LASIK vs. KAMRA Inlays

LASIK Boise, IDGone are the days of relying solely on eyeglasses and contact lenses to see clearly. KAMRA inlays and LASIK are two common procedures for correcting vision, but each has unique benefits that may help you make an informed decision about which procedure is right for you.

How Does Vision Correction Work?

Wearing contact lenses and eyeglasses improves your vision by providing a lens that accounts for any blurred area of vision. Modern vision correction techniques work in much the same way. LASIK and KAMRA involve changes to your cornea that are proven to give patients better vision.

What is LASIK?

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a procedure that uses laser technology to remove portions of the cornea. Re-shaping the cornea improves vision at all distances, and patients no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

What are KAMRA Inlays?

KAMRA inlays were specifically designed for men and women who only rely on reading glasses for near vision. An implant is placed on the cornea to improve vision while reading and performing other close-up tasks.

Why Should I Choose One Procedure Over the Other?

The primary difference between LASIK and KAMRA inlays is the amount of vision correction that is achieved. LASIK does not help with close-up vision problems because the blurriness is not caused by the cornea shape. Some patients prefer KAMRA inlays to eliminate the need for reading glasses, even if they continue to use eyeglasses and contact lenses for seeing at other distances. LASIK makes permanent changes to the cornea, whereas KAMRA inlays are synthetic implants that are inserted into the cornea. LASIK is typically performed on both eyes, and the KAMRA inlay is inserted into only one eye. Your eye care professional helps you choose the best option for your vision needs.

Learn More About KAMRA Inlays and LASIK. Contact The Eye Associates.

To learn more about KAMRA inlays, LASIK, dry eye treatments, pediatric eye care and our other services, contact The Eye Associates to schedule an appointment. You can contact our office in Meridian, Idaho, directly at (208) 342-5151 and our office in Caldwell, Idaho at (208) 459-0717.

Retinal Exams For Eye Health

Optomap Ultra-widefield Photography Boise IDThe retina is the part of your eye that takes in light and translates it into electrical impulses that are interpreted by the optical nerve and brain. Without this part of your eye, you would be unable to see the world around you; therefore, having a healthy retina is crucial. Evaluating the retina is challenging due to its location in the back portion of the eyeball, and the Optomap® imaging system is the perfect solution.

What is Optomap®?

Optomap® is a system that uses ultra-wide-angle photography to produce images of your retina. Before the system was developed, eyecare specialists had to diagnose retinal conditions based on imaging that only covered about one-fifth of the retinal surface. With Optomap®, we are able to view a larger portion of the retina, including the outer edges where the majority of conditions first develop.

What Conditions Can Be Diagnosed with Optomap®?

Optomap® is used to detect the early signs of cancer, strokes, cardiovascular disease and many other conditions that affect the retina and your vision. If we find anomalies during the examination, we recommend treatments that minimize the damage to your retina and eyesight.

Do I Need a Retinal Exam?

Retinal exams should be a part of the annual vision appointment, including exams for children and teenagers. We may recommend Optomap® imaging more often if we find signs of retinal disease.

How Long Does the Optomap® Imaging Take?

The procedure for Optomap® imaging takes about as much time as having an x-ray. The system works very quickly to produce high quality photographs of your retina. Your eyecare specialist reviews the images with you so that you understand the changes that have occurred in your retina.

How is Retinal Disease Treated?

Treatment for retinal disease is based upon the specific condition that is affecting your retina. We may refer you to a specialist if we detect cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other medical concerns that require a comprehensive approach. Eye treatments for retinal disease aim to stop or possibly reverse the damage to your retina and protect your vision.

Learn More About Retinal Exams. Contact The Eye Associates.

To learn more about retinal exams, pediatric eye care, refractive lens exchange and our other services, contact The Eye Associates to schedule an appointment. You can contact our office in Meridian, Idaho, directly at (208) 342-5151 and our office in Caldwell, Idaho at (208) 459-0717.

Glaucoma Symptoms and Treatment

Eye exam Boise, IDGlaucoma is a serious eye disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. The condition can get worse overtime, and permanent blindness can result if left untreated. Many people with glaucoma do not experience symptoms or pain, so it is difficult to identify early on. For this reason, regular eye exams are vital to apprehending the disease and starting the correct treatment.

The Signs and Symptoms

If you are over the age of 40 and have family members with glaucoma, you are more likely to get the disease yourself. If you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or another eye disease, you many need to see the eye doctor more often. Although glaucoma usually affects adults over 40, it has been identified in young adults, children, and infants. If you are of Russian, Irish, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, Scandinavian, or African-American descent, you are more likely to get glaucoma. If you have poor vision, have had eye trauma, have diabetes, or have taken steroid medications (like prednisone) you are also more likely to get glaucoma.

If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately: vision loss, nausea or vomiting, eye pain, tunnel vision, redness in the eye, or seeing halos around lights.

The Treatment

Prescription eye drops, laser surgery, microsurgery, or other methods are typical glaucoma treatments.

  • Eye drops: Eye drops are often the first treatment option for those with glaucoma. Eye drops can reduce the development of fluid in the eye or increase its outflow. Some glaucoma medications can affect the heart and lungs so be sure to tell your doctor what medications you are currently taking or are allergic to.
  • Laser Surgery: Laser surgery can either increase the movement of fluid from the eye or stop fluid blockage, depending on the type of glaucoma you have.
  • Microsurgery: Using a procedure called trabeculectomy, eye pressure is released by making a new channel to drain fluid.

Schedule a consultation

If you have experienced any of the symptoms related to glaucoma, contact the Eye Associates today. You can speak with our team by calling our office in Meridian: 208-342-5151 or Caldwell: 208-459-0717. We look forward to assisting you.