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    Are You Too Old or Too Young for LASIK Surgery?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    LASIK eye surgery has grown in effectiveness and popularity since it first became available. Today, over one million LASIK procedures are performed each year in the U.S. As technology and techniques continue to advance, age is often not a significant factor in determining your LASIK candidacy.

    LASIK in Older Patients
    Many seniors hesitate to seek LASIK treatment because they feel they are too old for the procedure. However, there is no upper age limit on LASIK surgery procedures. Instead, your surgeon will evaluate the health needs of your eyes to determine whether LASIK or another surgical technique, such as cataract removal and lens replacement, will provide the most benefit. Patients with cataracts should not receive LASIK surgery, and cataracts are often associated with the aging process. It’s also important to note that LASIK surgery does not prevent cataracts, so you may need additional surgical treatment in the future as you continue to age. Other age-related health issues, such as diabetes, may also need to be evaluated before you can receive LASIK.

    LASIK in Younger Patients
    While there is no upper age limit for LASIK procedures, very young patients should be considered carefully before surgery is performed. The cornea of a young child does not respond to laser surgery in the same way that a mature cornea does, nor is there currently enough scientific evidence to determine the safety and efficacy of the procedure in children. LASIK is only recommended for young children in cases where severe eye conditions significantly limit vision.

    Patients come from all over the world to visit Dr. Newsom for LASIK eye surgery in Tampa. You can find out more about our high safety standards and effective treatment techniques by calling (813) 448-1420. Check us out on the web for a full listing of our eye care services or to schedule your consultation at Newsom Eye today.

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    Understanding What Causes Cataracts and How They Can Be Treated

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Cataracts are areas of cloudiness that appear on the lens of the eye as a result of the natural aging process. Every person will develop cataracts in his lifetime, but not all cataracts cause visual disruption that require treatment.

    This video discusses today’s treatment options for cataracts. Advanced surgical techniques allow for treatment of cataracts that may take as little as 5 minutes. The results of cataract surgery are detectable immediately and can vastly improve your visual abilities following the lens replacement procedure.

    If you’d like more information about cataract surgery and how it can improve your vision, call Newsom Eye at (813) 448-1420. We specialize in cataract and LASIK surgery to restore and enhance the vision of each patient we treat. Click through our website to learn more about the health of your eyes.

    How Floaters and Flashes Form in Your Eye

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Your eyeball contains vitreous fluid, through which light rays pass. This vitreous fluid is a clear, gel-like substance. As a result of age or physical trauma to the eye area, floaters can form. These floaters are caused by the development of small clumps of cells within the vitreous fluid. They may look like small dots or cobwebs across your field of vision. Flashes, which are bursts of light across your vision, may be caused by the rubbing of the vitreous gel against the retina.

    If you experience floaters or flashes, see an eye doctor promptly. Watch this video to learn more about the warning signs of these conditions and the connection to retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that typically requires eye surgery.

    The eye care team at Newsom Eye can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition. To schedule an appointment, please contact our Tampa office at (813) 908-2020.

    How to Care for Your Eyes Immediately After LASIK Surgery

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Many people choose LASIK surgery because they can enjoy a speedy recovery and rapid vision improvements. If you decide on LASIK surgery, you’re likely to notice substantial improvements within just a couple of days, with continued vision stabilization for the next few months. During your consultation with the eye surgeon, talk about what you can expect for your recovery following LASIK surgery.

    Activity Level
    Immediately after LASIK surgery, you should have someone else drive you home. Ask your eye surgeon when you may resume driving. It’s best to take a few days to rest. Additionally, plan to refrain from playing contact sports, such as boxing and martial arts, for a period of time. Although every patient is different, you’ll likely need to refrain from mild forms of exercise for one to three days after your surgery.

    Eye Care
    Patients often report experiencing itching in the eyes right after surgery. You might feel as though a foreign body is in your eyes. It’s important to refrain from scratching or rubbing your eyes, as doing so can move the corneal flap. Rest assured these sensations are temporary and should subside within a few days. Wear your eye shields at night for at least a week following surgery, or as long as your eye surgeon recommends. Avoid wearing eye makeup or applying creams to the area for at least one to two weeks following surgery, and avoid coloring or perming your hair for at least 10 days. You can also help prevent an eye infection by avoiding dusty environments and protecting your eyes with dark sunglasses.

    Personal Hygiene
    It’s a good idea to take a shower prior to your LASIK surgery. Otherwise, you’ll need to delay showering after your eye surgery until the following day. While bathing, take precautions to avoid getting soap and other personal care products in your eyes. Eye surgeons also warn against getting tap water in the eyes for at least a week. For the next two weeks after surgery, avoid using saunas, swimming pools, and hot tubs.

    If you have any questions about self-care following your LASIK surgery, please contact Newsom Eye of Tampa. You can reach us at (813) 908-2020 or visit our website to learn more about LASIK care. We offer free initial consultations for patients considering LASIK surgery.

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