Laser Eye Surgery: Demystifying LASIK

Written by Mike Spencer

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When an individual wears contact lenses, for instance,repparttar shape ofrepparttar 138676 cornea is changed, so it's important to remove these and leave them out for up to a month before surgery.

In addition, your doctor will instruct you not to apply any lotions, creams, make-up or other products aroundrepparttar 138677 area ofrepparttar 138678 eyes for awhile prior torepparttar 138679 procedure.

Onrepparttar 138680 day of your LASIK eye surgery, you'll receive anesthetic drops in each eye in order to eliminate pain. You'll then be placed on a table which is positioned underneathrepparttar 138681 laser equipment, andrepparttar 138682 doctor will instruct you to look up at a small blinking light.

During your laser surgery, a special instrument will be utilized to hold your eye open, allowingrepparttar 138683 doctor to performrepparttar 138684 LASIK surgery, whilerepparttar 138685 other eye is protected by a shield.

With a couple of hours you'll be on your way home

After making a small incision,repparttar 138686 doctor will then exposerepparttar 138687 cornea, and applyrepparttar 138688 laser technology that's needed to reshape and repairrepparttar 138689 eye. Once accomplished,repparttar 138690 flap that was cut open to exposerepparttar 138691 cornea will be put back into position and will heal on its own, withoutrepparttar 138692 need for stitches. An hour or two afterrepparttar 138693 surgery is completed, you'll be allowed to go home.

Depending uponrepparttar 138694 individual,repparttar 138695 amount of corrective treatment that was administered andrepparttar 138696 quickness ofrepparttar 138697 healing process, what can be expected after surgery will vary from person to person.

Speak with your physician regarding recovery expectations before and afterrepparttar 138698 surgery and follow any instructions that are given, in order to ensure a successful LASIK eye surgery experience.

Mike Spencer reviews reviews leading, and sometimes controversial, approaches to improving and protecting our health. Here he looks at the pros and cons of LASIK eye surgery and whether it can offer any real benefits to improved vision.

The Truth About Counting Calories And Weight Loss

Written by Tom Venuto

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The law of calorie balance says:

To maintain your weight, you must consumerepparttar same number of calories you burn. To gain weight, you must consume more calories than you burn. To lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn.

If you only count portions or if you haven'trepparttar 138651 slightest clue how many calories you're eating, it's a lot more likely that you'll eat more than you realize. (Or you might take in fewer calories than you should, which triggers your bodyís "starvation mode" and causes your metabolism to shut down).

So how do you balance practicality and realistic expectations with a nutrition program that gets results? Here's a solution thatís a happy medium between strict calorie counting and just guessing:

Create a menu using an EXCEL spreadsheet or your favorite nutrition software. Crunch allrepparttar 138652 numbers including calories, protein, carbs and fats. Once you have your daily menu, print it, stick it on your refrigerator (and/or in your daily planner) and you now have an eating "goal" forrepparttar 138653 day, including a caloric target.

That is my definition of "counting calories" -- creating a menu plan you can use as a daily guide, not necessarily writing down every morsel of food you eat forrepparttar 138654 rest of your life. If youíre really ambitious, keeping a nutrition journal for at least 4-12 weeks is a great idea and an incredible learning experience, but all you really need to get started onrepparttar 138655 road to a better body is one good menu on paper. If you get bored eatingrepparttar 138656 same thing every day, you can create multiple menus, or just exchange foods using your one menu as a template.

Using this method, you really only need to count calories once when you create your menus. After you've got a knack for calories from this initial discipline of menu planning, then you can estimate portions inrepparttar 138657 future and get a pretty good (and more educated) ballpark figure.

So whatísrepparttar 138658 bottom line? Is it really necessary to count every calorie to lose weight? No. But it IS necessary to eat fewer calories then you burn. Whether you count calories and eat less than you burn, or you donít count calories and eat less than you burn,repparttar 138659 end result isrepparttar 138660 same Ė you lose weight. Which would you rather do: Take a wild guess, or increase your chance for success with some simple menu planning? I thinkrepparttar 138661 right choice is obvious.

Tom Venuto is a certified personal trainer, natural bodybuilder and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, "Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle. You can get info on Tom's e-book at: To get Tom's free monthly e-zine, visit

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