Aaron continues to be amazed at how much he can see after Lasik with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. On a typical morning, Aaron gets dressed and glances at his alarm clock for the time. Before Lasik, he would squint to read the numbers. But after the procedure, he can read it clearly from across the room. He also loves looking out the window and seeing everything outside so much clearer and sharper.
These are amazed at how great they feel — and how well they can see — after having Lasik surgery. One gentleman was impressed that he had 20/20 vision after only 12 hours. Another patient woke up the next morning and was able to read the alarm clock without glasses or contact lenses.
Many people with moderate to severe nearsightedness have successfully corrected their vision with LASIK, a popular refractive surgery that uses a computer-controlled laser to reshape the cornea. But not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, including patients with severe nearsightedness, very thin or irregularly shaped corneas, eye conditions such as keratoconus, or chronically dry eyes. For these patients, implantable lenses—phakic intraocular lenses—provide a life-changing alternative to glasses and contact lenses.
“Implantable lenses function like contact lenses, but they work from within the eye instead of sitting on the surface of the eye,” said Sandy T. Feldman, MD, a San Diego-based physician who is considered one of the top ophthalmologists in the country. “You can’t feel them at all, they are maintenance-free, and best of all, they can permanently correct nearsightedness.”
Dr. Feldman specializes in the use of the FDA-approved Visian Implantable Collamer Lens, which is made of a soft biocompatible material that can be folded and inserted through a small incision. The Visian ICL is implanted behind the iris, in front of the natural lens of the eye. This type of lens does not treat astigmatism and has been known to cause cataracts in a small percentage of people, although recent modifications have decreased the risk of cataracts. The lens is undetectable to the naked eye and can only be seen through a microscope.
Implantable lens surgery is an elective procedure that requires topical drops to numb the eye as well as IV sedation, and typically takes about 15 minutes. Instead of a blade, Dr. Feldman uses an innovative new technology—the femtosecond laser—that allows for a very small and precise incision. Patients can see out of the eye immediately and recovery time is virtually overnight.
“Implantable lenses are a good choice for people who are extremely nearsighted and might not get enough correction with a LASIK procedure,” said Dr. Feldman. “For people who have more moderate nearsightedness, the choice isn’t as clear. It’s important to ask your ophthalmologist to explain the benefits and risks of each surgery.”
Dr. Feldman suggests six key questions to determine if implantable lenses are right for you:
- Is your vision within the accepted range approved for this type of procedure?
- Have you had a comprehensive eye exam to determine that your eyes can safely accommodate implantable lenses?
- Are you between 21 and 40? If you’re outside this age range, you may still be a candidate for an implantable lens; consult your eye doctor.
- Has your eyeglass / contact lens prescription changed in the past year? For vision correction surgeries, you must have stable vision for at least one year.
- Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and untreated eye infections generally prevent you from having an implantable lens.
- Are you in good health? Certain conditions—such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, HIV and AIDS—and certain medications, such as steroids and immunosuppressants, may interfere with healing and final outcomes.
“There are a lot of factors to consider, but the good news is that patients with this kind of implantable lens are usually very satisfied with the quality of their corrected vision,” said Dr. Feldman. “Being able to wake up in the morning and see clearly, without contacts or eyeglasses, can make a huge difference in a person’s quality of life.”
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Geena is a morning radio host on Channel 933. She turned to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman for Lasik because she is constantly on the computer at work and on the air. She wanted the comfort and ease of not wearing glasses or contact lenses. Geena had the Lasik procedure on Friday morning and was back to work Monday. She loved how the recovery was quick, easy and painless.
Karen A. is a mother who homeschools her 12 children (yes, twelve) in San Diego, CA. Her poor vision made it difficult to connect with people especially in social settings. Anticipating a lengthy recovery time prevented her from getting her vision corrected. Once she met Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and the team at Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center in San Diego, her hesitation vanished. This video of Karen was captured after having Lasik by Dr. Sandy T. Feldman at Clearview.
ClearView Eye and Laser Medical Center provides corrective LASIK laser eye surgery in the San Diego, California area. Please contact us today for formal advice during a complimentary LASIK or other laser eye surgery consultation in San Diego. Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center (858) 452-3937 6255 Lusk Blvd, Suite 100. San Diego, CA, 92121.
Timothy M. from San Diego works in the construction business. Just twelve hours after having Lasik at Clearview by Dr. Sandy T Feldman, he explains how quick the recovery is.
Jeff Detrow of the Jeff & Jer Showgram on KYXY 96.5 chose Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Surgery for his lasik procedure. Follow Jeff on his journey to clear vision minutes before the procedure, through his recovery.