Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat Astigmatism?

Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat Astigmatism?

If you have an astigmatism in your eye, you may have considered laser eye surgery to help you improve your lifestyle. The Laser Center of Coral Gables is the leading laser eye surgery clinic in Miami and we recommend LASIK for the correction of astigmatism. Corrective eye surgery isn’t just for astigmatism, it can correct other eye conditions as well. Do you have astigmatism? What are the astigmatism symptoms? If you haven’t yet visited a doctor to confirm whether or not you have it, you can look out for the following symptoms: Eye strain Squinting Blurry or fuzzy vision both far away and close up Headaches Be aware that these could be signs of other conditions, so it is important to check with your eye doctor. Are you a good candidate for astigmatism correction surgery? Unfortunately, laser eye surgery isn’t for just anyone. You need to meet a number of criteria before you will be considered. First of all, it is important to note how bad your astigmatism condition may be. High levels cannot be treated safely with lasers. Your age is also a factor, since your eyes will deteriorate with age. If you are too young, your eyes are still growing, so your prescription will continue to change as you get older. If your prescription has not changed for a couple of years, this works in your favor. You also must not be pregnant and must not be planning on becoming pregnant within the next six months to be considered a candidate for the surgery. LASIK can correct your astigmatism but there are minor risks involved. Since the eye is not a simple organ, you may come away from the surgery with less than 20/20 vision. It is important to research what the risks are and decide if the surgery is still right for you. Correcting your vision means, for most people, you no longer have to wear glasses or contact lenses. If you are interested in speaking to an eye doctor about laser eye surgery, contact us. We offer a free eye exam and can determine whether or not LASIK for astigmatism is the best option for...

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Three Signs That You Could Be A Candidate for Cataract Eye Surgery

Three Signs That You Could Be A Candidate for Cataract Eye Surgery

As we get older, we may start to see our vision deteriorating and may even wonder if we could have cataracts.  How would you know if you require eye surgery?  At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, we are South Florida’s largest and most respected surgery center.  We offer a range of surgical solutions for all sorts of eye conditions.  But, what are the  signs that you may be a candidate for eye surgery to treat your cataracts. First, what are cataracts? This is an eye condition where over time the eye lens becomes more and more blurred, interfering with your vision.  It is a condition that usually affects older people and is caused by a range of other health issues including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and even simply a family history of the condition. 1. You’ve identified whether you have cataracts symptoms Before rushing off to see a doctor, start looking out for the signs of cataracts.  These include clouded or blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night which steadily gets worse, light sensitivity, double vision (in one eye), frequently having to change your glasses or contact lens prescription and/or the fading of colors.  If you are over the age of 55, you are more at risk,  and if you have any of the above mentioned health issues, you need to be aware that cataracts may develop.   2. A doctor has diagnosed cataracts We offer free eye exams, so if you feel you have any of the above symptoms, make an appointment and get checked out.  You will be advised on whether or not you have cataracts and whether or not surgery is an option for you.   3. Your symptoms are affecting your life If you can get by with glasses or contact lenses, then you probably don’t need surgery.  However, cataracts get worse over time and sooner or later, you will not be able to carry out your basic, everyday tasks due to your deteriorating vision.   If you feel you could possibly have cataracts, then contact us.  We offer corrective laser surgery for eyes, including LASIK and implantable contact lenses, as well as much...

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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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