Commonwealth Eye Surgery https://commonwealtheyes.com The Doctor's Choice for LASIK and Eye Surgery in Central Kentucky Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:22:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Heroes for Lasik winner – Delena Wilson https://commonwealtheyes.com/heroes-for-lasik-winner-delena-wilson/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:35:34 +0000 http://commonwealtheyes.com/?p=4584 […]]]> Congratulations to Delena Wilson!  The 2012 winner of the Heroes for Lasik.  Delena was one of three finalists and ultimately chosen as the best candidate suited for the FREE LASIK procedure from Commonwealth Eye Surgery.

This is the essay that Delena’s mother wrote in to Commonwealth Eyes that grabbed our attention and made Delena one of our finalists.

Thank you again to all who entered, there are so many heroes in each of our lives that we would like to congratulate!

“I nominated my daughter, Delena Wilson, as my hero for several reasons! To start, she really needs this surgery, she’s been in eye glasses/contacts since 3rd grade!! Her husband passed away last year and his death turned all our lives upside-down. She has a 4 year old son, Jaiden who misses his daddy very much. She has had to put her grief aside in order to comfort him!

Delena Wilson

She is such a humble person and is always thinking of others. When she found out she was a finalist for this surgery, she said that no matter who won, that it was wonderful of Commonwealth Eye Surgery to offer this and that someone who really needed the opportunity to see better would get it!! I have never won anything in my life like this and to win it for my daughter is a miracle from God!! I give Him all the glory!! And all my thanks to Him and Commonwealth Eye Surgery!! In His name!!”

-Essay Submitted by Phyllis Hall for Delena Wilson.

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Win with Commonwealth Eyes and your eyes! https://commonwealtheyes.com/win-with-commonwealth-eyes-and-your-eyes/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:34:24 +0000 http://commonwealtheyes.com/?p=4590 […]]]> We consider a lot of our patients winners.  Not only actual winners of our contests, like free LASIK, but winners for choosing Commonwealth Eyes and winners, because they have fantastic new eyesight because of choosing us!  Coming in first place at anything, feels great, doesn’t it?

Having 20/20 vision after a visit to Dr. Ferguson and our staff would certainly place you in first place for improved eyesight after LASIK or PRK, or one of our other surgical eye procedures.  We like for our patients to win, by choosing their eye surgery and eye care needs to us, and we want to reward our patients with opportunities to feel like winners with things like contests and promotions and special offers and ways, like 0% financing to make it all a little bit easier to be a winner with Commonwealth Eyes.

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Eating Healthy for Healthy Eyes—Even on Thanksgiving https://commonwealtheyes.com/eating-healthy-for-healthy-eyes-even-on-thanksgiving/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:06:00 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=6633 […]]]> What we eat plays an important role in keeping our eyes healthy. Studies have revealed that getting foods rich in nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E may help prevent age-related vision problems like cataracts. With one of the biggest food holidays approaching, be sure to work in these healthy options into your meal plan:

  • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards. Before you dive into the turkey, start with a plate of greens. It’s good for you and will help fill you up, so you eat less.
  • Eggs, nuts, beans and other non-meat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits. Mix these into a fruit punch or have in bowls available for light snacking throughout the day.
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Lasik on the Frontlines. What the Military Has to Say About LASIK https://commonwealtheyes.com/lasik-on-the-frontlines-what-the-military-has-to-say-about-lasik/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:05:07 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=6635 […]]]> Have you ever worried about the safety of LASIK? According to reports, the U.S. Military has deemed it safe and effective based on high success rates among troops. In fact, they now recommend the use of laser eye surgery to reduce the reliance on corrective eyewear for members of the military—including fighter pilots. As of 2008, more than 224,000 military personnel had laser vision correction.

During an eight-year study period, most military patients were able to see 20/20 or better after LASIK without the need for corrective eyewear, and the rate of complications has been extremely low.

See for yourself how the military is using LASIK.

