Why We Don’t Do KAMRATM Inlay
One procedure that seems to offer vision correction to certain farsighted patients is a corneal inlay, like KAMRATM. The procedure seems to be a way for farsighted patients, or patients who might be a little bit older than ideal for Lasik, to still achieve vision correction. At Laser Eye Institute, we do not perform this procedure—but to explain why we don’t, let’s first take a look at the procedure.
A corneal inlay is an implantable device that can be used to block unfocused rays of light in order to improve near vision1. It operates like a pinhole camera. Some doctors believe that this overcompensates for the patient’s farsightedness, and makes the eye intentionally nearsighted. It does not change the patient’s corneal topography2, making it less effective for most patients.
Implanting a KAMRATM inlay is a laser-assisted procedure, and has similar risks to other types of laser vision correction. Unfortunately, that is where the similarities to Lasik end. KAMRATM has additional risks associated with the eye healing improperly around the inlay. There is a danger of vision loss if the patient has the procedure reversed. The longest follow-up study of patients with this implant is only 5 years. We have little evidence about long-term patient satisfaction with this procedure.
The biggest problem with KAMRATM inlays, though, is they are not designed to help patients with cataracts, or patients who would like a multifocal lens experience. This narrows the group of candidates to a very small amount, who would often need further correction upon developing cataracts in a decade or less following their KAMRATM procedure.
So Why Don’t We Do It?
The bottom line is, we pride ourselves on patient satisfaction at Laser Eye Institute. Many patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism can benefit from Advanced CustomVueTM technology that we provide in office. Patients who aren’t Lasik candidates due to age or cataracts are often great candidates for other types of procedures. We select the procedure that is right for your eyes and your lifestyle, and stand behind our work.
Can I Have Lasik if I Have Astigmatism?
One common question we get from patients is whether they can still have Lasik or Laser Vision Correction if they’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism. The good news, however, is that most patients with astigmatism are good candidates for Laser Vision Correction.
Astigmatism is a refractive error, just as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Lasik and other types of Laser Vision Correction correct refractive errors by reshaping your cornea. The cornea is the clear front surface of your eye, which focuses light and counts for two-thirds of the eyes total optical power.
In patients with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped in a way that causes light to be focused unevenly, which leads to blurred vision. This can occur alongside other refractive errors or alone. Astigmatism is often correctable with glasses, contacts, or Laser Vision Correction.
If you would like to know if you are a good candidate for Lasik, only an appointment with a trained refractive surgeon can tell you for sure. Give us a call today and we can help you figure out if you're a candidate.
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The 9 Worst Things About Wearing Glasses
1. Glasses are expensive
If you’ve ever bought glasses, you know that the fashionable frames are only the first expense at the optician. There are several types of lenses to choose from, each more expensive than the last, and anti-reflective coating is another cost. Often, vision insurance doesn’t cover very much, and you end up paying hundreds of dollars a year, every year just to see. It just doesn’t seem right.
2. Buying glasses online is like gambling with your sight
The rise of online glasses services seems to be a way to escape some of the costs associated with glasses—but often you can’t try on the frames before you order. Wait times and shipping costs make ordering online a drag, and the glasses you receive often don’t look like the glasses you ordered. Even worse, the quality of glasses ordered online is usually much worse than the more expensive pairs.
3. Cute sunglasses? No way
Forget about buying a cute, cheap pair of sunglasses at the department store. And forget about buying a stylish and fancy pair of sunglasses to fit your look. When you wear glasses, you’re stuck with dorky clip-on lenses or another pair of prescription glasses with tinted lenses.
4. Fogged lenses
The worst part about cooking with glasses on, or coming in from outside on a cold winter day.
5. Immersive 3-D movies and VR
Good luck fitting your glasses comfortably underneath a pair of 3D glasses at the movie theater. As a glasses-wearer, you have a choice—see the movie, or try to balance your glasses-on-glasses. There’s really no winning.
6. Breaking your frames
Depending on glasses for your eyesight works—until it doesn’t. Remember the part about glasses being expensive? It’s even worse when you break the frames. Emergency glasses are by default clunky and unfashionable, too.
