Astigmatism and LASIK

Often mispronounced and widely misunderstood, astigmatism is a common refractive error that is simply a problem with how the eye focuses light. While the curvature of a normal cornea is uniform and usually round and spherical, like the shape of a basketball, patients with astigmatism have a cornea that is typically shaped like a football. Instead of light coming to a single focus on the retina to produce clear vision, multiple focus points occur, which can result in blurry or distorted vision.

Although many people believe astigmatism makes them ineligible for LASIK, the procedure can still be a safe and effective method of vision correction. The type and severity of your astigmatism are factors your doctor will examine to determine if LASIK eye surgery will be beneficial to you. In some situations, people with astigmatism should not have LASIK because a successful outcome is more likely with a different procedure.

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES to for more information about LASIK.

An FSA is a Financially Smart Approach to paying for LASIK

Did you overestimate how much money you would need in your FSA this year?  Do you need to spend the funds quickly, but would also like to do so wisely?  If your company offers an FSA as part of your health insurance, consider using this benefit for LASIK.  An FSA is a great way to pay for LASIK, and save money in the process.  FSA money has been set aside before the deduction of payroll taxes. If you paid for the surgery from your savings, the money would have first been taxed.  And with health care reform soon lowering the annual limit for an FSA, now is the time to act.  It is best to first determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and to learn more about options and cost before deciding upon an amount to set aside.  We encourage you to contact Price Vision Group to schedule a complimentary screening. 

 Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES to for more information about LASIK and payment options.

August – National Cataract Awareness Month

In order to preserve and protect your vision, regular eye exams are crucial.  As with many medical conditions, early detection is key.  August is National Cataract Awareness Month, and it is important to understand what cataracts are, the risk factors, and what information to bring to an exam. 

 A cataract is usually described as a clouding of the eye.  A cataract scatters light as it passes through the lens, preventing a sharp image from reaching your retina. The result is blurry vision, or the feeling like you are looking through a foggy window.  A cataract can make everyday activities like reading and driving more difficult.  Most cataracts develop slowly and do not comprise vision in the early stages. With time, however, cataracts can greatly interfere with vision. 
Risk factors include increasing age, excessive sunlight exposure, family history, obesity, and smoking.  If you feel like you might have a cataract it is important to schedule an examination.  At your cataract appointment, it often helps to be prepared.  Write down any symptoms you’ve noticed, information like risk factors and a list of prescribed medications, and any questions you might have for the doctor. 

 Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES to for more information about cataracts.

New Fellows Introduction

Price Vision Group is fortunate to have two new physicians at the practice.  Drs. Michele Todman and Lawrence Tenkman joined the practice in July to complete their fellowships in corneal and refractive surgery.  Dr. Todman studied Business and Psychology at the University of Rochester before pursuing her medical degree at Vanderbilt and Penn State Universities.  She then completed her residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.  She plans to continue her career in academic medicine with the hopes of improving patient care and advancing the field through meaningful research and education.  Dr. Todman has taught English in Japan and performed community service in Israel and Honduras.  She is an avid basketball and bocce ball player and also enjoys photography and acrylic painting.  Dr. Tenkman studied Psychology and Pre-Med at Xavier University and completed his medical degree at The Ohio State University.  He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati and is currently completing a glaucoma fellowship at Emory University.  Dr. Tenkman would ultimately like to practice as an anterior segment surgeon in an ophthalmology group.  He enjoys both watching and playing sports, chess, movies, and spending time with his wife and two children. 

 Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES.

Allergy Eyes

When people think of seasonal allergies, they usually think of a runny nose, congested head, and sneezing. However, your eyes can also be affected. Allergies can cause eyes to be red, watery, swollen, itchy, or dry. They might also burn or sting. While this can be uncomfortable, it is important to avoid rubbing the eyes. Rubbing can cause infections, increase histamine to make the itching sensation worse, or even lead to a more serious condition called Keratoconus. While oral antihistamines can bring relief, artificial tears and over-the-counter medicated drops can also provide comfort. However, if symptoms persist, a doctor can prescribe the appropriate type of allergy eye drop.

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES to learn more about obtaining eye allergy relief.

