September 14th, 2017
Living with cataracts can drastically alter your life. Tasks that used to be easy, like reading a book or heading to the store suddenly become tedious and difficult. Plus the stress of dealing with a vision problem can be hard to process.
Unfortunately, the reality of cataracts is not going away anytime soon. Half of all Americans between the ages of 75 and 85 have experienced vision loss due to cataracts.
There is no way you completely prevent cataracts but there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. Here are four ways you can lower your risk of developing cataracts:
Certain nutrients have been shown to promote good eye health. Simply by maintaining a balanced diet and eating “clean and green” you will lower your risk for cataracts. A healthy lifestyle pays off — not only will this keep your eyes healthy but it will keep your body healthy as well.
- Protect your eyes from the sun
Fresh air is good for you but the sun’s UV rays are not. You probably wouldn’t spend an afternoon outdoors without applying sunblock first. Next time, throw on a hat and sunglasses as well. You eyes will thank you for it!
- Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol
The negative effects of cigarettes and alcohol abuse are well-documented. But it’s not just your liver and lungs that are at risk — your eyes can be damaged as well. People who smoke and abuse alcohol are much more likely to develop cataracts.
- Keep up with your yearly eye exams
Okay, we can’t keep you from developing cataracts. But we can help you catch it early and advise you on how to manage them. Yearly eye exams are the best way to take care of your health and catch common eye diseases before they cause permanent vision loss.
Do you want to learn more about how to prevent or manage your cataracts? Or has it just been way too long since you’ve had your comprehensive eye exam? No worries, just contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Feinerman today.
September 11th, 2017
So you have decided to invest in yourself and have LASIK surgery — congratulations! As the technology has continued to improve over the last 20 years, many people have reaped the many benefits LASIK in Los Angeles has to offer.
Most people who come to us interested in LASIK are concerned about what will happen during the surgery. They want to know what the surgery will be like, what medication they will be given, and whether or not they will feel pain. But we would like to talk about what you can expect after surgery when you are home recovering.
So let’s look at what you can expect after LASIK surgery and what you should avoid doing.
What to Expect After LASIK Surgery
The biggest thing you should expect is that your eyes will be sore after surgery. Almost all of our patients experience some kind of discomfort after LASIK. A burning sensation and extreme sensitivity to light are the most common complaints.
Your eyes may become dry and the whites of your eyes may look red for several days. That is completely normal. You can use eye drops to minimize any discomfort.
And visual fluctuations after LASIK are completely normal. They will subside eventually and your vision will stabilize but it may take several months for this to happen.
What You Should Avoid Doing After LASIK Surgery
Fortunately, LASIK surgery is a pretty simple procedure but it is surgery so there are some precautions you must take. Avoid putting on any makeup for at least a week.
Wearing an eye shield at night will protect your eyes and keep you from unknowingly rubbing them. And try to stay away from dust or any other things that may irritate your eyes.
Be sure to schedule a follow-up visit with your Los Angeles LASIK surgeon after surgery. Your doctor will monitor your recovery process, ask about any symptoms you are experiencing, and be on the lookout for any potential problems.
Interested in learning more about LASIK and how it can improve your life? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Feinerman today!