NEWSLETTER JULY 2007

A Newsletter from Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care

LASIK is now Safer, Faster

At Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care, time-tested results, extensive research, and state-of-the-art technological advancements have made LASIK surgery safer than ever before. Today, more than one million patients undergo the LASIK procedure in the U.S. every year.

One of the new exciting technologies that we're using to make LASIK safer for you is the Bausch & Lomb Technolas™ Excimer laser, used for Custom Zyoptix treatments. It was designed around you with a focus not only on outstanding outcomes but comfort. It also allows us to perform LASIK faster than before, which makes it a more comfortable procedure for you.

Bausch & Lomb has also updated their Custom Zyoptix system, providing advanced features that help streamline treatment times and achieve more predictable results. A new built-in calculator adjusts for interacting factors that are found in the personalized wavefront measurements (your vision). At the same time, a new industry-leading approach eliminates the need to dilate your pupils for the measurement process, saving you valuable time.

We're very excited about the latest developments in LASIK surgery, including all-laser LASIK, which we perform, too. LASIK surgery is safer; more comfortable and can provide you with a great chance of seeing better than ever before!


LASEK was the One-Two Punch Boxing Champ was Looking for

LasekTiffany Buchholz is a physician's assistant at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital. She's also the 2006 Wisconsin Boxer of the Year, 2007 USA Boxing State and Regional Champion - Light Weight Division, and silver medalist at the Golden Gloves Nationals.

When Tiffany decided on vision correction, she wasn't going to trust her eyes to just anyone. She wanted to learn about the options that were best suited to her heavily active lifestyle. She found what she was looking for at Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care.

"LASEK was Tiffany's best option for laser vision correction," says Dr. C. Joseph Anderson, who performed Buchholz's surgery."She is certainly the type of person that would need to look for the safest procedure related to her daily activities. Since LASEK is done on the surface of the eye, a flap is not cut, so she never has to worry about being hit in the eye during competition."

LASEK is similar to LASIK, but the healing time is often quicker and it is primarily used for people with corneas that are too thin or too flat for LASIK. It was developed to reduce the chance of complications that occur when the flap created during LASIK is not the ideal thickness or diameter or when safety is a primary concern.

"My procedure has made a huge difference both in my ability to function day-to-day as a physician's assistant and as I train for competitions," says Buchholz."One of the biggest reasons that I chose LASEK was that I didn't want to interrupt training to heal… I was back in the ring sparring one week after the procedure!"

Buchholz reports that LASEK has made her life simpler."Things like being able to see your alarm clock in the morning, not worrying about those dry contacts popping out or having my opponent knock them out for the next three or four rounds, and scuba diving without having the ocean wash away my contacts has all been truly amazing," she says."I wish I had done it sooner."


Easy on the Eyes Nut & Grain Mix

Eyes Nut|Grain Mix

This simple snack is a tasty way to get the essential vitamins you need to promote healthy eyes. Most whole grain cereals are a good source of vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), and this mix offers about 90 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E.

Ingredients:

4 cups whole grain cereal
½ cup oil-roasted peanuts (unsalted)
½ cup almonds (unsalted)
¼ cup sunflower seeds (shelled and unsalted)
Combine all ingredients, mix, and separate into 5-6 plastic baggies for freshness.


Protect Your Vision with the Right Sunglasses

Right SunglassesSummer is here, and no summer wardrobe is complete without the right pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays.

Prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays without protection may cause eye conditions that can lead to vision loss, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

 

There are a number of simple tips everyone can follow to ensure their eyes are protected from harmful UV rays:

  • Select sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays. Don't be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag
  • Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun's rays can't enter from the side.
  • Even if you wear sun-absorbing contacts, sunglasses are still required to protect your entire eye.
  • Children are more prone to sun damage to the eyes than adults, so don't forget to have your kids and/or grandchildren wear sunglasses, too.
  • In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-rimmed hat to protect your eyes.
  • Don't be fooled by a cloudy day. The sun's rays can pass through the haze and thin clouds.

You should also protect your eyes from acute damage caused by a single day in the sun. Excessive exposure to UV light reflected off sand, snow, water, or pavement can burn the eye's surface. Similar to sunburns, eye surface burns usually disappear within a couple of days, but may lead to further complications later in life.