Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eye allergies and itchy eyes.

Allergies in Louisville are like rain in Seattle. I recently read that Louisville was the top "Allergy Hot Spot" in America. This comes as no surprise to me, as I have been again this Spring treating itchy eyes for weeks now. But you might want to know about some ways that you can help reduce the amount your eyes itch.

So, here are some tips:

1) Don't sleep in your contacts! Yes you! If the pollen in the air is making your eyes itch, then trapping that pollen in your contact lens and never removing that from your eye is going to cause even more itching.

2) Actually rub your contacts to clean them when you remove them at night. You wouldn't soak your dishes in your sink over night and then put them away without scrubbing the grime off of them, would you? Rubbing the allergens off keeps them off of your eyes so you can start fresh the next day.

3) Try switching contact lens solutions. Some are better at removing allergens from contacts than others.

4) Change your brand of contacts. Daily Disposable contact lenses are FANTASTIC with allergic eyes.

5) Come in and see me. I am here to help you through the allergy season. Set up an appointment today to see what I can do to help you get through your itchy time. 
Just call (502) 897-1604.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Update on Keratoconus

     Keratoconus is a condition that causes thinning of the cornea that effects between 20-230 people per 100,000 in the population.  That is a wide range, but in our practice we see patients with this condition enough that I would call it a fairly common eye disease. 

     Keratoconus can vary from a small distortion that causes someone’s astigmatism to progressively get worse and change over time all the way to clouding the cornea so much that a corneal transplant may be required. 
     There are currently some studies being done on a process called collagen crosslinking that basically firms up the cornea a little to slow/stop the progression of the keratoconus. This is currently under study by the FDA and does not cure any distortions in the vision that have already occurred, this only slows/stops it from moving forward. 

     These distortions present a unique problem when trying to get clear vision with glasses, or even conventional soft contact lenses.  Because the distortion is on the very front part of the eye, a soft contact lens lays like a blanket on the distortion and does not give great vision most of the time.
The best way to see clearly with keratoconus is to wear a Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) or hybrid lens.  Hybrid lenses are RGP lenses in the center surrounded by a soft contact lens.  This soft attachment raises the RGP off of the cornea slightly to improve comfort while maintaining the visual acuity of the RGP.  It really does offer the best of both worlds, comfort of a soft lens with the vision of an RGP!
     I have fit a number of people in lenses that have improved vision and quality of life.  If you suffer from keratoconus and would like to discuss your options to try to get the clearest vision you can, please set up an appointment to come see me.  Please call 502-897-1604to set up an appointment for your specialty contact lens fitting.

Dr. Chris Stroud OD

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Why $695 LASIK can be bait and switch.

We'll tell you why $695 LASIK can be bait and switch. Once you know what it's all about you will be able to make an intelligent decision regarding whom you can trust to "customize your eyes".
First of all, the "$695"and "$495" guys almost always charge you more depending on how strong your prescription is. So, you would have to have near perfect vision to get advertised low price. And, if you had near perfect vision, you wouldn't be having LASIK in the first place!
That's why they can ask you to pay up to at least 2 thousand bucks per eye in a heartbeat. The worse your vision is, the more it is going to cost you.
At Koby Karp we don't do that. And we don't charge extra for one year follow up and meds like they do. What's more, at Koby Karp we use the latest laser vision correction equipment on every procedure. That means we don't have one price for old fashioned blade surgery and a different charge for upgrading to the latest laser technology.
Furthermore, Koby Karp LASIK pricing is well below the national average. But to make our LASIK surgery even more affordable, for a limited time, we are offering no interest financing in addition to our 20% off coupon that is available on our website. By the way, our evaluation consultation appointment is entirely free and with NO obligation. On top of all this, we won't high pressure you to buy an expensive "insurance" or "guarantee" program.
So, beware of the "$695" and "$495" come-on ads. Remember what grandma told you, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Call Koby Karp for a truly free, NO OBLIGATION consultation appointment (502) 897-1604. We think you'll be glad you did.