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Visual impairment – How to improve your vision

Visual impairment is when the ability to see is decreased and cannot be fixed by usual means such as glasses, contact lenses, laser surgery.

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 The quality of our vision depends on 2 factors:

The quality of the image that is transferred from the eyes to the brain- the optics. The quality of the image processing in the brain.

Vision may be impaired due to a variety of reasons. Some include eye disease, failure of the brain to receive and read the visual cues sent by the eyes etc.

Most of the means that are available for vision impairment are devices that influence the visual-optical system, such as glasses contact lenses and some of the low vision aids. Surgeries (cataract surgery, laser surgery), influence the optical system as well. RevitalVision Eye Exercises are designed to improve eyesight in patients suffering from a broad range of eye conditions and diseases such as Adult Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), enhancing vision after cataract surgery, improving low vision, enhancing vision after Lasik surgery, Nystagmus, treatment for postponing the need for reading glasses and low myopia.

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Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Amblyopia is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects at least 2% of most populations and can lead to permanently reduced vision if not detected and treated within a specific period in childhood. RevitalVision Lazy Eye exercises are done by stimulating specific areas in the brain, which create new connections between the neurons. As a result of brain plasticity, these changes can occur after the critical age of 8-9 years, which means that Adult Lazy Eye can be cured using RevitalVision Lazy Eye exercises method.

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RevitalVision Cataract surgery recovery exercises

The difficulty in vision after artificial lens implants results from a significant decrease in contrast sensitivity, and from the brain’s need to adapt to the new image coming from the eye. Contrast sensitivity decreases with age and after cataract surgery. Decrease in contrast sensitivity include symptoms such as difficulty with night vision, difficulty detecting stains on clothes or dishes, difficulty distinguishing facial expressions and a need of more lighting while reading. RevitalVision eye exercises improve contrast sensitivity post cataract surgery by over 150% on average and help to adjust to the new vision, by influencing the vision processing ability in the brain. This goal is reached by Revitalvision eye exercises, practiced at home in front of the computer.

Nystagmus treatment

Nystagmus is a repetitive, uncontrolled movement of the eyes. These movements often result in reduced vision and depth perception. RevitalVision exercises are designed according to the needs of each individual based on specific stimulation. Gabor patches stimulate specific areas in the brain so that it can maximize its efficiency from the information received from the eye. The effect obtained by RevitalVision eye exercises is an improvement of 2.5 lines and a 100% improvement in contrast sensitivity.

Presbyopia

Natural effects of aging cause a decline in near vision resulting in the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Customers and clinical trial participants who have completed the presbyopia program have experienced improved eyesight and quality of life, including reading without glasses, reading smaller print – on a newspaper, menu or computer screen. Reading better – in low contrast or challenging conditions like reading street signs on the move.

Post LASIK program

Blurred vision from the eyes can be improved by enhancing brain visual processing. To fine-tune the results of LASIK (refractive surgery), RevitalVision trains your brain to see better without additional surgery.

Low myopia

Or near-sightedness is a vision defect caused by the shape and length of the eye. Near-sighted people can see close objects clearly and distant objects appear out of focus. Thousands of customers and clinical trial participants who have completed the RevitalVision low myopia program have experienced improved eyesight and quality of life, including: Reading subtitles on TV, reading signs in the street and recognizing faces from a distance.

RevitalVision eye exercises are practiced at home in front of the computer and last approximately 30 minutes, under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. More than 85% of patients who were candidates for this treatment and completed its course improved their visual acuity by 2.5 rows and showed 100% improvement in their contrast sensitivity. RevitalVision eye exercises train the brain to see better without the use of medications, without the necessity of surgery and with no side effects. These eye exercises have been proven their efficacy clinically and scientifically.

Original Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/245704

Original Date: 5/10/18

Written By: B. Optom Yonina Thee

Differences Between LASIK and PRK

If you’re considering eye surgery for better vision without the need for glasses or contacts, you might have already started researching your options and come across LASIK and PRK. Although you’ve probably heard of LASIK, not many know what PRK is and the major differences between the two. Here’s a breakdown of the two and how each of the procedure differ from another so that you can make an informed decision as to which one is best for your vision needs:

What is PRK?

