(From the American Optometric Association)
Here are four tips to safely view a solar eclipse:
Use approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, and polarizing filters are unsafe. If you can’t find eclipse viewers, build a pinhole projector to watch the eclipse. (Note-WrightVisionCare does not carry solar eclipse viewers)
Technique of the pros. Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewers while standing still. Glance at the sun, turn away and then remove your filter. Do not remove the filter while looking at the sun.
Totality awesome. Only within the path of totality-and once the moon completely blocks the sun-can eclipse viewers safely be removed to view totality. Once the sun begins reappearing, however, viewers must be replaced.
Visit your doctor of optometry. If you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse, visit your local doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye examination.
We are excited to announce that we are moving the Main Street optical over to our Prairie Lakes location. Main Street will remain open and focus on medical examinations. We are making this change to give our patients the convenience of exploring all of our frame lines in one place.
Our new hours are:
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9-6
Have you caught Dr. Wright in Charter Spectrum’s latest television commercial? At the beginning of the summer Charter sent a crew to our Prairie Lakes Office in Sun Prairie to film Dr. Wright and the rest of the team for their latest commercial.
It’s on air now so keep an eye out for it! If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video.
So what is LASIK?
Laser vision correction (e.g., LASIK) is a safe and popular alternative to glasses and contact lenses. LASIK is a laser eye surgery that can greatly reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts. In a brief 30-minute procedure, an ophthalmologist gently reshapes your cornea with a laser. The whole procedure is quick and provides very little discomfort. Most people even see well enough to drive the next day and return to work. To learn more about the LASIK procedure, visit www.LASIKcom.
LASIK eye surgery and another common procedure known as PRK is used to correct the following vision problems:
Our office proudly partners with TLC Laser Eye Centers to provide quality pre and post-operative care for LASIK from a trusted provider for our patients. Through this team-based approach, a surgeon performs your procedure at TLC, and we continue your follow-up care. More than 2.2 million procedures have been performed at TLC in the last 20 years.
Your eyes are as uniquely shaped as your fingerprints. A free consultation allows you to find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK or a similar procedure. We can help you set this up, or youc an visit www.TLCVision.com to schedule online. Ask us today if LASIK is right for you.
To learn more about whether LASIK is right for you, click here to read Dr. Wright’s blog post.
TLC Laser Eye Centers are giving away one FREE LASIK procedure per month!
We’ve had many many patients get laser eye correction and say it changed their life. So take a few minutes and enter the sweepstakes. Here’s the link!
It’s safe to say no one likes to get their eyes dilated when they go in for their eye exam. That’s why OPTOS or OPTO Map Imaging is such good news for our patients!
OPTOS allows us to see the back of your eye and make sure it is completely healthy without having to dilate your eyes! Hooray! So what’s the catch? There isn’t one. It’s really simple and it doesn’t hurt at all. You just lean forward towards the OPTOS machine and we’ll snap a picture of the back of your eye. That’s it!
Unfortunately, not everyone can avoid dilation. There are certain conditions where the OPTOS won’t work. To learn more and see what you can expect at your next eye exam, click the link below to watch Dr. Kovacs explain.
No, ‘laser in situ keratomileusis’ is not a new method of preparing carrots. It is better known as LASIK!
If you still aren’t sure what LASIK is, here is a brief description: The procedure involves utilizing a very precise laser that will, in essence, reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to refocus light rays onto the retina providing good vision without the need of glasses or contact lenses. The procedure is painless, quick and has a very short recovery time. Most patients see 20/20 the next day!
This procedure basically reduces your dependency on corrective lenses. It is a ‘freedom of sorts’ especially for patients who have worn eyeglasses or contact lenses for most of their lives. Imagine that! No more fogged up eyeglasses. Swimming in a pool and actually being able to see underwater without the need for contact lenses. No more looking for your glasses, when in fact, you may need your glasses to actually find your glasses! The list can go on and on.
Are there limitations? Yes. Many very high nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatic prescriptions may not allow LASIK. The FDA has established the youngest age at which LASIK can be performed at 18 years old. (I don’t recommend even under 21 years old). The eye and cornea must be healthy and free of disease.
Does it eliminate the need for glasses forever? No. As we all age, the ability of the lens in the eye to focus at all distances decreases, eventually requiring reading glasses, but the freedom from needing distance glasses for most tasks is still great.
Our office has been helping patients pursue their dream of life without dependency of eyeglasses and contact lenses for 20 years. And we have hundreds of happy patients who chose this life-changing procedure.
Incidentally, we have one of the finest world class surgeons available in the U.S. right here in Madison. His name is Dr. Louis Probst of TLC and he performs LASIK every week at the TLC center on High Crossing Boulevard 10 minutes from our office. Dr. Probst has performed more than 100,000 procedures and, along with TLC, is known throughout the world with offices dedicated to performing only laser refractive surgery in the best way possible with the latest technology available.
So if you every thought about ending your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses, let us know and we can arrange a free evaluation. It can be life changing. Just ask anyone who has experienced it!
What is Astigmatism? How do you treat it? Can it be cured?
These are questions Dr. Kovacs gets on a daily basis. You’ve likely asked them at one point yourself.
Well, don’t worry. We have the answers for you! Watch the video below to hear what Dr. Kovacs has to say about Astigmatism.
What is Astigmatism?
I get this question on a daily basis from my patients. So today, I am setting out to inform you on everything you need to know about Astigmatism and how to treat it.
Astigmatism has a lot to do with the cornea and the shape of the cornea so if our cornea is a little bit more basketball shaped, that means it’s pretty much spherical. If it’s a little more egg shaped or football shaped then the up and down of the cornea may be a little sharper curved or our side to side a little sharper curved than the other meridian. That means light is focused at two different places on the back side of the eye, creating a little bit more of a blur and that blur is called Astigmatism.
How do you know if you have Astigmatism? You would probably have a little bit of blurry vision. You may have a little bit of shadowing, which is a common complaint.
Often people ask what can be done about Astigmatism? Chances are it’s never going to go away. It’s always going to be part of your prescription. But there are a couple of things we can do. Including glasses and contact lenses. Another way we can treat it is LASIK. Depending on how much Astigmatism you have in your vision LASIK is often an option.
If you have any other questions or concerns about Astigmatism, don’t hesitate to ask!