7 Ways Cheap LASIK Centers Cut Costs
Maybe you’ve seen the ads: “CHEAP VISION CORRECTION” … “$250 LASIK!!!” Sounds like a great deal at first blush, right? Well, trust us when we tell you that eye surgery is not one of those services that should bring out the bargain shopper in you. In order to stay profitable with deeply discounted services, clinics offering cheap LASIK must cut corners and make sacrifices. What are you sacrificing when you leap at a cheap LASIK surgery deal to save money? Here are some of the ways a cheap LASIK surgery center may trim expenses—possibly at your expense—to keep operating in the black. Can you live with the trade-offs? Fewer treatment options. Fewer surgical solutions means fewer expensive machines to buy. Cheap LASIK surgery centers usually offer just LASIK. That means they don’t make room in the budget for PRK, lens-based treatments or any other alternative that may better suit your needs. Simple diagnosis. All a cheap LASIK center needs to know is if you are a candidate for the procedure they perform or not. They may offer just LASIK—none of the other LASIK alternatives available today. So, they trim costs here by not purchasing more equipment than necessary to get […]
What Are My Options If LASIK Isn’t Right For Me?
Many people get LASIK to reduce their need for glasses and contacts. However, you may not be a candidate for this surgery. Even if you’re not a good candidate for LASIK, you may qualify for another procedure instead. Keep reading to learn about LASIK alternatives that you may be a better fit for instead! PRK PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy. This laser vision correction procedure alters the shape of the cornea to address refractive errors. The surgeon uses a laser to change the curves of the cornea to ensure light refracts toward the middle of the retina. During PRK, you will receive numbing eye drops. Some people also get a mild sedative to help them relax. First, the surgeon will remove the top layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. After removing the epithelium, they will use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors. Once the surgeon has reshaped the cornea, they will place a contact lens-like bandage over the cornea. This unique treatment encourages healing and prevents contact with debris and germs. PRK takes several minutes to complete. You may be at the eye doctor’s office for an hour or so between intake and post-op […]
5 Ways to Prevent Allergy Eyes
That faint golden haze that coats every surface in the yard or the park is a sure sign that spring allergy season is coming right “atchoo.” Pollen can be brutal on the eyes, but you don’t have to let the pesky yellow dusting spoil your time outdoors. After a year of masks, no one wants to crawl inside a plastic bubble to avoid seasonal allergies, just when the weather is starting to get good! So, while we still encourage you to stop and smell the roses, we also recommend that you try these five strategies to keep allergens from getting the upper hand this spring: Time your outdoor activities. Steer clear of the pollen trap by staying inside during peak pollen hours. The counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.—more so when the weather is warm and dry—so think about moving your morning run to noon to avoid the worst of it.Ditch the track suit. Whatever time of day you work out, limit your exposure to allergens by immediately changing into clean clothes when you’re back indoors.Switch up your allergy treatment. Since some oral meds reduce the production of tears, consider a switch to nasal sprays. They won’t dry […]
The Surprising Way Your Contacts Lenses Are Harming the Environment
We know what you’re thinking: How can something as small and thin as a contact lens possibly have much of an impact on this great big Earth? It can’t—but billions of them can. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 45 million people in the United States rely on contact lenses to correct their vision. Worldwide, that number hovers around an astronomical 150 million. Now think about this: In the U.S. alone, an estimated 20 percent of contact lens users dispose of their used contacts by flushing them down a toilet or sink drain. That means roughly 9 million people are introducing 12, 26, 52 or 365 little pieces of plastic each into the environment every single year. We’re getting into some real numbers here! All those plastic disks travel from our wastewater into rivers, lakes, streams and oceans and eventually degrade, breaking down into smaller and smaller particles called “microplastics.” And, in fact, it’s “microplastics” that many environmental experts are concerned about. Day after day, year after year, billions of plastic bottles, straws, utensils, wraps and more are improperly discarded and end up in the waterways of the earth. These products choke, injure and tangle […]
The Patient Experience at Missouri Eye Institute
Everyone loves recognition. Perhaps an elegant plaque that sits above the desk or a shiny trophy beaming from a prominent shelf. We all treasure acknowledgement of a job well done. (You do. Admit it.) But it’s the recognitions that can’t necessarily be framed and polished that have meant the most to Missouri Eye Institute. A heartfelt thank-you from a patient is better than any paper kudos or engraved “attaboys” we’ve collected over the years. So, in honor of Patient Experience Week (April 26-30)—a week when we thank the health care staff who contribute to a positive patient journey every day—we’ve assembled a few of our favorites to share with you. For example, there’s Bill, who had cataract removal and lens replacement in one eye in December 2020 and in the other in January 2021: “As everybody, I was reluctant to have a procedure on my eyes. I reached a point that it was either have the surgery or stop driving… I liken the procedure to going to the dentist for a filling. No pain, very little pressure felt. No aftereffects and 20/20 vision… Other than using cheaters to read close up, I have the vision of a kid again. Thank […]
How Young Is Too Young for LASIK?
We often hear the question: How young is too young for LASIK? This topic is of special interest to teens and young adults, who may not like how they look in eyeglasses or may no longer want the burden of dealing with contact lens solutions, cases and constant care. If you’re in this age range and require vision correction, we have some good news and some bad news. First the bad news: If you’re not yet out of high school, odds are you won’t be eligible right away. The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved LASIK for individuals aged 18 and older, although there have been rare exceptions in extraordinary cases. What is the right age for LASIK? There’s no perfect age for LASIK, but there are optimal conditions. First, your surgeon will want to know you’ve reached “ocular maturity,” when eyes have already undergone most of the dramatic changes that happen as we grow from children to adults. For most people that age is somewhere between 18 and 25. One sign you’ve reached ocular maturity is that your prescription for corrective lenses has stabilized, meaning the same prescription for at least a year or two. After that, […]
Can You Prevent Cataracts?
Cataracts are one of the top causes of vision loss blindness in those that are older. The condition often develops due to age and isn’t preventable. You can make lifestyle choices to reduce your likelihood of developing cataracts, making it easier to diagnose them early. Keep reading to learn more about cataracts and how to handle them! What are Cataracts? Cataracts occur when the proteins in the natural lens of the eye break down. This change usually happens as you reach age 40 and older. These cells become a milky white color, interrupting the way light enters the eye. Cataracts make it difficult for the eye to focus. You may not notice early signs of cataracts. Many people have them for months or years without symptoms. As the condition develops, you’ll likely see halos or rings around lights. Difficulty seeing in low lighting conditions is also common. You may experience light sensitivity. Some people also see distorted or faded colors. As cataracts become more advanced, you may start experiencing something called double vision. You can treat early cataracts with glasses and contacts. As they worsen over time, the only way to treat cataracts is by having cataract surgery. Cataract surgery […]
Booze News: The Facts About Alcohol and LASIK
Beer goggles aren’t the only thing that happens to your vision under the influence of alcohol. There are also short- and long-term side effects from too much booze, including the effects on your eyes. We’re speaking specifically of alcohol, eyes and LASIK. More power to those who completely abstain. That’s always a good policy, especially at a time when your body needs to heal in any way. However, we’re realistic about alcohol. Many adults enjoy the occasional glass of wine or beer—or two or three—to unwind from the stresses of the day, and we say go for it … within reason. When it comes to LASIK or any vision correction procedure, there is good news and bad news about indulging in your favorite adult beverage around the time of your surgery. First the good news: LASIK is different from many other surgeries that may involve incisions. The precision of the laser and the eye’s incredible natural ability to heal itself make for a fast, accurate procedure that many patients describe as having minimal discomfort. Now the (not so) bad news: While laser procedures are minimally invasive, LASIK is still a surgical procedure. There are a few reasons why a short […]
Is There An Age Where Glaucoma Becomes More Serious?
