Laser LASIK: A Gift with Lasting Value

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Ring in the New Year with New and Improved Vision with Laser LASIK

It’s always a challenge to find the right gift for the right person during the holidays. You want to get your loved one something that’s meaningful, useful, and will last them a lifetime. Laser LASIK eye surgery, as done by Abrams Eye Institute, is one of those gifts that are incredibly personal and is the solution for all their problems. Of course, your loved one will always treasure a quirky random cat coffee mug or a photo album. But what better way to experience the New Year, than with crystal clear vision!

Take a look! Has your loved one expressed or identified with any of these problems? Maybe it’s time that you help your loved one – kick their spectacles to the curb and give them a gift of clear vision:

  • A MILD PANIC ATTACK enough to give themselves a heart attack because they forgot where they placed their glasses? Imagine if they were on vacation? Sightseeing just isn’t quite as fun without, well, sight.
  • FRUSTRATED because babies think glasses are the funniest toys and will rip them off your loved ones face at the first possible chance?
  • SQUINTING because while jumping up and down to the music at “Life Is Beautiful,” and one contact falls out. What’s the point of going if you won’t even be able to see the artists that you came for?

If you’re looking for a meaningful gift to give your loved one for the holidays, consider vision correction options as a personal and heartfelt way to bring light into their life.

If you’re ready to help your significant other take the next step to clearer vision, then it’s time to schedule their FREE consultation! Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect during their appointment:

The team at Abrams Eye Institute will check the overall health of their eyes and stability of their vision, similar to what you’ve probably experienced at your optometrist. We’ll also review their detailed treatment plan, cover the costs involved, as well as discuss and payment options (such as our financing and use of FSA or HSA plans), and find a date and time for their procedure.

If LASIK isn’t the best solution we’ll introduce them to other procedures or options that may be a better fit.

If you think this would be the perfect gift for YOU or your loved one, find your nearest office and schedule your FREE consultation online. You can also give us a call a 702.304.9494 and we’ll get you both on the books.

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Know All of the Risks Involved With Wearing Fake Eyelashes

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Protect Your Eyes by Making Smart Choices with Fake Eyelashes

At the Abrams Eye Institute, our staff often see patients that need our help with issues surrounding their eyes and vision. One eye challenge that has seen an increase in frequency, with visits to our clinics, is infections and other problems that come about from people using artificial or fake eyelashes.

“There is nothing wrong with wanting to add volume and length to your lashes,” said Dr. Jack Abrams, M.D, Las Vegas ophthalmologist. With that said, there are some risks that lash extension customers should most definitely be aware of when considering using them.”

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Abrams Eye Institute helps patients with health issues from fake eyelashes

What Are Artificial or Fake Eyelashes?
Fake eyelashes are small bunches of natural or synthetic hairs glued together to form a more dramatic eyelash look than most people have naturally. These eyelashes can be applied in small sections to mildly enhance the look of eyelashes, or entire piece can be used for a more noticeable effect. While the eyelashes may just seem like harmless style accessories, they often cause infections or allergic reactions for those that use them.

How can Fake Eyelashes Cause Problems?
From patient visits, and research, the Abrams Eye Institute team has see the following problems from patients wearing fake eyelashes:

  • Infections: Bacteria collect under the eyelash glue and on the false eyelash, and it can cause an eye infection. Many people use fake eyelashes and either leave them in too long, or they don’t remove them carefully. Sharing of fake eyelashes, which is incredibly risky for spreading infections, is something that also occurs and results in problems for patients.
  • Damage to Natural Lashes: When fake eyelashes are applied to your natural eyelashes, they may cause damage to parts of your eyes, include oil ducts that keep your eyes moist and clean. In the dry climate we have here in Southern Nevada, you want to give your eyes the best chance of staying healthy, or additional problems can occur. If you do have Dry Eyes, from fake eyelashes, or any other reason, we can help.
  • Allergic Reactions: Putting foreign material in your eye can cause issues for just about everyone, but most particularly for those with allergies. Our bodies react to different chemicals and material differently and you may be extremely allergic to fake eyelashes and not know it until they’re in your eyes and causing pain and infections.

