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Can you tell me whether there is an alternative to laser eye surgery?

Can you tell me whether there is an alternative to laser eye surgery?

Yes: Glasses and contact lenses are excellent alternatives in most cases and should be explored first before surgery, which is irreversible, is undertaken. ...Read more

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How to tell if i qualify for laser eye surgery?

How to tell if i qualify for laser eye surgery?

Get a consult: Get a consult with an experienced laser vision correction surgeon. There are many variables to be considered in making the decision as to whether a particular patient is a good candidate. Most laser surgeons will be the consultation for no charge. Find one in your area and go for it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you blink during laser eye surgery?

Could you tell me what happens if you blink during laser eye surgery?

Eye is held open: There need be no concern about blinking during laser eye surgery as the eye is held open. During laser vision correction, most lasers also have a tracker which will follow the eye when it moves. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how has laser eye surgery changed in the past 15 years?

Ophthalmic Lasers: Lasers have been used for 1.Glaucoma treatment : NdYAG. Argon. Krypton. Dye lasers, SLT and now the new ECP Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation (ECP) 2. CATARACTS : Femtosecond laser by Optimedica is still experimental. 3. Corneal Refractive Laser surgery with a femtosecond laser works with extremely short infrared laser pulses. One pulse is 1 femtosecond or 0.000000000000001 second to create ...Read more

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Could you please tell me where is the best place to have a laser eye surgery?

Could you please tell me where is the best place to have a laser eye surgery?

Laser eye center: Ask a local ophthalmologist or optometrist. Your best bet is to see someone who has performed hundreds if not thousands of procedures. I had mine done by a highly trained ophthalmologist at a laser eye center near my home. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between laser eye surgery and the one where they use a blade?

Can you tell me the difference between laser eye surgery and the one where they use a blade?

Lasik: For lasik, a laser or a blade can be used to create the flap. Once the flap is created, it is lifted and an excimer laser corrects the prescription. The femtosecond laser for flap creation is the most advanced safest method for flap creation. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sa bad idea to get laser eye surgery at 15?

Can you please tell me why it'sa bad idea to get laser eye surgery at 15?

Timing for LASIK: The eye continues to change until the body stops growing. The key is to wait until the eyeglass prescription stops changing. For girls they may be candidates as early as 18 and boys may need to wait until they are 22 or 23. ...Read more

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Tell me more about laser eye surgery for nearsightedness?

Tell me more about laser eye surgery for nearsightedness?

It works: It is a good option for people who want to reduce their need for glasses or contacts. It is well-established, readily available and reasonably priced. What's holding you up? ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are optician jobs getting smaller and smaller because of laser eye surgery?

Can you tell me, are optician jobs getting smaller and smaller because of laser eye surgery?

NO: Laser eye surgery does not mean you will never need eye glasses. All individuals will develop a condition called presbyopia (the inability to focus at near) around age 40+. This is caused by changes in the lens of the eye that ultimately lead to a cataract. The vision may change with this condition as well, requiring corrective lenses. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if i'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?

Can you tell me what you suggest if i'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?

Need to be stable: If your eyes are changing then you should wait on laser surgery. Discuss this with an ophthalmologist who performs laser surgery. All eyes change over time; and most studies show that laser does not change the rate of change. ...Read more

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Im thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

Im thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

Yes: 21 is an acceptable age to have laser eye surgery, so long as your eye glass or contact lens prescription has remained stable. You need a pre-operative evaluation by an experienced refractive surgeon to make sure your eyes meet the standards to make you a good candidate. Most lasik surgeons do not charge for the initial examination. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery painful?

Is laser eye surgery painful?

No it is Not: Lasik eye surgery only takes around 15 minutes per eye. Your procedure will begin with topical anesthetic drops used to numb your eyes. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will be given a sedative to keep you relaxed. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Maybe: I assume you are referring to Laser vision correction or LASIK. There are many other kinds of eye laser. If you have uncorrected nearsightedness and/or astigmatism and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses then usually LVC can decrease or eliminate your need for these appliances in safe and effective manner. Everything depends on your surgeon and his or her experience and judgement. ...Read more

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How can laser eye surgery work?

How can  laser eye surgery work?

Laser vision: Surgery works by precisely removing corneal tissue changing the shape of the front surface of the eye. ...Read more

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When can you get laser eye surgery?

See laser surgeon: Multiple factors make you a good candidate for laser eye surgery... over 18 if you are nearsighted, 21 if you are farsighted or have astigmatism. Eyes of disease and vision correctable with glasses. Sould not have certain systemic diseases or be on certain medicines. Corneas should not be too step or too flat or to thin, etc. In short, you will need to see a laser eye surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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How successful is laser eye surgery?

How successful is laser eye surgery?

Genererally excellen: Lasik surgery (and prk) produces excellent visual results with a success rate approaching 100%. There are a few minor issues like eye dryness but this can be dealt with. Discuss your personal situation with your eye lasik surgeon to see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Lasik risk: Performed by a skilled lasik surgeon the risks are minimal. This is also true for laser eye surgery. ...Read more

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Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Depends on a problem: It depends on what your eye problem is. If it is myopia, then lasik may be considered, if it's retinal detachment, then photocoagulation is the way to go. If it's glaucoma, it would be something else. I'd get referred to ophthalmologist for the final answer. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Be evaluated: Your ophthalmologist after doing pre operative testing should be able to tell you whether it is a good treatment for your eyes. ...Read more

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How much will laser eye surgery cost?

How much will laser eye surgery cost?

Depends: Surgeons may charge anywhere fro $800 per eye to $4000 per eye depending on your local market and the surgeon. Look for an experienced surgeon. ...Read more