A Busy Mom’s Chase For More Life Through LASIK | Shinagawa Feature Story

A Busy Mom’s Chase For More Life Through LASIK

Too distant to have LASIK at Shinagawa? Not a problem. Not even distance can keep someone away from a perfect vision.

Take the case of Australia-based wife, mom and career woman Jaye Magyani-Vijandre, who flew from Melbourne to Manila just to have her LASIK for brighter eyesight.

For most of her life, Jaye, who has been living in Melbourne for over 11 years now, was used to dealing with blurry vision and eyeglasses but after having three kids to attend to, she knew it was time to end her agony and chase the convenience that bright eyesight can provide her life.

Aware of the Shinagawa’s LASIK and the results it has given a lot of patients already, Jaye, who can’t afford to have a blurry vision anymore, never hesitated and went back home for two weeks just to have her procedure done. It most certainly paid off.

“It’s amazing what LASIK did for me and my eyesight! Based in Australia, I went back home to the Philippines just to have LASIK at Shinagawa as it was worth the trip,” gladly shared Jaye. “For a wife, mom of three kids and a career woman, it is really important for me to have brighter eyesight to have an easier everyday life as I juggle a lot of things. LASIK was able to give me that. I know have a 20/10 vision, yes, that’s even better than 20/20!”

For the longest time, she dealt with the inconvenience of having poor eyesight, urging her to finally find a solution for good. And that happened to be LASIK.

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“I’ve been struggling with blurry vision and eyeglasses since I was in grade school and I just really wanted the convenience that bright eyesight can give that’s I really pushed for LASIK and gladly, I got the results that I wanted and was expecting all along.”

Now with a beyond perfect vision, Jaye can be a better Jill of all trades as she looks forward to living her active life more.

“Taking care of three kids all at the same time is no joke. My bright vision makes it easier as I won’t have to deal anymore with problems with glasses, something that used to get lost and broken often. Given also my work and my started career as a mom-vlogger, this brighter vision definitely gives me a lot of advantage now.”

“I really am thankful to Shinagawa for allowing me to experience a more comfortable and convenient life now after LASIK.”

Wherever you might be in the country or in the world, you can find your way to Shinagawa for a better vision and life. Yes, it is possible.

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to start your LASIK journey with us.

Your Cornea Is Sensitive, Make Sure You Take Care Of It | Shinagawa LASIK Blog

Your Cornea Is Sensitive, Make Sure You Take Care Of It

Do you know that the cornea is the most commonly transplanted human tissue with the highest success rate?

Yes, it is and that’s because your cornea works really hard to the point that it is prone to accidental damage. The cornea is the outer layer that’s the first contact between your eye and the world.

Approximately, eye doctors perform more than 40,000 corneal transplants every year. Why do they have to? This five-layered surface of the eye takes a beating, often inadvertently.

People expose it to UV rays from the sun. They grind their knuckles into their eyes from habit or to stop itching. Worst of all, they leave contact lenses in so long — especially when asleep — that corneal ulcers occur.

Think of your cornea as a flexible windshield. It catches dust, grit and bacteria and keeps debris at bay. Tears rain over it each time you blink. If it’s damaged, you need to act quickly; a problem left unattended may get worse and prevent you from seeing clearly what’s in front of you.

Your cornea focuses two-thirds to three-fourths of the light reaching your eye. It bends light onto the lens, which refocuses light onto the retina. The retina converts light to electrical impulses that travel down the optic nerve to the brain and get interpreted as images.

The cornea has the densest concentration of nerves of any human tissue. At the same time, it has no blood vessels, which is why the body seldom rejects a transplant. And it’s resilient: It bounces back from minor injuries or scratches, though deeper injuries cause harmful scarring. Blurry or reduced vision, halos, glare or headaches may indicate various eye problems, but pain and redness specifically suggest corneal concerns.

Many eye ailments become more common with age.

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The most common corneal loss of clarity mainly affects people in their teens and 20s. It’s keratoconus, a progressive thinning and distortion that afflicts one American in 2,000. A new treatment, corneal cross-linking, doesn’t cure the condition but keeps it from getting worse: Doctors saturate the cornea with riboflavin, expose it to a wavelength of UV light, and a chemical reaction with oxygen stiffens the tissue permanently.

This is an exciting time for corneal research. Ophthalmologists now treat individual layers of the cornea, making partial transplants instead of full ones. For example, Fuchs’ dystrophy affects the back layer, where pumping cells carry fluid out of the eye to prevent swelling. Physicians go in from the side, remove a defective area, insert donor tissue containing healthy pumping cells and push it against the front of the cornea with an air bubble.

Doctors use drops as an ongoing defense against mild corneal problems, but two types need drastic measures. The first is any chemical burn or splashback; those require immediate medical attention.

The second is a corneal ulcer, which can get painful – and dangerous – quickly. The likeliest causes? Foreign body material in the eyes or contact lenses left in while you sleep. Whatever advertisers claim about soft or extended-wear lenses, take them out every time you plan to get at least four hours of shuteye.