How Do You Know if Fake Eyelashes are Causing Problems?
If you develop any of the following eye symptoms while using your fake eyelashes, then you should consult the team at Abrams Eye Institute immediately: swollen eyes, redness or soreness of the eyes or eyelids, sensitivity to light and eye discharge. If you suffer from eye pain, fevers or blurred vision, see your primary care physician or visit the emergency room immediately.

I Know Fakes Are Bad, But I Really Want Nice Eyelashes
We understand the pressures of wanting to look your best; however, there are safer ways to achieve the lustrous, long eyelashes look you want without exposing your eyes to the risks associated with fake eyelashes. Reputable cosmetic lines such as Covergirl, Maybelline and Almay, among others, have thick lash mascaras that can make your lashes look more voluminous. Another option is an eyelash curler that to help your lashes stand out. These options can work well without causing unnecessary problems for you eyes.

So You Want Eyelashes and Are Determined to Get Them
If you are determined to try out fake eyelashes, then you need to do your homework. If you’re doing them yourself, ask friends who haven’t had issues with lashes how they do it. You can also check sources like YouTube to see experts in the field and get their advice. As much as how they look is important, make sure you always keep your primary focus on how to use them in the most safe and sanitary ways possible.

You may also want to forgo doing them yourself and seek out a professional to do them for you. Other than personal recommendations from friends, reviews and client photos posted on sites like Yelp and Instagram are invaluable for offering insight into both the quality of service and the style of lashes a company provides. A good rule when visiting any new business is to check online reviews. And if you do have any issues involving a eyelash salon, be sure to file a complaint with the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help
If you do get an infection, or have an issue with your eyes due to wearing fake eyelashes, the team at Abrams Eye Institute is here to help – and without judgment. Just schedule a visit and we’ll do what we can to get your eyes healthy. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

So Why Do I Need to Wear Glasses or Contact Lenses?

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Glasses or Contacts Lens Wearers Have Common Vision Problems Including Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Presbyopia

For patients of Abrams Eye Institute that require corrective lenses, including glasses and contact lenses, the cause are all due to refractive errors, which means they’re problems with the way the eyes focus light, rather than an eye disease. Refractive errors have to do with the physical shape of our eyes, so let’s take a closer look at them:

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help with Glasses and Contacts.

Myopia: What’s Right In Front Of You

Myopia is the technical term for nearsightedness, meaning that you can see clearly up close but distant objects are blurred. This happens when the eyeball itself is too long, or else when the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) is too curved. That additional curvature or length causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it, which makes the resulting images look fuzzy.

The way glasses or contacts correct myopia is by compensating for this error to extend the light’s focus onto the retina where it belongs. These lenses are concave (thinner in the middle), and always have a negative prescription.

Hyperopia: Gazing Into The Distance 

Hyperopia, better known as farsightedness, means that you can see distant objects clearly, but everything up close is blurry. Hyperopia happens for the opposite reasons that myopia does. Instead of being too long, the eyeball is too short, or else the cornea is too flat. This causes light to focus behind the retina, making near images fuzzy.

In order to correct hyperopia, corrective lenses must be convex (thicker in the middle) and have a positive prescription. The larger the number, the stronger the prescription.

Astigmatism: A Warped Perspective

The third common refractive error people experience is astigmatism, and it’s a little different from the other two. A normal cornea is uniformly curved so that there is a single focal point. A cornea with astigmatism is more football shaped, creating multiple focal points, which makes things appear blurry at any distance and bends their images.

Astigmatism is often paired with one of the other refractive errors, and it requires more complex lenses to correct than they do. Typically, the lens will be somewhat cylindrical rather than spherical.

