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LASIK & Refractive Surgery Co-Management, Dr. Van Hoose – Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry, San Diego, CA

If you’re looking for the best way to finally get rid of your eyeglasses or contacts once and for all, we’re the practice to come to! We are constantly in search of the best and most convenient ways to help you obtain and maintain your best vision, and work closely with some of the best eye surgeons in the area to provide you with state-of-the-art options in LASIK and refractive surgery co-management. Proper co-management includes both pre-op preparation and post-op follow-up to make 100% sure that you are properly prepared and informed about every aspect of your eye surgery, and that you are healing up perfectly and comfortably afterward.

LASIK is the most common vision correction surgery that most eye care professionals provide co-management services for. Its quick and relatively painless recovery are leading factors in why many optometrists recommend LASIK eye surgery to their patients that are looking for independence from their eyeglasses or contact lenses.

During surgery, a small, circular flap is opened in the cornea either with an instrument called a microkeratome or with a laser. The flap is then folded back and a special cool ultraviolet laser is used to gently reshape your cornea. The cornea is reshaped to be flatter to solve nearsightedness, while the cornea is reshaped into a steeper form for farsightedness.

Your eye doctor will set up a pre-op consultation to be sure that LASIK is right for you. If it is determined that LASIK is the right solution to meet your needs, your doctor will be there to answer any questions and concerns you may have about LASIK and will facilitate the scheduling of the surgery itself., Dr. Van Hoose, San Diego eye doctor.

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After your eye surgery, you will return to your optometrist, where follow up appointments will take place with your eye doctor to ensure that your recovery is going as expected and that your eyesight has improved as intended. Any questions you have in terms of post-op recovery will be answered in your first session after surgery, and sight should return within a short period of time, with most patients able to see clearly in just a few days.

The eye surgeon will then set the circular flap of the cornea back in place, and the reshaped cornea should be able to focus incoming light more accurately than before, allowing for noticeably improved eyesight.

For more information about LASIK surgery and co-management, speak to your eye care professional today.

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Pink Eye – Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry, Pink Eye, pink eye remedies

Pink Eye, also know as conjunctivitis, is a very common eye condition in which the normally clear mucus membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface, known as the conjunctiva, becomes swollen and red or pinkish in color.

Most cases of pink eye are caused by viral or bacterial infections, dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to the elements, chemicals or smoke, or allergies.

Pink eye caused by viruses or bacteria is highly contagious, and keeping it from spreading is extremely important. This is especially true since there is usually no medical treatment, and waiting it out is the only way to be rid of it. Viral and bacterial pink eye is the leading type and is most often spread through poor hand washing or sharing an object like a washcloth or towel with someone that has pink eye.

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With viral and bacterial pink eye, one should expect swelling and itching of the eyelids, watery eyes and clear or slightly thick drainage. This drainage may also cause the eyelids to stick together when a person first wakes up in the morning or after a nap.

This type of pink eye usually runs its course over 5 to 7 days, but has been known to sometimes last as much as 3 weeks and may become ongoing or chronic. A person is usually able to return to work or school as symptoms begin to fade.

Other types of pink eye, caused by non-bacterial and non-viral irritants usually don’t last as long and fade more quickly, with fewer symptoms.

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If you have pink eye, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent spreading it:

  • Wash your hands before or after touching the eyes or face.
  • Do not share eye makeup
  • Do no wear eye makeup while still suffering from pink eye, since you run the risk of re-infecting yourself.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while still infected, since you may make the infection worse or re-infect yourself.
  • Do not share towels, linens, pillows, or handkerchiefs. Use clean linens, towels, and washcloths daily.
  • When cleaning drainage out from your eye, always clean from inside, toward your nose, to the outside, toward your cheek.

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Fortunately, pink eye is not a serious illness, and patience and a bit of caution is all you require, in most cases, to get through it.

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