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Santa Clara LASIK – Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

Your eyes are extremely sensitive – the smallest particle of sand or thinnest eyelash stuck in your eye can lead to intense pain. With this in mind, you may be wondering how do people tolerate LASIK eye surgery? The concept of a laser eye specialist cutting your corneal tissue sounds unbearable. However, on the other hand – the thought of seeing clearly without the nuisance of eyeglasses or contact lenses! sounds like a dream. So – what’s the bottom line? Is the process of laser eye surgery and LASIK healing something you can handle?

Our Santa Clara eye doctors can answer that question with an emphatic YES – you can! LASIK is virtually painless. Need more reassurance? Read on to understand the full experience of having this popular procedure in our LASIK surgery clinic.

What is LASIK?

LASIK refractive surgery is an advanced and contemporary way to decrease or eliminate your need for eyeglasses and contact lenses! During this laser procedure, your eye surgeon will direct the cool light of an excimer laser to reshape your cornea in order to correct any refractive error. LASIK can thereby resolve your nearsightedness – leaving you with sharp vision without eyewear. In general, the results are outstanding and many of our Santa Clara, California, patients enjoy crisp and clear vision after the surgery.

Is the process of laser eye surgery and LASIK healing something you can handle?

Our Santa Clara eye doctors can answer that question with an emphatic YES – you can! LASIK is virtually painless. Need more reassurance? Read on to understand the full experience of having this popular procedure in our LASIK surgery clinic.

What is LASIK Co-Management?

LASIK co-management is a helpful and essential service that our Eye Boutique Optometry optometrists provide before and after your LASIK surgery. We will work together with your eye surgeon to make sure that you receive comprehensive instructions and information about LASIK, as well as first-rate eye care when you need it.

    • Part 1: The Consultation. We’ll tell you all about the procedure, including the benefits and risks. Bring your questions and we’ll answer them! Dr. Somi Oh will perform a thorough eye exam to determine your candidacy for LASIK, checking your vision prescription, corneal curvature and thickness, eyelid structure and tear film. If the results indicate that your eyes are suitable for LASIK, we will refer you to a top eye surgeon in the Santa Clara area.
    • Part 2: Pre-operative Care. We will assist you to set up your LASIK surgery with an experienced eye surgeon and Dr. Somi Oh will handle your preoperative check-up. He will dilate your eyes and take detailed measurements. We will also provide you with all the information and instructions you need for the day of your surgery, as well as what to expect during the healing process.
    • Part 3: Post-operative Care. Typically, you will visit Dr. Somi Oh on the day after your LASIK surgery so he can ensure that your eyes are healing smoothly. Afterward, you will return at regular intervals throughout the next weeks and months for follow-up eye exams and care.

    Benefits of LASIK Co-management

    You will receive compassionate pre-op and post-op care from an accessible eye doctor who knows you personally and LASIK surgery from a top-notch eye surgeon in Santa Clara, California. When it comes to first-rate eye care and patient satisfaction, this is a win-win combination.

    What is the LASIK healing experience?

    About 20 – 30 minutes after eye drops are applied, the numbing effects will wear off. At that point, you may feel some mild discomfort, itching, or dryness. Although you may feel tempted to rub your eyes, it is critical to hold back – as your cornea will still be healing. To counter these sensations, the laser eye specialist will supply you with special postoperative eye drops that facilitate LASIK healing.

    Now that you know what to expect, we invite you to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor at our Fort Worth LASIK surgery clinic to discuss your candidacy for this painless procedure. Call today – it is the perfect time to free yourself from your bothersome eyeglasses or contact lenses!

    Now that you know what to expect, we invite you to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor at our Santa Clara eye clinic to discuss your candidacy for this painless procedure.

    Call today on 408-706-2840 – it is the perfect time to free yourself from your bothersome eyeglasses or contact lenses!

    Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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    Ocular Migraines

    Migraine Awareness Month:

    An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving, reading or writing, however, the visual symptoms don’t last long and do go away completely once the migraine has passed.

    What is an Ocular Migraine?

    The term ocular migraine may refer to a couple of different conditions. Firstly, migraines with auras often have eye-related symptoms that precede the actual headache. An aura is a physical symptom that is experienced usually within 5 minutes to an hour before a migraine comes on, and can include:

    • Blind spots (scotomas) or partial vision loss
    • Flashes of light, spots or zigzag patterns
    • Visual, auditory (hearing) or olfactory (smell) hallucinations or disruptions
    • Tingling or numbness
    • Mental fog, trouble finding words and speaking

    These types of ocular migraines commonly appear by obstructing a small area of vision which spreads gradually over 5 minutes.

    A second type of ocular migraine is when you actually experience temporary vision loss or disruptions (flashes, blind spots, zigzag lines etc.) during or immediately following the migraine headache. Ocular migraines can also sometimes appear without any head pain at all. They may also be called eye, ophthalmic, or retinal migraines.

    What Causes Ocular Migraines?

    Similar to classic migraines, the exact cause of an ocular migraine is unknown. Genetic predisposition seems to be a factor to some extent, and having a family history of migraines does put you at greater risk.

    While they don’t know the cause, experts have seen that spasms in the blood vessels and nerve cells in the retinal lining at the back of the eye are associated with ocular migraine symptoms.

    For some, there are certain environmental triggers, or a combination of factors, that cause migraines. These differ on an individual basis but can include:

    • Stress
    • Bright lights or loud sounds
    • Strong smells
    • A sudden or drastic change in weather conditions
    • Eating, or exposure to, certain food substances such as, alcohol, caffeine, nitrates, MSG (monosodium glutamate), artificial sweeteners and tyramine.

    Since triggers are different for everyone it’s advised to try to identify yours by keeping a journal to track your environment, diet and lifestyle habits, when you experience a headache.

    Treatment for Ocular Migraines

    Treatment for ocular migraines is usually not necessary as the symptoms typically resolve themselves within 30 minutes. It is advised to rest and avoid doing things that require vision and concentration until the headache goes away and the vision symptoms cease. If you are experiencing an ocular headache:

    • Lie down in a quiet, dark room when possible
    • Massage or apply pressure to the temples and scalp
    • Apply a damp towel to the forehead

    If you experience auras, taking a migraine medication when the aura occurs, can often reduce the intensity of the headache that follows. In other words, you can use the aura as a warning sign that a headache is coming on and treat it preventatively. Your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever for associated head pain and, if migraines are chronic, a preventative medication may be given.

    It’s important to note that if you are experiencing any unusual visual symptoms or an increase in frequency or duration of symptoms, you should see an eye doctor right away to rule out any serious, vision threatening conditions. Symptoms such as floaters or flashing lights can also be a sign of a retinal tear or hole.

    If you get migraines, among the best ways to prevent them are to keep your mind and body healthy by eating nutritious foods, getting enough rest and managing stress effectively.