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How to Know If It’s Time for Cataract Surgery

How to Know If It’s Time for Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a part of the natural aging process and something you cannot avoid. As your eye’s lens ages, it becomes cloudier and more yellow. This causes objects to look blurry, hazy or duller than normal.

The only way to treat a cataract is surgically. The clouded lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a clear lens implant.

However, not every cataract needs to be immediately removed just because it is present. Cataracts are a progressive condition, and in the early stages, they may not cause noticeable visual symptoms. As they gradually mature, they can start to cause symptoms that affect daily living. When the effects of cataracts take a toll on your quality of life, it is time to consider having them removed.

The choice to have cataract surgery is very personal. It is your eye doctor’s responsibility to educate you about cataracts and your condition, and your decision to undergo surgery. Continue reading

Eye Twitching: Causes and Solutions

Eye Twitching: Causes and Solutions

An eyelid twitch, medically known as myokymia, is a painless, involuntary movement or spasm of the eyelid muscle. Usually twitching occurs in the upper eyelids of both eyes, although the lower lids can be affected, too.

For most people, eyelid twitching is an occasional condition and resolves itself without treatment intervention. But in certain cases, the problem can become ongoing, with the twitching becoming more severe and problematic. Chronic, serious eye twitching can make the eyes sensitive to light and even interfere with visual clarity.

Read on as the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami reveals the common causes of eyelid twitching and suggests some potential solutions. Continue reading

Signs that Indicate You Have Presbyopia

Signs that Indicate You Have Presbyopia

When you are young, your eye’s natural crystalline lens is elastic and can change its shape to adjust focusing power as needed. The muscles surrounding the eye help the lens bend and flex to focus on nearby objects.

But over time, the eye’s lens and the muscles surrounding the eye lose their elasticity and flexibility, which interferes with the eye’s ability to change shape. As a result, it can become difficult to see nearby objects closely. This is known as presbyopia, and it normally sets in around the age of 40 or shortly afterward.

Below, the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami reveals signs that indicate you may have developed presbyopia and should consult with an eye doctor. Continue reading

What’s Better: Bladeless LASIK or Advanced Surface Ablation?

What’s Better: Bladeless LASIK or Advanced Surface Ablation?

Do you rely on glasses or contacts to see clearly, but dream of freedom from corrective eyewear? You may want to consider laser vision correction with the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami. Laser vision correction reshapes the cornea so light entering the eye can focus properly on the retina. This reduces or eliminates dependence on visual aids.

At Laser Eye Center of Miami, we offer two types of laser eye surgery: bladeless LASIK and advanced surface ablation. Each has its own benefits and candidacy requirements. Continue reading

What Not to Do After LASIK

What Not to Do After LASIK

One of the aspects of your LASIK eye surgery procedure that will be discussed with you during your pre-operative consultation is what to do after LASIK surgery to ensure your chances of a safe recovery. Knowing what NOT to do can be just as helpful in trying to avoid complications and enjoy a smooth recovery.

Read on as the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami sheds light on a few key things not to do after LASIK. Continue reading

Why You Should Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

Why You Should Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes after an exhausting day or because a speck of dust got in your eyes is probably nothing to be concerned about. It can feel therapeutic and satisfying. But according to the eye doctors at Laser Eye Center of Miami, chronic eye rubbing is not good for your eyes. In fact, it can put your ocular health and vision at risk.

Here, our doctors share five reasons why you should avoid repeatedly rubbing your eyes:

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Protect Your Vision from the “Silent Thief of Sight”

Protect Your Vision from the “Silent Thief of Sight”

In today’s blog post, the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami wants to make you aware of one of the most insidious threats to your vision and ocular health: a disease called glaucoma. Glaucoma has been described as the “silent thief of sight,” because half of all people with glaucoma do not know they have it until it has progressed to the advanced stages and caused vision loss. Unfortunately, glaucoma-induced vision loss cannot be recovered.

Although our team cannot protect you from getting glaucoma, we hope that by raising your awareness, you can take steps to properly manage your risk. If you do develop glaucoma, we will do our best to help you avoid losing vision to the disease.   Continue reading

Can Cataracts Cause Blindness?

Can Cataracts Cause Blindness?

Characterized by a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, cataracts can lead to significantly reduced vision if left untreated. In certain cases, the vision loss is so great that it is considered legal blindness.

However, if you have been diagnosed with cataracts, or are experiencing symptoms consistent with cataracts, you are not destined for blindness. Cataract-induced vision loss and blindness can be prevented, and vision lost to the disease can be restored with cataract surgery.

Modern cataract surgery is a safe and routine procedure that has helped millions of people regain their sight and quality of life. Laser Eye Center of Miami is home to some of Miami’s finest cataract surgeons. We welcome the opportunity to help you overcome cataracts and reclaim clear, crisp vision. Continue reading

Will You Need Reading Glasses after LASIK Surgery?

Will You Need Reading Glasses after LASIK Surgery?

It is very common to wonder about the probability of needing reading glasses after LASIK eye surgery. Truth be told, you will probably require reading glasses at some point in the years following your LASIK surgery. But it has nothing to do with LASIK failing to deliver as promised, or “wearing off” over time. Even after a perfect LASIK result, you may eventually need reading glasses to see nearby objects clearly. Read on as the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami clarifies what we mean. Continue reading

Why It Is So Important to Remove Eye Makeup Properly

Why It Is So Important to Remove Eye Makeup Properly

If the prospect of acne breakouts and clogged pores is not enough to deter you from sleeping in your makeup, there are other, more important reasons to avoid this harmful habit. According to eye doctors, not removing your eye makeup before bed could lead to serious problems and possibly even blindness.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently published a study of a 50-year-old woman in Australia, who went to a doctor complaining about eye pain and swollen, heavy eyelids. When the doctor looked under her eyelids, she discovered a number of calcified lumps, which turned out to be 25 years’ worth of built-up mascara particles. The deposits were scratching the patient’s eyeball and cornea, and she had developed a chronic infection called follicular conjunctivitis. Had the woman not seen a doctor, the infection could have worsened and the woman could have lost her eyesight permanently.

Luckily, doctors were able to perform an emergency operation to safely remove these masses (although the woman had permanent scarring on her eyelid and corneal surface). Continue reading