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January 1, 2015

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Regular Eye Exams Can Help Diagnose the Disease.

What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can steal your site without symptoms. Often referred to as the “Thief of Site”, Glaucoma doesn’t give you normal symptoms like most diseases, but can take away 40% of your site before you are even aware. That’s why it is extremely important to have yearly eye exams, especially if you are over the age of 60, and, if you have a history of Glaucoma in your family. Be sure to discuss this with family members as well as your doctor. Glaucoma is not reversible, so make sure to have your eyes checked regularly!

September 22, 2014
Can you believe it’s already fall? That means before you know it, 2015 will be here! But before that happens there’s a lot of great things to see around Hagerstown like the leaves turning colors, football being caught in the end zone, and now even playoff baseball! How about those Orioles and Naturals!? You can see all of it this fall with LASIK vision correction! LASIK in Hagerstown can be found at New Vision Laser Center at an incredible quality and price, but did you know that your flex spending insurance plan can help you make it even more affordable?

There are many options for what you can do with your flex spending money but we believe the best option is investing in your vision! Flex dollars can go a long way to help you see a whole new world without the dependency on glasses or contacts. If you’ve been thinking about LASIK, or have been wanting to improve your quality of life but haven’t had the finances to do so, call us to find out how your flex spending account can have you seeing without contacts of glasses by the end of this year!

Remember, there’s no better investment than in yourself!

July 14, 2014
Q: I keep hearing about “Wavefront Technology”, and how it was “developed by NASA”. What exactly does that mean, and what does it have to do with vision correction?

A: The simple answer is optics. Optics is an intriguing field, because we tend to look at maps as 2-dimensional objects. However, the eye – like outer space – exists in a 3-dimensional world. Therefore, we have to find a way to accurately project these images (or surfaces, like the cornea) onto a 2-dimensional figure. NASA and astronomers in general need their optics to be extremely accurate in order to have a good stereoscopic projection that is conformal and isometric. NASA found one way to accomplish this using Wavefront technology.

Wavefront technology propagates waves that go through a lens. These waves can be thought of as moving straight, and evenly spaced apart. When they hit something that reflects them back, the same device that propagates the waves can determine the error of the refraction based on what returns from the lens. This allowed NASA to create extremely, almost unbelievably accurate telescopes. Wavefront technology is a simple yet remarkable idea, and it is safe enough to use on patients’ eyes to create a unique ‘blueprint’ that customizes LASIK laser vision correction.

June 10, 2014
Q: From Hagerstown, Maryland — I’m ready to finally get rid of my glasses and would like to have a LASIK procedure performed, however I know I have astigmatism. Am I still a candidate or am I stuck with glasses?

A: This is an excellent question because there are a lot of misconceptions on the relationship between astigmatism and LASIK. Laser surgery actually can help fix astigmatisms. But first, what is astigmatism? This is a condition that affects the corneas and is actually very common, being found in one in three people. Whereas a normal cornea shape is round, much like a baseball, a cornea affected by astigmatism takes on more of an odd shape like a football. Oddly shaped corneas brings in light unequally which leads to vision distortion.

Depending on the type of astigmatism you have determines if LASIK is right for you. Irregular astigmatism is most commonly caused by keratoconus, which causes the corneas to be thinner than usual. Patients with thin corneas are not good candidates for LASIK. However, patients experiencing regular astigmatism are candidates. Because LASIK is a procedure that actually reshapes the cornea in order to improve vision, with modern technology, regular astigmatism can easily be taken care of during the procedure. If you are curious if LASIK could be an option for you, contact your ophthalmologist or our office to learn more!

May 14, 2014
Q: I’m considering having LASIK and am wondering if there is much of a difference between having custom LASIK or if blade-free all-laser LASIK is worth the extra expense?

A: To begin both kinds of LASIK are proven to be highly effective and safe. The difference between the two is in how the corneal flap is created. Custom LASIK uses a blade to create the flap, while the all-laser method uses just precision laser to create the needed flap. With the All-laser LASIK, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. The flap creation process takes about 15 to 20 seconds per eye and a total of 10 minutes for the entire LASIK procedure. Both procedures are extremely safe, however the all-laser LASIK allows for outstanding control. If you are considering LASIK call New Vision Laser Center to learn about the different technologies and techniques to figure out which is the right route for you and your vision!

We just had our 3rd member join the 1 in 30 club!  Our patient, Bradley, decided it was time to start seeing his world more clearly, and without the hassle of glasses and contacts.  Little did he know he as going to get to do so for FREE!  You could be next!  Right now, 1 out of 30 patients who have LASIK will get it for free when we draw a name! That’s a 1 in 30 chance of winning. That’s better odds than winning the lottery! This is a real chance to lose the contacts and glasses AND save thousands of dollars! Here’s our most recent winner, Bradley I.!
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Why Choose Us?

