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Hunter Vision introduces Central Florida to newest lens in cataract and refractive surgery

2/27/15 2:38 PM / by Shawn Romano posted in LASIK

Orlando, FL— Drs. Joel Hunter and Jason Brinton are Central Florida refractive eye surgeons practicing at Hunter Vision — a refractive eye surgery practice dedicated to treating patients with some of the most advanced technologies and techniques the field has to offer.

According to Dr. Brinton, a refractive lens specialist, there are many reasons a patient may not be a great candidate for LASIK surgery. Fortunately, for those patients there are other wonderful procedures available to correct vision. Dr. Brinton says, “Often patients will come to our office with the idea that LASIK can fix all of their vision issues. While LASIK is an amazing procedure with incredible outcomes, it has limitations when the vision issue is caused by an aging lens inside the eye.” For those patients who are usually over the age of 40, refractive lens exchange or cataract surgery can be a great option to correct and restore both near and distance vision.

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To Those Who Worry They Could Go Blind from LASIK

5/1/14 2:34 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Contact Lenses, Eye Surgery Risks

I'm always surprised that the most common fear about laser vision correction I hear in clinic is, "My eyes work now, they just need contacts or glasses. I haven't done this yet because I worry that I could go blind and be in the dark." If I was being hard on myself, I'd say that this surprises me because I've been a doctor long enough that now I'm out of touch. If I was trying to give it a good spin, I'd say that it surprises me because of what I know about the safety of modern laser surgery. I choose the second one. Saying I've become out of touch with people's ideas about laser because I'm a laser surgeon is about as silly as thinking a 213 nanometer solid state laser and 193 nanometer argon-fluoride laser will have similar absorption through balanced salt solution.

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Should I wait to get LASIK until the technology improves?

4/29/14 2:49 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Technology, Vision Q&A

Sometimes I will say to people, "You're one of the people that did the right thing not getting LASIK 10 years ago, because the technology today will give you better vision than you could have had then." And they will say, "Look behind you." And I will turn and see that the Publix cashier has scanned all my items, and then I pay and leave the store.

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Autorefractors: Rise of the Machines

4/17/14 2:35 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in Technology

If you've ever been to an eye doctor, put your face in a machine, and been asked to stare straight ahead, chances are it was either an auto refractor that quickly measures your prescription for glasses, or that it blew a puff of air in your eye and made you hate eye doctors forever. If it was the second one, I am sorry. That machine, called a non-contact tonometer, measure the pressure inside the eye and used to terrify me when I was a kid. What's worse, I found out decades later, it's not even super accurate! There are much more accurate, less terrifying ways to check eye pressure. The Hunter Vision mission statement is that we will love patients well, and never shoot a surprise jet stream of air at their eye. I think that's it, anyway. I don't have the exact wording here with me.

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Is LASIK a good name for a pet?

4/11/14 2:37 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Vision Q&A

When we asked our staff to come up with questions that people might want to see addressed in this blog, someone put this one in. That means we have someone on staff that is either a real animal lover, really dedicated to LASIK, or is really horrible at coming up with questions. I choose to believe the second one. "When given a set of choices in which the correct answer is unknowable or irrelevant, choose the one that delivers to you the most happiness." For example, Benjamin Franklin said that, and since there's virtually no way to know if that is true, you can choose to believe me or not, whichever makes you happier.*

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My First Experience Performing LASIK Surgery

4/10/14 2:38 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Eye Surgery, Technology

Amazingly, or frighteningly, an ophthalmologist is only required to have a weekend course on LASIK in order to be certified to perform the procedure. There are no boards exams for LASIK. It is part of the reason that the "see how many procedures your surgeon has performed" can be useful advice. Of course, it is still possible to do a bad job thousands of times (I once had a haircut from a lady at Great Clips that made me look startlingly like Hitler even though she probably did a thousand haircuts that week), but it is a lot less likely. The reason I chose to spend a year with Dr. Durrie, is that I wanted to be really, really good at LASIK before I started doing it on my friends and family.

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What makes someone a non-candidate for LASIK?

4/4/14 12:58 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Eye Surgery, Astigmatism, Vision Q&A

About once a week I will see a patient who was told that they are a good candidate for LASIK, but actually should probably avoid getting it. Several times a week, however, I'll see a patient that was told that they wouldn't be a good LASIK candidate, but is actually a great candidate. Most commonly, the person told they shouldn't have LASIK was given "astigmatism" as the reason.

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Why You Shouldn't Choose LASIK Based on Price

4/3/14 12:54 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Eye Surgery

The other day, I had a patient that had a lot of questions about price. In general, I try to avoid this discussion because something feels "icky" to me about a doctor talking money with a patient. I've done everything I can to avoid the misconception that I ever recommend a treatment because of money.

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Do you have any eye surgery day rituals?

3/28/14 12:58 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Eye Surgery, Cataracts, Vision Q&A

The other day, someone asked if I have any eye surgery day rituals. Well, obviously there's the one where I have Alpha-Bits cereal for breakfast and eat only the letters J, O, E, and L, but that qualifies as less of a ritual and more as an example of just being prepared.

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What eye technology do you most want to see advanced?

3/27/14 12:59 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in Technology, Cataracts

This question was submitted by Claire Jordan. Claire is our Director of Strategic Partnerships at Hunter Vision.

When given an opportunity to make a new partnership, we ask, "Is this strategic?" And if the answer is yes, then Claire directs it. (When the answer is "no," we give task of directing it to our Director of Unstrategic Partnerships, who is my four-year-old son. He is currently directing our unstrategic partnerships with his two stuffed animals: Bear Joel and 7-11.)

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