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April is Sports Eye Safety Month!
Apr 11, 2016 By Emory Eye Center

summer-sports-smallAccording to a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), only 35 percent of respondents said they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance; even fewer do so while playing sports. As such, AAO has named April Eye Safety Month to help increase public awareness of wearing protective eyewear when participating in team sports. According to the AAO:

  • Men are more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.
  • Most people believe that eye injuries are most common on the job — especially in the course of work at factories and construction sites. But, in fact, nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries occurred in the home, as reported during the fifth-annual Eye Injury Snapshot (conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma).
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries reported in
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What age is best for LASIK?
Feb 9, 2016 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

lasik-age250x250There are certain ages that are considered landmarks – the first time you drive or vote – but for LASIK there’s really no “set age”.  In short, 18 is the minimum age for LASIK because your eyes are still changing.  Even if you’re not having any noticeable vision problems, you should have your eyes examined regularly to provide insight into your best time for LASIK.

Don’t wait too long for LASIK

It’s better that you don’t wait too long for LASIK.  As you age, your eyes start changing more and you may not be best candidate at age 45 as you would have been at 35.  Of course of all of these suggestions are relative to your individual eye conditions.   Start your regular exams prior to LASIK surgery and track changes.  Your eyeglass prescription should be stable (less than +/-0.50 diopter change) for one year or more before proceeding with surgery.

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New Year With a New LASIK View Live Chat Takeaways
Nov 3, 2015 By Emory Eye Center

lasik2-chatThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, October 27th for the live LASIK chat at Emory Eye Center hosted by LASIK surgeon, Dr. John Kim. Dr. Kim answered several of your questions about LASIK for the coming year. And there are a variety of refractive surgical options. Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: Can LASIK treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism? kim-john-avatar   Dr. Kim: Good question! Yes, LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, it's typically more effective for nearsightedness than farsightedness.   Question: Is surgery done on both eyes the same day? Dr. Kim: Thanks for your question! Yes, in most cases, both eyes are done on the same day. Occasionally patients will only require treatment on one eye. This would be determined during [...]

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New Year with a New LASIK View Live Chat on October 27th
Oct 6, 2015 By Emory Eye Center

lasik2-chatMaybe you’ve been thinking about LASIK for a while but you still have questions about laser vision correction. The technology has advanced and there are several options available through Emory Eye Center that can help to get you your best vision even if you weren’t a candidate in the past. Our team answers a lot of questions from people interested in refractive surgery, but who are not sure if it’s the right option for them, or what the procedure involves. If you have questions such as… Is LASIK painful? What happens before laser eye surgery? How do I know if I'm eligible for laser vision correction? How long does LASIK take? Join Board-certified Emory LASIK surgeon, Dr. John Kim for a live chat on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST where he will answer questions on how to get your best vision for the coming year.  He will also be available to answer [...]

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Spend your HSA and FSA savings!
Sep 8, 2015 By Emory Eye Center

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Save On LASIK

Did you know that you can use your employer-sponsored Health Savings Account of Flexible Spending Account to improve your vision with LASIK surgery? Emory Eye Center is now offering 10% off LASIK surgery if you complete your consultation before the end of the benefit year, December 31, 2015. Now is the time to see if you’re a candidate to live a lifestyle free from the hassle and cost of contacts or glasses!
  • Free consultation
  • 10% off until December 31, 2015
  • One year of follow-up care
  • US News and World Report ranked physicians
  • Latest technology – Allegretto Wave Eye-Q
Request a free consultation and get 10% off LASIK if you share your information with us. Call 404-778-2SEE [...]

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Contact Lens Health Week
Aug 25, 2015 By Ann Van Wie, OD

contact-lensYou only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. Contact Lens Health Week (August 24th-28th) was established to increase awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene and encourage contact wearers to adopt healthy habits to avoid eye infections. These types of infections can lead to blindness which most commonly occurs in contact users. We emphasize contact users to work on these healthy habits everyday, but this week is a helpful reminder to:

  • Practice healthy contact lens hygiene habits
    • Wash and dry your hands before touching your contacts.
    •  Don’t sleep in your contacts (unless your eye doctor approves).
    • Avoid wearing contacts while showering, swimming, or using a hot tub.
  • Practice proper use, care, and storage
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5 More Myths about LASIK
Jun 23, 2015 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

Myths about LASIK SurgeryI recently posted about the Top 5 Myths About LASIK Surgery… there’s a lot to think about and learn when considering LASIK. Here's another five myths debunked!

MYTH #6: I’ve been told I’m not a LASIK candidate, so there is no surgery for me.

While LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery and the correct surgery for most patients, there are other excellent surgeries available for patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK. The surgeons at Emory Eye provide the full spectrum of refractive surgical options, including PRK, phakic IOLs, and refractive lens exchange.

MYTH #7: LASIK is too expensive for me.

For most patients who wear glasses, and all patients wearing contact lenses, the cost of LASIK is significantly LESS expensive over a short period of time when compared with the cost of glasses, contacts, solutions, and trips to the doctor to get your [...]

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The Top 5 Myths About LASIK
Jun 16, 2015 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

lasik mythsThere's a lot of misinformation out there regarding LASIK surgery. Here are the top five myths debunked!

Myth #1: LASIK won’t treat my astigmatism.

LASIK can effectively treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In fact, LASIK can effectively treat more than 95% of all refractive errors.

Myth #2: The results from LASIK wear off over time.

The change induced by LASIK is permanent. While it is true that some people’s prescriptions may change over time, this is the exception rather than the rule. In long-term studies, the vast majority of patients had insignificant changes over time and remained free of glasses and contacts.

Myth #3: LASIK is painful.

LASIK is generally a pain free procedure. There are a few moments of pressure, and the process can seem intimidating to patients before their treatment begins, but before any surgery begins numbing drops are [...]

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5 Tips in Preventing Computer-Eye Strain
Jun 10, 2015 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

Computer Eye StrainYou’ve probably had a headache from sitting and staring at a computer screen too long. Especially with contacts lens, you know that dry blinking feeling that comes after a couple hours at a desktop. There’s actually a name for this - computer vision syndrome (CVS). Contact and glasses wearers generally report more issues than non-wearers. Either way, there are a few things you can do to avoid issues.

  • See your eye care specialist regularly: Out-of-date prescription can be to blame for computer eye strain. (Consult a LASIK specialist to determine if LASIK or another similar procedure could get you the vision you desire.)
  • Square up to your computer: The screen should be about an arm’s length away and positioned in front of you. Don’t turn to one side to see your screen - your monitor should be about 4 inches below your line of vision so your gaze is slightly down.
  • Use
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6 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Vision
Jun 2, 2015 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

Healthy EyesThe summer is a great time to start a new eye-care routine! Here are six things you can do to keep your eyes in tip-top shape.

  1. Have regular eye exams.  Even if you're not having any noticeable vision problems, have your eyes examined regularly. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration often have no symptoms. Everyone should have at least one eye exam as a child or young adult, and as we age, the frequency of these examinations should increase.
  2. Always wear safety glasses.  Did you know that each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment? Or that every 13 minutes, an ER in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury?* Most eye injuries can be prevented by choosing and wearing the correct eye safety glasses for the job 100% of the time.
  3. Eat healthy foods.
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