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Questions Patients Ask Abrams Eye Institute About LASIK Surgery

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Dr. Jack Abrams, and the team at Abrams Eye Institute, have performed thousands of LASIK procedures resulting in improved vision for our patients. LASIK can free people from glasses and contact lenses, and improve life with improved vision. Our team is always glad to assist patients interested in learning more about the procedure and the team shared a few commonly asked questions about the surgery.

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Our Laser LASIK lasers don’t look like this, but maybe some day!

Are there different types of LASIK surgery?
Yes. While many 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. Some patients with high prescriptions may not be a candidate for either option, but other possiblities exists such as Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) and Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) also known as (RLE) Refractive lens exchange. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute uses the most advanced laser technologies for these LASIK and LASIK alternative procedures to ensure optimal success.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser LASIK surgery?
The doctors, technicians and staff at Abrams Eye Institute carefully evaluate everyone that visits the clinic to learn more about LASIK alternatives. We ask a list of questions regarding your vision, health history and other factors. That is combined with a complete review of the structure of your eyes. An evaluation for a LASIK procedure is done in the clinic and only after we have patients stop wearing contacts for at least one week. If you are a candidate, we offer options to get you started. If you are not a candidate, unlike some other practices, we will not perform surgery on your eyes. Dr. Abrams himself is not a candidate for LASIK, and wears standard lenses for his vision.

How does LASIK surgery work?
For LASIK and PRK procedures, a local anesthetic is applied to the eye (an eye drop) so that the patient can remain awake during the procedure. In the LASIK procedure, our ophthalmologists will make a small incision and pulls back the outermost segment of the cornea. This section of the eye is known as the epithelium. For the PRK procedure, we use a technique known as advanced surface ablation, which chemically loosens the epithelium so that it can be easily removed. After this first step is taken, an excimer laser is used to change the shape of the eye. Many patients see an immediate and dramatic improvement in their vision following the procedure. After the procedure, we provide follow up care to ensure a proper recovery.

What makes AEI the best place for LASIK surgery?
Dr. Abrams is an established leader in the eye surgery, and is counted on by the best healthcare organizations in the field that bring new technology to the market to evaluate. Dr. Abrams tests this groundbreaking new equipment and techniques before other surgeons in the state. When you have LASIK at our clinics, count on being taken care of by the best of the best. As noted before, Dr. Jack Abrams will say no to those interested in LASIK that he feels won’t have an optimal result. His talent, integrity, patient success and standard of patient care are what set the clinic apart.

Can AEI fix LASIK issues from procedures done elsewhere?
Abrams Eye Institute only wishes the best for people looking to improve their eyesight and their lives through LASIK surgery. We do know; however; that some practitioners of the surgery, do not provide the highest level of care for their patients. If you feel like your surgery wasn’t done properly, we’re happy see if we can help, as we have had success in those efforts in the past.

Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see if LASIK surgery is right for you by calling 702-304-9494.

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Questions Patients Ask Abrams Eye Institute About Dry Eye Treatment

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Living in a dry climate like ours in Southern Nevada can have drawbacks with how our bodies react to wind, heat, cold and dry air. A significant challenge for many in our community is dry eyes. While some think that dry eyes are just part of life, they actually can be treated. Treatment for dry eyes is something that Abrams Eye Institute started doing with new technologies and techniques nearly two years ago with our Dry Eye Center. Our team shared the following questions and answers from discussions they’ve had with people interested in taking care of their dry eyes.

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If your eyes feel like this, Abrams can help treat dye eyes with different options available.

Do I need treatment, or will my dry eyes be OK on their own?
As noted before, dry eyes may seem like something that’s just part of life in the desert, but it is not. Over the past 15 years, research has revealed that the leading cause of eye discomfort for more than 86% of patients with dry eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD is a disease best detected in its earliest stages and then managed to limit progression. This is good news in that your dry eyes might not be something you just have to deal with – you can get dry eyes treated and leave problems associated with them behind.

