LipiFlow Treatment For Dry Eyes

If you suffer from  Dry Eye, you are familiar with how it can affect your daily life.  Dry Eye Syndrome is caused when the eyes do not produce a sufficient amount of tears. The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome may start with minor inconveniences, but have the ability to worsen over time if it is not properly treated. This can lead to blurred vision, scarring and severe discomfort. 9 out of 10 Dry Eye cases are a result of a condition called Blepharitis.  We offer a treatment here at our office called LipiFlow, which is a revolutionary treatment that cleans out the inflamed oil glands by very delicately heating up the glands and “milking” out the clogged pores. This painless procedure takes about 12 minutes to perform and is just as easy as getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. A lot of our patients describe the procedure as a “spa treatment” for the eyes. Below is a video of our Bleph Ex Dry Eye Treatment. Call our office and schedule your appointment today (310) 860-1900.

 

Top 4 Questions Before Fortified LASIK

If you are getting ready for LASIK in Los Angeles or considering your options, you probably have many questions you need answered. There are several myths and misconceptions about the LASIK procedure and it is often hard to decide whether or not this procedure is right for you. The following questions and answers below may help you prepare.

Top 4 questions to ask before LASIK Surgery:

When you are interested in or preparing for LASIK surgery you probably have questions regarding procedure, recovery, or even how it feels during surgery. Below are the top 4 questions you might ask your eye care specialist before your surgery.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes only around 15 minutes per eye. The overall amount of time you will spend in the office will most likely be around 4 hours for completing paperwork, signing consent forms, repeating any testing, and postop observation.

How long is the recovery process?

Around 24 hours after your procedure you will be able to continue your daily activities. Your doctor will likely to want to see you 24-48 hours after the procedure for follow up exam. After a week or two you should fully recover from your procedure. Most of these protocols are for your safety, and each patient is different so you will need to pay attention to the specific details provided to you.

What are some side effects of LASIK?

There are a few possible side effects from the procedure such as dry eyes, glare & halos, and some partial loss of vision which is very rare. If you think you are having any side effects it is important to see your eye care professional right away.

What are some of the benefits of getting the LASIK procedure?

There are many benefits of LASIK – the major one being freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Additional benefits of LASIK procedures are little pain during the procedure, ability to be performed in combination with other treatments, and has a quicker recovery time.

Priscilla grew tired of her itchy eyes and contact lenses ripping, so she couldn’t be happier with her LASIK experience. Watch her story:

LASIK Eye Surgery, Improving Vision

Fortified LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

If you are looking to be lessen the burden of eye glasses or contact lenses there are several options to help you. In the past most people with vision issues had to rely on glasses or contact lenses to get the vision they desired, however there have been many changes and improvements when it comes to vision correction.

While recent treatments including traditional LASIK procedures, not all people are good candidates and it often causes disturbances in the patient’s vision after the procedure is performed. Luckily now there are new alternatives. One procedure, known as Fortified LASIK, is an advanced form of the traditional LASIK procedure which also includes an accelerated version of Dr. Brian’s patented Holcomb C3-R corneal crosslinking.  This treatment helps to strengthen the cornea and helps to extend the longevity of the LASIK procedure results

Below you will find more information regarding the Fortified LASIK procedure and you can make the choice for yourself.

Fortified LASIK Eye Surgery:

Fortified LASIK accommodates those that have somewhat thinner cornea or slight irregular shape, because it strengthens the cornea right after the procedure.

Fortified LASIK is only available at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute.  Dr. Brian developed this procedure to increasing the longevity and safety of the LASIK.

May people searching our LASIK in Los Angeles have found Dr. Brian’s procedure to be comfortable and effective in providing visual freedom.

Below are some of the benefits of Fortified LASIK Eye Surgery:

  • Can improve overall quality of vision
  • Can  improve night vision
  • Can achieve 20/20 vision (in some cases)
  • Quick recovery
  • Repairs some cornea distortions
  • Can replace or reduce the need for your glasses or contact lenses
  • Strengthens the cornea and reduces risk of developing Ectasia

Clear and precise quality of vision is important in our everyday lives, for both work and personal reasons. Ask a friendly patient concierge about the Fortified LASIK procedure. For more information regarding Fortified LASIK.

