Cataract Surgery Options

Cataracts are a cloudiness that forms in the normally clear lens of the eye, leading to decreased vision. Although cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, cataract surgery options offer easy solutions to clear vision for the millions that suffer from this condition. Depending on your pre-operative vision and desired result, Dr. Wright in Rapid City may choose to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant called an intraocular lens (IOL). This has been done for routine cataract surgery for years. There are several IOL options that remedy different types of vision problems. Dr. Wright can help you decide which is right for you.

There are numerous cataract surgery options. Below are two categories to consider:

Refractive Cataract Surgery: There are several options for refractive cataract surgery. This category includes surgeries that use special IOL lenses designed to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The goal is to correct the cloudiness from the cataract as well as to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, reducing the need for distance and near vision glasses.

Standard Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery with a basic, standard, IOL. This type of cataract surgery corrects the cloudy lens but does not provide additional vision correction. With this type of cataract surgery, most patients will see better than before the surgery, but unlike other lens options, will likely require glasses at all distances for the best vision.

At Wright Vision Center, we want you to know that quality vision correction is our specialty. To learn more about your cataract surgery options or to schedule an examination with Dr. Wright, contact us at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com today.

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Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a normal result of the aging process. The crystalline lens within your eyes is composed of proteins. These proteins are soft and flexible when you are younger. As you approach middle age, presbyopia occurs as the protein composition of the crystalline lens changes, making it harder and less flexible. When the crystalline lens loses its ability to flex, it is no longer able to change its shape and effectively bend light rays as sharply, and the ability to focus on near objects is diminished. Symptoms of presbyopia typically begin between age forty and fifty and progressively worsen through age sixty-five. When presbyopia begins, people who already wear glasses may need bifocals or trifocals, and those who have never worn glasses may require reading glasses.

If you are around age 40 and considering LASIK, presbyopia is an important concept to understand. LASIK has absolutely no effect on your eye’s focusing muscles or on the crystalline lens, so it does not correct ordinary presbyopia. So, if you only need eyeglasses for reading, LASIK is not a good vision correction option for you. However, if you need to have your distance vision corrected and need some help with close vision because you are beginning to experience presbyopia, LASIK may be an option if performed as a specialized monovision LASIK.

Currently, monovision LASIK is the most popular vision correction surgery for presbyopia treatment. During monovision LASIK surgery in Rapid City, Dr. Wright corrects one eye for distance vision and leaves the other eye for near vision. After monovision LASIK, a person relies on one eye for driving and other distance vision tasks, and uses the other eye for computer work and reading. Though this may sound a little strange, after a short period of adjustment and adaptation, monovision typically feels natural and most monovision LASIK patients are pleased with their vision and are significantly less dependent on reading glasses.

Depending on your individual lifestyle and vision requirements, LASIK treatment for presbyopia may be an option you’d like to discuss with Dr. Wright. Contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com to schedule your LASIK consultation today.

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LASIK Reviews

If you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether LASIK surgery is right for you. After all, LASIK surgery has a successful history and most patients are satisfied with their results.

Potential patients rely heavily on LASIK reviews from family, friends and colleagues. When researching LASIK surgery, it is important to read LASIK reviews by patients who have had the procedure and can speak to their experience.

After reading through Wright Vision Center LASIK reviews, the most important step is to schedule an exam with Dr. Wright to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Although LASIK surgery is a popular and successful vision correction method for many patients, it isn’t the most appropriate option for everyone, and it does come with some risk.

During LASIK eye surgery in Rapid City, Dr. Wright creates a flap in the cornea and then uses a laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive error problems in the eye. LASIK surgery is best suited for patients who have a moderate degree of refractive error causing:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia), in which you see nearby objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia), in which you can see far objects clearly, but nearby objects are blurry
  • Astigmatism, which causes overall blurry vision

Patients with dry eye syndrome, thin corneas, certain medical conditions or diseases, as well as other issues, may disqualify them from being a good LASIK candidate. A successful surgical outcome depends on careful evaluation of your eyes before the surgery.

Contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com to learn more about our LASIK reviews or to schedule your LASIK exam with Dr. Wright.

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LASIK Healing – Part Two

Avoid Any Facial Applications: Avoid applying any facial applications, especially around your eyes. Creams, lotions and makeup should be avoided to prevent infection. Eye liner, eye shadow and mascara are especially dangerous because small particles from the makeup can enter or irritate your eye.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun: You’ll find that your eyes are incredibly sensitive to bright light, especially sunlight, post-surgery. You may want to consider wearing your sunglasses indoors if the indoor lighting is bothering you as well. Wearing dark sunglasses to protect you from the sun or bright light is important for helping your cornea heal.

Avoid the Impulse to Touch or Rub Your Eyes: No matter how bad they burn or itch, do not touch your eyes after LASIK. Rubbing or scratching your eyes is a natural tendency that everyone is born with, and refraining from doing this will be the most challenging thing you face during the healing process.

