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I Hit 40 and I Need Readers. What Gives?

QC_blog_post-(1)Your eye contains a specific elastic protein that is responsible for the rapid ability of your lens to change shape. This is how your eye focuses. The elasticity of this protein pulls and relaxes around the perimeter of the lens, causing it to stretch or relax. The change in the lens’s shape is responsible for our ability to see far away and close within a fraction of a second. As we age, the lens elasticity decreases and focusing ability decreases as well.  Most of us notice this change when we try in vain to focus on a prescription bottle, a magazine, or a book and cannot make the words come into focus. This condition is called presbyopia (literally “old eyes”) and affects more than a billion people around the world. How does this relate to needing readers? The Orlando ophthalmology experts at Magruder Laser Vision explain.

Less than 30 years ago, Americans had no choice when their vision became presbyopic; their doctors prescribed “readers,” or bifocals, to correct their vision. Doc Brock and the staff at Magruder Laser Vision want you to know that this condition is now treatable with a number of outpatient vision correction procedures that will make your life easier. Treatments may include KAMRA corneal inlay, LASIK, PRK, or refractive lens exchange. The first – KAMRA is the latest procedure specifically designed for people suffering from presbyopia. Knowing the health and structural integrity of your eye will determine which of these Orlando ophthalmology procedures is the correct one for you.

KAMRA

This is probably a procedure you are not familiar with because it is quite new. Working much like the lens of a camera (hence the name), this cutting-edge device controls the amount of light entering your eye and focuses it to give you enhanced visual clarity. This allows a greater focal range so you can see both distant and near objects without difficulty. Patients between the ages of 45 and 60 who have stable far vision but trouble seeing close up are the best candidates for this procedure.

LASIK

LASIK is available for nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatic, and presbyopic patients. By changing the shape of the eye, the focal plane, which is too short in myopia and too long in hyperopia, is redirected to the fovea in the back of the eye where sharp vision is most easily recognized.

PRK

Photorefractive keratectomy is quite similar to LASIK except the laser focuses on the surface of the cornea rather than behind it. Recovery from PRK may be longer than LASIK recovery, however. PRK is well suited for military personnel and athletes with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Refractive Lens Exchange

In this procedure, the natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens that has your prescription. Similar to cataract surgery, refractive lens surgery is a good choice for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia. A multifocal intraocular lens allows patients to see a broad range of vision under many different lighting conditions and is preferred for close-up vision. An accommodating intraocular lens is more specific to far vision, and monovision correction has one focusing distance; your physician may recommend monovision correction with one eye focusing on far objects while the other eye accommodates near vision.

  Doc Brock and the Orlando ophthalmology staff at Magruder Laser Vision will be happy to explain all these procedures with you. There are many outpatient procedures that can help you toss those readers. Give us a call at 407-843-5665 to set up a free evaluation. Read our latest blogs for information pertaining to procedures, eye care, and eye health. Being well informed will help you make the correct vision-correction decision.

How Contacts Can be a NIGHTMARE!

scarycontacts Halloween is rapidly approaching. For some, Halloween is their once a year opportunity to transform into someone (or something) else. People spend enormous amounts of money to create authentic costumes right down to changing the color of their eyes. Orlando Ophthalmologist, Dr. Brock Magruder, wants you to know that you should never use colored costume contact lenses as part of your Halloween attire. The risks are too great, even if you only plan to wear them once, and here’s why:

  • Colored contact lenses manufactured for costume use are one size fits all. Prescription contact lenses are made in various sizes and curvatures and are prescribed for patients based on the best fit. An ill-fitting lens can cause serious damage to the cornea of your eye. A corneal scratch is the most common result of wearing poorly fitting lenses. This condition is very painful and can result in permanent scarring of the cornea.
  • A corneal scratch is subject to a high risk of infection such as keratitis.
  • Improper hygiene and insertion of colored costume lenses pose a greater risk of developing conjunctivitis (pink eye), which is a contagious infection that can easily spread to both eyes and to others.
  • Colored contact lenses can cause blurry vision and/or decreased vision. In extreme cases, blindness is a real possibility.
  • All of the above can result from wearing these types of lenses only one time.

Let’s be realistic. Did Victor Frankenstein fix his monster’s vision or care what color they were before bringing his creation to life? Highly doubtful. When Dracula transforms from bat into vampire does his eye color change or does his vision improve? Don’t think so. So why would anyone want to jeopardize the health of their eyes or their vision just to play a part? It’s just not worth the risk.

People who wear prescription contact lenses are instructed in their proper insertion and removal along with correct cleaning and storage methods. Over-the-counter colored contacts do not provide the consumer with any of the procedures used to keep your eyes safe, especially if they have been purchased at the local Halloween store, novelty store, or beauty salon. If you have chosen to wear these colored contact lenses and experience the slightest discomfort, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting to your eye care professional immediately! Permanent damage can be caused in as little as 24 hours, so you cannot afford to ignore any symptoms you might experience.

Don’t take a chance of having your eyes look mummified! Severe swelling and redness is a real possibility if you chose to wear colored lenses for a costume. At Magruder Laser Vision, Orlando Ophthalmologist, Doc Brock, and his skilled team want you to protect your eyes and keep them healthy. Magruder Laser Vision. Correcting Vision. Changing Lives.

Things You Get to Throw Away After Eye Surgery

When a patient first steps through the doors of Magruder Laser Vision, Doc Brock and his staff want to know what brings them to our offices and to open a discussion about the reasons they are considering eye laser surgery in Orlando. One of the most frequent responses we receive is a simple one: patients are tired. They are tired of having to put on glasses before they get out of bed in the morning. They are tired of having to take their contact lenses out before going to bed and struggling to get them back in the following morning. Dr. Brock Magruder consults personally with each patient to determine if eye laser surgery is a viable option for their unique circumstances. Whether you are nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia), or suffering from the symptoms of a cataract, there is typically an eye laser surgical procedure that can eliminate the problem and correct your vision. At Magruder Laser Vision, we offer KAMRA, LASIK, PRK, ICL, refractive lens exchange, and laser cataract surgery, all of which are proven methods for restoring vision and improving the quality of life of our patients.  

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There are so much paraphernalia associated with wearing glasses and/or contact lenses, and it’s all costly. Frames and glass lenses are expensive. Contact lenses are expensive and require regular replacement. If you wear glasses or contacts, you know that you always have to have lens cleaner and cloths, cases, and cleaning solution on hand. Living in Florida, you also have to have clipon sunglasses or a pricey pair of prescription sunglasses, or lenses that darken when exposed to the bright sun. People who wear contact lenses and glasses are tired of having to lug around all of the additional equipment just so they can see the world clearly.  

Traveling as a glasses or contact lens wearer requires careful packing of all the items listed above. There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to find out you forgot to pack your glasses or a spare pair of contact lenses. You are pretty much praying throughout the entire trip that nothing happens to what you did manage to pack.

Doc Brock wants you to know that there are alternatives available to help correct your vision that will allow you to toss the glasses, the contacts, the dime store readers, and all of the “stuff” that accompanies being dependent on them to see the world as it was intended.  He invites you to come in for a no-cost consultation to determine if you are an eye laser surgery in Orlando candidate. The skilled staff at Magruder Laser Vision is devoted to helping you restore your vision and allow you to live life unencumbered by the costly supplies associated with glasses and contact lenses. Contact us online, or call us at 407-843-5665. We are Magruder Laser Vision — Correcting Eyes. Changing Lives.