Category Archives: Eye Care

Lasik procedures

Is there any recovery time for Lasik procedures?

If you are looking for a way to reduce your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses, LASIK may be the solution for you. LASIK can improve your vision, and also improve your quality of life. But is there any recovery time for LASIK procedures?

LASIK
LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure that is performed by an ophthalmologist to correct refractive eye conditions. Refractive eye disorders result in blurry vision, because the light entering the eye does not focus on the retina.  Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are common refractive errors.

The Procedure
LASIK is a safe, outpatient procedure that takes about 15 minutes to complete. The ophthalmologist will first create a thin corneal flap in order to access the inner layers of the cornea. An excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea, and the flap is then put back in place. Anesthetic eye drops are put in the eye about 30 minutes before the procedure, so patients generally don’t experience any pain.

Recovery time for LASIK
Healing typically takes place at a very fast rate after LASIK, so recovery time is very short. Most patients will notice some vision improvement within 6-8 hours of treatment, and are able to go back to work the following day. Patients are generally required to return to their ophthalmologist the day after surgery to ensure that healing is progressing as expected. Your vision may fluctuate for several weeks after surgery, but this is quite normal.

If you live in the greater Washington DC metro area, contact New View Eye Center, located in Reston, VA to learn more about LASIK. We will assess your needs and determine if LASIK is the right option for you.

Call 703-834-9777 to schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

What is astigmatism and how is it treated?

Vision problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness are often talked about, but astigmatism is another refractive vision problem that affects many people. These are all problems that occur because the eye does not focus light properly. But what is astigmatism, and how is it treated.

What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a refractive eye error which is caused by the abnormal curvature of the cornea.  As a result of this irregularity, the rays that enter the eye are not able to focus onto a single point at the back of the eyes, as happens when the cornea has its natural shape. With astigmatism there are 2 points of focus, and this results in distorted or blurry vision.

How is it treated?
Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgical options such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). LASIK eye surgery is beneficial for individuals with mild to moderate astigmatism.

LASIKis a vision correction procedure in which a thin flap is created in the cornea, and is folded away. An excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea, after which the flap is repositioned. Reshaping the eye adjusts the focus of the eye, and improves vision.

PRK or photorefractive keratectomy is another surgical solution for astigmatism. PRK is a similar procedure to LASIK, but with PRK the entire thin outer layer of the cornea is removed.

Both LASIK and PRK are outpatient procedures that can be performed in just a few minutes.

If you live in the Washington DC, area and you believe you may be suffering from astigmatism, contact New View Eye Center to learn more.

Call us today at 703 834 9777,to schedule

a Near Vision CK procedure

Am I a good candidate for a Near Vision CK procedure?

If you’re over the age of 40 and have difficulty reading the newspapers, or the ingredient lists on food items, you may have presbyopia. Presbyopia is an eye condition marked by an inability to focus on objects up close, but the good news is the condition can be corrected by Near Vision CK. But how do you know if you are you a good candidate for Near Vision CK procedure.

What is Near Vision CK?
Near Vision Conductive Keratoplasty (CK),is a non-laser procedure that is FDA approved for the correction of presbyopia. Presbyopia is usually due to the loss of elasticity in the eye’s lens, and is common in people over the age of 40 years.

Near Vision CK is a minimally invasive procedure that reshapes the cornea using radiofrequency energy, to tighten the cornea so as to improve close vision.

How it works
Topical anesthetic is first placed on the eye, and the eye is then marked, so that the tiny probe can precisely apply the low energy radio waves.  The RF energy is then applied to the mid-periphery of the cornea, in order to correct near vision.

Are you a good candidate for Near Vision CK?
If you have problems seeing the newspaper print, and you’re tired of using reading glasses, you may be a good candidate for Near Vision CK.

Typical candidates for near Vision CK are men and women over the age of 40 who only need eyeglasses for reading  purposes, but can see very well in the distance.

Patients in the Washington, DC area can contact New View Eye Center, Reston, VA, to find out more about the procedure.

Call us today at 703 834 9777, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

What is the Ideal Age to Have Lasik Eye Surgery?

Why has LASIK eye surgery suddenly become so popular? LASIK was once only associated with older adults, but the average age has fallen steadily in recent years. People are having LASIK at a younger age, out of a desire to live a more active lifestyle, and reduce the dependence on eye glasses and contact lenses. But what is the ideal age to have LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is done to correct refractive vision problems, namely – nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.It involves the use of an FDA-cleared excimer laser to reshape the cornea, in order to improve vision.  LASIK is an outpatient procedure that takes about 10 minutes to perform.

