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Summer is Here, Now It’s Time to Focus on Your Eyes

July 2nd, 2015

For those of us wanting to have overall good health, it’s important to be proactive. Avoiding visits to the eye doctor until symptoms become worse can cause serious risks to your eyes. Scheduling routine eye exams and check-ups with an eye doctor is an important and safe step to ensuring the best quality of care for your eyes and health.

Why Are Eye Exams Important?

Eye exams aren’t just for people who have vision problems. An annual eye exam is important for everyone—no matter age or physical health—to maintain healthy eyes, prevent vision problems, and diagnose diseases early.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Also, eye doctors often are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.

What is the doctor looking for?

During an eye exam, an eye doctor is not only determining the quality of your vision, but they’re also looking for symptoms that could cause eye diseases or disorders. Symptoms your eye doctor check for include:

  • Refractive error:This refers to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or surgery.
  • Amblyopia:This occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. The brain will “shut off” the image from the turned or blurry eye. Left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. Amblyopia is often treated by patching the stronger eye for periods of time.
  • Strabismus:Strabismus is defined as crossed or turned eyes. The examiner will check your eyes’ alignment to be sure that they are working together. Strabismus causes problems with depth perception and can lead to amblyopia.
  • Focusing problems:These problems can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability (presbyopia) among older adults.
  • Eye Diseases:Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, have no symptoms in their early stages. Your optometrist will check the health of your eyes inside and out for signs of early problems. In most cases, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce your risk for permanent vision loss.
  • Other Diseases:eye doctors can detect early signs of some conditions and diseases by looking at your eye’s blood vessels and retina. Your eye doctor may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other problems.

Visiting an eye doctor frequently will prevent many eye diseases and disorders from getting worse, saving you time and money. Make sure to schedule regular appointments with your eye doctor, no matter your age, symptoms, or current health status.

After a comprehensive exam, your eye doctor will discuss the findings and offer treatment options best suited to your needs.

What is the difference between vision screening and a complete eye exam?

Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, other health care providers or volunteers. The eye test that you take when you get your driver’s license renewed is an example of a vision screening. Depending on who is performing the test and where the test is given, vision screenings may include tests for blur, muscle coordination and/or common eye diseases. Keep in mind that a vision screening can indicate that you need to get your eyes checked, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an eye doctor and includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based on the results of your exam, your eye doctor will then recommend a treatment plan for your individual needs.

A comprehensive eye exam should include testing to determine if the patient’s eyes are aligned is important.  Some patients have crossed eyes or turned eyes, suggesting that the two eyes are not working together (strabismus).  Strabismus can lead to poor depth perception and the inability to achieve “perfect vision” (20/20), also known as amblyopia.

The comprehensive eye exam should also include testing that will assess focusing skills in children and adults.  In adults (starting around 40 years of age) the eye’s ability to focus up close begins to decrease (presbyopia).  Presbyopia is not serious, but only the correct prescription will help.

Remember, only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can provide a comprehensive eye exam — family physicians and pediatricians are not fully trained to do this, and studies have shown that they can miss important vision problems that require treatment.

How often should I get my eyes checked?

A yearly eye exam is a good idea, but consider the following when determining how often to see your eye doctor:

  • After 40 years old, having an eye exam every 18 to 24 months is a good idea.
  • At around 60 years of age, annual exams should be considered because of the increased risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other diseases of the aging eye.
  • An annual exam and prescription evaluation is necessary for contact lens wearers.  This will ensure there are no unwanted effects of contact lens wear and make sure your contact lens prescription is up-to-date.
  • People with diabetes should have eye examinations at least every year or as recommended by their ophthalmologist, since they are more at risk for several eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.

When visiting an eye doctor, you’re not only taking care of your current vision, but you’re also decreasing the possibility of other eye disorders and diseases. Eye doctors are professionally trained to find and diagnose all abnormal and unhealthy symptoms found within the eyes; so, a frequent check-up regime will save you time, health, and money.

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.

Does the Suit Make the Doctor?

May 11th, 2015

Dr. Gregg Feinerman, Top Eye Surgeon and Now Top Style Icon

You know that Dr. Gregg Feinerman is one of the top LASIK surgeons in Newport Beach, CA and also known worldwide for is using the most innovated technology and techniques to help people restore their vision, but did you also know he has been recognized as a style icon?  Dr. Feinerman was recently featured in Newport Beach Magazine (http://newportbeachmagazine.com/the-right-fit-mens-style/) for being one of the most sharped dressed doctors in town.

Gregg’s sharp suiting allows him to fit right in with his celebrity clientele, which includes footballer Cesc Fàbregas and members of Hollywood’s elite. He also looks effortlessly stylish when appearing on local and national television, including CBS’ “The Doctors” as well as news segments on KNBC and KTLA.

