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Can LASIK Surgery Fix My Astigmatism?

May 3rd, 2018

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If you’re tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure to correct your vision. LASIK surgery has been performed for decades, greatly reducing — and even removing — your need for glasses and contacts, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. We know LASIK eye doctors can correct myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), but can LASIK fix your astigmatism? Read on to find out.

What is Astigmatism?

If you have astigmatism, you may be able to see things close up or far away, but they may appear blurry. For example, the letter “R” may look like “B”. An asymmetrically curved cornea causes astigmatism. Basically, your cornea is shaped like an American football rather than a baseball.

Laser Precision Helps Correct Astigmatism

In most cases, your LASIK surgeon at Feinerman Vision Center can fully correct astigmatism, and the effect is permanent. For those who opt for the corrective vision procedure, the ultra-precise lasers used in LASIK surgery can be programmed to reshape the cornea so the front of the surface is more symmetrical, eliminating the vision problems caused by the previously existing astigmatism.

What About Severe Astigmatism?

In most cases, astigmatism can be fully corrected with just one procedure, eliminating the need for refinement or repeat procedures. Severe astigmatism, however, increases the likelihood of refinement surgery to fine-tune the correction.

Note that high or severe astigmatism may affect the cost of your LASIK surgery, so be sure to discuss with your LASIK surgeon during your consultation.

If you’re considering laser eye surgery, you’re in the right hands with the LASIK experts at Feinerman Vision Center. Schedule an appointment with our LASIK specialists in Newport Beach today!

Can you Have LASIK if You’re Pregnant?

April 24th, 2018

A common question we receive from patients is, “Should I have LASIK surgery if I’m pregnant? Could LASIK accidentally hurt the baby?”

First of all, you can rest assured knowing that LASIK is completely harmless for your baby. However, if you are pregnant you should wait until several months after your baby is born to have LASIK.

This is not a simple subject and there are several reasons why it is not recommended for pregnant women to have LASIK. Let’s look at those reasons more closely below.

Stable vision

One of the biggest reasons we recommend waiting until after pregnancy is because you need to have stable vision in order to have LASIK. During LASIK, your doctor will create a small flap in your cornea and the laser will reshape the cornea. That is what improves your vision.

For that reason, you need to have stable vision going into LASIK. Due to the hormones created during pregnancy, this may not be possible. This can affect your eyes’ ability to heal after surgery.

Side effects

Common side effects experienced after LASIK may become pronounced during pregnancy. For instance, many LASIK patients experience dry eyes after the surgery. Being pregnant could exacerbate these symptoms.  

The medication used

As we have already stated, having LASIK won’t hurt your baby. However, it is not fully known whether the medications used during LASIK could have negative side effects. For instance, many patients are given medication prior to surgery to help them relax. And patients will be prescribed antibiotic eye drops to use for several days following surgery.  

So all in all, in order to achieve the best results from LASIK and have a safe and healthy pregnancy, we recommend waiting several months after pregnancy to have LASIK. If you have other questions about LASIK or the overall health of your eyes, schedule your appointment online with Dr. Feinerman today.

5 Things You Won’t Miss After LASIK

February 7th, 2018

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Most people have considered LASIK at some point but held back out of fear or uncertainty. However, our patients who have had LASIK always tend to tell us the same thing. They say they can’t believe how convenient it is and their only regret is not having the surgery sooner.

If you regularly wear contacts or glasses, there are numerous daily irritations and hindrances you deal with. Over time, you may stop noticing them to an extent because they seem normal. It’s only after LASIK that people realize how freeing their life without contacts or glasses can be.

In previous blog posts, we’ve talked a lot about the benefits of LASIK and why you should consider the surgery. But it’s hard to put that in context until you think about all the little irritations LASIK will remove from your life.

So let’s look at a few things you won’t miss after LASIK:

 

  • Forgetting to take your contacts out when you go to bed

 

Have you ever woken up in the morning and realized you forgot to take your contacts out the night before? It’s definitely a feeling that is impossible to miss — your eyes are dry and irritated and your contacts feel like they’ve been superglued to your eyes.

 

  • Buying new contacts and/or glasses every year

 

For most people, insurance doesn’t cover all of their yearly expenses for contacts and glasses. And it definitely doesn’t cover those emergency trips to Target when you realize you’ve run out of contact solution at 10 PM.