What is the ideal age to have LASIK?
Lasik surgery has been approved by the FDA for individuals 18 years of age and older. However, since prescriptions may continue to change well into early adulthood, some ophthalmologists advise against having LASIK performed before the mid-20s. Before undergoing LASIK,providers also recommend that patients have a stable prescription for a minimum of 2 years.

While there is no ideal age to have LASIK, eye doctors suggest patients wait until they are at least 21 years old. These days, the average age for LASIK is about 35 years, and surgery is most often done on people in the 20-40 age group.  However, there have been cases in which LASIK has been performed on children with acute vision problems, or adults over the age of 70.

If you live in and around the Washington, DC, metro area, and would like to find out more about LASIK eye surgery, contact New View Eye Center, Reston VA. Call (703) 834-8187toschedule an appointment with Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

Dry Eyes

I Had a Cataract Surgery Two Years Ago – is Latisse Safe with Lens Implants?

If you’ve stressed about your eyelashes for years because they are not thick enough, it’s now possible to enhance them with Latisse. Latisse is a safe solution that has been FDA cleared for thicker, longer lashes, but some people, particularly those with lens implants, are still concerned about safety. One patient recently asked their doctor – I had a cataract surgery two years ago – is Latisse safe with Lens implants?

What is Latisse?
Latisse is a prescription medication that has been specially formulated to make the eyelashes grow longer, and thicker. It typically takes 16 applications of Latisse to get lashes that are fuller, darker, and more attractive. Using Latisse is a great way to give your face a rejuvenated look.

Is Latisse safe with lens implants?
Latisse consists of bimatoprost, which is an ophthalmic solution that is used topically for the treatment of glaucoma. It is generally safe for use after cataract surgery, but doctors recommend that patients wait a few days before applying.

When applied correctly, Latisse should only be put on the base of the upper eyelid, using the applicator supplied with the product. This will ensure that the product does not come in contact with the surface of the eye. Latisse is not to be placed inside the eye or on the lower eyelid, thereforeit won’t affect any lens implants you may have.

Some common side-effects of using Latisse include eye irritation, skin darkening, and dryness of the eyes.

If you’ve had cataract surgery, and would like to start using Latisse, contact New View Eye Center, Reston, VA, for more information. Call 703 834 9777 today, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

What are the symptoms of snow blindness?

Should you worry about getting sunburned eyes in winter? Yes, because it can and does happen, resulting in a condition known as snow blindness or Photokeratitis. But what are the symptoms of snow blindness, and how can you reduce your risk of getting it. A good pair of shades is just as crucial in the winter as it is during the summer months, as it goes a long way in preserving the health of your eyes.

What is snow blindness?
Snow blindness is a reduction in vision that occurs due to the effects of very bright sunlight reflecting off the snow. When the UV rays come in contact with the snow, they become more potent, and have the potential to burn the outer layer of the cornea, if your eyes are not protected.

Symptoms of snow blindness
People with snow blindness often experience blurry vision, or temporary vision loss. They may also have difficulty differentiating colors, and sensitivity to bright light. Other symptoms include headache, pain, eyelid twitching, tearing, redness,
and halo vision.

How to reduce your risk of snow blindness
Snow blindness is common among people with excess exposure to the cold, dry air during the winter season. It’s therefore vital to always wear protective eye wear when going outdoors in the winter, even if it looks overcast. Make certain that the sunglasses have eye-shields on the sides, as the sun can enter through the sides as well (read more).

In many cases the condition is temporary, and resolves are spending time resting indoors. However, there are more severe cases that may require the help of an ophthalmologist.

Clients in the Washington DC area can visit New View Eye Center, to get treatment for the symptoms of snow blindness. Call 703-834-9777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

Does quitting smoking help your eyesight?

If you want to preserve your vision and keep your eyes in tip-top shape, you need to take the necessary steps to protect them. Most people know that eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can contribute to eye health, but they often don’t realize that habits like smoking can adversely affect it. But does quitting smoking really help your eyesight.

Smoking and eye health
Smoking can be just as harmful to the eyes as it is to the heart and lungs. Cigarette smoke is comprised of several toxic chemicals that can put you at risk for developing cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, while AMD is the deterioration of the macula of the eye. Both of these conditions can be triggered by exposure to the oxidants released in cigarette smoke.

Why quitting smoking can help your eyesight
Continued exposure to cigarette smoke can result in biological changes to the eyes that can cause eye diseases, and lead to vision loss. The chemicals present in cigarette smoke also decrease the antioxidants in the body, which are a part of the defense system, and also help to keep the eye lens transparent.

When you quit smoking it significantly reduces the intake of oxidants, and the body’s defense mechanism is better able to protect the eyes, and of course it reduces your future risk of developing eye diseases.