Along with his world class fashion sense, Dr. Feinerman offers a unique patient experience that sets him apart from the rest.

“It’s important to dress well,” Dr. Feinerman says. “The way you dress says a lot about you. For example, your attention to detail—I dress to look contemporary and professional.”

Dr. Feinerman’s attention to detail carries through to his LASIK surgery.  He and his staff are constantly ensuring their clients get the best experience and that they are up to date on all the latest innovations & LASIK and Cataract technologies.  Not to mention helping you to look your best by possibly eliminating your glasses or getting you into some fashion-forward frames is the new style trend.

Excellent Quality

Dr. Gregg Feinerman and the entire staff at Feinerman Vision Center are committed to providing their clients with the highest quality vision correction possible.

Dr. Gregg Feinerman has devoted more than a decade to ongoing research efforts in the field of vision correction, in addition to contributing to numerous medical journals and books. Feinerman Vision Center has always been at the forefront of leading-edge vision correction technology.

Outstanding Results

The outcomes of each surgery done at Feinerman Vision Center are regularly monitored and evaluated to ensure a high level of consistency and safety. Any candidate for vision correction who visits their Orange County facility may have free access to this information, as it demonstrates their high success rates and low percentages of complication.

Client Testimonials

The comments below represent a sample of the many people who now have Dr. Feinerman to thank for their crystal clear vision.

“Dr. Feinerman and his staff are amazing! I had Lasik done there about a year ago and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I have 20/20 vision now! From the first moment you walk in their office you are greeted by a friendly staff that is personable, welcoming, and professional. They always move you through each room in a timely manner and the wait time is never over 10 minutes before you are brought back to see the doctor. Dr. Feinerman himself, is such a great doctor. He makes sure you are taken care of and feeling comfortable with any of their procedures. As for the Lasik surgery, it was easier than I expected. I came in the morning and left about 30 minutes later. He had nice music playing in the background while I was getting it done and my mother was allowed in the room to watch. The overall procedure took only 5 minutes and before I knew it I was home and on my way to recovery. He gave me his personal cell phone to call him if there were any problems that I experienced, and he checked up on me that afternoon to see how I was feeling. I came back to the office 2 days later for a checkup and everything was great. If you want a professional, personable, and classy doctor than you should definitely choose Dr. Feinerman! You will be incredibly happy with the results and your experience will be above and beyond what you could ever expect from a Lasik doctor!! I highly recommend him!!”

Danielle Davison, LASIK Patient

“I had cataract surgery on both eyes, a week apart, and both were successful. I experienced very little if any pain throughout the process. I was not apprehensive or nervous as I waited in the pre-surgery area since I had full trust and confidence in the surgery to be performed by Dr. Feinerman.

The presurgery staff was very friendly and they made sure that I was comfortable with a warm blanket and pillow. They were attentive and professional in administering the IV, sedatives, and monitoring my blood pressure. The reception staff was very friendly and courteous.”

Lorenzo Apodaca, LenSx Cataract Surgery Patient

“The folks at Feinerman Vision Center were first class, very cordial, and professional! I cannot believe how nice it is to see things clearly. The cataracts were becoming obsessive! My vision is better than it has been in 40 years!”

Gerry Youngewirth, LenSx Cataract Surgery and Crystalens Patient

To read more about what clients have to say go to http://www.feinermanvision.com/orange-county/testimonials.htm or read one of 105 five star reviews on Yelp.

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.

Sunglasses: More than Just a Fashion Statement

April 1st, 2015

Sunglasses can give you that instant Hollywood or rock star hipness, however they’re much more than a fashion accessory. Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes. Too much sun exposure can potentially damage the skin around your eyes, the lens of your eye and increase your risk of cataracts.

Not all sunglasses are created equal. You cannot use price as a gauge of sun protection, since many higher priced brands cost more because of fashion and brand names, not function. Here are some quick tips on what to look for:

