Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

LASER cost of myopia

For us, it is an absolute task not only the individual evaluation of each candidate for possible correction of myopia with laser, but also the complete general ophthalmological examination together with a thorough preoperative examination *, with the most modern imaging-technological equipment, in order to determine the most appropriate method. The cost of laser correction depends on which method (s) will be proposed, always guided by the greatest safety and the best result. Answering this question with a certain amount is practically impossible, because together with others, it would mean the same method of correction to all candidates.

* Our team is evaluated as the most experienced and pioneers in this field as well. For almost 30 years, we have been training colleagues around the world in our methodology.

Cost of cataract surgery

For us, it is an absolute task not only the individual evaluation of each candidate for possible correction of myopia with laser, but also the complete general ophthalmological examination together with a thorough preoperative examination *, with the most modern imaging-technological equipment, in order to determine the most appropriate method. The cost of laser correction depends on which method (s) will be proposed, always guided by the greatest safety and the best result. Answering this question with a certain amount is practically impossible, because together with others, it would mean the same method of correction to all candidates.

* Our team is evaluated as the most experienced and pioneers in this field as well. For almost 30 years, we have been training colleagues around the world in our methodology.

Blurred vision

Vision can be blurred for many reasons, including simple dryness and / or irritation but also increased myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism and even cataracts, etc.
However, sudden blurring can, although rarely, have serious causes that need to be evaluated immediately, such as retinal detachment, bleeding, or a neurological problem.

So if you experience blurred vision with or without vascular or eye pain, you should contact your ophthalmologist immediately for the above evaluation: Remember vision is the most valuable of our senses.

“Lightning, flashes, flies”

Most people have seen for a moment, some black spots pass in front of their field of vision, without this being something to worry about. However, the abrupt and massive appearance of black spots or shadows in the field of view, which may be accompanied by flashes (as if a flash is on), should immediately lead us to the ophthalmologist !!!

These symptoms may be due to a simple condition called vitreous detachment, but if left untreated, it can have the same symptoms as a more serious condition called retinal detachment, which is an emergency and a threat to our vision.

Swelling of the eyelid

Swelling of the upper or lower eyelid is often a symptom of multiple causes (allergy, injury, mosquito bite, etc.), which resolves on its own within a day. However, when it lasts more than 24 hours and / or is accompanied by certain other symptoms, it should be checked by an ophthalmologist. This is because sometimes the cause is something serious which in extreme cases can even cause permanent damage to vision (infection, malignancy, etc.).

You may also see swelling in your eyes and / or eyelids along with: Conjunctivitis, Allergy, Injury, Quartz, Barley, Cellulite of the eye socket or Graves’ disease (thyroid disease).

As for swelling in the eyes, the first 24 hours after its appearance, try to soothe it with cool compresses, rinsing the (closed) eyes with cool water or better sterile saline from the pharmacy and maybe antihistamine eye drops if you suffer from allergy. Also avoid wearing contact lenses if you see your eyelid or eyelids swollen.

However, if, as mentioned above, the swelling persists for more than 24 hours or is accompanied by other suspicious symptoms, you should consult your ophthalmologist immediately.

Eye pain

Our eyes should never hurt and that is why we must take seriously any pain that will occur in them.

The pain may be mild or severe, but its intensity is not indicative of the severity of the cause. For example, a mild problem (such as a corneal abrasion) can cause severe pain, while a very serious problem (such as retinal detachment) can be painless.

Things are complicated by the fact that the cause of the pain is sometimes obvious (eg a stroke) and sometimes not. Possible unexplained causes include local and systemic diseases, including a simple headache or migraine, incorrect glasses prescription, “digital eye strain”, corneal abrasions, optic neuropathy, glaucoma or multiple sclerosis (multiple sclerosis), thyroid disease, etc.

Red Eye

Persistent redness and tearing of the eyes may not be an emergency, but neither is it a symptom to be ignored.

