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Technology Spotlight: Cool-Beam Allegretto Laser

Technology Spotlight: Cool-Beam Allegretto Laser

Eye correction procedures are much more technologically advanced than they were even a decade ago. The most outstanding technology to date is excimer lasers. At Magruder Laser Vision, one of the solutions we utilize for LASIK vision correction technology is the WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® EX500 Excimer Laser System.

The Relationship Between Age & LASIK Surgery

Many people wonder about the best time to get LASIK Surgery. There isn’t a concrete age number, but it is best to seek LASIK surgery once your eyes have reached ocular maturity. This typically occurs at anywhere from 20-55 years of age. At that point in your life, you probably already wear glasses and contact lenses, and your vision is likely to be stable. It would also be nice to set aside the corrective lenses and experience the joy of waking up with clear vision.

In one of his informative videos, Dr. Brock "Doc Brock" Magruder Jr., a leading LASIK expert in Orlando, explains that there are two key reasons to get LASIK surgery at a younger age:

Though ocular maturity typically occurs between the ages of 20 and 55, LASIK can be performed both before and after this time frame. Those in their early 50s are at a higher risk for age-related changes in the lenses, including early stages of cataracts, making this time less recommended for LASIK. LASIK is not recommended for patients that are already experiencing these changes, but not all patients are the same. Some patients are great candidates in their early 50s and beyond.

Magruder Laser Vision can help you decide whether LASIK is the right option for your vision needs. Since opening in 1996, we have has continued to innovate by introducing game-changing technology and pursuing ongoing education to master the latest techniques. To learn more about the Orlando LASIK experts at Magruder Laser Vision can do for you, call us at (407) 843-5665 or read our blog for more information!

How Digital Devices Affect Your Eyes

Did you know that computer screens, smartphones, tablets, televisions and other digital devices all give off blue light? Do you know what this means for your eye health? Especially for people that wear corrective lenses? As reliance on digital devices grows, ophthalmologists are seeing more complaints about eye strain and eye fatigue. Digital devices expose your eyes to the same blue light as the sun, but in much smaller and safer doses. Because the exposure to blue light is relatively minimal, screens from digital devices do not pose the same risks as looking at the sun. There is also no risk or minimal from radiation exposure from staring at a screen. While there is no direct risk of harming your eyes from looking at screens, it is common to experience eye strain and eye fatigue as a result of screen time, especially in poor lighting and how you position yourself next to the screen. This is especially true for people that wear glasses or contact lenses.

To avoid eye strain, try some of these tips to make your eyes more comfortable:

  • Place your screen at least 20 inches away from your eyes

  • Change up your lighting so that there is little or no glare on your screen or try using a glare filter

  • Use a chair that you can easily adjust

  • Screens that can tilt and swivel are recommended

  • Use devices that allow you to avoid having to adjust your focal point and move your head a lot, such as a document holder placed near your screen.

Glasses meant for computer screens are also recommended, but you can try avoiding using glasses for computers and other vision issues by going for a consultation at Magruder Laser Vision to find out the best ways to take care of your eyesight.

In 1996, Orlando eye surgeon, Dr. Magruder, opened his practice and introduced locals to Central Florida’s first refractive surgery center. Since then, he has continued to innovate by introducing game-changing technology and pursuing ongoing education to master the latest techniques. To learn more about what the Orlando eye surgeons at Magruder Laser Vision can do for you, call us at (407) 843-5665 or read our blog for more information!

Eyewear Tips for Adventure-Seekers

When you’re heading to the office, the store and going about your everyday life, then eyeglasses may not seem so bad. But in the moments when you get to enjoy passions like rock climbing, skiing, or even just going for a run, it can be annoying to have your glasses bouncing around your face and falling off. The LASIK specialists at Magruder know your pain, as sports enthusiasts and eyecare professionals. Eyeglasses

Having vision problems and loving adventure don’t necessarily go hand in hand. The pair you wear to the office or school probably won’t sit on your face once you head to a workout, try a new fitness class, or indulge in an adventurous pastime. And even sporty wraparound style glasses can fall off and break if you’re going all out.

Lightweight lens materials and non-glare options can further be of use to outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts and recreational athletes.

Contact Lenses

For many people, contact lenses are a better solution because they perfect your vision without cumbersome eyewear and allow you to quickly use sunglasses without having to change glasses. While contact lenses can offer peripheral vision and other benefits that glasses do not, they too have drawbacks. It is not advisable to swim in contact lenses because you can risk infection, which makes competing in certain athletic events difficult.