  1. Look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Sunglasses help protect your eyes in two important ways. They help filter light and they protect against damaging rays of the sun (UV rays). Avoid sunglasses that say “absorbs UV”. Sunglasses should block 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays .
  • To best protect your eyes from the sun, always wear good quality sunglasses when you are outdoors – even when it’s cloudy.
  • Depending on your outdoor lifestyle, you also may want to explore performance sunglasses or sport sunglasses.
  1. Lens Options: Your sunglass usage will determine the best type of lens for you.
  • Polarized Lenses: This type of lens helps cut the glare – such as the glare off of water while you’re out sailing in the warm summer months. But glare reduction does not equal adequate UV protection. Make sure that your sunglasses have both. Opt for sunglasses with a polarized lens if you spend a lot of time in the water. However, it can be difficult to read your cell phone, GPS device, or ATM machine with polarized lens.
  • Blue-blocking lenses:These lenses can make distant objects easier to see, especially in haze. Lenses that block all blue light are tinted amber. But be careful when driving with these lenses when you look at traffic lights– the police won’t accept sunglasses as an excuse to get out of a ticket!
  • Photochromic lenses:These lenses darken or lighten as the amount of available light changes which allows you to have one pair of glasses for indoor and outdoor use. However, they do take time to adjust to different light conditions.
  • Polycarbonate lenses: These lenses offer impact protection during potentially hazardous sports and activities.
  • Gradient lenses:Single-gradient lenses, which are dark on the top and lighter on the bottom, reduce glare while allowing you to see clearly. They’re useful for driving, but not sports. Double-gradient lenses are dark on the top and bottom and lighter in the middle. They’re useful to wear during water sports, but not for driving.
  1. Lens Color: Darker lenses do not necessarily mean more sun protection. The coating that blocks UV light is actually clear. Grey, green or rose color lenses can offer adequate UV protection as well. However, hue does play an important role in color perception. Yellow or rose tinted lenses can make it difficult to distinguish changes in traffic lights. Gray, green, and brown lenses minimize color distortion, and are a better choice when you’ll be behind the wheel.
  1. The fit: Larger frames and wraparound style sunglasses or sunglasses that fit closely around the eyes will offer the most UV protection. Sunglass frames should fit snugly on your nose and ears without pinching or rubbing. To prevent light from hitting your eyes from overhead, choose a pair that fits close to your face around the brow area, but not so close that your eyelashes are hitting the lenses.
  1. Protection for kids: Children and teenagers typically spend more time in the sun than adults. With this in mind, it’s especially important for kids to protect their eyes from the sun. Also, children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye. Also, encourage your child to wear a hat on sunny days to further reduce UV exposure.

Whether you opt for high-priced designer sunglasses or a more affordable pair you find at your drugstore, you can easily find sunglasses that are flattering and functional. Protecting your eye health is one sunglass trend that will never go out of style.

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.



Say Good Bye to the Allergy Blues: Tips to stop eye allergies before they start

March 17th, 2015

Spring allergies, which can begin as early as the end of February in some areas, are a common problem for many today. Symptoms of spring allergies can range from mild sneezing and itchy eyes, to congestion and fatigue. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent spring allergies before they begin.

  1. Use the Air Conditioner

Avoid the urge to air out the house by opening the windows. Use the air conditioner to keep the house cool and free of pollens. You can also buy a HEPA filter that will remove most of the dust and pollen from the air coming into your home through the air conditioner.

  1. Protect Your Eyes

If you have to be outdoors during allergy season, wear sunglasses. If you’re highly sensitive, a pollen-filtering nasal mask can help as well. You should also try to avoid wearing your contact lenses when the pollen count is too high, since tiny particles can get under the lenses and irritate your eyes.

  1. Wash Up

After being outdoors during high-pollen periods, remove and wash your clothing and take a shower. Wash your hair every night, especially if you use gel or mousse. These products can trap pollen.  Be sure to also dry your clothes in a dryer as opposed to line drying them, since pollens can stick to wet or damp clothes.

  1. Conduct a thorough spring cleaning of your home.

Allergens in mold and dust can lurk on shelves, around windows and in heating vents, where they can wreak havoc during the spring season. Consider getting your heating vents professionally cleaned every few years to eliminate potential allergy culprits. Other tips for getting your home ready for the spring time included:

  • Using toiletries, cosmetics and household products that are natural and unscented.
  • Vacuuming your carpets and draperies on a regular basis.
  • Clearing up unnecessary clutter to lessen dust buildup.
  • Having a separate room or storage for shoes and clothing you wore outdoors.
  • Bathing and grooming your cats and dogs on a frequent basis.
  1. Keep pets off of beds and other furniture

Pollen can cling to the fur of dogs and cats, and then be transferred indoors to bedding and upholstery. If you have pets, you may need to vacuum your floor even more often to keep pollen from collecting in your carpet as well.

  1. Don’t Bring Dirty Shoes Inside

You might be surprised to know that shoes carry more germs than toilet seats. Since you use them to travel different places and they come in contact with the dirtiest of environments, shoes are the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria and allergens. You can prevent allergies and other diseases from spreading due to the dirt on your shoes by placing a shoe rack or basket at the entrance of your house and making sure that it is regularly cleaned.

  1. Eat Right

Improper eating habits aggravate many health problems, including asthma and seasonal allergies. Medical studies have shown that antioxidants help battle inflammation inside your body, a critical factor in controlling allergies. You can also try eating more foods rich in omega-3s. These include fish, eggs, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. As much as possible, don’t consume too much food that formulates mucus in your system such as dairy. Lessen you intake of preserved foods, caffeine and sugar. This kind of unhealthy diet decreases the detoxification in the blood, can cause liver problems and increases allergic reactions.

