Why choose LASIK?
Until recently, if you
were one of the millions of people with a refractive error, eyeglasses
and contact lenses were the only options for correcting vision. But
with the arrival of refractive surgery, some people with Myopia (nearsightedness),
Hyperopia (farsightedness), or Astigmatism (an asymmetric cornea), may
have their vision improved through surgery.
LASIK, or laser in-situ
keratomileusis, is the most technologically advanced method for performing
laser vision correction. The procedure uses the Excimer laser to produce
cool pulses of ultraviolet light to cleanly and precisely reshape the
delicate tissues of the cornea. This corrects any problems with the
curve of this lens and allows light to focus directly on the retina.
The result of the procedure is clear vision. It is important to note
that LASIK is not an enhancement, it is a medical procedure, and only
the advice of the most qualified and trained eye care professional should
be sought. In general, a good candidate is at least 18 years old and
is generally a healthy person. Your prescription should be stable for
at least 6 to 12 months, and you must be in good eye health, free from
cataracts or glaucoma.
What can LASIK
do for you?
Many people have achieved
overwhelming success with the procedure and have greatly reduced their
dependence on glasses or contacts. Their active lifestyles are now a
lot more convenient. For some people, it's just being able to see the
alarm clock in the morning that makes all the difference in the world.
It's important to be aware of the risks involved with LASIK. There may
be some occurrence of glare or halos, usually experienced at night or
under fluorescent lighting. This occurs because as the pupil expands
in dim illumination, light is allowed to pass through the corrected
and uncorrected portions of the cornea. As with any surgery, there is
also a chance of complications, but occurrences are less than one percent.
It is important to seek
the advice and council of only the most experienced and qualified doctor
when inquiring about the LASIK procedure. Barenburg Eye Associates work
with only the best and most experienced LASIK surgeons in North America. Our
doctors will evaluate you as a candidate for the procedure and then
recommend several exceptional surgeons from which you may choose.
You Seek Advice?
What is laser vision
correction or LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a cool beam of laser light to
gently reshape the cornea (the "outer window" of the eye).
This reshaping allows light rays to focus more precisely on the retina,
thereby reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
How do I know if I'm
eligible for laser vision correction?
Several important factors include your age, eyeglass prescription, general
health and eye health. Your vision should be stable for at least 12
months. Most importantly, a detailed discussion with your eye doctor
regarding your visual needs is the only way to be certain that you're
a good candidate for LASIK. Often, there may be other options available
for you to consider.
How do I know if I'm
choosing the right doctor?
LASIK is a surgical procedure and requires a high level of skill and
experience. Not only should your surgeon be Board Certified in ophthalmology
and a Fellow to the American College of Surgeons, but should leave you
with a comfort level upon answering all of your concerns and questions.
Unfortunately for some, the surgeon is based on who offers the lowest
price. At Barenburg Eye Associates, our optometrists pride themselves
on two main aspects of your care: 1) attention to detail every step
of the way, especially regarding your true prescription, and, 2) completely
and clearly answering all of your questions and helping you to understand
the procedure and you expectations.
Is it Safe?
The FDA recognizes laser vision correction as proven, safe and effective.
There are risks associated with any surgical procedure (again, the importance
of a Board Certified surgeon), but LASIK uses a cool beam of light that
is computer controlled. Additionally, the surgeon turns the laser on
and is able to turn it off at any moment
Does the surgery hurt?
No. The actual procedure does not hurt; anesthetic eye drops are used
just before the surgery begins. Occasionally, some patients experience
some mild discomfort 2-6 hours after the surgery. The discomfort is
described as a gritty, watery sensation, comparable to an uncomfortable
contact lens. Drops are used to minimize or eliminate any discomfort.
What should I expect
the day of surgery?
In most cases, the procedure is performed in an office-based out-patient
surgery LASIK facility. Upon arrival, your consent forms will be reviewed
and signed and any additional questions that you may have will be addressed
by your surgeon. Drops are placed in the eyes prior to the procedure
and you may elect to take a mild tranquilizer.
The laser treatment itself usually takes less than a minute, while the
entire procedure takes around 15-20 minutes for both eyes. During the
procedure you lie down on a reclining chair. A small retainer is used
to keep your eyelids open; this way you don't have to worry about blinking
your eyes. After the surgery you'll relax in the office for about 30
minutes prior to heading home.
At this point, your vision will be better, but still somewhat hazy until
the next morning. Your vision will improve as the weeks go by.
Can I go back to work
the next day?
Most surgeons recommend that you plan on taking two or three days to
rest and relax, but, often, patients decide to return to work the very
next day. Frequently, while the distance vision may be quite sharp the
next day, it may take several days for the near vision to achieve the
same clarity. For the many patients who obtain perfect distance vision
and are over a certain age, you may require a near vision reading prescription.
What is an enhancement?
of the time, the surgeon has to repeat the LASIK procedure to obtain
satisfactory results for the patient. This may be due to the eye not
responding as predicted, patient expectations not properly determined
before surgery or eyeglass prescription measurements not as accurately
determined as we would like. The average enhancement rate is usually
less than 3%. Simply needing to wear glasses or contact lenses
and desiring the LASIK procedure is not enough to be considered a good
LASIK candidate. That is why the doctors at Barenburg Eye Associates
have the knowledge and take the time to determine if you are a candidate
for LASIK surgery.
