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Bellevue, WA 98004

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145 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610

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AUSTIN, TX

11005 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78758

P: 512.596.2020

DR. SHARPE’S BLOG

LASIK vs. SMILE: Which is Best?

Whenever a new technology arrives with FDA approval, we at SharpeVision continuously evaluate and follow it to see if it’s something we want to offer our patients. I feel an extreme responsibility when recommending a new technology. It should have better uncorrected visual acuity, be safer, have a quicker recovery, and fewer potential side effects….

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Why Our LASIK Patients Are Getting Younger and Younger

Instagram, that arbiter of taste and style, is showing more younger folks with glasses—even those with quirky, clunky frames. The trend that you can’t see as easily, is that young people are choosing LASIK over glasses at an astonishing rate. At SharpeVision we’ve seen the average age of our LASIK patients go from 41 down…

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Are Millenials Having More Vision Problems?

Glasses have been around for hundreds of years, (anyone remember Ben Franklin?) but a higher percentage of young people are needing glasses for vision problems than ever before. Vision problems tend to increase as we age, but millennials are having more vision problems and at a younger age than previous generations. Nearly 70% of millennials…

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How to Fix Red or Bloodshot Eyes

Why Are My Eyes Red? My residency program director said there are over a hundred reasons for red eyes. I never sat down to count, but I’d guess he was probably correct. So first and foremost: get an eye exam to rule out serious, vision-threatening problems. I have seen patients many times in my career…

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LASIK for Doomsday Prepping

The Safety Benefits of Laser Vision Correction In 2015, Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman said he got LASIK to increase his odds of survival in the case of a natural or man-made disaster that sends the world into the apocalypse. I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon, but if supply chain disruption impedes access…

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Digital Eyestrain: Do Those Blue Filter Computer Glasses Work?

Nearly everyone will use computers for at least part of their day, and an even higher percentage of people use smartphones for work and pleasure. Digital Eyestrain is a “thing.” It can be uncomfortable and sap our productivity. There also may be harmful effects from long-term and higher doses of the blue light that is…

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What is Presbyopia and How Can I Correct It?

Ok, listen up: this is probably the hardest thing to understand about our vision, and usually isn’t explained well, so I’ll try a little different angle, by using the term “focusing power,” to mean bringing light rays together like the point of a pencil, or the tip of a cone. I hope this helps! So…

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Why Is My Eye Twitching?

Who hasn’t had the annoying eyelid twitch that comes on for no apparent reason, and disappears equally randomly? Benign (not harmful, or the effect of something more serious) eyelid twitching is diagnosed when one of your eyelids contracts, or squeezes very briefly. It doesn’t obstruct vision but is noticeable and bothersome. It can last minutes…

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Why Will I Need Reading Glasses? Grandpa Didn’t!

Aging stinks, but as my dad always says, it beats the alternative. Presbyopia, the term for loss of flexibility in our eye’s natural lens, is one of the earlier signs that you’re not 30 years old any longer. Our eyes have an exquisite mechanism consisting of the clear crystalline lens (about the size and shape…

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Looking Back

Since this video I shot in Chicago in 2017, SharpeVision continues to grow quickly. More and more people are benefiting from the technology and enjoying life without the need for external devices to see clearly. People have realized that they have nothing to fear. Laser vision correction is becoming the norm for millennials who want…

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Myopia: A Treatable Epidemic

   Would it be OK with you if we made your life easier for less money? We are in the middle of a myopia epidemic. One of 3 people in the world can’t see 20 feet in front of them or pass a drivers test without glasses. Most people don’t realize that when children…

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“The Best Money I’ve Ever Spent!” I’ve heard these words so many times…

“The Best Money I’ve Ever Spent!” I’ve heard these words so many times from patients over the past twenty years. LASIK may seem like a luxury, when in fact it will save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And that doesn’t even take into account the amazing improvement to your quality of life: you…

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What is Laser Floater Treatment and How Does it Work?

What is a Floater? In the back of our eyes, there is a material called vitreous that is 99% water but has 1% collagen and hyaluronic acid that can clump together forming bothersome floaters. Most people will have these to some extent and they tend to accumulate as we age. They can result after an…

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