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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 Harry Potter Inspired Halloween Costumes That Require Glasses

October 13th, 2016

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Halloween is just around the corner and those who are serious about the spookiest holiday of the season have already made arrangements for their costume. But if you are like most of us, you probably won’t start thinking about your costume until the week before All Hallows’ Eve.

If you wear glasses and the thought of LASIK is still scarier than any ghoul or serial killer costume, consider a few of these Harry Potter themed costume ideas that aren’t just helped by glasses, but require them as well.

Did they not have LASIK in the wizarding world? It’s rather curious that in a world with garbage that teleports people and portraits that talk there are still witches and wizards running around with glasses. Everyone from Dumbledore (the most respected sorcerer in the wizarding word) to Harry (the most famous kid in the wizarding world) were not cured with a simple flick of someone’s wand and some garbled words in Latin. Expecto Lasik, maybe?

But all the better, because now bespectacled individuals in the Muggle world can benefit from dressing up as these characters who all could use a little LASIK.

Harry Potter

The Boy Who Lived also happens to be the Boy Who Really Needed Glasses. So much so that he is never found without them throughout the entire series. Clearly, our famous boy wizard suffers from myopia, with maybe a hint of astigmatism as well. Imagine how much easier sneaking through the Forbidden Forest at night would have been with LASIK. In any case, when you survive a death curse at the tender age of one, a little nearsightedness as a side effect sounds about right. Plop on a wig of messy black hair, find a cape and a gold and orange scarf, draw a lightning scar across your forehead and voila! You’re Harry Potter. And you won’t even need to buy costume glasses.

Albus Dumbledore

For this costume a cap and a long white beard would be helpful, but in reality all you need is your glasses and a palpable air of wisdom floating around you. For such a formidable wizard, Dumbledore still suffered from the rather pesky problem of blurry vision. Between keeping dark wizards at bay, running a magic school, and looking after a restless Harry he probably did not have enough down time for LASIK.

Minerva McGonagall

Perhaps the most respected figure at Hogwarts next to Albus Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall served as the stern yet noble and caring Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She serves as Dumbledore’s right hand woman running the school, looking after Harry, and protecting the school especially as things take a dark turn near the end of the series. The wonderful thing about dressing up as McGonagall is you can either be a human…or a cat.

Real fans of the series will remember that McGonagall was an Animagus who could transform into a cat. And her cat form even had special markings around her eyes where her glasses were as a human.

The most important thing is to have fun with your costumes. Fictional characters are subjective, so no matter how you look or who you are, you can dress up as whichever character you please. But if you do decide you’d like to ditch the glasses any time soon, LASIK may be the solution for you.

Stop by our Newport Beach location and chat with a Feinerman specialist to find out if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK. And if after getting LASIK you miss your glasses a bit, you can always commemorate them with a few marks around your eyes in the style of feline McGonagall.

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Will I Still Need Glasses or Contacts After Getting LASIK?

September 26th, 2016

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LASIK can significantly reduce the inconvenience of correcting your refractive errors. Sports, swimming, and living a more carefree life are easier things to do when you do not have to worry about breaking your glasses, removing your contacts, or the doubly painful experience of getting sand behind your soft lenses. That being said, a common misconception about LASIK is that it is a complete solution for vision problems. This is not entirely true.

Your Prescription May Change After You Get LASIK

Your vision may not stay the same even after undergoing laser eye surgery. In the same way your prescription likely changed before getting LASIK (and meant a change to the prescription for your glasses and contacts) you may experience a change after LASIK as well. Normally, this can be addressed with a “touch up” LASIK procedure. Some people may choose to occasionally wear glasses instead of undergoing another operation. Some of your astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness may come back even after you have done LASIK. In these cases, the changes to your vision do not have to do with the procedure itself.

LASIK Does Not Prevent Your Need For Reading Glasses Later In Life

Bad vision is often spoken of as a singularity, when in actuality there are a number of different conditions that can cause poor vision or refractive errors. Some people suffer from nearsightedness, some suffer from farsightedness, and others suffer from astigmatism. Some suffer from a combination of different issues. The point is that different factors cause different problems, which means a treatment that may help one vision problem may not do much for another.

As useful as LASIK may be for astigmatism and near- or farsightedness (among other issues) it does not prevent later vision loss due to age-related issues like presbyopia. Presbyopia affects near vision for people over the age of 40. While there are additional procedures you can get to improve persisting vision issues after LASIK, your doctor may deem that it is not worth the added stress of further surgical procedures. Oftentimes, individuals in this unique situation have near-perfect vision and simply need to wear glasses while reading or driving late at night.

Prescription Changes May Be Due To Hormonal Fluctuations

Hormonal fluctuations can also have an effect on a person’s vision. This could be a reason individuals experience vision problems even after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. Pregnancy is one scenario in which a person’s prescription could change due to hormonal issues, causing some to choose to get LASIK after they have decided to stop having children.

Eye Exams Are Just As Important After LASIK As They Were Before

LASIK can be a great way to improve your vision, but it is not a set it and forget it solution to your eye care. Proper eye care means seeing your eye doctor for regular eye exams to ensure your prescription has not changed. In addition, LASIK does not do anything to prevent glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye diseases. Just because you no longer wear glasses or contacts does not mean you can forget about the other important facets of your eye health.

