Debunking Common LASIK Fears

LASIK is the most effective and safest procedure for correcting refractive errors, like myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. However, some people who qualify for the procedure hesitate to get treated because of unfounded fears and rumors.

Here are common LASIK fears that you shouldn’t worry about:

 

“I’m afraid of the pain.”

Fact: LASIK Is Painless
Back in the 90s, LASIK was performed with the use of blades (microkeratome). However, the procedure has also evolved with technological advancement and now no longer uses a blade. Most patients who have undergone bladeless LASIK say that they only felt a slight pressure during the procedure, like someone was pushing their eye for a couple of minutes. Very few people describe the pressure as painful while some don’t even feel any pressure at all.

 

“I’m afraid to be awake during the procedure.”

Fact: LASIK Is Fast
You don’t have to be afraid of being awake during the procedure. Since numbing drops are administered, you won’t feel any pain. The little pressure you may feel during the procedure is when the doctor creates a flap in your cornea to correct the refractive error. This only takes a few seconds.

 

“I’m afraid of going blind.”

Fact: LASIK Will Not Lead To Blindness
There are no reported cases of a patient going blind due to LASIK in the Philippines and majority of patients obtain 20/20 vision or even better after the surgery. The risk of getting serious complications after the procedure is less than one percent and cases of a patient’s vision worsening after LASIK is very rare. In case of occurrence, your surgeon will perform a second procedure, called enhancement, to correct the problem.

 

“I’m afraid of potential complications.”

Fact: Post-LASIK Care Is Easy
Like all surgeries, LASIK has potential risks and side effects. However, its post-surgery care can be easily managed with proper care and supervision. Some patients reported having dry eyes after the surgery but this is only temporary and may last for weeks or few months depending on the patients’ lifestyle and personal hygiene. The ophthalmologist will also provide patients with specific steps to restore the tear film and provide comfort until the healing is complete.

Effects of Prolonged Contact Lens Use

Contact lenses have been around for much longer than most people believe. Leonardo da Vinci thought of the concept of contact lenses in 1508, along with many other modern day conveniences. Renee Descartes developed the concept further by sketching a protruding contact lens in 1636. Later, in 1801, a scientist named Thomas Young became the first to wear a contact lens, which was secured to his eye with wax!

contact lense

Contact lenses are also referred to as ‘small prescription lenses,’ worn in “contact” with the eye. They are made to correct refractive errors and promote clear eyesight by temporarily reshaping the cornea. Modern contact lenses are smaller eye glass lenses that fit onto the eyes.

They function much like regular eye glasses—refracting and focusing light so that objects appear clearly. Since the lenses stick to the tear fluid on the eye surface, they move naturally with the wearer. Contact lenses vary in forms to serve different purposes and are also custom-designed to fit different needs – such as astigmatism and nearsightedness.

Though contact lenses may be a GOOD SOLUTION to BLURRY VISION, there are disadvantages and harmful effects too.
Contact lenses may be inconvenient, as they give the wearer a hard time when applying make-up or getting their hair done because they should be removed each time. It is also a hassle to have contact lenses on when you are doing sports like swimming.

The most common effects are trauma on the eyes caused by stiff contact lenses, dry eyes due to insufficient eye lubrication, eye irritability due to rubbing of eyes, and sensitivity to light.

Moreover, prolonged contact lens wear especially when the lenses are NOT properly cleaned can harm the eyes. Persistent ‘haloes’ around light especially at night may be observed, since IMPROPERLY CLEANED contact lenses have particles that may have accumulated on them. Unhygienic contact lens care may also result to tearing or discharge from the eye. Furthermore, the lack of oxygen that reaches the cornea causes CORNEAL SWELLING which leads to BLURRY VISION.
Extreme eye pain is also typically experienced by a person suffering from contact lens overwear. The patient first notices the symptoms a few hours after removing contact lens or may even awaken from sleep with severe pain. This may lead to overwear syndrome.

Aside from minor problems, there are greater risks: Keratitis and Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis are just some of the conditions caused by bacterial infections.

keratitis

KERATITIS is a condition in which the cornea, the front part of the eye, becomes inflamed. It is often marked by moderate to intense pain and usually involves any of the following symptoms: pain, impaired eyesight, photophobia, red eye and a ‘gritty’ sensation. Keratitis occurs when protein and bacteria build up on your lenses over time.
On the other hand, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) is caused by a repeated occurrence of bacteria due to a buildup on your lenses over time. The eyelid becomes infected and many large bumps that irritate the cornea appear. This results to itch, irritation and redness. Foreign body sensation may also be felt like bumps are just scratching and damaging your eyes.

