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Coping, Lighting, Television & Specialty Lenses PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 June 2011 16:07

Although the marketing of LASIK focuses on quality of life, informed consent does not. Instead, the real risks are hidden in medical jargon that never mentions their true effects, particularly severe depression and suicidal ideation.

Right now, there are many Lasik casualties worldwide struggling to...

 

  • Cope with depression and suicidal ideation, medical disease syndromes not explicitly mentioned on their informed consent.

  • Cope with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders.

  • Cope with their surgeons telling them that nothing is wrong with their eyes.

  • Cope with "second opinions" designed to protect their surgeon from legal problems.

  • Find a hard contact lens to fit their irregular corneas, often spending thousands and thousands of dollars hunting for a suboptimal solution.

  • Cope with the possibility of losing their jobs, homes, or spouses because of sudden, permanent visual loss.

  • Cope with three, four, or five complications at the same time.


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LIGHTING

One of the key factors I've tried to overcome is how best to accommodate my quality of life since LASIK. Visual aberrations differ from person to person, but I found in my situation the best way to adapt is to simulate daylight, as daylight offers the least complications. There is still a major loss of contrast but in my situation, it's the best I can do.

There are many ways to light your home, from the conventional light bulb to fluorescent and halogen. I found halogen to be the most costly and fluorescent to be somewhat effective. Still not the same as natural daylight. I did purchase a light from a local hydroponics store which proved quite effective, however, it is a 1,000 watt light bulb (ballast required) which did increase my electric bill.

There is a growing number of companies offering lighting simular to natural daylight. One such company, DaylightCompany offers all types of lighting, and in fact states many uses for their lighting especially for those with low vision. I've seen these lights, and I believe they would be beneficial to anyone with visual aberrations.

TELEVISION

HD! What a difference! The glare and ghosting are less with this type of TV compared to the older sets. LED, even better!

SPECIALTY LENSES

There ARE alternatives for those who may not want surgery and those with post refractive complications.

As an alternative to not risking your eyes to surgery, Paragon CRT® lenses reshapes your corneas while you sleep!

For those with Post-refractive complications, SynergEyes offers lenses that have been praised by both patients and practitioners.

For more information on these lenses and more, please...

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Dr. Edward Boshnick

Dr. Edward Boshnick maintains a cutting edge practice devoted to the restoration of vision and comfort lost as a result of refractive eye surgery (including LASIK and Radial Keratotomy), keratoconus, corneal transplant surgery, pellucid marginal degeneration, extreme dry eye, corneal dystrophies, corneal trauma and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.

Specializing in contact lens care, children's vision, orthokeratology and vision care for the partially sighted (low vision). Dr. Boshnick has been a clinical investigator for both the FDA and several major contact lens manufacturers for over 20 years. Dr. Boshnick has also lectured extensively and authored a number of professional articles dealing with contact and scleral lenses and orthokeratology.

Dr. Boshnick can be reached via his website www.eyefreedom.com or 305-264-4400.

Treatment for Post-Surgical Vision Loss

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How best to treat a patient who has suffered vision loss due to LASIK, RK or some other surgical procedure depends on a number of factors. Some of the symptoms and issues facing the doctor and patient included but are not limited to the following:

  • Reduced best corrected visual acuity

  • Irregular or distorted corneas

  • Open wounds and/or weakened corneal flap

  • Higher order aberrations

  • Decentered optic zones

  • Corneal ectasia

  • Extremely dry eye

  • Ocular pain and headaches

  • Vitreous floaters

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity

  • Dramatically reduced night vision

  • Visual phenomena such as glare, flare, halos around lights, starbursts

  • Overcorrection of the pre-surgical refractive error

  • Emotional issues due to many of the above factors

 

At the present time there is no cure for many of the above. However, there are a number of specialized lenses now available that will allow post-surgical patients to function on a much higher level with a much greater level of comfort. While there are a number of soft lens and gas permeable lens designs included in the "specialized lens" category, I have come to rely on two major lens designs to address the vision and comfort issues that most post-refractive surgical patients are facing. These lens designs are the new Synergeyes Post-Surgical Lens and Post-Surgical Scleral Lenses.

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