Age-Related Macular degeneration is the number one cause of vision loss facing 10 million Americans today. Which is more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Currently, this disease affects many people living in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and throughout Southern California. The disease is caused by deterioration of the central part of the retina. This area, called the macula, lies at the back of the eye and records the images we see. These images are sent through the optic nerve to then be interpreted by the brain. Although this disease is currently incurable there are ways to slow its effects.
Those highest at risk for age-related macular degeneration are over the age of 55, smokers, or those with a family history of AMD. In order to slow the effects of AMD, it is advised to avoid smoking and live a healthy lifestyle. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house. It is possible to lower the risk of AMD or slow its progression by eating healthy, exercising, and protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light. For more information about AMD visit your local ophthalmologist.
Workplace eye injuries are more common than you might think. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Each day about 2000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment”. These injuries can occur at construction sites, movie sets, manufacturing plants, and a number of other skilled labor workplaces. Many of these injuries can be easily avoided through simple safety precautions and the use of safety glasses.
Eye Injuries in the workplace can include:
- Flying Particles: The most common workplace eye injury is the result of small particles striking or scraping the eye.
- Tools: These penetration injuries can come from nails, wood, metal shards, etc. These objects can puncture the eye, sometimes resulting in permanent loss of vision.
- Chemicals: Industrial cleaning products and chemicals frequently cause damage to both eyes.
In order to prevent workplace eye injuries, it is necessary to take a few simple safety precautions. First protective eyewear should be worn during all potentially hazardous work. Dr. James Khodabakhsh at the Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology recommends using protective eyewear that is ANSI rated, signified by a Z87 marking on the lens. Additional care should be taken to reduce the risk of flying debris using safeguards such a protective shield and by keeping workspaces clean. If an incident should occur it is smart to have contact information for both the local emergency room and a trustworthy ophthalmologist on hand.
Physicians use cornea transplants to treat vision loss due to scarring or disease. During the procedure, the surgeon replaces the damaged outer lens of the eye using tissue of a donor individual. The transplant helps to restore vision, improve the appearance of the eye and reduce pain associated with a damaged cornea.
The cornea is a clear tissue located in the front portion of the eye, through which light passes before it reaches the pupil. Infections, scarring, and degenerative and inherited conditions can damage the cornea and negatively affect vision, making a cornea transplant necessary.
During the cornea transplant surgery, you’ll be anesthetized. This is an outpatient procedure. After the procedure, your physician will provide antibiotic drops to the patient to ensure that infection doesn’t take place.
There are a few types of cornea transplant surgery. The most traditional that’s been around for more than 100 years is called penetrating Keratopathy (PKP) which is full thickness of the cornea. Newer procedures are DMEK Descement’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty and DSAEK Descement’ stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty are partial.
After the procedure and recovery, patients leave with their designated driver. Typically, they return the following day for a follow-up visit.Getting new corneas won’t mean that your vision will be an automatic 20/20. Vision continues to improve up to a year after surgery. After recovery, your vision might be worse than it was before while your eye gets used to its new cornea. This is normal, so don’t be alarmed. In fact, the healing process can take from several weeks to several months.
Improving your vision and protecting your eyesight starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E may enhance your chances to ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:
♣ Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
♣ Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
♣ Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
♣ Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
♣ Oysters and pork
Another good food is carrots as the food contains vitamin A needed for good vision. Another benefit to eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
To create a healthy diet, it is just as important to look at what to leave out of your daily diet. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soft drinks, regular tea and any caffeinated herb tea. Sugar is important to consume only in moderation and instead satisfy your sweet tooth by eating fruits which provide natural sugars that the body can easily deal with.
Good nutrition is important for healthy vision, but can’t stand on its own. A truly healthy lifestyle involves a healthy diet as well as providing exercise, fresh air with ample rest and sleep.
LASIK is FDA approved for people 18 years and beyond. Many young adults are encouraged to wait until their mid-20s when their prescription is more stable. When it comes down to it, eye surgeons perform laser eye surgery on patients at both ends of the age spectrum. Many young active adults start to notice that many of their friends and classmates are talking about the benefits of LASIK. A laser vision correction procedure can give young people high performance vision without the hassle of eye glasses and contacts. This is combined with the cost savings benefit by avoiding a lifetime of expense for glasses, contacts and solutions.
There is no reason a younger patient should not have the opportunity to see more clearly without having to wear corrective lenses. There are no concrete guidelines on refractive surgery for the younger generation. So, if you are considering LASIK Surgery in your 20’s and 30’s? The first step is to discuss your options with your physician and get a complete annual comprehensive eye exam.