Your eye health should be as much of a priority for you as your overall health. Shinagawa has the ability to give you the corresponding eye care that you need.

Let’s take a look at your eyes and cornea to see how they are doing. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule an appointment for eye consultation or LASIK screening.

Risks of Contact Lens vs Benefits of LASIK | Shinagawa LASIK Blog

Risks of Contact Lens Vs. Benefits of LASIK

Who doesn’t want clear eyesight? None, right?

Everyone most certainly loves the convenience of a clear vision, but unfortunately, not all are blessed with that.

Whether you were born with vision problems or they developed over time, you may have found that corrective lenses are required for you to enjoy everyday life. While many people with vision problems wear contact lenses, there are risks that accompany the many benefits of contacts.

In comparison to glasses, contacts are more convenient, provide better field-of-view, and increase peripheral awareness. However, the negative aspects of wearing contacts, especially when used incorrectly, are plentiful.

Risks of Contact Lens

First, wearing contact lenses can cause several serious eye conditions including infections, corneal abrasions, and ulcers. These conditions may develop at different rates for individuals and will damage your eyes.

In some extreme cases, these conditions can cause permanent blindness. For example, some people that wear contact lenses may leave the lenses in for long periods of time or sleep with their contacts in. When the lenses are eventually removed, the consequential dryness of the lenses can easily scratch your eye.

No matter how small the abrasion is, the pain is noticeable and may leave your affected eye extremely sensitive to light. When an incident like this takes place, you will not be able to determine the seriousness of the developing problem until you actually remove the contact.

Sometimes, these conditions develop slowly over time. Symptoms of eye irritation can indicate a more serious problem. So, always seek out a diagnosis from an eye care professional to determine whether your eye irritation is developing into a serious problem.

Second, contact lenses are expensive. If you wear disposable contact lenses daily and replace them every two weeks — the most common lens replacement schedule recommended by eye doctors — you can expect constant and more expenses. Depending on your specific eye complications, wearing contact lenses could cost you even more than having LASIK.

Additionally, studies show that contact lens wearers are 10 times more likely to experience significant vision loss or blindness from wearing contact lenses than from having LASIK eye surgery.

Why having LASIK has more benefits

When LASIK is regularly performed by an experienced ophthalmologist in a facility with excellent equipment and a careful screening process that ensures good candidacy, the rate of success is very high.

While complications from contact lenses accumulate over the years, those from LASIK are minimal to none and it also presents quick healing and recovery time.

As far as your expense if concern, LASIK requires an upfront expense, however, compared to those who wear contact lenses, its benefit over time has a way bigger value.

LASIK patients appreciate not having to wear contact lenses. Also, they don’t worry about the constant dangers of wearing contact lens. Finally, they enjoy the convenience of waking up every morning and going to sleep every night without the task of inserting or removing lenses.

Research and results also show, unanimously, that LASIK is a safe procedure.

In fact, research shows that both are safe in their own ways. The widespread use of contacts indicates that many people are willing to take some risks to correct their vision.

In the same way, LASIK is a relatively less risky option than a lifetime of wearing contact lenses, according to comprehensive studies.

With technological advances such as faster, blade-free lasers, and more experienced surgeons, LASIK has become a preferred option for improving eyesight. Improving your vision with LASIK will substantially reduce the risk of damage to your eyes and reduce the expenses required for clear vision.

Knowing all of that now, perhaps, it’s time for you to look at LASIK to get you the clear eyesight that you always desired. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule a LASIK screening.

Effective Ways Aging Pros Can Maintain A Healthy Eyesight | Shinagawa Eye Care Blog

Effective Ways Aging Pros Can Maintain A Healthy Eyesight

As you get up there in age, there’s always a chance that your eyesight can deteriorate. Your organs tend to lose some of their functionality and become weaker. This most certainly includes your eyes.

Weak eyesight increased susceptibility to eye infections, cataract and glaucoma are some of the most common macular degenerative diseases, as you grow older.

Suffering from compromised eyesight is especially a matter of concern for working professionals as it can greatly impact their performance at work.

Here are a few preventative measures aging professionals can follow to retain healthy eyesight:

  1. Strictly Maintain Levels Of Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Glucose

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases and disorders are known to increase the risk of vision loss? This happens due to the effect they have on the blood vessels in your eyes, which results in retinopathy. In order to avoid such irreversible damage to your eyes, it is important that you take the required medication and precautionary measures to keep your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure in check.

  1. Minimize Exposure To Extreme Lighting

Your eyes require adequate care and protection when exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting. You need to strain your eyes in poor lighting. On the other hand, your pupils’ contract when exposed to bright lights and the amount of light entering your eye is then concentrated on the macula tissue, thus causing damage. Both situations can be avoided by wearing protective eyewear appropriate to the situation.

So, if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, consider wearing 100% UV ray protected sunglasses and a hat to shield your eyes. At work, use anti-glare glasses to reduce the ill-effects of prolonged exposure to digital screens.

