Ophthalmology academy study shows former contact wearers have high praise for LASIK

Ophthalmology academy study shows former contact wearers have high praise for LASIK
By Dr. Jay Rudd, Aurora LASIK

Have you been considering LASIK surgery, but been holding back because of concerns about whether you’ll get the results you’re hoping for? A recently released study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology may ease those concerns and confirm the outstanding outcomes former contact lens wearers are experiencing at Aurora LASIK.

I’d like to share a few of the study’s findings with you.

  1. More than 90% of LASIK patients who previously wore contacts strongly recommended LASIK for their vision correction. By comparison, only 54% of current contact lens wearers felt the same.

Please click on the link below to read more information and view the supporting charts.

Aurora LASIK Reflects on their First Year

As I look back on our first year at Aurora, I have so many people to be thankful for.

– Our patients – You have entrusted us with your eyesight, your most precious sense. We understand how much courage it takes to allow someone to perform a procedure on your eyes and we are so grateful that we were that “someone.” Many of our patients tell us they wish they had done it sooner, and we’re grateful their experience has exceeded expectations. Many of you have referred your friends and family to us. Thank you!
– Our Staff – At Aurora, I feel like we have established an outstanding core staff that feels like family. From Lacie’s welcoming personality (can you believe she remembers everyone’s name?) to Craig’s thorough explanation of the different surgeries we offer at Aurora, our patients constantly comment on how welcome they feel in our center. Even when Iva, Krystle or Stephanie persist on taking “just one more” picture of your eyes, they do it with a smile and an explanation of why the test is so important. These wonderful technicians also work so hard to make your surgical experience smooth and worry-free. Even the newest member of our family, Clinic Director Nicole Ivie, has stepped in and already contributed to the family atmosphere. Welcome Nicole!
– Our referring doctors – One of the most challenging things with opening a new clinic is the establishment of trust from referring doctors. I have been fortunate enough to work in the community for 16 years, so I have met and worked with many of our fine local optometrists. However, until I opened Aurora, I did not see many of their patients for LASIK. Many now have seen the technology, they understand the quality patient experience and they have started to refer their patients here. Thank you for trusting us with your patients.

To read more please visit: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/12/15/aurora-lasik-reflects-first-year/

Use your 2016 health savings dollars today to see 2017 more clearly.

Use your 2016 health savings dollars today to see 2017 more clearly.
By Dr. Jay Rudd
Aurora LASIK

If you haven’t used all of your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) dollars for 2016, did you know you can pay for LASIK with pre-tax dollars? That’s right. Depending on your tax bracket, you could effectively save 20-40% off LASIK surgery by using HSA/FSA dollars you’ve already set aside.

While HSA savings can be carried over from year to year, FSA dollars typically cannot. So don’t let your FSA money go to waste. Whether you’ve got HSA or FSA dollars available, put them to work in 2016 so you can see more clearly in 2017 and beyond!

To read more please visit: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/11/08/aurora-lasik-2/

Dispelling Myths About LASIK

Dispelling Myths About LASIK
By Dr. Jay Rudd
Aurora LASIK

It’s time to dispel some common LASIK myths. Over the past 20 years, the LASIK procedure has evolved into one of the most successful surgical operations performed today. Current technology has allowed modern LASIK surgery to offer results that are comparable to, if not better than, contact lens vision!

Despite these fantastic results, some people who could greatly benefit from LASIK surgery have steered clear because of misunderstandings about the very safe, proven procedure. I would like to address some of these issues.

  • Eye surgeons would never have LASIK on their own eyes.
    • In a recent poll of refractive surgeons, 65% stated they have had LASIK or PRK surgery.
    • Ninety-one percent of the refractive surgeons polled said they had recommended refractive surgery to their immediate family members.
  • LASIK increases glare and halos.
    • Two recent FDA-sponsored studies on patient reported outcomes indicate that glare and halos were dramatically reduced in patients having LASIK/PRK. compared with vision using their eyeglasses.
  • Dry eye is much more common after LASIK.
    • The same FDA-sponsored studies showed a significant reduction in dry eye symptoms at the six-month follow-up visit.
    • With Aurora LASIK’s blade-free LASIK, we have not seen ongoing problems with dry eyes. The initial three-month post-operative period requires frequent artificial tear use, but symptoms are typically reduced to baseline at three months.