Did you know that glaucoma is one of the top causes of blindness for people over 60? This condition can happen to anyone but is the most common in older people. Keep reading to find out if there’s an age where glaucoma becomes more serious! Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Primary open-angle glaucoma happens when the pressure in your eye increases. This condition occurs when the fluid in the eye can’t drain out. You may develop primary open-angle glaucoma if your eye drainage canals are clogged. This blockage prevents fluid from draining and increases pressure in your eyes. This condition often has no symptoms because it progresses slowly. You could have primary open-angle glaucoma for years and not know it. As the pressure builds, you can develop limited peripheral vision. You might notice patchy blind spots in one or both eyes. Untreated glaucoma can cause loss of central vision and total blindness. There is no age when glaucoma suddenly becomes severe. However, those with primary open-angle glaucoma may not know they have the condition until vision loss has already occurred. Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma Acute angle-closure glaucoma happens when eye pressure suddenly builds up because of blocked drainage canals. The condition can develop […]
5 After-LASIK Sights to See in Missouri
Whether you’re into urban attractions or natural wonders, the experience is always better with sharper eyesight. You may even discover a renewed appreciation for the Show-Me State after LASIK: The little details you missed before vision correction are going to be much easier to see! So, with that in mind, here are five Missouri sights you’ll enjoy more after LASIK: City Hall – Kansas City. The historic City Hall building is a study in Art Deco with its bold lines and abundance of oak and Italian marble. The big bonus is the 30th-floor, open-air observation deck, which gives visitors a panoramic view of miles of landscape including the Missouri River. 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 / (816) 513-2778 Historic St. Joseph. Connect with Missouri’s Wild West past at historic attractions throughout the community. St. Joseph is where Pony Express riders started their long ride to Sacramento, and visitors can view the stables where “Buffalo Bill” Cody and “Wild Bill” Hickock kicked off an arduous journey across the plains. You’ll also want to take in the Jesse James Home, where the infamous outlaw met his fate in 1882. 502 N. Woodbine, St. Joseph, MO 64501 / (816) 232-1839 […]
What LASIK and Visual Freedom Really Mean
Is your current level of sight limiting your quality of life? Do you want the freedom that you can only achieve when you have clear vision? Would you like to experience a life that doesn’t need visual aids? That would be a life that’s free of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Saying yes to any of these questions means you should consider undergoing LASIK surgery. Keep reading to find out what LASIK and visual freedom can really mean! Achieve Visual Freedom LASIK is a life-changing procedure. It can help you achieve visual freedom. Your vision is one of the most critical aspects of how you live your life. Relying on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses is a burden. It limits your ability to enjoy and embrace life fully. When you have less than ideal vision, it can restrict how you evaluate your work and play options. LASIK eliminates the extra caution and concern that come with less than perfect vision. It’s by having LASIK that you achieve visual freedom. Increase Your Sense of Self-Confidence Achieving your visual freedom is about more than seeing clearly. Your vision is deeply rooted in your sense of self-confidence and self-worth. How well you can […]
Monofocal or Multifocal IOL: Which Is Right for My Cataract Surgery?
Ready to clear the dull, blurry vision and enjoy crisp, clear vision once again? When planning for cataract surgery, consider the benefits different types of intraocular lens (IOL) implant options available to you. These biocompatible, surgical-grade implantable lenses offer dramatic results for those who are ready to clear the blur that comes from cataracts. In the interest of keeping things simple, we’ll discuss the two primary classes of IOLs: monofocal IOL and multifocal IOL. This overview should give you some idea of which option may be right for you. Basic Monofocal IOLs Basic Monofocal IOLs are what’s called a “fixed” focal distance lens, which means they are created to correct vision for near, intermediate or far focus. Benefits of Basic Monofocal Lens Often partially or fully covered by insuranceIt may be possible to combine reading lens with distance lensStrong choice for night driving Drawbacks of Monofocal Lens Cannot provide clear focus for multiple distances Readers/bifocals are typically required for most daily activities Multifocal IOLs Multifocal IOLs provide the patient with a combination of focal points (from among near, midrange and distance vision) within each lens for better overall vision. Benefits of Multifocal Lens Improves vision at a variety of distancesCan reduce […]
Can I Get LASIK if I Have Cataracts?
If you live long enough, cataracts are practically a rite of passage into old age. The National Eye Institute estimates that cataracts affect approximately 24.4 million Americans over the age of 40, and that figure is expected to double by the year 2050. In fact, more than 60 percent of individuals over the age of 80 will deal with cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. The gradual clouding of the eye’s natural lens creates blurry, hazy vision that is a bit like looking through the world through a foggy window. It’s no wonder so many patients ask us “Can I get LASIK if I have cataracts?” Unfortunately, this isn’t a simple yes or no question. What factors are at play with cataracts and LASIK? For many people with cataracts, there are separate vision issues that also contribute to poor eyesight. On top of clouding, there may be nearsightedness, farsightedness, “over 40 vision” (presbyopia) or astigmatism that also make it difficult to focus at one or more distances. When the cornea is misshapen—this is called a refractive error—the light that enters the eye can’t focus properly on the retina. It may instead focus in front of or behind […]
Why Is Cataract Surgery Necessary?
