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Lasik: The Eye Laser Miracle: The Complete Guide to Better Visionby M.D. Andrew I. Caster
Synopses & Reviews
Now you can have normal vision all the time, thanks to excimer laser treatment–commonly known as PRK and LASIK–a painless procedure that takes less than five minutes. Dr. Andrew I. Caster, one of the leading physicians in the permanent correction of nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness, takes you through the entire process–including the experiences of patients who have undergone the procedure and their incredible joy at suddenly being able to see again.
• What are the differences between the PRK, LASIK, and RK procedures, and which is right for me?
• What are the most common side effects of excimer laser treatment?
• How do I judge whether a doctor is sufficiently qualified to perform excimer laser treatment?
• Will the procedure be painful?
• When can I fully resume normal daily activities such as driving and reading?
• Will eye laser treatment stop my eyes from getting worse?
• How well has the FDA monitored this technique?
• How many people have successfully undergone the procedure?
The Eye Laser Miracle is the guide for anyone who wants better vision.
Drawing on his own practice, a surgeon who has performed thousands of eye operations using lasers discusses the pros and cons of vision correction surgery and explores all the factors one should consider before surgery, in an updated guide that includes step-by-step explanations of the Lasik treatment and tips on preparing for the surgery. Original.
THE SURGERY IS EASY
Laser vision treatment is a very easy procedure to undergo. No injections are needed, and there is no pain during the procedure. These are the steps you will experience:
1. Your doctor will measure your eyes to determine your amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During this presurgical consultation, your doctor will complete a thorough examination of the health of your eyes and discuss the procedure in detail with you.
2. The laser will be calibrated and tested for accuracy.
3. The correction desired for your eye will be entered into the laser's computer.
4. The computer will determine the specific set of laser pulses to apply.
5. You will be brought into the laser room and asked to lie down.
6. A patch will be placed over the eye not having the procedure.
7. Anesthetic eyedrops will be placed in the eye. No injections or IVs are needed.
8. Your eyelid will be held ope
About the Author
Dr. Andrew I. Caster graduated from Harvard University, received his medical education at Harvard Medical School, and his ophthalmology training at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. Today Dr. Caster is in practice in the Los Angeles area with an office in Beverly Hills. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Bryce and Jocelyn.
From the Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Basic information : everyone should read this. The treatment is easy ; How does the eye work? ; Common vision problems ; How does laster treatment improve vision? ; Are you a good candidate? ; The pretreatment consultation ; Flap or no flap? ; What does custom wavefront treatment mean? ; The treatment experience : the patient's perspective ; Recovery after Lasik ; Recovery after PRK ; How well will you see? ; The healing response : the big variable ; Complications : what can go wrong? ; Re-treatments ; One eye or two? ; How to choose a doctor ; If you are over thirty-five ; The most commonly asked questions about laster vision correction — Additional information : for those who want to know more. What does "20/20" mean? ; What is a laser? What is an Excimer laser? ; The history of laser vision correction ; Who monitors this technique? : the role of the FDA ; Five important tests, and what they mean ; Alternatives to laser vision correction. Intraocular lenses ; Conductive keratoplasty (CK) ; Corneal rings (Intacs) ; Radial keratotomy (RK) ; Automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK) ; Orthokeratology ; Glasses and contact lenses ; No more reading glasses?
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