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Monthly Archives: January 2012

LASIK for the New Year: Cataract Eye Surgery

January 3rd, 2012

It’s a new year and everyone is busy making new goals and resolutions. If you are one of the millions of people who experience vision problems related to myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, or cataracts, there is a convenient way to improve your vision to help attain your goals this year. Feinerman Vision Center offers one of the more popular corrective procedures, which is laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK eye surgery. The procedure is quick, and should not take more than 30 minutes. The laser used for the surgery is a narrowly focused beam of light that can be accurately pulsed onto the surface of the eye to vaporize small amounts of tissue.

Feinerman Vision Center has the latest equipment in laser technology called an excimer laser from Technolas Perfect Vision. Excimer lasers use a mixture of gases that are excited through the use of electricity. This is a type of cool laser, meaning it does not generate heat. It is also very precise—critical to minimizing residual damage in surgery. The excimer laser is also very safe, and its targets do not absorb radiation that comes from the particles used to create the laser. Patients are usually awake and placed under a local anesthetic during the short procedure. Once the cornea, or surface of the eye, is replaced after surgery, it begins to heal almost immediately. Many common vision problems can be corrected with LASIK, such as: myopia, hyperopia, and a condition called astigmatism that occurs when the shape of the lens is oblong instead of round. Standard eyeglasses can limit your range of activities and scope of vision, while contacts require daily care and extra expenses such as yearly exams, solution, and eyedrops.

LASIK surgery provides you with a greater scope of vision without the inconveniences of daily cleaning routines. You can be sure your vision is at its best by having one of the county’s best doctors help you achieve your potential. Doctor Feinerman is the first ophthalmologist in Southern California to receive a certificate of excellence from Technolas Perfect Vision for advanced control eye tracking. According to Eye Doc News Ophthalmology online, advanced control eye tracking is an FDA-approved technology for LASIK eye surgery that allows lasers to compensate for any eye movement during a procedure. This technology maximizes the laser’s efficiency, while minimizing any discomfort to the patient. So why not try a hassle-free alternative that doesn’t require a daily cleaning routine and gives you a larger scope of vision?

The year has just begun, so it’s not too late for a fresh start with hassle-free clear vision. Enjoy the benefits of LASIK surgery today so you can begin making the most of your new year.

Common Eye Injuries Students Can Avoid

January 3rd, 2012

Our vision is one of our most used senses. When we wake up in the morning, one of the first things we do is open our eyes. The last thing we do before going to sleep is close our eyes. In between, we are dependent on our ability to see for our everyday activities, whether watching movies for fun or typing out class assignments on computers. While we are so dependent on our eyes, they are also one of our most exposed and least protected organs. More than 2.5 million eye injuries are reported each year in the United States. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma maintain a database called the Eye Injury Snapshot (EIS) that records this information. It’s easy to assume most of these injuries happen to children, who are still learning to control their body movements and actions, or to older adults with chronic health conditions. The surprising fact is that 47.6 percent of all reported eye injuries have been attributed to young adults between ages 18-45. That age group encompasses everyone from college students to working individuals in the prime of their lives. To help protect your eyes, here are two common eye injuries and how to prevent them:

Direct hits — A blow to the eye can damage tissues and skin around the eye, eyeball, or the bones of the surrounding eye socket. Bruising around the eye (a black eye) is often an indication of injury. Sometimes cuts on the eyelid can occur in an accident. Sports-related injuries are also a common source of this type of trauma, often occurring when equipment (such as a basketball, hockey puck, or soccer ball) strikes the eye. Sometimes players run into each other, collide, fall, or crash into goal posts or other features on the playing field. Protective headgear or eyewear that meets each sport’s standards is recommended to protect the eye, especially to prevent small, high velocity projectiles (such as golf balls or baseballs) from striking the eye.

Burns — Burns to the eye can be caused by chemical factors or direct heat. Chemicals or fumes from college chemistry lab courses can cause serious damage. These types of burns happen when the eyes are exposed to chemical solids, liquids, or fumes. Acidic and alkaline substances can also harm your eyes, so be sure to always wear the protective eyewear recommended by your instructor, and be aware of where eye wash stations are. Many substances will not cause damage if they are washed out quickly enough. Also watch those Bunsen burners and make sure your face is far away when you light it. Harmful ultraviolet rays can also damage the eyes. Bright sunlight is a common source of UV light, which can be particularly intense if the light is directed off water, snow, or metal. Sunlamps and tanning booths are artificial sources of UV light, but are just as, if even more dangerous. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside, and to wear protective eyewear while at the tanning salon.

Being in college is hard work, but it is also a time filled with fun and independence. Be sure to get the most out of your student years by taking care of what is arguably the most valuable of your senses. By taking proper precautions, you can prevent these common eye injuries and enjoy your vision for many more years to come.

Common Symptoms & Causes of Eye Irritation

January 2nd, 2012

We depend on our eyes for so many activities in life that it’s often easy to take them for granted. We know to make yearly eye appointments to take preventive measures for major eye diseases and conditions like glaucoma or cataracts, but in between these visits our eyes may experience itchiness or redness. The reasons for these symptoms can vary from environmental factors and allergies to infections, and it is always a good idea to consult with Dr. Feinerman if you are concerned or if the irritation does not subside. However, some conditions are passing and can be alleviated by simple home remedies. Here are some common symptoms of irritation and quick tips to treat them.

1. Pink Eye—Pink eye, also known as Conjunctivitis, is an infection of the eye that produces a pink color on the whites of the eyes. Aside from this coloration, other symptoms include itching, burning, stinging, irritation, or light sensitivity. Non-contagious forms of pink eye are caused by irritants or allergens such as dust and smoke. However, some forms of pink eye are contagious because they are caused by bacterial or viral infections spread by coughing and sneezing. Many children are affected by this contagious form of pink eye, and are often exposed to it while in school or day care facilities. Until you determine what is causing the problem, avoid rubbing your eyes; rubbing your eyes releases histamine, which make your eyes itch more. Also make sure to wash your hands often to avoid re-infection. To sooth the itchiness, try placing a cool, wet towel on your closed eyelids. Make sure that no one else handles the towels to prevent the infection from swelling. As with any eye issue, make sure to call Dr. Feinerman if symptoms persist or you become concerned.

2. Allergies—Seasonal allergies usually occur in the spring and fall due to pollen and other irritants spread by wind. Non-seasonal allergies have different causes that are usually related to a substance in the environment. In this case, your eye is exposed to an allergen like smoke, fumes, dust, mold, or cat dander and the body produces an immune reaction. The eyes usually start to itch and become red, watery, and puffy as your eyes try to flush out the irritant. This is another situation where a cold, wet compress on closed eyelids will help soothe the itching and burning. You could also try taking an oral over-the-counter antihistamine. If the symptoms continue in spite of these two measures, then give Feinerman Vision Center a call to address the issue.

3. Puffy Eyes—Puffy eyes can result from several causes. Allergies, stress, and eye fatigue are the most common causes. Swelling around the eyes is usually an indication of fluid buildup in the surrounding skin tissue. It’s most noticeable around the eyes because the skin is thinnest in that area. The medical term for this swelling is called edema and it can be caused by high salt consumption (fluid retention), allergies (causes inflammation and swelling), sinus problems, dehydration, stress, and lack of sleep or fatigue. To help prevent puffy eyes, use eye drops for allergy-related swelling; drink lots of water to avoid dehydration; apply cucumber slices or chilled used tea bags over closed eyes; reduce salt and eat potassium-rich foods like bananas to prevent fluid buildup; and get plenty of sleep.

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January 1st, 2012

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