Do you have cataracts? Did you know that the only way to treat cataracts effectively is by having cataract surgery? Cataracts develop on the lens of your eye, causing it to become cloudy and hard to see through. As your lens becomes more cloudy, your sight decreases. Cataracts can leave you temporarily blind. The only way to restore your vision is to have cataract surgery. It’s also the only way to remove or treat your cataracts. You may already be experiencing the adverse effects of cataracts. One symptom of cataracts includes seeing a halo effect around lights. If you see halos, it can be unsafe for you to drive. Other symptoms include blurred or foggy vision. Experiencing these symptoms can make your vision appear as if you are looking through a foggy window. The negative effects of cataracts can decrease your quality of life. They can make it impossible for you to complete your daily routine. Cataract surgery is the only way to fix these things. Keep reading to learn more about cataract surgery! Cataract Surgery Cataract surgery is a simple procedure. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures you can have. Before having cataract surgery, you’ll have […]
What Really Happens on LASIK Surgery Day
Fear of the unknown sometimes prevents patients from exploring life-changing vision correction. What will the eye exam be like? How long will surgery take? Does LASIK hurt? Here, we walk you through what really happens on LASIK surgery day to demystify the process—and hopefully put your mind at ease. What a LASIK Eye Consultation Is Like Laser vision correction is a quick and straightforward procedure but it is still surgery. As such, you will undergo all the examinations and precautions necessary to achieve a safe and successful outpatient procedure. Before your eye examination, your surgeon may ask that you be out of contacts for a certain amount of time before your visit so your eyes can return to their natural shape. This will yield the most accurate examination results and a better surgical outcome. Your surgeon at Matossian Eye Associates will want to gather as much detailed data about your eyes as possible to determine whether you’re a candidate for LASIK or another vision correction procedure. During this eye exam, staff will take images and measurements of your eyes from the front of the cornea to the back of the retina. The data collected may include some or all of […]
COVID-19’s Unintended Upside: A LASIK Surge
COVID-19 threw the world into a tailspin this year, prompting lockdowns, business restrictions and mandates that will reverberate well into 2021. Oddly, while the global pandemic has put a pinch on normal activities, the crisis has shifted the focus on better quality of life—namely through better nutrition, health, mental health and of course vision. After the initial lockdowns were lifted and medical offices started seeing patients again, an interesting phenomenon occurred in the eye care world: requests for LASIK increased. At first blush, laser vision correction wouldn’t seem to be high on one’s mid-pandemic agenda. But inquiries about laser eye surgery spiked as practices began to reopen. Based on our experience and conversations we’ve had with patients, we have some theories about why… We realized new downsides of glasses and contact lenses. The concept of mask fog—long the bane of bespectacled front-line medical workers—entered the broader public consciousness. Every exhaled breath rendered us more sight-impaired than going without glasses. When the never-ending mist became a daily battle for the masses, the masses looked for solutions. We can’t say for sure, but the aggravation of foggy glasses may have been one of the biggest drivers for permanent vision correction in 2020. […]
Christmas Toys: Keep Playtime Safe for Girls and Boys
There’s almost no joy that rivals the look of wonder on a child’s face on Christmas Day. A well-chosen, considerate gift is cherished and meaningful. We hope every parent and child enjoys this magic during the Season of Giving. But Christmas morning boo-boos can put a damper on the day. To make sure all your holiday memories are merry and bright, we offer our top nine tips on keeping the holiday safe for every member of the family. What to know before you shop: 1. Follow recommendations. Toy packaging usually clearly states the appropriate age range and often describes safe use. Let this be your guide as you shop for young ones. 2. Beware of projectiles! We’ve all heard the famous line from “A Christmas Story” in response to Ralphie’s desire for a BB gun for Christmas: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” There’s an inherent injury risk from toys and games that fire, spring, sling or pop out objects or substances. Since our eyes are vulnerable and delicate, they are most at risk from projectiles. Reserve these toys for responsible older children and always supervise them. 3. Keep batteries and magnets from younger children. Youngsters can easily swallow small magnets […]
Winter Is Coming… And It’s the Perfect Time for LASIK
Unpredictable weather and the hustle and bustle of holiday to-do lists can consume all our focus in wintertime. But, in the season of giving, there’s also plenty of room—and lots of good reasons—to give ourselves a little love too. Why not give yourself the gift of better vision this winter? Before you dismiss the idea because you think you’re too busy, think about it: The holidays are a time when employers are giving a few days off and/or workers are eager to take paid time off to get things done. One of those things could be LASIK! If you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios, this winter may very well be your prime time for laser vision correction. You have unspent funds in your FSA/HSA. If you set aside pretax dollars into your employer’s Flexible Spending Account or Health Spending Account and still have a balance, don’t let those funds expire. Schedule a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK or one of our LASIK alternatives. You can use your medical spending funds to pay for, or pay down, your surgical fee. At the very least, you will walk away with one of the most thorough […]
5 Thanksgiving Dishes That Feed Healthy Eyes
We’ve all done it: We’ve indulged every whim at the Thanksgiving table, only to wonder if it was worth it. Well, it can be! With a few simple tweaks on a traditional meal, you can feed your family, your whims and your eyes. Here, we offer suggestions for each dinner course, each of which brings some major eye health benefits to the table: Starter. Your dinner salad is perfectly poised to fight inflammation with its base of antioxidant-rich leafy greens. Toppings like berries, light vinaigrette and fresh-roasted pumpkin seeds provide more antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. All of these reduce the risk of glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and other eye problems. Main Dish. Turkey with cranberry sauce is practically required on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey is a lean protein chock full of calcium, zinc and vitamin B. These vitamins and nutrients help keep the eye lubricated and the muscles working. A dollop of bright cranberry sauce provides the vitamin C boost you need for a healthy vascular system in the eye. To lighten up your entrée, choose breast meat. Cranberry Sauce 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries ¼ cup orange juice ½ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 […]
Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: Know the Signs of Eye Damage
Each November marks Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month in the United States, a time when we work to raise awareness of the damage diabetes can do to eyesight. Left uncontrolled, diabetes wreaks havoc on the body in a number of ways. Where your eyes are concerned, diabetes raises the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and even eye infections. Some early symptoms of these and other eye diseases are subtle and may be mistaken for the “over 40 vision” we all begin to experience in midlife. Here are some of the top symptoms to watch for if you have diabetes. These symptoms could signal diabetic eye disease that must be addressed as soon as possible: Blurry visionFloaters or black spots in your visual fieldDecreased color perceptionEye painRednessNight blindness, nighttime halos or glaresDouble visionLight sensitivityBlemishes on the eye, such as sties This is by no means an all-inclusive list of potential signs of diabetic eye damage, but they are the most common. Of course, if you experience these or other symptoms of visual disturbance, contact your eye doctor immediately. Often, symptoms such as these worsen gradually. However, if you notice a sudden onset of these symptoms or they worsen quickly, make […]
What is a Corneal Transplant?
A corneal transplant is a procedure that replaces corneal tissue with tissue from a donor. This restores vision, treats eye pain, and improves a damaged or diseased cornea. Most cornea transplants are successful. But there is a small risk that your body will reject the transplanted tissue. Keep reading to learn more about corneal transplants! What is the Cornea? Your cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye. This is what is responsible for your eye color. It also handles most of the eye’s focusing power. Reasons for a Corneal Transplant The most common reasons for a corneal transplant is to restore vision. Vision loss is typical in patients who have a damaged or diseased cornea. Diseased and damaged corneas can cause pain or damage to other parts of the eye. A transplant can help treat this pain. It can also stop the spreading of disease. Other common conditions treated by a corneal transplant include: KeratoconusFuchs’ dystrophyThinning of the cornea, or a cornea that is naturally too thinScarred cornea, caused by infection or injuryCloudy corneaSwelling of the corneaCorneal ulcers caused by injury or infectionComplications caused by a previous eye surgery Signs of a Rejected Transplant Transplant rejection occurs when […]
What To Know Before You Have LASIK
School is back in session. This means that reading is on the menu, and in large amounts. If you can never find your glasses or contacts, or if you forget to take your contacts out, you may want to think about LASIK. LASIK is a common procedure that has an excellent track record of correcting vision in patients. If you have refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK may be right for you. Keep reading to learn a few things you should know before you have LASIK! Who Can Get LASIK? LASIK can correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. You will need to schedule a LASIK consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Common candidacy factors include: AgePregnancy and if you’re having any kids in the futureCorneal thicknessHealthPrescription stabilityEye health These are only some of the factors taken into consideration if you’re thinking about having LASIK. Know Your Ophthalmologist You don’t want to trust your eyes with someone you don’t know. Make sure that you feel comfortable with your eye doctor. Discuss your concerns and questions during your consultation. You may want to ask how long they have been in business. Ask […]
Tips For Your Best Cataract Surgery Recovery
Cataract surgery can seem intimidating. Among many patient’s biggest fears is the recovery period. The vast majority of patients have a short and easy recovery. Not sure what you should do to ensure you have the best one possible? Keep reading for a few tips for your best cataract surgery recovery! Getting Home A lot of patients experience grogginess and fatigue after their surgery. Your vision will likely be blurry. You might experience mild discomfort and redness in your eyes. It is important that you have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least a day after your surgery. These symptoms should pass within a couple of days. Let your doctor know if any of these symptoms continue longer than three days, as it could be a sign of a complication. Follow-up Visits Make sure you don’t miss any follow-up visits you have scheduled. Your doctor will need to examine your eyes within the first week after your surgery. They will likely schedule more visits within the weeks following your surgery. It is important that you attend these appointments. Doing so will ensure that your eyes are healing as they should be. Post-surgery complications are rare, but […]
Am I A Good LASIK Candidate?