Depending on the type of procedure and state of your eyes before surgery, LASIK healing can last as few as five days to a few weeks. Most patients are generally free to go about their general routines within a few days of the procedure.

During the LASIK healing period, it is common to experience vision fluctuations. Don’t be alarmed because they are a completely normal part of the recovery process! While your eyes are healing, your corneas stabilize in their new shape and your vision will experience the stabilization accordingly. Your vision fluctuation might be any of the following:

  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Difficulty driving at night

These symptoms can last for only a few days or up to a few months after surgery. Although they are not worrisome, it’s important to communicate with Dr. Wright  about your vision fluctuations during your follow-up appointments so you can be better monitored and advised throughout your post-op care.

If you are ready to find out if LASIK is right for you, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com to schedule your free consultation.

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LASIK Healing – Part One

One of the many benefits of LASIK eye surgery in Rapid City is a fast healing and recovery time. Below are several tips that can speed up LASIK healing and help you to avoid any complications after surgery:

Give Yourself Time to Heal: After your LASIK surgery, give you and your eyes time to rest before you go about your daily activities normally. Ease your way back into the flow of things, and make sure you take a couple of days off work to allow for adequate healing.

Consider Taking Baths Instead of Showers: A bath may enable you to protect your eyes better than you would in a shower. Shampoo and soap can contaminate or irritate your eyes, so any contact with these products should be avoided. Water from the shower that hits you directly in the face can also cause complications when the droplets hit your eyes. When drying yourself, make sure you avoid rubbing your eyes at all costs.

Make Follow-Up Appointments a Priority: You will have several scheduled visits with Dr. Wright after your LASIK surgery and it is important that you keep all your follow-up visits to properly monitor your recovery progress.

Use All Prescribed Medication: Dr. Wright will prescribe medicated and lubricated eye drops to assist with the LASIK healing. These eye drops are essential for the healing process and can help prevent any dryness or discomfort. Use them as frequently as directed.

Avoid Playing Sports: You’ll want to avoid any sports, whether they are contact sports or not, for up to a month. Although it may be possible for you to participate in non-contact sports much sooner, your vision and depth perception may not have fully adjusted. This puts you at risk of having a person or object inadvertently hit you in the eyes which can create complications for your LASIK healing.

Wear Proper Eye Protection: After your LASIK procedure, you will be provided with an eye shield to protect your eyes. You’ll want to have some type of eye protection for up to two weeks after your surgery to prevent damage that may occur while you sleep, or an inadvertent blow to the eye from a person or object.

LASIK Healing Part Two continued next week.

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LASIK Average Cost

The cost of LASIK eye surgery varies drastically across the country. Several factors influence the LASIK cost, but the average price most people pay is about $2,000 per eye.

The price you’ll pay for your LASIK depends on several factors, including:

  • The type of laser technology you choose
  • The type of surgical instrument used to create the corneal flap
  • If your pre-op exam and follow-up visits are covered in the fee
  • If your post-op medications are included in the fee
  • If retreatments (if necessary) are covered in the fee
  • The skill, reputation and experience of your refractive surgeon
  • The community and area of the country you live in

The least expensive LASIK procedure is standard (non-wavefront-guided) LASIK; during this procedure, the corneal flap is created with a mechanical microkeratome. This is somewhat outdated LASIK technology.

The highest-priced option typically is wavefront-guided custom LASIK performed with the latest-technology excimer laser and a femtosecond laser for the corneal flap. Wavefront-guided technology uses precise computer-generated mapping of the eye to guide the excimer laser as it reshapes the cornea, often providing better visual outcomes than standard LASIK.

The eye surgeon performing your procedure will also influence the cost of LASIK eye surgery. Surgeons with the most experience tend to charge a bit more because they bring lots of expertise to the table.

LASIK Financing Options

To help patients afford LASIK and other vision correction procedures, many refractive surgeons offer financing plans to fit any budget. In some cases,0% financing is available for a limited payback period. Ask your eye surgeon for information about available financing plans during your LASIK consultation.

You only have one set of eyes. Choose wisely when it comes to laser vision correction surgery — don’t let the cost of the procedure be your primary consideration. To learn more about LASIK in Rapid City or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com.

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LASIK Consultation Preparation

In order to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK, you must first have a thorough, dilated eye exam with a qualified ophthalmologist. This exam is often referred to as a LASIK consultation.

Here are a few things to consider for your LASIK consultation preparation:

Discontinue Contact Use: It is important for you to stay out of your contact lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to your consultation. Contact lens use can change the shape of your corneal surface which can reduce the accuracy of the measurement of your refraction.

Know What to Expect: During the examination several tests will be administered, including measurements taken to determine your prescription, the shape of your eye, the thickness of your cornea and the level of dryness in your eyes.

Make a List of Questions: Your LASIK consultation is intended to gather all the information needed to determine if LASIK is an appropriate method of vision correction for your eyes. But more important, it is an opportunity for you to learn about the procedure and to have all your questions answered.

