“What’s better: one or two?” – Same Day Cataract Surgery

“What’s better: one or two?” – Same Day Cataract Surgery

“What’s better: one or two?” Anyone who has ever been to the eye doctor is very familiar with this phrase. Measuring the focus of both eyes is an integral part of a comprehensive examination.  There is another situation in eye care where this question is being asked lately. What is better: treating one eye at a time, or both eyes on the same day? At first glance, it seems obvious that it is better to take care of everything at one sitting.  It does not make much sense to get only one ...

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Eye Surgery and Aerosols

Eye Surgery and Aerosols

Eye surgeries are among the safest procedures in the world. They are also the most common, with over 4 million cataract and lens implant surgeries and nearly 1 million laser vision correction procedures performed annually in the United States alone. Laser cataract and lens surgery unites the two technologies to provide an even better result for patients. But is eye surgery safe during the COVID era? The major concern about coronavirus is its ability to spread via aerosols – tiny droplets of...

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Interested in learning more about how you can permanently de-fog your vision? 

Interested in learning more about how you can permanently de-fog your vision? 

It is common during South Florida summers to see dew-covered windows every morning. It is equally common – and more frustrating – to have glasses fog up every time you head out in the sweltering heat! Add to that the annoyance of face masks continually directing moist air at those lenses, hazing them up with every breath, and you have one aggravating day ahead of you! While face coverings have become our new normal, we can at least eliminate the need for glasses and the hassle they cause....

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Have you ever dreamed of being free from glasses for driving and reading?

Have you ever dreamed of being free from glasses for driving and reading?

Believe it or not, there has been a permanent vision correction solution for over 15 years that can do just that.  Laser lens replacement – also known as laser cataract removal – is a quick procedure that permanently restores distance, intermediate, and reading vision in both eyes.  And the best part is that both eyes can be treated on the same day!  In our new reality of limited contact with others, having both eyes treated together reduces the number of visits to the eye doctor, speeds ...

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“Why do I have cataracts?  My parents didn’t have them until they were in their 80s?”

“Why do I have cataracts?  My parents didn’t have them until they were in their 80s?”

Cataracts are a normal aging process; everyone eventually gets them if we live long enough.  Think of cataracts as the “gray hair” of the eyes.  Just like some people are bothered with their hair color change while others either don’t mind it or get used to it, cataracts can affect people’s vision to varying degrees at different stages.  In the past, doctors tended to hold off cataract surgery until a patient’s vision was terrible, whether for insurance purposes or due to the limita...

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“What is the difference between hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia?”

“What is the difference between hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia?”

These four conditions are referred to as refractive errors.  Did you know that you can have 3 of these four refractive errors at the same time?  The terms describing the various vision conditions can be pretty confusing, especially when you are told that you have more than one of these!  Let’s break down each in turn and explain how they affect the way you see the world. First, let’s translate these words into English.  The suffix “-opia” is Greek for “of the eye”.  “Myo-...

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“What is involved in the recovery of cataract surgery?”

“What is involved in the recovery of cataract surgery?”

Cataract surgery is one of the safest medical procedures.  And with the advent of the femtosecond laser, it has become more accurate and the recovery is quicker than ever before.  In fact, over 90% of patients at SightTrust Eye Institute opt to have both eyes treated on the same day in order to speed up their recovery!  Despite the amazing results that modern laser cataract surgery provides – including the potential of freedom from glasses for both distance and reading – there is a healin...

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“Are there any alternatives to cataract surgery?”

“Are there any alternatives to cataract surgery?”

Cataracts are an inevitable part of life.  They usually begin developing in the 50s, and if we live long enough we will ultimately need them removed.  Fortunately, cataract surgery is an amazing procedure:  we can replace the “worn out” lens with an implant that can provide excellent distance and reading vision without the need for glasses!  There is no alternative to having cataract surgery, aside from wearing glasses and “muddling through” the poor vision.  But once the procedure ...

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“What are my options if I have astigmatism?”

“What are my options if I have astigmatism?”

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures.  It has become so precise over the years that it is now being used as a method to permanently correct vision.  People with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or presbyopia (the need to wear reading glasses) can have this procedure as an alternative to laser vision correction – even if they don’t have cataracts!  There is one other visual condition that patients often believe cannot be treated with cataract surgery, called astigm...

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“My doctor told me I am not a candidate for LASIK.  Do I have any other options?”

“My doctor told me I am not a candidate for LASIK.  Do I have any other options?”

LASIK is a terrific way to decrease your need for glasses.  The procedure helps reshape the cornea – the front window of the eye – in order to focus the vision for better distance.  People over the age of 40 who need reading glasses may choose to have one eye focused for reading, a treatment called monovision.  Age, prescription (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism), and the overall health of the eye may affect whether one can reap the benefits of this procedure, and unfor...

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