Health and Fitness

No LASIK For ME!

In a recent conversation with a friend that had LASIK surgery recently, she wondered aloud: "Why isn't EVERYBODY having this done?", she said. "I mean... my vision has been perfect since the day after surgery! ". She went on to remind me how bad her vision had been before surgery, and how nervous she was when she came to the office for her consultation. Her experience was a completely positive one, with a smooth transition from complete dependence on glasses, to complete freedom from them. The next day, I was on the phone with my brother-in-law, who had his LASIK done almost 10 years ago. I posed the question to him, asking him as a long-time success story why he thought people were not having it done. He was also stumped. His experience was identical to my friend who had her LASIK more recently. So I began to think a little more about it. First, I looked at the cost aspect of it. Surgery runs, on average, a little less than $2000 per eye in the United States. This is a fairly large sum of money, but I have many patients who decided to finance their surgery through a company called "HealthOne".

Frames For Over Forty

As we age, the likelihood of wearing glasses becomes more of a reality. When worn all the time they also become our most important accessory. Unfortunately, the wrong frames can date us, as well as our eyewear. For a more youthful look consider style, fashion and colour. Defy gravity with a little face lift. Keep them guessing your age, by choosing styles that keep attention upward and outward on the face. Upswept styles do just that. They visually lift the face making you look younger. Eyewear with heavy bottoms or a downward sweep such as aviator styles are best left for the young... not the young at heart. Avoid styles that focus attention downward. An extra touch of colour on the upper frame or outer corner creates a focal point. Arms attached at, or toward the top of the frame, accentuate the cheekbones and open up the face. Choose styles and weights that complement your face and features while keeping up-to-date with society. Keep in sync with style trends. Even classic styles become dated over time.

Allergy Season Is Here, And My Eyes Itch!

Tis the season.... there is a glut of patients with symptoms related to seasonal allergies. Of course, patients seem to be talking about red, itchy eyes as their primary symptom, while you may be hearing more about systemic and respiratory symptoms. Some interesting statistics have come out. According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association: About 73 percent of consumers would rather treat themselves than see a doctor. A majority (62 percent) say they would like to self-treat more in the future. Nearly all (96 percent) say they are generally confident about their health care decisions. With that in mind, you may want to ask your patients specifically about the use of such Over-The-Counter (OTC) eyedrops as Visine-AC, or Naphcon-A. You may be surprised to find that a large number of them are self medicating, and not mentioning it to you! ! You may want to take some steps in educating your patients regarding the advantages of such prescription drops as Pataday, which is a once-a-day drop, that attacks several pathways of the allergic reaction.

Using Low Vision Reading Aids

Low Vision Aids Help Make Your Life More Active Low vision can be caused by any number of reasons. Genetics can play a part, such as the low vision that is common in albinism. Accidents can have an impact on a person's vision, as can age. As people age, they are at a greater risk for developing macular degeneration. Macular degeneration causes a loss of central vision, which is crucial for such activities as reading, watching television or seeing a computer screen clearly. There are low vision aids that can help make these activities a part of your life again. They can include bifocal reading glasses, magnifiers, and telescopic glasses. Many vision problems can be resolved by using a variety of suitable low vision products. Bifocal Reading Glasses Bifocals allow the wearer to see both near and far distances depending on which part of the eyeglass lens he or she looks through. They typically have a smaller reading lens placed in the bottom part of a regular sized lens used for distance sight.

Contact Lenses - One Of The Best Inventions

There are three major ways of combating vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, namely, contact-lenses(or just 'contacts'), eyeglasses and corrective surgery. Many people despise complicated medical procedures, but would also not like to be wearing eyeglasses on them. In such situations, contact lenses are a proven way out. They remain inconspicuous, while also being easy to use. For sports persons, especially, contact lenses are like a boon from heaven as it spares them from the unnecessary hassles of having to deal with eyeglasses protruding out from their eyes and getting in the way of everything. Besides, contact lenses also provide the luxury of full unobstructed vision which may not be possible with eyeglasses. God bless the people behind the invention of these small yet extremely useful pieces of plastic! Surprisingly, contact lenses have a long history behind them. One interesting fact is that Leonardo Da Vinci is credited with having first come up with the idea of contact lenses(ya, they are that old!