Are you tired of wearing contact lenses? Do you ever wonder what life would be like without needing glasses or contacts? They improve your vision, but they can be inconvenient, frustrating, and uncomfortable. If you find yourself daydreaming about life without contacts, talk to your doctor about LASIK. One of the most important things to know is if you are a good candidate for LASIK. Since LASIK is an elective procedure, you need to know if the risks outweigh the results. You need to educate yourself about the best way to fix your vision and learn if LASIK is the proper procedure. Your surgeon will check several things to determine if you are a good candidate. They will let you know what their recommendation is after checking these factors. There are guidelines that patients need to meet to get LASIK. Almost 20% of potential LASIK candidates are not a good fit for the procedure. Keep reading to find out if you could be a good LASIK candidate! Do You Meet the FDA Guidelines? There are parameters that your prescription needs to be within to meet the FDA guidelines to qualify for LASIK. You can have a maximum of +6.00 diopters […]
June Is Fireworks Eye Safety Month
Do you love looking at fireworks on a warm summer night? Are you considering your eyes when you think about lighting fireworks? June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month. Yes, there’s an entire month all about protecting your eyes from fireworks. It is important to understand the importance of how to safely use fireworks and to be properly educated. Fireworks can cause burns, retinal detachment, corneal abrasions, and more. These injuries can cause permanent damage. Each summer and 4th of July, Americans spend millions of dollars annually on fireworks. This causes more than 9,000 injuries a year, and may even lead to death! Now that the 4th of July is less than a month away, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding everyone that fireworks are not toys. They can cause serious injuries, including devastating eye injuries. Keep reading to learn how you can protect your eyes this June from fireworks! What rules should I follow if I’m going to use fireworks? When using fireworks, there are many safety precautions that you need to take. They include: Standing at least 500 feet away from the fireworks when you are launching them.Do not run around where fireworks are being set off.Setting fireworks […]
5 Signs You May Have A Cataract
Are you experiencing blurry or cloudy vision? Do you see halos around lights when you drive at night? These are two common signs that you may have started developing cataracts. Cataracts are more likely to occur as we grow older. Keep reading to find out five signs you may have a cataract! What is a Cataract? As we age, the lens of the eye can become cloudy. This happens because of a build-up of proteins in the lens. As the lens gets cloudier, it becomes harder and harder to see through. This eventually leads to the development of a cataract. Many cataract patients describe cataracts as looking at things through a foggy window. When you have cataracts, it becomes more challenging to drive at night and even complete detail-oriented tasks. 1. Vision Changes In the beginning, cataracts are small and they grow slowly. At this stage, they do not affect your vision. You may not even realize you have a cataract at first! They do not affect your vision. But as time passes, your cataracts get bigger and start impacting your vision. The best way to diagnose cataracts early on is by getting frequent eye exams. If you have cataracts, […]
How Do I Lower My Intraocular Pressure
Did your ophthalmologist notice a change in the pressure of your eyes? Were you recently diagnosed with glaucoma? Glaucoma is a common eye condition that has few discernible symptoms. Glaucoma is one of the main reasons adults go blind. Early detection is key when it comes to managing and preventing blindness. Keep reading to learn more about how to lower your intraocular pressure! Eat a Healthy Diet Eating a healthy and balanced diet is helpful when managing your eye pressure. If you have issues balancing your blood sugar levels, it can affect your eye pressure. To help lower your blood sugar levels, you should reduce your sugar and carbs. This means skipping soda, candy, bread, and any starches. Improving your diet will not only help your eye pressure but your general health too. Eating a healthy diet means that you’re getting all the proper nutrients your body needs. This includes foods rich in vitamins A, E, and C and fatty acids since they are good for your eye health. Examples of foods to eat include salmon, nuts and dark leafy greens. Exercise Moving your body is important for your health. It could be walking, swimming or biking. Staying active is […]
When Not To Get LASIK
Are you thinking about getting LASIK? Are you trying to find the “right” time to schedule it if you qualify for the procedure? Figuring out when to get LASIK is important. There are good and bad times to get it. Keep reading to find out when you shouldn’t get LASIK to make planning for the procedure easier! If You’re Pregnant or Planning To Become Pregnant Patients that are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant should not get LASIK. During pregnancy, your hormone levels change frequently. This impacts many things including your vision. The problem also lies with the fact that it takes some time before your vision goes back to normal. For this reason, you should not get LASIK for at least three months after you’ve had a baby or have finished nursing. Chemicals in the eye drops that prevent inflammation and infection after LASIK can be passed to your infant through breastmilk. Another reason that you can’t have LASIK while pregnant is that you need your eyes dilated during your LASIK consultation. Your body will absorb the medications used to dilate your eyes. This can affect your unborn child and get passed onto them through your bloodstream. During […]
It’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month!
Do you know what the most common cause of blindness in Americans is? Do you get frequent eye exams? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in Americans who are 65 and older. Patients usually are unaware of what AMD is and that it can make you go blind. Did you know that February is age-related macular degeneration awareness month? The goal of this is to bring attention to age-related macular degeneration and to educate about the condition. Let’s learn more about AMD and how to prevent it. What is AMD? AMD or age-related macular degeneration affects the part of the retina called the macula. The macula is a tiny part of the retina at the back of the eye. It allows you to see tiny details and be active. Some examples of activities it impacts are driving and reading. AMD Symptoms Age-related macular degeneration can have a variety of symptoms. For example, you can experience cloudy vision, see dark spots, and experience subpar central vision. AMD can affect your ability to see objects at different distances. It can also make it harder to complete close activities. Patients with AMD might not be able to sew, drive, […]
What Should I Expect During Cataract Surgery?
