Learning about Advanced LASIK surgery and laser vision correction

North Shore Eye Care is delivering the best in LASIK at the best value to our community. Our Community Superstars promotion is for law enforcement, firefighters, EMT’s, nurses, doctors and teachers. Along with the best board certified LASIK surgeons in Long Island, our community superstars receive a larger discount, a free LASIK exam with one of our eye surgeons, zero percent financing for two years, a lifetime LASIK commitment and a free pair of sunglasses.

There are many parameters and eye conditions we look for when we screen patients for LASIK surgery. Dry Eye Disease, although not absolute contraindication, needs to be addressed prior to any surgery. Dry Eye is a significant eye problem that affects millions of Americans. In today’s world, there are many things that cause dry eye along with the common causes that have always been there. Chronic contact lens wear can lead to significant dryness. Due to hormone change, post menopausal women routinely suffer from dry eye. Aging, smoking and certain medications like blood pressure medication and antidepressants cause dry eye. Also, low humidity conditions and a lack of hydration can cause dry eye. There can also be fluctuations in vision when reading a book or using a computer because our blink rate decreases. The symptoms of dry eye are typically that of sandy, gritty sensation along with irritation. Itching is more typical of allergy, but can also be a part of dry eye. Often, tearing a sign of dry eye. While this may not make sense at first, it is caused by over tearing that is from dry eye. This is because when we read, we blink less and the ocular surface dries out.

Detecting dry eye is can be challenging, but at North Shore Eye Care in Long Island New York, we have a computerized Tear Lab that measures the concentration of our tears. As the concentration of tears increases, the eye is drier. This is because a dry tear has a higher salt concentration due to less fluid in the tear. There are also clinical findings of dry eye including corneal staining, decreased tear break up time and decreased wetting in a Schirmer test. Once we establish dry eye, treatment is initiated. Treatment of dry eye is multifactorial including environmental changes like using hypoallergenic products and trying to avoid dry settings such as winter weather. We also use artificial tears and Restasis, a prescription medication that improves dry eye in many cases. We also use steroids at times and suggest nutritional supplements when appropriate. Once the cornea and/or tear film is optimized then consideration for laser vision correction can be entertained.

When you think of LASIK at North Shore Eye Care, our new state-of-the-art LASIK center has bladeless and custom technology. The LASIK center is strictly temperature and humidity controlled. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, our Customvue mapping system creates a unique fingerprint of your visual system much like the fingerprint on your hand. This information is transferred into the laser eye surgery system for correction. All of our flaps in LASIK are blade-free for the safest and most precise experience. As we are correcting your vision, the laser automatically centers and tracks and even uses your iris landmarks for the best possible result. If you are thinking of having LASIK, North Shore Eye Care has many locations. If you would like to schedule a free consultation and LASIK evaluation please call 631-265-8780

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