Am I A Good Candidate For LASIK Eye Surgery?

If you’re considering LASIK to correct your vision problems once and for all the first step of the process is setting an appointment with your optometrist for a LASIK consultation.

A LASIK consultation will help your doctor determine whether you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery and what specific type of LASIK procedure is most appropriate for you.

 
 

While there’s no replacement for an actual optometrist appointment, this article will help you determine for yourself whether you could be a candidate for LASIK surgery, and whether you should be making an appointment with your optometrist.

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Requirements

  • Age: To be considered and eligible candidate for LASIK, you need to be at least 18 years old. Conversely, you are far less likely to be eligible for the procedure if you are older than 40 years old.

  • Overall health: To be considered for surgery, LASIK candidates need to be in good general health. Your vision will need to be stable for a period of at least one (1) year before the procedure.
    Candidates also should not have certain health problems, these include:

    • uncontrolled diabetes

    • autoimmune or collagen vascular disease

    • taking medication or having a condition that compromises the immune response (such as taking medication for organ transplants or having AIDS)

  • Corneal thickness is one of the most important factors doctors consider when determining your candidacy for LASIK eye surgery. The nature of the procedure limits candidates to those with a corneal thickness of at least 0.5 mm.

  • Eye Diseases: You need to be free of eye diseases like keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases.

  • Eye Conditions: Certain eye conditions including herpes simplex and herpes zoster as well as chronic dry eyes, will prevent you from becoming a candidate.

  • Infections and Injuries: Candidates should not have any eye infections or injury.

  • Nursing or pregnancy: Pregnant Women and nursing mothers are not eligible for LASIK eye surgery and cannot undergo the LASIK procedure until after three months from the end of nursing.
    This is because your hormones can adversely affect the stability of your prescription.

Other Lasik Prescription Requirements

Determining whether any patient is a suitable candidate for LASIK is made on an individual basis, taking a patients medical history, prescription, and other health factors into consideration

Your optometrist or ophthalmologist will also take note of your vision goals and your expectations for the procedure, and depending on whether or not your expectations are realistic, they will determine if LASIK is the best course of treatment.

Who Should Not Get LASIK Eye Surgery

Not everyone can be eligible for laser eye surgery, patients with certain diseases of the eye involving the cornea and retina can never be candidates.

The best way for you to find out is by having a thorough, no-obligation LASIK consultation.

 

LASIK Eye Surgery Questions/Answers

How Bad Do Your Eyes Have to be to Get LASIK

Your eyesight can’t be too bad.

People who have extremely high refractive errors, such as an above average level of myopia or hyperopia, are not recommended to undergo LASIK.

Is My Vision Too Bad for LASIK Surgery

If your eye doctor determines you are not eligible to be a LASIK candidate, you may still be a good candidate in the future. As the technology for laser eye surgery improves, people with higher and more difficult prescriptions are becoming good candidates for LASIK surgery.

How Much Can Laser Eye Surgery Improve My Vision?

LASIK is used to treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness, and astigmatism. the procedure is able to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses, but the procedure is not a guarantee for 20/20 vision.
With that said, the majority of patients who have laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery achieve 20/25 vision or better, which is suitable for most activities.

What Health and Eye Conditions Do I Need to Tell my Optometrist / Ophthalmologist about?

 
 

Even if you don’t have any of the major eye diseases and conditions listed above, to ensure the best possible results for your procedure, you should alert your doctors to the following minor eye and general health conditions during the consultation:

  • amblyopia (lazy eye)

  • strabismus (muscle imbalance)

  • any recurrent, residual, or active eye conditions that may influence healing.

General health conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include:

  • keloid scarring with previous surgical healing

  • back problems

  • claustrophobia.

You should also make sure your eye doctor is aware of any mental health conditions, as these may also affect your LASIK surgery or recovery.

Can LASIK treat my presbyopia?

While LASIK eye surgery can drastically improve your eyesight if you suffer from near- or far- sightedness, the procedure is not able to reverse the effects of age-related presbyopia. Most LASIK patients will still eventually need glasses for driving at night or reading as they move into old age.

 

Choosing the Best Eyeglasses and Frames for Your Personality

Whether you grew up wearing glasses or you’ve only recently started wearing them, glasses play an integral role in how we are perceived, and how we perceive ourselves.

The glasses you wear speak a lot about you.

