Celebrities Gone LASIK

Say goodbye to the days of prescription eyewear donned by your favorite celebrities and athletes – they’ve moved on to a more natural look.  While many high profile men and women shy away from revealing surgical procedures that they have undertaken in the past, there has been a surge in popularity in celebrities proudly declaring their decision to undergo LASIK Eye Surgery.

From singer Jessica Simpson to actor Brad Pitt, football player Troy Aikman to basketball superstar LeBron James, we bear witness to an exponential growth of well-known, high-performance individuals who have gone LASIK.  This choice is not just for aesthetic purposes (even though we must say they end up looking pretty darn good) – these superstars have dedicated themselves to improving their craft, lifestyles and athletic abilities by eliminating their dependence on prescription eyewear.

Here is a list of a few other celebrities who have committed to improving their vision and started the eyewear trend au natural:

  • Nicole Kidman
  • Lorenzo Lamas
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Michael Bolton
  • Drew Carey
  • Courtney Cox
  • Tiger Woods
  • John Tesh

Most fashion fads come and go but here at La Jolla LASIK we can guarantee you that perfect vision is a trend that will never go out of style!

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Pilots and Astronauts Approved for LASIK

“Can I get LASIK or PRK and become a pilot?”

San Diego LASIK patient Arnel Nacino
Arnel Nacino, American Eagle Pilot and La Jolla LASIK patient


LASIK is now approved for most jobs– even astronauts can have LASIK these days.  So, if you are an aspiring pilot, know that the FAA allows commerical airline pilots to have LASIK.  Also, most branches of the military approve LASIK for most military jobs, and the last time I checked, LASIK was approved for all jobs in the Navy, even special operations.

Of course, always check with your superior or your recruiter. But generally, if LASIK is not OK, PRK will be. This means you can achieve your dream of flying planes AND your dream of great vision.

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Newest Laser Reduces Glare and Halos at Night

One of the concerns I hear from LASIK patients is that they will have glare and halos at night. I’m glad my patients ask me about this because I think there is some confusion about glare and halos after LASIK.

Let me be honest: this is an area where having the latest technology really makes a difference.  And I have this latest technology.  I am using the only laser the FDA allows to make the claim of REDUCING GLARE AND HALOS after LASIK.

Ten years ago we used lasers that had a more drastic shape change from the “optical zone” to the “blend zone,” which for higher treatment amounts could cause glare and halos at night, usually temporarily.  Ten years ago, I told patients that they absolutely would get glare and halos at night after LASIK– but that the worst of it would be over after one month. If any glare or halos remained after a month, it would usually be gone after 6 months.

Today, with the latest technology in laser vision correction, glare and halos have been drastically reduced. While the flap is still healing, you may have some glare and halos for a few days or weeks, but that’s it. As a result, I just don’t hear the glare and halo complaints anymore–that’s how much this problem has been minimized.  In fact, if you have glare and halos driving at night, I can probably make you better.  Now that’s state-of-the-art technology!

LASIK Risks – You only get one pair of eyes

This week a new San Diego LASIK candidate came into my office and told me that his friend, “Larry” told him that with LASIK laser eye surgery there is a 1 in 100 chance of going blind from the procedure. My reaction was “What?!!” And then I thanked the patient for being so candid about his fears and for inspiring my next blog post.

The literature cites the risk of disabling visual loss after refractive surgery as 1:112,000.

I have never had a patient lose vision from LASIK or PRK in 12 years performing refractive surgery.   Ever.

I’ve had LASIK myself, and even performed it here at our LASIK center in San Diego on relatives such as my husband and brother-in-law.  That’s my confidence level.

Paintball Eye Injuries Can Be Devastating

Why does this San Diego LASIK surgeon cringe  when hearing about outings to play paintball?  It’s the mental image I carry of what an eye looks like when hit by something the size of a marble traveling at 300 mph.  It is ugly, and the eye may never see again.

Paintball injuries to the eye can be serious enough to be blinding.  In one Bascom Palmer study reviewing patients treated for paintball eye injuries, 28 percent of patients’ eyeballs ruptured, and 19 percent had detached retinas.  81 percent of the injuries required surgery, including, most unfortunately, enucleation (removal of the entire eye) in 22 percent.  Only 36 percent of eyes recovered vision good enough to pass the California driver’s vision test (20/40, normal is 20/20).

From 1998 to 2000, the estimated incidence of paintball injuries rose from an  545 to 1,200 according to a report in the journal Pediatrics.  The injuries occur in two main settings: 1) young people in an unsupervised setting without protective eyewear  2) people in a supervised setting who “relax” and remove their protective eyewear after a paintball hits them and they are “out” of play.

I would prefer people, especially kids, not play, but if you are going to play, be sure to play in a supervised field and counsel everyone to keep their protective gear on until the game is over and all players’ weapons have been checked in.

Satisfaction with Surgeon One of Strongest Factors Correlated with LASIK Satisfaction

If you want to be happy with your LASIK outcome, think more carefully about the surgeon who will evaluate you and perform the procedure than about the aesthetics of the surgery center or the convenience of its location.  In a cross-sectional study of 793 U.S. adults who had laser vision correction surgery over an eight-year period, patient satisfaction with the surgeon was one of the factors most highly correlated with overall satisfaction with the LASIK procedure.

I take pride in giving each patient as much time as he or she needs.  I customize each treatment plan to your eyes, your age, your lifestyle, and activities.   That’s why I allow plenty of time to learn about your needs and answer your questions.  One size does not fit all.