7. Glasses that slide around when you exercise
A brisk run can send your frames sliding up and down your nose. Downward facing dog can leave your glasses on the yoga mat.
8. Sometimes they just hurt
When your glasses don’t fit right, they can cause headaches and pain. Sometimes glasses can cause pain on the bridge of your nose and behind your ears.
9. When you lose your glasses and you’re too blind to find them
This one is the absolute worst. Every morning you feel like you’re Velma from Scooby Doo. How on earth can your find your glasses when you can’t see?
Luckily, there’s an easy way to correct your vision without glasses. Laser vision correct can eliminate all these hassles and more. Imagine a world without fogged lenses. A world without glasses. Call or email us today to schedule your free consultation, and you could live in that world!
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4 Ways to Prevent Eye Injuries
Fourth of July means fireworks and fun, but it can also lead to a surprising amount of eye injuries. Ensure your summer parties stay painless with our top tips below.
- Be aware of falling debris and sparks at fireworks displays. Remember to supervise young children and discourage running with sparklers at home. Never allow children to light their own fireworks—that’s often best left for the professionals.
- When cooking on the grill or campfire, watch out for grease splatters. Grease shields and eye protection are never a bad choice.
- Champagne is always the life of the party. Just make sure to wrap the cork in a towel if you can. Open the bottle facing away from you and all other partygoers.
Yard Work and Play
- Keep yourself and the kids safe from injury by choosing appropriate eyewear. Eye protection during sports can prevent traumatic injuries.
- Rough play and fighting can be a source of blunt force injuries. These should be evaluated by a professional.
- Lawnmowers and leaf blowers can kick debris into the air, so protect yourself when working on your lawn!
Keep your Shades On
- Did you know your eyes can get sunburn? Sunglasses are an easy and stylish way to prevent the pain associated with UV burns. Polarized lenses are even better at reducing glare while offering UV protection.
Beware of Flying Objects
- Be cautious using and pouring chemicals. If you splash in your eye, flush with water for at least 15 minutes and contact your doctor. Let them know exactly what substance splashed in your eye to get more instructions.
- If a fish hook or other small object is caught in your eye, go to the emergency room immediately. These injuries must be evaluated by a professional—do not try to remove the object yourself. Tape a paper cup over the injured eye to prevent further injury.If you suspect that you or someone you know has an eye injury, contact your eye doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.
Now that you know how to stay safe this summer, have fun and keep your eyes safe and healthy!
Summer is off to a sunny start! Dr. Haddad and Laser Eye Institute have been honored with the 2017 “People Love Us on Yelp” award. This award is based entirely on community feedback, so we would like to thank YOU for sharing your Laser Vision Correction experiences across social media.
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In honor of all the service men and women that give up so much to protect our country, Laser Eye Institute wants to give back this Memorial Day. We will be selecting three veterans to receive SMILE vision correction surgery free! SMILE is a new form of vision correction that is similar, yet different from traditional LASIK. If you’re curious about what SMILE LASIK is, follow this link. If you are a veteran or would like to nominate one to win free SMILE vision correction, nominate here!
In addition, for every procedure performed in the month of May, Laser Eye Institute will donate $50 to Operation Homefront – a charity that provides vision care, transportation, food and financial assistance to military families in need. If you, or someone you know, have been thinking about having laser vision correction, help us give back to our troops by having your procedure done this month!
In honor of this contest, Dr. Haddad will be on WXYZ Channel 7 News this Monday, May 1, 2017! Be sure to check him out around 8:30 AM talk about SMILE as well as this awesome contest for veterans!
The first Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) surgery was performed in Michigan today, by Dr. Daniel Haddad, founder and medical director of Laser Eye Institute. SMILE surgery is a new form of laser vision correction that affords a quicker recovery, less discomfort and may be a better alternative than LASIK for some patients.
LASIK, which stands Laser Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, is surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK reduces a patient’s need for glasses or contact lenses by reshaping the surface of the eye using a laser. To aid in the healing process of LASIK surgery, a thin flap is created, lifted during the procedure, and placed back down (like a Band-Aid®).