Are you thinking about having cataract surgery? Are you nervous about the procedure because you don’t know what to expect? One way to deal with your nerves is to get a better understanding of what happens during it. Having more information leads to feeling more comfortable about cataract surgery. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect during cataract surgery! What are cataracts? Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy. Without cataracts, the lens is normally clear and easy to see through. When you have cataracts, it makes it much harder to see. Cataracts can also cause blurry vision, halos around light, and make it hard to drive at night. If cataracts are interfering with your life, then it may be time to consider cataract surgery. How do you prepare for cataract surgery? Some doctors recommend that you avoid eating or drinking for 12 hours before surgery. If you take any medications that cause bleeding, you may need to stop taking them. Make sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are on. In the days before cataract surgery, you’ll start using eye drops, which your doctor will prescribe. What happens before […]
Will Cataract Surgery Hurt?
Did you recently find out you have cataracts? Are you trying to make a decision about whether you should have cataract surgery? One of the most common questions about the procedure is if it’s painful. Many people fear things like cataract surgery because of their fear of the unknown. Keep reading to learn why cataract surgery isn’t something to fear! You’re Awake During Cataract Surgery The eyes are one of the most sensitive body parts, and we all know this! It is reasonable to think that having your eye cut open and operated on with a laser could be painful. What’s not reasonable is postponing cataract surgery because you think it will hurt. Patients who have cataract surgery rarely say it was painful. They usually say that they felt slight discomfort during the procedure. After cataract surgery, most patients are very happy with their clear vision. They also remark on how quick the recovery process is. It may be surprising to learn that you need to be awake during cataract surgery. This is one of the most common reasons patients think the procedure will hurt. Before surgery, patients get a sedative, ex. Valium, to help them remain calm while they […]
Are There Glaucoma Warning Signs?
Are you starting to have problems using your peripheral vision in both eyes? Do you often get intense headaches and nauseous? These could be a sign that you have glaucoma. Let’s take a look at what the warning signs of glaucoma are. What is Glaucoma? There are a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, and glaucoma is one of them. The optic nerve is imperative for good vision. Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve due to too much fluid in the eye and unusually high pressure in the eye. For adults who are 60 and up, glaucoma is one of the main causes of blindness. Anyone can get glaucoma, but it is more probable for older adults to get it. Glaucoma is sneaky. Most of the types of glaucoma have no warning signs, which is why it can sneak up on you and steal your vision. It is possible that you may not notice the changes in your vision until it is too late. Damage to your vision from glaucoma is not reversible. Once you have lost your vision to glaucoma, it cannot come back. Eye exams are important because they allow your eye doctor to […]
Start Off 2020 With LASIK!
Have you been thinking about what your New Year’s resolution should be? Are you trying to figure out a way to start off the new year on the right foot? One of the best things you can do is make a resolution that positively impacts your health. An easy health-related resolution is to get LASIK eye surgery. New Year’s is an excellent time to decide to get LASIK for a variety of reasons. To begin with, it is a New Year’s resolution that will benefit you for the rest of your life! Also, winter is a great season to get LASIK because most people want to stay indoors and out of the sun. This makes it an ideal time for your eyes to heal. Like any surgery, you need to take time to rest and let your eyes heal correctly. Keep reading to learn why you should start off 2020 with LASIK! Experience Clearer Vision One of the biggest benefits of LASIK is that most patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. This is due to the technology used for the procedure. Think about starting the year off without worrying about your glasses or contacts! Save Money Glasses, contacts, and prescriptions […]
September Is Healthy Aging Month
Do you remember the last time you got a comprehensive eye exam? Are you starting to experience blurry vision? September is Healthy Aging Month. Let’s take a look at some signs and symptoms of vision loss and how older adults can prevent it. Signs and Symptoms of Vision Loss There are many different signs and symptoms of vision loss. Some of them are: Floaters or Flashes of Light: Sudden light flashes or an increase in floaters can be signs of retinal detachment. This can occur because of eye injuries or diseases like glaucoma and nearsightedness. Eye Pain: The majority of eye conditions do not cause pain, but some injuries or diseases do. Pain can be caused by dry eye, injury, eye cancer, glaucoma or a scratched cornea. Sudden Loss of Vision in One Eye: This could be a symptom of many eye diseases. The leading cause of vision loss in adults 65+ in the US is age-related macular degeneration. This is usually a slow process, but sometimes it can be sudden. Another condition that can cause vision loss is glaucoma. With glaucoma, it can lead to the quick build-up of fluid pressure in the eye. Many other conditions can cause […]
5 Warning Signs of Cataracts
Is your vision starting to look blurry or foggy? Do you have issues driving at night or seeing people’s faces? These are only a few of the common warning signs of cataracts! Keep reading to learn more about cataracts and what you can expect! What is a Cataract? Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy. The lens of the eye is normally clear. When you have cataracts, looking through a cloudy lens can be like looking through a foggy window. This makes driving, seeing facial expressions, and other activities more difficult. Cataracts are a common eye condition that people experience as they age. Vision Changes Usually, cataracts develop over time and they do not affect your vision early on. But as time passes, cataracts start impacting your vision. This is one of the many reasons why it is important to get regular eye exams. The number one vision change is cloudy, blurry or faint vision. When cataracts start, they are small, but as they get bigger, they make your vision blurry. You can also develop a sensitivity to light, glare, and halos around lights. Levels of lights that were once normal are now are too strong. If […]
4 Reasons Summer Is Better After LASIK
Are you over wearing your glasses or contacts lenses? Do you get continuous dry eye from your contact lenses? Have you ever wondered what life would be like without glasses or contacts? While glasses and contacts are good at improving your vision, they are a temporary fix. If any of these thoughts have gone through your head, it might be time for LASIK! Wouldn’t you love to goodbye to your contacts or glasses forever? There’s no bad time to undergo LASIK, but keep reading for four reasons why summer is better after LASIK! Warmer Temperatures Summer means warmer weather, and we want to be outside as much as possible. We can’t wait to be swimming, hiking, and sailing in the beautiful sunshine! Any activity is better when you don’t have to worry about wearing glasses for it. Glasses can break, fall off or get in the way of your fun! Contact lenses are not the best either, especially if you enjoy water activities. When water hits your face, contacts can move or fall out. It is important to avoid touching your eyes if you have sand on your hands. Sand can easily get under your contact lenses and irritate your […]
Why Is Glaucoma the Secret Thief of Sight?