LASIK

With LASIK, you can enjoy perfect vision without the annoyances and inconveniences of glasses and contacts. You don’t have to remember to pack contact solution, take them in and out, or care for them. LASIK in Orlando offers the ability to see while you swim, cycle, kayak, or anything else.

Magruder can help you find the right solution for your vision needs before you head out on your next adventure.

In 1996, Orlando LASIK specialist, Dr. Magruder, opened his practice and introduced locals to Central Florida’s first refractive surgery center. Since then, he has continued to innovate by introducing game-changing technology and pursuing ongoing education to master the latest techniques. To learn more about the team at Magruder Laser Vision can do for you, call us at (407) 843-5665 or read our blog for more information!

4 Common Eye Problems

Did you know that some type of vision loss will affect nearly everyone at some point? Sight is a precious sense that too many take for granted. The leading ophthalmologists at Magruder Laser Vision have seen patients with a variety of treatable and untreatable eye problems in their decades of experience. Look at just four of the many different ways your eyes could be affected.  

  1. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens, which affects vision. They are among the most common of all eye problems and one of the few that can be completely treated. A LASIK procedure clears the cataract and can also restore vision in some cases. For most people, cataracts are inevitable as a result of genetics and they can also be caused by UV exposure and eye traumas.
  2. Keratoconus isn’t as well-known as cataracts but is another condition that can be very serious if left untreated. Weakened collagen structures in the cornea can eventually lead to collapse. In late and advanced stages, a cornea transplant is necessary. With regular eye exams, keratoconus can be detected early and treated with minimally invasive procedures.
  3. Diabetic Retinopathy is a side effect of diabetes. The condition refers to the changes in the blood vessels of the retina caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels. Millions of Americans are affected with diabetes and millions more are prediabetic, while others remain undiagnosed, indicating that incidents of diabetic retinopathy is on the rise as a result.
  4. Macular degeneration is actually the leading cause of blindness, characterized by damage to the macula (the area of the retina that perceives light). This disease is more common in females. Other risk factors include age, smoking, and family history. There is no cure but treatments can help to slow the progression of the disease.

Booking an appointment with an Orlando eye surgeon can help to screen against the advancement of common eye problems and is essential to maintain healthy eyes.

In 1996, Orlando eye surgeon, Dr. Magruder, opened his practice and introduced locals to Central Florida’s first refractive surgery center. Since then, he has continued to innovate by introducing game-changing technology and pursuing ongoing education to master the latest techniques. To learn more about what the team at Magruder Laser Vision can do for you, call us at (407) 843-5665 or read our blog for more information!

What's in a Color?

When you look at any object, it reflects light at different electromagnetic wavelengths. As the light enters the eye, those wavelengths are interpreted by our brains as color. The Orlando ophthalmologist team at Magruder are here to highlight the most interesting facts on color and different disorders that may distort what you’re able to see.

Humans can see only a small spectrum of visible light, which we know as the outer bands of a rainbow: red and violet. Beyond red is infrared, which humans cannot see but can feel as heat. On the far side, the rainbow’s visible colors are ultraviolet. As with infrared, these colors are not visible to humans. Although, many pollen gatherers like bees and birds are able to see in ultraviolet.

The light we are able to perceive is carried from the eye to the brain via photoreceptors and neurons, while our ability to recognize color is made possible by light-sensitive pigments located in photoreceptors known as cones. The majority of cones lie within the macula, which gives the highest degree of visual clarity. Each cone is specific to three wavelengths of color: red, green and blue. However, if a light-sensitive pigment is absent from the cones, one of the primary colors will not appear.

Ironically, many people are considered colorblind although they are able to see multiple colors. More accurately, these individuals have a color-vision deficiency in which they are unable to distinguish certain shades. Color vision deficiency generally affects both eyes if it is inherited, and only one eye if caused by an injury or illness. Diseases that may cause color vision deficiency include: glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or leukemia.

Patients who experience any form of color vision deficiency will have the same amount of deficiency throughout their lives; it will generally not alter at any given time until they are elderly. Call the Orlando ophthalmologist experts at 407-843-5665 for a vision appointment if you believe your child may have a color vision deficiency, and read our blogs for information on the latest technology to treat many of the problems associated with poor vision.