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4 LASIK FAQs To Ask At Your Consultation
Posted on Friday September 13, 2019

Are you thinking about getting LASIK eye surgery? Have you thought about the questions you want to ask your doctor? Before having a procedure, it is important to ask your doctor any questions you might have.  For the past 20 years, LASIK has been an FDA approved procedure. Thousands have had LASIK and experienced huge life changes because of it.  Almost 100% of LASIK patients experience a significant improvement in their eyesight. This means that they have 20/40 or 20/20 vision without using contacts or glasses.  But like with any procedure, it is important to make sure you are asking your surgeon the right questions. Keep reading for some of the most frequently asked questions to ask at your consultation! How do I know that I’m a good candidate for LASIK? During your LASIK consultation, your surgeon should be able to tell you if you're a good candidate. They should be able to list the specifics.  This should include the characteristics about your eyes that make you a candidate. For example, if you have astigmatism, they should be able to talk about it.  They should also be able to discuss why your level of astigmatism is okay for LASIK and how LASIK will improve it. What experience do you have performing this procedure? For a procedure like LASIK, you want a surgeon that has a lot of experience performing it. The more experience the better!  Good surgeons should be able to answer any questions you have about their education. They should be completely comfortable answering questions about their experience performing the procedure.  Surgeons with a lot of experience have performed over 25,000 LASIK surgeries.  They should use screening tools to pick the best candidates.  A good LASIK surgeon will weed out unqualified candidates. This could be up to 25% of potential candidates. Not everyone is going to be a good candidate for the procedure.  No good LASIK surgeon will take every single patient who wants LASIK. This is a huge red flag! What technology do you use when performing LASIK? You should learn about the types of technology the surgeon uses during LASIK. Some doctors and medical groups do not have the same kind.  Some may not  invest in the most advanced technology. You need to know what type of technology they use and what the standard is today.  You should also know what tools are the best for the type of laser vision surgery you are having. This will help you get the results you want.  What will the final results be like when I get LASIK? Once you have your LASIK consultation, your surgeon know if your vision can be improved by LASIK. You experience these conditions because of how your  your eye is shaped.  This can create challenges for how light hits your retina, causing blurry vision. Some refractive eye conditions do exist that do not respond to LASIK eye surgery.  For some of them, different surgical procedures exist to correct them. It is important to get answers to all your questions. It will help you become comfortable with the procedure and surgeon.  When deciding to go through with LASIK surgery, this is something you should consider. The surgeon should want to answer your questions, so you make the best decision for you. Have you decided that you are ready to get LASIK eye surgery? This is a life changing decision that you won’t regret! Schedule a LASIK consultation at EyeHealth Northwest in Portland, OR today!:

August Is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Posted on Friday August 30, 2019

Did you know that August is children’s eye health and safety month? As the school year starts earlier, it is important to emphasize the importance of eye health.  It can be easy to get caught up in the back to school craziness but make sure eye exams happen! To help increase awareness, August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! Keep reading to learn why this is so important! Why do kids need eye exams? Around age three, kids should get comprehensive eye exams. Your child's doctor can help identify any vision or refractive issues.  These issues can include astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness. Other conditions they diagnose include crossed eyes, lazy eye, color blindness, and drooping of the eye.  These conditions are treatable with eye drops, patches, glasses, contacts, surgery or tools.  If your doctor thinks it could be something more serious, you can see an ophthalmologist. There are signs that you should be aware of  if your child has a vision issue.  Some of the signs include: crossed or wandering eyes disliking reading or seeing objects that are far away a family history of vision issues as a kid squinting or looking at objects from weird angles like when watching TV.   Keep your children's eyes safe Another part of making sure your children have good vision is keeping their eyes safe. In children, the leading cause of vision loss is eye injuries.  In the United States, there are about 42,000 sports-related eye injuries that occur each year. Children experience most of these injuries. Around 12 million children have vision deficiencies.  Help keep your children’s eyes safe by following a few tips. When participating in sports or other activities, children should wear protective eyewear.  Protective eye wear can include goggles or a pair of protective glasses. Even if the activity doesn't call for protective eye wear, you can still make your child wear it.  It is important to make sure that your kids play with toys that are appropriate for their age group. Avoid buying toys with sharp or pointy parts, as these can easily cause eye injuries.  Set your children up for success with eye exams We all want our children to be safe and healthy. Help them have a successful school year by taking them to get a comprehensive eye exam.  Also, protect their eyes to keep them from getting injured. As a parent, it's up to you to make sure your child has good vision.  It's an important part of their physical development and well being. Having good vision is just one way that you can set your children up for success.  Not sure how to start your children on the road to visual success? Bring them in to EyeHealth Northwest! We'll set them up with their first appointment and a comprehensive eye exam. If they need glasses or contacts, we have an optical shop as well!  Schedule an appointment at EyeHealth Northwest in Hillsboro, OR! Now is the perfect time to get the new school year started on the right foot! :

How Often Should I Have Eye Exams?
Posted on Thursday August 15, 2019

Do you remember the last time you had an eye exam? Are you trying to decide when to take your child in for their first eye exam?  Getting your eyes checked is just as important as going to get your annual physical.  Did you know that most adults and kids have not had a comprehensive eye exam in over a year? Also, around less than half of the adults in the U.S. got an eye exam in the last year.  Prioritizing your eye health is extremely important, and we shouldn’t forget it. Keep reading to learn why eye exams are important and how often you need them! Why aren't your eyes part of your resolutions? One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier. For some it’s eating more colorful and healthier meals.  Others want to be more active and exercise. It can be as simple as getting regular physicals or dental checkups every six months.  But why isn’t an eye exam considered part of a healthy lifestyle?  Kids learn from what the adults around them do. That includes watching us do the things that we need to do to stay healthy. This includes brushing our teeth, flossing, vaccinations, and annual doctor exams.  If you have a certain family history or are a certain age, you need screenings for conditions. Developing these healthy habits at an early age is important for preventative medicine.  Children Regular eye exams are important for kids. Good vision is a key part of how kids are able to learn in school. About 80% of material is learned through visual methods.  Around 6 months old, children should have their first eye exam. The next exam should happen around age 3 and the next one should be right around the time they start school.  If your child has healthy eyes and no other risks, they should have eye exams every two years until they are 18. Children with risk factors for vision issues could need to have their first eye exam before 6 months.  They'll also need eye exams more often during childhood.  Some of the risk factors include being premature and having a low birth weight. They also include if the mother had an infection like herpes or rubella during pregnancy.  Other developmental delays make you more likely to suffer from visual problems. If you have a family history of eye disease or physical illness, you're more likely to have visual issues as well.  If your child wears glasses, they'll need annual eye exams to make sure their eyes are healthy. Adults Between ages 18 to 60 years old, adults should have eye exams at least every two years. Adults ages 61 and older need to have annual eye exams.  Risk factors for adults includes family history. If your family history includes macular degeneration and glaucoma, you'll need frequent exams.  You're also at a higher risk if you are diabetic or have high blood pressure. If you use prescription drugs that impact vision, this may change how often you need eye exams. This is also true if you've had previous eye surgeries or injuries.   Depending on your age and medical history you could need an eye exam annually or every two years. It is important to come up with a schedule with your eye doctor.  Can't remember when your last eye exam was? Schedule an appointment at EyeHealth Northwest in Happy Valley, OR today!: