Athletes who devote their lives to training to become better at their sport should not neglect to factor their vision into that equation. Having great eyesight can certainly be an asset during competition, which is why athletes like LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Troy Aikman have all chosen LASIK to boost their performance. In this blog, Beverly Hills ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, who is known for his trademark Fortified LASIK® procedure, explains some of the benefits athletes receive from LASIK. Read more
LASIK is a very safe procedure. However, some prospective patients are concerned about potential complications of refractive surgery, and opt out entirely. That is understandable — your vision is nothing to mess around with! Fortunately, Dr. Brian has developed Fortified LASIK, a form of the procedure that is even safer, in turn giving patients the confidence to finally pull the trigger.
Benefits of Fortified LASIK include: Read more
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.
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:
Im sure you’ve heard all the rumors about LASIK, what are the risks? Is it truly safe? This infographic will answer all the questions you may have!
Fortified 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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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