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Monthly Archives: July 2012

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July 7th, 2012

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UV Eye Protection for the Summer

July 3rd, 2012

Southern California is known all over the country and the world for its great weather, especially its seemingly endless sunshine. It’s no wonder then that we are aware of the benefits as well as the drawbacks to getting so much sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible rays that are part of the energy that comes from the sun. In short doses, UV rays are helpful, helping our bodies make vitamin D, which helps us process the calcium we need to strengthen bones and teeth. UV rays can also help prevent diseases such as rickets. In spite of its helpfulness, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage our bodies from conditions as mild as sunburns to as serious as skin cancer.

Because of public service announcements and tools such as the UV index developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many Americans are now aware of the potential dangers of sun exposure with regards to skin. Not so well-known are the dangers UV rays can cause to our eyes. Ultraviolet rays have different categories. UV-C rays are the highest energy rays that are mostly blocked by the ozone layer. UV-B rays have longer wavelengths, and therefore are of a lower energy than UV-C rays. In low doses, UV-B radiation stimulates the body’s melanin (skin pigment), causing a suntan. In high doses, these rays can cause a sunburn and premature aging of the skin, such as wrinkles. UV-B has also been linked to photokeratitis, also known as “snow blindness”, which is an inflammation of the cornea that causes temporary vision loss that usually lasts between 24-48 hours.

UV-A rays have lower energy than UVC and UVB rays, but can pass through the eye’s cornea, reaching through the lens and all the way back to the retina inside the eye. These rays have been linked to the accelerated development of macular degeneration and cataracts. Although sun exposure can cause significant damage, preventing exposure and taking steps to prevent these health risks are simple and non-invasive. Something as basic as wearing a wide-brimmed hat can significantly reduce exposure to UV rays. UV-blocking sunglasses and contact lenses are other options that effectively reduce exposure to the sun’s rays. Here are a few tips to buying sunglasses to ensure your eyes’ protection:

#1 – Not all sunglasses offer UV protection. Be sure to purchase your lenses from an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
#2 – Make sure the lenses are tinted evenly. Gray lenses are recommended for proper color recognition.
#3 – The lenses should be free from distortion.
#4 – Try the sunglasses on in front of a mirror. If you can see your eyes easily through the lenses, they may not be blocking enough light.

Preventing premature eye disease is easy and painless. With the right pair of sunglasses or UV-blocking contact lenses, you can still enjoy the summer sun without having to worry about your vision. Feinerman Vision Center offers a wide range of sunglasses in different styles to suit your summer fashion needs. Doctor Feinerman can also advise you on the best types to suit your lifestyle or answer any questions you might have about anti-UV contact lenses. Make an appointment today and see how easy it is to take charge of your eyes’ health.

LASIK for New Graduates

July 3rd, 2012

Congratulations! Finals are over and you’re done with school. You’ve made it this far and have got a whole new life ahead of you, so what’s next on your “to do” list? If you’re one of the millions of people who have vision problems related to nearsightedness (also known as myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia), then you might want to consider LASIK. You’ve probably heard of it before as a treatment for cataracts or astigmatism or other kinds of eye issues you don’t have, but did you know you could also use it to correct your vision?

Here’s how it works:

LASIK or Laser-assisted-in-situ keratomileusis is one of the most popular corrective procedures in the U.S. The procedure is quick, and usually takes only about 15 minutes for both eyes. During surgery, the surface of the eye, called the cornea, is peeled back. Then, a narrowly focused beam of light is accurately pulsed onto the eye while small amounts of tissue are vaporized by the laser. This re-shapes the eye so that the light that filters through the cornea and lens projects properly on the back of the eye (called the retina) and images appear clearer. Feinerman Vision Center has the latest equipment in laser technology called an excimer laser. An excimer laser is a type of cool laser, meaning it does not generate any heat. During the procedure, patients are given a local anesthetic and are awake throughout the whole process. This cuts down on recovery time. Once the eye is reshaped, the cornea is replaced and starts to heal almost immediately. In just a short amount of time, you can get back to life as you know it…with less hassle.

So why choose LASIK?

#1 – Standard eyeglasses can limit your range of activities and scope of vision. (Not to mention the limits they can put on your fashion options.) It’s also harder to wear sunglasses. You would have to get a separate prescription pair or buy clip-ons to go over your regular glasses.

#2 – Contact lenses require daily care and extra expenses such as: yearly exams, cleaning solution, and eye drops to keep them from drying your eyes out.Sounds interesting, but still unsure? Make an appointment with Dr. Feinerman and he can answer any questions you might have and help determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. He’s one of the best LASIK surgeons in the country, and has done thousands of procedures. It’s a convenient alternative that doesn’t require a daily cleaning routine and gives you a larger scope of vision. The school year will begin soon, so why not get a fresh start with hassle-free clear vision? You’ll have more than a new look, you’ll have a new outlook.

Common Causes of Summer Eye Irritation

July 2nd, 2012

Summer is a great time to be active outdoors at the beach, camping, or at the park. What we often don’t consider is how our eyes could be affected by our activities in these environments. Pollen, dust, smoke, and chlorine from pools are common causes of irritation, and dehydration and lack of sleep can also affect how our eyes feel. It’s easy to forget how much we depend on our eyes for so many things. We make yearly eye appointments and take preventive measures for major eye diseases and conditions like glaucoma or cataracts, but in between these visits our eyes may experience discomfort such as itchiness, swelling, and redness. The causes of these symptoms can range from environmental factors, allergies, and infections. If you are experiencing any eye discomfort, it is always a good idea to consult with Dr. Feinerman to determine the cause and discuss treatment options. However, some sources of minor eye irritation are temporary and can be treated with simple home remedies.

Here are some common symptoms of irritation and quick tips to provide temporary relief:

1) Pink Eye — Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is an infection of the eye that produces a pink color on the whites of the eyes. 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, smoke, or chlorine from pools. 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 can be exposed to it while in school or day care facilities. Until you determine what is causing the problem, avoid rubbing your eyes to avoid making them itch more. Also make sure to wash your hands often to avoid re-infection. To sooth the itchiness, try closing your eyes and placing a cool, wet towel on your eyelids. Make sure that no one else handles the towels to prevent the infection from spreading.

2) Allergies — Although usually associated with spring, seasonal allergies can occur in the summer due to pollen and other irritants spread by wind. Pollen from weeds and grasses can travel for miles, and the higher the pollen concentration is in the air, the more severe allergies can be. Non-seasonal allergies have different causes that are usually related to a substance in the environment. In this case, the eyes are exposed to an allergen such as 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 will help soothe the itching and burning. You could also try taking an oral over-the-counter antihistamine. If your symptoms continue, give us a call at Feinerman Vision Center to make an appointment.

3) Puffy Eyes — Puffy eyes can result from allergies, stress, or eye fatigue. Swelling around the eyes is usually an indication of fluid buildup in the surrounding skin. It’s more noticeable around the eyes because the skin is thinnest in that area. Swelling can be caused by high salt consumption that results in fluid retention or allergies that can produce inflammation and swelling. Puffy eyes can also be the result of sinus problems, dehydration, stress, or lack of sleep. To help prevent puffy eyes, use eye drops to soothe allergy-related swelling; drink lots of water to avoid dehydration; or apply cucumber slices or chilled used tea bags over closed eyes. Reducing salt intake and eating potassium-rich foods like bananas can help prevent fluid buildup. Most importantly, get plenty of sleep to prevent fatigue and stress.

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