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5 Things you Shouldn’t Buy from a Discount Site https://commonwealtheyes.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-buy-from-a-discount-site/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:48:28 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=7267 […]]]> 5 things not to buy from a discount site

We all love a great deal, but where do we draw the line?  Zumba class, Chinese food… cosmetic surgery? Take a look at these 5 things you might want to think twice about before buying from an online discount site.

Dentistry

Most of us are going to need our teeth for the 75 years or more, so putting them in the hands of the discount dentist doesn’t seem like best option. X-rays, exams, even teeth whitening can cause long-term risks and discomfort if not preformed correctly. Next time you see 50% off for a dentist, it might be worth considering the outcome.

LASIK Surgery

Glasses and contacts can be struggling, especially if you a lead a really active lifestyle. Don’t get discouraged! LASIK is a great option for those wanting to free themselves of this burden. But considering the risks… and the fact that your eyes aren’t really a commodity good, it’s best to look for the best LASIK surgeon… not the cheapest. When an eye clinic offers a 50% discount through one of these sites online, they are getting only 25% of their regular fee. Do your research, call around, and make an informed decision on who you trust and feel comfortable with. Although it’s a relatively simple surgery, it’s still surgery… on your eyes.

Cosmetic Surgery

As with LASIK, don’t risk your health by trying to save on cosmetic surgery. Whether it’s a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or face lift, getting plastic surgery is a reasonably permanent and highly visible body modification. Don’t run the risk of a botched job, where even one or two additional procedures, and thousands of dollars can’t fix.

Tattoos

For many of us, our tattoo might be something we wish we could forget, but buying a tattoo should be something that requires a great deal of planning. Since a tattoo artist’s business solely relies on the amount of work they can perform, great tattooists generally are booked up. I.E. don’t need to discount their prices to get work. And why would you want to trust your permanent body art to anyone who isn’t great?

 Skydiving

If your skydiving trip is 50% off, what does that mean for your parachute? Ouch.

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6 Simple Hacks to Improve Your Eye Health https://commonwealtheyes.com/6-simple-hacks-to-improve-your-eye-health/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:48:08 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=7269 […]]]> 6 Simple Hacks to Improve Your Eye Health

If you could easily improve your eye health would you do it? We often do what we can to maintain our health, but we we don’t always think about what we can do to make it better. Here are six simple hacks to improve your eye health:

Eat Super Foods

foodEat super foods like carrots, eggs, leafy greens, nuts and  berries regularly. They are packed with nutrients that will keep your vision in shape. These foods help fight age-related vision problems like macular degeneration. Omega-3 Fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, help maintain the eye’s protective tear film, minimize dry eyes and prevent cataracts.

Exercise Your Most Active Muscle

Your eyes are your fastest and most active muscles in your body. Challenge your vision with optical illusions and memory games. Other vision exercises you can do are blinking rapidly, improve flexibility by tracing a sideways figure eight with your eyes, and near and far focusing.

Stop Smoking ASAP

Smoking significantly increases your risk of developing cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the world. Smoking can also cause optic nerve damage, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic related retinopathy. Smoking can cause dry eyes & can result in increased wrinkles around the eyes. Trash your smokes now and start improving your eye health.

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Maintain annual health check ups

Diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your chances for eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts. Blurry vision can be a sign of a potential problem related to hypertension. Make sure to keep up with regular general practitioner visits, as well as your eye exams.

Take a Break from Computer Screens

Staring at a computer screen all day can lead to eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes and headaches. To fight eyestrain, every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break. Minimize your chances of developing dry by making an effort to blink frequently to keep the front surface of your eye moist.