Although the eyes redden for a variety of innocent reasons (eg overnight, too much reading, exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke), there are more serious ones such as keratitis. Keratitis is an inflammation usually caused by an infection in the cornea of ​​the eye and can be accompanied by pain.

This inflammation is easier to treat when detected early. Conversely, if left untreated it can even cost vision.

“Keratitis is very common in contact lens wearers, as well as herpes, but unfortunately many people neglect it and only come to see them when it becomes unbearable,” says Dr. Kanellopoulos.

Immediate control is required when the redness spreads rapidly to the eye and is accompanied by swelling (swelling) and change in vision. In such a case a possible cause is conjunctivitis, which is a contagious infection.

Hitting in the eye

Cuts and abrasions in the cornea of ​​the eyes are the most common form of eye injury. They are often seen during exercise, especially in high-contact sports, but also in swimming, with water sports being the second most dangerous sport according to research by Prevent Blindness America. Do not neglect or delay the medical advice, because you are afraid to go to the hospital because of the coronavirus “, recommends Mr. Kanellopoulos. “Some injuries seem innocent, but in reality they are very serious and the slightest delay can exacerbate the problem.” You can also be evaluated at the doctor’s level by your ophthalmologist.

Difficulty driving at night

When vision gradually decreases at night and various objects become indistinguishable, the person may need to re-evaluate corrective glasses, but also suffer from cataracts, pigmentation or diabetic retinopathy.
Fortunately, refractive errors, myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism are the most common causes of this difficulty. All three have difficulty seeing at night, especially when one is not wearing the correct corrective glasses or contact lenses. Keep in mind that their recipe may change over the years.
For this reason, it is recommended to have a preventive eye examination every two years, in order to diagnose in time any new, emerging problem and to treat it properly.

Diabetes & eyes

It is estimated that at least 45% of people with diabetes have some degree of diabetic retinopathy, but only half are aware of it. Thus, diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of new cases of blindness in people aged 20-65 years. Women with gestational diabetes in particular may experience rapid onset or worsening diabetic retinopathy.

The good news is that almost 90% of eye and vision damage due to diabetes can be prevented, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The key to prevention is good blood sugar control in conjunction with preventive eye examinations, which must be done once a year” even if this has not been made clear to you by your diabetologist.

Pregnancy & eyes

Most pregnant women are well aware that the hormonal and physical changes of pregnancy often cause nausea and lower back pain, but few know that vision can also be affected. The mildest problems that can occur are dry eyes and blurred vision.
“In women prone to dry eyes, the condition can worsen and create problems in everyday life or make it difficult to use contact lenses on those pregnant women who wear them,” she says. “The solution is to use artificial tears to lubricate the eyes, and especially women who wear contact lenses should consult their doctor to make sure that contact lens fluids are safe for use in pregnancy.”

Blurred vision is due to fluid retention which is a common occurrence in pregnancy. Retention can lead to thickening and change in the shape of the cornea of ​​the eye, with the result that any existing refractive problems are exacerbated (eg myopia temporarily increases slightly) and / or the images may appear distorted. Both blurring and dry eye subside after childbirth and vision is usually restored. However, a re-examination of vision is required a year later to confirm that no permanent problems, such as an increase in myopia, have been caused.

With our pioneering published study, we did not observe in a large number of pregnant women for many years changes in those who had previously undergone successful laser myopia correction surgery (usually LASIK).

Our center implements with a world-class aviation thorough control, ideally in the 7th month of pregnancy, to all expectant mothers. The OPTOS technology we use, makes this test completely painless, as it does not require drug dilation of the pupil of each eye. With special mirrors he makes lateral shots at the bottom of each eye through the normal, usually small opening, daughter. It then “synthesizes” the above 40 to 50 images and as a result provides us with a very wide (120 °) peripheral endoscopy both for the possible diagnosis of problems that should be taken into account in a normal birth, but also for their photographic documentation.

 

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