Medical History and Medication Information: Dr. Wright will need to be aware of any medical problems you may have or any medications you are currently taking. Be prepared to share medical information at your visit.

Eye Prescription History: An important factor in LASIK candidacy is having a stable prescription. If you have older prescription information, or actual eyeglasses, please bring them with you to your appointment.

Arrange a Ride Home: Since your eyes may be dilated during the exam, you may want to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.

Coming in for a consultation in Rapid City is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK or an alternative vision correction procedure. If you would like to find out if LASIK is right for you, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com to schedule your LASIK consultation today.

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LASIK

LASIKLASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, also commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is the most popular form of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

For clear vision, the eye’s cornea and lens must bend (refract) light rays properly. This allows images to be focused on the retina. Otherwise, the images will be blurry. This blurriness is referred to as a refractive error and is caused by a difference between the shape or curvature of the cornea and the length of the eye.

In Rapid City, Dr. Wright performs LASIK surgery by using a laser to reshape the eye’s cornea, improving visual acuity. For many patients LASIK provides a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.

During the LASIK procedure a flap of corneal tissue is created. This flap is then peeled back so that the laser can reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Once the reshaping is complete, Dr. Wright replaces the flap. The cornea will naturally hold the flap in place, so no stitches are required.

Although LASIK has helped millions of people improve their vision and reduce their need for glasses or contacts, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. You must be at least 18 years old, have healthy eyes and a stable prescription that is within the range that LASIK can correct. It’s also important to consider the risks and rewards and make sure you have realistic expectations.

Potential LASIK risks may include:

  • Corneal infection
  • Corneal scarring or permanent problems with the cornea’s shape, making it impossible to wear contact lenses
  • Decrease in contrast sensitivity, even with 20/20 vision, objects may appear fuzzy or gray
  • Dry eyes
  • Glare or halos
  • Light sensitivity
  • Night driving problems
  • Reduced vision or permanent vision loss
  • Scratchiness

For more information about LASIK or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com.

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LASIK for Astigmatism

LASIK for AstigmatismAstigmatism is a common condition in which the cornea of the eye has a shape similar to that of a football, rather than a normal corneal shape resembling a baseball. Because the cornea is oddly shaped, light bends unequally as it enters the eye, causing vision distortion or blurriness.

Many who suffer from astigmatism do not know that it can often be corrected with LASIK eye surgery. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a popular form of laser eye surgery that reshapes the inner layer of the cornea to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. LASIK eye surgery has proven to be an effective treatment for many patients with mild or moderate astigmatism. LASIK is also a convenient option for many other people, even if they don’t have astigmatism.

LASIK for astigmatism is accomplished by smoothing out the irregularities of the cornea at the precise points of the astigmatism, therefore allowing light to focus correctly on the retina. During the LASIK procedure in Rapid City, pulses of cool, ultra-violet light are emitted from a computer-guided laser to remove corneal cells according to your unique prescription.

There may be some patients with severe astigmatism that do not qualify for LASIK surgery. Many people suffering from astigmatism are children and it is recommended that LASIK patients be over the age of 18 years old to ensure that their refractive error has stabilized.

Depending on the type and severity of astigmatism, as well as other factors, Dr. Wright may be able to treat your eyes with LASIK. To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK, Contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com to schedule a consultation.

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Why is Some LASIK Cheap?

Why is some LASIK CheapIf you are considering LASIK, you’ve probably noticed advertisements for low-cost, discount LASIK. While discount LASIK eye surgery may sound enticing, there are numerous reasons to be wary of these so-called “deals.” Let’s review why some LASIK is cheap:

Discount LASIK advertisements usually contain fine print regarding the actual cost of the LASIK procedure. Typically, this either means hidden fees are involved and the patient doesn’t actually save money or only a small number of people qualify to receive LASIK eye surgery at that low price. Many times these ads look great on the surface but it is only after you have gone into the eye doctor’s office that you find out the true costs. Be especially wary of such bold offers; many people who choose to undergo LASIK in this way are hit with additional fees after their surgery is over.

While LASIK is generally an extremely safe procedure, a low cost can be an indicator that corners are being cut. Discounts and group deals on LASIK pose the risk of poor surgical outcomes and poor patient care due to outdated technology. It is important to find a LASIK surgeon that has sufficient experience and uses the latest blade-free technology such as Dr. Wright in Rapid City.

Prices for LASIK can vary widely depending on your particular prescription and other factors. The average price for LASIK surgery is around $2,000 per eye.

The important issue concerning the cost of LASIK is whether the fee advertised is all inclusive. Before you schedule a LASIK procedure, confirm with your surgeon everything that is and is not included in the fee you have been quoted and request the information in writing.

Even where price may be a significant concern, many patients are able to take advantage of financing options with affordable monthly payment plans. To learn more about the cost of LASIK in Rapid City or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightivisioncenter.com today.

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