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Lasik Replaces Eye Glasses!

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LASIK is a surgical procedure that can reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
The procedure permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the delicate clear covering on the front of the eye). For clear vision, the eye’s cornea and lens must bend (refract) light rays properly, so that images are focused on the retina. If the light rays aren’t clearly focused on the retina, the images you see are blurry.

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser.

What is the real difference between conventional Laser Eye Surgery and Custom LASIK Eye Surgery?

Conventional Laser Eye Surgery

Conventional Laser Eye Surgery treats the vast majority of common optical aberrations called “lower order” aberrations. These are responsible for causing nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Custom LASIK Eye Surgery provides a more precise treatment for patients who have “higher order” aberrations, which we can now measure with the Aberrometer. For these patients, customized laser eye surgery may provide a better quality of vision by measuring and addressing all of these aberrations as part of the treatment plan.

During LASIK surgery, a small incision is made in the cornea to create a flap. Then, a laser beam works within the cornea to reshape it for vision correction. After the reshaping, the flap is put back into place and serves as a sort of natural bandage.

Will I Need Reading Glasses After the Treatment?

Generally, patients under 40 years of age read well without glasses following the treatment. Patients over 40 may need magnification for reading fine print.

Presbyopia is the term that refers to the natural weakening of the focusing muscles that occurs in our early to mid 40s, causing us to need the magnification that reading glasses provide. The LASIK treatment does not correct or prevent presbyopia. We also will be glad to discuss another option called monovision.

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Reflect On Your Cancer Experience

Reflect On Your Cancer Experience

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(NC)-According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 67,200 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer this year and thousands will face surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of these treatments. For many, the side effects of treatment can be as challenging as the disease itself.
Look Good Feel Better, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, has helped more than 350,000 Canadian women living with cancer to look good and feel better by teaching cosmetic techniques and hair alternatives to help manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer and its treatment.
Free, two-hour workshops are offered at 65 hospitals and cancer-care facilities across the country. A recent study of women living with cancer, conducted at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, revealed that a positive attitude was a leading strategy women felt helped them conquer cancer.
Sherry Abbott, national spokesperson for Look Good Feel Better’s tenth anniversary tour, was determined to defy the odds when she was given a terminal diagnosis 13 years ago, and three months to live. A true believer that a “never-say-never” attitude can play a significant role throughout the cancer experience, Sherry took a path that led her to take back the control she had lost and to send positive messages to her family, friends and medical team.
“The cancer treatments left me battered, inside and out,” recalls Sherry. “My body was depleted and the unfamiliar face that looked back at me in the mirror looked painfully ill.” For the first time in her life, she learned to use cosmetics to correct, rather than enhance her appearance. Sherry quickly learned how a little lipstick and blush could do as much for her psyche as it did for her appearance.
As part of its tenth anniversary celebrations, Look Good Feel Better is inviting those whose lives have been touched by cancer to share their personal story or cancer experience by submitting it to the Reflections Collection. Entries can be submitted by visiting www.lgfb.ca or mailed to: Look Good Feel Better, Reflections Collection, 420 Britannia Road East, Suite 102, Mississauga, ON, L4Z 3L5. For more information on the program, call toll-free 1-800-914-5665.

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Rhinoplasty: Plastic Surgery For Your Nose

Rhinoplasty: Plastic Surgery For Your Nose

Rhinoplasty (also known as “nose job” or nose plastic surgery) is a type of plastic surgery that is used to enhance the function or appearance of a person’s nose. The technique has a profound history, as it was first developed by Sushruta (often dubbed as the “father of surgery”), who lived in ancient India around 500 BC. Several centuries down the line, his method of forehead flap rhinoplasty is practiced almost unchanged even today. Rhinoplasty can be performed for aesthetic reasons (cosmetic surgery) or to rectify congenital defects or breathing problems (reconstructive surgery).

People with a slightly abnormal nose feel that the shape or size of their nose is a source of social discomfort and embarrassment. But with rhinoplasty, patients don’t have to live with a disfigured nose. Plastic surgery can seamlessly enhance the appearance of their nose and, therefore, instill a sense of self-esteem in them. Having a normal looking nose and facial features, they can enjoy social events with confidence and vigor.

Rhinoplasty is performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the doctor’s discretion and the patient’s preference. Incisions are made on the nose to remove the soft tissue of the nose, revealing the underlying cartilage and bone. The cartilage and bone is then reshaped to rectify the deformity. A synthetic implant is necessary if the bone structure is weakened or damaged, possibly owing to an accident. The reshaping is not purely cosmetic; it might also be done to improve breathing.

