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Are You at a High Risk for Macular Degeneration?

shutterstock_138176315Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60 years of age. The reason for this is that the macula, which is the central portion of the eye’s retina, begins to deteriorate over time as a result of the aging process. Though there are two types of AMD — “wet” and “dry” — the most common type is dry AMD, which occurs when blood vessels have grown under the retina and begin to leak, resulting in gradual vision loss. Common symptoms of dry AMD include blurred or distorted vision, reduced central vision, problems seeing in low lighting and difficulty recognizing faces and seeing intense or vivid colors. Continue reading

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First Responders Rely on Excellent Vision – Not Surprisingly, Many Choose LASIK

A group of three multiracial firefighters wearing protective gear, including an oxygen mask, helmets, and tan protective suit with yellow reflective stripes. The focus is on the fireman in the middle. The one in the background is a woman.

Vision is a critical element to emergency response – the ability to see, assess and react in dire circumstances is essential to the work of firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and our military.

 

 

First responders have unique challenges with eyeglasses or contact lenses – some are simply annoying, others are downright dangerous and affect their ability to do their job. We’ve heard more than one police officer talk about losing or breaking his or her glasses in a scuffle with a suspect. In addition to risking the health of their own eyes and face, not being able to see well in such circumstances places their lives and those they are protecting in jeopardy. For fire fighters, smoke, debris and streams of water under high pressure make for a very harsh environment for contact lens wearers.  Not to mention the heat from a fire can make lenses uncomfortable to wear or cause blurry vision as a result of dryness.

 

It is no wonder vision correcting surgery, such as LASIK, is popular among emergency responders.  If your career has you serving the safety of others and you have been thinking about LASIK or other vision correction procedure here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Long Island LASIK :

  • What is LASIK?

    Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) uses laser technology to reshape the cornea to reduce or eliminate the visual irregularities that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. Many patients see better after LASIK than with their glasses or contacts.

  • Is the surgery safe?

    LASIK is a safe and effective vision correction option.  In fact, LASIK is safer than contact lenses.  Clinical data reports that the risk of vision loss due to infection is much higher with contact lenses than LASIK.

  • Is everyone a candidate?

    While today’s LASIK technology means more people than ever can take advantage of its vision correcting abilities, not everyone is a candidate.  Approximately 20 percent of patients are not candidates for the procedure.

  • How can I find out more?

    Because it is an elective procedure, LASIK is a personal choice and one that should be thoroughly considered. Become an informed laser eye surgery patient by carefully researching the procedure so you understand what LASIK can and cannot do.

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