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.

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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.

CareCredit Makes Laser LASIK Possible

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Procedure Done For Abrams Team Member Through CareCredit Financing

For some eye procedures that aren’t covered, or fully covered, by insurance, financing options are available. One of which is CareCredit. Many patients of Dr. Jack Abrams and the Abrams Eye Institute have used the program to make treatments such as Laser LASIK possible almost immediately. Tien, a patient of ours who’s also now part of our team, shared her story of using the program to help her, and her husband, improve their vision and simplify their lives.

What vision improvement goal of yours did CareCredit help you achieve?
As a busy working mother, I wanted to simplify my life by improving my vision so I would no longer have to rely on glasses and contacts by having Laser LASIK at Abrams Eye Institute. With my full schedule, saving 5-10 minutes a day not dealing with contact lenses combines to nearly an hour of time saved each week. Feels like a vacation! Also, not having to deal with the stress that comes from being on your last pair of contacts, and needing to order new ones, has been another wonderful benefit. I wanted improve my vision and make life a little easier and CareCredit helped me succeed in both goals.

Did CareCredit help you get better service that you’d have otherwise?
CareCredit has been a lifesaver as I would have probably waited years saving up to have this procedure with an eye surgeon I could trust, like Dr. Jack Abrams.  Friends that got LASIK before me, used to pay all cash to have the procedure done. Having to pay all upfront, resulted in people looking for savings that made them sacrifice quality with the surgeon that did the procedure. I didn’t have to sacrifice quality at all, which is important since you only have one set of eyes.

How did you learn about CareCredit?
Ana at the Abrams Eye Institute was the person that introduced me to CareCredit. I had never heard of the program before she shared it with me, and was glad she did. Ana was well versed on CareCredit and after speaking with her about all the details of the program, I felt confident about using it for my LASIK surgery. My husband was also impressed with the program – we learned about it at the same time.

How was the process of applying and then using CareCredit?
Once I felt good about going forward with CareCredit, Ana managed the process for both me and my husband and it was simple and fast. The entire process took about ten minutes, and Ana made it seem even faster since she’s so entertaining!

Would you recommend CareCredit to anyone else?
YES. YES .YES. To everyone! People SHOULD not have to put ANY surgeries off, they can do it RIGHT now. CareCredit enabled both me and my husband to have a world-class surgeon do our procedures.

How is your vision now that Dr. Abrams treated you?
My vision was a challenge before seeing Dr. Abrams and I was just planning on being happy with any sort of improvement, as anything would be better than where I was before. I came out of surgery with better than 20/20 vision. I am 20/15 in both eyes, and am grateful that the Abrams Eye Institute, Dr. Abrams and CareCredit made that possible.

Learn more about options for eye care with CareCredit Financing, by clicking here or calling 702-304-9494 to set up an appointment with the Abrams Eye Institute.

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.

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Laser Cataract Surgery Success On Day One

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Laser Cataract Surgery Makes Big Difference

Linda had laser cataract surgery with Dr. Jack Abrams. She is thrilled with her results and  offered to share her story about having the surgical procedure.

Linda is thrilled with the results from her laser cataract surgery with Dr. Jack Abrams

“I had been putting off cataract surgery for months and knew it was finally time to take action. I considered traditional cataract surgery but when Dr. Abrams explained the difference between laser and traditional cataract surgery I quickly changed my mind. He didn’t push me into the laser option but clearly outlined how the laser would not only optimize the outcome but would be more comfortable and result in less down time.

The surgery itself was a breeze. I had no pain. I was in and out of the surgery center in 90 minutes! The whole experience was so easy.

Even more amazing are the results! I am now sitting and waiting for my visit a day after surgery and can’t wait to tell Dr Abrams how exciting my results are ! The world is bright and vivid- such a contrast!

During this appointment we also discussed the second eye and he gave me a window but gently suggested I not wait a year. His sweet smile confirmed his opinion .

I am fortunate to have a doctor like Dr.  Jack Abrams. Not only does he have superb knowledge and skill, but what sets him apart and makes him so special is his calming nature. He inspires confidence and allows patients to decide after giving them the facts. He makes you feel that all things are possible for any eye problems you may have.”