Protect Your Eyes Outdoors
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Take the right precautions to protect your vision when you are outdoors for extended periods of time. You should be protecting your eyes from the sun all year long, not just in the summer months. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100% of UVA & UVB Radiation. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Too much time in harsh cold temperatures, can result in dry, dehydrated eyes. Use eye drops or a humidifier if this happens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ingenious Ways to Spend Your Remaining FSA Funds https://commonwealtheyes.com/5-ingenious-ways-to-spend-your-remaining-fsa-funds/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:14:40 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=7259 […]]]> 5 Ingenious Ways to Spend Your Remaining FSA Funds

The end of the year is nearly upon us, and a lot of our patients are feeling the pressure to use up the funds in their flexible spending accounts before they lose it!

If you overestimated how much you would spend this year, there’s still time to make the most of your leftover FSA money.

1. Acupuncture
Ever tried it? Unlike some other forms of alternative medicine, there is significant research backing the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of many conditions, especially those suffering from back pain, migraines, or arthritis.

2. Chiropractic care
Like acupuncture, chiropractic care has revealed positive effects in the treatment of a variety of pains. Chiropractic care has been found beneficial for all individual but athletes and those living an active lifestyle may greatly benefit from the increasing increase in range of motion, decrease in muscle spasms, and the reduction of joint pain.

3. LASIK surgery
Tired of dealing with the frustrations of glasses and contacts? Use your remaining FSA dollars on LASIK and save on a procedure typically deemed elective by your insurance company. Thinking about it next year? Schedule a FREE consultation at our office today see if you would be a good candidate so you can properly allocate these dollars in the future.

4. Update your First-Aid Kit

Have kids? Then you know you never can have too many bandaids. Consider updating your first aid kit and stocking up on things like bandages, anti-bacterial creams, tap and more. Make a kit for your home and one for your car too just in case!

5. Take Care of your Teeth
While teeth whitening isn’t covered as an FSA-eligible medical expense, treatments such as crowns, implants, sealants and general dental maintenance are!

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LASIK – Simple and precise in the hands of the right team. https://commonwealtheyes.com/lasik-simple-and-precise-in-the-hands-of-the-right-team/ Tue, 19 May 2015 16:45:42 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=6962 […]]]> Often times my friends, family and patients will ask me about LASIK. So many of them are intrigued by the opportunity to live life free from the hassles of glasses or contact lenses. However, there seems to be a big mystery surrounding the process, and there are many misconceptions. Some people are nervous about the procedure itself, while others worry about whether or not the effects will be permanent. Other times people are simply wanting reassurance that the process is straightforward and well tolerated. All of t1hese issues can make the thought of getting LASIK a bit overwhelming, especially when misinformation about LASIK is so readily available. Well, I’m here to tell you that getting LASIK is simple and precise, when in the hands of the right team. In fact, it is very similar to hanging pictures on the wall. Let me explain.

We recently moved, and if anyone has been through that process, it is not for the faint of heart. Once the heavy lifting is over, it becomes time to hang pictures on the walls and make the house into a home. My daughter is a big Disney fan, and she had a series of movie style posters that she wanted me to hang. Sounds simple, right? Hang 8 pictures in 2 rows of 4 over a couch. How hard could that be? There are two answers to that question. 1) Very simple. Just eyeball it, and hope that it looks right in the end. 2) Easy, only after an intense amount of measuring and a whole lot of planning.

You see, to 2achieve a good end result, we needed to understand the variables in the equation. We began by measuring the wall, measuring the couch, and measuring the pictures. I also needed to know exactly where the mounting brackets were located on the back of the frames. It turns out they were not all in the same place. That meant I had to remount them all in a new, consistent spot. Then, I had to decide (with my wife and daughter’s guidance), exactly where we wanted the outside pictures to be placed, and how far we wanted them spaced from the couch, the ceiling, and from each other. Then, I needed to calculate the remaining space so that I could decide where each hole should be placed. This process took me about two hours. Maybe I over thought it. Maybe I could have done it an easier way. Regardless, I did the math, measured more than once, and finally began drilling holes in the wall, and placing my drywall anchors. At each point, I had to stop and make sure I liked the way it was coming together. Ultimately, the project turned out beautifully, and I once again 4proved my handiness to my family.