Presbyopia: Eye Change as You Age

Presbyopia is the natural aging of the eye which results in loss of elasticity in the flexibility of the lens and causes the need for reading glasses in people over 40 (when it typically begins). At this age, patients usually start needing a second prescription in their glasses (bifocals).

Keep Your Prescription Updated

All these types of refractive error can change and worsen over time, which is why most people who need corrective lenses don’t keep the same prescription forever. If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, or if you’re noticing blurriness where there used to be clarity, having sharp vision again is just one appointment away with Dr. Jack Abrams and the team Abrams Eye Institute.

Come See the Team at Abrams Eye Institute

Do you think you may need glasses or contact lenses? Do you need a new prescription for corrective lenses? Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision care. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

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Dry Eye Issues Brought About Due to Issues with Tears

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Tears Play Vital Role in Health and Function of the Eyes

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Abrams Eye Institute offers Dry Eye Treatment

Tears serve as the eyes’ first line of defense against irritants like dust and germs, washing them away with every blink. They also enable eyes to turn and swivel comfortably. For the team at Abrams Eye Institute, making sure our patients don’t have issues with tear production is a top priority during exams. When the tears do run dry, eyes are left itchy, irritated, red, and sometimes swollen.

Millions of adults in the US alone suffer from dry eye. So why does this happen and what people to to help themselves with dry eye issues? And what can Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute do to help those with dry eye challenges that cannot be solved on their own?

Causes Of Dry Eye

The tear film in eyes has a specific composition, consisting of an outer oily layer, a watery layer, and a mucous layer. There are several ways it can be disrupted, each resulting in dry eye. The overall tear production can decrease, tear evaporation can increase due to a disruption of the oily layer, or the composition can become imbalanced. These problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Medications like antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, birth control pills, and others
  • Advancing age
  • Autoimmunie disorders
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and after menopause
  • Dry, windy, or smoky environments like we have here in Southern Nevada
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Long periods spent staring at a screen, which can reduce blinking frequency

Relief For Dry Eyes

Whatever the cause is behind dry eye, it’s important to treat it so that it doesn’t have a chance to get worse. Dry eyes are more vulnerable to getting scratched and infected, and without enough tears, vision can become blurred. If your dry eye is the result of too much screen time, try to take frequent breaks and remember to blink normally. Abrams offers more tips for smarter use of electronics in this blog post. For other causes, artificial tears (eye drops) are a great solution.

Improving the production of tears, and reducing risks for dry eye, can be done by incorporating more foods rich in Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids into the diet, such as liver, carrots, broccoli, fish, and walnuts. These are important nutrients for eye health and tear production. Those with dry eyes might also want to switch from contact lenses to glasses.

Check out this video for a great tip on stimulating tear production at home:

Come See the Team at Abrams Eye Institute

Your best chance of getting your tears flowing again is to come see us so that we can determine the cause of your dry eye and find the treatment that will give you the best results through our Dry Eye Center. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Abrams Eye Institute Earns 2018 Best of Las Vegas Award

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Dr. Abrams and the AEI team win a Best of Las Vegas award.

Jack Abrams, M.D. founded his practice, Abrams Eye Institute, to bring patients the most advanced surgical technology and techniques possible, paired with compassionate and thoughtful care from the moment someone enters a clinic. Dr. Abrams’ passion in this pursuit was rewarded with a Best of Las Vegas Award for 2018, as voted by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Best Of Las Vegas is produced each year by the Las Vegas Review Journal, and counts hundreds of thousands of votes by the people of Southern Nevada to determine their favorite and most-trusted resources.

“The entire team is thrilled that our patients felt compelled to vote for Abrams Eye Institute for a Best of Las Vegas Award this year,” said Dr. Abrams. “I couldn’t be prouder of the effort that everyone at our clinics puts forth everyday to make our patients happy and healthy and want to vote for us.”

Dr. Abrams is the first surgeon in Nevada to perform the following procedures including Laser-Assisted Cataract, KAMRA Inlay and Laser-Assisted Intacs. Dr. Abrams is the first surgeon in Nevada to do Laser-Assisted Corneal Transplants. Dr. Abrams has performed more than 15,000 surgeries, and is frequently sought after by leading technology companies to utilize their latest equipment.