If you wear glasses regularly but own a pair of contact lenses that you only use rarely or for certain sports, try this:

Swap out your glasses for your contacts for a day and count how many times people either tell you that you look different or even outright not recognize you.

You’ll be surprised how many of your friends and co-workers have difficulty recognizing you.

Forget "“you are what you eat”, you are what you wear.

And we all want the world to see us in a certain way. Everybody craves to be unique.

Whether you want to appear youthful, sophisticated, focused, business-minded, conservative, or just more intelligent, the right frames confer a powerful positive affect how you the world to perceives you.

With the right eyeglasses, you can create the image you want people to see. The most crucial thing to do is identify the right eye glass frames that echo your personality and lifestyle.

This guide will help you to identify which frames fit your personality.

Eyeglasses for the Modern Seniors

These upswept frames give this older gentleman a trendy, modern style

These upswept frames give this older gentleman a trendy, modern style

Because our eyes naturally degrade as we age our first tip is for the majority of glasses wearers out there; even if you’re a younger glasses-wearer, take heed —we all get there eventually.

Being older doesn’t mean you ought to wear old-fashioned glasses!

If you want to look younger, do yourself a favor and your experienced appearance with an injection of fresh style!

We aren’t saying that you ought to be ostentatious or gaudy, but seriously: get rid of those clunky metal frames that cover up your face. It’s high time you reclaim your youthful looks! 

To achieve a youthful face, you need to wear glasses that uplift your face.

Apart from your choice of frames, it’s no secret that smiling does wonders for looking younger

Apart from your choice of frames, it’s no secret that smiling does wonders for looking younger

Good examples of frames that achieve this are upswept rectangles for men and cat-eye frames for women.

The best colors to achieve a youthful look are deep browns, gun metal, and burgundy for men. Women are better off with light shinier hues.

For that youthful appeal, we recommend that you avoid bifocals and trifocals.

Instead, go for progressive lenses which provide clear vision for both close viewing and as far as your eyes can see.

And, because they’re so modern, progressive lenses also give older adults a more youthful look.

Eyeglasses for Students

There is no better time to develop your own identity than during highschool and college. It is at this time that most people mature and show off their own style.

Without being confined to a work environment, it’s possibly at this time in our lives that we have the most freedom to choose what we wear and how we present ourselves to the world. Students, young people (and lets be honest, even the young-at-heart) can go with any colors and shapes.

Maybe you want to look retro and hipster or intellectual and somber — it’s entirely up to you.

You have all the freedom to express yourself.

This is the best time for you to experiment with unconventional frame styles; and because the frames you wear so heavily affect how we are perceived, you may even want to reserve a certain frames for your internship or the important class presentation, and another for when you’re going out on the town on a Saturday night.

Check out these eyewear designs for college students and young adults for men and women.

 
 

Eyeglass for Serious Business

Notice how, despite the unbuttoned, plaid shirt, this fellow still looks extremely professional thanks to his business-appropriate eyewear

Notice how, despite the unbuttoned, plaid shirt, this fellow still looks extremely professional thanks to his business-appropriate eyewear

The right eye glasses can help you build trust and confidence among your colleagues and business clients.

For serious entrepreneurs and business people, it’s advised to wear glasses with conservative frame shapes and colors. 

In order to pull that serious look, consider these choices:

  • Colors like gold, brown, silver, gray and black are good colors for your frames.

  • If you choose to use plastic frames, avoid frames with bright colors

  • Use classic shapes such as rectangles, ovals, and almonds.

  • You can also opt for stainless steel and titanium frames.

For men, brown, black, silver and gun metal frames are good choices. These colors are easy and conservative. They easily pair with business outfits.

Colors such as the golden tone, brown, burgundy, silver, black and expresso are a good choice for women.

Classic tortoise patterns are also a good selection for both men and women. They easily blend well with business attires.

For a variety of business oriented frames, check out our men's styles and women's styles.

Eyewear for the Busy Mom and Dad

Busy moms and dads have little to no time to catch up with the latest trends in eyewear. A basic pair of glasses with styled frames works best.

Unless you work in a high-profile, public position you’re colleagues will understand if your eyewear is slightly out of date. And, if you’re at home taking care of the kids, hardly anyone will notice your frames anyway.

Perhaps, the only reasons to update your frames if you’re busy rearing children are personal —maybe you just really need to treat yourself and you may as well update your look — or if you want your kid’s friends to see you as the “cool parent”.

