PRK

Overcoming Your Anxiety of Refractive Surgery

A few of your friends have raved about their new and improved vision from their recent Orlando LASIK treatment at Magruder Laser Vision. You, however, have remained a little doubtful about this procedure, which is completely normal. In order to overcome your fear of the unknown, it’s time to learn the facts about this safe and fast procedure. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Will I be awake during the procedure?

Yes. Your eye will be dilated and your eyelids will be held open throughout the procedure. However, there will be a short period of time during the procedure in which the eye cannot see. This period lasts for about 10 seconds. When vision returns, your vision will be vastly improved.

How much pain will I be in?

A mild sedative and numbing drops will be put in the eyes before the procedure to alleviate any pain at the time of the treatment. Pressure may be evident, but minimal to no painful sensations.

Does the laser hurt my vision in any way?

The laser is in contact with the surface of the eye for approximately 10-15 seconds, which causes no damage.

What if I blink or move my eye during the procedure?

The latest technology for LASIK contains an eye-tracking system that follows your eye’s movement; when your eye moves in one direction or another, the laser will follow precisely. Additionally, the numbing drops and muscle relaxers given before the procedure alleviate much of the eye’s movement. Blinking is not possible since the eyelids are held open with gentle pressure from specially designed eyelid-holder.

Because modern LASIK is computer-driven, this means that human error is greatly reduced. Complications from LASIK surgery are quite rare, and nearly all patients recognize an improvement in vision after their LASIK procedure. Contact the Orlando LASIK specialists at Magruder Laser Vision for a free consultation with our dedicated staff by calling 407-843-5665. Doc Brock and his staff will discuss the LASIK procedure in detail with you and answer any additional questions at that time.

What Exactly is the PRK Procedure?

prk-orlando You’ve made the decision to have corrective laser eye surgery and have heard that LASIK is the accurate terminology used for the procedure that will allow you to ditch your contacts and glasses once and for all. You may be surprised when you are told that you may be a better candidate for PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) surgery instead of LASIK. Photorefractive keratectomy was first performed in the mid 1980s, and the PRK technique continues to be refined and improved while giving you the same results as LASIK: great vision! Doc Brock, a leading Orlando ophthalmologist, shares further information on PRK.

PRK has constantly improved over these years and is now often call Advanced Surface Ablation. Only a skilled ophthalmologist will be able to determine what procedure is best for you. Doc Brock of Magruder Laser Vision shares that there are several circumstances when PRK may be your best option in vision correction:

  • The cornea is too thin to create a flap as is done in the LASIK procedure.
  • As an enhancement procedure for previously performed refractive or cataract procedures
  • The cornea may be irregularly shaped
  • The cornea may be scarred from a previous accident.
  • Corneal diseases or conditions are present, like map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy, recurrent corneal erosions, or scars from contact lenses.

 

Similar to LASIK, PRK can treat the same types of vision issues. Myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism are treated when small amounts of the surface of the cornea are removed to help reshape the eye. In LASIK, the laser stream is focused on the area underneath the cornea; with PRK, the laser is focused on the top which eliminates the need for a flap to be made prior to targeting the laser. PRK is often considered to be the best vision correction procedure for those leading active lifestyles such as athletes and military personnel. The recovery period for PRK sometimes takes a wee bit longer than LASIK, but the final results are similar. During your initial consultation, Doc Brock will determine which procedure is best suited for your individual situation.

Magruder Laser Vision implements the most advanced eye surgery technology for PRK vision correction, and we are there every step of the way to help our patients prepare for eye correction. For the PRK procedure, we recommend the following protocol:

 

  • Begin taking fish oil supplements. Studies have shown that Omega 3’s reduce inflammation and dryness and help you heal faster during your PRK eye surgery recovery.
  • Plan ahead. Tell your family, friends, and employer that you are scheduled for PRK eye surgery and will probably need a few extra days to recover.
  • Prepare for your recovery. Purchase an over-the-counter pain medication which usually provides you the most effective relief. You will also have prescriptions for pain medications to use if needed. Place a few cool packs in your freezer so they are ready to use. The day after your PRK procedure may be uncomfortable, but any pain is typically well-managed with over-the-counter medications. The best way to manage pain from PRK is to stay one step ahead of it. During your PRK eye correction recovery, try to spend the day sleeping. Some of our patients have shared that they passed the time sleeping or lying still with their eyes closed listening to music, etc. Over the years, we have found that PRK surgery patients who are well-prepared are the patients who have the easiest time with their recovery from PRK.

 

PRK eye correction may be the answer to your quest of tossing the contacts and glasses forever. Schedule your initial consultation with Doc Brock, a leading Orlando ophthalmologist, today, and begin your journey to restored vision. Call us at 407-843-5665, or schedule your appointment with a click of the mouse. Magruder Laser Vision looks forward to correcting your vision and changing your life.

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.

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.

PRK Eye Surgery Might Be Your Best Choice in Vision Correction

Most patients assume that they are a candidate for LASIK surgery and are surprised when they learn during the consultation that Dr. Magruder recommends PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) eye surgery instead. LASIK surgery creates a corneal flap, about the thickness of a piece of scotch tape. In PRK there is no flap, the epithelium, the outmost layer of corneal cells are removed and then the laser treatment is performed.

Photorefractive Keratectomy was first performed in the mid 1980’s. The PRK technique continues to be refined and improved and gives you the same results as LASIK: great vision!

Why PRK May Be Your Best Surgical Option

There are several reasons why PRK may be your best option in vision correction. Some of the common reasons are the cornea is too thin to create a flap, an irregularly shaped cornea or for some patients, their cornea may be scarred from a previous accident.

If Dr. Magruder advises PRK, don’t be alarmed. It is a great procedure. Your healing time will be a little longer than LASIK, and initially there may be more discomfort but you’re going to have a great outcome!!

At LaserVue Orlando, we use the most advanced eye surgery technology for PRK surgery and help our parents prepare for eye surgery. If PRK is recommended, follow these simple rules:

  1. Begin using Fish Oil supplements. Studies have shown that Omega 3’s reduce inflammation and dryness, and help you heal faster during your PRK eye surgery recovery.
  2. PLAN AHEAD. Tell your friends and employer that you are having PRK eye surgery and will need a few extra days to heal and recover.
  3. Purchase your favorite OTC pain medication (Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc.) and place a few cool packs in your freezer.

Tips for PRK Eye Surgery Recovery

The day of surgery can be a piece of cake. Dr. Magruder will give patients Valium or a similar medication about 30 minutes before the PRK procedure. When the surgery is over, we often will give patients Tylenol PM to help them sleep.

The day after your PRK eye surgery may be uncomfortable but can be managed with over the counter medications. The best way to manage pain from PRK is to stay one step ahead of it. During your PRK eye surgery recovery, try to spend the day sleeping. Our patients have mentioned that they passed the time by keeping their eyes closed and listening to an audio book or music.

Over the years, we have found that PRK surgery patients who are prepared are those who have the easiest time with PRK eye surgery recovery. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You can find out more information about PRK in our FAQs section. Also, if you think LASIK or PRK eye surgery might be the right choice for you, request a consultation with Dr. Magruder today.