Dry eyes. Astigmatism. Nearsightedness. Farsightedness. In the past, these
conditions – and others – may have prevented some people from
getting vision correction surgery or wearing contact lenses comfortably.
Fortunately, those days are long gone for many patients at Key-Whitman
According to Key-Whitman’s
Dallas optometrist Martin L. Faber, “Many advances in laser eye surgery, high-technology intraocular
lenses and contact lenses have been introduced in recent years and even
months. So it’s definitely worth taking the time to speak with an
eye doctor about the new options available.”
We asked Dr. Faber to share some insight into the eye health innovations,
procedures and technology that Key-Whitman patients are taking advantage of today.
No. 1: Safer LASIK eye surgery than ever before
Eye surgeons have been performing LASIK surgery for decades, and today
it is one of the safest surgical procedures available. In fact, according to an
FDA LASIK satisfaction survey, patient satisfaction with LASIK
skyrocketed from 60 to 96 percent due to new technology and screening techniques.
Dr. Faber’s son Kyle is one of thousands of patients who have experienced
excellent outcomes following
LASIK surgery at Key-Whitman in Dallas. As he explains, “My son is a very active 29-year-old, and his big
joy in life is physical fitness challenges and training. He enjoys participating
in Spartan mud runs, endurance training and weight lifting.
“His contacts and glasses were giving him difficulties, so once his
vision stabilized, he was very excited to get LASIK. Today his vision
is at 20/15, and he’s very happy with the results.”
Who is a good candidate for LASIK today?
Patients who have healthy eyes (no infections or scarring), a stable prescription
and are looking for distance vision correction may be good candidates
for LASIK or another laser eye surgery. Eye surgeons can even correct
astigmatism during LASIK procedures today.
“The other factor to consider is age. If the patient is between the
ages of 18 and 45 and doesn’t struggle with near vision issues,
we can fully correct them for distance. They just need to understand that
beyond the age of 45, their near vision will need a little help,”
Dr. Faber says.
Fortunately, patients who are not good candidates for LASIK may have other
As Dr. Faber explains, “There are substitute procedures that can
be done, such as
PRK (photo refractive keratectomy), which is a different version of laser surgery. The main thing I tell
patients is to keep an open mind regarding the options available to them.
Just because a friend or family member had success with one type of procedure
doesn’t mean that is the best solution for the patient.”
Nearsighted patients may also want to consider …
No. 2: Implantable Collamer® Lenses (ICLs) to correct moderate to extreme nearsightedness
According to Dr. Faber, “LASIK eye surgery is limited in regard to
the severity of prescriptions it can correct. For people who have been
told they can’t have vision correction surgery due to extreme nearsightedness
or severe dry eye, ICLs may be a great option. Since the lens is implanted
inside the eye, the procedure doesn’t exacerbate
dry eye symptoms.”
During the ICL procedure, the lens is placed behind the pupil and in front
of the lens of the eye. “Because the natural lens isn’t removed,
patients with ICLs retain the ability to focus on things close up. Another
benefit of the ICL option is if patients develop cataracts, the ICLs can
be removed and then replaced with a high-technology lens during laser
cataract surgery,” Dr. Faber says.
Key-Whitman patient Tommy Hardeman explains how he is able to enjoy life
more following his ICL procedure.
No. 3: Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay for a no-fuss solution to help compensate for presbyopia
Many people are blessed with great vision for most of their lives, but
reaching for readers after the age of 40. Fortunately, a new technological innovation that compensates for near
vision loss is now available.
As Dr. Faber explains, “The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay picks up where LASIK leaves off. The best candidates for the Raindrop
procedure include people with healthy eyes who are in the 40- to 65-year-old
age range, particularly those with little to no distance correction. The
Raindrop is a very thin inlay that is placed under a LASIK flap in the
middle of the cornea of the patient’s non-dominant eye.”
The inlay allows the patient to see up close with the non-dominant eye
and use the dominant eye to see far away. The Raindrop eye surgery procedure
typically works best for patients who haven’t had previous corneal
Key-Whitman President and Chief Surgeon Jeffrey Whitman, however, is having great success performing the Raindrop procedure in
conjunction with LASIK for those patients over 40 who suffer with both
distance and near vision problems.
No. 4: Advanced contact lens technology that overcomes discomfort and clarity
issues of lenses past
The latest daily disposable contact lenses typically offer superior comfort
over traditional soft contact lenses. “What makes daily disposables
more comfortable is the moisture additives included in the packaging.
They are also more convenient, because there are no cleaning solutions
to worry about. Just pop the lenses in the eyes in the morning and throw
them away at night,” Dr. Faber says.
However, daily disposable lenses were somewhat limited in regard to what
prescriptions and eye conditions they could resolve – until now.
“Today, daily disposables are available in almost any prescription.
They can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and
there are multifocal lenses available, too. They also work well for the
casual wearer who may not want to wear contacts every single day but likes
the availability to wear them during sports or a night out with friends,”
explains Dr. Faber.
If you haven’t checked into vision correction options lately –
have a chat with your eye doctor
New advances in eye care and vision correction technology are entering
the market at breakneck speed. So, chances are good that a new solution
may be available to you now that wasn’t an option in the past.
According to Dr. Faber, “Everyone’s vision needs and goals
are different. Some people simply want comfortable contact lenses to wear
during a morning run, while others may be handicapped by a high prescription.
Your eye doctor is the best resource to find out what options can best
meet your vision and lifestyle goals.”
Wondering if you’re a good candidate for the latest vision correction
procedures or daily disposable contact lenses? To schedule an appointment
with Dr. Faber at one of our Arlington offices or with an eye doctor in
our Dallas, Plano or Mesquite locations, please call
(972) 905-9128 or feel free to set up an appointment online.
ABOUT DR. FABER:
Dr. Martin L. Faber is a Therapeutic Optometrist who has practiced in the
Dallas - Fort Worth area since 1983. He attended undergraduate studies
at Michigan State University and received his Optometry degree from Ferris
State University's Michigan College of Optometry. Focused on complete
family eye care, Dr. Faber fits all types of contact lenses including
multifocal and high astigmatism lenses. Dr. Faber's wife Shelley is
the CNE for Baylor Scott and White Hospital System. They have two adult
children, Kyle and Hillary. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and
remodeling their home in Arlington. Dr. Faber also likes to bowl competitively
and travels to many tournaments.
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