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5 Tips for Achieving Better Eye Health in 2018

December 20th, 2017

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2017 is quickly coming to a close, which means it’s that time of year when everyone begins thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. So why not start thinking about how you can achieve better eye health in the coming year?

Your vision plays a crucial role in your daily life so maintaining good vision should be a top priority. Here are five tips for achieving better eye health in 2018:


  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle


Did you know that your lifestyle choices play a role in overall eye health? There is nothing better than eating dark, leafy greens to help you maintain long-term eye health.

And research has also shown that a diet rich in omega 3’s can benefit your eyes as well. And by maintaining a healthy weight you will be at less risk of developing diabetes and other serious conditions that can lead to vision loss.


  • Get yearly eye exams


We can’t talk about eye health without mentioning how important yearly eye exams are. Preventative care is the best way to take care of yourself so make sure you stay on top of your yearly checkups.

You should also make sure you are familiar with your family’s medical history. That way you can let your doctor if there is a history of eye diseases like glaucoma or cataracts.


  • Break out the sunglasses


Long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage your eyes and put you at increased risk for cataracts and macular degeneration. Getting fresh air is important but protecting your vision is too. Make sure you wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat anytime you spend time outdoors.


  • Take a digital detox


Did you know that 93 percent of Americans spend over two hours a day on digital devices, causing something known as eye strain? Eye strain can cause headaches, irritated eyes, and blurred vision.

Try to periodically give yourself a detox from your digital devices. If you regularly use a computer or laptop for work, make sure to take plenty of breaks to give your eyes time to rest.


  • Consider having LASIK surgery


And if you really want to improve your vision in 2018, you should consider having LASIK surgery. LASIK is a quick, painless procedure with a relatively short recovery time. And best of all, you can finally ditch your glasses or contacts for good and enjoy the benefits of having clearer vision.

For more information on LASIK or to schedule a yearly vision exam, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Feinerman today.

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.



4 Important Facts About Cataracts and Laser Cataract Surgery

September 9th, 2016

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Laser cataract surgery has lent additional accuracy to cataract surgery. For such a straightforward procedure, laser cataract surgery has the power to significantly improve a person’s quality of life. Although they can cause significant impairment, cataracts are easy to treat. Ophthalmological surgical techniques have developed beautifully. Considering the relative ease with which cataract surgery can be performed, there are still many staggering facts about cataracts that bear repeating.

51% of the world’s cases of blindness are due to cataracts

Yes, you read that correctly. It is not a typo. Over half of blind people worldwide are blind due to cataracts. It’s mind-boggling considering the fact that cataracts are not difficult to remove. The problem is that many people in the world lack access to licensed eye care professionals or the money to get to these surgeons. The risk of developing cataracts grows with age, so as the world’s population keeps living longer and longer, the number of people who suffer from cataracts grows as well. Additionally, since women are more likely than men to develop cataracts (and women are less likely than men to gain access to the health care they need) more of the world’s women suffer from cataracts.

Lifestyle changes can delay the development of cataracts

There are no eye drops or medications that can “dissolve” or prevent the formation of cataracts. They are tied to aging, and the best way to treat them is to notice them early and remove them using laser cataract surgery. That being said, it is believed that certain lifestyle changes can delay the formation of cataracts. Wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection in addition to not smoking while maintaining a healthy diet are suspected ways to delay the development of cataracts.

Nothing is being scraped away during cataract surgery

You should not think of cataracts as a substance to be scraped away. What has happened is your lens has developed a cloudy build-up. The solution is to remove the affected lens during a laser cataract surgery procedure. During thisLaser cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will insert an intraocular lens (IOL) implant that will serve as a replacement. While every surgery involves risk, this is one of the most regularly performed surgeries in the United States and your ophthalmologist has likely performed cataract surgery many times.

Ultrasound technology is used to break up the lens

Phacoemulsification is used to remove the cloudy lens. Ultrasound technology is used to break up the lens before it is aspirated out. As cataract surgery methods have progressed, the incision needed to break up the lens and perform this step has become smaller and smaller. In laser cataract surgery, the laser reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed to break down the lens.

Our dedicated professionals at Feinerman Eye are ready to sit down with you and discuss the benefits of laser cataract surgery. Cataracts are an unnecessary vision impairment. Drop by our Newport Beach location and speak to Dr. Feinerman about your laser cataract surgery consultation!

Halloween Eyes: Spooky Accessory or Hauntingly Dangerous?

October 8th, 2015

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Halloween, historically, is known as a time to remember the dead. In the United States it is celebrated with costumes, trick-or-treating, festivals, decorating, and pumpkin carving.

Halloween is also a popular time for people to use colored contact lenses to enhance their costumes. From blood-drenched vampire eyes to glow-in-the-dark lizard lenses, costume contacts can certainly add a spooky, eye-popping touch.   But beware!  Make sure that your eye accessories are a treat and not a trick causing you eye issues in the future!