PRK is short for Photo Refractive Keratectomy, which is a type of laser eye surgery that is supposed to help with vision problems, such as astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness. It was created before the now popular Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis, aka LASIK, and is still a popular choice for many when it comes to eye surgery. LASIK does the same thing to correct eye vision problems, but the technique is different than the one used for PRK. However, the goal of both procedures is to change the shape of a person’s cornea.

The Differences Between the Two

Although both aim to correct vision problems, the methods and techniques during surgery is what differentiates them. For LASIK, an eye surgeon will make an incision in the person’s cornea in order to create a flap that’s lifted up so that the laser can reshape the insides of the cornea. The surgical laser is controlled by a computer that will carefully reshape and repair any imperfections in the cornea’s curvature that lead to the vision problems in the first place. Then the flap is placed back and will heal over the reshaped part of the cornea after a couple of days.

When a person undergoes PRK, there is no flap inside the corneal tissue. Instead of the flap, the eye surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea to expose a small area for a laser to reshape. Because of this, PRK is usually a better option for those who meet criteria like having chronically dry eyes.

But the biggest differences between the two types of vision surgeries are discomfort and how fast one’s vision recovers after the surgery. Those who underwent PRKs usually recover a bit longer than LASIK because the outer layer of their cornea needs more time to heal. After PRK eye surgery, patients are given prescription eye drops to reduce discomfort and promote healing.

The time it takes to heal from LASIK is much faster, with discomfort after surgery usually mild and short. Many can start to see normally after a few hours coming out of surgery, but it will take a few months before their vision reaches peak quality.

Contact Us

If you are looking to reduce or even get rid of your eye glasses and/or contacts let us at Rohr Eye & Laser Center help you! We offer several types of LASIK eye surgery including PRK, AK, CK, Cataracts surgery and more. We perform all these eye laser treatments with state of the art equipment. We are a leader in laser vision correction, and our goal is to help you achieve superior vision. Contact us today or view our website http://www.michiganlasik.com/  to schedule an appointment.

 

What is Hyperopia and What Are the Correction Options?

Having the ability to see well is one of the essential requirements of living but few people actually have 20/20 vision. One of the most common problems is Hyperopia. Hyperopia is basically farsightedness. It’s one of the most common eye problems. It can not only affect your vision but also your overall well being and your quality of life, as your daily efficiency is decreased. Basically, you’ll be able to see objects well in the distance, while your vision will be blurrier closer up. This is also a problem that develops as you get older.

 

It may be time to visit an eye doctor to see how this problem can be corrected. Eye doctors will diagnose your Hyperopia. This condition can develop when the distance between your cornea and retina is too short. This basically displaces light rays instead of the image settling onto your retina; it will place it behind it. This creates vision problems. This condition can also be hereditary, so if your parents have farsightedness, most likely you do too. Usually people get this condition in their childhood.

Hyperopia Symptoms

If you are having any of the following issues, a trip to the eye doctors may be in order. Do you have a hard time reading books? Perhaps you have trouble when doing sewing, crafting, or cooking. You can have severe headaches and nausea when trying to complete these tasks. Yet you may still be able to see mountains in the distance. You may have no trouble driving, as you can see street signs, lights, and other vehicles easily.

Choosing LASIK

Eye doctors will test your eyes to diagnose your condition. You may be prescribed eye glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. One other solution, which is more permanent, is to have eye laser surgery. LASIK surgery is one option that can be done at the eye doctors’ clinic. It can not only correct Hyperopia but myopia and astigmatism too. Basically all of these conditions are caused by the shape of the eyes.

 

One thing that eye laser surgery still isn’t good at correcting is Presbyopia, which is caused by the hardening and thickening of the eye’s lenses.  Perhaps one of the best reasons for vision correction by eye laser surgery is so that you can read again without using glasses or contact lenses. You’ll also discover how your headaches and nausea will go away.

 

Modern LASIK surgery will correct reading problems. Some people have different vision problems in each eye, so each will be carefully evaluated. One eye may require different treatment than the other. Your eye doctors will advise you on the best course of treatment so you can regain your 20/20 vision.

Looking for the Right Solution

If you are suffering from Hyperopia and tired of not being able to see up close without reading glasses, or you are always feeling unwell, please book an appointment at our eye doctors today. Eye laser surgery will correct your vision so you can now focus on the world both sharply and clearly.

