Surgical Vision Correction Consultations
Consultations, Referrals, and Post-Op Care for LASIK and Cataract Surgery in New Orleans
At Eyes on Canal, we provide evaluations and recommendations for those interested in surgeries to correct their vision. Our highly-trained optometrists will walk you through the process, costs, benefits, and risks involved, so you can leave feeling informed and confident in your eye care decisions. We have relationships with some of the best eye surgeons in the New Orleans area, and can help coordinate your surgery and provide you with the best in post-op care.
We want you to feel confident in your selection of Eyes on Canal as your vision care provider. If you’re considering surgically correcting your vision, schedule an appointment with one of our caring optometrists for a comprehensive evaluation.
Are You a Candidate for LASIK?
LASIK uses laser technology to reshape the cornea to correct certain vision conditions. The surgical procedure is performed using eye drops as a topical anesthesia. The procedure is virtually painless, and quick. It uses advanced technologies such as 3D digital mapping of the eye, and wavefront-guided or optimized excimer lasers, to provide safety and precision as well as customization for each patient.
LASIK is an elective procedure that can benefit you if you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, and can treat common vision prescriptions including
- myopia (nearsightedness)
- hyperopia (farsightedness), and
- astigmatism (people with astigmatism see distorted objects, both close up or far away).
Candidates also have to meet certain criteria, including the minimum age requirement (generally 18, but could be 21 in certain cases) and vision prescription within certain limits. You also have to be clear of any conditions that can worsen after the surgery and impede healing, including severe dry eye syndrome, infections, cataracts, glaucoma, or eye injury.
LASIK has a high safety rate. However, like all medical procedures, LASIK has its limitations, risks, and benefits, so please consider it carefully and talk to an experienced optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam and consultation to decide whether LASIK is for you.
Are You Considering Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. It can also correct other vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Thanks to today’s advanced intraocular lens (IOL) technologies used for this procedure, the eye surgeon can customize your surgery for the best vision outcome.
Like LASIK, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. You should be prepared to have someone to drive you home. In most cases, the surgeon will only perform surgery on one eye at a time. Immediately following the surgery, your vision will not be clear, as it may take days to weeks to improve depending on how quickly you heal. There are also many potential complications that could arise if you are not closely monitored by your surgeon and your optometrist.
Once both eyes are surgically corrected, you could possibly even still need glasses. With the appropriate artificial lens choice, guidance from your optometrist and surgeon, and appropriate compliance with post-op therapy, you are much more likely to have a positive outcome. Our New Orleans optometrists are here to recommend the best solution and ensure that your choice of implant matches the needs of your daily routine. We’ll educate you on all of your surgical options and communicate these recommendations and findings with your surgeon to ensure you get the appropriate implant and are fully aware of what you are getting before any surgery is performed.
To determine whether you’re a good candidate for cataract surgery, our eye doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam to check the overall health of your eyes, and to evaluate any reasons and risks for the surgery, as well as your eyeglass prescription needs prior to and potentially even after the surgery. If you have cataracts — and they’re impacting your everyday life — cataract surgery could be a viable option. There’s no age limit for cataract surgery, as long as the person is in good general health.
Cataract surgery is not an elective procedure like LASIK, and if cataracts are left untreated, they will worsen with time and as you age, making your vision worse and potentially affecting your ability to drive, work, and participate in sports or hobbies. Untreated cataracts can lead to total blindness.