Really, the sky’s the limit here, and you may in fact have more freedom to be quirky and unique than even our young academics mentioned previously!

When it comes down to it, it matters less what stage you are in life and more how you want to present yourself to the world. This guide is just that: a guide.

You should feel free to pick whatever frames make you feel the most comfortable.

Feel like you could use a bit more advice on choosing the best frames for you?

Go ahead and check out our other guide on choosing the right frames for your face shape or schedule a free consultation and let our experts give you advice drawn from years of experience consulting patients from every walk of life.

10 Best Ways How to Stop Glasses From Fogging Up in the Winter

foggy glasses while drinking tea

The chilly winter weather combined with our own breathing and even our bodies’ natural tendency to sweat (yes, even when it’s cold) make the perfect recipe for foggy eyeglasses.

If you’re the type of person who relies on your eye wear to compete, or if you’re just tired of unintentionally blinding yourself with your own hot drinks, here are 10 of the best tips and tricks from around the interwebs

(Check with your optometrist before using any of these tips and tricks on your prescription glasses)

Not all of these tips will work for everybody; try each and see what works best for you! If you’ve discovered your own way to stop glasses fogging up that we missed why not tell everyone about it in the comments!

fogged glasses wearing coat

How to Stop Eyeglasses From Fogging Up

  1. Use Anti Fog Wipes to Clean your Lenses

    Staring off with an easy fix, anti-fog wipes are the first solution to come to mind and the easiest to purchase.
    The downside to this solution is having to bring your wipes along with you and having to stock up on them, but it is quick, and easy.

  2. Clean Your Lenses with Shaving Cream

    What some would call a “life hack”, just dab a little shaving cream on the front and back of either lens, wipe of gently with cold water.

  3. Rub White Soap on Your Lenses

    If you just don’t have any shaving cream lying around, you can also use white bar soap; remember not to rinse the soap of with water. Instead, lightly brush the soap of with a clean, dry cloth until your lenses are clear.

  4. Use Anti-Fog Cream or Spray on your Lenses

    Like using anti-fog wipes, a paste or spray has the same effect, but can be used in a number of additional applications

  5. Consider A Water-Repellent Lens Coating

    A more permanent solution if you are truly tired of having to deal with any and all moisture on your glasses’ lenses is to get a pair of glasses with the lenses coated with a water-repellent lens coating.
    However, this fix comes at the cost of being able to benefit from other types of lens coatings.

  6. Clean Foggy Glasses with Saliva

    Another life hack, this is by far the quickest and cheapest way to stop your glasses from fogging up. It may not be the best solution for sports, as the saliva can cause visual distortions; it also isn’t the most hygienic option, and may leave your glasses smelling a bit…odd.

  7. Skip the Scarf

    Depending on the fabric of your scarf, it may actually be the main reason your glasses are fogging up. Fabrics that have trouble letting air through can deflect your breathe and cause it to get trapped behind your lenses, causing fog.

  8. Wear or Choose Glasses that Sit Away From Your Face

    Instead of opting for a lens coating you can, instead, opt for new glasses frames that sit further away from your face.

    The increased ventilation will prevent water from condensing, allowing it to evaporate more quickly, while also preventing your breathe from getting trapped behind the lenses.
    This solution, unfortunately, lowers the amount of protection that your glasses offer against dust and debris

  9. Switch to Contact Lenses

    If you’re already considering shifting from glasses to contact lenses, here’s another reason for you: contacts don’t get foggy.

  10. Try Wearing Anti-Fog Glasses For Sports

    Similar to buying a new pair of frames or getting a new lens coating, this big ticket solution is for the dedicated outdoor activists out there that need the absolute best when it comes to eye wear quality.
    Most eyewear brands offer their own lines of socialized anti-fog sports glasses; you can browse our selection of brands and glasses here

foggy glasses in the cold

Wearing prescription glasses, and in fact, nearly any type of eyewear can make moving between warm and cold environments quite annoying, bothersome, and even hazardous. It is important to know how to prevent eyeglasses from fogging up, and this hazard should not be taken lightly.

Foggy glasses make it so you have to wipe the fog off every time you remove your glasses, compromising your vision and exposing your glasses to possible damage.

It’s worth knowing what’s causing the problem, how to keep glasses from fogging up in the cold and maintain your best vision.

If you’re considering any of the options in this list, why not schedule a free consultation at Midtown Optometry? We’ve got all the anti-fog options available if you aren’t sure which one is right for you.

