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Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 05:32 PM

LASIK for astigmatism

LASIK, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, corrects nearsightedness by flattening the cornea with a laser and treats farsightedness by steepening the cornea.  Astigmatism is a different visual problem. Instead of a normal round cornea you have one that’s more oval like a football, and the curvature causes your blurry vision. LASIK treatment for astigmatism doesn’t flatten or steepen the cornea; it corrects the uneven curvature of your cornea.


LASIK vs. Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

LASIK for astigmatism is an excellent option when compared to other alternatives like eyeglasses or contact lenses. Eyeglasses and contacts compensate for the abnormal curvature of the astigmatism with a lens that is curved in the opposite way from the cornea, effectively cancelling out the distortion. Unlike LASIK, these are short-term corrections to the symptoms associated with astigmatism- blurry vision, eyestrain, and headaches. They can also be disorienting since, by definition, these lenses are non-uniform in shape.  Astigmatism contacts can also rotate out of alignment causing blur.  And all contact lenses carry the risk of infection, inflammation, or corneal damage.

PRK and LASEK for Astigmatism

With reshaping the surface of your eyes, temporary fixes like contact lenses or glasses become unnecessary in many cases. There are different types of refractive surgeries. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, involves your surgeon removing the outer, protective layer of your cornea before changing its curvature. LASEK, or laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis, different from LASIK, involves the folding of an extremely thin layer of the cornea, unlike the slightly thicker flap seen in LASIK.

LASIK for Astigmatism

LASIK for astigmatism involves your surgeon making a thin, small circular hinged cut into your cornea. He or she folds back the hinged flap and then reshapes the cornea using an excimer laser that doesn’t produce any heat. Many people choose to have LASIK for astigmatism over other refractive surgeries because it is very safe and the recovery time is very short.

Since the U.S. Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) approved LASIK in 1998, its popularity and acceptance as a safe and minimally invasive surgery has grown. In fact, each year thousands of Americans, whether they have LASIK for astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, have undergone this surgery with great results. The vast majority of LASIK patients achieve perfect or near perfect vision without the use of temporary fixes like eyeglasses or contact lens.  Some LASIK patients may still need to make use of glasses for reading or driving, but LASIK can still provide life altering vision correction.

Before you choose to have LASIK a proper evaluation of the benefits, risks, and anticipated results, along with a consultation and evaluation with a physician, should be completed by each potential LASIK candidate. Numerous factors play into the eligibility of LASIK candidates and every person considering LASIK should make sure that they are able to comply with the post-surgical orders.  For instance, after surgery you shouldn’t rub your eyes. This can wrinkle or displace the thin corneal flap. Also, there may be side effects that tend to fade over time as your cornea heals, such as haziness and difficulty with night vision.

LASIK in Baton Rouge

It’s important to talk to your surgeon or eye care professional about whether or not LASIK is the solution for you.  The doctors at Eye Specialists of Louisiana have years of experience in performing LASIK surgeries.  Our staff would be happy to help any potential LASIK patient weigh their options and evaluate their candidacy for LASIK.  Astigmatism no longer has to have the associated burden of eyeglasses or contact lenses for vision correction.  

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When Should You Get LASIK? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 @ 12:49 PM

Contact and glasses wearers everywhere dream of a day when they can see clearly without corrective eye wear, when they can wake up and be able to see clearly or pack for a trip without worrying about solutions and cases.  Thankfully, technology has given us a safe and effective way to correct refractive errors with LASIK surgery.  With a quick and painless procedure, an ophthalmologist can deliver the best vision you have experienced in years.  Still, the procedure isn't quite right for everyone.  There are a lot of factors that must be considered before going under the laser.  Patients must consider their age, current prescription, existing medical conditions and financial situation.  In the infographic below, we outline six factors that must be taken into account before pursing LASIK:

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Still think LASIK may be right for you?  Contact our office to schedule a consultation where all of your questions and concerns can be addressed, and click on the image below to download our free LASIK eye surgery guide.

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6 Questions to Ask Your LASIK Surgeon [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Think you’re ready to ditch the glasses and contacts for good with LASIK?  Before you make your final decision, you’ll need to gain a better understanding of the procedure, what’s required of you as a patient, and any specifics regarding how your LASIK surgeon handles their procedures.  Asking the six questions listed in the infographic below is a great start and will give you a solid foundation of understanding.  From there, you can make your final decision with complete confidence.  So, read on, and get ready to see clearly!

