Reducing risk for eye stroke

When people think of strokes, they immediately think of an abnormality occurring in the brain.

However, it can happen in the eyes too. This type of stroke is referred to as retinal artery occlusion or stroke of the eye.

Stroke of the eye is a frightening condition that causes people to lose vision in one eye in a matter of hours or days.

It strikes up to 6,000 people a year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

A stroke affecting the eye is a blockage in the blood vessels in your retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye.

“This can happen due to certain risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma, small optic nerve ratio and many other things,” said optometrist Dr. Ashley Setterberg.

The most common symptom of a stroke affecting the eye is a sudden painless vision loss.

“So it can start and gradually increase over hours to days. You can have floaters which are small gray spots floating around in your vision. You can have blurry vision, which steadily worsens in one section of your field of vision or all of one eye. And you can have complete vision loss that can occur suddenly, or gradually over time,” said Setterberg.

While it may not always be possible to prevent eye strokes from occurring, there are a few things you can do to help decrease the chances of having one.

“We can see quite a few symptoms from a regular dilated eye exam, fundus photos, and other special testing. There are different treatments, such as injections into the eye, eylea  steroids, and even anti-blood clotting agents. It is very important  to have these annual eye exams, so we can catch any signs that may be a precursor to it or a risk factor,”said Setterberg.

Experiencing a sudden loss of vision can be a scary situation. If you or anyone you know happens to find themselves experiencing vision loss possibly caused by an eye stroke, seek medical attention immediately.

A cerebral stroke, which affects blood flow to the brain, can also cause sudden vision loss or changes in vision. For this reason, any sudden changes to vision require emergency medical attention.
The longer any stroke is left untreated, the more likely it is that the affected organs will be permanently damaged.

Who Is At Risk for a Stroke Affecting the Eye?
Men are more likely to have a stroke involving the eye than women. The disease is most commonly found in people in their 60s. Having certain diseases increases your risk of an eye stroke. These include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure; and
  • Narrowing of the carotid or neck artery

Most people know that high blood pressure and other vascular diseases pose risks to overall health, but many may not know that high blood pressure can affect vision by damaging the arteries in the eye.

Eye stroke symptoms:
Floaters – Small gray spots floating around in your field of vision. Floaters occur when blood and other fluids leak and then clump up in the fluid inside the eye.

Pain or pressure – Can signal a problem with the eye, however, true eye strokes are often painless.

Blurry vision – Steadily worsens in one section of your field of vision or all of one eye.

Complete vision loss – Can occur suddenly, or gradually over time.

Prevention tips for stroke of the eye:
Properly manage your diabetes – Keep glucose levels in ideal ranges as set by your doctor.

Treat your glaucoma – This condition raises intraocular pressure, increasing your risk for eye stroke. Follow the treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor to avoid any possible complication.

Control blood pressure – Poorly controlled blood pressure is a major risk factor for the contribution of eye strokes, therefore, keeping blood pressure controlled with diet and exercise, plus any prescribed medications, will help a great deal.

Manage cholesterol levels – Diet and exercise will help reduce levels in addition to any prescribed medication.

Original Source: http://www.kristv.com/story/36677114/reducing-risk-for-eye-stroke

Original Date: Oct 25 2017

Original Author: Roland Rodriguez

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye.

In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes – rather than in just one – leading to blurring and confusion.

UK experts said the research was “very exciting” and highlighted the link between vision and dyslexia.

But they said not all dyslexics were likely to have the same problem.

People with dyslexia have difficulties learning to read, spell or write despite normal intelligence.

Often letters appear to move around and get in the wrong order and dyslexic people can have problems distinguishing left from right.

Human beings have a dominant eye in the same way that people have a dominant left or right hand.

Shape of spots

In the University of Rennes study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists looked into the eyes of 30 non-dyslexics and 30 dyslexics.

They discovered differences in the shape of spots deep in the eye where red, green and blue cones – responsible for colour – are located.

In non-dyslexics, they found that the blue cone-free spot in one eye was round and in the other eye it was oblong or unevenly shaped, making the round one more dominant.

