Tell Me About LASIK Technology LASIK Technology – Excimer Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers & Wavefront. Are you considering having LASIK surgery, but hesitating to actually get it done because you don’t trust the technology? Well we’ve got good news – LASIK technology is safe, effective, and backed by some serious technology. Saddleback Eye Center offers one … Read more
Does LASIK hurt? One of the most common questions we receive from patients is “Does Laser Eye Surgery hurt?”, and for good reason. In the past two decades, there’s only one thing about LASIK surgery that has not changed a bit: the public remains misinformed about LASIK, how it works, and how safe it is. … Read more
As you consider LASIK surgery you’ll find a number of advertisements offering discount LASIK surgery online, in magazines or even by street sign spinners. These budget LASIK centers often claim to generate the same results as more expensive centers, with the surgery costing as little as hundreds (as opposed to the usual thousands) of dollars per eye, but are they really worth it?
There are a number of reasons why people don’t take that first step towards laser eye surgery and clear vision — the fear of LASIK eye surgery risks. The fear of pain or worse, going blind after an eye surgery, is a very real fear for most of us. But hurting and going blind are … Read more
“I’M NOT A CANDIDATE FOR LASIK?!” Have you ever thought or heard you weren’t a good LASIK candidate? Truth is, you very well may be! ***At Saddleback Eye Center, we routinely turn away 20% of people who are NOT good candidates*** Many eye care professionals erroneously tell you that you are not a good candidate … Read more
Orange County LASIK uses state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Manger of Saddleback Eye Center uses all-Custom LASIK procedure which can cure more than just nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The all laser custom LASIK is safer and more accurate than the laser correction surgery introduced more than a decade ago. The state-of-the-art technology coupled with the skill of a specially-trained surgeon like Dr. Manger means that better vision is easy to achieve.
When all of our senses are working well, we take them for granted. As kids, most of us would happily read with a flashlight and sit too close to the TV or computer screen, despite our parents’ reminders about taking better care of our eyes. And then we grow older.
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, we’d appreciate you taking a moment to review us online. At Saddleback Eye Center, we care about your opinion and value your feedback. Have you had a LASIK experience with Orange County LASIK surgeon Dr. Manger? Are you excited about how much your vision has … Read more
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes and of the membrane covering the inside of the eyelid. Blepharitis can be caused by bacteria in the eyelid glands, on the eyelids, or on the skin around the eyes. Dandruff or oily skin can also cause blepharitis, and wearing contact lenses or makeup can make the symptoms worse.
Ophthalmic migraines, also called retinal or ocular migraines, cause temporary disturbances in vision that usually affect only one eye. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and visual disturbances such as light sensitivity, floaters, mysterious reflections, blurred vision, double vision, or flashes of light that appear as jagged lines.
Ocular migraines occur when blood vessels in the brain constrict, reducing blood flow to the eyes. Although the exact cause is not well understood, migraines may have some basis in genetics, as 80% of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Stress and hormonal imbalances may also be a factor, as well as fatigue, emotional disturbances, certain medications or foods, excessive noise, and changes in the daily routine.
Did you just have LASIK surgery? Do you have a pair of old glasses you don’t need anymore? Bring your old glasses to Dr. Manger’s office, and we will donate them to the local Lions Club to recycle.
The Lions Recycle for Sight program was created by the Lions Club to help people with vision problems in developing countries. Several times throughout the year, members of the Lions Club collect used eyeglasses, reading glasses, bifocals, and sunglasses from various doctors’ offices. Volunteers clean the glasses and sort them by prescription strength. The glasses are then donated to people in developing countries where they are needed most.
LASIK has been performed since the mid 1990s and is one of the most common elective surgery procedures done in the United States to date. Approximately 14 million people in the US have undergone LASIK since the mid 1990s, with an additional 800,000 procedures now being performed annually.
New advancements in All-Laser Custom LASIK make the procedure so safe that it has been approved for astronauts. In 2007, after evaluating rigorous military testing and clinical trials involving LASIK, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) approved All-Laser LASIK with wavefront technology and Intralase® for its pilots and astronauts.
