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Monday, April 27, 2015

LASIK Cost Decision Was Tough

We received the following note about the decision to have LASIK from one of our patients…..


“For a very long time I considered LASIK. I wasn’t nervous about the procedure at all.  Being a long time patient of Dr. Buck I was confident that he would do a great job.  My issue was justifying spending the money on it.  I will be honest in that I am somewhat of a frugal person.  Not one to spend money frivolously. I had put off having LASIK.  I had worn glasses and contacts for what seemed like forever. I was actually in the waiting room of Dr. Buck’s office waiting to be called back for my exam.  I overheard a patient, who recently had LASIK done, and she was ecstatic at the quality of her vision and couldn’t believe she waited so long to have it done.  Right then I made the decision to talk to Dr. Buck about the procedure and see if I was a good candidate.  Low and behold I was.  Less than three weeks later I was no longer wearing glasses and couldn’t be happier.  It is worth every penny and wish I had it done sooner!"
 If you or someone you know has a question about LASIK or would like to schedule a Free LASIK Consultation, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser


Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Early Cataracts May Indicate Cancer Risk

The early onset of cataracts is linked to an insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism-which is also a known factor for increasing the risk of cancer. There has been a suspicion about whether there was an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old and the potential risk for developing cancer.


Research on Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk
Scientists reporting in the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts.  Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development or needs a regular eye exam where do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them to call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & LaserCenter or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

“Pink Eye” Conjunctivitis Questions

Patients call us at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center just about every day asking questions and seeking information about whether they might have “pink eye” conjunctivitis. It is pretty much impossible to tell anyone over the phone whether or not they have “pink eye” conjunctivitis as a proper diagnosis really requires an office visit and an external eye exam at the minimum. When you come in the eye doctors will look for and discuss your signs and symptoms and help determine exactly why you are having them. Here is some information that they consider and that might be useful for you.


Bacterial Conjunctivitis
If you have a bacterial infection causing pink eye conjunctivitis, you will usually have very red eyes. You may find crusting on your eyelids that can make them stick together as well as a heavy, pus-like discharge from your eyes that may be greenish at times. This infection may spread to both eyes.

Viral Conjunctivitis
If you have a viral conjunctivitis we often will find a very red, swollen eye, crusty eyelids and a more watery discharge. This discharge can also have strands of mucus or white, ropy strands. While many cases of viral pink eye infect only one eye, this infection can also spread to the other eye.

Allergic Conjunctivitis
If you have an allergic conjunctivitis and your allergies are causing your conjunctivitis, it will often look similar to viral conjunctivitis. Your eyes will be red and tearing. However, they will also be itchy. It is likely you may have a stuffy, runny or itchy nose as well.

Treatment of Pink Eye Conjunctivitis
The treatment of conjunctivitis is typically supportive. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections but do work well in treating bacterial conjunctivitis. Regardless of the cause, it is important to minimize exposure of others by washing your hands frequently and throwing away used tissues. Do not share towels or pillow cases. Consider staying home from work or school until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are a contact lens wearer, you should discontinue their use and stick with glasses until your infection clears. Then start with a fresh pair of lenses and a clean lens case.

If you or someone you know has a question about pink eye conjunctivitis, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & LaserCenter or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Prevent Eye Injury with Facts & Information

Believe it or not, by knowing some facts and using some important information it is possible to prevent many eye injuries. Preventing eye injury is one way YOU can work to preserve eye health and vision. The most important fact to know is that by wearing proper protective eyewear it is possible to prevent 90 percent of those injuries! What is troubling is that according to a survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35 percent of people say that they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance and even less wear protective eyewear while playing sports.

Eye Injury Facts and Myths
·         Who is more likely to have an eye injury-men or women? Men!
·         Are eye injuries more common on the job or at home? Nearly half of all eye injuries occurred in the home! In fact more than 40 percent of eye injuries were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
·         More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.
·         Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects.
·         Among people who have had eye injuries, more than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury!

If you or someone you know is concerned about eye injury and wants to learn more about preventing eye injuries and protective eyewear, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Symptoms of Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine

While Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine is not overly common, they can be of concern and a source of confusion for patients. Generally, when we think of the word “migraine”, we immediately think “headaches”. But that may not actually be the case.

About Eye Migraine
At Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center otherwise healthy patients sometimes tell us that about once or twice a month they see these strange pulsing images in both eyes-both with their eyes open and closed! They tell us that the images may start out small lasting for 10-20 minutes and cause their vision to become blurry. These episodes actually describe what we know to be an Ocular Migraine-a migraine without a headache! What patients are experiencing is the aura that many sufferers have before the onset of a classic migraine headache.

Symptoms of Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine
Symptoms of an Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine may include “zigzag lines”, “colored lights” or “flashes of light” that can expand to one side of your vision over perhaps 10 to 30 minutes. If you experience these symptoms, in order to be sure that this is not a sign of a more serious problem, you need to schedule an eye exam and evaluation so that we can rule out any other problems and work in concert with your primary care physician or a neurologist to make sure that other testing is not needed.

If you or someone you know has a question about any of the symptoms mentioned or is concerned about having Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Be Aware of Cataract Night Driving Problems

Seniors with night driving problems or difficulty should be aware of how much cataracts can disturb night vision. In fact for many active patients who wish to drive at dusk or in dim light, the challenges of cataract night driving problems can be quite troubling.

Night Driving Problems

Driving at night can be difficult even for even those seniors with healthy eyes and normal vision. Dim or reduced lighting can cause you to misjudge distances and boundaries like the edge of the road, the entrance to a ramp or even the time needed to stop when a car in front of you engages their brakes. Night driving coupled with the cloudiness and night glare created by a cataract further diminishes your vision. If you are at a point where you are fearful of night driving or feel unsafe when driving at night, and been told that you have the beginning of a cataract it might well be time to consider whether cataract surgery might be a good option to help you regain your night driving comfort level and safety.

If you or someone you know feels they have night driving problems that might be related to cataracts or has a question about cataracts, cataract surgery or lens implants please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Transitions® Color Changing Lenses

Transitions® Lenses are color changing, adaptive lenses are lenses that fit into different areas of your life. There are different types of Transitions® Lenses to enhance your vision no matter what activity you are doing.  With original Transitions® Lenses there is an impeccable balance between outdoor darkness and indoor clarity. When you are indoors the lenses are quite clear and they inhibit the fastest fade to black speed upon walking outdoors.   Transitions® XTRactive offer superior darkness outdoors and are able to activate behind the windshield of a car.  Transitions® Vantage are virtually clear indoors and the only everyday lenses with polarization for crisper, sharper vision when outside. Also a Performance Sunwear line is available for outdoor activities such as boating, cycling, hunting, golf, hiking, and driving-and as always Transitions® Lenses block 100% UVA/UVB light.

If you or someone you know has a question about Transitions® Lenses, please feel free to call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.