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20/20 Eyes in the Sky: LASIK for Pilots

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Airline pilots are responsible for thousands of lives every day. It is essential that they maintain optimum vision to accurately read cockpit instruments, maps and charts as well as detect other air traffic and runway obstacles.

More and more pilots are turning to Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, commonly know as http://www.westernlasereye.com/lasik.html LASIK eye surgery, to improve their vision and eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, because eyesight is vital to an airline pilot, this type of surgery should not be entered into lightly.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently allows pilots to undergo LASIK, but also realizes that LASIK can have adverse effects that could interfere with flying duties. Such adverse effects can include:

Horizon Eye Care, P.A. Announces New Statesville Office Location

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Horizon Eye Care announces today the opening of its Statesville office location at 525 Brookdale Drive, phone (704) 761-0200, which is adjacent to Iredell Memorial Hospital. The primary focus of the office is to provide medical and surgical services involving primarily cataract and retinal care. “Horizon Eye Care recognizes the vibrant and growing community in Statesville and is pleased to be able to become part of the medical community,” says Dr. Paul Galentine, MD, Horizon Eye Care’s Chairman, Board of Directors.

Dr. Jack Gillis, MD is returning to the Statesville community following three years of practicing ophthalmology in Mooresville. Dr. Gillis will continue to practice in Mooresville and add Statesville to his weekly schedule. Dr. Gillis will focus on medical referrals from the Statesville area doctors as well as surgical cataract care. “I am thrilled to be returning to the Statesville community where I have been serving patients and referring doctors for over 10 years and look forward to providing state-of-the-art cataract care and excellent service to the Statesville area residents and doctors,” says Dr. Gillis.

Symptoms/Signs Of Cataracts

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What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a ‘fogging’ or clouding of the eye’s normally clear, transparent lens. Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, like looking through a frosted window.

Cataracts can be small and require no treatment. When the cataract begins to impair vision, however, and daily tasks become difficult, it’s time to visit your eye surgeon to discuss cataract surgery.

In times past, cataract surgery removed the damaged lens but did not replace it, so the patient wore thick glasses or specially designed contact lenses. Today, amazing advances in cataract surgery, including the intraocular lens, offer great freedom and a less complex procedure.

LASIK and Pregnancy

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Pregnancy and LASIK are not good bedfellows. Nor are nursing and LASIK. If you would like to have LASIK done, but also plan to become pregnant, it will be necessary to have the baby first, and finish the breastfeeding, and then wait for at least two months or so before going ahead with LASIK.

Eye Changes During Pregnancy

Both pregnancy and lactation produce hormones which can change the way your eyes refract (bend) light. Hormonal changes can cause the body to retain more fluid. This is often evident in a pregnant woman’s ankles, but swelling can occur anywhere in the body. When the eye’s lens swells vision is slightly distorted – you might become more nearsighted or more astigmatic, or occasionally more farsighted. The same is true during breastfeeding, as those hormones remain elevated until breastfeeding is stopped.

Intraocular Implant Lens Options (IOLs)

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So, you’re considering RLE (refractive lens exchange) surgery but you want to know more about the types of implantable lenses that can be used. Excellent! Every ophthalmologist worth his/her salt would advise you to do research before any vision correction procedure. With all the information available on the World Wide Web these days, there is no reason why patients can’t be well informed on any surgical procedure they are considering.

Let’s start with the basics. And IOL is an intraocular lens, meaning inside the eye. RLE is the surgical procedure in which your natural eye lens is replaced with a permanent implant, or IOL, and restores your vision. Generally, RLE surgery is for people who are at least 50 and are very near- or farsighted, not qualifying for LASIK surgery.

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