Understanding The Risks Of Contact Lenses | Shinagawa Lasik Blog

Understanding The Risks Of Contact Lenses

Most people with a poor eyesight use contact lenses as an alternative for eyeglasses.

While contacts may present a lot of positives for you and your vision in a short haul, they likewise have some risks along with them.

In terms of addressing visual problems, contact lenses are a very common option for a lot of people. If you happen to be one of those who relies on contacts, you need to understand that there are numerous risks that come with wearing them on a regular basis.

If you are not that familiar in terms of the proper care for your contact lenses every day, you become susceptible to possible dangers such as various eye infections and corneal ulcers, which can lead to more damage down the line if left untreated.

By following the proper guidelines in terms of caring for your contact lenses, you reduce the risks of any complications. However, according to studies, while the risks may be reduced, they are not completely eliminated.

Here are some potential risks that wearing contact lenses can present you:

1. Common Symptoms – When it comes to our eyes, there are symptoms that can be indicators if something might be wrong with them. These symptoms are dry eyes, discomfort, irritation, swelling, itching, pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and burning.

If you’re starting to feel most of these symptoms, it’s best for you to immediately schedule an eye checkup with an ophthalmologist to see what’s going down with your eyes.

2. Eye Infections – Every time you’re wearing your contact lenses, there’s always a risk of eye infections, which includes common conjunctivitis. Here are the risk factors of eye infections in line with contact lens usage: cleaning of lenses under unclean water and/or re-used contact solution, and swimming without taking off your contacts.

3. Corneal Abrasion – Contact lenses naturally have a risk of causing scratches to the surface of the eye called corneal abrasion. The risk is increased even more if you tend to wear contacts that have not been prescribed specifically for your eyes. A corneal abrasion can be quite painful, and it may also lead to more eye damage if left uncured.

4. Corneal Ulcer – This is soreness in the cornea that is caused by eye infections. Severe pain, blurred vision, and swelling, among others.

5. Acanthamoeba Keratitis – This condition is quite rare but can be quite dangerous. Though rare, contact lens wearers are at risk of getting a parasitic infection named Acanthamoeba Keratitis. This dangerous infection can cause severe pain and eventually, blindness. Cleaning contacts in contaminated water can get you this infection.

Check our previous blog entry to see how dangerous Acanthamoeba Keratitis can be: http://shinagawa.ph/the-hazardous-parasite-that-can-lead-to-blindness/

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Contact lenses can be of great help but they can likewise provide those aforementioned risks.

But do you know that there’s actually a better alternative for contacts that presents far fewer risks?

LASIK is a fantastic way to enhance your blurry eyesight for good without having the hassles and risks that contact lenses present.

A high percentage of contact lens wearers cite those risks as to why they eventually opt to have LASIK eye surgery instead for better benefits without much threat.

To know why LASIK is an excellent and better alternative to contact lenses, contact our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 and we’d be happy to aid you through.

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Can Farsightedness and Nearsightedness Be Treated By LASIK?

Some are farsighted while some are nearsighted. If you are either, regardless, there’s a good chance that you do not have a very bright eyesight.

The vision terms “nearsighted” and “farsighted” are commonly used to describe visual problems. But what do they exactly mean?

Nearsightedness (Myopia) is a common eye condition wherein the light coming into the eye is not properly focused onto the retina, causing one to have difficulties in seeing objects that are far away while having a clear vision of those nearby. This is commonly caused by an elongated eyeball that occurs over time.

Can Farsightedness and Nearsightedness Be Treated By LASIK?

On the contrary, Farsightedness (Hyperopia) is a condition that describes one’s eyesight that is naturally blurry on objects nearby, but clear upon looking at objects from afar. It is the exact opposite of nearsightedness.

While that answers what near and farsightedness is and avoid confusion, the bigger question is — how do you get them corrected?

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Of course, LASIK will cross your mind as you’re hoping that it can get the job done in terms of fixing your visual problems. The simple answer to that question is yes.

Modern LASIK, given its advancements, can correct vision problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness.

LASIK has the ability to correct the refractive errors that your eyes might have with the use of the laser involved in the procedure.

The advanced and precise laser used for LASIK is designed to reshape the cornea and correct the front surface of the eye, solving vision problems, including Near and Farsightedness, accordingly.

While eyeglasses and contact lenses can help you get through every day despite your near or farsightedness, they can only do so much. Plus, the inconvenience that they may bring in certain occasions isn’t something you want to prolong, most likely.

That’s where LASIK can come in as a proven and effective corrective measure to your near or farsightedness. LASIK works best if you need to have your vision corrected because you are near or farsighted.

Having a screening for LASIK to see if you can be an eligible candidate for the procedure is the first step to your journey to a perfect vision.

Want to correct your vision, whether you’re near or farsighted? You most certainly can! Check your compatibility for LASIK, contact our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517.

Can Astigmatism Be Treated By LASIK?

Can Astigmatism Be Treated By LASIK?

There’s one common question among people who have astigmatism.

Most of them wonder, can astigmatism be treated by LASIK?

Of course, all of them would want their astigmatism to be treated and since LASIK is a popular vision-correction procedure, these people are curious if that can get the job done for them as well.

For most cases, the straight on answer is yes. LASIK can treat and correct mild to moderate astigmatism as well.

If you happen to have astigmatism, your cornea is most likely shaped like a football, or oblong. The normal shape of a cornea should be round. With that, the light bends unevenly as it penetrates and enters your eye, eventually causing blurriness in terms of your vision.

The more that your cornea gets out of shape, the worse your vision is likely to be.

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So where exactly does LASIK come in and how can it help treat astigmatism?