Founded in 2005, Abrams Eye Institute provides the most advanced, comprehensive ophthalmologic services in Southern Nevada, giving the gift of improved vision. The practice has emerged as Southern Nevada’s premier provider of ophthalmologic services, including LASIK surgery, cataract replacement, and treatment of all common eye disorders.

An integral part of Abrams Eye Institute’s success has come from its talented team, including Tappan Shah, M.D. and Christopher DePalo, DO. Dr. Shah approach to constantly advancing the scope and efficacy of his care can be found his dedication to research. He has focused on subjects including Molecular Epidemiology, Interaction of Radio Labeled Antibodies to Carcinoma. Dr. DePalo is an experienced practitioner with a focus on using the most advanced technologies paired with patient first care.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Eye Care

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Flexible Spending Accounts Can Be Used for Laser LASIK and Other Eye Care

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Use your Flexible Spending Account before year’s end.

With the year more than half complete, Abrams Eye Institute recommends that our patients begin planning for the rest of the year. This can include getting annual eye exams complete, getting back to school eye tests for kids done, or wrapping up the year with crystal clear vision from Laser LASIK. We also recommend our patients be mindful of taking care of these needs, and any others, with funds available through a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Cafeteria Plan.

For other patients, the second half of the year is time for open enrollment for employer benefits, with the opportunity to either stop or opt-into FSA or Cafeteria Plans. The team at Abrams shares a few insights about these plans, and their benefits, for those that need to use up available funds, or for those interested in adding them to their benefits packages for next year

What are Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Cafeteria Plan

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Cafeteria Plan is an employer-sponsored benefit that allows you to use pretax income on medical expenses. These expenses can include deductibles, co-payments and other charges not normally covered by medical insurance, such as Laser LASIK surgery. If you expect to incur medical expenses that will not be reimbursed by your health insurance plan, you should consider taking advantage of your employer’s FSA, if one is offered, as well as using available funds before the year concludes.

A Flexible Spending Account allows you to save money by reducing the amount of income tax you owe. The contributions made to the FSA are deducted from your paycheck before Federal, State, and Social Security taxes are calculated. The end result is that these contributions are never reported to the IRS as income, allowing you to save money. For example, if you put in $4,000 to cover the cost of LASIK, you could avoid paying up to $1,600 in taxes depending on your tax bracket. In other words, your LASIK treatment only costs $2,400, a huge savings.

How Does a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Work?

At the beginning of the plan year (usually January 1st or July 1st), your employer will ask you how much you want to contribute for the year. Most employers set a maximum contribution level of around $5,000. You only have one opportunity to enroll, unless you have a change in your family status (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, or loss of a spouse’s insurance coverage). The yearly amount you designate is then deducted in equal installments from your paycheck each pay period and deposited into a special account. In order to receive reimbursement for eligible expenses, you are required to submit the provider’s receipt or a copy of the Explanation of Benefits from your insurance. The request for reimbursement must occur before the year-end deadline, otherwise you may actually lose the money.

What Types of Eye Care Expenses Are Eligible?

Any expense that is considered a medically related deductible expense by the IRS and is not reimbursable by your insurance plan can be reimbursed through a Flexible Spending Account. Costs that are typically included are laser vision correction, prescription drug co-payments and deductibles. Not all employers participate in FSA programs.

It is recommended that you check with your Human Resources Department to see if this type of plan is offered. You’ll need to do a little planning to decide how much you want to set aside from your paycheck to contribute for the year. If you put in more money than you need, it cannot be rolled over into the next year and you will lose it. For LASIK surgery, we recommend you that you have a consultation/screening with us to determine your candidacy, prior to setting aside any allocations to your FSA.

How Can Abrams Eye Institute Help?

Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute would be happy to help guide you through FSA and Cafeteria Plans, as related to your benefits. We can also help you with everything from simple eye exams to eye surgeries such as Laser LASIK and Laser Cataract Surgery. Find out how we can help today by calling 702-304-9494.

Differences Between Men and Women in Eyesight and Vision Health

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Although men and women have a lot in common, there are a few things men should focus on to protect eyesight and vision health.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute details some of the differences between men and women with eyesight and vision health. Men have some advantages women lack, such as lower risk for eye diseases in general, but they also some disadvantages women don’t have to worry as much about. Let’s take a look at the main ones:

Seeing The World Differently

It turns out that men and women don’t actually process visual information the same. Men are better than women at spotting fine details and rapid movement, but fall behind when it comes to distinguishing colors. Some theorize that this difference has its roots in the hunter-gatherer days when men did most of the hunting and women did most of the foraging. The ability to spot game at a distance would have been a significant advantage in hunting.

Men aren’t just at a slight disadvantage when it comes seeing the differences between colors; men are also sixteen times as likely to be colorblind. So when couples argue over color swatches, they might literally not be seeing the same colors!

Eyesight And Hormones with Men’s Vision

Beginning in puberty, hormones cause many significant changes, and that even includes the way the eyes grow! Some teenage boys become temporarily nearsighted as their eyes grow longer, and sometimes this nearsightedness is permanent. Fortunately, this can easily be corrected with contacts or glasses.

Real Men Remember Their Safety Glasses

Because men in general are more likely to play dangerous sports and do labor-intensive work than women, they tend to be at greater risk of accidental eye injury. What makes this even worse is that men are also more likely to forego protective gear than women, and the end result is that men suffer nearly three times as many eye injuries as women. Dr. Jack Abrams meets some of these people during his work as an on-call emergency room physician. Make sure you remember your protective eye wear so you can meet Dr. Abrams at a regularly scheduled check up, instead of in the ER!

Maintaining Healthy Vision for Men

Aside from wearing the right protective gear, there is plenty men can do to stay pro-active about eye health. A healthy diet isn’t just great for your overall health; it’s also good for your vision. Your eyes will thank you for incorporating foods like spinach, kale, tuna, salmon, eggs, nuts, and citrus fruits into your meals because they are rich in vitamins A and C and omega-3 fatty acids!

If you spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen for work, remember to give your eyes regular breaks to minimize your risk of eye strain. An easy way to remember this is following the 20-20-20 rule: every twenty minutes, spend twenty seconds focusing on something twenty feet away!

Abrams Eye Institute Looks Forward To Seeing You!

If there’s ever something wrong or unusual about your vision, don’t just tough it out, because eye problems don’t usually go away on their own. Make an appointment with Abrams Eye Institute right away so we can make sure it isn’t a serious issue. In the meantime, don’t forget to schedule your yearly eye exams!

To learn more about our practice, or to set up an appointment, call our office at 702-304-9494 or fill out the form on this page.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

LASIK Surgery Can Benefit World-Class Athletes and You

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Abrams Eye Institute Offers LASIK Surgery Options for Patients

Enjoy improved vision with Laser LASIK surgery.

BuzzFeed recently posted a story on accomplished athletes who have benefited from LASIK surgery improving their vision. Abrams Eye Institute has helped thousands of people in Southern Nevada improve their vision with the same procedure enjoyed by these athletes.

What Exactly is LASIK Surgery?

LASIK eye surgery, which stands for Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis, has become one of the most common elective surgeries in the country. Also known as refractive surgery or laser vision correction, LASIK surgery is an outpatient procedure designed to repair common vision problems. It changes the shape of the cornea – the dome-shaped transparent tissue at the front of the eye.

How Has LASIK Surgery Helped Pro Athletes?