 

If you are looking to reduce or even get rid of your eye glasses and/or contacts let us at Rohr Eye & Laser Center help you! We offer several types of LASIK eye surgery including PRK, AK, CK, Cataracts surgery and more. We perform all these eye laser treatments with state of the art equipment. We are a leader in laser vision correction, and our goal is to help you achieve superior vision. Contact us today or view our website http://www.michiganlasik.com/  to schedule an appointment.

 

Cataract Surgery Procedure and What to Expect

Cataracts are one of the most common eye-related problems in the world today. It occurs when the eye lens becomes cloudy, leading to misty and hazy vision. Occurring naturally due to age, anyone that develops cataracts will eventually see a significant loss of clear vision, which can only be addressed through surgery.

Cataract surgery happens to be a very straight-forward procedure. Completed on hundreds of thousands of patients annually, cataract surgery helps to restore vision, preventing blindness from eventually developing.

Here’s everything you need to know about cataract surgery:

When is cataract surgery necessary?

A loss in vision is common in aging people, with many suffering from cloudy vision at some stage of their later years. Cataracts can take years to fully develop however, allowing people to live with it for quite some time before vision is impaired.

However, cataracts eventually develop into a much more significant problem over time. The only way to rectify the issue is by surgical procedure, where the cataracts are removed from the eye.

Should your vision not be impaired by cataracts, then you can hold off on surgery. It’s only truly necessary once it starts to have a negative impact on your day-to-day life. For instance, if you can no longer read, drive, or struggle to see in most conditions, then surgery is advised.

What does cataract surgery involve?

Cataract surgery is quite a simple routine. You are provided with some local anaesthetic and some eye drops, after which the eye surgeon makes a minor incision on your eye. If you are feeling anxious about the procedure you may be given a minor sedative to stay relaxed.

The eye lens is then removed and replaced with an artificial implant lens known as an intraocular lens, after which the surgery is complete!

What you can expect from cataract surgery

There are a few things to expect from cataract surgery, none of which should give you any concern.

The procedure is very simple and shouldn’t take longer than an hour, so expect a total surgery time of around 20-40 minutes in most cases. Only one eye is treated per surgery, so you will likely require two procedures should you have it in both eyes, which will take place a few weeks apart.

So, you can also expect to go home that day. Remember, you are only under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake for the entire procedure. Don’t worry; you won’t be able to feel a thing! Most patients are home just a few hours after surgery, so it’s not too taxing of a day.

Also, your vision may be quite blurry for a few days after the surgery, although some people see their vision improve that same day. Don’t have high expectations of this however, as it’s best to assume you will need a few days to fully recover.

Are there any risks with cataract surgery?

Serious risks from cataract surgery are very low. The procedure is one of the safest and most straight-forward administered to patients, although there are some minor risks worth knowing. For instance, inflammation in the eye may occur, while more serious problems such as a detached retina are possible.

However, chances of complications remain low. Serious complications are reported in around 1 percent of cataract surgeries, so you should be completely free of risk!

At Rohr eye and laser center we offer cataract surgery with Tecnis IOLs or Toric IOLs. Don’t let cataracts affect your vision. We recommend you get a eye exam each year to insure your eyes are healthy. If you are worried about your vision and need a check up or would like to schedule a surgery, give us a call at 877-579-0202. You can also visit our website at www.michiganlasik.com. Our office is located in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

The ABC’s of Cataracts

When Shakespeare’s King Lear calls on “cataracts” to spout during his “blow winds, and crack your cheeks!” speech, he’s not asking for cloudy vision.  In Shakespeare’s day, a “cataract” also means a huge waterfall.  This is fitting because the clouds of white foam arising from a waterfall are metaphorically like the cloudy vision caused by a cataract.  Roughly half of everyone who lives to age 80 will eventually get cataracts in one or both eyes.

What exactly is a cataract?  To answer that question, let’s begin by looking at the eye in more detail.  A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens.  The lens of the eye is right behind the pupil.  Light enters the eye through the pupil.  As the picture shows, the lens focuses light onto the retina, which is a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye.

The lens must be clear to focus light onto the retina.  If the lens has become cloudy with a cataract the image that is seen will be blurry.  People say that having a cataract is like looking through a dirt car windshield.

