Eye News: 5 Myths About Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently among the most widely used types of laser eye surgeries.  Simply put, a specialised light beam is used instead of a scalpel to cut through tissue, greatly reducing healing time and providing much more precision for the surgeon.  The following are some myths about Laser Eye Surgery.

Myth 1: Painthe truth is that the procedure is close to painless.

Myth 2: Long-term repercussionsthe truth is: only avoid smoky and foggy places for few days, swimming and diving and do not to rub eyes vigorously for a few weeks.

Myth 3: Prohibitive costthis depends on clinic you choose and the experience of the medical practioner

Myth 4: Choosing the right surgeoncan be daunting: look for valuable hands on experience.

Myth 5: Laser doesn’t work if you have really thick glassesthe truth is that state-of-the-art technology provides great precision to help people with major vision problems.

Read more about Laser Eye Surgery myths.

APSU’s Browder Honoured 50th Year Of laser

The word “laser” is actually an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”

APSU commemorated the historical development of the laser by honoring Browder with a surprise ceremony Monday, with a framed poster documenting his historic achievement unveiled at the event.

July 21, 1963, Dewey Browder, took the first picture of light from a military laser while a photographer with the U.S. Army Air Defense Command.  Read more about Dewey Browder.

Best Careers For 2011: Optometrist

Brendan Duane, Optometrist at the London Vision Clinic

As one of the 50 best careers of 2011, Optometry should have strong growth over the next decade.

Sometimes referred to as “doctors of optometry,” these are healthcare professionals who treat a wide variety of eye problems. They prescribe lenses for nearsighted and farsighted people, diagnose and treat visual problems such as glaucoma or a scratched cornea, and refer patients for Laser Eye Surgery, among other duties. The population is quickly becoming more elderly, so demand for visual aids is expected to grow considerably. Eye-care technology is improving as well, allowing each optometrist to care for more patients.  Read more.