But in dyslexic people, both eyes had the same round-shaped spot, which meant neither eye was dominant.

This would result in the brain being confused by two slightly different images from the eyes.

Researchers Guy Ropars and Albert le Floch said this lack of asymmetry “might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities”.

They added: “For dyslexic students, their two eyes are equivalent and their brain has to successively rely on the two slightly different versions of a given visual scene.”

No single cause

Prof John Stein, dyslexia expert and emeritus professor in neuroscience at the University of Oxford, said having a dominant spot in one eye meant there were better connections between the two sides of the brain and therefore clearer vision.

He said the study was “really interesting” because it stressed the importance of eye dominance in reading.

But he said the research gave no indication of why these differences occurred in some people’s eyes.

He said the French test appeared to be more objective than current tests, but was unlikely to explain everyone’s dyslexia.

Dyslexia is usually an inherited condition which affects 10% of the population, but environmental factors are also thought to play a role.

“No one problem is necessary to get dyslexia and no one problem is behind it,” Prof Stein said.

Original Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41666320

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.

Coloured contact lenses warning

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.

Coloured contact lenses warning

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.”

Eye infections could be detected within minuted by a new microchip.

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

 

 

Learning About Cataracts

A Cataract is a medical condition that slowly clouds the eyes lens, which causes blurred vision. This can ether severely reduce your vision or just cause some blurriness. An example would be looking through a fogged up windshield. This can make it hard to do daily activities like driving, playing sports and reading. Most of the time cataracts will develop slowly and you won’t notice it right away. As time goes on you might notice your vision getting weaker/blurry. You might even get some cheater glasses (readers) and this will help for a little bit. But, again time will not be on your side with cataracts.

Once your vision affects daily life, it might be time to go see an eye doctor. The good news is cataracts can be treated by a medical professional! The bad news is it won’t go away on its own and you will need surgery. This is generally a safe and effective procedure.

Cataract surgery consists of removing the clouded cataract and replacing it with a clear lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL stays permanently in your eye. About 95% of all patients get an IOL, the other 5% will need to wear glasses or contacts. Overall this is a short and painless procedure that usually takes around an hour. You do not need to stay at the hospital when this is done, but you would want someone to drive you home. If both eyes have a cataract, it is recommended to wait at least one month between surgeries.

As we get older this increases our risk for cataracts, here are some other risk including:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive sunlight
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

 

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.

4 reasons to consider LASIK

Remedies for poor eyesight have been around since the 13th century, when some believe the first eyeglasses were invented, but technology has come a long way since then, with more permanent solutions such as LASIK.

Even after just two decades, that procedure has improved. In the 1990s when LASIK first got approval from the Food and Drug Administration, there was a 65 percent success rate, compared with 90 to 98 percent of people reporting 20/20 vision today, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

LASIK is a procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by using a laser to make a protective flap over the cornea.

Considering LASIK for yourself? Here are some things to think about when evaluating if the procedure is for you.

Cost

If you’re considering LASIK, you’ve probably already spent your fair share on glasses and contacts. LASIK is a one-time permanent procedure that can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 per eye (be cautious if you find people willing to do the procedure for less, as they may not have the most up-to-date equipment and licenses), and in some cases will be covered by insurance. If your insurance doesn’t cover the cost, money from flexible spending accounts can often be used toward LASIK.

Lifestyle

Whether travel and leisure or an active lifestyle is your preference, LASIK makes it easier to do the things you love. If you’ve traveled with eyewear before, you know what a pain it is to lose, break or forget this precious cargo. After the procedure, there’s no more bringing backup sets of contacts on vacation, worrying about dry eyes or your glasses falling off on the boat or beach or sweating during a workout and maneuvering your glasses so they don’t fall off. With LASIK, you’ll face no hassle doing the things you love.

 

 

Health

Have you ever complained about glasses giving you headaches or contact lenses giving you eye infections or dry eyes? LASIK is a way to prevent these issues and more serious health concerns down the road. Even 15 to 20 years after the procedure, patients report having not only better vision but great eye health.

Instant results

Not only is the procedure incredibly short (on average less than 10 minutes per eye), but one of the things people love so much about LASIK is seeing the results almost immediately. Vision can improve overnight.

