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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?



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.


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.


Spend your HSA and FSA savings!



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

Contact Lens Health Week

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 of contact lenses and supplies
    • Rub and rinse your contacts with solution each time you clean.
    • Only use fresh disinfecting solution- don’t mix new with old.
    • Never store your contacts in water.
    • Get a new case at least every three months.
  • Attend regular visits to an eye care provider
    •  Visit your eye doctor once a year-or more often if needed.
    • Ask questions about how to care for your lenses and case.

If you have questions about contact eye health call 404-778-2020.

If you’re thinking about tossing those contacts for options in LASIK, contact 404-778-2SEE.

About the Author

ann van wieAnn M. Van Wie, OD, FAAO, is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology within Emory University’s School of Medicine. She serves in the Vision & Optical Services within the Comprehensive Ophthalmology section at the Emory Eye Center.

Dr. Van Wie received her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry. She completed her residency in Atlanta, then served as staff optometrist and chief operating officer at the Northwest Eye Clinic in Minneapolis. Dr. Van Wie returned to Atlanta to join the Emory Eye Center in 2000.

Dr. Van Wie provides comprehensive eye exams, prescribes glasses and contact lenses at both The Emory Clinic, Building B on the main campus and at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Campus. She also provides follow-up for those having refractive surgery (Emory Vision) at the Perimeter location.


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April is Sports Eye Safety Month!

Proctective eyewear, sports eye safetyIf you play a sport like racquetball, you understand the importance of good eye protection. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they can injure their eyes while playing a variety of other, supposedly less dangerous sports.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated April 2011 as Sports Eye Safety Month to help increase public awareness of wearing protective eyewear when participating in team sports. Protecting your eyes from injury will go a long way toward maintaining healthy vision throughout your life.

According to the AAO:

  • An estimated 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year. The majority of victims are children, many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment.
  • Baseball and basketball account for the largest number of injuries among young athletes.
  • Little League pitchers can achieve pitching speeds up to 70 mph. That’s fast enough to seriously damage an eye.
  • In basketball, serious eye injuries caused by flying fingers and elbows can be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear.
  • Many other popular sports, such as tennis, soccer, football, golf, water sports, and hockey, put unprotected players at risk for serious eye injury.

Many children’s sports leagues, schools, and teams don’t require children to wear eye protection during games. If you’re a parent, be sure to set a good example by wearing eye protection whenever you play a sport, and make sure your kids wear their eye protection when they play.

Studies have shown that more than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented, simply by wearing the right protective eyewear. Specific eyewear is available for just about any activity—the experts at the Emory Eye Center can recommend the appropriate eyewear for your sport and make sure you have the right fit. If you’ve suffered an eye injury, be sure to have an ophthalmologist examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor.

Have you experienced an eye injury while playing a sport, or have you prevented a serious injury by wearing the appropriate eye protection? We’d like to hear about your experience. Please take a moment to give us feedback in the comments section below.


More Options for Improved Vision after Cataract Surgery with IOLs

Maria Aaron, MDAn intraocular lens, or IOL, is the artificial lens often used to replace the eye’s natural lens when it has been damaged by a cataract. With the advancement of IOLs, Emory Eye Center patients undergoing cataract surgery have many more options and the potential to see without glasses after surgery.

There are two basic types of IOLs: the monofocal lens and the multifocal lens. Monofocal lenses may provide spectacle-free vision at a single focal length, either distance, intermediate, or near, while multifocal lenses have multiple focal lengths and therefore may enable you to see near and distance without the dependence on spectacles. Patients with a significant degree of astigmatism may benefit from toric lenses, which are monofocal IOLs that help correct astigmatism.

Before you have eye surgery, your surgeon will take measurements to help determine the best lens for you. IOL insertion usually takes less than 30 minutes and can be performed while you are under local anesthesia. Recovery time generally takes two to three weeks.

If you’re having cataract surgery, you should remember that the goal of cataract surgery is not to get rid of glasses—it’s to get rid of the cataract. However, for the right patient, it can be an opportunity to reduce dependency on glasses.

The Emory Eye Center is one of the top 15 NIH-funded eye research institutions in the U.S. and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our researchers are continually pioneering new developments in vision care. Schedule an appointment with the Emory Eye Center, and we’ll help you see your world in a whole new light.

Do you have IOLs? Would you like to share your experience with people who are considering getting them? We welcome your questions and feedback in the comments section below.

Maria Aaron, MD, specializes in cataract surgery, eye trauma, and laser surgery and is board certified in ophthalmology. Dr. Aaron started practicing at Emory in 1999 and is associate professor of ophthalmology.