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Contact Lenses and Astigmatism, Can They Be Mixed?

By | February 5, 2014|

When soft contact lenses emerged, only firm lenses could correct astigmatism. If you had less than 1.00 unit (units are “diopters”) of astigmatism it was frequently ignored with fairly good success. This is still true, and many doctors never discuss low astigmatism when they find it in their contact lens patients.

Most soft contact lenses are […]

Steroids for Your Eyes

By | April 29, 2013|

The original corticosteroid was isolated in the 1950s for which a Nobel Prize was awarded. That steroid is known as cortisol or hydrocortisone. All the drugs used on the eyes are synthetic variants of cortisol, although a fanatic chemist might disagree slightly. Steroids are hormones having a unique chemical structure. In fact cholesterol is a […]

Contact Lens Prescriptions

By | April 16, 2013|

Contact lenses are either a Class II or Class III medical devices, and like Valium they require a prescription. Also like Valium if you abuse them they can cause problems.

In many states the length of validity for prescriptions is left to the discretion of the doctor. In the State of Washington it is also […]

LASIK and Life

By | March 19, 2013|

Sometimes called flap-and-zap, LASIK is a computer numeric controlled process incorporating the excimer laser, an ultraviolet laser. With only a ten degree change in tissue temperature, the excimer removes corneal tissue like the vanishing coin in a magician’s hand. Now you see it. Now you don’t. It is a truly miraculous evaporation process called ablation. […]

LASIK, Getting Rid of Glasses and Contact Lenses

By | March 19, 2013|

Every year many who need glasses or contact lenses opt for LASIK, but LASIK is only one of many refractive surgeries:

1. RK – Radial keratotomy
2. CK – Conductive keratoplasty
3. Intacs – Intrastromal rings
4. RL – Refractive lensectomy
5. ICL – Implantable contact lens
6. LASIK – Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis
7. PRK –Photorefractive keratectomy

This list incorporates all the […]

Evolution of Sunglasses

By | March 19, 2013|

Primitive societies reduced the harmful effects of excessive sun with various adaptations of slits or holes in leather, sea shells, ivory etc. These poor souls striving simply for survival with no pretensions paid no mind to appearances and may have had it more correct than we do.

The first sunglasses as we know them were originally […]