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What Is LASIK Co-Management?

If, after discussing LASIK surgery with your trusted eye doctor, you decide to have the procedure, your doctor will refer you to a LASIK surgeon. The good news: your eye doctor can co-manage your case with the surgeon. Co-management ensures optimal care during and after your surgery, as well as peace of mind. Here’s an explanation of how LASIK co-management works:

What Is LASIK Co-Management?

Co-management is when your eye doctor works together with a LASIK surgeon. Your eye doctor will provide you with pre- and post-operative care while the LASIK surgeon will perform the surgery.

Who Does The LASIK Evaluation?

Both your eye doctor and your LASIK surgeon will conduct their own comprehensive eye exams. Your eye doctor’s exams will evaluate if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK and discuss the many pros and cons of refractive eye surgery. The LASIK surgeon will conduct a more in-depth examination at a pre-operative evaluation. The surgeon will examine your vision and the overall health of your eyes, and analyze the maps of your cornea, discuss the many surgical options, and provide pre- and post-operative information

Who Does The LASIK Post-Operative Care?

Your eye doctor will conduct most of your post-LASIK care. There are several factors involved in LASIK post-operative care, such as follow-up appointments with your surgeon, a recovery plan for you to follow, and specific guidelines to keep in mind, such as not to rub your eyes. Each post-operative plan is unique, as every person’s eyes are different.

Within the first 24-48 hours after your LASIK surgery, you will need to see your eye doctor so they can check on your vision and healing. Your eye doctor will also assess the need for any alterations to your recovery plan. Your follow-up appointments should continue for at least six months after surgery to ensure that recovery is going as planned.

During your recovery period let your eye doctor know if your vision seems to be getting worse or is not resolving.

If you are thinking about having LASIK surgery, your first call should be to our eye doctor. At Optix Family Eyecare in Plainview, we can answer all of your questions about LASIK surgery. Book a consultation with us today!

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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Top 8 LASIK Myths

In recent years, more and more people have chosen to undergo LASIK. However, as the popularity of this procedure rose – so did the number of myths circulating about it. We think it’s high time to set the record straight about LASIK!

LASIK is a relatively simple laser eye surgery done to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea of your eye in order to properly refract (bend) light that enters your eye, allowing images to focus clearly on your retina. Many of our eye care patients in Plainview and Long Island, New York, have enjoyed the results of LASIK.

Instead of leaving you to wonder what’s true and what’s false when people talk about LASIK, an eye doctor near you debunks some of the most common myths:

LASIK is painful

Before starting the procedure, your eye doctor will insert numbing eye drops into your eye. Once they take effect, you may sense mild pressure on the surface of your eye, but in general your eye will lose all sensation for the entire LASIK procedure. This numbness typically lasts for at least another 30 minutes after LASIK is completed. At that point, your eyes may feel dry, gritty and itchy, but resting your vision and/or taking aspirin or ibuprofen usually helps the discomfort to disappear. Most people can get back to their regular daily activities within 24 hours.

LASIK can burn your eyeball

The lasers used in LASIK are “cold” excimer lasers, which don’t burn the surface of your eye. Also, they are guided by a precise, high-tech tracking device that follows your eye – so the laser can’t miss its target.

LASIK is a leading cause of blindness

This statement couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, the risk of a sight-threatening infection being caused by LASIK is even lower than the risk of eye infection caused by wearing contact lenses. Since the 1980s, LASIK has been performed safely on millions of people, and there have never been any confirmed cases of blindness as a result of LASIK.

Blades and cutting are always used for LASIK

Actually, there is more than one method of performing LASIK, and some newer types of the procedure don’t use any blades. Ask our eye doctor at Optix Family Eyecare about iLASIK and LASEK, both of which are bladeless.

LASIK is very expensive

Although the initial cost of LASIK may sound expensive, compare it to years of buying new prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and related products. Then, you’ll realize that the price of LASIK comes out significantly less over the long term.

Everyone is a candidate for LASIK

Most people over age 18, in good health and with a refractive error in their eyes can have LASIK. However, like all surgical procedures – nothing is suitable for everyone. Certain corneal conditions are contraindicated for LASIK, as are people in poor health – such as someone with uncontrolled diabetes or particular autoimmune diseases. Consult with your eye doctor in Plainview and Long Island regarding your candidacy.

LASIK gets rid of glasses or contacts forever

While LASIK corrects refractive error, it’s not a miracle procedure that can stop time or roll back the years! Normally, as you age, vision changes. Once you’re over 40, it’s likely you’ll need to wear reading glasses to see small objects or fine print. After LASIK, visit our eye doctor for regular eye exams and we’ll monitor your vision for any changes that require treatment.

All eye doctors are equal for LASIK

Remember, this is your vision we’re discussing – the skill and experience of your eye doctor matters. When you choose where to have LASIK done, make sure to check references. Research the LASIK eye doctors near you, checking into how long they’ve been performing the procedure and their success record.

Interested in learning more about LASIK and how you could benefit? Book an appointment at our eye care center in Plainview or Long Island for a pre-LASIK consultation.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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Can Lasik Correct Astigmatism?

The “perfect” eyeball would be a smooth sphere with optical lenses that function at their best. But in the real world, this rarely happens. Usually, eyes are not shaped perfectly and visual acuity is therefore compromised. When you have astigmatism, the eye is elliptical – similar to a football shape. As a result of this asymmetry, light rays traveling through it scatter, and vision is blurred.

Astigmatism is a common vision condition. By definition, it is simply a refractive error like nearsightedness and farsightedness. Just like those vision conditions, astigmatism can be corrected with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and LASIK. At our eye care clinic, we perform comprehensive eye exams to determine your candidacy for laser surgery. Book a consultation with our optometrist about LASIK.

How can LASIK help?

If you have only a mild astigmatism, laser correction surgery may not be required. But if astigmatism is disturbing your vision, LASIK can be an option.

During this procedure, your eye surgeon will use a laser to reshape your cornea so it is more spherical and can focus light properly. LASIK thereby improves vision across your entire visual field, and not just the part of your view affected by prescription eyewear.

How successful is LASIK for correcting astigmatism?

LASIK for astigmatism can be an excellent solution when compared to alternatives, such as glasses or contact lenses. That’s because eyeglasses and contacts work by cancelling out the visual distortion, whereas LASIK totally changes and corrects the irregularity in your cornea. For many people, the procedure is transformative to their lives.

The success rate of LASIK for astigmatism is associated strongly with the vision prescription of the patient and the unique shape of the eye. Official reports state that LASIK is most suitable for people with a prescription of up to four cylinders of astigmatism. Also, if you only have a tiny amount of astigmatism, such as 0.5 diopter, LASIK may not provide a significant benefit. Therefore, the success rate of LASIK for astigmatism varies, which is why you need an experienced eye doctor to assess your eyes and vision to determine your candidacy.

Our LASIK optometrists offer specialized consultations and eye exams.

Is LASIK affordable?

Even if you have an extreme vision prescription, LASIK is still regarded as an elective treatment by most insurance policies, so it isn’t covered by their basic plans. However, significant savings are frequently offered by various insurance plans. Our staff is knowledgeable about ways to make LASIK affordable, and we’re happy to share the info!

To discuss LASIK and other vision correction procedures, contact us for an appointment.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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