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Are you an Informed Lasik Patient? Questions to Ask Yourself

ARSC-Informed Patient-Blog-ImgI’ve dedicated my practice to helping patients in Long Island make the best decision for their health and vision; I value these relationships tremendously and want the very best for each and every patient. I find those that make the effort to become an informed patient—taking the time to think about their vision goals and researching their options—really set themselves up for success and satisfaction with their decision.

Here are a few questions you should consider in advance of your appointment to help ensure you get the information that matters to you the most in making your decision about vision correction with LASIK.

What do you know about LASIK and other vision correction procedures?

  • Have you spoken to friends/family who have had the procedure?
  • Have you done any independent research into LASIK?
  • Do you know the risks and benefits related to LASIK?
  • Do you know what to expect during the recovery period after LASIK?


Do you find glasses and/or contacts get in the way of your activities?

  • Do you frequently play basketball, football, soccer?
  • Do your corrective lenses support your ability to exercise regularly?
  • Do you play tennis, golf?
  • Do you ski or snowboard?
  • Do you swim, surf or dive?
  • Do you hike, camp, rock climb, mountain bike?
  • Do you parent young children?

Does your job have specific vision requirements?

  • Do your corrective lenses adequately support your job or do they pose a risk or annoyance?

What is your medical history?

  • What medications are you taking?


What do you want out of a vision correction procedure?

  • Do you wear reading glasses or have multiple pairs/prescriptions of glasses?


The fact is, not everyone is a good candidate for vision correction—or refractive—surgery. In my practice, about 20 percent of patients who come in wanting to have LASIK are ineligible for a variety of reasons. Some are medical: They have thin or irregular corneas or perhaps they have underlying health issues or take certain medications that can interfere with healing. Vision correction procedures are surgical procedures and, like all surgery, there is a recovery and healing process involved. And, no matter how common a vision correction procedure is, it’s very important to understand both the benefits and the risks. Sometimes a patient simply has unrealistic expectations about what a procedure can and can’t do. My best patients are those who take the time to become an informed patient.

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In Reality, LASIK isn’t for everyone: Is it right for you?

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If you’ve considered vision correction surgery like LASIK, you’ve probably heard about how fantastic life is with new, better vision. Ask the majority of people who’ve had it and they will tell you they now experience life much like people born with perfect vision. They are just more grateful for good vision, knowing what life is like not being able to see well. This is why LASIK in Long Island is so popular.


But with every surgery, particularly one that is elective, you really need to think about it and decide if it is right for you. LASIK has a fantastic reputation for both safety and better vision – more than 96 percent of patients are satisfied with their outcomes. But no surgery is 100 percent perfect –so it is important to have a realistic expectation and to weight considerations such as these:


Your eyes will continue to change as you age and so will your vision. LASIK can provide you with excellent vision, but it doesn’t stop the aging process. Meaning you may still need glasses at some point in the future.


LASIK delivers instant perfect vision. LASIK is surgery, not magic. And, as with any surgery, there is a recovery process. Most people do see better immediately after LASIK, but, particularly in the first few weeks, people can experience dry eye, glare and halos. These typically resolve as part of the healing process, but some people may need additional treatment.


Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. If your corneas are too thin or irregular, if you have eye diseases like glaucoma, or autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, you may not be a candidate for LASIK. There are also medications, like corticosteroids, that can impair the healing process, making vision correction procedures a less-than-ideal choice for you.


Understanding the realities of LASIK will help you make an informed decision about your vision correction choices. Bottom line? If you are curious about LASIK, contact us to schedule a consultation and let’s discuss your vision correction goals and find out if LASIK is right for you.

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Commonly Believed Myths about Vision

shutterstock_176602877There are many misconceptions about vision, ranging from old wives’ tales to outdated information that has since been disproven by the latest ophthalmology research. Widely recognized as an “eye doctor’s eye doctor,” board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Eric Donnenfeld has been practicing for nearly three decades, during which time he has also trained countless refractive surgeons. In this blog post, Dr. Donnenfeld uses his experience studying and correcting vision problems to dispel some common vision myths. Continue reading

Can LASIK transform your life?


One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is talking with patients who have had LASIK surgery in Long Island about their quality of life after the procedure. Most people who have made the choice to have LASIK will tell you it is one of the best decisions they have ever made in their lives. They tell me how much having good vision improves every moment, every task and every interest. LASIK’s incredible reputation for both safety and results leads many people considering it to think LASIK truly can transform their lives.

But nothing in life is perfect. LASIK is not for everyone. Knowing what LASIK can and can’t do is a critical part of  being an informed and  satisfied LASIK patient; it is the basis of the conversations I have each and every day with people wanting to improve their vision with LASIK.


Here are some facts about what LASIK can do:
It can improve your vision – sometimes even more than glasses or contact lenses can.
LASIK corrects the shape of the cornea itself. Glasses or contacts compensate for the cornea by  putting another lens in front of it. While that can improve vision, the focus provided by corrective lenses is not as exact as what can be achieved with LASIK.


It can allow you to pursue an active lifestyle.
Anyone who wears glasses or contacts knows how difficult, or even impossible, swimming, running, skiing, baseball or other sports can be to perform or enjoy. With LASIK, people can enjoy them freely –without the hassle or risk of eyewear.


It can open up new career paths.
Relying on glasses or contacts to see well makes you a less-than-ideal candidate for becoming a fireman, police officer or other emergency responder. Vision correction procedures like LASIK can help people qualify for those careers that rely on excellent vision to protect and save lives.


Better vision without relying on glasses and contacts can give you the freedom to pursue activities and experience life in ways that just weren’t possible before. If you are thinking about LASIK, and if you are a reading this blog you probably are, talk to people you know who’ve had LASIK. Better still, come in for a consultation and let’s discuss the limitations of LASIK as well as its many dramatic benefits. You’ll be a more satisfied LASIK patient as a result.

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