So, what does this have to do with LASIK? Great results do not happen by chance. They are the result of intense planning. The process of hanging a picture is actually quite easy. However, without a great deal of planning to know exactly where to place each picture, I would not have achieved the result I
wanted. LASIK is very similar.

6The procedure itself is quite easy. However, it requires a team of highly
intelligent doctors using precision equipment to determine the exact treatment for each patient. Excellent results require an extra level of dedication to the process. At Commonwealth Eye Surgery, we are willing to go the extra mile to make sure each patient gets the results they desire. So, whether it’s hanging pictures on a wall, or taking care of my patients, I have one goal: perfection.

 

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Commonwealth’s Newest Addition Receives International Award! https://commonwealtheyes.com/commonwealths-newest-addition-receives-international-award/ Fri, 15 May 2015 16:18:24 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=6960 […]]]> Commonwealth’s Newest Addition Receives International Award! Wortz

Our very own Dr. Wörtz recently received a prestigious international award from the British trade journal, The Ophthalmologist. This year they published a Power List highlighting the, “Top 40 Ophthalmologists under 40” around the world. We are happy to announce that Dr. Wörtz was among the doctors selected to this most exclusive group. Suffice it to say; whether you send your patients to Dr. Ferguson or Dr. Wörtz, you can rest assured they are in good hands.

That’s not all! 

Dr. Wörtz has also recently been named to the editorial board of Ocular Surgery News, in which he will be responsible for evaluating and discussing new technology in eye care. This opportunity continues to highlight Commonwealth’s commitment to stay on the cutting edge.

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Winter is coming! Grab your hat, coat, gloves and…sunglasses?! https://commonwealtheyes.com/winter-is-coming-grab-your-hat-coat-gloves-andsunglasses/ Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.commonwealtheyes.com/?p=6830 […]]]> Please be advised, this information is not intended for the “snow bird” lucky enough to be headed for a tropical paradise during the upcoming winter months. You already know you need sunglasses for those pristine sunny days and the reflection of the sun that bounces off the white beach and rolling ocean. You need not read further because you know you need to pack those UVA/UVB sunglasses along with your sunscreen, towel, and bathing suit.

No, this is for those of us that are currently enjoying the colors of Fall, cooler weather and the guarantee that – whether we welcome it or not – the Winter weather is soon to follow. Many believe that the shorter days and the cold weather that are associated with winter season simply do not require the use of sunglasses. Given the cold temperatures, it might be easy to assume that the winter months, which are coupled with cold, grey skies, snow and ice, that the need for sunglasses is “zero”.

It is similar to assuming we don’t need our beach towel or bathing suit when there is frost on the windows. We all understand that not wearing a swimsuit in the winter is a sound decision. However, assuming we can go without our sunglasses during this cold season can do serious harm to our eyes. In the winter, everyone protects their hands with mittens, their body with a coat, and a hat for heads. So, as contrary as it may appear, everyone should also protect their eyes in the winter with the appropriate sunglasses.

Interestingly enough, according to the World Health Organization, snow reflects nearly 80 percent of the suns rays. That is more than twice the amount of reflection off sand and water. So we can now brag to our “snow bird” friends that we have access to twice as much sun as they have on their warm beach. However, before we get too comfortable, we need to know what this means to our eye health.

The sun emits harmful rays such as UVA and UVB. If not protected, these types of rays are known to be very dangerous and can increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and possibly the development of ocular melanoma (a rare type of cancer). In order to better protect yourself from these harmful rays, make sure to wear or buy sunglasses that have both UVA and UVB protection.

While many stores mark their glasses as having these provisions, it is a good idea to purchase your sunglasses from a reliable source. Consult your local eye doctor to determine what glasses would be best for your daily activities, regardless of the season.

So, for all the people out there who are soon to battle the cold weather and shorter days, be certain to remember that you will need the appropriate sunglasses to protect your eyes during the winter season to maintain eye health. Don’t underestimate the damage that can be done by the sun during this winter season.

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