Have you had problems with peripheral vision in both eyes? Do you have intense headaches? Are you experiencing halos around lights? These are all symptoms of glaucoma. Keep reading to learn more about this sneaky eye condition! What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a family of eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is imperative for good vision. Damage to the optic nerve often happens because of high pressure in the eye. For people over the age of 60, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. Anyone can get glaucoma, but it is more common in older adults. Most types of glaucoma do not have warning signs, which is why it can be a secret thief of sight. For patients with glaucoma, symptoms won’t appear until their vision has already changed. What makes glaucoma so dangerous is any damage to the optic nerve is irreversible. Once you lose any sight because of glaucoma, it can’t come back. This is why it’s important to have regular eye exams! Your doctor will measure your eye pressure to be able to check it in case of a change. This will help them make a diagnosis early on […]
5 Signs It’s Time For Cataract Surgery
Patients with cataracts can experience a variety of symptoms. It is important to make sure they don’t impact your quality of life. Keep reading for five signs it’s time for cataract surgery! Your vision becomes blurry When a patient has cataracts they can cause blurry vision. With the blurry vision can come glare from lights and dull colors. When you go to your doctor they will do tests to figure out the thickness of your cataract. To do this, they will look at the results from glare, vision and refraction tests. For some patients, a new prescription and pair of eyeglasses will solve issues. If you have a developed cataract, glasses and contacts will no longer correct your vision. Blurry vision becomes dangerous when it affects your ability to drive at night. When you’re sensitive to lights, oncoming headlights may feel like they are blinding. Being blinded while driving makes being on the road extremely dangerous! If you don’t feel comfortable driving, do yourself a favor and stop. Cataracts are impacting your quality of life Don’t hold off on cataract surgery if cataracts are negatively impacting your life. With vision loss, many cataract patients find themselves lonely and depressed. It […]
Is LASIK Right For Me?
You’ve heard the ads and may know someone who has had LASIK in Springfield, Branson, Joplin, or beyond. There’s a high chance you are wondering if laser eye surgery is a good option for you. Because every eye is unique, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer for whether LASIK is right for you. To begin, some guidelines can help: Are your eyes healthy? Conditions like dry eye, keratoconus may not rule LASIK out completely but they are a factor. Other conditions like glaucoma mean you are likely not a candidate for LASIK. No matter what the issue, Missouri Eye Institute can help you take control of your vision health. This is regardless of whether LASIK is an option. Are you healthy? Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus make you more prone to infections. Diabetes and chronic pain conditions may also be factors, as can pregnancy. Talk to your ophthalmologist to determine if these conditions affect your options. How strong is your prescription? LASIK can correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But if you have a prescription that’s too strong, you may not be a candidate for LASIK. What is causing your vision problems? The cause of your […]
Is LASIK Eye Surgery A Better Option Than Contact Lenses?
Contact lenses have long been the alternative to wearing glasses. But if you’ve worn contact lenses before, you know they still could require just as much care as your glasses. So when it comes to vision correction, which is considered the better choice? Contact lenses are incredibly popular in part because they allow those without the best vision to experience life without glasses. This can be especially handy when you’re an athlete. Provided you follow your optometrist’s instructions on how and when to wear your contact lenses, you can forego the extra weight and hassle that may come with glasses. All in all, there are very few complications that come with these handy vision aids. That being said, wearing contact lenses every day may be a task not everyone wants to perform. Is LASIK eye surgery the better option? With LASIK eye surgery, you’re not putting anything foreign into your eyes to improve vision. Part of the benefit of LASIK eye surgery is that you don’t have to worry about abruptly losing your improved vision during a game or when you’re swimming because a contact lens has fallen out. That said, it may be in your […]
Athletes And LASIK: Can LASIK Really Improve My Performance?
It’s no secret athletes can benefit from LASIK eye surgery. Athletes need good depth perception, peripheral vision, and hand-eye coordination when playing their sport. LASIK is a popular procedure. Approximately 596,000 LASIK surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2015. LASIK eye surgery may not turn you into an Olympic champion, but it can make a positive difference in your performance. How Can LASIK Improve My Performance On The Field? Prescription eyewear can improve your direct line of vision, but it doesn’t correct your peripheral vision. And contact lenses can dry out and cause blurriness when you’re on the field. Vision correction options like LASIK eye surgery maximize your potential to have fun on the field, court, or rink. By improving your eyesight as much as possible you can improve your performance in the more complex functions of your sport. Here are some of those complex functions you can take advantage of with LASIK eye surgery: Peripheral vision Peripheral vision is what lets you see an object or opponent when they’re outside of your direct line of vision. Focus The direct focus of the human eye is only about the length of your arm, which doesn’t leave a lot of […]
What To Expect The First Few Weeks After LASIK Surgery
There are a significant number of LASIK eye surgery benefits, and you may know a lot of them if you’ve chosen to undergo LASIK yourself. With LASIK, you no longer have to worry about your glasses when you’re laying down, playing sports, or going out for a night on the town. In fact, LASIK is so popular that by 2020 as many as 718,000 LASIK surgeries will be performed in the United States. However, while it’s true you can expect a number of LASIK eye surgery benefits, you may be asking yourself what you can expect once you’ve returned home from the surgery. Here’s what you can expect the day after your surgery as well as the next few weeks. What To Expect: Directly After Surgery Your laser eye surgeon will be able to correct your eyesight in as little as one office visit. Immediately after surgery, you can expect some discomfort when the anesthetic drops begin to wear off. Your surgeon may suggest over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce this discomfort. Your eyes may water for a few hours after the procedure, but this is normal. Your surgeon may also provide you with protective shields to wear at night after […]
Why Are Cataracts Considered Dangerous If They’re Non-Life-Threatening?
Cataract and refractive surgery are necessary if you have cataracts that are interfering with your everyday life and activities. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye that develops slowly over a series of years and can cause severe visual impairment. However, many Americans who suffer from cataracts may not see the dangers behind this condition because cataracts aren’t life-threatening compared to stages of glaucoma. Yet cataracts can have their own dangers. Can cataracts really cause blindness? Cataracts develop due to age or injury, which can cause changes in the tissue of the eye lens. Left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness and require vision correction. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. However, blindness caused by cataracts can be corrected with cataract and refractive surgery. An eye surgeon simply needs to remove the cataract from the eye once it’s become large enough to impair a person’s vision. Why are cataracts dangerous if they’re not life-threatening? Cataracts aren’t dangerous to your health like certain types of glaucoma. However, they can be hazardous to you and those around you when you continue to live as if you aren’t visually impaired. Those who are legally or totally blind […]
I’m Considering LASIK, What Are The Pros And Cons?