The Buzzfeed story outlines some of the benefits the athletes enjoyed from LASIK. While you might not able to play basketball like LeBron James, or ski like Olympian Lindsey Vonn, you can still improve the quality of your sports, or lifestyle, in some or the same ways they did. Here are some ways in which athletes featured improved their game with LASIK surgery:

LeBron James had LASIK done before his 2007-2008 season. The procedure helped him increase certain shooting percentages, with better vision, immediately. He has captured, and is closing in, on all time NBA records. All with crystal clear vision.

Lindsey Vonn had the procedure in 2010, which helped her with eyes that used to lose vision when contact lenses got dried out while zipping down the mountain at 80+ MPH. Laser LASIK offers everyone the opportunity to leave contacts and dry eyes behind.

Greg Maddux, a Las Vegas native, had the procedure after 14 season and his career lasted another nine seasons after the procedures. Known as perhaps the best control pitcher of all time, improved vision was certain to have helped him become even more precise as he got older.

Tiger Woods is another athlete well known to Las Vegas, with his Tiger Jam fundraiser helping many local charities. Tiger had LASIK in 2009 and said his putting benefitted with the hole appearing larger and better defined. He won 12 major championships after LASIK, and has returned to the tour with a second place finish last week.

Read the full story here

More About The Procedure

The LASIK eye surgery, which the Abrams Eye Institute teams perform in our Las Vegas clinic, uses an ultraviolet laser to transform the outer surface of the eye. While many people use the term LASIK to refer to any kind of laser eye surgery, there are really two different procedures that fall under this category: LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). Each varies slightly in method.

In both procedures, a local anesthetic is applied to the eye so that the patient can remain awake. In the LASIK procedure, the ophthalmologist makes a small incision and pulls back the outermost segment of the cornea. This section of the eye is known as the epithelium.

Get a Consultation

To learn more about options with Laser LASIK, or LASIK alternatives, call our office at 702-304-9494 or fill out the form on this page.

Eye Surgery Success: What Steps to Take Before Surgery to ensure Optimal Results

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Get Set Up for Eye Surgery Success

We recently covered some of the questions that you should ask your eye surgeon while having a consultation before you have eye surgery. This includes prep for surgical procedures such as Laser LASIK, Laser cataract surgery and INTACS to name a few. Should you and your eye surgeon decide that surgery is your best option, the process then turns to preparation for your procedure.

While every procedure, and every set of eyes, is different, Dr. Jack Abrams and his staff at Abrams Eye Institute share a few recommendations to make sure your best set up for success in advance – and immediately after – your surgery:

Give Your Eyes a Rest: If you’re getting ready for a procedure like Laser LASIK, it’s advisable to put your contact lenses away (if you wear them) and switch to wearing your glasses for a week or so before your surgery. Contacts can cause your cornea to alter in shape, and not wearing the lenses gives your eyes, and your cornea, time to adjust. Dr. Abrams and his team will provide more specific guidelines, depending on your eyes.

Keep Your Eyes Clean: It’s recommended to refrain from using eye makeup, eye creams and anything else you may regularly use for your eyes for a few days before, and after, your procedure. Depending on your procedure, you may need also to clean your eyelashes to remove debris that can cause irritation and potential infections.

Stop Taking Medicine: You may be advised to stop taking certain medicines that can cause issues during surgery, such as excess bleeding. Make sure you know all of the medications you currently use before your procedure, and ask Dr. Abrams what medicines should be avoided in the time up to, and after, your procedure.

Monitor Your Diet: You may be advised to fast for 12 hours before your procedure, depending on what eye surgery you’ll be having done. This fasting keeps your stomach empty and can prevent problems during the procedure. for some surgeries you may not need to fast, but you may want to consider what you do eat and/or drink to ensure proper comfort during the procedure.

Bring a Friend: No matter how minor your procedure may be, or what you’ve heard from anyone else having the same procedure as you, you shouldn’t drive yourself home after your eye surgery. Even if you live a very short distance from where the surgery will be done, have a family member or friend accompany you so you’ll have a safe ride home.

