By Hoopesvision on January 14, 2014
Nearly two decades after its introduction, LASIK has become one of the most common and well-known elective surgeries in the world, with millions of people having achieved great vision by means of this quick, comfortable outpatient procedure. Most people have heard of LASIK, and are aware that it’s a laser vision correction procedure. Many people know someone who has had LASIK, someone who wore glasses, reading glasses, or contact lenses – then, suddenly, didn’t need them anymore!
But many people may ask themselves, “Can LASIK help me?”
The only way to be completely sure of whether or not you are a candidate for LASIK is to have a screening examination at a clinic specializing in vision correction surgery. There is testing that must be performed, including detailed maps and measurements of the eye that are beyond the scope of a routine eye exam, and those test results should be interpreted by a doctor who is experienced in LASIK. However, the list below is a good start for anyone thinking about vision correction surgery who might be wondering “Who can have LASIK?”
A great LASIK candidate:
- Is at least 18 years of age.
- Needs glasses and/or contact lenses to see better, due to myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and/or presbyopia (difficulty seeing up close due to “after 40 vision”).
- Wants to be able to read, drive, play sports, and engage in other daily activities, free from corrective lenses.
- Has had a stable prescription for at least the last year. (This can be determined by checking the patient’s current prescription, and comparing it to the most recent eyeglass or contact lens prescription.)
- Has healthy, regularly shaped corneas, with adequate tissue thickness. (This is measured in the LASIK screening examination.)
These factors may make a patient a poor candidate for LASIK:
- Presence of a visually or clinically significant cataract.
- Extremely high myopic (worse than -12.00), hyperopic (worse than +4.00), or astigmatic (more than -4.00 diopter) prescriptions.
- Poorly managed diabetes, which can impact healing and cause other vision problems.
- Very thin or irregularly shaped corneas.
- Severely dry eyes, including the kind of dry eyes caused by certain autoimmune disorders.
- Pregnancy. (You can have babies after you have LASIK, and you can have LASIK after you have babies; you just can’t have it while you are actually pregnant!)
Note that some of those factors are not automatic disqualifiers, but simply things that the surgeon and patient must consider when determining the best option for vision correction, and even those patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK may still be able to achieve great vision with other kinds of surgery. For example, patients whose corneas are too thin or irregularly shaped for LASIK may obtain a great result with PRK, a similar laser procedure that achieves equally excellent long-term vision, but has a slightly longer healing time. Many patients whose extreme nearsightedness places them out of LASIK’s treatable range can have great vision through ICL (implantable collamer lens) surgery, where a corrective lens is implanted into the eye itself – a remarkable procedure that is slightly more invasive than LASIK, but can correct a wider range of prescriptions.
Today’s patient seeking to see the world more clearly, free from glasses and contacts, has more surgical vision correction options than ever before. LASIK is still by far the most commonly performed elective vision correction procedure, and as laser technology continues to advance, it becomes accessible to more and more people. The best way to determine if LASIK, or any other vision correction procedure, is a good option for you, is to contact a surgery provider that is well equipped and experienced in the latest technology.
By Hoopesvision on July 15, 2011
We were delighted to have former BYU basketball player and star, Jackson Emery, in our office yesterday for his LASIK surgery. Emery had expressed interest in LASIK surgery to his optometrist, Dr. Hooley, who promptly referred him to Dr. Hoopes.
He was highly motivated to retire his contact lenses following a well publicized incident during a game in Las Vegas against UNLV. In the first half of the physical contest, Emery got hit in the eye, which popped out his contact lens. Play was stopped as he went to the bench to put the lens back in, which was shown on the big screen at the Thomas & Mack, prompting boos from Rebel fans.”Everyone was booing me and my hands were shaking because my adrenalin was going,” Emery said. “It was one of those pressure situations.”
Jackson finished his senior year serving as co-captain of the cougars alongside Jimmer Fredette and Logan Magnusson. He was named the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year and holds both BYU’s (passing Danny Ainge’s record) and the MWC’s all-time season and career steal records. Jackson and his wife, Charese, are expecting their first baby (a boy) this September.
Following an evaluation of his vision and eye health, it was determined that Jackson was a prime candidate for LASIK surgery and he eagerly decided to have his surgery the next day. At his post-operative appointment this morning, it was determined that Jackson is currently seeing 20/15 and his eyes are right on track with the healing process. Jackson told us that he was ecstatic with the results and looks forward to continuing his basketball career without the hassle of contact lenses. We wish him the best on his next adventure as he heads to Europe this fall, and congratulate him in advance on the new addition to his family.
By Hoopesvision on July 7, 2011
This past Monday, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis was honored by having his #9 jersey retired. Kreis is considered one of the best attackers in the history of the league, having scored 108 regular-season goals during his 12-year career with MLS. He was the first player to break the 100-goal mark, was named an all-star five times, and was honored as MVP in 1999 after leading the league in goals and points.