 

  • Your glasses always getting in the way

 

Are your glasses a constant companion? If so, then you know how inconvenient they can be. The lens fog up the minute you come inside your warm house after being out in the cold. And they can cause problems with daily activities, like playing sports or exercising.

 

  • Dry, irritated eyes after wearing your contacts all day

 

If you are like many people that wear contacts the majority of the time, you may be desperate for a break by the end of the day. Wearing contacts all day long can cause your eyes to become red and irritated.

 

  • Havings to pack your contacts, solution, and glasses for every trip

 

Traveling should be an enjoyable experience but it’s definitely not fun having to remember to pack your contacts, solution, and glasses everytime you go anywhere. And it’s even worse if you forget them!

If you are ready to ditch your prescription eyewear and the hassles that come along with them, then LASIK could be the right choice for you. Contact our office to schedule your LASIK consultation with Dr. Feinerman.

Think You’re Ready for LASIK Surgery? Take Our Quiz!

January 18th, 2018

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Have you been considering LASIK surgery but aren’t sure if you are ready to take the leap yet? At Feinerman Vision, we are committed to helping you become more informed about LASIK so you can make the right decision for yourself.

Think you’re ready for LASIK? Now you can test your LASIK knowledge with our short quiz! Be sure to let us know what your results are.

 

  • TRUE/FALSE: LASIK is a new technology and we still aren’t sure about the long-term results.

 

False. LASIK was first approved by the FDA over 20 years ago. Over two decades of surgeries and studies have shown that LASIK is a safe and effective procedure.

 

  • TRUE/FALSE: Contacts are safer than LASIK.

 

False. This may seem counterintuitive but wearing contacts are actually riskier than having LASIK.

Because contact wearers are always handling their contacts, they are at higher risk of developing an infection.

And many people are surprised to find that LASIK is also more affordable than contacts. The lifetime cost of wearing disposable contacts is nearly $30,000.

 

  • TRUE/FALSE: LASIK can’t correct my astigmatism.

 

False. LASIK has been successfully treating astigmatism since it was first approved by the FDA in the mid-nineties.

 

  • TRUE/FALSE: The recovery time from LASIK is fairly short.

 

True! Not only is the surgery itself quick — roughly 15 minutes — the recovery time is short as well.

Most patients report that they are feeling better and their vision has improved within the first week after surgery.

 

  • TRUE/FALSE: All LASIK doctors are the same so I should just look for the least expensive one.

 

Definitely false!

Every LASIK surgeon is different and the quality of your experience can vary greatly depending on who you choose.

Dr. Feinerman has performed thousands of LASIK procedures since 1998. He also offers blade-free LASIK, the most advanced technology in LASIK surgery.

Contact us today to schedule your LASIK evaluation with Dr. Feinerman.

How Much Do You Know About LASIK?

November 20th, 2017

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If you are considering LASIK you are probably feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness. This is totally normal! LASIK is an incredibly common procedure that can improve both your vision and quality of life. Millions of people have been thrilled with their LASIK results.

Are you one of the many patients we see who is interested in LASIK but doesn’t know that much about it? That is completely okay too. Below, we will answer some of the most common LASIK questions for you.

Question #1: Why do most people have LASIK surgery?

Most people have LASIK because they are sick and tired of wearing prescription eyewear. It is hard to fully understand the benefits of having LASIK until you have had the procedure yourself. There is an incredible freedom in waking up every day with perfectly clear vision — and all without ever having to reach for your glasses.

Question #2: How does LASIK work?

Good question! Many patients have no idea what to expect from LASIK surgery or how it all works. Your cornea is the clear front part of your eye that focuses light on the retina and allows you to see clearly. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea and fixing any vision problems.

Question #3: Will my doctor use a laser or a scalpel?

Depends on your doctor! At Feinerman Vision, we believe that blade-free LASIK is the most advanced option in LASIK surgery. With blade-free LASIK, your doctor will use a laser to create the corneal flap rather than a microkeratome.

You should do your research and discuss your options with your doctor. They can help you decide if blade-free LASIK is right for you.

Question #4: How soon will my vision improve after surgery?

This depends mostly on your age, health history, and whether there were any complications during surgery. Most patients report having improved vision either immediately following surgery or within the next day.

Question #5: How do I get started with LASIK surgery?

We were hoping you would ask this question! To get started, you will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Feinerman in Newport Beach, CA. We will set up your LASIK consultation and determine whether or not you are a good fit for the procedure. If the appointment goes well then clear vision should be in your future!

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