Watch this clip from the Emmy award daytime talk show The Doctors:

Top Procedures for Vision Correction

There are several new treatment options that can assist with your vision. In many cases these procedures can reduce the need for glasses/contact lenses.

Over the past two decades several new procedures have been developed that are making changes in the lives of many who suffer with vision issues.

For those who are suffering with Astigmatism, Farsightedness, Nearsightedness, Dry Eye, or even Keratoconus there is hope for your vision. Minimally-invasive procedures like LASIK, PRK and ICL can help your vision drastically,

Below you will see some procedures that can assist you in finding visual freedom:

LASIK – The most well-known vision correction procedure. LASIK uses a laser to carefully shave away cornea tissue to create a smooth surface, and therefore correct the vision.

PRK – The procedure involves gently moving the surface skin of the cornea and applying a laser to reshape the outer cornea. PRK was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction. PRK preceded development of LASIK.

ICL – ICL is a small implanted lens that can reduce or eliminate your need for contacts or glasses. The goal of ICL is to reduce overall prescription. A patient can consider the ICL procedure if they have a high prescription, and may have conditions such as thin corneas which make them not candidates for other procedures.

For more information on vision correction, click the link below to watch a special episode of The Doctors.

Why am I Not a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Often glasses and contact lenses can be a burden and those who have relied on them for years grow tired of the constant maintenance and careful planning it takes to deal with them on a daily basis. They are looking for alternatives.

For many individuals seeking a vision correction procedure, LASIK immediately comes to mind as it is the most widely-known procedure. Although it is the most known procedure, it is important to have a thorough assessment to find the right vision correction treatment for you. LASIK has promised millions over the years that vision correction can indeed change the need for glasses or contact lenses. However over 20% of those who obtain the LASIK procedure are not good candidates. Getting the LASIK procedure if you are not a good candidate can cause several side effects or complications after the procedure which often need to be corrected such as halos, double vision, and floaters in your line of sight. How do you know you’re not a good candidate?

There are many different reasons for different patients; however universally these are two most common disqualifiers:

• Thin cornea
• Large pupil diameter

There are many alternative procedures that can be safely performed on those with thinner corneas and larger pupils which can achieve the same degree of correction. One of the procedures is PRK, which uses a special computer to help guide the laser during the procedure. This allows for closer and more accurate measurements during your procedure.

When seeking a surgeon for your LASIK surgery in Los Angeles, find a surgeon who evaluates you personally

Watch Gino’s explain his experience with PRK:

How Wavefront LASIK is More Advanced than the Original LASIK

Wavefront LASIK vs. standard LASIK

In past decades the main treatment for vision correction surgery was the LASIK procedure. However as with most procedures there are some associated risks. Many people who were receiving this procedure were not the right candidates. For many who had it done there were problems with thinning corneas, oddly shaped corneas, and even conditions like Keratoconus which were not correctly diagnosed during their consultations.

Then came the Wavefront LASIK. This procedure uses a computer to guide them throughout the procedure to reduce visual distortions to provide improved quality of vision.

Wavefront LASIK can be used to repair complications from prior LASIK procedures as well.

Below are some of the benefits of Wavefront LASIK:

  • Can improve overall quality of vision
  • Can improve night vision
  • Can achieve 20/20 vision (in some cases)
  • Can repair some damage from prior LASIK procedures

Remember with all procedures there is a chance of risks or complications. Ask your eye care professional what your risks and benefits are in regard to Wavefront LASIK. If you are interested in alternatives to your eye glasses or contact lenses, Wavefront-LASIK maybe a good procedure for you.Clear and precise quality of vision is important in our everyday lives for work and personal reasons. Ask your eye care professional about the Custom Wavefront-LASIK procedure.

Watch an animation that explains Wavefront-LASIK procedure visit http://youtu.be/tzCfa7dhEw0

Concerns in Diabetics With Cataracts

Many people diagnosed with Diabetes have complications related to their condition. The eyes are at an especially high risk when it comes to diabetics. In fact, most insurance policies allow for a follow up appointment every 6 months for those with diabetes and pay for special services when it comes to diabetic patients. This includes preventive eye care exams.

One of the biggest complications of Diabetes is Cataracts. Early detection is the best way to prevent significant vision loss. Below are some of the symptoms of Cataracts and when to consult your eye care physician.