You’ll certainly find the right solution for you from among our selection of prescription and sports eyewear.

5 Alarming Reasons You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Skiing Sunglasses

It’s hard to disagree that direct exposure to the Sun’s rays can do a lot of damage to your eyes and your vision.

Well, according to health experts, wearing your sunglasses during the winter is even more important than during the summer time.

Why?

During winter our eyes are, in fact, even more exposed to UV radiation during the cloudy days. Additionally, the much of the Sun’s light gets reflected off the ground, where it is normally harmlessly absorbed, into our eyes.

Light reflected by the mirror-like snow increases the amount of damage caused by UV radiation to your vision, can induce temporary “blindness”, and severe pain.

To keep yourself, and your eyes protected through winter, you need a pair of quality sunglasses.

Here are 5 reasons to wear sunglasses during winter: Number three may shock you!

5 Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

  1. Sunglasses Protect Eyes from Dust, Wind and Debris

    The weather can be quite challenging during winter. Sunglasses can give you a clearer view of your surroundings by creating a barrier that reduces the evaporation of moisture to keep your eyes well protected and comfortable.

    Airtight sunglasses have the added benefit of protecting your contact lenses from drying out in cold environments. With sunglasses, you wont have to worry about any debris carried by the wind to damage your cornea.

    Some lenses are fitted with hydrophobic coatings to repel water, dust, oils, lotions and fingerprints to keep your vision clear at all times.

  2. Sunglasses Reduce Glare

    Winter is well known for its precipitation that coats surfaces in snow, water, and ice, making most surfaces in the environment shiny, hence bright reflections that can easily impair your vision.

    This reflective glare, also known as snow blindness, is very dangerous and can cause fatal accidents since drivers, snowmobile riders, and skiers can’t see through bright light.

    If you enjoy outdoor activities during the winter, this glare can also make it easier for you to get lost, which can be very dangerous.

    To combat this glare, all you need is a good pair of sunglasses that can block the reflecting sun rays.

    We recommend polarized sunglasses to shield against these reflections.

  3. Sunglasses Protect your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

    Did you know that there are dangerous UV rays from the sun that can potentially harm your eyes and accelerate the development of cataracts and aged macular degeneration?

    Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can affect your eyesight and cause your eyes to age prematurely.

    Sunglasses will also prevent these rays from reaching the skin around your eye which prevents wrinkles caused by UV rays.

  4. Sunglasses Reduce Eyestrain and Headaches

    Your pupils control the amount of light that reaches the retina in your eye. In dim light the pupils widen to allow more light to enter the eye, and, conversely, your pupils will shrink when light is too bright to protect the retina.

    During winter, when light is often far too bright much of the time, your pupils will strain through out the day to reduce the light entering your eyes which in turn causes muscle fatigue and eye strain.

    Over exerted pupil muscles can leave you crippled by painful headaches throughout the winter.

    You are better off with sunglasses that have photochromic lenses. These lenses darken automatically in the presence of bright light hence protecting your eyes throughout the day.

  5. Sunglasses Improve Vision During Winter

    Your eyes are very delicate and need to be protected, especially during the harsher climate of winter.

    For good vision, your eyes require a just the right amount of light.

    Reflective glare is dangerous to the naked eye and can potentially bleach the retina which can lead to poor vision and reduced vision acuity. For these reasons, we recommend sunglasses, even and especially during winter, for long term vision and healthy eyes.

 
To prevent glare-induced eye strain, you need a quality pair of sunglasses that will reduce the light going into your eyes.

To prevent glare-induced eye strain, you need a quality pair of sunglasses that will reduce the light going into your eyes.

 
Wraparound sunglasses are particularly effective in preventing injuries from the dust, the wind and debris.

Wraparound sunglasses are particularly effective in preventing injuries from the dust, the wind and debris.

 
Good sunglasses will block UV Rays and keep your eyes healthy.

Good sunglasses will block UV Rays and keep your eyes healthy.

The comfort and the protection that comes with high quality sunglasses is priceless

The comfort and the protection that comes with high quality sunglasses is priceless

Now you know the importance of having high quality sunglasses during the winter.

Do you have sunglasses for the winter season?

We always advise our readers to steer away from cheap plastic sunglasses.

Get yourself quality lenses and you will notice the difference; feel free to browse our selection of the best quality, most stylish sunglasses on the market in 2019.