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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cataracts Can Lead to an Increased Risk of Falling

January 23rd, 2017

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The obvious effect of cataracts is impaired vision. Patients may not even notice that their difficulty seeing is due to cataracts until they go see their doctor for an eye exam. But once cataracts have been detected laser cataract surgery is needed to restore vision.

Unfortunately, impaired vision is not the only symptom of cataracts, although it is definitely the most well known. Studies have linked cataracts to an increased risk of depression in those who suffer from them, suggesting an interesting link between eye care and mental health care.

Another uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effect of cataracts is dizziness and falling. Older individuals with cataract surgery often complain of feeling dizzy, and falls for senior citizens can be especially devastating. This potentially catastrophic possibility makes getting laser cataract surgery all the more important.

Laser Cataract Surgery Can Decrease Feelings of Dizziness, But Not Falling

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), meaning an ophthalmologist’s care after performing laser cataract surgery on a patient is crucial for successful long term outcomes. Feedback from patients have shown that laser cataract surgery significantly reduces or eliminates feelings of dizziness in elderly patients. Unfortunately, there are not reduced rates of falling after laser cataract surgery as well.

A study in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics observed the dizziness and fall rates of 287 patients. They were evaluated before getting cataract surgery and after getting cataract surgery. The number of patients who reported dizziness six months after the cataract surgery dropped from 52 percent to 38 percent.

Conversely, the rate of falls after cataract surgery only dropped by 3 percent, from 23 percent to 20 percent.

Scientists Have Pinpointed What May Be Causing the Lack of Reduction in Number of Falls

Researchers have found that the people who continue to suffer from falls are switched to multifocal lenses after cataract surgery. Multifocal lenses allow people to correct their near vision and distance vision with the same glasses instead of switching back and forth. But this can cause disorientation in wearers, and lead to an increased risk of falls in those who are already vulnerable to them. Doctors who notice a lot of unsteadiness in their patients after cataract surgery typically advise them to have two pairs of glasses – one for near vision and one for distance vision.

Ask Your Ophthalmologist About Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataracts can easily be removed with laser cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure meaning you can be in and out of your ophthalmologist’s office the same day. It’s a routine operation. Your ophthalmologist will make an incision in your cornea with a laser, use the laser to break up the ruined lens, remove it from your eye and then insert a brand new artificial intraocular lens.

Feeling uncertain? Stop by our Feinerman Vision office in Newport Beach, California to speak with one of our ophthalmologists. Pick up the phone and give us a call to book your laser cataract surgery consultation today.



Make LASIK Eye Surgery One of Your Resolutions for 2017

January 18th, 2017

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Have you ever wondered why most New Year’s Resolutions fail? It’s because they are not specific enough. The way you even articulate a goal plays a huge role in determining whether it will be successful or not. Saying you are going to live healthier in 2017 is too vague and destined for failure. Committing to cut out one unhealthy food you love and walk a certain amount of steps every week are specific, time-bound goals that you can work towards without feeling overwhelmed.

If LASIK is something you’ve always considered, try using some of the goal-setting tactics that make successful New Year’s Resolutions happen. Your pursuit of clear vision may be bogged down by a number of factors. Clearly outlining what is holding you back and laying out a plan can help you comfortably get the procedure you’ve been considering for years.

Why have you avoided LASIK eye surgery thus far?

Identify what has stopped you from getting LASIK so far. Take those feelings of discomfort and determine what exactly is causing them. Is it:

  •  Time? Many people insist they don’t have the time to do research, book a consultation, get the procedure, or take time off work, if necessary. You may be highly interested in LASIK, but unwilling to actually get the surgery until you have a stretch of open time in the unforeseeable future.
  •  Fear? The excitement of ditching glasses may be tempered by a fear of the unknown and many unanswered questions. Will I go blind? How will LASIK affect me in 20 years? Am I even eligible for LASIK?
  •  Money? Perhaps the other two issues aren’t even issues and your biggest concern is affording the procedure. Naturally, you do not want to be stingy with an operation involving your eyes, but you may not have the money to afford a highly qualified ophthalmologist with a good reputation.

How to Plan for LASIK in 2017

All of the above issues can be comfortably addressed with proper planning. When it comes to time, think of what exactly you feel you do not have time for. Start with the consultation – commit to booking a LASIK consultation some time in the future, a few months into 2017. Let’s say March.

In the meantime, spend 10 minutes each night looking up information on LASIK. There are a number of clear, reputable sources online. These websites should not serve as a substitute for an ophthalmologist’s expert opinion, but they will help you feel like you are not going into the consultation feeling clueless. Additionally, you will come prepared with specific questions that you would like answered by an eye care professional. Schedule these research sessions during the commercial breaks of your favorite show or while you eat breakfast.

This strategy will also help you if you are feeling a certain amount of fear about LASIK. Consider this. Your biggest fears about LASIK have already been expressed by others, and they received the satisfactory answers that led them to get the procedure. By making the time for research and a LASIK consultation, you will get answers about the elements of the procedure that are making you the most nervous.

When it comes to funding your LASIK procedure this will take a combination of discipline and planning. LASIK can cost up to $3,500, but this amount can easily be accumulated by ditching your car (and its pricey car payment and insurance!) for public transportation, packing a lunch instead of eating out, or even getting rid of your steep cable package. It won’t be easy, but the lesson is that it’s possible. And the good news is that since LASIK is done once, these won’t need to be permanent sacrifices. You can go back to having 600 channels and driving around town after you’ve had LASIK eye surgery.

Let us at Feinerman Vision Center help you live life a little more clearly in 2017. Give us a call to book an appointment at our Newport Beach location to talk to one of our LASIK specialists.





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