The Omaha, Nebraska native is being recognized, not only for his contribution on the field, but for the totality of what he’s meant to the team –as a player, as a coach, and as an ambassador for the club.
At Hoopes Vision, we are proud to support the Real Salt Lake team as their official Eye Care and LASIK provider and wish to extend our congratulations to Coach Kreis on this well-deserved achievement.
By Hoopesvision on June 2, 2011
We were saddened to learn of the passing of our good friend and LASIK patient, Margo Dydek, last week. At the young age of 37, Margo died following complications from a heart attack. Margo was reportedly the tallest female professional basketball player at 7’2”.
Margo played for the WNBA for 10 full seasons and held the record for most blocks in a WNBA career (877 in 323 games). She was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft by the Utah Starzz, and played with the team until 2002. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles. Margo was beginning her coaching career in Brisbane, Australia with the Northside Wizards.
Our condolences go out to Margo’s husband David, her two sons, David and Alex, and the rest of her family.
By Hoopesvision on May 10, 2011
The season may be over for the Utah Flash, but preparations for next year are just beginning. Two guards for the Flash, Andre Ingram and Ryan Thompson, began their preparations last month by having their vision corrected by Dr. Hoopes, Jr. Both players are reportedly ecstatic with their results and looking forward to having freedom from contact lenses on and off the court.
Ingram has been with the Utah Flash for 4 seasons, and was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award. He also participated in the 2010 NBA D-League All-Star festivities in Dallas, taking home the Three Point Shooting Competition Championship at the NBA D-League’s Dream Factory Friday Night skills competition.
Thompson played for Rider University for four seasons, averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game. He was the only player in Rider University history to be in the top ten in points, rebounds and assists. After spending the 2010 pre-season with the Utah Jazz, Thompson is now gaining valuable time on the court with the Utah Flash.
We have thoroughly enjoyed having these wonderful athletes at Hoopes Vision and wish them the best as they pursue their promising careers.
By Hoopesvision on April 29, 2011
Last night was the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Hoopes Vision recently had the pleasure of correcting NFL player Kirk Chamber’s vision. Kirk plays professional football as an offensive tackle, and had grown tired of dealing with contact lenses during games and practice. This past month, Kirk chose to have his vision corrected by Dr. Hoopes at Hoopes Vision. During his LASIK evaluation, it was determined that he was a great candidate for the blade-free IntraLASIK procedure. After being educated by our staff about the procedure and what would be required of him following his surgery, Kirk decided he was ready and went forward with the procedure the next afternoon.
Kirk was born and raised in Provo, Utah and served an LDS mission in Berlin, Germany. When he returned, he was recruited by Stanford University where he started in all 45 games as a Cardinal. In 2004, he was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he enjoyed two seasons. He signed a free-agent contract with The Buffalo Bills in 2007, and joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
Chambers married his wife, Marilyn in 2001 and is now happily outnumbered by four daughters. At his one-day post-operative appointment, Kirk was happy to report that his vision was 20/15 in both eyes, and is excited to test out his new vision this year on the field.
By Hoopesvision on November 17, 2010
It was a pleasure to have Robbie Russell in our office today for an eye exam. Real Salt Lake recently finished their season after an impressive year, including a record-breaking unbeaten streak at home and qualifying for the MLS Playoffs and the CONCACAF Champion’s League quarterfinals. With the season over, Robbie figured he would make use of the time off and come in for an eye exam at Hoopes Vision.
Robbie made national headlines last year in November, scoring the game winning goal of the 2009 MLS Cup in a penalty kick shootout, giving Real Salt Lake their first MLS championship.
Routine eye exams are an important part of maintaining good vision and good overall health. If it has been awhile since your last eye exam, please visit our Affiliated Doctors page to find a list of Utah optometrists that can perform a thorough eye exam for you. If you are interested in LASIK or other vision correction surgery, they will be able to answer your questions, or you can call us at (801)568-0200.
Hoopes Vision is proud to be the official LASIK surgeon and eye care provider for Real Salt Lake.
By Hoopesvision on June 15, 2010
Apa, nicknamed “Super Sherpa”, is a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who holds the record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest more times than any other person. On May 22 2010, Apa broke his own record as he reached the summit for the 20th time as part of the Eco Everest Expedition 2010. Apa and his family currently reside in Draper, Utah. He is dedicated to improving education and living conditions for the people of Nepal. We are happy for his success, and look forward to seeing him again soon.
We were honored by the fact that Apa took a Hoopes Vision banner with him to the summit for a picture. Here are some additional pictures taken on the record breaking ascent. You can read a detailed account of the trip on his blog at http://www.apasherpa.com/