What Health Conditions Can Disqualify You From LASIK Eye Surgery?

What Health Conditions Can Disqualify You From LASIK Eye Surgery?

Enjoying the best results from LASIK eye surgery is only possible if you meet the criteria needed to qualify for this procedure.  Some health conditions can compromise your results and exclude you as a candidate.  Here is some insight into these conditions from eye surgeons at The Laser Center of Coral Gables. Autoimmune diseases: Generally, people with autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Addison’s disease, face greater risk when undergoing any surgery, including LASIK.  Due to their compromised immune system, they face a more likely chance of developing infections and dry eye, as well as taking a longer time to heal.  While this will not disqualify you automatically, surgeons will take it into account on a case by case basis and make their expert recommendation on what is best for each patient. Diabetes: This health condition can create complications within the eye, resulting in weakened and leaking blood vessels, a weakened immune system, poor healing and the risk of operative and postoperative complications.  As with autoimmune patients, surgeons will examine each case individually to decide if LASK will be safe and successful for you. Glaucoma: This is an eye condition where increased pressure in the eye affects the shape of the eye, thereby affecting your vision.  Changes in this pressure can distort the readings and measurements that surgeons require in order to accurately perform the LASIK surgery. Pregnancy or breastfeeding: While this is not a health condition in the traditional sense, it is important to know that this will likely disqualify you for LASIK temporarily.  Hormones released during this time can affect your vision, making measurements and readings for the procedure inaccurate.  However, your doctor can advise you as to when your hormone levels will return to pre-pregnancy levels so that you can qualify for the procedure. Speak to a LASIK eye surgeon for a free eye exam and more insight into your treatment options At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, we offer a wide range of attractive financing plans that will help you afford LASIK or any other eye surgery.  By partnering with TruVision and Wells Fargo Health Advantage, we allow participating health plan members to receive significant discounts and special financing on their LASIK or laser eye surgery procedure. If you have any questions about our laser eye surgery procedures, our doctors, our financing plans or the state-of-the-art technology we use, please contact us today and book your free eye...

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How Innovative Technology Is Making Corrective Eye Surgery Even Better

How Innovative Technology Is Making Corrective Eye Surgery Even Better

Laser eye surgery for vision correction has been around for a lot longer than many people realize. In fact, it dates back to the 1970s, where the invention of the excimer laser was first used in vision correction at Colombia University by researcher Stephen L. Trokel. Since then, technology has advanced at a rapid pace, bringing significant changes to the industry and great benefits to patients seeking the very best treatments for their eye disorders and conditions. Reducing risks: Thanks to the advanced technology used at leading eye clinics, including The Laser Center of Coral Gables, eye surgery is safer than ever before. Not only do eye doctors have the experience and equipment to ensure the safest possible experience, they also have the ability to discern which patients are most suited to the different treatment options based on their medical history in order to guarantee the best results. Precision results: With the very high degree of accuracy and stability in cutting-edge lasers, eye surgeons are able to do delicate work with microscopic precision, making treatment more effective and less invasive for the patient. For example, studies have found that cataract surgery done with a laser offers 10 times more precise results than the same treatment done with traditional surgical tools, providing patients with dramatically improved results. Improved recovery time: One of the most common concerns for patients considering eye surgery is the amount of time they will spend recovering. With high-precision laser surgery, patients can return to their normal routine within a fraction of a traditional recovery period. Depending on your lifestyle and the surgery you require, you may recover in a matter of days. Free Consultations At The Laser Center Of Coral Gables With experienced eye surgeons and the latest in laser technology, The Laser Center of Coral Gables is leading the way in innovative, safe treatments for a variety of eye conditions including cataracts, presbyopia and myopia. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, implantable contact lenses or the other procedures our clinic offers, please visit us for more information and a free eye exam. In addition to this free vision assessment, we also offer affordable financing options. For more information on our clinic and laser eye surgery, or to speak to our friendly staff, please contact us...

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Six Foods For Healthy Vision

