Is LASIK Right for You?

When you can’t see, and you need vision correction with contacts or glasses, it can become a real pain. You need to constantly change contacts and have to clean them and store them. You need to clean your glasses and make sure that you are careful with them and do not break or scratch them. If you are tired of contact lenses and eyeglasses, you might wonder if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

LASIK will eliminate the need to wear contacts

LASIK is where a doctor will surgically correct your vision. They use lasers to correct your vision and restore it to 20/20 vision or as close as they can get to perfect vision.  It is a minimally invasive surgery with good success rates and short recovery times.  LASIK will eliminate the need to wear contacts or glasses and will allow you to see perfectly without them. You have to meet a few requirements to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK, so a visit with an optometrist is required to make sure it is right for you.

You might think that the cost of LASIK is not worth it.  However, LASIK is actually more affordable than you might think it is. Plus, if you add up the amount you spend on eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, contact lens cases, lens solution, and eye drops every year, it just might surprise you.  You are already spending more a year then you might think and putting the cost towards LAKSIK might make good financial sense.

If you want to find out if LASIK is right for you, call us today at DR. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry.  We can schedule an appointment with one of our excellent doctors to go over all of your options and to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK.  We can handle all of your pre-op and post-op exams as well if you decide to get the surgery.

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“Does it Hurt?” and Other Common LASIK Surgery Questions

When you’re able to see clearly, the world is much more enjoyable. Whether you want to be able to dive with your kids in the ocean and search for buried treasure or would just like to be able to see the clock when you wake up in the morning, more and more individuals are turning to LASIK surgery to get the vision they want without glasses or contacts.

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Because LASIK is a surgery on the eyes, many people have understandable apprehension towards the procedure. We have complied a list of several common LASIK surgery questions and their answers for you if you’re considering the procedure.

“Does it hurt?” Optometrists get this question all the time and thankfully, the answer is no! You’ll most likely be given a small sedative before the procedure for relaxation and then have numbing eye drops administered, so you won’t feel pain.
“Will I be put under anesthesia?” Because surgery and anesthesia go hand in hand, you might think anesthesia is present during LASIK, but it actually isn’t. The optometrist needs your eyes facing forward, not rolled back into your head like they would under anesthesia.
“What is the recovery like?” Compared to other surgeries, LASIK recovery is fairly easy. You’ll have certain restrictions for one to two days and may feel some eye discomfort or irritability during that time. Afterwards, many people can resume normal daily activity without issue.
“Am I a good candidate for LASIK?” Only an optometrist can determine if LASIK surgery is a good idea for your individual eyes with an eye exam and a look into your medical history.

We hope these frequently asked questions have been helpful for you. If you would like to know more about LASIK surgery, contact us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today.

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Ask Us About Our LASIK Procedure

 LASIKNot all of us are born with perfect vision. Some are born with stigmatisms and other issues. Some develop problems with their vision later in life. The solutions to most optical problems after being checked over by a certified optometrist are glasses and contact lenses. However, this means that regular vision check-ups are in order as well as new prescriptions every few years. For contact lenses, glasses, or both, it costs money even with the help of insurance. The amount of money spent to acquire tools to help you see can build up over time. Having great vision should be a necessity, not a luxury. Why not try LASIK?

LASIK surgery involves the use of a laser reshaping your cornea. This will ensure better vision, and more importantly, you will no longer need glasses or contacts and the burden of those costs. If you are interested in LASIK surgery, call our office and ask to speak with one of our LASIK consultants. We will have you come in for an assessment where the following will be tested:

  • Dilation of eyes
  • Thickness of corneas
  • Pupil size
  • Tear production
  • Overall stability of eyes

By observing these features, our LASIK consultants will be able to determine if LASIK will be a beneficial procedure or if other options would be better. It’s essential that these assessments occur before the actual procedure. This way, we know exactly how to proceed and ensure you receive the best vison possible. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!

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FAQs About LASIK

LASIK Consultations in Newmarket, OntarioDealing with either eye glasses or contacts is something that you may not find ideal. With various occupations and pastimes, needing vision correction can be troublesome. If that is your situation, you may want to know more about LASIK. The following FAQs will help you better understand how vision correcting surgery could be the solution you seek.

  • Is everyone a candidate for LASIK? Many people can achieve 20/20 or near 20/20 vision through LASIK, but not everyone is a candidate. You will need to schedule a LASIK consultation so a professional can determine if this is a viable option for you.
  • How long does LASIK surgery take? The actual time that the correction takes is less than a minute per eye. Along with preparation and other tasks, however, you can expect your LASIK appointment to last roughly 90 minutes.
  • Will I be able to resume work and activities right away? While this will depend on what you normally do, in most cases you’ll be able to resume immediately. You’ll be able to read, work on the computer, and watch television right away. You may notice some dryness as well as temporary visual fluctuations at first. You should avoid driving and operating dangerous equipment for a couple of days or until your vision stabilizes.
  • Is the effect immediate? For the most part, you can expect your vision to stabilize in just one or two days. Some patients do take longer, but that is relatively rare.
  • Can I wear coloured contacts after LASIK? You should wait to do so until a post-LASIK evaluation, but yes, you should be able to do so after a couple of months. If your LASIK procedure was unable to give you 20/20 vision, you can also use contacts for the extra correction needed at that point.