Choosing The Right Contact Lenses - Types Of Contact Lenses

It is always best to know your options before you start shopping for contact lenses. Here are the different types of contact lenses available. This will help you choose, with the help of your doctor, one that fits your needs. Soft lenses: Disposable lenses: If you do not want to deal with the hassles of regular care and maintenance associated with contact lenses, disposable contact lenses are the way to go. These are use and throw lenses that, depending on the type of lenses, can either be used for just a day or for a week or two before being disposed off for a new one. Daily disposable lenses do not even require to be cleaned with cleaning solutions. Since these are available in various colors too, these are perfect if you need to just test out different eye-colors for a while. However, before getting one, it would be best to consult your local doctor about which type or brand of disposable lens would be best for your eye-type. Annual soft contact lenses: Obviously, as the name suggests, they last for a full year.

Eyewear - Choosing The Right Frame To Suit The Face

Have you ever wondered why some people look fantastic in their eyewear, whilst others look awkward and unsuited? Selecting frames can be a challenging exercise, not to mention laborious. With such a wide range to choose from, where do you start? Get it right, and you will find your eyeglasses or sunglasses will complement the shape and size of your face, adding balance to your features and making you look attractive. Choose the wrong style however, and you could end up with a clumsy look that is far from flattering. Here are some guidelines to help you in your quest for choosing the perfect eyeglass frames to suit your face: The Eyes Always ensure that your eyes are centred within the lenses, no matter what the frame shape may be. The Brow Line The top of the frame should not be prominent above or below the brow line. Choose a chunkier, more solid frame to balance thicker eyebrows. The Lenses Careful lens selection is as important as choosing the right frames and some lenses can change the overall appearance of the eyewear.

Cheap Non Prescription Contact Lenses

No Prescription, No Problem! If you're looking for cheap non prescription contact lenses, it can be hard to know where to look. After all, the internet provides a lot of choices, as well as the choices you have at stores in your area. With all the choices available, it helps to know exactly what you're looking for. Here are some things to look for when shopping for cheap non prescription contact lenses. Most folks that are looking for this type of contact lenses are merely trying to change how their eyes look, without modifying their vision. If you want to get a fresh new look, but you don't need prescription lenses, here are some of the options available to you. One of the more popular types of these lenses is colored lenses. If you're like most people, you've wondered how you would like with different colored eyes. Perhaps you like the color of your eyes, but you'd like to tweak them a bit by giving them a bolder or lighter color. If so, there are contact lenses for you. Some of the contact lens colors that can be obtained include classic colors like blue, green, hazel, or brown.

When The Sun Is Out And The Sky Is Blue, Try Not To Let Sun Damaged Eyes Spoil Your View

UV rays to blame for Eye Damage It is commonly known that exposure to the sun can cause skin damage. However, it is not only the skin that can suffer from the increased levels of ultraviolet radiation to which we are exposed during the summer months; our eyes can be at great risk too. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can be to blame for various eye disorders, including cataracts and even cancer. UV radiation levels are three times higher in June, July and August than during the winter. Worse still, between 10am and 3pm and at high altitudes such as ski resorts, the levels are amplified. The Effects of UV Light Exposure to intense levels of UV light, especially that which is reflected off snow, water or sand, can result in the surface of the eye being burnt, just like the skin. Whilst the burns are usually temporary, they can still produce irritating and uncomfortable symptoms such as: Swelling of the eyes A gritty feeling in the eyes Excessive watering and blinking An inability to handle bright lights The possibility of snow blindness, a form of temporary blindness However, long term exposure to UV light can have far more dangerous connotations, such as damage to the cornea and conjunctiva, as well as the lens and retina.

Take Care When Finding Your Laser Eye Surgery Clinic

These days there seems to be a good deal of "buzz" and excitement around the Lasik corrective eye surgery that is not only being widely discussed but is increasingly popular in many different crowds. While one can get caught up in the excitement of the promise of improved vision, one should always invest the time to be sure that a highly qualified eye surgeon is selected and that the choice of a laser eye surgery clinic is the best quality facility available. Since laser eye surgery is an operation that will be making permanent changes to the cornea of the patient's eye, and therefore to their vision, it is very important that this procedure is carried out at a reputable center. It is always a good idea when "shopping around" for a lasik eye center to not only consider the cost of Lasik surgery but also the reputation and background of the Lasik eye surgery center. There are many aspects to be considered before selecting a laser eye surgery clinic where you will have your work done.

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