Six Foods For Healthy Vision

Whether we’re working at the office, driving to meetings or relaxing with our favorite hobbies, our eyes are integral to how we live our lives. While genetics and age are important, our lifestyles also have a profound effect on the health of our eyes and our eyesight. The best way to avoid problems is to eat a nutritious and varied diet full of the following foods: Fish – Cold water oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Your macular protects your eye tissues from bright light which can permanently affect your eyesight, so it’s important to keep it healthy and functioning properly. These fish are also rich in protein, assisting with the health and regeneration of your eye tissues and cells. If you don’t enjoy these fish, you can use fish oil supplements or vegetarian supplements which contain blackcurrant seed oil or flaxseed oil as an effective alternative. Eggs – Egg yolks are rich in antioxidants, lutein, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin A, all of which help your immune system and reduce your risk of developing age-related eye conditions that can significantly affect your eyesight. Easily digested by your body and a great source of protein, an egg a day is a healthy, eye-health boosting option. Eggs are also a great source of choline, a nutrient which helps support brain, optic nerve and nervous system development, making them a great choice for growing children. Green vegetables – Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens are rich in both zeaxanthin and lutein, important plant pigments which help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. These plant pigments also help your eye to detect contrast better, so they actively work to improve your eyesight. As these nutrients are fat-soluble, it’s best to eat them with a drizzle of olive oil to help your body digest and absorb them more effectively. Colorful fruit and vegetables – Carrots, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, cantaloupe and corn are excellent sources of vitamins C and A, two vitamins which are linked to a 25% reduction in the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Tomatoes are also sources of vitamin C and have the added benefit of being rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that has been shown to protect your eye tissues from light-induced damage – a very important issue in sunny South Florida. Oranges, grapefruits, berries and lemons – These fruits are all high in vitamin C and help to reduce your age-related macular degeneration and cataracts risks. A great way to include these fruits into your diet is to blend your favorites with protein-rich, natural yogurt into a tasty smoothie. Nuts – Raw and dry roasted nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, almonds and Brazil nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great alternative to oily fish. These healthy fats help your body absorb other nutrients such as carotenoids which support eye health. Just one handful of these nuts will also give you half your daily dose of vitamin E, making them easily incorporated into your diet as a healthy snack at home or on the go. Expert Care And Solutions From Miami Eye Specialists Regular check-ups or free eye exams with your eye doctor are an excellent way...

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The Best Tips For Maintaining Eye Health In Your Workplace

The Best Tips For Maintaining Eye Health In Your Workplace

Ask any eye doctor and they are bound to tell you that a lot of your eye health depends on how well you take care of your eyes, particularly in the workplace. The Laser Center of Coral Gables, an eye clinic in Miami, recommends being vigilant in avoiding many situations where your eye health may be at risk. The effects of staring at screens Our modern lives are all about staring at screens. When we’re not staring at our phone, watching TV or playing video games, we are at our desks, staring at a computer screen. For many, just our work hours from nine to five are spent glued to a laptop screen or monitor. As you can imagine, this really isn’t healthy for our eyes. There is actually a name for the problems associated with this: Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS encompasses a whole range of different eye disorders and problems. They are caused by constantly having to re-focus on the screen in front of you (such as when you look away for a moment and then back at the screen) coupled with the glare and flicker of the screen. Signs you are suffering from CVS include: Blurred vision Dry and/or red eyes Headaches Double vision Note that these can be symptoms of other problems too, but if you are a regular computer user, then this could be your first clue. How to avoid CVS There are a number of ways you can minimize the damage caused by staring at a screen too long. These are: Reducing the light in the room (close the blinds, turn off bright lights) Ensuring your monitor sits just below eye level, 20-28 inches from your face Turning away from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds Ensuring the settings for contrast, text size and brightness have been set according to your vision. To maintain your eye health, it is important to visit an eye doctor so contact us. We offer a range of eye care and surgery solutions. We offer laser eye surgery, astigmatism surgery and a range of other solutions for eye...

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How to Prepare Your Eyes For Miami’s Pollen Counts

How to Prepare Your Eyes For Miami’s Pollen Counts

Do you suffer from regular allergy attacks on your eyes?  With Miami in the swing of pollen season, many folks are suffering through a season of scratchy, watery eyes.  At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, we are experts in eye care and we can help when it comes to dealing with the difficulties of allergies. 1. First, find out if you have an allergy If you seem to display the typical symptoms of eye allergies on a regular basis you could very well have an allergic condition that needs medical attention.  Many eye conditions may present themselves as allergies but may be something else entirely.  Symptoms of eye allergies include itchy, red and swollen eyes, tearing or runny eyes, burning or pain, scratchy sensation behind the eye-lids and sensitivity to light.  If you get these symptoms every year during allergy season (during spring & early summer), then it could be an allergy that needs your attention.   2. Prevention is better than a cure As soon as the pollen count goes up, you may find yourself constantly having to purchase allergy medication to ensure your symptoms don’t ruin your quality of life.  This can get expensive and when you don’t remember to take your medication, you end up suffering.  Rather, prevent the allergies from having an effect on you proactively.  This could be simply avoiding areas where you’re exposed to pollen, taking a maintenance antihistamine,  or using artificial tears (eye drops) before being exposed to the allergen.   3. Visit an allergist Make an appointment prior to allergy season with an allergist, a specialist doctor who can treat allergies.  He or she will be able to give you some sort of maintenance plan to ensure your allergies don’t take over your life and find the actual type of allergy that is affecting you. When it comes to eye care and surgery, we are the specialists, so contact us. We are a laser eye surgery clinic and we specialize in everything to do with eye care, offering: A full laser eye center Highly qualified eye doctors Eye surgery to correct vision (LASIK) Get in touch and today and let us show you how we can be of...

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