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Category Archives: Health

Why Eye Surgery Lasik?

1. Nothing is as sweet as the freedom from the hassles and inconveniences of contacts or glasses.

2. You save money! Over the years, the costs of lenses, solutions and glasses amounts to thousands of dollars.

3. You save time! In one year, the average contact lens wearer spends nearly 60 hours wetting, soaking, rubbing, cleaning and otherwise maintaining them. This is about 2.5 whole days!

4. Imagine waking up in the morning, and being able to see the clock!

5. You get to go swimming, scuba diving and be able to see things!

6. You are able to spontaneously go camping or stay overnight.

7. You are able to take a nap when the mood strikes without first having to remove lenses. Imagine the hassle saved!

8. You will be able to see while putting on makeup or shaving, no more squinting!

9. You will be able to participate in outdoor sports without glasses that fog or get splashed with rain or lenses that dry out in the wind.

10. And most important of all, you w ill be able to avoid the negative consequences of long term contact lens wear!

Clinicians wishing to undertake laser eye surgery should ensure that patients understand the benefits and potential risks of the procedure. So the better you understand your LASIK surgery, and what happens after your surgery, the better prepared you’ll be for your surgery. Patients should be counseled on the potential risks and benefits of LASIK, then make an informed decision. No matter what your motivation may be, the decision to have eye improvement surgery is no small task and it should be considered carefully. If you decide Lasik surgery is for you, consulting your eye doctor is critical to making an informed decision.

 

How to Clean and Caring Your Contact Lenses

There are two primary reasons why it is absolutely necessary for you to take the time and make the effort to properly care and maintain your contact lenses. The most important reason why it absolutely is necessary to properly care for and maintain your contact lenses is your eye health. The failure to properly care for and tend to your contact lenses can have some very serious consequences as far as your eye health is concerned.

A common problem that can occur if you do not properly care for your contacts — including appropriate cleaning and sterilization — is an eye infection. Eye infections can be very serious. In some instances, an eye infection can result in permanent damage to your eyes which can result in further impaired vision and (in some instances) blindness.

The second primary reason why it is vital to properly care for and maintain your lenses rests in the fact that you can extend the life of your contact lenses through appropriate cleaning, sterilization care and maintenance. If you are like most people, you certainly want to get the most out of your contact lenses. You want to be able to use them for as long as it is healthy and possible to utilize a pair of contact lenses. By failing to properly care for your contact lenses, you can shorten the life of a pair of lenses significantly.

When you obtain a new pair of contact lenses, take the time to familiarize yourself with the care and maintenance requirements of your lenses. Remember, there are no viable shortcuts to the proper care and maintenance of your contact lenses — your eye health and bank balance depends upon it.

 

About Cataracts

The term cataracts refers to a clouding of the eye’s lens that is located behind the iris and pupil. This particular lens operates by focusing light on to the retina, much in the same way as a camera lens. The lens affected by cataracts is also involved in the eye’s focus.

This lens consists of protein and water. This protein is precisely arranged for optimum functioning. However, during the natural aging process, these proteins can become clumped together and cause the eye to cloud. This cloud is what is known as a cataract and will most likely get larger as time progresses if left untreated. Your eye doctor will probably want to wait until the cataract interferes with your eyesight before opting to remove it.

There are three different types of cataracts you should know about:

Cortical Cataracts

This type of cataract is formed in the cortex of the lens. Over time, a cortical cataract will extend from the outside of the lens to the center. This type of cataract is common to diabetes sufferers.

Nuclear Cataracts

Nuclear cataracts are the most common type of cataracts. Forming in the center of the lens, this type of cataract is caused by the normal aging process. When this cataract first forms, you may even experience improved vision. However, this effect will not last long.

Subcapsular Cataracts

This kind of cataract starts at the back of the lens. If you take steroids, have diabetes, or suffer from farsightedness, you may be susceptible to supcapsular cataracts.

Fortunately, all three types of cataracts can be removed with eye surgery. Today’s surgeons implement the use of lasers and other innovative technology to remove a patient’s cataracts with a minimum of risk or discomfort. Some cataract surgeries will involve removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear plastic lens called an intraocular lens.

While cataract removal surgery is relatively safe, you may experience a few side effects such as swelling, bleeding or discomfort. Your eye doctor will advise you on the steps to take during recovery to aid proper healing.

Nutritionists are currently studying the role diet plays in the prevention of cataracts. Research has shown a favorable link between antioxidants and the prevention of cataracts. Antioxidants are vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E that work to fight harmful free radicals in the body.

 

Know More about Eye Conditions and Diseases

Allergies

Eye allergies are common and affect countless people around the world. Itchy, watery, swollen and red eyes are some symptoms of eye allergies. Over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications and eye drops provide easy relief.

Astigmatism

An astigmatism is an abnormal curvature of your cornea. Although this condition may worsen with age, it is easy to remedy with glasses, corrective contact lenses or LASIK surgery.

Blepharitis

This condition is an inflammation of the eye and eyelid that can lead to uncomfortable irritation, watering, and a crusty buildup. Blepharitis sufferers will commonly feel like there is something in the eye. This problem is often caused by a bacterial infection. Treat blepharitis with antibiotics, soothing drops, silicone punctal plugs, warm compresses and occasionally steroids.

Cataracts

A common problem for the elderly is cataracts. Cataracts refers to the clouding of the eye caused by a clumping of protein. This is caused by the aging process. Cataracts start out small and gradually get bigger with time. Cataract surgery is a safe, common procedure that your eye care professional can easily perform to remove the cataracts.

Dry Eye Syndrome

This uncomfortable condition is caused by the lack of proper lubrication in the eye. Chronic dryness, burning and itching are common symptoms of this syndrome. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by menopause or from certain medications. Contact lens wearers also commonly complain of excessive dryness of the eyes. Certain eye diseases and conditions can also cause this problem. Your eyecare professional can prescribe or recommend drops such as artificial tears to alleviate the problem.

Macular Degeneration

Also known as AMD, this condition is the leading cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of 65. Your eye doctor can educate you about the different kinds of macular degeneration. Although there is no cure for this condition, there may be ways your eye doctor can improve your eyesight.

 

Tips to Care For Your Vision

The first thing you should understand is that good vision care must be taught. Almost everyone has the potential to have good vision. These days, our eyes are under constant strain. Students in school now read twice the number of textbooks that their parents read when they were in school. The rapid use of computers has led to a society in which many people spend long hours each day looking at a computer screen. For these people, the amount of strain placed on the eyes is considerable.

The thing that many people fail to realize is that the eyes were not designed to constantly look at objects a few feet away from them. Our eyes were designed to enhance our chances of survival in the wild, and this means that our eyes are naturally good at locating enemies and food at a distance. The task of constantly staring at objects a few feet away such as televisions and computers is a very recent phenomenon. Many of the problems people have with their eyes is a failure to adapt to this new environment.

People talk about the importance of personal hygiene, but it is also critical to understand the value of your visual hygiene. If you are staring at an object for long periods of time which is a few feet away, look away from it every now and then. It is also important to have a light on anything you are looking at. If you are reading a textbook, the light on it should be much brighter than the other objects in the room. It is also important to make sure you sit upright when watching tv or sit in front of the computer.

When you read or write, you should be at least 16 inches away from the document.When you watch television, you should sit at least 8 feet away from it. It is also important to engage in outdoor activities every now and then. Playing sports will allow your eyes to focus on objects a long distance away.