  • One of Maryland’s Most Experienced LASIK Surgeons-Over 40,000 Vision Correction Procedures Completed!
  • Dr. Gladsden, Your LASIK Surgeon, Will Walk You Through The Entire Process
  • Extremely Convenient Office Hours and No Wait Appointments
  • 20/20 or Your Money Back Commitment
  • NASA Approved LASIK Technology
  • Flexible Financing*

 

Eye Education: Floaters

March 19, 2014
Floaters: What are they?

A common question patients bring to Dr. Gladsden concerns strange strands or specks crossing their field of vision. This happens usually when outside and looking up or am looking at something bright and white like a wall.

Upon examination, it appears there is nothing in the eye, but these small, grayish specks or clouds moving in the field of vision are known as floaters. Most people have floaters, but many do not notice them until they become numerous or more prominent. In most cases, having floaters is a part of the natural aging process. Floaters can look like cobwebs, squiggly lines, or floating specks. They appear to be in front of the eye, but are actually floating inside. As we get older, the vitreous humour (the fluid that fills the inside of the eye) tends to shrink and detach from the retina, forming tiny clumps of cells within the eye. What you see are the shadows these clumps cast on the retina. There is typically no reason to be concerned, in most cases but sometimes floaters are symptoms of a tear in the retina, which can progress to something more serious. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, perhaps accompanied by flashes of light, we recommend contacting your ophthalmologist immediately. This can be a sign of imminent retinal detachment, which is a serious visual event that can lead to permanent and irreparable blindness in the affected eye.

Clear Vision, What Can It Do For You?

January 20th, 2014
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could just get up and go? If you’re over depending on glasses and contacts, then that life is more of a reality than you might think. LASIK in Western Maryland is more affordable than ever before. Combined with state-of-the-art technology and a surgeon with experience of Dr. Robert Gladsden, many patients throughout the tri-state area have come to know what life is in amazing clarity. Is it time that you know the feeling too? Check out this clip to see how the world can open up to you once you’ve visited New Vision Laser Center!

Our patients often ask us, “What Exactly does “20/20 vision” mean?”

The truth is that 20/20 just means average vision. Many people confuse it with perfect vision, which isn’t the case. If someone has 20/15, this means they see better than 20/20. Basically, they can see objects at 20 feet away, when someone with 20/20 vision would have to stand 15 feet away, or 5 feet closer to see the same object. If someone has bad vision, for example 20/400, this means a normal 20/20 patient could see at 400 feet what a 20/400 patient would have to be only 20 feet away to see.

There is much more to vision that 20/20. For example, you can have 20/20 vision, but suffer from something called higher order aberrations, which can cause glare and halo at night. Or, you might suffer from a loss of contrast sensitivity and objects just don’t appear crisp. It’s best to have an annual eye exam to see if you require vision correction and to make sure your vision remains healthy!

Hagerstown LASIK 1 in 30 Club

December 4th, 2013

  • Odds of winning the lottery? 1 in 175 Million
  • Odds of becoming President? 1 in 10 Million
  • Odds that you are wearing glasses or contacts? 1in 4!

This holiday season, New Vision Laser Center is excited to share a way for you to beat the odds with our FREE LASIK Club! Now when you have your vision corrected by Dr. Gladsden, you have a 1 in 30 chance to receive clear vision for free@ No catches, no lottery tickets, just a real chance at free LASIK! TO learn more about how a life free of glasses or contact could be yours, and the Free LASIK Club, call 301-745-5150 for your Free LASIK consultation!

Your First Pair of Reading Glasses

A Better Alternative

When people reach a certain age, needing to buy that first pair of reading glasses is all but inevitable, because near vision is gradually becoming more difficult. The cause for this lessening of near vision is that the eye’s natural lens becomes a bit stiff over time. This condition in the eye care field is known as presbyopia, and it is quite common. If a person lives a long, full life, then that person will almost certainly experience this condition.

Of course, at New Vision Laser Center, you do have options! Many patients have had astounding success with what we call Convenience Near Vision, perhaps better known as Monovision. With Monovision, patients receive near vision correction in one eye, meaning that they have one eye with excellent distance vision and one eye with excellent near vision. When we look at something with both eyes open, our brain tends to visualize the ‘better’ image of the two. Since this happens, patients with Monovision are given back their range of focus, and often times do not ever need reading glasses.

When patients consider having Monovision, we typically will have them wear a near vision correcting contact lens for a few weeks first. This will ensure that the patient is comfortable with how Monovision adjusts their eyesight, because there are some patients who find it disconcerting. Whether you want to have Monovision or not, we want you to be happy with your vision. If a patient does not like having the single contact lens, as it pertains to their vision, then that’s a contraindication to having Monovision.

If you think you might want to learn more about Monovision, give us a call. We’d be happy to help you explore your vision correction options.

