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Which Parts Of Laser Cataract Surgery Are Assisted By Lasers?

February 28th, 2017

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Laser cataract surgery is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it’s only advanced further and further to become the routine procedure it is today. So much so that portions of the surgery that used to use lasers or ultrasound technology can be performed using lasers. But before we go into how lasers have added an extra layer of sophistication to this procedure, let’s talk about how cataract surgery is typically performed.

The Traditional Method

Cataracts are a buildup of protein on the eye’s lens. Since they can’t be broken up with eye drops or medication, surgical intervention is required to remove the lens and insert a new, artificial one.

Your ophthalmologist makes incisions in your cornea, the transparent topmost layer of the eye. Your doctor then injects a glue-like substance into the eye to help it maintain its shape during the surgery. Its thickness prevents the liquid from oozing out during the operation.

The lens is then separated from the lens capsule using a salt solution. Once this has happened, an ultrasound device breaks up the separated lens into small pieces before sucking it out of the eye. This process is known as phacoemulsification.

The new lens is then inserted through the incision where it is able to unfold within the eye.

The Laser Method

Laser cataract surgery has the same outcome as traditional laser cataract surgery. At present, there is not a big enough difference between the two methods to suggest that you are getting a lower quality of care with either, so this is a decision that should be made under advisement from your doctor. Both are safe and effective.

With laser cataract surgery, a laser is used to perform the steps that are usually performed by a blade. A femtosecond laser is used to make the corneal incision. Once the incision has been made, the laser also assists with breaking up the lens, meaning less energy is needed to remove the lens, reducing the amount of possible complications.

As mentioned, both methods are commonly used and have similar success rates. Ultimately, it comes an issue of personal preferences and medical situation. This makes a conversation with an ophthalmologist extremely important. Your ophthalmologist can provide the answers you need to determine how you can undergo laser cataract surgery as comfortably as possible.

Laser cataract surgery has experienced marvelous leaps in precision, patient success outcomes, and specialization over the decades. Barring complications, laser cataract surgery takes about 10 minutes per eye to perform.

Our team at Feinerman Vision Center has been consulting on and performing laser cataract surgery for individuals throughout the Newport Beach area for years. If you think your vision impairment may be due to cataracts, give us a call to book a comprehensive eye exam today. If cataracts do turn out to be the issue, you can speak with one of our laser cataract surgery specialists for a professional consultation and start your journey towards clear vision. Give us a call today!

3 Good Reasons to Get Laser Cataract Surgery

November 14th, 2016

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Laser cataract surgery is the new big thing. While cataracts have been present in recorded history since the fifth century BC, the methods humans have used to deal with them have evolved over time. What was once a blunt procedure designed to go from totally blind to a little less than totally blind has now developed into an extremely precise procedure that uses advanced technology to completely clear an individual’s vision.

Cataract surgery exists in two main forms today: regular cataract surgery that uses phacoemulsification (ultrasound technology) to break up the ruined lens and laser cataract surgery that uses laser technology to break up the lens. Both are used by ophthalmologists today and both require the insertion of an artificial lens to replace the removed one. Cataracts are an uncomfortable and debilitating condition, and there are several good reasons to get laser cataract surgery. We here at Feinerman Vision are going to give you three good reasons for free.

It Allows You To Regain Your Comfort and Independence

Cataracts are caused by protein build up on your eye’s lens. Despite some products’ claims to the contrary, there are no FDA-approved cataract drops or medications that can somehow “dissolve” cataracts. Treating cataracts involves removing the affected lens. If nothing is done, cataracts can cloud the vision so much to the point where they cause virtual blindness.

Being unable to see is an unwelcome burden on your freedom and independence. When cataracts start to form, treatment is safe, effective, and straightforward.

Laser Cataract Surgery is Bladeless – No Sharp Objects Involved!

For some people a fear of blades near the eyes serves as the primary reason they are afraid to get a necessary eye surgery. The good news is that laser cataract surgery is a completely bladeless procedure. Instead of using a blade to make an incision in the eye, a femtosecond laser is used instead. That same laser is ultimately used to break up the cataract.

Laser cataract surgery is an attractive alternative for those who are completely opposed to the idea of any sharp objects near their eyes.

You Will Be In and Out of the Office in Less Time Than It Takes to Watch a Movie

Laser cataract surgery takes about 10 minutes. Throw in pre- and post-op procedures and the time it takes for the anesthesia to wear off and you are looking at about an hour tops. Having a highly trained and skilled Feinerman Vision ophthalmologist perform laser cataract surgery takes less time than watching a 90-minute romantic comedy. You will be in and out of our Newport Beach location (with brand new vision!) in no time.