How Do Cataracts Form

The eye’s lens is composed of two substances: the first is water and the second is protein.  As we age some of the protein that constitutes the eye’s lens, along with water, can clump together, causing the clouding of the lens.  Although most cataracts are simply a product of aging there are other causes of cataracts, too.

Diabetics can develop cataracts and so can steroid users.  Cataracts can develop after an eye injury sometimes years later.  They can often develop after exposure to radiation.  Babies can sometimes be born with cataracts as well.  Other factors that could cause cataracts include smoking and drinking.  Here are the symptoms of cataracts, in case you think you are developing one.

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Faded colors
  • Headlight, lamps, or sunlight glare
  • Halos surrounding lights
  • Double visions
  • Multiple images in one eye

Frequent changes in your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses could also be a sign of cataracts.  If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you are age 60 or older, ask your eye doctor to check your eyes for cataracts, as well as for age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, or any other vision issues during your next eye exam.

What To Do When You Have Cataracts

If you do have a cataract and it is interfering with your normal everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV, your cloudy lens can be removed in surgery and replaced with a clear artificial lens.  If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, usually the doctor will do each eye a month or two apart.

However, surgery should be avoided unless it’s absolutely necessary for your vision or if a cataract interferes with getting another eye issue treated, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.  Nevertheless cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the United States and about 90% of people who have cataracts removed have improved vision.

Prevention

Now if you don’t have cataracts and you want to forestall getting them, there are some precautions you can take, according to research done by staffers of the Mayo Clinic.  Get regular eye exams, at least once every two years or more frequently if you notice changes in your vision quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Wear sunglasses and clear glasses with 100% Ultraviolet (UV) protection.  Maintain a healthy weight and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Quit smoking, decrease or eliminate drinking alcohol, decrease or eliminate eating meat, increase eating fruits and vegetables and you might live long enough to have your first cataract as a 95th birthday present – among other goodies.

Many people who need cataract surgery will get a temporary pair of eyeglasses to use that corrects the vision of both eyes, the eye that has the cataract and the eye that does not.  Then when they have had the cataract surgery in both eyes they get a new pair of glasses.

If you are looking to reduce or even get rid of your eye glasses and/or contacts let us at Rohr Eye & Laser Center help you! We offer several types of LASIK eye surgery including PRK, AK, CK, Cataracts surgery and more. We perform all these eye laser treatments with state of the art equipment. We are a leader in laser vision correction, and our goal is to help you achieve superior vision. Contact us today or view our website http://www.michiganlasik.com/  to schedule an appointment.

 

A Guide to LASIK and Laser Eye Surgery

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is the most common type of laser eye surgery. As a relatively straight-forward procedure, LASIK eye surgery has helped to restore vision to those suffering from a range of eye conditions.

Anyone with eyeglasses or contact lenses will no longer need to rely on eyecare to see properly after undergoing LASIK eye surgery

How Does It Work?

This form of laser eye surgery works by using a laser to correct the irregular shape of the patient’s cornea (the surface of the eye). To do this, a surgical tool known as a microkeratome is used to create a small flap on the cornea, after which the laser is used to reshape the corneal surface.

As an irregular cornea causes light to enter the eye incorrectly, the surface must be reshaped during surgery to help make it more even, allowing light to enter properly. This restores vision and removes the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Other Types of Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is the most common form of laser eye surgery, although there are several other options available too. This includes:

LASEK – Similar to LASIK surgery but designed for patients with thin cornea. While the corneal surface is still corrected, it requires a thin layer of tissue covering the cornea (the epithelium) to be temporarily removed to one side before correcting the cornea. A microkeratome isn’t used either, with a tool known as a trephine used to create the flap instead.

PRK – One of the first forms of laser eye surgery, it is not unlike LASEK surgery, with the main difference being the epithelium is completely removed rather than partially removed. This epithelium grows back naturally over time, although the procedure is now less commonly used in favour of LASEK eye surgery.

IntraLASIK – Almost identical to LASIK surgery, with the main difference being a laser is used to create the flap rather than a microkeratome.

Eye Conditions Treated by LASIK Eye Surgery

There are a host of eye conditions that can be effectively treated with LASIK and other forms of laser eye surgery. This includes:

Myopia – Commonly known as short-sightedness, the condition makes it difficult to focus on objects from longer distances. It can make tasks that require distance vision difficult, such as driving.

