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Doctor insights on: Tiger Woods Eye Surgery

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My 5 y/o niece is very shortsighted with 1 eye worse than the other + astigmatism on both. Should she have eye surgery now or wait until she's older?

My 5 y/o niece is very shortsighted with 1 eye worse than the other + astigmatism on both. Should she have eye surgery now or wait until she's older?

Confusing question: The primary treatment of unequal eye power is through glasses, not surgery. If the child is developing amblyopia, (vision loss in the weaker eye), glasses and/or patching would still be the 1st effort. If the eyes did not line up correctly, patching might help first, but delicate eye muscle surgery may be needed. ...Read more

Dr. John Gillespie Dr. Gillespie
Ophthalmology
37 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Is eye surgery for a 93 y.O.?

Is eye surgery for a 93 y.O.?

Too old to see?: Age does not determine the necessity for eye surgery but does impact the outcome. Always balance potential benefit of proposed surgery and risks with age being only one of those factors. Frank discussion with doctor and family should help find common ground. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Witlin Dr. Witlin
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
42 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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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

Dr. Yale Kanter Dr. Kanter
Ophthalmology
57 years in practice
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
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What should I expect after an eye surgery?

Eye surgery: It depends on the form of eye surgery and what is being corrected. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Dr. David Edsall Dr. Edsall
Anesthesiology
43 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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How likely is it to die while having eye surgery?

How likely is it to die while having eye surgery?

< 1/200K cataract: If you mean cataracts? <1 in 200, 000. How many patients went to hospital post op from eye center in last 2 yrs. How many stay after at eye facility > two hours. This will give you an idea of the safety. Worse things than death happen. Avoid a facility with a rate of more than one per 2000 for any answer from above q's. How many get nausea? < 1 per 150 is good. Other surg? Very different #'s. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How bad must someone's eyesight be for eye surgery?

How bad must someone's eyesight be for eye surgery?

Not bad: I am guessing you are talking about lasik surgery. This can correct many deficits of eyesight caused by a need for glasses. It will not improve eyes with vision deficit that cannot be corrected by glasses. Discuss this with you laser ophthalmic surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Coden Dr. Coden
Ophthalmology
33 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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What eye surgery is recommended for a far-sighted?

LASIK or PRK: If the vision is stable, both lasik and prk can work well for farsightedness (hyperopia). Even though our fda approves the procedure from 1 to 6 diopters, it seems to work the best in the 1 to 4 diopter range. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Pollard Dr. Pollard
Anesthesiology
26 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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What kind of anasthesia are you given in an eye surgery?

What kind of anasthesia are  you given in an eye surgery?

Light sedation: Most cases that I have done have involved a little IV sedation along with local anesthetic on the eye. Discuss with your ophthalmologist what they use. ...Read more

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Dr. Ali Zaidi Dr. Zaidi
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Could lasek eye surgery help anyone?

Could lasek eye surgery help anyone?

No: Lasik eye surgery is to help people who don't want to wear glasses or contacts. The procedure takes your prescription and lasers it onto your cornea. If you don't wear glasses or contacts, lasik won't help you. If you don't mind wearing glasses or contacts, then don't get the procedure done. If you are extremely near-sighted or far-sighted, it may not be for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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What amount is cataract eye surgery?

What amount is cataract eye surgery?

Cataract Cost: Depending on which implant & advanced technology chosen (ie, multifocal lens, accommodating lens, femtosecond laser, ORA, limbal relaxing incisions, etc), cost can range from few hundred per eye (if get basic, monofocal, no extra technology) to $3000-6000 per eye for premium, state of the art cataract surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya Dr. Acharya
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
A P Singh University, S. S. Medical College
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Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Can you tell me about lasic eye surgery?

Can you tell me about lasic eye surgery?

Yes: It is an effective and safe way to change the natural eyeglass prescription of the eye. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Dr. Ari Weitzner Dr. Weitzner
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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How come I need second eye surgery (prk)?

How come I need second eye surgery (prk)?

Why not?: If your vision still not good after first time, you might need a touch-up. If your vision good- then no, you dont need it. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Dr. Rodney Remington Dr. Remington
Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
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Could prk eye surgery hurt or feel painful?

Could prk eye surgery hurt or feel painful?

Yes: Prk is typically uncomfortable for several days. Often your surgeon will fit a bandage contact lens to minimize discomfort, but it's still going to hurt a bit. Lasik surgery is almost always less painful but prk is still the best choice in a minority of cases. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Do you recommend the lasek eye surgery for all?

No: Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. Go see a cornea specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Mamelak Dr. Mamelak
Dermatology
17 years in practice
Queen's School of Medicine
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Should i consider cosmetic eye surgery? Is it safe?

Should i consider cosmetic eye surgery? Is it safe?

Cosmetic eye surgery: A personal consultation with properly trained and experienced physician would be the best way to answer this question. They can listen to your specific concerns about your eyes and advise if or which procedure would best fit your needs. In the right hands, cosmetic eye surgery to fix eyelids or reshape the eye is safe and effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Amster Dr. Amster
Pediatrics
years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What happens during eye surgery in premature babies?

ROP?: I assume you're referring to retinopathy of prematurity? The issue is there is overgrowth of blood vessels in the retina that then constrict, causing a pulling on the retina. The surgery is a laser that zaps these blood vessels and eliminates the pulling. It doesn't harm anything except the vessels, being sent in directly through the lens. ...Read more