Through the use of a highly-focused laser, LASIK has the ability to reshape your cornea to its supposed ideal shape. After LASIK, your cornea will be reshaped, enabling the light to enter your eye without being distorted, improving your vision significantly in the process.

More or less, LASIK only takes around 10 minutes for both eyes and in that duration, your cornea will be reshaped, treating your astigmatism, accordingly.

Based on results and studies, most LASIK patients who have mild or moderate astigmatism were delivered a 20/20 or even better vision shortly after the procedure.

So for those people with astigmatism, LASIK can be a perfect treatment for them.

Having a screening for LASIK to see if you can be an eligible candidate for the procedure is the first step to your journey to a perfect vision.

Want to correct your astigmatism and achieve a perfect vision? See if LASIK might be for you. Contact our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517.

Actress/Beauty Queen Megan Young calmly undergo the laser part of her procedure with her eyes wide open.

Do You Have To Be Awake During LASIK

In some surgeries, it’s quite usual that a patient is better off to be asleep while being operated on.

But does that apply to LASIK?

No, it doesn’t. A patient is required to be awake during the entirety of the LASIK procedure.

While some patients may like the idea of being asleep during the procedure, it is highly improbable as there would be significant drawbacks to using general anesthesia for vision correction surgery.

The usual duration of LASIK is only around 10 minutes in total. Yes, it is that quick.

With the power of the advanced and precise lasers, the cornea of both eyes can be reshaped in just around one minute during that part of the procedure.

Though it is well-documented, most patients still tend to be surprised by how quickly the procedure really is once they experience it first-hand.

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Actress/Model Kim Domingo is about to embark on her LASIK journey.

A big key in LASIK is the numbing eye drops, and also a mild sedative sometimes, that are there to help make the procedure virtually painless. That’s the reason why there is really not much benefit to general anesthesia during LASIK and patients remain awake for the duration of the short surgery.

Also, for the eye surgeon to perform optimally, it needs complete cooperation and cognizance from the patient throughout the procedure. Conscious cooperation is key to achieving accuracy in the fixation part of LASIK.

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Kim aiding her LASIK by sharply keeping her eyes ready for the different parts of the procedure.

At Shinagawa Lasik Center, advanced LASIK procedures and equipment are available for the best possible experience. These also make it possible for us to perform LASIK without a surgical blade coming anywhere near your eye.

That’s why there’s really no reason to be afraid during LASIK.

Not only will you have a fast and painless LASIK surgery while awake, in just a matter of a few minutes, the process will already be over and done with and in a few hours to a few days, your dream perfect vision will eventually turn into reality right before your refreshed eyes.

Ready to finally experience LASIK and have a perfect vision? Contact our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517.

Bright Sight For The Family: The Journey of Shermaine and Melquiades

Bright Sight For The Family: The Journey of Shermaine and Melquiades

Five years ago in 2013, veteran actress/host Shermaine Santiago was desperate for a brighter eyesight as she was already struggling with her daily activities in and outside of showbiz.

Seeking to brighten her vision during that time, the Kapuso star turned to Shinagawa LASIK Center. Shermaine decided to have LASIK to help her with it.

Not only did she get the results she wanted and the perfect vision she hoped for, she continued to enjoy the benefits of that life-changing decision five years later.

“I won’t forget my LASIK as I had it five (5) years ago in 2013 at Shinagawa. My eye grade before LASIK was around 275 back then and now, I still enjoy a 20/10 vision even five years after my procedure.”

Melquiades Marquez for Cataract Surgery

As she recalled her journey, Shermaine then thought that it’s also best for her grandfather Melquiades Marquez, 82, to seek help with his cataract problems.

According to Shermaine, it almost got to a point where he grandpa could barely see anything due to cataract. By that time, she decided to do something about it.

Once again, she trusted Shinagawa to take care of Melquiades’ eyesight through Cataract Surgery.

Cataract Screening of Melquiades Marquez at Shinagawa

Different procedures, same precise and amazing results.

Melquiades’ daughter Myla Marquez Macugay expressed the family’s satisfaction with the regained sharp vision of their beloved head of the family.

“I’m a daughter of an 82-year-old man with a severe matured cataract on both his eyes. That made him dependent on everyone around him and he lost his confidence.

That lasted until a very kind person referred us to Shinagawa. It did not disappoint us and moreover, it exceeded our expectations. The cataract surgery went so well and even the checkups after that.

Now, we are very glad that my father can see again. He started to describe everything that meets his eyes and can now walk confidently. It’s such a joy to see him that way.

Melquiades Marquez at Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics for Cataract Surgery

The facilities at Shinagawa are very hi-tech and you won’t worry that something wrong might happen because everything is so up-to-date. The doctors and staff are so accommodating and not only are they extremely knowledgeable of what they’re doing, they will also inform you of every little detail that you need to know, especially that my father is of age. They’re very particular and careful in terms of not giving you anything to worry about.

If you’re looking for a good LASIK & Aesthetic center with great facilities and doctors, Shinagawa is definitely the place and I promise you fulfillment and no disappointments.”

With a big help from LASIK and Cataract treatments at Shinagawa, Shermaine and Melquiades now both enjoy a bright eyesight that allows them to live their lives to the fullest.

Melquiades Marquez with Dr. Dinglasan and Dr. Dela Cruz at Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics

“I’m so happy for him (Melquiades) as he can now watch boxing, Pacquiao fights, and enjoy it unlike before the surgery where he couldn’t see much,” shared Shermaine.

To regain a bright vision either through the help of LASIK or Cataract Surgery, you can certainly put your trust in Shinagawa. To start your own journey back to a brighter vision, reach us through our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517