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Laser eye treatments: See more clearly in 2017

Is 2017 the year to get rid of glass­es and con­tacts? If so, you are prob­a­bly inves­ti­gat­ing laser options. Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of oph­thal­mol­o­gy at Bay­lor Col­lege of Med­i­cine, pro­vides tips to help you find out which treat­ment is for you.

Laser vision cor­rec­tion is used to treat prob­lems such as near­sight­ed­ness, short­sight­ed­ness, astig­ma­tism, and pres­by­opia (far­sight­ed­ness) to decrease your depen­dence on glass­es.

Data sug­gest that more than 95 per­cent of patients who under­go laser vision cor­rec­tion are sat­is­fied with their out­come, which is among the high­est rates of sat­is­fac­tion for any elec­tive pro­ce­dure,” said Al-Mohtaseb. “Based on research, 94–98 per­cent of patients have 20/20 vision one year after LASIK or PRK surgery.”

There are two types of laser eye treat­ment options. For younger patients, LASIK and pho­tore­frac­tive ker­a­te­c­to­my (PRK) are the most com­mon pro­ce­dures per­formed. Those who choose to get cor­rec­tive laser surgery often expe­ri­ence quick heal­ing and depen­dence for glass­es and con­tact lens decreas­es in most sit­u­a­tions.

Al-Mohtaseb says these pro­ce­dures are quick, safe and can give patients more free­dom in sit­u­a­tions such as swim­ming, div­ing, and oth­er water activ­i­ties. How­ev­er, eli­gi­bil­i­ty depends on a num­ber of fac­tors.

LASIK and PRK might not be suit­able for a patient for dif­fer­ent rea­sons (cornea too thin or too high of a pre­scrip­tion) so the patient needs a thor­ough eval­u­a­tion. Peo­ple with high pre­scrip­tions or thin corneas might have oth­er options though. Implantable lens­es in the eye or refrac­tive lens exchange can be per­formed – this replaces the nat­ur­al lens with an arti­fi­cial lens; surgery is very sim­i­lar to cataract surgery.”

She added that some patients might not qual­i­fy for any type of laser vision cor­rec­tion.

Old­er patients with cataracts would not qual­i­fy for LASIK but a fem­tosec­ond laser can be used to per­form parts of their cataract surgery. There are many options for lens­es that cor­rect for dis­tance and read­ing on the mar­ket now,” she said.

Like any sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure, Al-Mohtaseb says there is a small per­cent­age of risks or side effects such as dry­ness or night­time glare. There are some patients that might require “touch ups” or enhance­ments in the future if their pre­scrip­tion changes years lat­er after laser vision cor­rec­tion.

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October 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Laser eye treatments: See more clearly in 2017

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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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