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Top 5 Myths of LASIK – Am I A Good Candidate for LASIK?

Posted on July 11, 2018

By Tom Tooma, M.D., Founder of NVISION Eye Centers

With millions of people in the U.S. currently suffering from farsightedness, and astigmatism, many have, or will consider LASIK as a possible treatment option at some point in their lifetime. However, there is still a general hesitation in today’s culture when it comes to actually having the procedure. While it is understandable that some might be a tad nervous about having a laser pointed directly at their cornea, the belief that LASIK is a relatively new, primitive, or dangerous procedure with dozens of pitfalls could not be further from the truth.

What You Should Know About Cataracts + Surgery

Posted on March 16, 2018

Photo of an elderly couple, who still enjoy in each other, is on a hiking trip together

By: Sheri Rowen, M.D.

What is a Cataract?

Having cataracts can be like looking through a frosty or fogged up window, making daily activities difficult. It is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, a transparent structure in the eye that helps refract light on the back of the retina. The lens are made of protein and water, but when the proteins clump together, a cataract is formed. Most cataracts develop in people over the age of 55.

There are many causes for cataracts, although aging is the most common. According to the National Eye Institute, by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts can also be the results of genetics, environmental issues, medical conditions such as diabetes, or poor nutrition and excessive sun exposure.