Take it Easy: Plan on not being active for a few days after your procedure. Being overly active can cause elevated blood pressure, which can put stress on your eyes. Changes made to your eyes from surgery can be quite delicate, and it’s a good idea to give your eyes some time to heal without being stressed by activity.

To restate, everyone’s eyes and surgery are unique and we urge you to ask as many questions as you can before your surgery. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute are always available to answer any question you have, while setting you up for a successful surgery.

Abrams Eye Institute utilizes advanced technology like the Lensx laser

Ask Your Eye Surgeon These 10 Questions

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Ask Your Eye Surgeon These 10 Questions

Eye surgeons, like Dr. Jack Abrams, are sure to offer you a complete picture of all of your options and variables when you approach eye surgery. However, Dr. Abrams and his team recommend that patients be properly prepared for consultations by having a list of questions ready. The list of questions are topics that will be covered, and if you’re prepared to ask them, you’re certain to leave the consultation feeling fully informed.

If you’re interested in LASIK Laser Surgery, Laser Cataract Surgery, INTACS, or any other procedure, be ready to ask these questions, or have your eye surgeon, and their team, go through these details.

What sort of technology will be used for the procedure? – Advances in medical technology have been especially rapid for eye surgery. Procedures done with state-of-the art technology can ensure better results. You’ll want to know what kind of technology will be used on your behalf? You’ll also want to ask the following questions: How old is the technology? How many procedures has the surgeon done using the technology and technique? Make sure you have a skilled and experience surgeon, like Dr. Abrams, on your side.

What’s your surgeon and team’s background/experience? – Ask your surgeon about their background including how long they’ve been doing the procedure you’re about to have, how long their staff has been working with the surgeon, and what other kinds of experience they have to make sure your surgery is a success.

Can this procedure be covered by insurance? – Some procedures are eligible for insurance coverage, and others are not. The only way to find out is to ask your surgeon and his star. After your eye surgeon and his staff present you with options for insurance, you may want to call your insurer and make sure of your coverage terms.

Is this procedure necessary now? – Some surgeries are necessary immediately, and others may allow you to have the surgery done at a later date. This can be important for factors ranging from finance to timing for simpler things like taking time off of work and arranging for a ride home after the procedure.

Can I do both eyes or just one? – For some surgeries, it’s most advisable to have one eye done now and the other eye done later. Your eye surgeon is certain to offer the best course of treatment in this regard, but it’s best to make sure to double-check.

What’s the post-operative schedule like for me? – Make sure to ask about timelines for recovery and follow up visits. You’ll need to make sure you take proper precautions to give yourself the best chance at the most complete recovery.

Are there any other options? – Surgery may be your only options, but there could be alternatives, perhaps with technology or treatment. Make sure you know what your full sets of options are, before having eye surgery.

What are possible complications? – There may be redness, soreness or other post-op experiences that are totally normal. There could, though, be complications that tell you that something could be in need of follow up. For your procedure, know what these possibilities are, as well as what your eye surgeon recommends for you to do if they do occur.

Will I need surgery again later? – For some procedures, you may need to have more surgery later. Make sure you ask about these possibilities to adequately prepare for the future. With that, there can be the need for follow up surgery for procedures that weren’t done correctly. If you’re seeing an eye surgeon to correct a past mistake, ask about what care you need to take to give yourself the best chance at recovery.

How can you better educate yourself about the surgery? – Your eye surgeon and his team will have resources for you to learn more about the surgery you’re about to have, including printed materials, pages on their website and other resources to make you fully informed. This is important as it relates to other questions above. The more you know, the better off you’ll be.

Any questions I’ve missed? – With a comprehensive list such as this one, you should be fully informed. However, you never know if something new has developed with treatment and technology with your eye surgery, or if other patients ask some other question you’ve missed. It’s always best to wrap up your appointment with this question, so all bases are covered.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute, led by Dr. Jack Abrams, is always available to help you with questions you may have. You can call the clinic at 702-xxx-xxxx, or send us a question via our on-site web form. We are dedicated to your eyes and their health, and we’re very glad to help.