LASIK stands for Laser Assisted Intrastromal Keratomileusis. During this procedure, the surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome to create a thin flap of tissue within the cornea. The corneal flap is then returned to its original position, adhering without stitches. This procedure is nearly painless and is performed under topical anesthesia.
Candidates should be at least 18 years old with a stable prescription. They must be within the range of the procedure, have no active eye disease and not be pregnant or nursing. There should not be any restrictions mandated by the candidate’s employer.
Dr. Kirshner can co-manage your Lasik and cataract surgeries with his network of ophthalmic surgeons. Laser technology offers an alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses for patients. Dr. Kirshner has guided hundreds of patients through refractive surgery with comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care.
It is vital to keep in mind that even if your vision seems perfect after LASIK, you may still need eyewear. If you’re over 40 or will be soon, it’s likely you’ll need reading glasses after LASIK. Many LASIK patients will benefit from a pair of prescription eyeglasses for night driving. Though these lenses may have only a mild prescription, they often can make your vision sharper for added safety and comfort.
A cataract is a common eye disorder in which there is clouding of the lens inside the eye leading to a decrease in acuity. The clouding process will progress, until eventually there is a complete loss of vision if not treated with surgery. Neither diet nor laser treatment will fix the cataract because it is a natural process of aging. Some of the warning signs for cataracts include light sensitivity, halos around lights, blurred or cloudy vision, difficulty driving at night or night blindness, glare, problems with depth perception, or faded color perception.
Dr. Kirshner can diagnose cataracts during a routine eye exam and determine if eye surgery is necessary. Fortunately, cataract surgery can help restore your vision long before you experience a loss of vision significant enough to interfere with your daily activities.
The I-Wellness Exam is a state-of-the-art technology that lets your doctor see beneath the surface of your retina where signs of disease first appear. Traditional eye exams and retinal photography do not provide this level of detail.
Dr. Kirshner and his associates will take a painless, non-invasive scan of your eye as a base line and then continue to monitor your scans at each eye exam. He will be able to detect any changes in the retina that may be associated with eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Glaucoma is an eye disease associated with elevated eye pressure which causes damage to the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss.
In most cases, glaucoma is not accompanied by any symptoms or pain. There are however, several risk factors that can lead to the disease – aging, family history, steroid treatment and diabetes to name a few.
Dr. Kirshner can evaluate your eye by the the I-Wellness Exam to determine if you are at risk for glaucoma.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. It is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. The macula is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. It controls your ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces and see objects in fine detail. The macula collects highly detailed images and sends them up the optic nerve to the brain.
By scanning your eye during the I-Wellness Exam, Dr. Kirshner can determine if you exhibit the early stages of macular degeneration.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a diabetes complication that affects the eyes. It is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
Diabetic Retinopathy like many other eye diseases show no symptoms upon onset. If not detected and treated properly, it can however, lead to blindness. Dr. Kirshner and his associates can determine if you have the early stages of this disease when he scans your eye during the eye wellness exam.
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