Feinerman Vision specialists are honored to serve the Newport Beach area. Stop by Feinerman Vision to chat with one of our eye specialists and find out if LASIK is right for you. Schedule a consultation or a comprehensive eye exam today.

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Add LASIK To Your Back To School Preparations

August 15th, 2016

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Back to school requires an inordinate amount of preparation both financially and emotionally. Your house is busier, there are classes to register for, and supplies to purchase. For a college-aged student heading back to school, whether it’s in town or to a residence, back to school can be doubly stressful. One idea for back to school preparation that may not have occurred to you: LASIK.

Clear Vision is Key to Successful Learning

LASIK is perhaps the most well-known eye procedure. For students, clear vision is one of the best ways to ensure their academic and work success. According to the American Optometric Association, as much as 80 percent of a child’s learning happens using his or her eyes. This is definitely applicable in a college environment where you are reading off of lecture slides, white boards, scanning textbooks, and typing up essays.

It can also reduce the chances of other negative impacts on a college student’s quality of life. College provides a number of enriching and fulfilling experiences for a young adult’s growth, but it can also be a period of enormous stress brought on by deadlines, grades, and a desire to succeed. Taking care of your physical well-being and mental state are two priorities that are vital for sustaining your health and happiness while away at school. Eating regularly and staying active are ways to avoid falling ill and suffering from fatigue. Ensuring you are seeing clearly is another way to avoid eye strain and headaches which can be extremely uncomfortable when studying or listening in class. If you regularly use glasses or contacts, LASIK can provide one less thing for you to worry about during the year.

LASIK Allows You To Be More Spontaneous

It can be extremely inconvenient worrying about taking your contacts out after a night out or wondering what to do about them if you decide to go swimming. Glasses and contacts, while they are great corrective solutions, can also deprive you of spontaneity. Getting LASIK will allow you to stop worrying about the things you constantly have to worry about now, like placing your glasses in a case before swimming or taking your contacts out before bed.

Additionally, worrying about breaking your glasses or getting dirt in your eyes while wearing contacts can take away all the fun of a hike or an impromptu game of football. With LASIK you can forget about these considerations and just have a good time.

Be In Control Of Your Look

There are many ways to rock a pair of glasses, but there will be instances when you do not want to match your dress with specs. Moreover, some people simply feel more comfortable showing off their eyes by wearing contacts instead.

Another inconvenient reality of wearing contacts: they have to be made. Some people are rather comfortable wearing their glasses every single day, but if an opportunity arises where they would like to go without, they need to make sure they know a few weeks in advance so that they can have contacts made. With LASIK, this is not an issue and students can make plans without worrying that they’ve already burned through their dailies for the month.

Not everybody is eligible for LASIK, but those who are can experience fantastic results to their vision and improvements to their social and student lives. It’s as simple as stopping by Feinerman Vision today to find out how LASIK can get you ready and excited to head back to school. Call our Newport Beach, CA office to book a consultation with Dr. Feinerman today!

Your LASIK Post-Op Timeline

July 29th, 2016

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LASIK surgery has one of the easiest recoveries of all eye surgeries. However, even for how easy it is, you still need to take some precautions to ensure you no complications arise. If you are considering LASIK surgery, you may also be wondering – “What exactly does LASIK recovery look like?”

At Feinerman Vision, we understand that knowledge is the key to feeling comfortable with any surgery. Many people feel nervous before LASIK surgery, but we find that a good knowledge of what happens after the surgery is great for peace of mind.

Let’s discuss what you can expect from your LASIK recovery, from the minutes after your surgery to months later.

The First 30 Minutes

Directly after the procedure with Dr. Feinerman, you will rest for a short while before going home. The numbing eye drops given to you before the procedure will last around 30 minutes, give or take. You will be given protective goggles to use while sleeping and in the hours after surgery. Dr. Feinerman will also send you off with all medications you will need for recovery. You will need someone there to drive you home from the procedure.

When You Get Home

When you get home, it is recommended that you take a few hours to rest. The anesthetic eye drops will begin to wear off, and you may feel some discomfort such as grittiness and dryness. It is very important that you do not rub your eyes. Be sure to wear your protective goggles, and use medicated eye drops as directed by Dr. Feinerman.

The Day After Surgery

The morning after your LASIK surgery, you can remove your protective goggles. You will need to attend your first of a series of follow-up appointments with Dr. Feinerman this day. Be sure to inform him of any side-effects you have experienced, and ask any questions you may have. Make sure there is someone to drive you to your follow-up appointment. Dr. Feinerman will assess if it is safe for you to drive during the appointment.

One Week Post-Op

You will have your second follow-up appointment with Dr. Feinerman one week after your surgery. At this time, Dr. Feinerman will tell you if you can resume wearing makeup and playing sports/exercising. Your vision should have made significant improvements during this time.

Two Weeks Post-Op

After you hit the two-week mark, you should be able to return to swimming and getting your face wet. It is ok to get a little bit of water in your eyes, but it should still be avoided.

Follow-up Appointments

Generally, you will be asked to three more follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing correctly – one at the one month mark, another at the 6-month mark, and one more after one year. These appointments are important to making sure no complications arise and that your vision is at its best!

If you are still worried about the recovery associated with LASIK surgery, be sure to call Feinerman Vision in Newport Beach, CA. Set up your LASIK consultation appointment and let Dr. Feinerman answer any questions you have before making your decision. LASIK surgery changes many lives, why not yours too? Call us today at (949) 631-4780 or request an appointment online!

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