If you are considering laser cataract surgery, please call us so we can help answer any questions you may have, or set you up with a consultation. Our office number is 702-304-9494.

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Dr. Abrams to Host Free Seminar About Help for Patients with Macular Degeneration

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Dr. Abrams Partners with Yesnick Vision Center to Host Free Seminar For Patients with Macular Degeneration

Recover Your Visual Independence From Macular Degeneration – See Your Loved One’s Face Again, Read, See TV, Walk Safer

An in-depth presentation with Q & A about CentraSight® – the first-of-its-kind Macular Degeneration mini telescope.

Featuring an “all star” team of eye care professionals dedicated to your recovery of vision loss due to Macular Degeneration:

  • Jack Abrams        Ophthalmologist, Abrams Eye Institute
  • David Yesnick      Low Vision Optometrist, YESnick Vision Center
  • Sandy Yesnick      Low Vision Therapist, YESnick Vision Center

Saturday, December 3

2:00 – 3:30PM

JW Marriott At The Resort At Summerlin

Ballroom A

221 North Rampart Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV  89145

(702) 507-5900

To register for this free seminar call YESnick Vision Center at (702) 906-2581.

Dr. Abrams describes the new IMT device in this video

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Cataract Surgery Success Thanks to Dr. Abrams and the Lensx Laser

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Cataract Surgery Success Thanks to Dr. Abrams and his Lensx Laser

One year ago Dr. Jack Abrams not only performed my cataract surgery , but he also corrected my vision. My name is Dean Anderson and I am one of Dr. Abrams satisfied patients. At the time of the surgery I was 73 years old, I was very nearsighted and had worn glasses since childhood.

How I chose Dr. Abrams may be of interest. I am an educated and experienced engineer with a background in computerized and automated equipment used in manufacturing and medical applications. When my cataracts became a vision problem I did a lot of research on how cataracts are treated.

The scalpel method has been the traditional way to remove cataracts, but after more research I learned of the laser method, a process I was familiar with for cutting materials into precise shapes and medical uses for skin treatments and bloodless surgery. My next step was to identify the proper equipment for vision usage.

My research led me to the Lensx Laser system and those practitioners who had the equipment and were skilled in it’ application and operation. That person is Dr. Jack Abrams. Dr. Abrams, the team at Abrams Eye Institute, and the Lensx Laser system work wonders together.

Since my surgery I have  recommended Dr. Abrams to all of my friends with eye issues. Everyone I’ve referred to the clinic has been pleased, not only with their results, but also with Dr. Abrams personable manner and friendly demeanor.

Best regards. and thank you for your service!

Dean Anderson

If you are having problems with cataracts, call Dr. Abrams at 702-304-9494 or fill out a form on the right. We can help!

Dr. Abrams used the Lensx Laser for Dean's cataract surgery

Dean shares his story of cataract surgery success at Abrams Eye Institute

Tips on How to Manage Eye Injuries

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Take care of your eyes by knowing when someone needs to take care of them for you!

Take care of your eyes by knowing when someone needs to take care of them for you!

Dr. Jack Abrams, from the Abrams Eye Institute, offers some tips on how to properly manage eye injuries, in case they occur.

I often see patients with eye injuries, either at my clinic or in hospitals where I work. Fortunately, most of them aren’t serious and can be treated with a cleaning, drops and a follow up appointment a little while later to make sure everything is OK. We do see a few serious issues, though, from time-to-time, and wanted to share a few tips on what to do if your eye suffers trauma.

First of all, when people have some sort of eye trauma, their initial impulse seems to be find some water, rinse the eye and let it be. This may help with certain, very minor instances such as a small poke from glasses, perhaps, or having some dust blow into your eye from the desert winds we have here in Southern Nevada. However, a little water might not help in quite a few circumstances. Here are a few examples where you may need to come see me – or visit your emergency room – to have a closer look at your eye:

  • A cut or torn eye lid
  • A scratch on your eye that’s very painful
  • Difficulty in movement of an eye
  • Blood visible in the white of your eye
  • Foreign matter in your eye that won’t wash out
  • Something that feels stuck in your eyelid
  • Changes in your pupils (either the shape or the size)
  • Pain or issues with vision
  • An eye that protrudes

This list above just serves as guidelines for general eye safety, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or eye injury. When faced with any issues of concern, again we urge you not to think that a little water and time will help with any problem you face and take treating the issue very seriously. Taking care of your eyes is an important responsibility, and we urge people that have these issues to resist the urge to ‘tough it out,’ and get the help they need.  Small problems left untreated can quickly turn into big ones with long-lasting implications.

