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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!

5 Signs You Should Invest in LASIK

October 24th, 2017

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We receive a lot of questions about LASIK. Patients are concerned about the price, or about the recovery time, or how long the surgery will last.

And the truth is, there are many different factors you have to weigh when you are considering LASIK surgery. So how do you know when it is time to make the leap and get LASIK?

Obviously, this is a question only you can answer. But to help you out, here are five signs you should invest in LASIK:

 

  • You’re always losing your contact lenses

 

Most people find contacts to be less cumbersome than glasses. But contacts do come with their own share of hassles. Just ask anyone who has had a contact fall out in the middle of a concert or at a restaurant.

If you are constantly losing your contacts and are sick of paying for replacements, it may be time for you to look into LASIK.

 

  • Your contacts are constantly irritating your eyes

 

Many people don’t respond well to contacts. In particular, allergy sufferers often struggle with wearing contacts. If you can’t keep your contacts in for more than a few hours a day or if you constantly have dry, irritated eyes, LASIK may be for you.

 

  • Your contacts or glasses cause a problem at work

 

Not every job is friendly to people who wear prescription eyewear. Some manufacturing jobs can make it unsafe to wear contacts. And if your job requires you to wear a mask, then glasses are out.

Even if you sit and work at a computer all day, you may find that your eyes are constantly dry from your contacts. The point is, LASIK can help you make your day job more enjoyable.

 

  • You regularly miss out on your favorite activities

 

Do you regularly opt out of fun activities like going to the pool, participating in sports, or going to events with friends because of your contacts? Have you ever found yourself at a nice restaurant but unable to read the menu because you left your glasses at home? This may be a sign you need LASIK.

 

  • You’re a healthy adult who is sick of contacts and glasses

 

Do you need any more reason than this? If you are a healthy adult and your prescription hasn’t changed in several years, you may be a great candidate for LASIK. Contact our Newport Beach office today to schedule your LASIK consultation!

Exactly What to Expect After LASIK Surgery

September 11th, 2017

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So you have decided to invest in yourself and have LASIK surgery — congratulations! As the technology has continued to improve over the last 20 years, many people have reaped the many benefits LASIK in Los Angeles has to offer.

Most people who come to us interested in LASIK are concerned about what will happen during the surgery. They want to know what the surgery will be like, what medication they will be given, and whether or not they will feel pain. But we would like to talk about what you can expect after surgery when you are home recovering.

So let’s look at what you can expect after LASIK surgery and what you should avoid doing.

What to Expect After LASIK Surgery

The biggest thing you should expect is that your eyes will be sore after surgery. Almost all of our patients experience some kind of discomfort after LASIK. A burning sensation and extreme sensitivity to light are the most common complaints.

Your eyes may become dry and the whites of your eyes may look red for several days. That is completely normal. You can use eye drops to minimize any discomfort.

And visual fluctuations after LASIK are completely normal. They will subside eventually and your vision will stabilize but it may take several months for this to happen.

What You Should Avoid Doing After LASIK Surgery

Fortunately, LASIK surgery is a pretty simple procedure but it is surgery so there are some precautions you must take. Avoid putting on any makeup for at least a week.

Wearing an eye shield at night will protect your eyes and keep you from unknowingly rubbing them. And try to stay away from dust or any other things that may irritate your eyes.

Be sure to schedule a follow-up visit with your Los Angeles LASIK surgeon after surgery. Your doctor will monitor your recovery process, ask about any symptoms you are experiencing, and be on the lookout for any potential problems.

Interested in learning more about LASIK and how it can improve your life? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Feinerman today!

3 Ways LASIK Technology Has Changed over the Past 20 Years

August 10th, 2017

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LASIK surgery is not a new procedure by any means — it was first developed and modified for ophthalmic use in the 1980’s. Although it was given formal FDA approval in the late 90’s, there were some surgeries performed as early as 1995.

LASIK technology has only continued to advance since then. Laser developers have worked hand-in-hand with surgeons to continue to improve the quality of LASIK and develop new and innovative techniques in the field of laser vision correction.

Here are three ways LASIK technology has changed in the past 20 years:

 

  • Blade-free LASIK

 

When you undergo LASIK surgery, your surgeon will create a flap in your cornea and the actual treatment is done underneath this flap. Traditionally, the flap was created with a metal blade called a microkeratome.

Although rare, complications did occur as a result of the microkeratome. Plus, it greatly increased the discomfort of many patients.   

Now, surgeons can create the corneal flap without the use of a blade. Instead, they use something called the femtosecond laser. This blade-free technology lowers the risk of complications and improves patient recovery time.

Dr. Fienerman is proud to be able to offer blade-free LASIK surgery to all of his patients who are eligible.

 

  • Eye trackers

 

When the earliest LASIK surgeries were performed, patients had to fix their eyes on the light in order to center the treatment. Current LASIK technology now offers something called eye trackers.

The most current lasers have advanced eye tracking systems that continually track the patient’s eye movements throughout the procedure and adjust the laser accordingly.

Both eye trackers and blade-free incisions have helped to lower the number of complications during LASIK.

 

  • Custom LASIK

 

Custom LASIK doesn’t merely adjust your prescription, it also addresses something called “higher order aberrations”. By addressing higher order aberrations many patients find that their night vision greatly improves after custom LASIK.

Custom LASIK uses wavefront technology to diagnose and correct the specific things that are causing your night vision problems. The procedure is customized to the specific needs of your eyes. Because of this, most patients see a greater improvement in their vision than they would have received from traditional LASIK.

As we discussed in this blog post when you are choosing a LASIK facility you want to look for one that uses the most current technology. At Feinerman Vision, we offer the most advanced technology in LASIK surgery. Schedule your LASIK consultation with Dr. Feinerman today.

5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Cataract Surgeon

July 24th, 2017

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Being diagnosed with cataracts can feel overwhelming, especially since the only long-term treatment for cataracts is surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a common procedure and finding an experienced, successful surgeon will greatly improve your odds for success.

If you are considering cataract surgery, choosing the right surgeon may feel like a daunting task. There are seemingly endless options to choose from so you how do you pick the person with the right experience?

To help guide you in the right direction, here are five things to consider when choosing a cataract surgeon:

 

  • Choose a surgeon who is board certified

 

Finding a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is the most basic requirement you should look for. The ABO has high standards doctors must meet in order to be certified.

 

  • Ask for referrals from trusted friends and family members

 

Although surgery may seem scary, cataract surgery is a surprisingly common procedure. The odds are that you already know someone who has undergone cataract surgery. Speak with family members and friends you trust and see if they have anyone they can refer you to.

 

  • Read online reviews

 

Online reviews can be a helpful way to figure out what experience other patients have had with that doctor. One caveat with online reviews: they are given by strangers and are not always completely objective. So while you should take them into consideration, they should not be overly relied upon.   

 

  • Look for someone who uses the most advanced technology

 

The type of technology your doctor uses should be a key factor in your decision-making process. Laser cataract surgery is currently the most technologically advanced option available for cataract patients. Ideally, the person you choose should have a great success record using laser cataract surgery with their patients.

 

  • Consult with the surgeon first

 

It is incredibly important to schedule a consultation with your doctor first. This will give you a sense of what that person is like and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery and was one of the first doctors in Orange County to begin offering laser cataract surgery. Click here to learn more about Dr. Feinerman or to schedule your consultation today.

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