What to know before buying colored contacted lenses

  • Never buy colored contact lenses from a retailer that does not ask for a prescription. There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” contact lens. Lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch your eye or cause permanent damage.
  • Don’t buy them over the counter without a prescription. Contacts are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Places that sell them without a prescription are breaking the law!
  • Even if you have perfect vision, get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) for your costume contacts. An eye doctor must also measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye will respond to wearing contacts.
  • Obtain a prescription from your doctor that includes the brand name, lens measurements and expiration date. Buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, whether you go in person or shop online.
  • Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams.
  • Never share contact lenses with another person.
  • If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses and seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist.
  • Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses.

Risks associated with buying colored contact lenses

If you buy decorative contacts without a prescription, a poor fit can cause the following:

  • Scratches on the cornea or permanent damage
  • Corneal infection
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Decreased vision

You should never buy lenses from:

  • Street vendors
  • Salons or beauty supply stores
  • Boutiques
  • Flea markets
  • Novelty stores
  • Halloween stores
  • Record or video stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Beach shops
  • Internet (unless the site requires a prescription)

These are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which are prescription devices by federal law.

Additional Safety tips

  • Avoid costumes that block visibility: Most Halloween accessories such as masks and eye patches are a lot of fun, but can block visibility. A safer option would be hypo-allergenic make-up.
  • Carry a flashlight: When out trick-or-treating, make sure you have a flashlight. You’re not only visible to cars, but you can light dark pathways and avoid holes in yards.
  • Make sure costumes are reflective: If your child’s costume is not reflective, sew or Velcro reflective tape on it. This way they can be seen crossing streets.

Doctor Gregg Feinerman is a world-renowned eye surgeon based in Newport Beach, California. As an Orange County eye surgeon, he specializes in LASIK vision correction and cataract surgeries. He and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to help you achieve your optimal eye health needs at Feinerman Vision Center.

How to Avoid Things that go “Bump” in the Night

September 1st, 2015

In order for our eyes to work properly, they need light to see. If that’s the case, than how do we see so well in almost complete darkness? Our eyes let us see a wide range of lighting conditions due to different parts of the eye working together.

How do we see in the dark?

Our vision range in varying light conditions comes from three parts of the eye:

The Pupil: The pupil contracts and expands depending on the amount of light, and can physically block the amount of light entering the eye in bright situations.

Rod and Cone Cells: Our eyes use two different types of cells to see light: rods and cones. The cone cells perceive fine detail and color but need bright light in order to do so. Rod cells can only see black and white and have poor resolution, but remain sensitive even in very low light. A white barely seen by the rods must be increased in brightness 1,000 times before the cones can pick it up.

Preparing your eyes to see in the dark

It takes time for your eyes to naturally adapt to the dark and is much faster for your eyes to adjust to bright light rather than darkness. Total adaptation to the dark can take hours. Here are a few quick tips to feel more comfortable in the dark.

  • Wear sunglasses. A few hours of exposure to bright sunlight can reduce your ability to adjust to the darkness by 10 minutes and 10 days of exposure can cause a 50% loss of night vision. Be sure to wear glasses with a grey tint to block out the entire visible spectrum and the darker the lenses the better.
  • Lower the brightness on your computer screen: By keeping the brightness on your computer or TV low, your eyes won’t have to adjust as much.
  • Don’t look directly at what you’re trying to see: Your eyes see with rods and cones. The concentration of of cones (see more color) is greater at the center of your vision than it is on the edges. Since cones require more light than rods you’ll see best at night with rods, which are more concentrated in the periphery of your vision.
  • Avoid looking directly at bright lights: Looking directly at a bright light can greatly increase the amount of time your eyes need to adjust to the darkness. If you must look towards a light, try closing one eye to maintain some dark adaptation. When driving at night, try not to look directly at high beams coming towards you and look to the lines in the road to stay on course.
  • Use the pirate method: Pirates didn’t always wear eye patches because they had lost an eye. Often times they used patches to improve their night vision. By wearing an eye patch they could keep one eye adapted to the darkness so that when they went below deck they could just lift up the eye patch and be able to see again. You don’t need to walk around wearing patch, you can do this by holding one hand over your eye if you need to turn on the light for any reason and then only one side will lose night vision. Give it around four minutes and then cover one eye before turning on the lights. Wait a few seconds and then turn the lights off again and open both eyes.
  • Let your eyes adjust naturally. Before going into a dark area and risking bumping into something, close your eyes and cover them for a while to let them adapt. Also, applying slight pressure with your palms can help speed up the adjustment process.

Being able to see well at night is important for both your convenience and your safety. To help preserve your night vision, be sure to get enough vitamin A, avoid smoking, and wear sunglasses when outside.

Doctor Gregg Feinerman is a world-renowned eye surgeon based in Newport Beach, California. As an Orange County eye surgeon, he specializes in LASIK vision correction and cataract surgeries. He and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to help you achieve your optimal eye health needs at Feinerman Vision Center.


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