If you have any questions about the health of your eyes, please fill out the form on this page, or call 702-304-9494. We’re always glad to help.

Do I Need a Second Eye Surgery or Surgical Touch Up?

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Second Eye Surgery or Surgical Touch Up

Wondering if you need a second eye surgery or surgical touch up after cataract surgery,?  This article explains why you may need a “touch up” to  achieve optimal results.

On a daily basis, I see new patients looking for a second opinion who had a recent eye surgery. They are often   concerned that they have not seen much improvement after their initial surgery at another facility.   While this is frustrating, there is often a good explanation for the lack of improvement. The good news is we can almost always fix the remaining problems and improve the patient’s vision..

For example, after cataract surgery sometimes there is scar formation.  This can easily be fixed using the YAG laser.  The YAG Laser removes the scar behind the implanted lens of cataract surgery and  in essence improves one’s sight. When I use the YAG laser I apply topical anesthetic (eye drops), dilate the eye and complete the laser procedure under one minute.  At Abrams Eye Institute, this laser is done on site without the need to visit a surgery center.

Here is a photo of my patient John being treated with the YAG laser. The YAG laser is just one example of the cutting-edge technology we have at Abrams Eye Institute.

YAG Laser is used to remove scarring after surgery

Dr. Abrams uses the YAG Laser on his patient John. The YAG Laser polishes the cataract lens implant and takes off scar tissue so the patient does not have lingering blurriness following cataract eye surgery.

Don’t stress if you are not happy with your results after cataract  surgery. There are options available to correct issues resulting from previous surgeries.  Abrams Eye Institute can help. Call my office to schedule an appointment – 702.304.9494. We can help improve your vision to the level that you are striving to achieve.

Jack Abrams MD 

When Should a Patient Not Have LASIK Eye Surgery

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When Not to Opt for LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK  is a tremendous tool for surgeons like me who work in the field of ophthalmology. It offers immediate improvement for the patient. LASIK is a game changer for many people suffering from a variety of visual problems.

But there are patients who are not suited for this procedure for a myriad of reasons. I am one of them! In fact, at a recent free seminar hosted by Abrams Eye Institute, a potential Lasik candidate asked me directly why I am wearing glasses instead of having Lasik.

In this blog post I will explain which patients – such as myself – should not have LASIK and then offer a possible alternative.

As a doctor, patients seek out not only my surgical skill but my medical opinion. It is my duty as a physician to advise them on which procedure I think they should have. Equally important is my responsibility to tell them which surgical procedures they should not have. One of my philosophies as a doctor and an ophthalmologist is to match the right patient with the right procedure. I will not perform a surgery that is not in the patient’s best interest.

An example of someone is who is not a good fit  is a person who has a thin cornea. If someone with a thin cornea has LASIK they are at risk of developing Corneal Ectasia, a group of conditions, most notably keratoconus, but can also be related to irregular astigmatism that can develop after a patient undergoes refractive surgery. In both cases, the cornea can continue to bulge, leading to a worsening of vision for the patient. I have a thin cornea with a high astigmatism therefore I am not a good candidate.

People are not good candidates if their job requires night vision. A pilot is a good example of someone who is not a fit. This is because LASIK can sometimes cause a glare. I would never want to perform a surgery that would prevent someone from doing their job.

Finally, patients with cataracts are not good candidates for LASIK because their prescriptions are constantly changing. Therefore LASIK is not a permanent solution.

For patients who fit in any of these categories, the best solution is to to have early cataract surgery. This will give them the same positive result as LASIK and offer a permanent improvement for their visual issues.

If you were considering LASIK but are not sure if you are a good candidate, call our office at 702-304-9494. I will be happy to meet with you and go over your options. I promise I will never recommend a surgery that will not help you over the long term.

Jack Abrams MD