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Infant Through School
Before birth, proper
prenatal care and a nutritional diet will aid in the development of
your baby’s eyes. Infants are born with an underdeveloped
visual system. Your baby’s vision will grow and develop with
him. It will start out in his first few weeks as blurry, shadowy
and progress to performing complex visual tasks by school age. Toys,
games and playtime activities that encourage visual development will
help your child’s visual development. Early detection and
treatment of eye disease and/or visual problems are essential for proper
Your baby’s doctor
will examine his eyes for general eye health and visual acuity. At
birth, your baby’s eyes should be examined for any congenital
eye problems. Although these problems are rare, early diagnosis
and treatment are important.
Around age three and
again before entering school, you should schedule your child for a thorough
eye examination. All doctors of optometry are equipped to examine
children of this age and older.
School-age children should
have periodic examination to screen for eye focusing and/or eye coordination
problems that could affect their school performance. Exams are
recommended every two years or more frequently if problems or risk factors
School vision screenings
and your child’s pediatric examinations are designed to detect
possible visual problems but do not take the place of a thorough exam
by an optometrist.
may indicate your child has a vision or visual processing problem:
- Jerking, erratic eye movements or
lack or fixation in infants
- Avoiding activities that require near
- Holding objects very close to the
eyes or sitting close to the T.V.
- Using a finger to follow along while
- Turning or tilting the head or body
when reading or performing tasks
- Squinting, closing or covering one
- Rubbing or blinking excessively
- Headaches, nausea or dizziness
- Redness or excessive tearing of the
- Sensitivity to light
- Reversing words, letters or numbers
when reading or writing
- Confusing words with similar or same
beginnings or endings
- Omitting words or repeating or skipping
lines when reading
- Writing uphill or downhill or out
- Performing any tasks below potential
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You Should Know About Nutrition & Eye Health
Did you mother ever tell you, "Eat your carrots ... they're good
for your eyes"? Well mom has proven to be right again. Medical
doctors and clinical scientists around the world have published numerous
studies in leading medical journals about the preventive role nutrition
can play in the management of eye conditions, healing properties and
As we go through life, we tend to eat the same eight to twelve foods
every week. But as our bodies change, so do our nutritional needs. Any
nutritional deficiencies we may have in our daily diet can leave our
eyes more vulnerable to sight-threatening diseases. In fact, the eyes
are frequently the first part of the body to be affected by nutritional
can you do?
Prevention and early detection are the key to protecting your vision.
Your eye doctor is trained to detect early signs of disease. If your
doctor determines that you are at risk, specific measures may be recommended.
Lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water,
minimizing alcohol consumption, not smoking and wearing UV protective
sunglasses are all beneficial. Assure proper nutrition through a diet
rich in antioxidants and if appropriate, nutritional supplements on
a daily basis.
How can your doctor help?
The first step towards preventing or delaying the onset of eye disease
is to become better educated. As a wellness oriented practice, your
doctor and staff are your best source of information and are prepared
to offer you accurate information and counseling. They will encourage
you to take proactive steps towards enhancing your general health and
vision. If you have not been diagnosed with an eye disease, an indication
of your personal health risk can be determined by your doctor. After
analysis, potential measures for delaying or preventing the development
of sight-threatening diseases will be offered. Make a personal commitment
for a healthy future. Be sure to ask about an eye care wellness program
that's right for you. The quality of your vision is a matter of choice.
at risk for developing eye disease?
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of eye
disease. In addition to nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle choices
such as smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, environmental
conditions and stress can increase your risks. Heredity is also a leading
factor in disease development.
The Enemy ... "Free Radicals"
Many eye disorders have been linked to "free radicals" which
are formed when the body processes food and oxygen. Free radicals are
unstable molecules that disrupt the structure of other molecules resulting
in cellular damage within the eye. As your body ages, it produces more
free radicals while its ability to neutralize their negative effect
decreases. To strengthen the body's defenses, many doctors and nutritionists
recommend increasing antioxidant levels through diet and nutritional
Foods rich in antioxidants:
to the Rescue
Antioxidants are enzymes
and nutrients that neutralize and deactivate free radicals. Antioxidants
occurring naturally in the body or consumed in foods many block most
of the damage. Over time, damaged cells can accumulate and lead to diseases
such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy,
and dry eye syndrome. Increasing appropriate levels of antioxidants
may be the most effective method of slowing or preventing this type
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“There’s no reason why someone who wants to wear contact
lenses can’t. The technology has changed so dramatically in the
past 20 years and the cost has declined sufficiently to make them affordable
Our practice is specifically designed, equipped, and staffed to provide
the contact lens patient with the finest in professional care. The doctors
at Barenburg Eye Associates have successfully treated thousands of patients
with state of the art contact lenses, including many who were previously
told they could not wear contact lenses.
