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Monthly Archives: October 2012

What are Cataracts?

October 8th, 2012

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that can affect a person’s vision to varying degrees. Cataracts can occur at any age, but they are more common in the elderly.  The condition usually presents in one or both eyes, but it does not spread from one eye to the other.  Cataracts are a relatively common occurrence, according to the National Institute of Health, by age 80, more than half of Americans have had either a cataract or cataract surgery.

With normal vision, the eye’s lens is clear and allows light to pass through and focus an image on the retina, a light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.  Once light reaches the retina, the light is converted into nerve signals that are then sent to the brain for processing.

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October is National Eye Safety Month!

October 8th, 2012

Did you know that about 125,000 million eye injuries are recorded in the United States every year?  Vision is one of the most important senses, and our eyes are one of the more fragile parts of the body.  To help maintain healthy vision and prevent eye injury, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared October, “National Eye Safety Month.”  Feinerman Vision Center has made eye health and safety a priority, and their friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to assist with any of their patients’ questions or concerns.  There is no substitute for a consultation with a qualified ophthalmologist, but here are some simple suggestions to help prevent eye injury at home.

Eye Safety at Home

Prevent Blindness America reports that an average of 125,000 eye injuries occur in the United States each year.  Although the large number is alarming, 90 percent of those injuries are preventable through proper safety procedures and the use of adequate eye protection.  Below are some easy tips to reduce your risk of injury at home:

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How to Detect Signs of Poor Vision in Children

October 4th, 2012

According to Prevent Blindness America’s website, vision problems affect one out of 20 preschoolers and one out of four school-aged children. Poor eyesight can be detrimental to a child’s performance in school as well as affect his or her behavior. Fortunately, most issues can be resolved by a visit to an optometrist or ophthalmologist. A full ophthalmic exam can determine the cause of the problem, and a solution can be quickly implemented.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) states that children with undetected vision problems can be misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is because greater effort and concentration than normal is required when a person cannot see clearly, leading many children to appear inattentive. To the AOA, adequate vision is indicated by the presence of:

Visual acuity — A person’s ability to perceive fine details or clarity of vision
Visual integration — The ability of the brain to process what is seen and understand it
Eye teaming — Teaming occurs when both eyes work together as a “team” or functioning pair that allows the brain to fuse the separate images from each eye and perceive it as one.
Eye focusing — The eyes should be able to focus and adequately adjust from near and distant points.
Eye motility — This term describes the eyes’ ability to move together.

It may not be easy to determine whether your child has problems seeing or not because he or she may not know the difference between their current vision and what normal vision should look like. To help determine if your child needs an ophthalmic check-up, watch for these common signs of potential vision problems:

1. Holding reading material closer than normal—Children who hold their books too close to their face probably have difficulty reading from the usual distance of 10-13 inches. They could also often lose their place while reading.

2. Headaches—Poor vision often leads to eyestrain from squinting. Fatigue can also result from efforts to see more clearly.

3. Rubbing eyes or blinking excessively—Children who have blurry vision rub or blink their eyes frequently in an effort to focus on what they are trying to see.

4. Consistently performs below his or her academic potential—A child who understands what he or she is learning, but falls behind in schoolwork that requires reading or close work, may not be able to see properly.

The AOA suggests taking your child to the optometrist for a check-up at least every two years. If there are other problems or risk factors regarding vision, then yearly visits are recommended. Very often the issue can be treated with something as simple as a pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Although schools and pediatricians are able to perform basic eye exams, there is no substitute for a complete ophthalmic exam by a qualified ophthalmologist. Feinerman Vision Center has a friendly, experienced staff that can help you and your child with eye health needs and provide the best and most technologically advanced treatment. Call today for an appointment!

Experience Quick, Blade-Free, Cataract Surgery With Optimal Precision!

October 3rd, 2012

Feinerman Vision Center now provides LenSx technology—the latest, most advanced laser for cataract surgery. Traditionally, cataract surgery is performed manually and requires making an incision with a blade. However with LenSx, this new system uses a femtosecond laser, which does not use heat and the entire surgery is completed in less than 15 minutes. It’s a safer, more precise method that ensures cleaner cuts and faster healing times.

Vision correction surgery can make most patients feel anxious; however, cataract surgery is a very common corrective procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis on many people throughout the U.S. Even traditional treatment is considered very safe, but the cutting edge technology used by the LenSx system makes the procedure even more precise. Since the dimensions of each individual’s eyes are different, LenSx technology is built to provide a customized experience. The system is equipped with an optical coherence tomographer that scans the eye and produces a three-dimensional image of different views of the eye. The scanner can also work with a video microscope so the ophthalmic surgeon can accurately plan and program each laser incision. This technology provides treatment that is tailored for each patient, but also makes each procedure replicable and consistently accurate.

Feinerman Vision Center not only employs the latest, safest and bladeless technology for cataract surgery, they also take pride in providing a soothing, comfortable atmosphere for their patients. As a patient of Dr. Feinerman, you can rest assured that you are in experienced, professional hands. Aside from being one of the most esteemed ophthalmic surgeons in the country, Dr. Feinerman appears on television shows such as “The Doctors.” His work is also published in peer reviewed medical journals such as “Ophthalmology.” In addition to attending to patients at Feinerman Vision Center, he served as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital—a magnet institution.

So if you’re looking for bladeless cataract surgery, Newport Beach is the place to find it. Contact Feinerman Vision Center and let their friendly, knowledgeable staff help you take the first step in achieving your best vision and eye health needs. Call 949-631-4780 for a cataract consultation today!

Feiner Sight E-Newsletter – Oct/Nov/Dec 2012

October 1st, 2012

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