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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions About Eyes | Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims

We see every question as an opportunity to help you make informed decisions about your eyes. If you need to know more, we have an extensive library filled with the most current literature, videos and brochures on most common eye problems. Ask away!

What do you offer that other ophthalmologists don’t?
What kinds of questions will I be asked when I come in?
Why would I want to do surgery on both eyes at the same time?
Is laser surgery going to hurt?
How old is too old to have laser surgery?
What results can I expect?
How long before I can go back to work?
How is PRK different from LASIK?
What is an ICL and how is it different from other refractive procedures?
Does an After-Cataract or Laser Capsulotomy mean my cataracts are back?
How safe is the ReZOOM and ReSTOR multifocal lens implants and what can I expect?

What do you offer that other ophthalmologists don’t?
Read about our team of ophthalmologists and you’ll see an unparalleled breadth of experience, advanced learning and seniority. As part of a small group of industry experts, we help develop and test the cutting edge technology that is revolutionizing eye surgery. Because of our involvement in research and development, you’ll know what’s coming down the pike first. In addition, Drs. Fine, Hoffman and Sims teach the doctors. They train, educate and demonstrate live surgery to other ophthalmologists worldwide. You’re in good hands. [top]

What kinds of questions will I be asked when I come in?
We will ask you about your lifestyle, expectations, career demands and the particular procedure(s) in which you are interested. We’ll want you to bring in your current prescription and medical history. Take time to research us and learn more about the procedures we provide. [top]

Why would I want to do surgery on both eyes at the same time?
For two reasons: Convenience – Saving time by treating both eyes during one visit.
And for Visual Recovery – The balance in vision between your two eyes will usually be restored more quickly. This is especially true if you are unable to wear a contact lens in the eye that has not been operated. By the way, we offer FREE refractive surgery screening appointments. [top]

Is laser surger going to hurt?
During the procedure a topical anesthetic is used to numb the eyes. Generally, most patients feel only slight pressure during the procedure. [top]

How old is too old to have laser surgery?
We feel that as long as you’re over 18, have healthy eyes and are in good physical condition, you are a potential candidate. One of our patients recently wrote, "It is truly miraculous to see without glasses for the first time in approximately 40 years. Wow!" [top]

What results can I expect?
As many as 98% of patients achieve at least 20/40 vision; 80% or more come away with perfect 20/20 vision. [top]

How long before I can go back to work?
LASIK is an outpatient procedure, which should allow you to return to work within two to three days. Some patients return to work in 24 hours. [top]

How is PRK different from LASIK?
PRK involves removing tissue from the surface of the cornea while LASIK involves creating a hinged flap in the cornea and then lifting it to reshape the exposed underlying cornea with an ultraviolet laser beam. There is less discomfort and faster visual recovery with the LASIK procedure. A LASIK patient typically sees well on the first day while PRK patients will need a week to recover. [top]

What is an ICL and how is it different from other refractive procedures?
ICL stands for "Implantable Collamer Lens" and is for people with nearsightedness or farsightedness. It is a small, tissue-thin biocompatible contact lens that is placed behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens to create clearer vision. Unlike laser-based surgery, ICL is reversible if your prescription should change. [top]

Does an After-Cataract or Laser Capsulotomy mean my cataracts are back?
Not at all. Most cataracts are removed surgically by "extracapsular" cataract extraction. The front part the membrane enclosing the cataract (or capsule) is opened and the cloudy lens removed. Many months or years later this capsule may become cloudy and cause blurry vision. You may then think that your cataracts have returned, but this is not the case. The cloudy remnant you are now experiencing is called an after-cataract. The way to make your vision clear again, is with capsulotomy, which involves simply making an opening in the back of the capsule with a laser. [top]

How safe is the ReZOOM and ReSTOR multifocal lens implants and what can I expect?
The ReZOOM and ReSTOR multifocal lens implants have been proven safe and effective by ophthalmologists for thousands of eyes worldwide. It is usually performed with small incision techniques that don’t require stitches. Once in place, the ReZOOM or ReSTOR multifocal lens implant allows you to see objects at all distances. This procedure makes it possible for most people to greatly reduce or eliminate the need for bifocals or reading glasses. [top]

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1550 Oak St., Suite 5
Eugene, OR 97401

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