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LASIK FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Jul 18, 2017 By Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH

LASIK FAQsDue to its success rate, LASIK has become an increasingly common procedure performed on adults to perfect their vision. Read through the following frequently asked questions to learn about the procedure and help decide if it’s right for you.

LASIK FAQs

  • What is LASIK eye surgery? LASIK is a procedure that uses an excimer laser to precisely reshape the cornea. The surgery corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms.
  • Who is the ideal candidate for LASIK? The basic qualifications for the surgery are to be at least 18 years old, have had a stable eye prescription for the past 12 months, and have healthy corneas. If you meet these requirements, the next step is to meet with a surgeon who will determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
  • Can I get only one eye done with LASIK? Yes, you can have LASIK on one or both eyes.
  • Does the surgery hurt? No,
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LASIK Recovery Time for Athletes
Jan 31, 2017 By Joung (John) Kim, MD

While athletes are an obvious candidate for LASIK surgery, it is important for each individual to understand their specific LASIK recovery time.Athletes must always be on their A game, anticipate the next move before it happens, and tune out any distractions. If disrupted by vision problems, though, they can become limited in their athletic abilities. Obstacles athletes commonly encounter from their eyewear include injuries from broken glasses, issues with peripheral vision, irritation from dust underneath contacts, and/or fogged up lenses. Undergoing LASIK eye surgery, however, would eliminate these setbacks by correcting vision problems and ensuring minimal distractions and inconveniences due to eyewear. While athletes may have a strong desire to have the procedure, they must understand the LASIK recovery time. It is important for any athlete to know how long to wait after LASIK surgery before getting back in the game. For example, swimmers must wait at least two weeks before getting back in the pool. Surgeons [...]

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Computer Vision Syndrome Tips
Jan 31, 2017 By Ann Van Wie, OD

Computer Vision Syndrome causes vision problems such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. Learn about preventing computer vision syndrome.The more technology evolves, the more difficult it can be to resist interacting with screens throughout the day. Nielsen confirmed this in June 2016 stating that adults in the United States spend around 10 hours and 39 minutes in front of screens per day. This means that using smartphones, laptops, computers, televisions, tablets, and other personal devices consumes almost half of the typical American adult’s day. As this usage increases, so does our susceptibility to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is defined by the American Optometric Association as “a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use.” CVS typically results in only temporary vision problems such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes, it is also possible for these symptoms to continue even [...]

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Choosing A LASIK Surgeon
Jan 31, 2017 By Joung (John) Kim, MD

Are you considering LASIK eye surgery? If so, it is important to choose the right surgeon. Ask yourself the following 10 questions to make sure you’ve covered your bases when choosing your LASIK surgeon.Are you considering LASIK eye surgery? If so, it is important to choose the right surgeon. Ask yourself the following 10 questions to make sure you’ve covered your bases when choosing your LASIK surgeon.

  • Who does my regular eye doctor recommend? Ask your eye doctor for a list of the best LASIK surgeons.
  • Do I know anyone personally who has received LASIK? If so, ask them who they used for the procedure and if they had a good experience.
  • Who is the surgeon? Gain an understanding of the surgeon’s educational background as well as if he or she is board certified and fellowship trained in refractive surgery.
  • How successful has the LASIK surgeon been? Ask about the surgeon’s success rate and how he or she handles complications during and/or after the surgery.
  • Is the staff professional and friendly? You want to feel comfortable in the surgeon’s office. This means
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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? 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
  • One year of follow-up care
  • US News and World Report ranked physicians
  • Latest technology – Allegretto Wave Eye-Q
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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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