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Helpful answers to FAQs that we hear often

Below we've compiled a list of FAQs to help answer some of your basic questions. If you have any additional questions regarding the information you see here, just call 936-598-8501 and a member of the Golden Eye Clinic team will be happy to help.

What benefits do anti-reflective lenses provide?

Anti-reflective lenses can help to improve your vision and the appearance of your glasses. Anti-reflective lenses eliminate the normal reflections, making your lenses less visible, improves night vision, and also has a special scratch-protection treatment.

 

What frame shape is best for my face?

There are five basic shapes: round, oval, square, heart, and triangle. Your eye care specialist can show you any style you wish and assist you in making your selection.

 

How can I make my lenses thinner and lighter weight?

Polycarbonate lenses are lightweight, thin lenses that are also impact-resistant. Hi-index is another material that is also lighter and even thinner than standard polycarbonate.

FAQs we commonly hear

Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction?

Patients who are 18 years of age or older have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars or any other common eye diseases are generally good candidates. Many patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism can also be potential candidates for laser vision correction.

 

How long does the surgery take?

Laser vision correction takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes, or roughly 5 to 7 minutes for each eye.

 

After LASIK how soon can I return to work?

Most patients are able to return to work the day after surgery, depending on their particular work situation and the environment. However, resting for a couple days following your surgery is always recommended.

 

What is the IntraLase Method?

The IntraLase Method is a blade-free procedure used to perform the critical initial step of the LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. The creation of the corneal flap helps prepare the eyes for the next step of the LASIK procedure, during which an excimer laser is used on the inner cornea in an effort to correct the patient's vision.

 

How exactly does the IntraLase Method work?

The IntraLase Method uses minuscule but quick-moving pulses of laser light to create your corneal flap during the initial step of the LASIK procedure. Each pulse of light passes directly through the outermost layers of your cornea to form a microscopic bubble at a specific depth and position within your eye. The IntraLase laser then moves back and forth across your eye, replicating the procedure and eventually creating a uniform layer of bubbles just beneath your corneal surface.

 

What is the difference between a corneal flap the doctor creates using the IntraLase Method and one created using a microkeratome?

The microkeratome is a handheld instrument, which houses a tiny steel blade that moves back and forth, creating the necessary incisions across the patient's cornea. However, microkeratome is only capable of making a one-dimensional cut across the cornea. As it cuts, the blade moves back and forth and has the potential to leave a rough surface after the flap is lifted. Unfortunately, this irregular surface cut can affect the quality of your post-operative vision in some cases. Because of the unique way in which the IntraLase Method creates a precisely positioned layer of bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye, it creates a smooth even surface after your flap is lifted. With the IntraLase Method, a blade never touches your eye.

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