Lasik eye surgery is a big decision, but it can also be an exciting one. After all, in as little as one appointment you’ll no longer have to worry about the morning hunt for your specks or your glasses fogging in the winter after you enter a building. But before you make the big vision correction leap, you may have a few questions you’d like to be answered. For instance, what are the Lasik eye surgery pros and cons? Consider the following Lasik eye surgery pros and cons to determine whether Lasik is truly the right vision correction option for you. Lasik Eye Surgery Cons Lasik may be a simple and painless procedure, but it’s still a procedure. That being said like any procedure Lasik comes with its own risks. Once your cornea has been reshaped by your physician, the effects are permanent. It’s for this reason that it’s essential to choose an eye surgeon who has the professional experience to give you the results you want. Another potential con of Lasik eye surgery is that the procedure may sometimes only be as good as your eyes. Therefore, a year after the procedure you may experience a loss of your […]
5 Facts About Lasik Eye Surgery Every Potential Patient Should Know
Lasik eye surgery, also known as laser eye surgery, is a common procedure that corrects a patient’s vision. In a single visit, patients are able to forgo their glasses, and most leave the procedure capable of seeing with 20/20 vision. If you’ve been considering Lasik eye surgery, you’re not alone. It’s projected that up to 718,000 Lasik surgeries will take place in the U.S. in 2020. When considering your vision correction options, it’s important to consider the facts. Therefore, examine the following Lasik eye surgery facts below to gauge whether or not laser eye surgery is right for you. Lasik eye surgery only takes minutes If you’re incredibly busy or if surgery just isn’t your forte, you can feel comforted knowing Lasik takes only a few minutes per eye. What’s more, your corrected vision is almost immediate and you’ll be able to return to work the next day after the procedure. Lasik won’t make you go blind A common fear among patients is that the laser from the surgery will cause them to go blind. However, this isn’t the case. A laser eye surgeon is a trained and licensed professional and the laser they use during the procedure won’t destroy […]
3 Questions To Ask Your Surgeon Before Glaucoma Treatment
Approximately 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness in the U.S. are the result of glaucoma, a condition where pressure increases within the eye and causes nerve damage. Once glaucoma has caused damage to the eye, the effects can’t be reversed. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify the disease until a patient is already in the late stages of glaucoma. This is because glaucoma doesn’t often show symptoms. Surgery is often best to help prevent further damage to the eye. However, it’s best to know the facts so you know what to expect from your procedure. Consider the following questions to ask your eye surgeon prior to your glaucoma treatment to help you understand what will happen during and after your eye surgery. Do I need surgery to treat my glaucoma? You may be able to treat your glaucoma with non-surgical methods depending on how early you were able to catch the disease. Certain non-surgical treatments include medicated eye drops and oral medication. However, it’s essential to speak to your eye doctor before assuming non-surgical methods are an option. What type of surgery do I qualify for? There are different types of glaucoma and, likewise, there are different […]
4 Ways To Protect Your Eyes As You Age
It’s important to protect your eyesight to maintain your quality of life as you age. Between 9% to 12% of all blindness cases in the U.S. are caused by Glaucoma. While Glaucoma and other eye problems such as cataracts can affect Americans as soon as the age of 45. Although there are many types of eye surgery to protect one’s eyesight, these eye conditions can affect not only your quality of life but also your overall health. For this reason, it’s essential to protect your eyesight as a part of your healthcare. Consider the following ways you can ensure your eyesight stays as great as possible as you age. Know your risk Prevention is key when it comes to eye care, especially when you’re at higher risk for eye diseases such as Glaucoma. If you’re unsure whether or not your family has a history of eye conditions or other diseases, try to find out. Once you’re aware of your risk for potential conditions, you’ll know what to look out for in the future. Exercise regularly Regular exercise has been known to keep more than the body in shape. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, exercising as a part of your […]
Eye’ll Be Home For The Holidays: Why Give The Gift Of LASIK
It’s always a challenge to find the right gift for the right person during the holidays. You want to get your loved one something that’s meaningful, useful, and will last them a lifetime. Think of giving your loved one the gift of LASIK eye surgery this season. LASIK is an incredibly popular procedure. Up to 718,000 people are estimated to receive the procedure in 2020 alone. It’s no exaggeration that vision correction is a gift with lasting value. Consider the following reasons why laser eye surgery may be the perfect present to improve your loved one’s life. Vision correction has long-term value A gift card might get used every few months when your loved one remembers they have it in their wallet. But laser eye surgery is something your loved one will be grateful for every day. Effective almost immediately after the procedure, your loved one will no longer have to worry about paying for contacts or glasses and how they’ll pair their specs with their outfit. What’s more, laser eye surgery helps reduce the risk of eye infections and irritation your loved one may experience with contacts. By gifting laser eye surgery, you’ll not only be gifting your loved […]
How Do I Know If I Have Glaucoma? Detecting The Early Signs
Glaucoma is a degenerative condition of the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve and may eventually result in blindness. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, up to 3 million Americans are estimated to suffer from glaucoma with only 1.5 million being aware of their condition. Fortunately, this potentially blinding disease is perfectly treatable — if it’s caught in time. Glaucoma treatment is available via corrective eye surgery. However, early detection can help to reduce the risk of damage to one’s optic nerve. Below are some of the early signs of glaucoma to help reduce the risk of greater eye damage: Headaches or eye pain One of the most common early signs of glaucoma is a sharp, sudden pang in the eye area or a headache that seems to be centered around the eyes. These pains are often a symptom of angle-closure glaucoma. Cloudy or hazy eyes Corneas that exhibit cloudiness is often a telltale sign of developing glaucoma. Although often seen in the elderly, children and young adults can also exhibit this type of glaucoma symptom. Other early signs of glaucoma in infants or children also include light sensitivity and watery eyes. Ocular hypertension High-pressure readings in the […]
Glaucoma: The Three Leading Types And How They’re Treated
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, second only to cataracts, and has been known to affect up to 3 million Americans and many more who go undiagnosed. Glaucoma is caused by an increase in fluid in the eye, which becomes blocked and puts pressure on the optic nerve. The result is pain, blurred or hazy vision, and sometimes headaches. However, many Americans with glaucoma experience no symptoms at all. Types of glaucoma Depending on your family history, some people are more at risk for glaucoma than others. Those with a history of an irregular heart rhythm, those over the age of 60, and those with a family history of glaucoma are more likely to suffer from glaucoma. However, simply because you aren’t considered at risk doesn’t mean that glaucoma can’t affect you. There are three main types of glaucoma. These types include: Normal-tension glaucoma. Normal-tension glaucoma, also known as low-tension glaucoma, is considered one of the more unique types of glaucoma. Patients with this type have a normal eye pressure but still experience vision loss and optic nerve damage. Primary open-angle glaucoma. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma and occurs […]
Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Cataracts
Cataracts most often appear in those Americans over the age of 40. These impairments of the eye are often age-related and result in blurred vision or temporary blindness. Fortunately, there are vision correction options available to you and the success rate for cataract surgery is as high as 98%. Yet there are ways you can help to reduce your risk of developing age-related cataracts while you’re still in your youth. The lifestyle choices you make on a day-to-day basis can either increase or decrease your risk of cataracts. Here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to maintain eye health and to avoid the need for future cataract and refractive eye surgery. Quit smoking Smoking is bad for your overall health, but particularly for your lungs and eyes. Those who smoke regularly were found to be three times more likely to develop cataracts by the age of 40 than those who don’t smoke. Stay out of the sun Staying out of the sun isn’t only important for protecting your skin from harsh sunburns. It’s also important for helping to protect your eyes from ultraviolet light. When the eyes are exposed to UV light directly, it can cause damage to […]
What Happens During My Cataract Surgery?