Cataracts:

The clouding of the lens of the eye is generally a gradual one. In those with Diabetes, the process can speed up due to the increased levels of sugar in the blood stream. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of your eye. It causes declined vision and the patient often needs surgery to have the clouded lens removed and a replacement lens inserted.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Frequent glasses/contact prescription changes
  • Spots or Halos
  • Loss of color brightness
  • Yellow look to white paper

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is very important to have a thorough eye health exam to ensure there is no underlying medical issue.

For those who are diagnosed with Cataracts, their quality of vision will decline over time. In addition to cataracts, other complications of the eyes can form in Diabetic patients as well, such as bleeding in the retina.

Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk factors to your health and the greater your chances of getting Cataracts. It is important to have regular visits to your eye care professional and let them know all your health issues. This can help them diagnose eye conditions early and get you the proper treatment.

Educating yourself on good eye health can not only improve your quality of vision but your quality of life as well.

Watch Carol’s story about undergoing Cataract surgery:

For more information on Cataracts visit: www.nei.nih.gov

Improved LASIK Treatments for Vision Correction

LASIK has had a stigma associated with its name for years. And there have been a number of issues in the past when it comes to this type of treatment, however they are not for the reasons that have been circulating. While LASIK helps with several eye conditions, not everyone makes a good candidate and may be misinformed, which is where many problems come in.

If you are considering LASIK as a treatment for astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, getting a complete and detailed evaluation should be your main priority. There are several people who shouldn’t get this procedure due to large pupils, or thinner corneas. For those with these problems, other options are available.

The new Wavefront LASIK is a more precise and accurate procedure allowing the doctor to guide the laser throughout the entire procedure. This ensures that the procedure is done correctly with minimal if any post-procedure symptoms such as halos, double vision, or the need to repeat the procedure as some have in the past.

The procedure allows the doctor to see the eye on the computer screen and gives them the ability to adjust it even if the eye is in motion. It takes less than 30 minutes and provides the patient with incredible results. Below are some benefits of using this type of procedure.

  • Patient can get both eyes done at the same day
  • Patient can have the procedure in combination with other procedures
  • There is little to no pain
  • Procedure can repair previous LASIK issues
  • Procedure has reduced recovery time

If you are looking to have freedom from glasses or contacts and don’t want a long recovery period, or symptoms afterward. Trying the new wave-front LASIK maybe a great treatment option for you. For more information on this procedure and to hear a first-hand experience, visit http://tiny.cc/qlh0ix

Top Summer Tips to Protect Your Eyes

Summer is in full swing and there are several reasons protecting the eyes is important, especially this season. We often enjoy the weather, but if we haven’t experienced problems with the eyes then protecting them can be overlooked. For those who have faced difficulty with the eyes, it’s frequently second nature however if eye problems are a new thing, even small things can be overlooked.

For instance the sun may be a problem if you are outside a lot or you’re involved in activities that require long periods of sun exposure. Remembering to get your eyes examined annually is only the first step. You can do things daily to improve or protect your vision. Below are 3 tips you should always remember when dealing with your eyes.

Tip 1: Wear protective eyewear:

This is important because the sun’s rays are hazardous to your vision. The type of eyewear you wear can be just as important as wearing them. Why? There are several types of sunglasses. Making sure you use the right kind will greatly reduce the exposure to the sun’s rays.

For instance: UV 400 + is the best degree to keep the sun’s rays out. Making sure you wear glasses with wrap around protection can also keep the rays from getting to your eyes on the sides of the lenses.

Tip 2: Daily Vitamins;

There are several types of vitamins that can help with vision care. Ensuring that you add a daily supplement can strengthen your eyes from the inside and improve your overall vision. Some vision supplements also assist with other health issues as well. Especially if you are active during the summer months, make sure you get the right mix of vitamins.

Tip 3: Reducing Dry Eye Symptoms:

One of the main causes of degenerative diseases such as Keratoconus is frequent rubbing of the eyes. This often happens when the patients are suffering from Dry Eye, dehydration,  or irritation from dust and debris in the air. If you are suffering from symptoms of dry eyes or your eyes are irritated, frequently talking to your eye care professional can help prevent further damage to your vision.

Over the counter eye drops, or artificial tears, are an important but temporary fix to this situation until an appointment can be obtained. It is important to have fun this summer but staying safe and protecting your eyes is equally important. For more information and tips on summer safety visit http://tiny.cc/gxh0ix