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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Helpful Eye Care Tips For College Students

November 4th, 2011

It’s almost the home stretch for all you college and university students out there! Fall is slipping quickly by and you’re probably looking forward to winter vacation, which is starting to appear on the horizon. It’s a well-earned break, but first you have to survive finals. You may have prepared yourself for all-nighters and picked out your favorite spots to grab naps between classes, but there’s something you might not have thought of. Our eyes are often overlooked whenever we have something to do, probably since they’re so efficient and we don’t see them actively working. Even so, they are vital to our daily lives. Here are a few quick and convenient eye health tips that you can do to prevent eye fatigue. They don’t take much time or effort and really do a lot to improve your vision and keep your eyes healthy so you can get through finals week more easily.

1. Prevent eye fatigue: When using a computer, or even when you’re reading, remind yourself to blink more often. This sounds like common sense, but sometimes people who are concentrating on a computer monitor or book forget to blink. This causes the eye to feel dry, fatigued, or itchy. Human eyes were not designed to focus on an object for a long period of time, so make sure you look away from the screen or page every so often. An easy way to remember this would be to think of the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of work or reading, look away for 20 seconds while focusing on something 20 feet away. This is a good break for your eyes, and you’ll even feel less tired in the long run.

2. Prevent dry eyes: As mentioned above, blinking is important when preventing eye fatigue and keeping your eyes from drying out. Sometimes, especially during long periods of studying, blinking is not enough. In this case, you may need eye drops to help relieve tired eyes and keep them well lubricated. This should help relieve some of the inflammation and itchiness caused by dry eyes. If you don’t have eye drops with you, consider closing your eyes and applying a warm, damp washcloth to them.

3. Contact lenses and sleep deprivation: It’s important to remember that contacts were developed to be worn for eight, maybe even up to 12 hours each day. As everyone knows, activities often take longer than that and towards the end of the day your eyes can start to feel strained. Traditional hydrogen contact lenses are not very permeable to oxygen, which the eye needs to keep healthy. Lack of oxygen can result in inflammation or blurry vision. Wearing contact lenses for 18-20 hours is almost like sleeping in them (which is not recommended). To prevent oxygen deprivation, try alternative lenses like silicone hydrogels which allow the eyes more access to oxygen. Another strategy would be to alternate between contact lenses and eyeglasses, saving the latter for late nights when you’re more likely to fall asleep. Even better, ask Dr. Feinerman if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, which can eliminate the need for inconvenient glasses and contacts.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Debra Hayburn

November 3rd, 2011

Doctor Feinerman has enabled many people to care for and improve their eyesight and eye health. With improved vision, many of his patients have been able to better achieve their goals, whether personal or community-related. Recently, one patient has stood out because of her unique accomplishments.

Debra Hayburn is the kind of person who is always on the go. She owns a business that specializes in designing and marketing cashmere sweaters across the country and Canada. Her company, called Oats Cashmere (www.oatscashmere.com), emphasizes the luxuriousness of cashmere with a laid back California style. When she is not busy managing and attending to the details of running a company, she involves herself in athletic competitions. You see, aside from being a successful business owner, Debra is also a competitive athlete who trains for and runs in various marathons across California.

Debra is very involved with a charity called Challenged Athletes Foundation. This organization has devoted itself to supporting people with physical disabilities, encouraging them to lead active lifestyles and participate in physical fitness and athletic competitions. Challenged Athletes Foundation provides prosthetic limbs for athletes as well as mentoring programs that promote awareness and provide inspiration for physically challenged athletes. Last month, Debra was asked by the foundation to plan and compete in a record-breaking competition—a run that would span almost the entire coast of California. The last event whose scope came close to this was held in Japan where an athlete ran 660 miles in just a few days, setting a world record. Debra ran 673 miles and a total of 110 hours in four days for the California event—breaking that world record. When asked about the experience, Debra replied, “It’s an amazing experience. All your senses are heightened when you push your body to its maximum capacity. My LASIK surgery helped so much with my night vision. In the past year, I haven’t had to worry about the inconvenience of glasses or contacts while training. Doctor Feinerman has been a great help.”

Feinerman Vision Center is pleased to acknowledge Debra’s accomplishments for charity and congratulates her on her record-breaking event which brought attention and inspiration to physically challenged athletes everywhere. For more details, please look for a special feature in this month’s Coast Magazine. Also be sure to check out Oats Cashmere’s warehouse sale on December 1st in Newport Beach.

Maintaining Eye Health at Every Age

November 2nd, 2011

Vision is one of the most important of our five senses. The first thing we do when we wake up every morning is open our eyes so we can see and navigate the world around us. In fact, we use it so often that we can take our eyesight for granted. Our vision can also change depending on our age, and our eyes can require different types of care or treatment as we get older. For this reason, it is important to know about various eye conditions that can affect different ages so that we can preserve the quality of our vision for years to come.

Babies
Babies begin exploring the world around them with their eyes. Before they can reach and touch things with their hands, what they see can provide visual and mental stimulation that is important for their development. Eye and vision problems can delay certain developmental stages in an infant, so it is important for parents to watch for any excessive tearing, inflammation, sensitivity or discomfort. Be sure to report any of these issues to a pediatrician.

Ages 6-18
By the time children are able to go to school, they have learned to master their eyesight. Reading, writing, and using computers are all tasks that students perform daily. Whether working on assignments or at play, these children depend on their eyesight for daily tasks. During this stage of development, vision may change. A common and harmless vision problem is myopia, or nearsightedness. Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is also common. According to the American Optometric Association, vision changes could be indicated if a child has headaches, squints, frequently blinks, or rubs their eyes. Parents should also watch for astigmatism as well as issues regarding visual focusing, eye tracking, and eye coordination. Luckily, most of these issues can be corrected with a visit to an optometrist or ophthalmologist like Dr. Feinerman. Often, eyeglasses or contact lenses are all that need to be prescribed and a child’s vision can be improved.

Ages 19-40
By age 19, a person’s eyes have matured enough to stabilize their vision for many years. At this stage, people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism can consider talking to their ophthalmologist about LASIK surgery to correct their vision. Most people are also studying or working and using computers for many hours of the day. It’s good to be aware of eye strain. Make sure to look away from the monitor and blink or use eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated. To help maintain your vision, yearly eye examinations are recommended. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can also help your eyesight, and regular exercise can help increase blood circulation to the eyes. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes against damaging ultraviolet rays. Be sure to consult Dr. Feinerman about sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.

Ages 41 and older
By age 40 or older, many people experience changes in their eyesight. Many adults may experience problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading or working on the computer. This is usually attributed to normal changes in the eyes’ focusing ability called presbyopia. Presbyopia progresses over time and can traditionally be treated with contacts or reading glasses. Laser surgery can also be considered. This is also a good time to be on the lookout for conditions such as diabetes and hypertension which can result in fluctuating vision or glaucoma. Many older people can also develop cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataract surgery is usually a simple, safe, outpatient procedure. Be sure to talk to Dr. Feinerman about the many options you have for maintaining good vision at every stage of every age.

Feiner Sight E-Newsletter – Nov/Dec 2011

November 1st, 2011

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