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What is the Difference Between Traditional LASIK and Custom LASIK?

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An excellent question that probably isn’t asked often enough. Folks see the word ‘LASIK’ and generally assume all procedures are the same. However, they are not. If you really want to do your homework and be knowledgeable about a surgery that affects your eyesight, learning the difference is important.

First of all, http://www.oceancountyeye.com/services/lasik.html LASIK is an acronym that stands for Laser-ASsisted In situ Keratomileusis. The basic procedure behind LASIK is simply that a laser is used to create a flap in the cornea. The cornea is then reshaped using one of different methods to return your eyesight to as close to 20/20 as possible.

An aberration of a lower order would be near-sightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. An aberration of a higher order would be night blindness and other night vision problems such as seeing halos around lights. (Aberration is just a fancy doctor word for vision problem.) Most ophthalmologists agree that the traditional form of LASIK surgery is better suited to resolving the lower order vision problems, while custom LASIK can treat lower order and higher order problems equally well.

Tear Today, Gone Tomorrow: LASIK and Dry Eyes

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Many people live with a condition called http://www.westernlasereye.com/eye-conditions.html “dry eye” on a daily basis. Dry eye occurs when a person’s eyes do not generate the proper amount of tears to keep the eyes adequately lubricated. People with dry eye may have symptoms such as:
• A feeling of scratchiness in the eyes
• A burning sensation
• Large amounts of mucous
• Sensitivity to wind and smoke
• Increased light sensitivity

Oddly enough, people with dry eye may also experience excessive tears as the lacrimal glands, which produce tears, try to compensate for the lack of lubrication.

LASIK History

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Radial Keratotomy (RK), a precursor to http://www.lasikdocs.com/lasik.html LASIK, was performed by making incisions on the corneal surface to correct http://www.lasikdocs.com/advanced-surface-ablation.html nearsightedness and farsightedness. These techniques were first studied by the Japanese, then improved upon by an eye doctor in the Soviet Union during the 1970s. He taught this to American doctors visiting the USSR. While not a perfect procedure, RK did decrease patients’ dependence on eyeglasses.

In 1976, IBM Corp. developed the excimer laser, used in LASIK procedures. The first American refractive surgery using an excimer laser was approved by the http://www.fda.gov/>Food and Drug Administration (FDR) in 1996. This laser revolutionized vision correction with its ability to remove very thin amounts of corneal tissue, equal to approximately 1/200th the thickness of a human hair, in approximately 12 billionths of a second.

MarketHATCH Practice Marketing assists Dental and Ophthalmology Professionals in Educating Patients and Growing their Practice

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Akron, OH - Dental and ophthalmology professionals across the United States are discovering how to maximize their marketing dollar while educating patients about the services they offer through MarketHATCH. In a struggling economy, medical practices are looking for affordable and innovative ways to market their practice, and many dentists and physicians are turning to MarketHATCH for custom marketing materials at an economical cost. MarketHATCH, http://www.markethatch.com, offers a wide and interesting variety of marketing materials, http://www.markethatch.com/PromoProducts.aspx?Type=3 promotional items, market development and mailing services to assist medical and dental professionals achieve business success.

Growing a practice’s bottom line is the focus of MarketHATCH, a turnkey ophthalmic and dental marketing company based in Akron, Ohio. The more your community and patients see your practice name, the more likely they will think of your ophthalmology or dental practice for their next medical or dental need. MarketHATCH works with the nation’s leading dental and ophthalmology practices to create customized marketing materials to fit both business and educational needs and goals. With help from MarketHATCH, Practices are finally able to market a fully developed message to their current and prospective patient base for literally pennies on the dollar.

Cataracts Are Common but Very Treatable

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In adults over the age of 55, cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss. Cataracts are also the number one cause of blindness globally. It is estimated that 50% of the global population will have a cataract by the age of 65, and almost all of us will have a cataract by the age of 75. However, there is light at the end of the cataract tunnel: they are very treatable if caught early, and many people are having their vision restored by cataract surgery.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that cataracts are very treatable, and more people are having their vision restored by cataract surgery than ever before.

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