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LASIK or PRK: Which is Right for You?

Most people have heard of the LASIK eye procedure, a surgery that is currently performed hundreds of thousands of times each year. Because LASIK is so familiar by name, many people who are considering laser vision correction to help them reduce their need for eyeglasses don’t even realize they may have another option. Here, we describe the details of LASIK and PRK refractive surgery, as well as a few questions you may ask yourself as you explore your treatment options.

LASIK eye surgery improves vision by reshaping the corneal tissue beneath the ocular surface. To achieve this, a small flap is made. This flap quickly re-attaches to the eye and is not visible nor noticeable in your vision.

The PRK procedure, or photorefractive keratectomy, is also performed to reshape the cornea so light can have a more direct path to the back of the eye. This procedure reaches the corneal tissue by removing the uppermost layer of the cornea. No flap. The tissue that is removed regenerates over time.

Deciding between LASIK and PRK may be challenging for some people, though most of our patients are most interested in being able to see their computer screen or street signs without their glasses or contact lenses. So how do you choose? You ask questions.

  • What is your vision like? The higher your corrective prescription, the better suited you may be to the PRK procedure. When we say “higher prescription,” we are describing a substantial deficit like -8.00. This is because some studies have suggested that individuals with a more significant deficiency in vision may also have thinner corneal tissue that may not be as supportive of the flap made during LASIK.
  • What is your timeline for recovery? One of the benefits of LASIK is that you can get back to normal activities quickly. Vision is clear within a few hours after this laser procedure. PRK heals more slowly because the corneal tissue has been removed. Approximately 70% improvement is gained within a week. After one month, the eyes are about 90% healed. PRK patients cannot drive for at least one week following surgery.
  • How active do you want to be? Most people who undergo laser vision correction have very little to worry about in terms of eye injury. Individuals who play competitive sports may want to consider their injury risks when choosing their procedure. PRK may take longer to heal fully, but the eyes return to a natural anatomical state after this procedure. With LASIK, the flap that is made re-attaches but is always there and may be more prone to damage.

Discover more about the vision correcting treatments available in our Mililani office. Call 808-625-5577.

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Is LASIK Surgery Right for You?

Many people who wear eyeglasses or contacts eventually become frustrated with the side effects of their necessary aids. Glasses slide down the bridge of the nose and need to be often cleaned. Contact lenses may feel uncomfortable if the eyes become dry. There are several reasons to wonder if corrective eye surgery might be right for you. Since LASIK is one of the most common procedures performed to improve vision, we want to discuss how to know if it may be the direction in which you want to go.

LASIK Has a Good Track Record

One of the primary objectives in treating refractive errors that diminish vision is to significantly reduce a person’s reliance on corrective lenses. LASIK’s track record is proof that reshaping the cornea works. Most patients who undergo this procedure achieve at least 20/25 vision, which enables them to engage in a wide variety of activities without needing vision-assistance. Where many LASIK patients still need glasses is when they drive at night.

The results that are achieved with LASIK are dependent on the extent of the refractive error, the type of refractive error, and extenuating factors such as concurrent eye disease like glaucoma. The greatest success has been achieved with patients affected by mild to moderate nearsightedness. When astigmatism and farsightedness are also in the mix, results are more difficult to predict, though improvement is possible.

How LASIK Works

You may recognize LASIK as laser eye surgery that can significantly improve your quality of life by reducing your need to wear contacts or glasses. Essentially, this is all you need to know. However, we like to discuss how innovative techniques work.

The reason that vision loses optimal clarity is that light does not travel to the back of the eye as it should. When there is a direct path through the eye to the retina, we can observe objects with a high degree of clarity. Changes to the structure of the eye, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, alter the path of light through the eye, so it lands somewhere other than the retina. Depending on where rays of light land, objects closer or farther away appear indistinct.

The way that eyeglasses and contacts work is by bending light before it enters the eye. LASIK, on the other hand, reshapes the cornea, so rays that pass through the front of the eye have a straight path toward the retina.

Learn more about LASIK and what it can do for you. Call our office near Honolulu at 808-625-5577.

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Laser Eye Surgery: What You need to Know about Driving

The prospect of having laser eye surgery can be both intimidating and exciting. There is a lot to look forward to, like being able to read without eyeglasses. On the other hand, patients often express a small amount of concern related to unknown factors like what it will be like to drive after laser eye surgery, or when they will be able to drive after their procedure. Let’s discuss this.

Driving After Surgery

Eye procedures that involve laser technology are gentle and efficient. There is very little down time after laser eye surgery. However, patients are not able to drive immediately after their procedure. If laser eye surgery is in your future, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. It is acceptable to use public transportation if necessary, but you should be accompanied even in this situation.

Legally, driving is not supposed to resume until your ophthalmologist has cleared you to do so. In most cases, a follow-up appointment is scheduled for the day after surgery. Like the day of surgery, you will need transportation to this appointment as well. During the follow-up visit, the progress of healing is observed, and the matter of driving may be discussed. Often, patients can safely get behind the wheel within a few days of their procedure and usually need to wait no longer than a week for full recovery.

After the All-Clear

Being cleared to drive and perform other activities is a good sign of progress. There are still a few things that patients need to keep in mind after laser eye surgery. Although the initial recovery from eye surgery is very short, it may take some time for eyes to fully adjust to their new state. Some patients notice that bright lights now have a glare around them, a side-effect of eye conditions or treatments that may make night-driving something to get used to again. To make this transition easier, you may want to go out at night as a passenger first, then as the driver. Noticeable glares and halos typically decrease quite a bit within a few weeks of surgery, and continually improve over time.