Not having enough time should never be an excuse to get an important eye procedure done. Your vision should be one of your top priorities! But even if you do have a packed schedule, now you know that laser cataract surgery can be performed and recovered from in the blink of an eye (pun intended).

Feinerman Vision boasts a dedicated and qualified team of eye care professionals who have helped numerous Newport Beach residents regain clear vision. Book a consultation to have a Feinerman eye professional walk you through the process of laser cataract surgery. Stop by our Feinerman Vision office in Newport Beach today.

Halloween Eyes: Spooky Accessory or Hauntingly Dangerous?

October 8th, 2015

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Halloween, historically, is known as a time to remember the dead. In the United States it is celebrated with costumes, trick-or-treating, festivals, decorating, and pumpkin carving.

Halloween is also a popular time for people to use colored contact lenses to enhance their costumes. From blood-drenched vampire eyes to glow-in-the-dark lizard lenses, costume contacts can certainly add a spooky, eye-popping touch.   But beware!  Make sure that your eye accessories are a treat and not a trick causing you eye issues in the future!

What to know before buying colored contacted lenses

  • Never buy colored contact lenses from a retailer that does not ask for a prescription. There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” contact lens. Lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch your eye or cause permanent damage.
  • Don’t buy them over the counter without a prescription. Contacts are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Places that sell them without a prescription are breaking the law!
  • Even if you have perfect vision, get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) for your costume contacts. An eye doctor must also measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye will respond to wearing contacts.
  • Obtain a prescription from your doctor that includes the brand name, lens measurements and expiration date. Buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, whether you go in person or shop online.
  • Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams.
  • Never share contact lenses with another person.
  • If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses and seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist.
  • Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses.

Risks associated with buying colored contact lenses

If you buy decorative contacts without a prescription, a poor fit can cause the following:

  • Scratches on the cornea or permanent damage
  • Corneal infection
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Decreased vision

You should never buy lenses from:

  • Street vendors
  • Salons or beauty supply stores
  • Boutiques
  • Flea markets
  • Novelty stores
  • Halloween stores
  • Record or video stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Beach shops
  • Internet (unless the site requires a prescription)

These are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which are prescription devices by federal law.

Additional Safety tips

  • Avoid costumes that block visibility: Most Halloween accessories such as masks and eye patches are a lot of fun, but can block visibility. A safer option would be hypo-allergenic make-up.
  • Carry a flashlight: When out trick-or-treating, make sure you have a flashlight. You’re not only visible to cars, but you can light dark pathways and avoid holes in yards.
  • Make sure costumes are reflective: If your child’s costume is not reflective, sew or Velcro reflective tape on it. This way they can be seen crossing streets.

Doctor Gregg Feinerman is a world-renowned eye surgeon based in Newport Beach, California. As an Orange County eye surgeon, he specializes in LASIK vision correction and cataract surgeries. He and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to help you achieve your optimal eye health needs at Feinerman Vision Center.

How to Avoid Things that go “Bump” in the Night

September 1st, 2015

In order for our eyes to work properly, they need light to see. If that’s the case, than how do we see so well in almost complete darkness? Our eyes let us see a wide range of lighting conditions due to different parts of the eye working together.

How do we see in the dark?

Our vision range in varying light conditions comes from three parts of the eye:

The Pupil: The pupil contracts and expands depending on the amount of light, and can physically block the amount of light entering the eye in bright situations.

Rod and Cone Cells: Our eyes use two different types of cells to see light: rods and cones. The cone cells perceive fine detail and color but need bright light in order to do so. Rod cells can only see black and white and have poor resolution, but remain sensitive even in very low light. A white barely seen by the rods must be increased in brightness 1,000 times before the cones can pick it up.

Preparing your eyes to see in the dark

It takes time for your eyes to naturally adapt to the dark and is much faster for your eyes to adjust to bright light rather than darkness. Total adaptation to the dark can take hours. Here are a few quick tips to feel more comfortable in the dark.

