LASIK Surgery

What age is best for LASIK?

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.

Do the quick check list today:

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?

 

Free LASIK consultations are available now.  See if you’re a good candidate and take advantage of your HSA or other flex spending options!  Call 404-778-2SEE to schedule with Emory.

Still have more questions about LASIK surgery? Schedule a consultation today.

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About Dr. Randleman

randleman-j-bradleyJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.

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New Year With a New LASIK View Live Chat Takeaways

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?

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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 your initial consultation.

Question: What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?

Dr. Kim: The primary difference between LASIK and PRK is that in LASIK a special flap, or separation is made in the layers of the cornea usually by a special laser. The flap is lifted and the laser treatment to reshape the cornea is applied underneath the flap and the flap is replaced.

If you missed this chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the chat transcript.

If you have additional questions for Dr. Kim, feel free to leave a comment in our comments area below.

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New Year with a New LASIK View Live Chat on October 27th

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 questions around refractive surgical options and recovery to ensure your are ready to take on the New Year with a new view. Sign up for the live chat here.

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About Dr. Kim

kim-john-avatarJoung (John) Y. Kim, MD, is currently an assistant professor inthe Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine and serves on the faculty of the Emory Eye Center in the Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery section. His areas of expertise include: advanced Keratoplasty techniques, the management of corneal and external eye diseases, cataract surgery, and refractive surgery. He began performing laser refractive surgery in 2000. Dr. Kim is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society and the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.

Within the Cornea section, Dr. Kim serves as the director of the Cornea fellowship and directs the advanced keratoplasty and keratoprosthesis service.

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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.

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5 More Myths about LASIK

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 prescription checked. Many people also find that LASIK and similar procedures qualify for their medical spending accounts through their work, which further reduces the final out of pocket cost. LASIK may be the best investment you can make!

MYTH #8: LASIK is too dangerous.

While complications can occur with any surgery, for good candidates the overall safety of LASIK compares favorably with glasses and many studies have found that LASIK is safer than contact lens wear.

MYTH #9: LASIK is the same no matter where I have surgery.

Determining who is and who is not a good candidate for LASIK or other related procedures is a detailed process that requires excellent diagnostic equipment and excellent surgeon experience. Not all lasers are the same either, with some offering outdated technology. The results are still often quite good with this older technology, but not as good as they can be with modern lasers.

MYTH #10: After LASIK, I will never need to wear glasses again.

LASIK is a great surgical procedure, but it cannot stop the aging process! Most patients who have good distance vision in both eyes, with LASIK, contacts, or glasses, will eventually need reading glasses as they age. For many patients, a blended vision treatment, with one eye working best at distance and the other working best at near, works well. Even in these situations, patients may find themselves in need of a light pair of glasses for some activities, but may be able to spend the majority of their day without glasses or contacts.

Still have more questions about LASIK surgery? Schedule a consultation today.

About Dr. Randleman

J. Bradley Randleman, MDJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.

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The Top 5 Myths About LASIK

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 placed in the patient’s eyes to prevent discomfort. The entire surgery is over in a matter of minutes. After surgery, your eyes may burn, itch or feel like there is something in them for the evening, and eye drops and a mild pain reliever should provide relief.

Myth #4: Recovery from LASIK takes a long time.

Almost all people are able to drive and return to work within one to three days of surgery and resume normal exercise routines right away. Patients are instructed to avoid any water that could be contaminated (like hot tubs, lakes and pools) for two to three weeks.

Myth #5: It doesn’t matter which doctor performs LASIK surgery.

Experience counts. When considering a surgeon, first make sure he/she has the proper credentials, including state licensing, board certification and subspecialty training in refractive surgery.

Ask questions like “How many procedures have you done?” and “What is your complication rate?”. Also make sure he/she is comfortable and experienced with several types of eye surgery so all options are considered to provide the best outcome.

Still have questions about LASIK surgery? Schedule a consultation today and we’ll help you decipher fact from fiction.

About Dr. Randleman

J. Bradley Randleman, MDJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.

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Considering LASIK Before Summer?

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 share your information with us.

Call 404-778-2SEE

About Dr. Randleman

J. Bradley Randleman, MDJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.

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Can You See LASIK in Your Future?

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 LASIK surgery take?
  • What happens during the LASIK procedure?
  • Is LASIK painful?

…whether or not you prove to be an ideal candidate for LASIK, you are an ideal candidate for Dr. Randleman’s chat. All that’s required to participate is that you fill out our form so we can send you a link to enter the chat. You can ask as many or as few questions as you’d like during the chat, and in fact, if you’d rather just observe and read on as Dr. Randleman fields questions on LASIK, you’re more than welcome to.

We hope to see you for Dr. Randleman’s LASIK online chat on Wednesday, October 12. If you can’t make it but want more information on LASIK, you can either check out our LASIK resources online, or you can call the Emory Vision offices at 404-778-2733.

Am I Too Old (or Young) for LASIK?

LASIK surgery and age

Emory’s LASIK surgeons review every patient on an individual, case-by-case basis, but there are some basic considerations to think about regarding your age and its role in LASIK surgery:

Children 18 and younger

The FDA has approved LASIK surgery for people over the age of 18. Young eyes don’t fully develop and are constantly adjusting and changing shape. Our surgeons, therefore, advise patients who are 18 and under to wait until their eyes have fully matured before considering LASIK surgery.

Middle-aged adults

LASIK is a safe and effective way to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism at any adult age. As we get older, however, new vision problems can develop. The most common age-related vision problem – presbyopia – occurs when the eye becomes less flexible and makes it difficult to change focus between near and far objects. This is why most of us will need reading glasses at some point.

If you’re middle-aged, you may want to consider LASIK surgery with blended vision (where we treat one eye for distance viewing and the other for close up vision). See what blended vision surgery looks like live!

Seniors

LASIK surgery may not the best option for older patients who suffer from age-related conditions such as cataracts. Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in blurred vision. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss among older people. Our surgeons at Emory Vision are board-certified ophthalmologists who are also experts at performing cataract surgery – where the eye’s natural lens is replaced by an artificial lens. If you have cataracts, I encourage you to contact the Emory Eye Center at 404 778-2020 to schedule an appointment.

Still have questions about the right age for LASIK? I’m happy to try to guide you in the right direction!

Does LASIK Hurt?

Most patients who have had LASIK surgery tell me, “I can’t believe the procedure was so fast and painless!”

During our initial consultations, many patients express concern about pain during and after LASIK. The great news is that during surgery most patients do not feel anything other than slight pressure on the eye and perhaps some mild discomfort.

In preparation for your LASIK surgery, we’ll administer some anesthetic eye drops that numb your eyes. As a result, you will only feel some pressure while the laser reshapes your cornea. Some patients may experience a slight feeling of discomfort from the instrument we use to keep your eye open during the procedure – since our natural inclination is to blink. However, because the surgery only takes a few minutes, this discomfort is very brief.

During the recovery period, you may experience some mild stinging or dryness. This is part of the normal healing process and usually only lasts a few days. Artifical tear drops often help to quickly take care of these symptoms.

If you’re interested in seeing exactly what you’ll experience during the procedure, watch our video of live LASIK surgery (displayed below). You’ll hear firsthand from one of our Emory Vision patients. Still have questions about pain during LASIK surgery? I’m happy to answer them!