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Cataracts are one of the main causes of blindness and develops as a natural part of the aging process in older people. First it is very important to get an annual comprehensive eye exam and if it shows you have this condition, you need to know what to expect, and prepare for cataract surgery.
When you have a cataract, the lens of your eye becomes clouded. You can confirm the condition when whatever you are looking at appears blurry. Sensitivity to light is another common symptom. You may have less tolerance for bright light and glare. As a cataract affects the way light enters your eye, it can seem as if there are halos around any type of light. As your night vision can be affected, it is very unwise to drive at night.
Cataract surgery is the most common type of eye surgery and performed on an out-patient basis in a surgical center. The affected lens will be removed, and it will be replaced by a clear lens or a premium ocular lens to correct astigmatism. In most cases, the only anesthesia needed is a topical anesthesia and sedative to relax you during the procedure.
If you are experiencing problems with your eyes or eyesight, and notice you have symptoms of cataracts, it is in your best interests to see your eye physician for a comprehensive eye exam. Cataract surgery is a simple procedure that can ultimately save your eyesight.
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You may have cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts can cause blurry vision and increase the glare from lights. If a cataract makes it difficult for you to carry out your normal activities, your doctor may suggest cataract surgery to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens (IOL) The cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist on an outpatient basis.
In modern cataract surgery, there is a choice in intraocular lens implants. The traditional or standard lens implant is generally covered by all insurance companies including Medicare patients. This implant is designed to give a patient good distance vision or near in those patients that do not have significant astigmatism.
There are several intraocular lens implants that are able to give a patient near and far corrected vision without glasses. Premium lens implants are typically not covered by insurance companies or Medicare.
When considering cataract surgery, keep these questions in mind:
- Can you see to safely do your job and to drive?
- Do you have problems reading or watching television?
- Do vision problems affect your level of independence?
- Do you have difficulty seeing faces clearly?
Complications after cataract surgery are uncommon, and most can be treated successfully.
We recommend patients to be properly screened for other eye conditions prior to scheduling cataract surgery to reduce the risk of complications. It may be beneficial to treat other eye problems before proceeding with cataract surgery. For more information and schedule a consultation visit www.90210eyes.com
Dry eye syndrome is a common cause of eye irritation, mainly affecting older people. Artificial tears, gels and soothing ointments usually ease symptoms. Dry eye syndrome or simply dry eyes occurs when there is a problem with the tear film that normally keeps the eye moist and lubricated.
Dry eye syndrome can affect anyone, but it becomes more common with increasing age. Dry eyes affect about 15 to 35 in every 100 people or possibly as many as a third of older people and women are affected much more often than men. One of the big contributing factors with the aging process is that people tend to make fewer tears, as they get older. In particular, some women notice dry eyes developing after menopause. Another cause is having a low blink rate, often combined with opening your eyes wider than normal due to spending a long time looking at a computer or watching television.
The symptoms of dry eyes include eyes feeling gritty or burning and slight blurring of vision from time to time. Also, a person may feel discomfort when looking at bright lights and if a contact lens wearer can start to find wearing them causes discomfort.
A BHIO physician can usually diagnose dry eyes from the symptoms and perform a test to confirm the diagnosis of dry eyes. The treatment for dry eyes is usually eye drops and gels. These are good at relieving the symptoms. More information is available at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or www.90210eyes.com
Custom LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that helps your LASIK surgeon further customizes the correction to your individual eyes. LASIK surgeons are able to focus on the quantity as well as the quality of your vision. Custom LASIK surgery, also known as wavefront LASIK or wavefront-guided LASIK, uses 3-dimensional measurements of how your eye processes images to guide the laser in re-shaping the front part of the eye or cornea. With custom LASIK, your eye’s ability to focus light rays is measured, and a 3-D map used in wavefront technology is created that determines irregularities in the way your eye processes images. Information contained in the map guides the laser in customizing the treatment to reshape your eye’s corneal surface so that these irregularities can be corrected. The process for determining a custom LASIK treatment begins with an eye examination and the use of a wavefront device to transmit a safe ray of light into your eye. The light is then reflected back off the retina, out through the pupils and into the device, where the reflected wave of light is received and arranged into a unique pattern that captures your aberrations. All of these visual irregularities are then displayed as a 3-D map, referred to as a wavefront map. This information is then electronically transferred to the laser in wavefront-guided systems, and computer-matched to the eye’s position, enabling the surgeon to customize the LASIK procedure laser treatment to your unique visual requirements. Standard prescriptions for glasses, contacts or traditional LASIK procedures can correct ordinary vision defects such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. But other irregularities associated with the eye’s optical system could not be addressed until the advent of wavefront and related technology used in custom LASIK. For information and an appointment contact Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology at www.90210eyes.com