To read more please visit: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/08/23/dispelling-myths-lasik/

Can I Afford to Have LASIK?

With $500 off for a limited time, the answer is “Yes!”

By Dr. Jay Rudd, Aurora LASIK

One of the most frequent questions we get about LASIK is “How much does it cost?” Rightfully, most of us are cost conscious. However, those considering blade-free LASIK should weigh the cost alongside the tremendous lifelong benefit of clearer vision.

So, let me first address the issue of LASIK pricing.

If you’re considering LASIK, you’ve probably noticed widely varying prices advertised by LASIK providers. Some are hard to resist. However, people quickly learn in the disclaimers of bargain basement pricing that there’s a catch. Either it’s the additional cost of “enhancements” that aren’t included (but are essential for the best outcomes). Or, the provider is not using the latest technology that will deliver the kind of results you want for the only two eyes you’ve got!

As a fellowship-trained surgeon for over 16 years, my highest priority has always been to provide the most advanced options available for clearer, brighter vision. So when we opened Aurora LASIK late last year, we were determined to offer transparent pricing that ensures you’ll get the highest level of care available in the U.S., with no pricing surprises. After all, who wants to cut corners when your vision is on the line?

We also want to ensure that, not only will our patients be thrilled with the results (96% of our LASIK patients are seeing 20/20 or better), they can count on their investment lasting a lifetime. So we offer our lifetime enhancement policy that delivers peace of mind into the future.

Now, let’s talk about that investment. It’s always interesting to me how people will spend $5/day on a latte (that’s $1,820 a year) or $100/month or more for digital cable (or $1,200/year), yet when it comes to LASIK, they’ll trust their eyes (and future eyesight) to the lowest bidder.

To read more please visit: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/06/13/can-i-afford-to-have-lasik/

Contoura LASIK Comes to Washington!

The latest advancement in LASIK surgery has come to Lacey, Washington. Aurora LASIK is the first center in the Northwest to introduce Contoura topography-guided LASIK. This technology has been used in Europe for over 13 years. However, Contoura LASIK was only approved in the U.S. in late 2016. As our friends outside the U.S. have discovered, topography-guided LASIK offers unparalleled vision results.

Contoura LASIK was developed to fine-tune the already successful vision correction achieved with wavefront-optimized technology. With the advanced diagnostic testing offered by Contoura, the laser can be used to treat irregularities in the cornea that were often left uncorrected. These irregularities, also known as higher-order aberrations, could cause glare and nighttime vision difficulties. In the FDA studies that led to Contoura’s approval, patients achieved outstanding quality of vision, leading 98% of them to say they would recommend having the procedure.

To read more please visit: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/05/10/contoura-lasik-aurora-lasik/

Tax Refund burning a hole in your wallet? It’s time to consider LASIK

Now that Uncle Sam is paying you back, put that money to great use with LASIK eye surgery. LASIK continues to be one of the most successful operations performed today. When you combine advanced technology and an experienced surgeon, the results are fantastic!

At Aurora LASIK, in the first four months of operation with our new WaveLight Laser, our results are much better than expected. More than 95% of our patients are seeing 20/20. Better yet, over 60% are seeing 20/15! Many patients have expressed that they are seeing better than they ever had with glasses or contact lenses.

The reason our laser is so much more accurate is due to the speed and accuracy of treatment. The WaveLight Laser treats patients in 1/5 the time of my previous VISX laser. That means you don’t have to hold your eyes still for very long. But, even if you do move a little bit, the laser has the fastest and most accurate eye tracker available. It measures your eye 1050 times per second! Since the laser treats at “only” 500 times per second, the laser measures where the next pulse should be delivered 2 times per pulse. Sounds like the fastest example of “measure twice, cut once!” (But don’t worry, the procedure is completely blade-less!)

To read more please visit: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/04/01/tax-refund-time-to-consider-lasik/

Reclaim your vision with Aurora LASIK’s Wavelight Refractive Suite

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I enjoy most about living in the Northwest is the beauty and variety of our natural surroundings.

And one of the things I hear most when people come in for an eye exam is how much they hate dealing with glasses and contacts when heading outdoors. Rain on glasses when cycling, scratchy dust on contacts when hiking, or simply not being able to see clearly without glasses or contacts when looking into the distance.