How does Abrams Eye Institute treat dry eyes?
The team at Abrams uses a variety of approaches to treat dry eyes including OTC eye drops, plugs, Restasis and or Xiidra and LipiFlow depending on what they specifically need. Should Lipiflow be the best option, Abrams Eye Institute uses a procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. Opening and clearing these blocked glands can allow them to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. Some treatments attempt to add more liquid to your tears, but without the complex natural oil, tears continue to evaporate faster than produced. Our treatment addresses the root cause and lead to longer-term success.

How does the dry eye treatment process work?
At the heart of the treatment of dry eyes at Abrams Eye Institute is the Activator (eyepiece). The Activator uses patented, precisely controlled heat applied to the inner eyelid with adaptive pressure encouraging your body to restart the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for healthy tears. Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment. The treatment is performed right in our clinic, and in some cases, on the same day as your evaluation. LipiFlow unclogs oil glands which protects the water layer on the eyes keeping them lubricated longer.

What makes Abrams Eye the best option for treating dry eyes?
Dry eye treatment is done in the office at the Abrams Eye Institute Dry Eye Center of Excellence. The dry eye treatment is not painful. In fact, most people think of it as a massage for your eyes. We’ve conducted hundreds of successful dry eye treatments and are one of the leaders in the nation in how many patients we’ve treated. Our treatment can help almost anyone, but is especially effective after LASIK or cataract surgery to help sooth surgically repaired eyes.

Have Abrams Eye Institute patients benefited from the dry eye procedure?
We’ll let a happy patient tell this story for us:
“It works! My life was taken over by dry eye syndrome, corneal erosions resulted in corneal derailment – most painful experience I have ever had! Now after a month ago my eyes have improved weekly, the feeling of moisture in my eyes again is wonderful!! Now I see light at end of tunnel! The treatment & support I received during my treatment & I after care was fantastic! I have got my life back!!”- Judith L

Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see if laser cataract surgery is right for you by calling 702-304-9494.

Laser Cataract Surgery FAQ

Questions Patients Ask Abrams Eye Institute About Laser Cataract Surgery

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Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. Cataracts usually develop slowly and sufferers may experience blurred or cloudy vision that gradually worsens over time. Fortunately, modern surgical procedures, such as those performed by the team at Abrams Eye Institute, make it possible for cataracts to be addressed using a procedure that is both quick and painless. The following are questions the Abrams teams gets from patients that we wanted to share to better inform those looking for more information about the procedure.

Laser Cataract Surgery FAQ

The Abrams team keeps you informed about cataract surgery.

What’s the difference between laser and non-laser cataract surgery?
Laser cataract surgery laser minimizes the time the surgeon spends in your eye. The laser procedure offers a vastly improved level of precision for the treatment of cataracts. The laser used in the procedure makes precise cuts for astigmatism correction as well as breaks up the cataract into smaller fragments for ease of removal. Laser Cataract surgery is safer and more accurate that procedures done manually. Dr. Jack Abrams was the first eye surgeon in Nevada to bring this technique to patients, and has revolutionized treatment as a result.

What are signs and symptoms that you need laser cataract surgery?
The likelihood of developing cataracts increases as a person ages, with as many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 65 developing cataracts that will impact their ability to lead a normal life. If you’re starting to have blurred or cloudy vision, challenges seeing at night, halos around lights or sensitivity to light, or faded or double vision, please visit our clinic for a consultation.

What’s the laser cataract surgical process like?
Abrams Eye Institute uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques, such as the use of femtosecond lasers, to painlessly remove cataracts and restore normal vision. Some patients can see clearly almost immediately after the surgery, while others may find their vision clears within about a week or two. As a rule, we let patients know that it takes about three months to fully recover from cataract surgery.

Should I do one eye or both at the same time when getting cataract surgery?
It’s become safer to do bilateral cataract surgery (both eyes at once): however, Abrams Eye Institute recommends that patients do one eye at a time, allowing for time for the surgically repaired eye to completely heal before moving on to the next eye, should it require cataract surgery as well.

What makes Abrams Eye Institute the best place for cataract surgery?
As noted earlier, Abrams Eye Institute and Dr. Jack Abrams are pioneers in advancing surgical techniques, such as Laser Cataract surgery. In addition to the reputation we’ve built as the leader in advanced eye care, what’s even more important to us is the high level of patient care we provide. From the minute you walk in our door, through your follow up appointments, our personalized care ensures our technical skills result in the best results possible for our patients.

Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see if laser cataract surgery is right for you by calling 702-304-9494.

Abrams Eye Institute Celebrates Moms

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Letty and her mom.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute takes pride in providing world-class patient care for everyone who visits the clinic in search of healthy eyes and improved vision. We’re especially happy to help all the moms who visit the practice, as we know their lives mostly involve taking care of others, while often putting their needs aside. When we see moms come in to finally take care of themselves, we do everything we can so that they can feel well as taken care of during their visit, as they take care of their own families.

With Mother’s Day upon us, of our team members, Letty,  took time to reflect about the profound impact her mom has had on her life, and how much she appreciates all of her the guidance, and how that’s inspired her to be the mom she is herself today:

“Growing up, we didn’t have much money, and a memory I have of my mother comes from Thanksgiving.  One year we didn’t think we’d have a turkey or all of the fixings we usually do, and I remember my mom crying on the phone to someone and me and my little brother just playing outside not really knowing what’s going on. All I knew was we weren’t have turkey. Somehow I never asked how she made it happen, but we woke up Thanksgiving morning to the smell of cooking turkey and stuffing and my mom slaving away with her music on in a great mood – somehow she pulled it off. Things like that are the reason I always feel the need to make things happen for my own kids because my om never lust go without presents at Christmas, turkey at Thanksgiving or a birthday without a cake. For that, I am the strong, determined woman I am today.” – Letty

We hope all the mothers, like Letty and her mom, out there have a great Mother’s Day and every other day, too. For all of us at Abrams Eye Institute, every time we see a mom come in, we promise to make her feel like it’s Mother’s Day every day of the year.

Founded in 2005 by Jack Abrams, M.D., Abrams Eye Institute provides the most advanced, comprehensive ophthalmologic services in Southern Nevada, giving the gift of improved vision. We are Southern Nevada’s premier provider of ophthalmologic services, including LASIK surgery, cataract replacement, and treatment of all common eye disorders. Call us at (702) 304-9494 to schedule and appointment.


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.

Simple Eye Exam Saves A Life

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Abrams Eye Institute Does Similar Eye Exam For All Patients

At Abrams Eye Institute, our mission is to provide those we treat with the most advanced, comprehensive ophthalmologic services in Southern Nevada, giving the gift of improved vision. We pride ourselves on being Southern Nevada’s premier provider of ophthalmologic services, including LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, and treatment of all common eye disorders.

What makes us successful in our mission is our attention to detail and our approach to finding solutions for problems our patients are aware of, while always looking for possible issues our patients may not know about.  One  test that’s a critical part of our efforts is a pressure test.  These tests, called tonometry, are routine exams that measure the fluid pressure inside the eye. Increased pressure within the eye can be a sign of glaucoma or ocular hypertension, a common and potentially very serious eye problem, if not detected and treated promptly. This issue mostly affects older patients.

The reason we give this same test to our younger patients is that it can detect serious problems for them, as well. To illustrate why we take this test so seriously, we’d like to share a story about how the test saved the life of a younger patient named Alexis in Australia as told by her mom:

“January 2017 I took my then 6-year-old daughter for a routine eye test, along with our other two girls. I wasn’t going to take them — I thought they were all doing well and as a mom I would know if something was wrong. None of our three girls ever complained about their eyes.”

“While doing the eye test, the ophthalmologist did a routine pressure test that they do on everyone. Alexis’ pressure test detected high pressure behind her eyes. The ophthalmologist wanted the test redone. He said, ‘Wow, that’s so high it must be wrong.’ But the pressures behind the eyes were not wrong. They also did routine photos of behind the eyes, which detected swelling on the optic nerve that he felt needed to be investigated.”

The results of the tests led Alexis’ ophthalmologist to immediately refer her to more doctors for additional tests. These tests revealed the need for brain surgery. The surgery was successful and Alexis is now on the road to recovery. Read the full story.

While the Abrams Eye Institute has never had such a serious diagnosis for any of our younger patients, parents should feel confident knowing we conduct these tests to make sure nothing is missed. No matter where you go for eye treatment, we urge you to never skip these tests, or ask for one if it is not offered.

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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.

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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.

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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.