causes eyes to become dry and irritated.

Blurred Vision
Stress can also cause blurred vision and, ironically, experiencing a vision problem can create more stress. Stress affects your body in many ways, so blurry vision may be a secondary symptom. Sometimes stress causes your body to react as though its facing something dangerous and, as a result, your pupils dilate. This allows more light to enter the eye to help you better assess the situation, but a larger pupil also decreases your depth of focus - hence the blurriness.

Even though these eye conditions caused by stress can prove to be disruptive and irritating, they can be controlled with exercise, a healthy diet, and stress reduction techniques such as meditating and deep breathing. If your symptoms persist, be sure to visit your eye doctor to determine whether there may be an underlying cause for their occurrence.
 

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