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How successful is LASIK?

How successful is LASIK?

What is the LASIK success rate? At Larson Eye Care, the most common questions we receive about LASIK surgery involve how successful it is. For instance, how many patients receive 20/20 vision? How many patients experience complications? And how many patients would recommend the procedure to friends and family? The LASIK success rate Thankfully, LASIK is one of the most well understood – and well-studied – surgical procedures, with thousands of studies examining its effects on the human eye. According to the latest research, over 90% of patients who receive LASIK achieve 20/20 vision, and 99.5% of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision — enough to legally drive a car without glasses. Patient satisfaction rates for LASIK unprecedented at 96 percent, which is higher than any other elective procedure. Complications are rare, and often result from poor patient selection. In other words, patients who are not good candidates for LASIK (whether due to age, eye anatomy, or medical history) are more likely to experience complications than those who are. Am I a candidate for LASIK? Prior to receiving LASIK surgery, all prospective patients must receive a comprehensive eye examination to determine whether they’re a candidate. Ideal candidates are older than 18 years old with an eye prescription that hasn’t changed within the last 12 months. In addition, they must meet a number of medical criteria to minimize the risk of complications. Certain conditions may increase the risk...
Diabetic Eye Disease 101

Diabetic Eye Disease 101

Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Diabetes increases the risk of multiple eye diseases, many of which can lead to permanent vision loss. Oftentimes, there are no early symptoms for these conditions, making it essential for people with diabetes to receive regular comprehensive eye examinations. What causes diabetic eye disease? When a person’s blood glucose levels remain too high for too long, the tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye start to break down. These damaged blood vessels can result in swelling, scarring, and increased intraocular pressure, or high pressure within the eye. All of these factors can lead to diabetic eye disease. What is diabetic eye disease? Diabetic eye disease is not a single disease, but rather a group of eye problems caused by diabetes. Common diabetic eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes – in fact, a third of people with diabetes who are older than 40 already have signs of the condition. In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, you might experience no symptoms. As the condition progresses, you may experience: Blurred visionImpaired color visionEmpty or dark spaces in your visionSpots floating in your vision, or floatersVision loss Thankfully, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of permanent vision loss by 95 percent. Diabetic macular edema...
Keep your eyes safe this Halloween!

Keep your eyes safe this Halloween!

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children and adults alike. Fun costumes, scary movies, deliciously spooky snacks… what’s not to love? This Halloween, Larson Eye Care encourages our community to practice safe and healthy habits. Below, check out some of these eye safety tips for Halloween as recommended by the American Optometric Association! Bring a flashlight If you’re trick-or-treating at night, don’t forget your flashlight! Dark pathways and uneven sidewalks don’t mix. Flashlights will also make children more visible to drivers. Don’t wear loose-fitting costumes Costumes that drag on the ground may cause you (or the people surrounding you!) to trip. Make sure that scarves, ties, cloaks, and other draping materials are secured and far from the ground. Be careful with masks Masks, eye patches, and hats should be worn with great care, since they can block vision. You should also make sure there aren’t any sharp points on these accessories. Avoid sharp or pointed props Swords, wands, and other pointed props can cause
September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month

It’s never too late to take care of your vision! September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to encourage people to start healthy habits and increase their physical, social, financial, and mental wellbeing. “We saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out ‘Hey, it’s not too late to take control of your health, it’s never too late to get started on something new,’” said Carolyn Worthington, the editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and the creator of Healthy Aging Month. This September, Larson Eye Care encourages our patients to practice healthy vision habits. Check them out below! Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam When was your last eye exam? If it’s been a couple of years, you should set one up! Adults between the ages of 18 to 60 should have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years. Adults who are older than 61 should receive exams annually. Even if you think your vision is fine, many eye diseases and disorders have no early symptoms, making it important to catch them early. Maintain a healthy weight Obesity can increase your risk of developing diabetes, a condition that can lead to diabetic eye disease and vision loss. Research has also found that obesity can be linked to increased intraocular pressure, one of the main predictors of glaucoma.  If you’re having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor about what you can do. Eat a healthy diet Studies have found that there are...
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! This month, Larson Eye Care is answering common questions parents have about their children’s eye health. When should children receive their first eye exam? Parents should have their children’s eyes examined during well-child visits starting at around age three. During this exam, your child’s eye doctor will look for refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism), as well as other common childhood eye conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), ptosis (drooping eyelid), and color deficiency (color blindness). If you notice any warning signs that your child has vision problems, there’s no need to wait for an annual exam – schedule an appointment ASAP! What are the warning signs of vision problems in children? Your child may have vision problems if they experience: Crossed or wandering eyesFrequent blinking or eye rubbingDisinterest in reading or viewing distant objectsCovering one eyeSquinting or turning their head while watching television If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule them for an eye exam. My child injured their eye while playing. What should I do? Don’t delay! Eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children. If you suspect your child has injured their eye, bring them to a doctor as soon as possible. To avoid injury, make sure to purchase age-appropriate toys and avoid toys with sharp edges. Many eye injuries occur...
Keeping your eyes safe from fireworks

Keeping your eyes safe from fireworks

In the month surrounding the Fourth of July, an average of 280 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries. This July, Larson Eye Care encourages our community to take care when using backyard fireworks. Fireworks safety 101 Every year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes an annual report about fireworks-related injuries and deaths. Last year, fireworks were involved in five deaths and an estimated 9,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. More than half of these injuries (62%) occurred between June 22ndand July 22nd.  Although people most frequently injure their hands (28% of all fireworks-related injuries) and legs (24% of all injuries), eye injuries are also very common, making up 19% of all fireworks-related injuries. Fireworks can result in chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions, retinal detachment, or even a ruptured globe, all of which can result in permanent vision loss. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following safety tips when using fireworks: Do not allow young children to play with fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers can get up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and can even melt some metals.Older children should only use fireworks under close adult supervision.Make sure to set off fireworks outside in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves, grass, or any other flammable materials.Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.Store fireworks in a...