If you’re considering LASIK, contact Ophthalmic Surgeons & Physicians, which specializes in LASIK as well as comprehensive ophthalmic examinations and treatment, including dry eye treatment and diabetic retinal examinations, cataract and implant surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic eyelid surgery and eyebrow lifts, glaucoma evaluation, refractive services, Botox, Juvederm and skin care treatments.

Original Source: http://www.abc15.com/brand-spotlight/4-reasons-to-consider-lasik-ophthlamic-surgeons-and-physicians

 

 

All you need to know about LASIK surgery

Like other types of refractive surgery, the LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision.

LASIK or “Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis,” which means using a laser underneath a corneal flap (in situ) to reshape the cornea (keratomileusis). It is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.


How is LASIK surgery performed?


LASIKThe eye surgeon uses either a mechanical surgical tool called a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser to create a thin, circular “flap” in the cornea. The surgeon then folds back the hinged flap to access the underlying cornea and removes some corneal tissue using an excimer laser.

This highly specialisd laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to remove (“ablate”) microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it so it more accurately focuses light on the retina for improved vision.

For nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired.

After the laser reshapes the cornea, the flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. Then the cornea is allowed to heal naturally.

Laser eye surgery requires only topical anaesthetic drops and no bandages or stitches are required.


Different types of LASIK


There are a variety of different types of lasers used in ophthalmology. All LASIK procedures are performed with a specific type of laser (excimer laser), so in one sense, all LASIK procedures are similar. However, there are a variety of different laser manufacturers, including

  • Visx
  • Wavelight
  • Alcon
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Nidek, among others, that have all designed specific excimer lasers

Further, there are different types of laser ablations that can be performed, including conventional laser treatments, wavefront-optimised treatments and wavefront-guided treatments. Finally, a completely different type of laser (femtosecond laser) can be used instead of a mechanical microkeratome to create the LASIK (corneal) flap.


What is conventional LASIK?


LASIKConventional LASIK is the ablation pattern available on most lasers that treats directly based upon the patient’s glasses prescription, with fixed treatment parameters for each patient. This type of treatment is effective for most patients but can result in more visual deviations such as glare, halos and night vision issues than other forms of laser treatment


What is refractive error?


In the human eye, the front surface (cornea) and lens inside the eye form the eye’s ‘focusing system’ and are primarily responsible for focusing incoming light rays onto the surface of the retina. In a perfect optical system, the power of the cornea and lens are perfectly matched with the length of the eye and images are in focus; any mismatch in the system is called a refractive error and the result is a blurred image at some location.

 


What are the primary types of refractive error?

 


LASIKThere are three types of refractive errors

  1. Myopia (nearsightedness): In this condition, the mismatch in focusing power and eye length causes distant objects to be blurry and near objects to be clearer.
  2. Hyperopia (farsightedness): In this condition, the mismatch in focusing power and eye length causes near objects to be blurry and distant objects to be relatively clearer.
  3. Astigmatism: In this condition, either the corneal or lens shape is distorted, causing multiple images on the retina. This causes objects at all distances to appear blurry. Many people have a combination of either myopia or hyperopia with astigmatism.

Aftercare


Eyes may water and feel irritated for a few hours. It is recommended to nap and let the eyes rest. For a week, drops (antibacterial or steroidal) should be applied. Functional vision returns the night of the surgery or the day after. Follow-up visits are dispersed throughout one year at increasingly long intervals to track healing and to measure the prescription. Most patients reach 20/20 vision or better one-year out.


How do glasses or contacts improve vision in people with refractive errors?


LASIKGlasses or contact lenses are used to compensate for the eye’s refractive error by bending light rays in a way that complements the eye’s specific refractive error. In contrast, LASIK and other forms of refractive surgery are intended to correct the eye’s refractive error to reduce the need for other visual aids.


Am I too young or too old to have LASIK?


There are no hard and fast rules about the appropriate age to have LASIK. However, patients under age 18 are rarely stable enough for LASIK and older patients may begin to develop cataracts or other eye health issues that preclude them from undergoing LASIK. Again, the best way to determine these things is have a complete eye exam.