 

ruined contact lenses
Because of the disadvantages and risks of contact lens wear, more and more people nowadays are choosing LASIK- a PERMANENT SOLUTION to vision problems. It is a bladeless, painless, and safe procedure that uses laser beams to reshape the cornea precisely and efficiently, thus, restoring vision to 20/20.

Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics Center, the World’s No.1 in Lasik guarantees to give you the BEST RESULTS at the most affordable price.

Value your health. Take GOOD CARE of your eyes. Have them SCREENED at Shinagawa, and experience SUPERIOR EYE CARE!

For more details, you may visit the website at www.shinagawa.ph or call +632 491 000 for Makati Main Branch or +632 3685240 for Ortigas Branch.

Z Prime | Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics Philippines

The ‘Z-Prime’ Solution for your Eyes

When surgery comes into a person’s mind, it is always associated with fear, anxiety and worry. Not only because of the known ‘word-of-mouth’ gravity of the procedure, and sometimes the appearance of the pieces of equipment that will be used, but also and most importantly, the cost of the procedure.

Surgery used to be painful, horrific and dangerous in approximately equal measures. It was usually the last resort for both patient and practitioner. But now, with the arrival of new technologies, surgery became less of a hassle and more of a solution. Medical technology advancements enable people to do things we only dreamt of just ten years ago, especially in improving the quality of life.

Like any other surgery, there are also risks involved, and patients should be fully-informed before they undergo the procedure. Laser surgery is not for everyone.

The Food and Drug Association reviewed clinical data from Lasik laser manufacturers and said that if laser is done properly and on the right patients, it will indeed be successful. Eye doctors must carefully evaluate their patients, in order for the benefits to outweigh the risks. They shall be the ones to determine if their patient is eligible for screening. The following are some of the disqualifications from having lasik eye surgery:

  • Having changes in your contact lenses or glasses prescription in the past year
  • Diabetes
  • Taking medications that may affect wound healing such as cortical steroid
  • Glaucoma
  • herpes

The patients should in turn let the doctor be aware of any eye or medical condition they have.

LASIK is a very sophisticated technology, but the procedure is straightforward. It is also deemed as the most popular technique.

Before the LASIK surgery, eye measurements should be provided.

Information of LASIKsurgery must be reviewed, so that the patients can be guided with their eye condition, before committing to the operation.

‘Windows of Light’

To qualify for Lasik, the patient needs to meet a certain range of vision of cornea and pupil size, and pass the pre-operation assessment. Then he or she will come back for the actual Lasik process, conducted by both the surgeon and the technician operating the laser machine itself.

Topical anesthetics is administered into the patient’s eyes to numb the discomfort and to prepare the patient for LASIK treatment.

Thousands of patients between the ages of 18-70 receive LASIK’s benefits in correcting refractive errors. LASIK may be an effective treatment depending on the need for cataract surgery, for patients more than 70 years old. The patient usually becomes an excellent candidate for LASIK surgery, once the cataracts have been removed. Family history of eye illnesses must be also known to the doctor.

LASIK surgery is actually a wise investment for your money. When the cost for spending on glasses, contacts and eye solutions every year is estimated, it can be assumed that it is thriftier.

LASIK Surgery

In its advocacy to help people restore their vision, Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics offers Z-PRIME LASIK treatment which is PAINLESS. Only a slight discomfort during the procedure due to the pressure sensation around the eye will be felt. Most people feel some discomfort the day after the surgery, while the eye starts to heal.

Most surgeons perform Z LASIK on both eyes the same day.

60-90 minutes is the approximate duration of the entire procedure on the treatment day. This includes preparation time for the procedure, as well as final examinations after the procedure. Actual time in the laser suite is usually about 10 to 15 minutes.

Sample Activity: Driving with Z Prime Lasik-Restored Eyes

Woman Driving

The patient may return to driving, as soon as he or she sees well enough. It is up to the doctor to determine his or her capacity to drive. However, it is generally not recommended to drive home on his or her own after the procedure.

The visual recovery itself is typically very short in Z LASIK. Within a few hours most of the patients reach 20/20 vision.

Usually patients notice the improvement of their vision immediately following the procedure. Within a few hours, most patients reach 20/20 vision. The visual recovery period after Z-LASIK is usually very short and most patients resume normal activities right after the treatment.

It is just ample to keep in mind to take precautionary measures before the surgery, follow the instructions of the experts, and maintain eye care after the procedure to guarantee the BEST RESULTS, for the eyes are one of the most sensitive organs of the body and they play a very FUNDAMENTAL ROLE in life’s everyday activities.

Looking for the best solution for your vision? Shinagawa Z PRIME LASIK is your LASIK solution!

Fresh Start with Perfect Vision

Fresh Start with Perfect Vision

With the fast-paced world today, the hustle and bustle of people meeting deadlines, always rushing to accomplish their tasks, meet demands and expectations, and level up their status or position, whether at school or at work, or even just get household chores done, health is oftentimes taken for granted. One evident example is eye health.