The important thing about LASIK is to be properly assessed prior to the procedure, have a comprehensive pre-op exam, and continue with post-op exams after the LASIK procedure. Each of these services can be obtained at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. Give us a call today with any additional questions you may have about LASIK.

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Pros and Cons of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery has become increasingly popular over the past several years, as more and more people want to get rid of their glasses and contact lenses for good. But how do you know if LASIK is right for you or if continuing to wear glasses or contacts may be the better fit? We’ve outlined a few pros and cons of the surgery that may help you determine if having this procedure is right for you.

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PRO – Improvement in Vision Within 12-24 Hours. As the cornea heals, many patients may experience an improvement in the clarity of their vision without corrective lenses. If you have been wearing spectacles or contact lenses for many years, this could come as a wonderful change!

LASIK CON – Temporary Difficulty with Night Vision. Sometimes as a result of the LASIK procedure, patients will experience night vision issues, including halos, glare or light sensitivity. The good news is this is usually a temporary side effect. Occasionally, night vision issues may last for longer periods, but often patients experience improvements within about three months.

PRO – Save Money! How much money have you spent on contact lenses and/or glasses over the years? It will feel great to know that you don’t have this expense any longer and you can enjoy life without corrective lenses!

CON – Dry Eyes. Some patients may experience dry eye for several weeks to several months after the procedure, and may require eye drops or an oral supplement to help with this condition. We are happy to assist patients with this issue and can make recommendations so that your new eyes are as comfortable as possible.

PRO – Quick and Easy Procedure. LASIK eye surgery can be completed without the hassle of a hospital stay. The actual procedure lasts only a few minutes and patients can go home the same day.

While LASIK eye surgery may not be for everyone, let us help you determine if this would be an excellent option for you! We are happy to discuss your needs and help you get on track to better vision. Call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today!

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LASIK: Is it Right for You?

Anyone who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses has probably heard about and wondered about LASIK surgery as an alternative. While the thought of never having to change your contacts or deal with fogged-up glasses is attractive, it is important to understand that LASIK is not right for everyone. It does have a pretty good track record, and those who have had LASIK are generally happy with the results, but it is not without risks. Below are some of the things to consider if you are thinking about having your vision corrected with LASIK.

78481521-LASIKIf you have only a moderate degree of myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism, LASIK could reduce or eliminate your need for other corrective lenses. If your condition is more severe, it will either eliminate you as a candidate, or your results will be less than satisfactory, and you’ll still need to wear some sort of corrective lens.

Age can be a factor to consider because although LASIK may give you improved distance vision, it can make reading even more difficult than it was previously if you have reached the point in your life that you are experiencing presbyopia (difficulty reading small print).

You should be sure to discuss all the potential risks involved with LASIK before you go through with the procedure. Although most problems are quite rare, you should be prepared for the possibility. Risks such as undercorrection, overcorrection, vision disturbances such as glare, halos and double vision, dry eyes and infections due to flap problems have been known to occur. The important thing is to have a quality LASIK pre-op exam to be fully and professionally assessed as a candidate.

If you live in the Newmarket, ON area and would like to know more about LASIK and would like to schedule a pre-op exam and assessment, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Optometry.

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Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

If you have been wearing corrective lenses for vision problems, you may wonder if you could eliminate the need for them with LASIK surgery. While many people do find success with this procedure, it is not recommended for everyone. To determine if you would be a candidate for LASIK, the best thing to do is give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, so we can assess your situation.

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There are a few things that will be a part of the decision, including:

  • Age – LASIK surgery can only be performed on those 18 years of age or older.
  • Health – You must be in good health, as certain health conditions, such as immune problems, uncontrolled diabetes, and collagen vascular disease, will rule you out of being a candidate for LASIK.
  • Vision – You must have experienced stable vision for at least one year before LASIK can be performed.
  • Current Issues – Various issues with your eyes could rule you out, such as chronic dry eye, eye injury, eye infection and other eye issues.
  • Pregnancy/Nursing – If you are pregnant or nursing, you must wait at least three months after nursing has discontinued before undergoing LASIK, due to hormonal issues.
  • Corneal Thickness – You will need a full eye exam as part of your assessment to measure the thickness of your cornea.

There may also be other requirements, depending on the type of LASIK to be performed. If you are currently a contact lens wearer, we will tell you how long you must go without wearing them prior to your procedure. This is necessary to ensure corneal stability and to determine the precise LASIK assessment. While LASIK will most likely improve your vision, it is not guaranteed to give you 20/20 results, as no two people respond the same way.

Feel free to give us a call to arrange an appointment to discuss whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. We can also answer any questions you may have about this procedure.

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