  • Wear sunglasses. A few hours of exposure to bright sunlight can reduce your ability to adjust to the darkness by 10 minutes and 10 days of exposure can cause a 50% loss of night vision. Be sure to wear glasses with a grey tint to block out the entire visible spectrum and the darker the lenses the better.
  • Lower the brightness on your computer screen: By keeping the brightness on your computer or TV low, your eyes won’t have to adjust as much.
  • Don’t look directly at what you’re trying to see: Your eyes see with rods and cones. The concentration of of cones (see more color) is greater at the center of your vision than it is on the edges. Since cones require more light than rods you’ll see best at night with rods, which are more concentrated in the periphery of your vision.
  • Avoid looking directly at bright lights: Looking directly at a bright light can greatly increase the amount of time your eyes need to adjust to the darkness. If you must look towards a light, try closing one eye to maintain some dark adaptation. When driving at night, try not to look directly at high beams coming towards you and look to the lines in the road to stay on course.
  • Use the pirate method: Pirates didn’t always wear eye patches because they had lost an eye. Often times they used patches to improve their night vision. By wearing an eye patch they could keep one eye adapted to the darkness so that when they went below deck they could just lift up the eye patch and be able to see again. You don’t need to walk around wearing patch, you can do this by holding one hand over your eye if you need to turn on the light for any reason and then only one side will lose night vision. Give it around four minutes and then cover one eye before turning on the lights. Wait a few seconds and then turn the lights off again and open both eyes.
  • Let your eyes adjust naturally. Before going into a dark area and risking bumping into something, close your eyes and cover them for a while to let them adapt. Also, applying slight pressure with your palms can help speed up the adjustment process.

Being able to see well at night is important for both your convenience and your safety. To help preserve your night vision, be sure to get enough vitamin A, avoid smoking, and wear sunglasses when outside.

Doctor Gregg Feinerman is a world-renowned eye surgeon based in Newport Beach, California. As an Orange County eye surgeon, he specializes in LASIK vision correction and cataract surgeries. He and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to help you achieve your optimal eye health needs at Feinerman Vision Center.

5 Reasons Why Millennials Should Invest in LASIK

August 3rd, 2015

If you’re looking to improve your overall health and you’re a millennial, chances are eye care may not be on the top of your list. However, it should be. As you age, eye sight is one of the first things to be effected. Taking care of your eyes while you’re young can decrease the chances of complications down the road.

Active Lifestyle

Leading and active lifestyle is important for many millennials. Working out, running, spin classes and dancing are increasing in popularity, one can imagine how inconvenient glasses can be. If you’re used to wearing glasses during your workout, you may be familiar with the constant adjustments needed and that’s never pleasant.  Even if you wear contacts and have the advantage of better peripheral vision, there’s always the hazard of your contacts drying out and ruining your focus.

After receiving LASIK surgery, you no longer have to worry about packing a glasses case or refreshing eye drops in your gym bag. All the little things you used to have to keep in mind in relation to your eyes are no more, and you can focus on leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

Confidence

Glasses have come a long way when it comes to fashion. However, for many, wearing glasses can still affect confidence and self-esteem. When you look online now, you’ll find many articles about how to develop and grow a sense of confidence while wearing glasses. While it is a necessity for some to where glasses, why do it if you don’t have to? Not wearing glasses anymore can be just the thing you need, to give your ego a boost and increase your level of self-confidence. LASIK surgery can drastically decrease your dependency on glasses.

Little out-of-pocket expense

One of the main reasons that you may not elect to have LASIK surgery is cash. Do your research and you’ll find that LASIK will actually save you money in the long run. If you have a flex savings account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) through your employer, you may pay little or nothing out of pocket, as LASIK is an approved FSA or HSA expense. If you do pay for LASIK out of pocket, the cost is reasonable, and flexible payment options are available.

Recovery Time

Since your career is the probably at the top of your list of priorities, there is a big concern about taking too much time away from work. Recovery from LASIK is very rapid. The first couple of hours after surgery your eyes may feel irritated and dry. Vision may also be blurry, but will improve over the next day.

The day after your eyes still may feel irritated and dry. Recovery time varies from person to person, but most are able to return to work the next day. Since recovery is so rapid, you don’t need to have a bunch of vacation time saved up before you go in for LASIK.

Safety

The LASIK procedure is very safe, which is why it has been accepted by so many worldwide. As with any procedure there are still risks, but with LASIK they’re very low. In most cases, the patient does well and recovers with improved vision. The most common side effects of LASIK are dry eyes and seeing a glare or halo around lights.

You should always confirm the experience of your surgeon ahead of time and make sure that they have specialized training in cornea surgery. Knowing how to handle a complication, should one occur, can make a significant difference in the patient’s outcome.

No matter how long you’ve worn them, let’s face it—glasses and contact lenses are inconvenient. If you lead an active lifestyle and are tired of worrying about, and paying for, glasses and contacts, LASIK gives you freedom to enjoy the things you love.

Doctor Gregg Feinerman is a world-renowned eye surgeon based in Newport Beach, California. As an Orange County eye surgeon, he specializes in LASIK vision correction and cataract surgeries. He and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to help you achieve your optimal eye health needs at Feinerman Vision Center.

 

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