That’s why I’m so excited about the many options now available for people who are nearsighted and want to see their world more clearly.

Aurora LASIK’s blade-free LASIK can be a life-changer for you. We’ve got the most advanced LASIK technology in Washington state — the Wavelight Refractive Suite. In fact it’s the only Wavelight Refractive Suite in Washington state, and it’s right here in Thurston County.

During my 15 years as an eye doctor and surgeon, I’ve performed thousands of successful LASIK procedures for those who are nearsighted, farsighted and even those who struggle with astigmatism. The outcomes with the Wavelight Suite are amazing!

All procedures and follow-up visits are done right here, in Lacey. That means you don’t have to make multiple trips north on gridlocked freeways.

I feel so good about our ability to improve your vision, I back each of our LASIK procedures with my Lifetime Enhancement Policy, to give you peace of mind into the future.

If you’re interested in dramatically improving your vision (and losing your glasses or contacts), give us a call today at 360.459.LASIK to schedule a free consultation.

Or attend one of our monthly seminars, where you could win $1,000 off your LASIK procedure. I look forward to meeting you!

Nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatism. You’ve got options at Aurora LASIK

The past two months, since the opening of Aurora LASIK, have been exhilarating!  We’ve seen interest in LASIK surgery like never before and have been able to help more than 100 patients enjoy the benefits of clearer vision without glasses or contacts.

At Aurora, we offer technology that can correct the vision of even the most challenging cases and help nearly all patients who would like to see without glasses.  That’s because we offer more than just LASIK.  A list of exciting options are summarized below.

  • All-Laser LASIK with the Wavelight Refractive Suite
    • Most advanced integrated LASIK platform available in the U.S. Blade-free surgery is available right here in Thurston County!
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
    • Also utilizes the Wavelight Suite, but performs correction without a LASIK flap. This is an excellent option for patients who have:
      • Thin corneas
      • Dry eyes
      • Irregular Astigmatism
      • Hobbies that risk ocular trauma
    • KAMRA Inlay
    • Outstanding technology that allows for improved reading vision without glasses, while maintaining distance vision If you’re tired of your readers, KAMRA Inlay may be a great option for you.
    • Aurora is one of just three providers in the state to offer this technology
    • Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)
      • Through a micro-incision, I am able to insert a small contact lens inside the eye to correct very high levels of nearsightedness
      • Excellent optics that produce outstanding vision quality
      • Enables patients who have traditionally not been good candidates for LASIK to have surgical correction of their vision
    • Refractive Lens Exchange
    • For patients who are over age 55, they may be developing early cataracts that affect their vision. In these patients, removing the early cataract is an excellent option.
      • Offers multifocal lens implant technology
        • Improves near and far vision in each eye.
      • Avoids having cataract surgery in the future
      • Less trouble with dry eye

I encourage anyone who has been told they are not candidates for vision correction to visit Aurora LASIK for a free screening.  One of our newer procedures may be right for you. We can help you understand your options and, with the new year, help you plan your Flexible Spending Account contributions.

New KAMRA Inlay will help you lose your readers for the last time

With our increased reliance on mobile devices like phones, tablets and even supercharged wristwatches, our eyes are critical portals to a vast, amazing world. Which is probably why I frequently hear from patients looking for a way to ditch their reading glasses. Juggling eyeglasses while trying to look up a phone number, read a dinner menu or check your favorite team’s game score, is endlessly frustrating.

That’s why I’m so excited about revolutionary, proven technology that will help you read without glasses, and maintain your distance vision. It’s called the KAMRA Inlay and it’s been used in Europe for years with fantastic results. The FDA recently approved KAMRA Inlays in the United States and now we are able to provide this life-changing procedure right here at Aurora LASIK in Lacey!

With our advanced laser technology, I am able to create a small space in your cornea where I insert a 3.8mm plastic disc that allows you to read most things without your glasses. The lens is only placed in one eye, but allows you to see up close and far away. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, under topical anesthesia (drops) to keep you comfortable. Most patients over 40 are great candidates, even if you’ve had LASIK or cataract surgery in the past.

Think about how nice life would be if you could retire your readers and see up close wherever you go. Visit AuroraLASIK.com to learn more about KAMRA. Then call our office at 844-744-2020 to schedule a free screening to see if you’re a candidate.

Jay Rudd, M.D.
Aurora LASIK