The new SMILE procedure takes place below the surface of the eye, allowing the surgeon to reshape the eye by creating a lenticule (a small disk-like sliver) and then removing the lenticule with a small side cut. Utilizing this method to correct vision, there is no flap which results in less weakening of the cornea, and allows patients to heal quicker, feel less discomfort (dry eyes) and resume physical activity much sooner.
To date, more than 700,000 SMILE procedures have been performed outside the U.S. In September 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the procedure in the U.S. SMILE surgery became commercially available in March.
“Laser vision correction surgery continues to evolve, and this new SMILE procedure has proven to be very effective for patients in other countries. Local patients now have access to this minimally invasive procedure,” said Dr. Haddad. “The abbreviated recovery period and ability for patients to quickly resume daily activities will impact everyone from athletes, police and firefighters, military personnel to the average person,” he said.
For the time being, LASIK surgery will continue as the prominent form of vision correction surgery as the SMILE procedure currently is not effective for those with astigmatism or far sightedness. “Approximately 20-30 percent of patients are solid candidates for SMILE surgery, but like any technology this will increase over time,” Dr. Haddad said.
Those interested in the SMILE procedure should visit www.lasereyeinstitute.com/smile to find out if they are a candidate for this new procedure.
A few weeks ago, on February 2nd 2017, Dr. Haddad was invited to guest lecture at Kresge Eye Institute as part of the Luther L. Fry, M.D. Lectureship. This lectureship was formed to provide both doctors and residents with lectures from some of the top cataract surgeons in the country. As a refractive and cataract specialist, Dr. Haddad was very excited to be a part of this series. His lecture focused on the challenges faced when planning cataract surgery patients who have had some sort of vision correction (LASIK, PRK) in their past. Who knew doctors still had to go back and review physics equations?
His talk entitled Planning Cataract Surgery in Post Kerato-Refractive Surgery Patients focused on how to increase the predictability and improve the overall outcomes in patients having cataract surgery that had undergone previous vision correction (such as LASIK, PRK, or RK).
Before the lecture, Dr. Haddad had the chance to sit down with the residents at Kresge and talk to them about the field of ophthalmology. If you’ve ever spoken to Dr. Haddad before, you know how passionate he is about his work and loves any and all technology that will help give his patients a better result. He talked to them about everything from radial keratotomy (RK), a popular vision correction procedure back in the 80s, to running a practice, and even shared stories from his recent trip to Mexico, where he practiced his surgical techniques for the SMILE procedure. (Stay tuned for more exciting news to come about that) Dr. Haddad has such a passion for teaching and the smile he wore all day proved just that. Afterwards, the Kresge residents and physicians spent the rest of their evening at a local restaurant in Detroit discussing the resident's upcoming career goals, and the future of vision correction.
Dr. Haddad performed his first SMILE procedure this past weekend (12/03/2016) with Dr. Mendez at Mendez Vision Institute in Mexico. SMILE is a new form of vision correction that builds upon the safety, accuracy, and results of LASIK. Over 700,000 SMILE procedures have been performed outside the US. As part of his training to become the first surgeon in Michigan to offer SMILE Dr. Haddad traveled to Mexico City to the Mendez Vision Institute to complete his SMILE training.
Dr. Mendez is the chief surgeon at Mendez Vision Institute. Through his clinic’s foundation, Fundacion Vision, his clinic offers free vision care to low-income families in Mexico City who could otherwise not afford care. As is standard for surgeons, Dr. Haddad spent a day completing his rounds of test-cases on pigs eyes (they closely mirror the human eye!). The next day Dr. Haddad along with Dr. Mendez performed SMILE vision correction on some very excited patients.
The next day Dr. Haddad & Dr. Mendez saw the patients that had SMILE treatment the day before. All the patients were amazed at how quickly their vision had improved. Dr. Haddad was equally excited to become the first surgeon in Michigan to be certified to perform ReLEx SMILE and will begin offering this form of vision correction to eligible patients in early 2017 when final FDA approval is received.
Dr. Haddad would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mendez and his entire team at the Mendez Vision Institute.