Ever since personal computers started becoming commonplace in homes and offices, a condition known as computer vision syndrome (CVS) has been on the rise. Millions of computer users commonly complain of eyestrain, headaches, blurred and double vision, dry and irritated eyes, eye discomfort, and neck and/or back pain. Because some of these symptoms may also be related to problems with chronic fatigue or stress-related disorders, it is important to talk to your doctor about other possible causes of discomfort and eliminate as many contributing factors as possible.
Patients occasionally ask us about intraocular lens implants, or IOLs, as a means of vision correction. Although helpful for patients who experience visual difficulties due to cataracts, IOLs are typically not recommended for people whose main vision problems are caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Think you’re too old for LASIK? While one can be too young for LASIK (patients must be at least 18 years of age), you can never be too old for the procedure, provided your eyes are healthy. Dr. Manger has performed LASIK on patients in their 60s, 70s and even 80s who wanted to be free of glasses and contact lenses.
Although LASIK is the most popular type of vision correction surgery, not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. However, other refractive treatments exist that may be viable solutions for those patients for whom LASIK is not an option. One of these is “flapless LASIK,” or PRK. PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. PRK has been performed in the United States since the mid-1990s and may be an excellent alternative for patients who are not candidates for the LASIK procedure.
Have you ever gone surfing and lost a contact lens? Have you sacrificed good distance vision while jogging outdoors so you could wear sunglasses? Wouldn’t it be nice to golf and see where the ball lands on the green?
Whether you love surfing, running, golfing, or any other physical activity, glasses and contacts can get in the way while trying to maintain an active lifestyle. Glasses are impractical for any sport, especially when they slide down your nose or fog up. Contacts carry their own risks and nuisances, from the discomfort caused by a windy day to the risk of one falling out during activities such as swimming or surfing.
Have you ever noticed when you wear your contacts at night that lights seem to have a “halo effect”? Or you get “starry vision” at night when you drive while wearing your glasses? If you’ve ever considered LASIK as a solution to your vision problems, you’ll be pleased to learn that LASIK can also improve your night vision.
We’ve all seen those advertisements in the local newspaper or magazine that advertise LASIK surgery “as low as $799” per eye. Or maybe it was someone wearing a gorilla suit and a hand-made sandwich board at your local strip mall. It may sound like a good deal … but do you really know what you’re getting when you go to a LASIK “budget center”?
Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Coach. We all know the brands. Whether they are big and bold, or glittery and gold, sunglasses have become a popular fashion accessory. If you are buying a new pair of sunglasses this summer, make sure to choose carefully with eye protection in mind.
Unfortunately, many of today’s designer brands fall short on actual sun protection. Statistically, 7 out of 10 adults will develop a sun-related disorder during their lifetime, and medical studies show that eyelid cancers, cataracts, and macular degeneration (aging retinal disease) are caused by long-term sun exposure. Invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays, along with blue-violet visible rays, pose a potential hazard to the human eye.
You’re sitting at the kitchen table with your morning coffee and newspaper. Nowadays it seems like you’re straining your eyes to focus on the print and holding the paper further and further away — in fact, your arms aren’t long enough. Sound familiar?
Around age 40, you begin to need reading glasses for up-close activities and you may even need bifocals or progressive lenses so you can see both distance and near objects with one pair of glasses. This loss of focus in near vision is called presbyopia and naturally occurs in your 40s or 50s. You can no longer read a book or magazine, see your cell phone or text, or see your watch clearly without reading glasses. Even activities like putting on makeup or shaving become difficult without reading glasses.
Many patients are pleased to find that All-Laser Custom LASIK with Dr. Manger is an affordable LASIK procedure compared to the amount of money spent on glasses, contact lenses, and solutions over time. And when you also consider the value of living your life without the struggle of glasses and contacts, the cost may seem even more affordable. For many, this extra value of having LASIK is priceless. When making a decision whether or not to have LASIK, you have think about what clear vision is worth to you. This extra WOW factor may be the difference maker for you and help you realize that the cost of LASIK really is affordable and well worth every penny.