Advantages of LASIK surgery


  • LASIK is able to accurately correct most levels of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
  • The procedure is fast, usually lasting only five to 10 minutes and is generally painless.
  • Because the laser is guided by a computer, it is very precise and results are very accurate.
  • In most cases, a single treatment will achieve the desired outcome; however, enhancements are possible if needed, even many years after the initial surgery.

Disadvantages of LASIK surgery

 


  • Because each patient will heal slightly differently, results may vary from patient to patient.
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  • LASIK could make some aspects of your vision worse, including night vision with glare and halos.
  • LASIK may make dry-eye symptoms worse in certain individuals.
  • In rare circumstances, LASIK can make your vision worse and not correctable with regular glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK checklist


  • Know your refractive error
  • Know your treatment options
  • Know the type or laser
  • Know the risks possible with surgery
  • Know how to find the right surgeon
  • Know what to expect before, during and after surgery

Original Source: https://telanganatoday.com/need-know-lasik-surgery

Original Date: Aug 18 2017

Original Author: TelanganaToday

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.

Original Source: http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/health/a-clear-explanation-of-cataracts-treatment/article_c9c790c2-5ef6-58f6-a94c-3e5b94b33c3a.html

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Original Date: Aug 27th 2017

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN LASIK

LASIK is a fascinating subject of discussion, and for some time now you’ve probably carried a lot of investigations to understand the entire process of correcting your vision through laser eye surgery. If you are still contemplating on whether to invest in LASIK and you’re still probably coming up with different excuses why not too – like fear or finance. Instead of focusing on these endless excuses, what you need to concentrate on is the benefits you would derive from your investment.

I believe that this article will give you the push you have always needed. Below are the top five reasons why you should invest in LASIK.

It Is Cost-Effective

The primary reason why you may not have to opt in for LASIK eye surgery is the finance. To be honest with you, with the advancement of technology, the cost is steadily decreasing – LASIK saves your money in the long run if compared to the cost of purchasing other glasses and contact lenses. If you have a flex savings account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) through your company, you may not have to pay a dime, or even if you have to pay, it will be very little because LASIK is one of FSA or HAS approved expenses.  There are also flexible payment options for you.

Rapid Recovery

Recovery from LASIK is speedy. Regardless of what is at the top of your list of priorities, you don’t have to save a bunch of time before going in for LASIK. Although the healing process varies from person to person, nonetheless, for the first couple of hours after a successful completion of the surgery, you may feel a little eye irritation, dryness, and blurriness, but you will notice some improvement the following day, and you can return to your office or business (usually the next day).

Healthy and Sporty Lifestyle

Investing in Lasik means you’ll never have to worry about the serious eye infections, or the effects of the weather on your corrective lenses. Swimming isn’t fun with glasses or contacts – not being able to see under water without huge investment of prescription goggles. Playing volleyball on a windy day can result in sand behind the contact. But with LASIK, you’ll live an athletic lifestyle and enjoy the life you have always wanted.

Safe Surgical Process

People become fearful when they hear about surgery – who will blame them anyway? There are risks attached with certain surgical procedures but not with LASIK. LASIK started its journey more than 25 years ago, and successful surgeries have been carried out on millions of people around the world. With more than 25 years of advancement, there has been a lot of improvement in the surgical process which reduces the risks involved.

With laser eye surgery, potential complications are at the minimal level. Eye irritation and dryness are so far the most common complications experienced by patients.

Boost Your Self Confidence

Wearing glasses can be inconvenient for almost everybody. Who likes wearing glasses? – expect for fashion purposes. The simple truth is that, if you’ve have been wearing glasses because of eye defects, investing in LASIK eye surgery will give a whole new look – and you’ll love yourself.

Ask yourself right now, why are you still holding back? LASIK is the one and only way to achieve perfect vision beside great genetics.

At Rohr Eye & Laser Center we offer the most advanced technology available to suit your lifestyle and visual needs. As leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery, our goal is to help you achieve the best vision possible without glasses or contact lenses. If you are interested in learning more information please view our website at michiganlasik.com or call us at 877-579-0202