Hyperopia – Commonly known as long-sightedness, this condition results in nearby objects being out of focus. This makes things like reading small text quite difficult, and many sufferers strain their eyes trying to read, leading to headaches.

Astigmatism – A common condition where blurry vision is caused by an irregular shaped cornea. Quite common for those that requires eyeglasses, and the condition is caused at birth so can only be permanently removed through laser eye surgery.

 

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

Most people will get LASIK surgery as it offers the quickest recovery period of all other treatments, minimising any disruption from the surgery.

Of course, the most obvious benefit is you no longer require eyeglasses and/or contract lenses. This is very relieving for many people, especially those with several types of eye conditions. You can do many things that were once impossible to do due to poor vision.

LASIK eye surgery – and all laser eye surgery – is one of the safest surgical procedures available. It requires no anaesthetic and is virtually pain-free, meaning you don’t have to spend hours recovering from surgery.

Michigan Lasik also known as Rohr eye and laser center offers 3 different types of LASIK eye surgeries. To find out which option works best for you, give us a call at 977-579-0202. We are an eye treatment center located in Grand Blanc, Michigan. You can also visit our website at michiganLasik.com

Eye Conditions And How To Solve Them

Because scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that affects connective tissue, symptoms and complications can appear in any part of the body, including the eyes. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common eye complications experienced by people living with scleroderma, with help from the Arthritis Foundation and sclero.org.

Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome or keratitis sicca is where the eyes are unable to maintain a healthy film of tears, which is essential for keeping the eyes lubricated and protecting them from dust. The eyes become very dry and sore and vision may be affected, typically becoming blurred. Without the film of tears, the retinas can become damaged and the eyes are more prone to infection.

The condition can be caused by scleroderma itself or some of the medications used to treat the symptoms of the disease. Changing medications or using false tears (eye drops) can help relieve the problem.

Retinal Vascular Occlusion
Retinal vascular occlusion is where the small blood vessels surrounding the retina become blocked. These thin arteries can become backed up just like the larger blood vessels in the body. Vision problems occur and patients experience a sensation of a curtain coming down over the eye — which can come and go or happen suddenly.

Damage can be permanent but sometimes the veins can be treated with laser eye surgery to relieve the surrounding inflammation and allow better blood flow.

Autoimmune Uveitis and Iritis
Uveitis is an inflammation of the layer of the eye between the retina and white of the eye (sclera). The most common form of uveitis is iritis, also known as inflammation of the iris.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include eye pain, redness, blurred vision, seeing dark floating spots, decreased vision and light sensitivity. Anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive medications may be prescribed to treat the condition.

Glaucoma
Glaucoma is the term for eye diseases where the optic nerve becomes damaged due to high pressure inside the eye. Often without any symptoms, glaucoma gradually decreases vision and may be brought on by high blood pressure or reduced blood flow to the optic nerve.

Regular eye exams are crucial to spot glaucoma early, as it can lead to blindness if left untreated. Eye drops are usually prescribed to increase the outflow or production of fluid in the eye, laser eye surgery is also an option according to the Mayo Clinic.

Scleroderma News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Original Source: https://sclerodermanews.com/2017/09/19/ways-scleroderma-can-affect-eyes/

Original Date: Sept 19 2017

Original Author: Wendy Henderson

Coloured contact lenses WARNING: Shock reason you shouldn’t opt for them this Halloween

COLOURED contact lenses are a popular fad in the UK particularly for Halloween and can easily be obtained online or in some fancy dress shops, but are you familiar with the types of risks and dangers associated with these types of lenses?

If you are considering getting coloured contact lenses for Halloween this year you may want to think more carefully about the ones you choose.

Non-prescription contact lenses for fancy dress come in a variety of different colours and shapes and are available from a number of high street and online retailers for less than £10.

But many of them come without aftercare information, have not been FDA approved and can cause serious damage to your eyes.

Optician Anita, Waldo’s in-house optician, has been in optics a total 26 years and has revealed why coloured contact lenses this Halloween might be a bad idea.

Why are decorative contact lenses bad for your eyes?

Many decorative lenses are usually painted on, which dramatically reduces the amount of oxygen getting to the eyes. Therefore, they could become quite red as the blood vessels expand to try to compensate. They may also not have been FDA approved to UK standards.

What are the risks in wearing these types of lenses?

A lot of these lenses can be purchased from non-certified retailers, so instructions on how to look after them/cleaning solutions may not have been provided. If you haven’t been instructed on how to apply and remove the contact lenses safely you will be at risk of damaging your eyes. Decorative lenses are often thicker than normal contact lenses, which means they are likely to dry out quicker and become difficult to remove. If these lenses are re-used there is a significant risk of infection if not properly disinfected. What’s more, if worn for long periods they may even cause ulcers.

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What are the short and long-term damages wearing decorative lenses can cause?

Short-term damages include the possibility of your eyes becoming red, feeling sore and drying up. As previously mentioned, you will be at risk of developing ulcers which can be sore and painful, these would also take a few days to clear up. Long-term risks include the ulcers becoming infected, which could can be sore and painful, these would also take a few days to clear up. Long-term risks include the ulcers becoming infected, which could cause scarring on the cornea. You can risk an infection if your lenses are not learned and looked after with appropriate contact lens solutions which can seriously damage the cornea. If water has been used, there is a risk of bugs like Acanthamoeba which can badly damage the cornea or even lead to blindness.

Is there any way to reduce the damage?

If you want to try colours lenses for occasions such as Halloween, we’d recommend that you visit your optician for  proper fitting and listen to advice on how to wear your lenses. Use contact lens friendly eye-drops to keep your eyes moist and use contact lens solutions to clear your lenses. Do not use tap water and do not share the lenses.

Would you recommend wearing them or are they not safe?

As long as the lenses are fitted and supplied by an optician and you follow the instructions given, you should be ok. However, we would recommend that you limit the use and amount of time you wear the lenses due to the lack of oxygen reaching the cornea.

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Coloured contact lenses warning: Short-term damages include the possibility of your eyes turning red

For those who do not wear contact lenses but are interested in maintaining good eye health on a daily basis, Anita also has some quirky tips:

1. Thoroughly remove all your eye make-up every day.

2. There are many supplements you can buy to aid the health of your eyes from any chemist or opticians.

3. Give your eye lids a squeeze. Hot showers or baths allows the steam to open your pores. Next, gently squeeze at the base of your lashes and massage your eye lids. This helps to unblock your ducts and produce the oily part of your tears to help keep them hydrated.

What should you avoid doing?

Anita said: “If you are on a computer all day make sure you give your eyes a break. Staring at a screen all day can dry out your eyes, as can lots of tea and coffee so keep hydrated – especially after sports. Every so often look away from your screen and focus on something in the distance, then focus on your thumb in front of your face. Respect this about five times too wake you eyes muscles. Also, eye dries really help hydrate the eyes.”

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Original Source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/859538/coloured-contact-lenses-uk-halloween

Original Date: September 28 2017

Original Author: Katrina Turrill

 

How to know you’re getting a good laser eye surgeon

Having laser eye surgery is a big decision, it goes without saying that your eyes and vision are important to you and it is very important to firstly take no chances and secondly to get the very best possible care available.”

Mr. Sheraz Daya who performed the first LASIK laser vision correction procedure in the UK shares six key pointers that should help you make an informed choice.

1. RECOMMENDATION FROM YOUR OPTICIAN OR GP

Ask your optician whom they would choose to do their eyes? Word of mouth is a good one, as you will be getting information based on someone else’s personal experience and outcome. Testimonials are good especially if they are on independent websites. Reviews and internet chat rooms are useful places to obtain recommendations, but no substitute to you doing your own due diligence. Leave no stone unturned!

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2. REPUTATION

What is the surgeon’s track record? How long have they been doing Laser eye surgery for and how are they viewed by their colleagues? As doctors are in the business, they will know who is good and very useful to know if the surgeon has treated other doctors or surgeons, particularly other eye surgeons! Choose someone who is a surgeon to other surgeons!

3. EXPERIENCE

How long has the surgeon been in practice and for how long have they been performing laser eye surgery? Additionally, find out if the surgeon being considered is a “trouble-shooter”. Good surgeons often fix problems from other laser eye centres. They therefore not only know how to avoid problems, they have good knowledge and ability to remedy them – exactly what you want for your eyes.