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The Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery In Baton Rouge: Quality Over Price

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

LASIK Eye Surgery at Eye Specialists of LouisianaLASIK eye surgery is one of America’s most popular elective surgeries. Millions of people who suffered from less-than-perfect eyesight have found the new-found freedom from glasses and contacts that LASIK can provide.  However, LASIK is also very cost effective. While many who inquire about this procedure experience a shock over the sticker price- about $1,500-$2,000 per eye- this is a permanent solution to problems with eyesight. Glasses and contact lenses can cost hundreds, even thousands more over a person’s lifetime, making LASIK a much more fiscally sound option. 

What is LASIK and How Is It Performed?

LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted in-SItu Keratomileusis, which means that a laser is used to alter the shape of the cornea. This procedure involves creating a flap in the eye with a metal blade or specialized laser. Numbing drops are applied before the flap is created to keep the eye stationary and the procedure pain-free. The cornea is then reshaped, and the flap is replaced.

While some blurriness and discomfort may occur immediately following the procedure, improvement in vision occurs almost instantly for most patients and only continues to improve throughout recovery and beyond.

The Danger in “Cheap” LASIK

Your sight is one of your most precious possessions. LASIK surgery should be seen as an investment that will pay dividends for years to come, not as something to try to obtain at the lowest possible cost.  Like any investment, what you put into it determines what you will get out.  Some surgeons offer less expensive options for LASIK surgery, going as low as $300 per eye, and it could be for a variety of reasons:

The surgeon is not experienced- In many of these cases, a surgeon is building a patient base.  They may be willing to take lower compensation in order to gain experience and increase their patient volume.  This is not always the best scenario for a patient as physician experience directly influences complication rates.   

The technology is outdated- Like most areas of medicine, LASIK is constantly evolving and improving. Some of these cheaper options are using older equipment or non-customized surgical plans. While these technologies can be effective, use of the newest and most precise equipment is the best way to ensure that you are getting the best outcome.

Hidden costs and fees- It’s also widespread practice for these surgeons to include hidden fees. While the cost of the procedure itself is low, consultation fees and appointments can add up to hundreds of dollars more than the original advertised amount.

Why Pay More for LASIK?

To put it simply, when it comes to your sight, bargain-hunting may not be the best strategy. Our team at Eye Specialists of Louisiana have successfully performed this operation many times over the years, and we pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive testing and latest technologies.  Come see us for a free consultation and experience the life changing effects of Custom LASIK.


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5 Beneficial Lifestyle Changes to Improve Eye Health in Baton Rouge

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 04:39 PM

5 Beneficial Lifestyle Changes to Improve Eye Health in Baton Rouge.jpgAh, the new year—a time of financial, social, and healthful resolutions! But when was the last time you resolved to take better care of your eyes? Make 2017 the year you get serious about your vision.




Incorporate a Balanced Diet and Regular Exercise

Did you know that regular exercise can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by 70%? By performing moderate exercise 3-4 times a week, you can also lower your blood pressure and manage diseases like diabetes, which often lead to harmful eye conditions and vision loss. When coupled with a balanced diet, rich in beta carotene, lutein, vitamin E, and omega-3s, you’ll keep your eyes in fighting trim for years to come!   

Beware the Glare

You may be returning to work or school after a long holiday, but that doesn’t mean you should return to your bad habits. Practice eye strain prevention strategies, like the 20-20-20 rule, to thwart computer vision syndrome and check out these other strategies for immediate eye strain relief in Baton Rouge.

Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Regular comprehensive eye exams can aid in early detection, management, and even prevention of eye diseases and disorders. For adults with healthy vision, schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years. If you require vision correction or possess risk factors—such as a family history of diabetes—you will need to be seen by an eye specialist more frequently.  

Invest in Protective Eyewear

Winter, spring, summer, or fall—in Louisiana, UV radiation is always a factor in eye health. Invest in protective eyewear with complete UVA/UVB protection to block harmful UV rays that may impair your vision.  

Treat Your Eyes (and Yourself) to LASIK Eye Surgery in Baton Rouge

What better way to reward your determination and effort than giving yourself the gift of LASIK eye surgery? LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism (as well as many other vision conditions). While initially more expensive than a new pair of glasses, LASIK eye surgery alleviates long-term vision health costs by replacing the need for contact lens or prescription replacement. Safe and effective, most LASIK eye surgery recipients are able to return to their normal routines within 36 hours of the procedure.

Worried about long-term efficacy? The skilled ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Louisiana are here to ensure your eyes are healing properly every step of the way.  

Start your year off on the right note. Employ these beneficial lifestyle changes and call the specialists at one of the top LASIK eye surgery centers in Baton Rouge for a consultation today. It’s time to invest in the future of your eyes. Isn’t 2017 looking brighter already?

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