Times Have Changed
For the 30 million Americans who wear contact lenses, enjoying freedom
from wearing glasses and often improved visual acuity is now a reality.
Contact lenses are not what they used to be... even two years ago. Technological
advances have greatly improved contact lenses and lens care products--
revolutionizing vision correction.
Contact lenses can now treat a variety of conditions for which you may
have previously been told that contacts would not work.
We can now treat those with astigmatism, replace bifocal glasses, and
even change or enhance your eye color. Disposable lenses have eliminated
cleaning and everyday handling. Daily wear and flexible-wear lenses
are safer and more comfortable than ever.
With traditional "hard lenses" almost extinct, today's lenses
are made from materials that allow oxygen to pass freely to the eye,
allowing it to breathe-- whether you wear soft contacts or rigid oxygen
If you have ever thought about contacts, were told you couldn't wear
them... or stopped wearing them for some reason... reconsider contacts--
they're not what they used to be!
Conditions Now Treated With Contacts
For children and adults, most vision conditions can now be treated with
contact lenses-- even those which could not be treated successfully
even a few years ago.
Some of the most common conditions we can now treat with contacts include
myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and
presbyopia (loss of up-close focusing).
At Barenburg Eye Associates, we inventory more than thousands of different
lenses in order to best fit each individual patient, and to accommodate
any emergency needs our patients may have, such as losing or tearing
a lens. Our inventory of lenses includes the following:
Soft, Astigmatic Soft, Gas Permeable, Bifocal Soft, Tinted Lenses, Extended
Wear, Cataract Lenses, Keratoconic, Lenses for Eye Traumas, New Fluorocarbon,
and Disposable Silicone.
Contact Lenses for Your Lifestyle
The Forty-Something Syndrome
As baby boomers continue to age, more than 100 million Americans are
affected by presbyopia (the inability to focus up-close).
With the modern contact lens technology available today, you no longer
have only reading glasses or bifocal glasses as options for correcting
Bifocal Lens Alternatives-- Alternating/Translating Vision Bifocals--
Simultaneous Vision Bifocals, Diffractive Vision Bifocals, Omnivision,
Aspheric Soft Contacts.
Contact lenses available for the presbyopic patient come in a variety
of "patterns", combining lens areas for near and distance
vision. Some lenses feature a bulls-eye configuration, with the distance-vision
portion in the middle of the lens; others have the distance on the lower
half; and others wear one lens for distance and one for near-- a prescription
called omnivision, which Ronald Reagan wore. Ask your doctor at Barenburg
Eye Associates about the best lenses for you.
Being active and participating in sports is often inconvenient, or even
impractical, when wearing glasses.
Glasses get in the way; they fall off; they fog up... or they get broken.
Contact lenses have come to the rescue of many Americans-- ranging from
professional athletes to little leaguers. Contacts can be worn with
safety glasses when appropriate. They are great for water sports.
While there are numerous benefits to fitting children with contacts--
particularly the fact that they are less inclined to remove their lenses
as they are to take their glasses off during the school day.
Nonetheless, there are many other factors to consider when a child expresses
interest in wearing contact lenses. Is the child motivated enough to
accept responsibility for the lenses? Is the child's hygiene indicative
of properly maintaining the lenses to avoid contamination?
Spend some time with your child and Barenburg Eye Associates to discuss
the pros and cons of contacts in your family.
What You Should Know...
The Contact Lens Examination
A contact lens examination is a bit different than an examination for
eye glasses. The doctors at Barenburg Eye Associates first need to determine
if you can wear contact lenses, and then which type would best correct
your visual problem.
A contact lens examination is quite extensive. The doctor will need
to ask you some specific questions about your lifestyle, any medications
or any allergies you may have. He will also measure the curve of your
cornea, the size and shape of your pupil, eyelid tension, your ability
to produce tears naturally, and overall eye health-- all to prescribe
the vision correction that is best for you.
What Should I Consider?
There are many reasons people choose to wear contact lenses-- most often
it's for improved looks. But, convenience is also a major consideration--
particularly if you have an active lifestyle and participate in sports.
While the doctors at Barenburg Eye Associates will make contact lens
recommendations based on your examination results, here are factors
for you to consider when talking with the doctor about contacts:
- What types of lenses
will be most comfortable?Am
I around fumes or a lot of dust on a regular basis?
- Handling the lenses
is a consideration. Are my fingers nimble and my vision sharp enough
to see the lenses when they're out of my eyes?
- Does a regimen of
cleaning and disinfecting present any problems? Are disposables better
for my lifestyle?
- Do I want to change
or enhance my eye color?
- Am I committed to
following the doctor’s directions and to routine follow-up care?
you Need... When You Need It
Our extensive inventory enables us to fit the majority of contact lens
patients in the office, allowing you to wear your lenses home the same
day. This is particularly convenient when a replacement lens is needed
(and we can overnight express them to you if you're out of town).
And, as part of our commitment to providing complete optometric care,
we also have a wide selection of eyeglass frames for your convenience--
understanding that no matter how much you will enjoy wearing your new
contact lenses, you will still need glasses.