Do you need more information about laser eye surgery? Call our office near Honolulu at 808-625-5577.

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A Clear Picture of Laser Eye Surgery

Eye surgery can be an incredibly stressful prospect for most people, even though this is most often an elective procedure. You may be thinking about a procedure like LASIK because you want to see better; you want to see better without needing those eyeglasses anymore. Losing reliance on eyeglasses and contacts can mean more convenience in your life. In some cases, we see laser eye surgery lead to better overall quality of life because patients feel freer to engage in activities they enjoy. Still, there are other instances in which we know false ideas about laser eye surgery may stand in a person’s way of getting that freedom they want to have.

If you have questions about laser eye surgery, contact our office near Honolulu. A friendly conversation with your eye doctor can clear any misperceptions right up. We’ll cover a few here.

Lasers are hot.

The idea that all types of laser devices emit a white-hot beam of light is not new. It’s also not true. There are multiple laser devices used in medicine today. Some are based on wavelengths of light that, when they come into contact with human tissue, cause some degree of burn. There are advantages to hot laser therapy in certain instances. Not when it comes to your eyes. Laser eye surgery involves the use of particular cold laser devices that are gentle in their effect on ocular tissue.

Eye surgery is painful.

The idea that eye surgery is painful is in line with the idea that surgery itself is painful. When we consider other surgeries, though, there is an understanding that pain is assured through the use of some anesthesia, whether general or local. Eye surgery is no different. In fact, it might even be better. Before conducting laser eye surgery, we numb the eyes with eye drops. The effect of medicated drops develops quickly and lasts through the surgical procedure and, in many cases, wears off gradually over the course of a few hours. In short, eye surgery does not hurt.

We are happy to speak with you about the important aspects of laser eye surgery, including safety and efficacy (both of which are high). Call our Mililani office at 808-625-5577.

Is One of These Falsehoods Keeping You From LASIK?

Millions of people across the globe have restored clearer vision by undergoing the LASIK procedure. This treatment was developed over two decades ago and has been one of the most-studied ophthalmic surgeries. Success rates have been consistently high, and the technique has improved as innovative technologies have been developed. With all of the value that we clearly see with LASIK, we also frequently hear falsehoods as reasons that patients have not yet moved forward with their corrective procedure. Let’s see what they are, and how they are wrong.

LASIK does not correct astigmatism.

The asymmetry of astigmatism causes distortion at all distances. It may be as difficult to read street signs as it is to read product labels. When the cornea is not perfectly round, but more oval and pointed at the edges, there is no way for light to focus on one point at the back of the eye. The LASIK procedure resolves asymmetry so the focus of light follows the straight and narrow, as it should.

Farsightedness means you cannot get LASIK.

If you are farsighted, chances are you rely on corrective lenses to read and perform other up-close tasks. Farsightedness is a refractive error that is not unlike nearsightedness – it’s just its opposite. In each condition, similar to astigmatism, light does not land on the retina as needed for visual clarity. To focus light appropriately, LASIK is performed with the intent of reshaping the cornea using the appropriate technique.

LASIK equals night glare.

Daytime vision would have to be pretty poor for a person to choose to have a corrective procedure that would then disable their ability to drive at night. Fortunately, this is not a side effect associated with modern LASIK procedures. In fact, some say that LASIK makes night driving more comfortable by reducing glare, rather than adding to it.

Have you been considering LASIK but stalling because of falsehoods that seem real? Get the details about this procedure and learn if LASIK is right for you. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with Dr. Omphroy in our Mililani office. Call 808-625-5577.

Best Timing for Lasik

LASIKWearing eyeglasses or contacts all day every day can become a nuisance for many people. There is the constant threat of misplacing the spectacles that help you see clearly, or dropping a contact lens as you try to insert it into your eye. When corrective lenses of any type begin to feel like a frustration, it may be time to consider LASIK.

LASIK for Better Vision

LASIK is an expedient and efficient procedure that can correct vision to such a degree that the need for eyeglasses or contacts ends. Because LASIK is a surgical procedure, though, this can raise some questions, such as what to expect and when to schedule treatment.

One of the primary advantages of the LASIK procedure is that it requires very little time. There is no lengthy recovery, and even the office visit for treatment is short. So, the obvious answer related to the timing of this eye surgery is that you should schedule it when you are no longer willing to wear glasses or contacts. Beyond that, it is helpful to recognize the minor restrictions that are associated with post-treatment recovery. These include:

  • No swimming or hot tub use for 2 weeks.
  • This includes no watersports on lakes, rivers, streams, or in the ocean, only extend that to 1 month.
  • Avoid environments that may be windy, smoky, dusty, or dirty. This means no sitting around a campfire or bonfire, no hiking or biking on windy days.

When you consider these restrictions, and also take into account the need for a one-day, one-week, and one-month follow-up the visit to check your recovery, it becomes easy to see that the worst time to schedule LASIK would be right before a planned vacation.

With summer on the way, now may be as good a time as any to schedule a LASIK consultation in our office near Honolulu. Dr. Omphroy has been in practice for over 3 decades and is one of the pioneers of laser eye treatments in not only in Honolulu but in the nation. To make an appointment in our comfortable, professional office, call 808-625-5577.