Blog Post: The History of Laser Vision Correction: Keratomileusis and the Excimer Laser. Part 2 of a 4-Part Series

Keratomileusis and the Excimer Laser Part 2 of a 4-Part Series Although Radial Keratotomy was the more widely practiced refractive procedure in the United States, it was not the first.  This accolade is instead reserved for keratomileusis.  In keratomileusis, part of the cornea is removed and then the cornea is reshaped using a blade in order to correct refractive errors. The process of keratomileusis was first developed in the 1950s, by a Spanish born ophthalmologist named Jose Ignacio Barraquer, M.D . [i]  who later moved …
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Blog Post: The History of Laser Vision Correction: Radial Keratotomy. The First Blog in a 4-Part Series

Radial Keratotomy The First Blog in a 4-Part Series Ever wonder about the origins of Laser Vision Correction?  It’s actually a fascinating story, particularly because it was stumbled upon completely by accident.  In the 1970’s, a Russian Ophthalmologist, Svyatoslav Fyodorov , removed glass splinters from the eye of a patient involved in an accident. [i]   Prior to the accident, the patient was nearsighted and required glasses for distance vision.  After the glass splinters were removed, the patient’s vision actually improved.  That was the …
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Soft Contact Lens Wear and Your Eye Health

LASIK May Be Safer Than Contact Lenses | Mandel Vision

There’s no question that contact lenses are a great, more aesthetically pleasing, alternative to eyeglasses.  As long as you wear them responsibly, they are also a relatively safe alternative.  Unfortunately, patients are not always educated about the proper use and care of their contact lenses.  This is extremely important as unsafe practices can lead to vision threatening complications.  With that in mind, here are some things you need to know about the cornea and contact lenses to keep your eyes …
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Monovision Laser Vision Correction: An Alternative to Reading Glasses

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective patients over the age of 40 is: “Am I a candidate for LASIK or PRK laser vision correction if I only need reading glasses?” The answer may surprise you: It’s yes! The common misconception is that laser vision correction is only for patients who are lifelong glasses or contact lens wearers. However, with the advantage of the monovision  approach, patients who only wear reading glasses can also benefit from the procedure. …
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FAQ Series: What Sets Us Apart from Other Laser Vision Correction Centers?

Here at Mandel Vision, we believe that the extra steps we take and ask you to take prior to both your evaluation and procedure provide us with more accurate measurements prior to laser vision correction.  These steps include discontinuing your contact lenses and using natural tears prior to these visits.  We really feel this is a small price to pay for a superior laser vision correction result.  We’d rather inconvenience you a little bit now to make you happier for …
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The Customization of Laser Vision Correction

Recent WavePrint  technology has afforded eye surgeons the benefit of customization in laser vision correction procedures.  This is not a new concept to  Eric R. Mandel, M.D ., founder and medical director of Mandel Vision.  Having researched refractive surgery since the mid 1980’s, he recognized very early in his surgical career the importance of getting to know his patients as individuals.  The difference at Mandel Vision is that Dr. Mandel not only customizes each surgical procedure using the latest WavePrint technology, but he also …
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Dr. Mandel’s Reading and Computer Tips

Did you know that when you are working on the computer or reading, you blink 60% less than at other times?  This lack of blinking exacerbates dryness, fatigue and discomfort that are often associated with office work. Poor indoor environments, with low amounts of humidity, are another contributing factor.  Think of your eyes as a car’s windshield.  If you have poor windshield wipers, or no windshield wiper fluid, your windshield will be dirty and difficult to see through.  Similarly, you …
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Flexible Spending Accounts and Laser Vision Correction

If you have a flexible spending account and are considering laser vision correction, now is the time to take advantage of it! A flexible spending account (FSA) allows an employee to set aside pre-tax dollars to cover qualified out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.  Qualified expenses include laser vision correction.  These contributions are not subject to payroll taxes, which can result in substantial savings.  Here’s how it works.  Employees are either given an FSA debit card which they can use to pay directly …
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Extreme LASIK: Taking the Fear Out of Laser Vision Correction

Fear is one of the most common barriers patients face when considering laser vision correction.   Now, thanks to former Navy Captain and ophthalmologist, Steven Schallhorn, MD, patients can feel more secure.  Dr. Schallhorn performed LASIK on military personnel from the Army, Airforce, Marine Corp., and Navy using the same advanced blade-free, Femtosecond and Wavefront guided technology used at Mandel Vision.  In an effort to determine the safety and efficacy of LASIK, he then subjected these patients to some of the …
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Mandel Vision® Spring 2012 Health Tips

1. Hooray! Spring is here! Unfortunately, this means the dreaded Spring allergies are here as well. With Spring here and all of the beautiful flowers that come with it, comes the promise of the dreaded Spring allergy season. Seasonal allergies are usually due to allergens that bind to mast cells in the eye, which then release histamine. The histamine causes most of the allergy symptoms. Allergic symptoms include itching, redness and tearing. Symptomatic relief can be obtained using antihistamine drops …
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