LASIK and Night Vision

A common concern among people considering LASIK is the possiblity of night vision issues, including glare, starbursts, and halos.  While this can be an issue for some while wearing glasses or contacts, it can be a temporary side effect after LASIK.  Although large pupils, dry eye, or incomplete correction can aggravate night vision after surgery, the most common cause of decreased night vision is swelling of the LASIK flap.  And because this swelling subsides within a month, the side effect is typically temporary and manageable.  Price Vision Group uses the ALLEGRETTO WAVE® laser, which is engineered to consider the natural shape of the ­human eye and to improve what nature originally ­designed. The Wavefront Optimized™ treatment ­considers the unique curvature and biomechanics of the eye, ­preserving quality of vision and addressing the spherical distortions that can induce glare and may affect night vision.

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES to learn more about LASIK.

Start off Spring and Summer with LASIK

Now that vacation season has arrived, wouldn’t it be nice to leave the glasses and contacts at home? Can’t you imagine that boating, swimming, and sandy beaches would be much more enjoyable without them? Although many people are unsure of how LASIK affects their ability to be in the water, swimming, hot tubs, and saunas must only be avoided for two weeks after the procedure. And scuba divers must wait only a month before diving. So before the weather really heats up, consider LASIK – it will make all of your summer plans more enjoyable. Plus, it will give you an excuse to pick out some nice, new sunglasses!

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES for more information about LASIK.

Contact Lens Conundrums

Unquestionably, contact lenses are a favorable alternative to wearing glasses.  With all of the different options of lenses, many people are satisfied with their comfort and convenience.  However, problems can arise from their frequent use.  Tight lens syndrome occurs when a lens is either not properly fit to the user or dries out over time.  The lens tightly adheres to the eye and causes poor vision and discomfort.  Allergies can also plague contact lens wearers, causing tearing, itching, swelling, redness, or foreign body sensation.  Previously known irritants, like pollen, can cause irritation, and new allergies can develop from lenses and cleaning products, which can lead to giant papillary conjunctivitis, or bumps that form under the eyelid.  Corneal problems, like scratching, swelling, or ulcers, can cause serious discomfort and can sometimes result in permanent damage if not treated quickly.  While drops and ointments can usually treat most of these conditions, change in user habits is also required.  Lenses should be handled and cleaned properly, replaced as often as the manufacturer suggests, and should not be worn excessively.  However, if problems persist and lenses become intolerable or unsafe, eyeglasses or refractive surgery, like LASIK, are other options for vision correction.  Contact lens users who are between 21-60 years of age and who have worn lenses at least five years consistently can participate in a compensated study at Price Vision Group

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES for more information about the Contact Lens and LASIK study, or to set up an appointment to participate.

Is LASIK Really Safe, or Could I Go Blind?

Although LASIK surgery has become a widely accepted and utilized method of vision correction, major misconceptions still exist.  The inception of the procedure dates back over 15 years.  The FDA approved the excimer laser to treat nearsightedness through LASIK in 1995, and approval to treat astigmatism soon followed in 1997.  Dr. Price performed the first LASIK in the state of Indiana in 1995.  Although there are risks involved with any surgical procedure, there have been no known cases of blindness resulting from LASIK.  During the procedure, the eyes are numbed using drops, eliminating the sensation that you need to blink, and an instrument holds the eyelids open, making blinking impossible.  A cool beam of light is used during the procedure, and the surgeon can immediately turn the laser off if necessary.  The laser uses a tracking device, which focuses on the iris, and will account for position changes in the eye during the procedure.  Most patients report only minor complications following the procedure, including dry eye and problems with night vision, but these issues are typically resolved within a few months.  Experienced LASIK surgeons currently report serious complication rates to be below 1 percent.

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES for more information about LASIK, or to set up a consultation.

Contact Lens and LASIK Study

The Cornea Research Foundation of America and Price Vision Group are conducting a study evaluating two different vision correction methods.  The study is seeking to compare the overall patient satisfaction and safety of long-term contact lens wear versus LASIK.  Qualified participants in the study must be at least 25 years of age. Contact lens wearers must have worn contacts at least 5 years. We are collecting data through a survey.  We are scheduling appointments for interested individuals to come in and fill out the survey, and also undergo some testing to determine if they would qualify for LASIK.  Study participants will receive a savings on LASIK or a $50 restaurant gift card if they choose to stay with contacts or are not a candidate for LASIK. There is no charge for the study appointment and you can choose to participate in either sector.  The study will last over a few years, so additional surveys would be sent to participants via e-mail, and gift cards would be used for compensation if the surveys are completed and returned. 

Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES for more information about the Contact Lens and LASIK study, or to set up an appointment to participate.