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.

Give Dr. Feinerman Fifteen Minutes and You will See a World of Difference

January 5th, 2015

Do you suffer from cloudy vision or glare symptoms from oncoming headlights when driving at night?? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of cataracts. Cataracts develop from a slow buildup of protein on the eye’s lens and commonly occur in people 55 years of age and older. They are  painless and can develop slowly. Many people are not even aware they have cataracts until they have major changes in their vision.

Vision is one of the most important senses, and decreased vision can affect your independence by making even the most basic tasks challenging. Driving can be significantly impaired which can lead to disastrous consequences. . Going anywhere unfamiliar could be intimidating. Now imagine yourself waking up, opening your eyes, and seeing everything around you clearly. The cloudy, dull-colored blur would be gone and the world around you would be as crisp, clear, and colorful as you once remembered it. The glare symptoms should resolve, and driving at nighttime should be a much more pleasant experience.  Don’t let cataracts creep up on you. The sooner they are detected, the sooner they can be treated; causing less inconvenience to you or those you love. The newest technology for cataract treatment is Crystalens®, an FDA-clinically-proven treatment which can give you the best range of vision, clarity, and color perception available.

What is Crystalens?

There are several types of lens. The most basic is a monofocal lens, which enables a person to see at a distance. Another option is a multifocal lens, which provides distance and near vision by using a lens shaped like a target with each range providing multiple focusing optics. The most recent development in lens technology is Crystalens®. This type of lens is flexible and works with the eye’s focusing muscles, providing the patient with a full range of near and far vision. The advantage of Crystalens® is it provides a higher quality image than multifocal lens.

Crystalens® is  implanted and functions in a similar fashion as the eye’s natural lens, which bends to allow for clarity at objects both near and far.. . Once the surgery has been completed your eyes can generally  focus on objects at near, far, and everything in between.

Crystalens Procedure

Similar to modern “no-stitch,” “no-needle” orange county cataract eye surgery, the refractive lensectomy used to implant Crystalens® is simple and allows for relatively fast healing. After a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea, the lens is vaporized and the Crystalens® is implanted. Newport Beach Doctor Gregg Feinerman usually completes the surgery without stitches and in about 10 to15 minutes.

The recovery period is usually short. After receiving Crystalens®  implants, most Orange County residents are able to pursue normal activities almost immediately after surgery. Patients will have a follow-up visit scheduled with Orange County Ophthalmologist Dr. Feinerman to evaluate the success of the surgery. If ideal focus has not been achieved, there are two possible solutions. Either a new lens may be implanted, or LASIK may be used to fine-tune the focus.

Patients can expect that their Crystalens® implants will immediately improve the quality of their lives. They will experience far greater focus while doing such things as driving, watching TV, reading newspapers and recipes, sewing, and putting on makeup. After undergoing Crystalens® presbyopia treatment, most Newport Beach-area patients report decreased dependency on glasses and contacts!

Benefits of Crystalens

The following trial was conducted by the FDA to show some the benefits of using Crystalens:

FDA Clinical Trial Information:

  • 100% could see intermediate (24″ to 30″) without glasses, the distance for most of life’s activities
  • 98.4% of patients implanted with Crystalens® in both eyes could pass a driver’s test without glasses
  • Some patients did require glasses for some tasks after implantation of Crystalens®
  • 98.4% could see well enough to read the newspaper and the phone book without glasses.
  • Significantly more patients implanted with Crystalens® (88.4%) could see better at all distances then patients implanted with a standard IOL (35.9%)

To find out if you are at risk for developing cataracts, or to learn more about Crystalens®, contact Feinerman Vision Center for a comprehensive ophthalmic exam. Their ophthalmologists are some of the best in the country, with the experience and expertise to help you achieve your optimal vision and eye health. With the help of Crystalens®, you can maintain your vision, your independence, and do all those things you’ve wanted to without missing a beat.

Dr. Gregg Feinerman is one of the top cataract surgeons in the country, and he is located in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Feinerman has been in practice since 1999, and founded Feinerman Vision Center in 2001. Doctor Feinerman is board certified as an ophthalmologist by the American Board of Surgeons, and has served as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian—a magnet hospital that is one of the finest in the country. He is proficient in the most advanced methods of cataract surgery, and has certification in the Crystalens® IOL Vision Enhancement System. He has performed several thousand successful Crystalens® implants. In 2010, Bausch & Lomb presented him with the Crystalens® Millennium Society Award in recognition of surgeons who implanted more than 1,000 successful Crystalens® implants. In fact, Dr. Feinerman is one of the top five surgeons implanting Crystalens® in the USA.


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