Healthy eyes enhance your quality of life, but smoking is one of those habits that can be harmful to the health of your eyes.

Contact New View Eye Center, located in  Reston, VA for more information on how smoking can impact eye health. Call (703) 834-9777 today, and schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

Dry Eyes

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?

Are you rubbing your eyes a lot because they are red and itchy? Don’t wait to get it checked, because you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye is an irritating condition that may be due to several factors. Besides redness and itchiness, what are the most common symptoms of dry eye? Let’s find out.

What is Dry eye?
Dry eye refers to a condition in which the eye does not produce enough tears, and consequently there is limited lubrication.

Causes
Dry eye is a result of an imbalance in the tear system that alters the normal composition of tears. Tears not only help to keep the surface of the eye moist, but they also protect the eyes from various types of infections.

Dry eye may also be caused by environmental conditions such as excess heat, wind, or dry air.  These conditions can dry out the tear film, which is the outer liquid layer that protects the corneal surface.

Symptoms of dry eye
Dry eye is generally characterized by burning, pain, redness, and irritation of the eye. This is often accompanied by a gritty sensation which feels a lot like there is something in the eye.

Left untreated, dry eye can make it difficult to perform simple tasks that require prolonged visual attention, such as reading and using the computer. In severe cases it can lead to eye inflammation, scars on the cornea, and vision problems.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive examination and accurate diagnosis. Early treatment is the best way to avoid permanent eye damage.

Patients in the greater Washington, DC area can visit New View Eye Center, Reston, VA for treatment of dry eye syndrome.  Call (703) 834-9777 to schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

IntraLase LASIK Vs Traditional LASIK: Which is better?

LASIK surgery is an advanced vision correction method that uses laser technology to treat refractory errors such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.LASIK surgery can be performed with a blade or without a blade (IntraLase). This has given rise to an ongoing debate about IntraLase LASIK vs traditional LASIK, and eye doctors continue to weigh in on which is better.

LASIK surgery
Refractive errors interfere with the eye’s ability to focus, therefore LASIK surgery involves the reshaping of the corneal tissue. It is performed on an outpatient basis, and only takes about 15 minutes on average. The procedure is almost painless, but patients are given anesthetic eye drops prior to surgery.

During the procedure the surgeon has to create a corneal flap in order to access the tissue below. In traditional LASIK surgery, this is done using a microkeratome, which is an instrument with a disposable blade.

However, with IntraLase LASIK the flap is made with the use of a laser, hence it is often referred to as ‘bladeless LASIK.’ At the New View Eye Center in Reston, VA, Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths uses the VISX S4 Excimer Laser to perform surgery.

IntraLase LASIK vs Traditional LASIK: Which is better?
IntraLase LASIK involves the use of better, safer technology, so there are virtually no complications with the laser-created flaps. In addition, when the flap is repositioned over the cornea it fits snugly, so there is less chance of it moving around.

IntraLase LASIK enhances the precision of the eye surgeon, especially when working with patients with thin or abnormally shaped corneas. The recovery time with IntraLase LASIK is shorter, and it yields better results for most patients.

Call 703-834-9777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Griffiths to find out how LASIK surgery can benefit you.

What Are Potential Latisse Side Effects?

Long, thick eyelashes have long been considered feminine, and those who don’t have them often go to great lengths to acquire them. But now, there is a drug known as Latisse, which has been specially designed to promote eyelash growth. There is every indication that the product does work, but what are potential Latisse side effects?

What is Latisse?
Latisse is an eyelash growth serum that is manufactured by Allergan, the makers of botox. It is the first drug approved by the FDA for this purpose. It takes about 6 weeks for the lashes to become fuller and longer. The effects of Latisse are temporary, as the lashes will return to their previous appearance if treatment is discontinued.

How does it work?
Researchers are now sure exactly how Latisse works, but it helps to keep the lashes in the active growth stage for a long period, and this stimulates growth.
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What are potential Latisse side effects?
The Latisse website notes that Latisse may cause the darkening of the skin around the eyelids, but this can be reversed. However, it also states that Latisse can increase the brown iris pigmentation of the colored portion of the eye, and this is likely to be permanent.

In order to ensure safety, and reduce any side effects, clients are advised to follow the specific precautions relating to the use of Latisse. In particular, Latisse comes with an applicator that measures the precise amount of the drug that should be applied. Clients are advised to use the applicator in order to ensure that they do not exceed the recommended dosage.  Also, Latisse should only be applied to the top lashes.

Find out more about Latisse, and the potential side effects, by contacting Envision Eye & Laser Surgery, Glen Dale, MD. Call 301-805-4664 and schedule a consultation with Renee Bovelle, MD.