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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Allergy Awareness and How to Care for Your Eyes This Spring-Summer

Allergy Awareness and How to Care for Your Eyes This Spring-Summer

At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, we know exactly how much discomfort spring can bring for people who suffer from eye allergies.  Knowing what causes these allergies and how to treat them effectively is important to maintaining good eye health and it can help you get a little more enjoyment out of this season. What Causes Eye Allergies? The symptoms you experience as allergies are a response by your immune system to contact with various triggers known as allergens, such as pollen, grasses, dust and pet dander.  When allergens are in your closed environment and they come into contact with your breathing passages and eyes, the body sends out a chemical called histamine to protect itself.  This chemical causes irritation, especially in the eyes.  Other symptoms include: Itching sensation in the eyes, nose, mouth and throat Red, swollen eyes Headaches Sneezing Coughing Excessive tearing, runny nose How to Treat Eye Allergies Be sure that it is an allergic reaction that you are experiencing.  Allergies can be seasonal or triggered by certain substances, but if you continually suffer from allergy-like symptoms, you may have dry eye syndrome.  Speak to your eye doctor about your symptoms to ensure that you are getting targeted treatment for the correct condition. Antihistamine drops:  After an eye exam, your doctor will likely prescribe antihistamine drops, which are very effective and fast acting.  Using them every day during the spring will help keep symptoms at bay. Start early:  The key to properly managing eye allergies is to treat them before they start rather than trying to play catch-up.  Spring starts earlier than many people think and pollens can travel for miles on winds from warmer areas, so it’s best to speak to your eye doctor in advance and prepare your eyes before the first allergens arrive. The Laser Center of Coral Gables is a leading center for technologically advanced eye surgery, including LASIK, implantable contact lenses, refractive lens exchange and corneal collagen cross-linking.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information or book an appointment to have your vision...

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