Cataracts are an eye condition that often occurs in patients over the age of 40. Cataracts happen when the natural lens in your eye gradually becomes opaque. This can cause blurred and cloudy vision that may impair your eyesight or cause blindness in extreme cases. There are three types of cataracts. These include: The cortical cataract, which is when the cataract affects the lens cortex of the eye. Opacities appear wedge-like and work their way from the outside of the lens to the center, like a bicycle wheel. The subcapsular cataract, which occurs at the back of the lens. This type of cataract is most often experienced by those who have diabetes. The nuclear cataract, which occurs in the center of the lens. This type of cataract is most associated with aging. Cataracts can occur in either one or both of your eyes as you age, but they are not a disease that is spread from one eye to the other. What happens during cataract surgery? Cataract surgery as a corrective eye surgery is typically recommended by an eye doctor only when the cataract begins to impact your way of life. During the procedure, a cataract surgeon will make an […]
What You Can Do When You Don’t Need Glasses Anymore
Every year, millions of Americans receive corrective eye surgery to fix problems they experience with their vision, including glaucoma and cataracts. Because of more serious conditions such as these, it’s easy to forget that blurred vision is also considered a vision problem. In 2015 alone, up to 21 million people around the world received LASIK eye surgery to correct their own vision difficulties. For those with glasses, LASIK eye surgery may sound either like a wondrous treatment to get rid of their frames once and for all or it may sound like a needless surgery. After all, with glasses, why would LASIK be necessary? However, there are a number of things you can do when your eyes aren’t burdened by lenses. What can I do after I receive LASIK eye surgery?After you’ve given your eyes time to heal, there are a number of things you can do without glasses. Sports: Glasses often inhibit those who play sports because of the constant worry of breaking the lenses or frames. With LASIK, an athlete can confidently play on the field without having to worry about the way they turn their head. Wear makeup: Whether it’s for a dance, for theatre, or for […]
The Different Types of Glaucoma, Explained
Glaucoma is an eye condition that can be severe enough to cause blindness. Many Americans have it, but don’t actually exhibit any symptoms so they are forgoing treatment. In fact, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, it is estimated that a staggering 3 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, but only half of those people have been diagnosed by a eye surgeon. Simply put, glaucoma is when the nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged, causing the potential for blindness. There are plenty of different types of glaucoma, and it is important to understand their differences in order to obtain the correct glaucoma treatment for your condition. Here we explain the different types of glaucoma so you can be prepared to seek the proper treatment route. Open-Angle Glaucoma This is the most common type of glaucoma, and it encompasses about 90% of all glaucoma cases nationwide. Caused by: the slow clogging of the drainage canals around the eye, which increases eye pressure. Rate of development:Develops very slowly, and is a permanent condition. Effect on the eye:A wide, open angle between the iris and the cornea, which means less light is entering the eye, causing blindness. Symptoms:Unfortunately, there are no noticeable symptoms. Normal-Tension […]
Glaucoma 101: What Is It and Could You Have It?
Of all the cases of blindness in the United States, glaucoma accounts for 9 to 12% and is the leading cause of blindness in those Americans over the age of 60. Unfortunately, glaucoma may be difficult to detect without the assistance of an eye doctor. Therefore, it’s important to go for a routine eye exam every two years. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is a condition in which fluid pressure builds up inside of the eye and causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve transfers images of the world to the brain, allowing you to see. Because of this, when the optic nerve is damaged it can cause blurred vision and blindness if left untreated. There are two types of glaucoma: open-angle and angle-closure. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease and occurs when the trabecular meshwork, or the draining system, isn’t working properly and therefore causes fluid to build up against the optic nerve. Angle-closure glaucoma is rare and occurs when your cornea or iris is narrowed, making it difficult for the fluid of your eye to drain correctly. What Causes Glaucoma? The disease itself occurs when fluid, called aqueous humor, inside the eye fails to circulate properly although […]
Common Problems Baseball Players Experience and How To Fix Them
Baseball is one of America’s greatest pastimes. And with great pastimes comes great responsibility on behalf of the athletes that play the sport. Baseball players often cause their careers or health to suffer when they don’t take proper care of themselves. With proper technique and physical care, a baseball player will be able to prolong their career on the field. Too often does the modern athlete put their desires ahead of their own health. This often results in negative physical effects and easily avoidable problems on the field. Here are some of the common problems baseball players experience and how they can make simple changes in order to get back in the game: Problem: Injuries caused by overuse The majority of injuries suffered by athletes are caused by overuse of a specific muscle area. For the baseball player, these overused areas consist of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. The repetitive motions of pitching, throwing, and catching can create inflammation and irritation to the muscle or surrounding tendons. When the athlete refuses to rest and overuses the muscular area, this can result in tendonitis. Solution: Stretch and Relax As in all exercising, the key to reducing inflammation is by stretching before […]
Are You A Candidate For LASIK? What Patients Need To Know
If you’ve endured a lifetime of vision issues and are tired of wearing contacts or glasses on a daily basis, you may have considered looking into LASIK eye surgery. In 2015, 21 million LASIK eye surgeries were performed worldwide by certified laser eye surgeons and have become a popular choice for those looking to improve their vision. But while LASIK can be effective in treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism in many patients, laser eye surgery is not for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at some of the criteria that needs to be met by potential laser eye surgery patients. LASIK patients must be: Age 18 or over In good general health with no problems like uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune diseases Free of medications that compromise immune response Free of certain eye diseases (i.e., glaucoma, cataracts, retinal or optic nerve problems, corneal disease, or herpes simplex or herpes zoster), chronically dry eyes, eye infections, or eye injuries Forthcoming with their doctor about problems like lazy eyes, strabismus, scarring, claustrophobia, or mental health conditions Not pregnant or nursing six months before or after the time of the procedure Confirmed to have stable vision for at least a year prior to the […]
3 Signs You Should Talk To Your Doctor About Cataract Surgery
If you’re experiencing blurriness in one or both of your eyes, a sensitivity to light, unusual glares, and/or a decrease in night vision, there’s a possibility you may have a cataract. A cataract is a medical condition in which a person’s eye lens progressively develops a cloudiness, resulting in blurred vision. Cataracts are typically experienced by patients over the age of 60 (although they can occur at any age) and are caused by a change in the eye lens’ proteins. While cataracts are common, it’s important to seek treatment when and if your cataracts begin to conflict with your everyday life. Here are some signs that it may be time to seek cataract surgery. You’re unable to drive For those with cataracts, vision impairment is common but is often not drastic enough to cause complications. However, if your cataracts have progressively worsened and you find yourself unable to drive on the road as you used to, it may be time to talk to you doctor. Additionally, if you’re suffering from blurred vision that differs from that of farsightedness or nearsightedness (which may be treated with LASIK or prescription eyewear), there may be a chance that your cataract may in fact […]
Laser Eye Surgery and Athletes: How LASIK Can Improve Your Game
Most sports can be played while wearing glasses; however, there’s always the possibility of glare from the sunlight affecting your game as well as the threat of your glasses being thrown from your face during unexpected roughness. Even contacts can create issues such as eye irritation if dirt is misplaced beneath the lens or, in some cases, the lens itself may get lost on the field. Laser eye surgery allows athletes to play the games they love without the risk of losing or harming their glasses or contacts. LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure in which an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape corneal tissue in the eye, effectively correcting astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness in the patient. Approximately 596,000 LASIK eye surgeries were performed in the United States in 2015 alone. Laser eye surgery is beneficial to athletes not only because it allows them to compete harder without the fear of breaking their glasses, but also because it can save them money over time by no longer having to pay for new frames or prescriptions. LASIK eye surgery, which takes just a few minutes to perform, grants improved vision to the patient almost immediately after the procedure. LASIK […]
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