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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more


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Will a normal laser pointed directly at your eye blind you?

Will a normal laser pointed directly at your eye blind you?

Possibly: This depends upon what you term a "normal" laser. All lasers have the potential to cause damage but you need it aimed at the central portion (the fovea) and the length of the exposure needs to be long enough. This is not something worth risking, so do not look at lasers nor should you point one at anyone else. ...Read more

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If a laser flashes in your eye from a distance can it Blind you?

If a laser flashes in your eye from a distance can it Blind you?

Possible: The FDA did a quick review of all the types of lasers, some of them are more dangerous than others. Attached is a picture with the more dangerous lasers. ...Read more

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I was exposed to a laser beam to my eye for like 1-2secondes.I can feel that I have a blind spot on one of my eyes. Its been 2 days and the spot has n?

I was exposed to a laser beam to my eye for like 1-2secondes.I can feel that I have a blind spot on one of my eyes. Its been 2 days and the spot has n?

Caution: Lasers are powerful light sources and the eye has not evolved to defend itself against this light source. It sounds like you have overexposed a small portion of your retina and may have damaged or destroyed a few of the light receptors. You should seek out a retinal specialist to evaluate this who can estimate the prognosis but there is no actual treatment since this is physical damage. ...Read more

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I have eye glasses and i'm 17 but when i'm over 21, i would like to do the laser. What are the risks? Because i'm afraid of getting blind after.

I have eye glasses and i'm 17 but when i'm over 21, i would like to do the laser. What are the risks? Because i'm afraid of getting blind after.

Check if candidate: Generally, the risks are very low. Make sure you're a good candidate by following with your eye doctor to see that your vision prescription is holding steady & that your cornea has adequate thickness for the treatment. Also, get checked for any dry eye condition & treat it in advance since it's common for that to be a bit worse for a while after treatment. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is laSer eye surgery risky for patients who want 20/20 vision?Is it possible that u could be blinded or with worse vision?Or worse could it b fatal

Is laSer eye surgery risky for patients who want 20/20 vision?Is it possible that u could be blinded or with worse vision?Or worse could it b fatal

All surgery has risk: In the right hands and with modern technology, those risks are small, and the benefits can be great. With proper pre-operative evaluation, the safest procedure for you (there are actually multiple options) can be selected. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with laser eye surgery? I have very bad eyesight and am tired of wearing glasses, but i'm afraid that laser eye surgery could make me go blind. Is that a possibility? Are there any serious side effects of the surgery?

What are the risks associated with laser eye surgery? I have very bad eyesight and am tired of wearing glasses, but i'm afraid that laser eye surgery could make me go blind. Is that a possibility? Are there any serious side effects of the surgery?

There are risks: Lasereyesurgery perfomed with the correct pre, intra and postoperative care is often life changing.However, there are potential complicatiuons for every type of surgery.Night vision disturbances, glare and halos are common, often improve and usually tolerable. More severe complications such as inflammations and infections can often be treated with good results.Major visual loss is rarely possible. ...Read more

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30 percent optic nerve damage in one eye, other eye normal. 58 years old. Even with treatment, how long before i'm visually impaired or legally blind?

30 percent optic nerve damage in one eye, other eye normal. 58 years old. Even with  treatment, how long before i'm visually impaired or legally blind?

Glaucoma?: I am guessing you have glaucoma. This can be treated with proper medication and laser or surgery if that fails. Seeing your ophthalmologist regularly gives you an excellent chance to preserve what vision remains. ...Read more