4. TRAINING/QUALIFICATIONS

Has the surgeon had fellowship training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery? Refractive surgery is the speciality that deals with correcting shortsight, farsight, astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for readers). Laser eye surgery treats the cornea, so best to have someone with expertise and understanding on how the cornea behaves. Fellowship training is an optional period of time when eye surgeons immerse themselves in a speciality for a year or more and trained by a specialist in the area.

5. SURGEON-LED CARE

Make sure you will be having your consultation with your operating surgeon before your procedure. This is an important recommendation by the majority of major institutions overseeing eye care, including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and makes a lot of sense.

6. INTEGRITY

This is a hard one to measure and evaluate. Often this goes along with some of the suggestions above like “Reputation” and “Recommendation”. However there are some useful pointers. Is the surgeon involved in any civic activities, such as charitable work, teaching or performing surgery in areas where there is a need? Are they involved in caring for the community? Do they care about the environment? Are they willing to make a stand for what is right? You can find some material out from your research, however more often than not, you will get a sense from the surgeon when you meet them in consultation.

Your eyes are precious, do your research well and get educated. In your pursuit of finding a good surgeon, do not get distracted by inducements, offers and “deals”. It is not about getting a good deal but getting the best care that sets you up for the rest of your life! You really want to meet the surgeon, figure out whether you trust them and want them to do your procedure.

You also want the surgeon to familiarise themselves with your eyes and take into consideration specifics about you, your optical system and your lifestyle and visual needs when figuring out their treatment plan. A good surgeon will examine you thoroughly and make sure there are no incidental eye problems that might preclude you from having the procedure. A good surgeon will also customise or tailor-make your care to suit you, your optical system and your needs and lifestyle.

Original Source: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/a28875/best-laser-eye-surgery/

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Original Date: Sept 15 2017

 

 

A clear explanation of cataracts, treatment

The eye is one of the most sensitive organs in our bodies — and like other body parts, their health changes over time.

You are born with a naturally clear lens, explained Dr. Sunil Thadani, Fellow, American College of Surgeons and ophthalmologist with Maryland Vision Center, but clouding of an eye’s lens can occur as you age.

According to Thadani, cataracts usually come on slowly, but cloudy, foggy or fuzzy vision makes it difficult for you to see and perform daily living activities. Other symptoms can include halos and glare from headlights, lamps and the sun. A cataract alters an eye’s lens, so frequent eyeglass prescription changes also are a telltale sign.

While older adults are most at risk for cataracts, diabetes, certain medications and upper-body radiation treatment might also cause them.

Most people develop cataracts during their lifetime, but not all will notice symptoms. During an annual eye exam, an optometrist views an eye’s lens for cataracts and notes any progressive vision loss. Based on the results of the eye exam and any concerns you have, such as night driving difficulty and sensitivity to light, your eye doctor will refer you to an ophthalmologist — a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats eye diseases.

Diagnosis and treatment

To diagnose cataracts, Thadani performs slit-lamp and glare-simulation tests and takes measurements of the eye. He also spends time understanding how cataracts affect your daily living.

If surgery is required, Thadani treats one eye at a time to allow one to heal and determine if your vision improves with a single cataract surgery.

Surgery is safe and pleasant —“almost like a light show,” Thadani said. The procedure involves the removal of the cataract lens and the replacement of a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens. Under conscious sedation, the procedure takes place in an outpatient setting, and patients remain groggy and relaxed for the entire procedure.

Thadani offers patients standard cataract surgery, which involves making tiny incisions in the eye to remove the cataract and insert the new lens. He also offers advanced laser cataract surgery, a technique that can be used to perform the cataract procedure without using a blade. Both approaches produce similar visual outcomes when addressing cataracts, he said.

Recovery

You can expect a quick recovery — usually a day or two — after cataract surgery. Self-sealing incisions close over time, but you must use special eye drops for several weeks. Thadani will examine your eyes to monitor your progress during the healing period.

Cataract surgery is safer and more effective than it was even a few years ago, Thadani reported. A strong patient advocate, he encourages people to understand their insurance benefits and the pros and cons of traditional surgery versus laser cataract surgery before undergoing the procedure.

Meritus Health, at 11116 Medical Campus Road, east of Hagerstown, is the largest health system in the area, providing hospital and outpatient services to the community.

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Original Date: Aug 27th 2017