Questions about Dry Eye and LASIK in Maryland

We often have patients come in to our Maryland offices wanting LASIK vision correction, but not sure if they are a candidate due to their dry eye they suffer from. In a simple answer: LASIK cannot be the solution until after your dry eye has been dealt with. First off let’s talk about what exactly is dry eye? There are two types of dry eye disease, but evaporative dry eye is often the culprit and it affects millions of Americans. Often times, the condition goes undiagnosed as the symptoms closely mimic those of ocular allergies. This condition occurs when the meibomiam gland fails to produce lipid oils for the tear film. This “oil” helps keep the tears from “evaporating” away. Though the symptoms of dry eye may seem obvious, ironically one of the most common symptoms of dry eye is excessive watering of the eyes.

There are a few options for those suffering from dry eye. Of course, eye drops, also called artificial tears, do help, but these merely treat the symptoms, not the cause. Holding a warm compress of washcloth to your eyes several times throughout the day has proven to be a simple, effective option for unclogging glands. Another easy option is starting a regiment of vitamins, particularly those rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish oil supplements. This helps the oil layer of your tears, decreasing evaporation. For a stronger option, Restasis® can be prescribed. Restasis® decreases swelling in the eye, allowing for increased tear production. For a more permanent solution, there is the new technology of the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, which fights the condition from the root of the problem by applying direct, controlled warmth and pressure to the inner eyelid and glands. It is essentially the professional approach to the warm compress technique. If you have dry eye, its best to call your doctor for a complete evaluation. Once you have your dry eye under control you will be ready for the clear, natural vision of LASIK!

What Color are Your Eyes?

24 October 2013 – Between 80 and 90 percent of people in the world have brown eyes. Generally, brown eyes are believed to be a dominant trait, i.e. if one parent has brown eyes then their children will have brown eyes.

However, eye color is actually determined by a number of different genes, and brown is not necessarily dominant. Parents who both have brown eyes can still have children with various eye colors, particularly if they existed previously in their ancestry. It’s not uncommon for babies to have light-colored eyes when they’re born, which will gradually change to different colors over time.

Are You a Good LASIK Candidate?

And what if you’re not?

26 September 2013 – The vast majority of patients are good LASIK candidates, with about 90-95% of Americans being ideal for the procedure. But what about the other 5-10%?

There are certain contraindications to LASIK surgery. These include many things, such as inadequate corneal thickness, corneas that are too steep, or corneas that are too flat. Also, patients who may have latent hyperopia may not be good candidates (as their vision is still changing), and those with chronic dry eye may also be poor candidates. For these patients, LASIK may be too risky.

However, these patients are often still good candidates for PRK. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is a form of laser vision correction that provides results identical to those of LASIK. The big difference is that PRK does not involve the creation of a corneal flap, i.e. the laser treatment is performed directly on the outermost corneal cells. The reason most refractive surgeons prefer performing LASIK over PRK is that PRK has a longer recovery time. Whereas most LASIK patients have full recovery in a matter of days, and can even swim after a few weeks, complete PRK recovery takes about a month. Fortunately, many LASIK noncandidates are eligible for PRK, allowing them to achieve their freedom from glasses or contacts.

Modern LASIK Techniques: Setting New Standards for Vision

20/20 is good… but is it good enough?

24 September 2013 – LASIK has been changing vision for the better for about 15 years now in the United States. Since that time, it has continued to evolve. Early LASIK treatments were one-size-fits-all so to speak, meaning each patient received the same treatment. Then, wavefront technology developed to allow Custom LASIK, meaning each patient’s treatment was customized to their needs. The evolution of LASIK has been outstanding, and we find that patients’ vision keeps getting better as the technology improves.

“Custom LASIK is phenomenal. I’ve performed thousands of these procedures, and I’ve realized that a great number of my patients were seeing better than 20/20,” said Dr. Robert Gladsden, founder of New Vision Laser Center.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, 20/20 is considered “perfect” vision, but this is a misnomer. Someone with 20/10 vision can see clearly at 20 feet what a normal person can only see clearly at 10 feet, which is “better than perfect”. Custom LASIK is raising the bar for ophthalmic surgery outcomes, and at New Vision Laser Center, we expect further improvements to raise the bar even higher.

Custom LASIK Origins

Government Research and Development Helped Take LASIK to New Standards

15 August 2013 – The technology that allows Dr. Gladsden to perform Custom LASIK is called wavefront technology. Wavefronts are impressive, because they actually enter a patient’s eye, bounce back, and register a complete mapping of the cornea’s visual faults. This mapping naturally becomes the blueprint for laser treatment. But where did this technology come from?

Wavefront technology was actually developed by NASA. Powerful space telescopes (like the famed Hubble) must have near-perfect resolution to pierce the deep vacuum of space and see things with reasonable resolution. Wavefronts allow NASA to make sure that the lenses used in these telescopes has an extremely small margin of error. Applied to ophthalmology, this same technology allows physicians to create custom treatments for patients, giving them smooth, ideal corneal shape.