  1. Eat Healthy & Nutritious Foods

Your eyes require a good balance of vitamins A, C, D & E as well as other essential nutrients like Omega 3 fatty acids, Zinc, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Selenium to stay protected from the effects of allergens and macular degenerative diseases.

Apart from carrots, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, fruits like oranges, kiwi, pumpkins as well as fish and eggs are known sources of the vitamins and nutrients mentioned above. Incorporate these foods into your regular diet to keep your eyesight in good health.

  1. Exercise Regularly & Get Enough Sleep

It is advisable to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to maintain the overall mental and physical health including your eyesight. You must also ensure that your body receives some form of regular exercise as that will enhance the production and flow of oxygen in your body, which aids the removal of toxins from your body as well as your eyes, by improving blood circulation.

  1. Wear Appropriate Eyewear

When you go out in the sun, you protect your skin with sunscreen. Similarly, when you’re at a construction site you wear a helmet and a protective jacket. So, when you step outdoors, why do you tend to forget about your eyes? Your eyes are equally sensitive and require additional care if you want to maintain their health. Remember to put on appropriate eyewear whenever required, so that your eyes are protected against additional stress and/or accidents.

  1. Have Regular Eye Checkups

The importance of regular health check-ups only increases as you grow older. It is done more as a precautionary measure because often the changes in our health go unnoticed by us. However, your doctor will be quick to notice the symptoms or any abnormalities during routine check-ups and will be able to correct the problem ahead of time.

Our experienced eye doctors know what’s best for you and your eyesight. We’re looking forward to guiding you through for a better vision and a better life. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517.

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Your Eyes Are Crucial To Your Physical Health

If you still don’t know, your eye health is a key indicator of your overall health.

Through a comprehensive eye examination, ophthalmologists can identify and reveal a lot more about you overall physical health than just your vision problems.

Here are the indicators that they examine:

Blurred Vision

Blurry vision may possibly be a sign of diabetes. If it isn’t controlled well, it may further result in diabetic retinopathy – a condition in which tiny blood vessels in your eyes leak certain fluids and blood.

Rapid Instances of Blurry Vision

Sudden occurrence of blurry vision might not be good. Abrupt loss of vision may be a sign of irregular blood flow to your eye or your brain. Even if your vision goes back to normal quickly, it might still be a warning sign of the initial phase of a migraine or a stroke. Immediate medical attention is advisable in such cases so as to prevent any serious damage to your health.

Dry Eyes

Even having constant dry eyes can indicate something. Various factors are responsible for causing dry eyes – hormonal changes, environment or the amount of time you spend staring at digital screens. If you spend hours staring at your laptop, smartphone or any other kind of digital screens, your eyes are at a greater risk of developing digital eye strain. Your eyes become dry, irritated and red if you don’t blink for a long time. Certain forms of arthritis are also linked with dry eyes.

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Cloudy Eye

In a not so surprising indication, cloudy eyes are symptoms of cataracts which causes clouding of the lens inside the eye. This condition can be corrected with cataract surgery. Generally, older people develop cataracts.

However, if young people develop cataracts it may be an indication of either diabetes, tumors or any side effects of certain medications.

White Spots on Cornea

Those who wear contact lenses are at a greater risk of developing corneal ulcers. White spots on the cornea are one of the most prominent symptoms. As a contact lens wearer, your risk of developing white spots on your cornea increases if you often sleep with your contacts on.

Ask our experienced eye doctors about LASIK. It is an almost painless vision correction surgery which will help you see your best without the hassles of prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Yellowish Eyes

Yellowish eyes and skin are indicative of jaundice. This may indicate that you may have liver problems caused by increased levels of bilirubin produced by your liver when it is damaged or inflamed.
Chronic alcohol abuse, infection, cancer, improper dietary habits are some of the most common reasons for liver damage.

Abnormal Blood Vessels in Retina

If you suffer from high blood pressure, the minute blood vessels in the retina twist and kink. In a condition called as A-V nicking, the retinal veins develop dents in their normal shape. This indicates a high risk of a deadly stroke.

Night Blindness

If you are experiencing difficulty in seeing in low light like at night, you may be suffering from night blindness. It may be indicative of cataracts or poor vision which may be corrected with the help of prescription glasses. It may also indicate a deficiency of Vitamin A in your body. Add superfoods that are rich in Vitamin A to your diet such as carrots, spinach, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc.

Your eye doctor can help you determine more about your physical well-being than just the right set of prescription glasses or contacts. Most symptoms which affect your eyes and physical health may be visible to you, but there are some which can only be identified by an eye doctor.

In a nutshell, your eyes reveal a lot about your overall physical well-being. Hence, it is essential that you get your eyes checked periodically.

That’s how helpful an in-depth eye checkup is not only to your vision but to your overall physical health as well. These are more than enough reasons for you to have your eye checked comprehensively already.

Make sure your health is wealth. See how your health is by heaving a comprehensive eye checkup at Shinagawa. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule an appointment.