Did You Know?

One of the most important part of the eyes is the cornea.

Optical Anatomy of the Eye
Functions of the cornea:

Helps to shield the rest of the eye from germs, dust, and other harmful matter. The cornea shares this protective task with the eyelids, the eye socket, tears, and the white part of the eye (sclera).

The cornea acts as the eye’s outermost lens. It functions like a window that controls and focuses the entry of light into the eye. The cornea contributes between 65-75 percent of the eye’s total focusing power.

If the cornea malfunctions, eye illnesses like astigmatism, presbyopia and myopia may occur. And these do not just require eyeglasses or contact lenses but specialized vision correction.

Want to have clearer eyesight without the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses?

TRY LASIK SURGERY!

Femto LDV Machine

Ultra LASIK is a machine that aids in the instantaneous operation of laser surgery.

Having Ultra LASIK is the all-around solution that you need for your eyes and your vision. LASIK is for farsightedness and nearsightedness. It is bound to fix your eye woes.

  Green Eyes

The Happy and Satisfied Patients of 2015

We, at Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics has cemented our status as the NO. 1 Lasik and Aesthetics surgery clinic. We have served over 3 million satisfied patients combined (lasik, aesthetics, and orthodontics) while ensuring the safest and highest level of treatments at a very reasonable price. We take pride to introduce the fastest LASIK technology in the Philippines, the Z-Prime, which can only be found in Shinagawa.

So before we bid farewell to 2015 and welcome a brand new year, let’s look back on some patients who wholeheartedly trusted Shinagawa Philippines in having their procedure done in the clinic.

 

LASIK

“When I was wearing glasses, I couldn’t see after the 4th line from the top!!! But now, I went back for a check up and I passed the test – up til the 2nd to the last line from the bottom. Imagine that. I can clearly see from 20 feet now! The feeling is amazing. I’ve never been so happy! :)When I was wearing glasses, I couldn’t see after the 4th line from the top!!! But now, I went back for a check up and I passed the test – up til the 2nd to the last line from the bottom. Imagine that. I can clearly see from 20 feet now! The feeling is amazing. I’ve never been so happy!” – Yuki Tansengco of The Style Cat Blog

 

“My work as a television producer and director requires me tell a story the way I see it. It means that having perfect vision is very important especially to my line of work. I thought I would be wearing glasses and contact lenses for the rest of my life but then Z-LASIK come along. When I was ready to make the change, I’m glad I went with a trusted name. The doctors and staff of Shinagawa Lasik and Center made me feel informed and safe. The surgery was fast. It was pain free, I call it a miracle.”-Mike Carandang, Producer and Director

 

“The Shinagawa Staff really took care of me every step of the way. The surgery itself was quick and painless, it literally took 8 minutes for both eyes. I would highly recommend Shinagawa to anyone who anyone who would like to achieve 20/20 vision again. Shortly after surgery, I could see perfectly clear ready”-Mica Javier, Singer and Songwriter

 

“I am so happy to see the world much clearly now! Thanks to the efficiency and great professional care. I was accorded by the friendly doctors and staff of Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics. God Bless You and More Power!” -Snooky Serna, Actress

 

Aesthetics

I love how Shinagawa offers personalized services. My experience with them was that they did not offer me one size fits all solution. Because people are all different, they took the time to explain to me in detail why a certain service would be better fit for me than the other. And with their Japanese background, I am assured that they have the latest medical technology and their services are highest of quality.” Dae Lee of Foreignoy Trio

 

“My life journey with Shinagawa has always been awesome. Excellent services, very hospitable staff, and the ambience is extremely homely.My skin feels replenished and rejuvenated, and it gets better after each visit.. Shinagawa is really a place to be. I’m a living witness and i’m very grateful”- Bobby Madubike

 

“Ever since I started the laser genesis treatment at Shinagawa, not only myself, but all of my friends have noticed a big difference in the quality of my skin. I look younger now than I did three years ago! I am so grateful for a company like Shinagawa. The treatment has caused me to become less self conscious and more confident in my appearance.”– Dwaine Woolley

 

“It was a very welcoming and calming experience. Also very professional and informative. Will definitely be returning here” –Fely Irvine

 

Orthodontics

“I used to shy away from camera especially if it’s a close up take because i don’t feel confident in showing my teeth. But thanks to Shinagawa Ortho, i can now smile big, a smile with confidence that i have been wanting for the longest time. It’s life changing experience. Now i can definitely do what they say; start and end your day with a SMILE” – Dex Garcia


In line with our thrust, we will continue to render high quality services to all our patients in the succeeding years.