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Monthly Archives: January 2013

LenSx: The Latest in Cataract Surgery for a Brand New You

January 18th, 2013

Feinerman Vision Center introduces LenSx®, the first FDA approved laser assisted cataract surgery in the USA. The LenSx® laser is a new computerized system that allows the surgeon to program precise surgical cuts using a femtosecond laser—resulting in better predictability than conventional cataract surgery. If you are suffering from worsening vision or glare symptoms caused by cataracts, there is no better time to restore youthful vision and start living life to its fullest.

Cataracts occur when protein builds up and clouds the eye’s natural lens, causing worsening vision. For example, many people with cataracts notice difficulty driving from glare when approaching an oncoming car’s headlights. Traditional cataract surgery requires a manual incision with a blade in order for the surgeon to remove the clouded lens and replace it with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). Although this time-tested technique is generally very safe and widely practiced, cuts made by a femtosecond laser are more precise. LenSx® is the first computerized system developed to use femtosecond laser technology for laser refractive cataract surgery.

The dimensions of each individual’s eyes are unique. With LenSx®, each patient’s measurements can now be scanned and programmed into the system. The computer is equipped with an optical coherence tomographer that scans the eye and produces three-dimensional images of different parts of the patient’s eye. This scanner also works with a video microscope that allows the ophthalmic surgeon to precisely plan and execute each laser incision—providing consistent and replicable results that are tailored to each patient.

How is LenSx® Different?
• More predictability than traditional cataract surgery
• Increased precision
• Blade Free (replaces the hand-held blade used in conventional cataract removal)
• Performs the most intricate cuts in cataract surgery with more accuracy than possible with the human hand
• Captures high resolution images of your eyes with custom measurements of size, depth and corneal curvature

Benefits to You:
• Procedure does not take long and recovery is quick
• Restores youthful vision with high definition clarity
• Also corrects astigmatism
• You will never develop cataracts again

Get the new year started by making your vision and eye health top priorities. Dr. Feinerman is one of the most esteemed ophthalmic surgeons in the country. He is always at the forefront of medical technology to provide the best eye care for his patients. To find out more about bladeless cataract surgery and how the LenSx® system can help improve your eye health and vision, call Feinerman Vision Center at 1-877-752-8155.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

January 18th, 2013

The National Institutes of Health have declared January to be National Glaucoma Awareness Month. According to the Mayo Clinic’s online database, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States—affecting about 2.2 million people. Unlike other harmful eye conditions, glaucoma is a combination of factors that results in optic nerve damage. It is a condition that can be hard to detect on your own. Those suffering from the initial stages can experience a loss of vision so gradual that they do not suspect anything is wrong until the ailment has progressed to a more advanced state. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as “the silent thief of sight.” Although there is currently no cure for glaucoma, there are ways it can be adequately treated. Fortunately, glaucoma is also easily detected with an annual ophthalmic exam at Feinerman Vision Center.

There are three different types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma, closed-angle glaucoma, and congenital glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most commonly found form of the disease in the United States and occurs when the angle of drainage formed by the cornea and the iris is open, but smaller drainage channels are partially blocked. This blockage causes the aqueous humor (fluid in the eye) to drain too slowly. The buildup of fluid backs up, causing a gradual increase of pressure within the eye that can damage the optic nerve.

The first method of treatment considered is usually medication. Prescription eye drops containing compounds that increase the outflow of fluid or reduce the production of aqueous humor can be used.

According to a Johns Hopkins special report, open-angle glaucoma is often treated safely and effectively by medical or surgical procedures. Trabeculoplasty (a type of laser eye surgery) is an outpatient procedure in which the doctor uses a high-energy laser beam to open clogged drainage canals, reducing pressure within the eye. The process is quick, lasting an average of 10-20 minutes, and a patient can usually resume normal activity with minimal discomfort.

There are certain risk factors that have been linked with the occurrence of glaucoma. Genetic aspects such as ethnic background and family history can predispose certain patients to the condition. Medical ailments such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, nearsightedness, and some types of eye injuries can also increase the risk of developing glaucoma. If glaucoma runs in your family, or if you would like to learn more about risk factors for glaucoma, Dr. Feinerman can help discuss options and determine a course of treatment.

Our sight is one of the most important senses we have, and the staff at Feinerman Vision Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain their optimum vision and eye health. Start the new year by making yourself and your well-being a priority by scheduling a complete ophthalmic exam with Dr. Feinerman or any of his qualified staff members at Feinerman Vision Center. It could be the new year’s resolution that can change your life and save your sight!

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January 18th, 2013

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Dietary Connections to Eye Health

January 18th, 2013

Vitamins contained in vegetables, fish, and nuts can help prevent future eye problems that can lead to loss of vision, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. An article connecting nutrition to eye health published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) online states that recent research has shown strong correlations between good nutrition and the prevention of eye disease. Listed below are different nutrients and how they benefit eye health.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Carotenoids are pigments found in green leafy vegetables that act as antioxidants in the eye. There are 600 carotenoids that exist in nature, but only two are found in high quantities in the retina of the human eye: lutein and zeaxanthin. An article published on the American Optometric Association website explains that, in the eye, these carotenoids filter harmful ultraviolet light, minimizing the retina’s exposure to these damaging wavelengths of light. The antioxidants also neutralize free radicals that would otherwise add to the wear and tear of the eyes, causing normally clear lenses to become opaque, forming cataracts.

These two antioxidants can also help the body fight against the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), another condition that adversely affects vision. Studies conducted by the National Eye Institute have shown that adults who consumed vegetables high in lutein and zeaxanthin (leafy greens such as kale, mustard greens, and spinach) were at considerably less risk of developing AMD than those who didn’t.

DHA and EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids
There are two omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial to eye health: docohexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA is found in high amounts in the retina, suggesting it plays an important part in maintaining optimal vision. EPA is used to help the body process DHA. An article by the American Optometric Association states that studies showing a deficiency of these fatty acids in animals’ diets result in visual impairment and retinal damage. Dietary deficiency of DHA and EPA has also been linked to eye diseases such as AMD. Luckily, it’s easy to supplement your diet with these essential nutrients, which are mainly found in fish. The species with the highest concentrations are: salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovy, trout, and halibut. Vegetarian sources produced from microalgae are also available.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect eye cells from unstable molecules called “free radicals” which break down tissues. According to the website of the American Optometric Association, a study conducted by the National Eye Institute showed that a daily intake of vitamin E along with beta-carotene, vitamin C, and zinc supplements slow the progression of AMD by 25 percent in high-risk individuals. The USDA’s website article on eye nutrition shows that cataract formation may also be delayed by a dietary intake of vitamin E with lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin E is available in nuts and vegetable oils. The highest concentrations available in food are found in: wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and sweet potatoes.

Zinc
Zinc is what is called a “helper molecule” which helps transport vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to make melanin, a protective pigment in the eye. A diet rich in zinc has been recommended for patients at high-risk for or experiencing early stages of AMD. It is also recommended for the prevention of cataracts. Food sources of zinc vary, and include: oysters, beef, lobster, pork, yogurt, and salmon. It is important to keep in mind that excessive amounts of zinc can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb copper. A copper supplement may be recommended.

Recent research shows an even greater connection between good nutrition and the prevention of age-related eye diseases affecting the vision of millions. A proper diet and regular trips to Dr. Feinerman can lead to better health and well-being.

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