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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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Considering LASIK Before Summer?
May 13, 2015 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

Summer LASIKAre you ready for the summer sunglass season? If you wear contacts then you know they aren’t pool ready… and glasses that don’t transition to shades will probably leave you squinting. I am often asked if LASIK is better if done in the winter vs. the summer - the answer is really more specific for your lifestyle and availability. The procedure is performed in a controlled environment so the time of year will not impact outcome. You can still get in for evaluations before the summer season. Do the quick check list: If you answer YES to any the following then LASIK may be right for you.

  • Are you UNDER the age of 60?
  • Without your corrective lenses, is your distance vision blurred?
  • Have you ever been told you have astigmatism?
  • Are your eyes otherwise healthy?
You could be glasses and contacts free this year. We have a special offer for 10% off LASIK if you [...]

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Orange Means 'Go' When it Comes to Eye Health
Mar 5, 2012 By Emory Eye Center

Orange Produce Eye HealthOranges, carrots, kumquats, cantaloupes, peaches, persimmons, guava, papaya, mangoes, pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and salmon. What do all these foods have in common? These vibrant fruits, vegetables, and, yes, fish aren’t just eye-catching—they also offer up a bounty of vitamins and nutrients that are good for your eyes, including “eye achievers” beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids. Probably the best known for eye health, beta carotene is what makes an orange orange. It doesn’t just provide the color, though. As a powerful antioxidant and precursor to Vitamin A, beta carotene promotes good eye health by protecting the cells of the eyes from free radical damage caused by pollution and sun exposure. Beta carotene can also delay cognitive aging and protect skin from sun damage. Vitamin A, commonly referred to as [...]

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Can You See LASIK in Your Future?
Sep 29, 2011 By Morgan Griffith

LASIK Surgery Web ChatLaser vision correction was first performed in the 1980s and since then, the demand for such procedures has resulted in rapid advancement of the technology. For many people who previously were not a good candidate for laser vision correction, LASIK is now an option. Because LASIK is changing so quickly, our vision team fields lots of questions from people interested in LASIK, but who are not sure if it’s the right option for them, or what the procedure involves. To help get you up to speed on LASIK surgery, the changes that have been made in the laser vision correction world, and what you can expect if you do choose LASIK, board-certified Emory Vision LASIK surgeon, Dr. Randleman, is hosting a 1 hour free web chat on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. If you have questions such as...

  • Is LASIK surgery safe?
  • Is LASIK right for everyone? Is it right for me?
  • How long does
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Are 3-D Movies Bad for Your Eyes?
Sep 8, 2011 By Emory Eye Center

Are 3-D movies bad for your eyesWith more and more movies coming out in 3-D, a lot of our patients are asking us whether watching 3-D is bad for their eyes. Many parents are also concerned for their children’s developing eyesight. If big action 3-D movies are your thing, we’ve got good news for you. According to our eye experts, there is no medical evidence to support the idea that watching 3-D movies or playing 3-D games will harm your children’s eyesight or your own. In fact, according to Susan Primo, O.D., M.P.H., of the Emory Eye Center, 3-D technology can actually help detect underlying visual problems in both children and adults that might otherwise go undiagnosed. This is because people who have visual problems may experience significant discomfort while watching a 3-D movie. 3-D films work by altering our binocular vision, or how both our eyes work together to see. If your eyes are irritated [...]

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A lens is a lens is a lens -- Or is it?
Jul 25, 2011 By Brad Baird

Choosing lensesIt’s time to get new glasses, and you’ve got the frames all picked out—but what about the lenses? Remember, the purpose of the glasses frame is to hold the lenses. Put mediocre lenses in a nice frame, and you might look good, but you won’t see well. At the Emory Optical Center, we’ll make sure you look great and see well. Our eyewear experts have extensive experience crafting custom lenses that address a variety of visual challenges, from simple near and far sightedness to presbyopia to advanced macular degeneration. In fact, ophthalmologists from all over the Atlanta area send patients to us, knowing their prescriptions will be done right. If you wear progressive lenses, you’re probably aware that multifocal lenses have come a long way over the past decade. Long gone are the lines in the lens that identified bifocal wearers in the past. New progressive lenses [...]

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Choosing the Right Pair of Glasses—More Art than Science
Jun 16, 2011 By Brad Baird

Choosing the right glasses and framesHave you ever wondered how to choose the right style of eye glasses? One of the most rewarding things we do here at the Emory Optical Center is to help people find glasses that look great on them. But how do you pick from all the choices available? When you’ve been in the business for a long time, as we have, you can look at a face and know what will work. Some very basic guidelines are...

  • Round faces shouldn’t wear round glasses
  • A pear-shaped face is going to need a little accent on the top of the frames
  • A narrow face is more suited for round glasses (think John Lennon)

That said, fitting a frame to a face is not an exact science. There are other nuances, including subtle feature differences and coloring. And while the frame is key, lens shape can make a difference, too. If you’d like to hide a less-than-perfect feature like under-eye hollows or uneven

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