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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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy After LASIK Eye Surgery

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy After LASIK Eye Surgery

After your eyes have recovered from LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to keep them healthy in order to preserve your eyesight. Here are some tips : Have regular eye exams: You should visit your optometrist once a year to have a comprehensive eye exam. Although the LASIK will have corrected your vision, it does not make your eyes immune to other vision conditions. Your optometrist will be able to give you peace of mind and spot any possible issues in their early stages. 1. A healthy diet: Just like organs in the rest of your body, eye health is directly linked to our diets. Certain foods like dark, leafy greens, carrots and oily fish like salmon or tuna contain nutrients essential to the function of the eye, keeping nerves healthy. 2. Maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight increases your risk of developing certain health problems that can affect your vision. Diabetes, for example, can lead to vision loss through glaucoma or diabetic eye disease. If you are having a difficult time maintaining a healthy weight, your doctor can check for underlying conditions. 3. Protect your eyes: Sunglasses that block out 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays are essential to your eye health, especially in sunny Miami. Protective eyewear should be used in sports like racquetball, baseball, basketball and hockey. 4. Quit smoking: The perfect time to quit smoking is right now. Linked to many health issues, this habit can negatively affect your vision. Smokers are at increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration as well as cataracts, which can lead to severe vision loss. 5. Rest your eyes: Do you work all day at a computer? This can quickly lead to eye strain, causing headaches, eye fatigue and more. A good rule to follow for people who do, is the 20-20-20 rule where essentially, you work 20 minutes, then spend 20 seconds looking at an object 20 feet away, helping your eye muscles relax and rest. Free eye exams from Miami’s leading LASIK eye surgeons 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 to Keep Your Eyes Healthy After LASIK

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy After LASIK

Keeping your eyes in great health after LASIK surgery is very important. After all, you’ve just had a procedure that will make your life more convenient and free you from contact lenses and glasses, so The Laser Center of Coral Gables has compiled a list of tips for you to follow. Avoid eye strain. Eye strain happens if you work on a computer or read from screens frequently. Many of us have jobs that require us to stare at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, but this can have a negative affect on your eyes and make them feel fatigued. To avoid eye strain, we recommend taking a break every one to two hours. Move away from your screen and give your eyes a chance to relax. Enjoy a healthy diet. You may not know it, but your diet affects your eyes’ health. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C and E encourage good eye health and help ward off age-related eye problems. Schedule regular appointments with your eye doctor. Don’t think that because you’ve had LASIK eye surgery that you never need to see an eye doctor again. You still need to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis to insure your eyes are in good health. Wear sunglasses. This is particularly important in South Florida, as the strong Florida sun can expose your eyes to harsh UV rays. Keep a pair with you at all times. For more information about our eye surgery clinic, if you would like more details about the different procedures we perform, or to book an appointment with our eye specialists, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Discover why so many people come to The Laser Center of Coral Gables for LASIK in Miami. We look forward to hearing from...

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What Are Your Options When You Can’t Have LASIK

What Are Your Options When You Can’t Have LASIK

The popularity of LASIK has soared over the past few years as millions of people around the world have discovered life without contact lenses or glasses. However, not everyone is eligible for LASIK and the specialists at The Laser Center of Coral Gables are happy to offer an alternative called implantable contact lenses. Implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are an excellent option for near-sighted people whose prescriptions fall outside the range approved for LASIK, or who don’t have the adequate amount of corneal tissue needed for LASIK.   ICL surgery is a brief outpatient procedure and vision improvement happens rapidly. A very small incision is made in the side of the cornea and the lens is placed between the iris and the natural lens. The procedure requires no sutures and it is virtually pain-free. Following the procedure, patients use eye drops over the course of several weeks and visit their eye doctor regularly to monitor their recovery. We know you will be amazed by the permanent vision improvement offered by this surgery.   The Miami Eye Specialists at TLC of Coral Gables Will Determine What is Best for You   If you’re considering LASIK eye surgery or want to know if you are a good candidate for LASIK, schedule an appointment at our eye surgery clinic and discover what’s possible. We have helped thousands of people embrace a glasses-free and contact lens-free life and we are eager to help you, too. For more information about our eye surgery clinic, if you would like more details about the different procedures we perform or, to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Discover why so many people come to The Laser Center of Coral Gables for LASIK eye surgery and implantable contact lenses in Miami. We look forward to hearing from you.   Back to LASIK...

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