All in all, rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. It can effectively alter the shape of the nose tip or the nose bridge, if the patient finds the original features unappealing. Apart from its aesthetic benefits, it can also rectify breathing problems and congenital defects or injury. No wonder why rhinoplasty is a highly prevalent form of plastic surgery.

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Corrective Or Cosmetic Contact Lenses?

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Contact lenses, or contacts, were originally developed to correct the wearer’s vision without the need for glasses. This sits directly on the cornea of the eye and essentially does the exact function of traditional glasses but without the need for visible frames. In fact, contacts are almost invisible and are very lightweight. Some contacts have a very pale blue tint to them so that they are easier to see for purposes of insertion and removal but it is unusual for the lenses to be noticeable while they are being worn unless you are specifically looking for them.

Gradually the popularity of contacts grew as people realised how simple they were to use and wear and many then felt that they had other benefits. A large number of people choose contacts for reasons of vanity, believing they look more attractive without glasses than with them. They are also more practical in wet weather as they do not get rain drops on them, they don’t steam up and they can be safer for those who enjoy playing sport as there is no risk of physical damage to the face which can occur when wearing glasses.

Following the success of contact lenses, demonstrated by the fact that it is believed that approximately 125 million people worldwide use them, further advancements were made. It was discovered that in addition to correcting visual problems, lenses could be given a color. When worn these lenses would give the impression of the wearer having a different eye color to that which they naturally have. For example, someone with brown eyes could choose to have colored lenses making their eyes appear green.

Initially colored contact lenses were limited to those who required contact lenses for the purposes of vision correction. However, those without the need for vision correction soon decided that they liked the idea of changing their appearance with contact lenses and so a range of coloured contacts was designed which had no effect on the vision of the wearer. These proved so popular that new and different designs were being launched with great regularity. The movie industry soon caught on to the potential of this type of lenses, known as cosmetic contact lenses, and use them for many characters who require an unusual and often eerie appearance. Musicians are also known for using this type of lens. Examples of those who have worn cosmetic lenses are Marilyn Manson and the character of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

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Weight Loss Surgery Risks And Benefits

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There is an increasing focus on weight loss in North America in the modern age, and the focus goes beyond mere looks.
More and more studies are proving that being overweight not only looks unpleasant, but can also lead to some serious health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and other factors which can lead to an early death.

Many obese people, however, face a serious problem when they begin to consider weight loss; they have become so overweight that their bodies simply cannot handle diets, nor can they summon the ability to partake in regular exercise. In most cases, the weight problem has become so critical that they do not really even have the time it takes to bring their weight down to a healthy level as they are in immediate danger of serious health consequences.

Lately, many people in this situation have begun to turn to the option of gastric bypass surgery. Over 150,000 gastric bypass procedures- wherein calorie intake is reduced by causing food to bypass parts of the stomach and the small intestine- were performed in 2005, many on the recommendation by a doctor for people who were considered morbidly obese.

One of the benefits of this procedure is that it is 100% effective when successful. Patients frequently state that they do not get hungry as often as they did before the surgery, nor does the hunger last as long. Patients also claim that they do not suffer the same cravings for unhealthy food that they did before the surgery. These effects are due to two factors. The first is the decreased size of the stomach- patients simply cannot hold food in the same capacity as they did previously. In addition, the smaller size means that the stomach is empty less than before the surgery and therefore does not signal the brain that food is needed.

The second reason for the decrease in appetite and cravings is the change in the hormonal balance that occurs after the surgery.

Gastric bypass is certainly beneficial in both time passed in regards to pounds lost and in the ease of the weight loss itself. However, there are also several risks involved when a patient elects to undergo the surgery.

Almost ten percent of patients who undergo the surgery report symptoms that could prove fatal some of the time. The surgery has been highly invasive in the past, with a large incision required form the upper chest to the navel. Any procedure involves risk, and the greater the cut the greater the risk. In addition, this large incision meant that a patient’s recovery time was greater, and also more painful.

Many of the risks of gastric bypass surgery are being eliminated with advancing research and procedures, such as the new laparoscopic bypass. Electing for this surgery will also entail a period of “dumping” time, in which a patient can expect to have recurring nausea, diarrhea, and an intolerance to sweets that may last for the rest of their lives.

The greatest risk in undergoing the gastric bypass surgery is the same as any surgery, especially those that are gaining popular attention; the risk of undereducated operators. Some studies have shown that the risk of death after gastric bypass is much higher in patients who go to surgeons with less experience in and knowledge of the procedure. The popularity of the procedure means that there are more doctors trying to make a quick dollar off of a limited knowledge, so any patient considering the surgery needs to be aware of their surgeon’s credentials and background.