The Response Of Your Eyes To Irritants | Shinagawa LASIK Blog

The Response Of Your Eyes To Irritants

Your eyes get irritated every now and then, and that’s normal. It’s important for you to know how your eyes get irritated and how they respond to it to be able to take better care of them.

Here are some key facts that you must know when it comes to eye irritants:

Common Irritants

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the most common sources of eye irritation. One of the first irritants we tend to think of is onions. Chopping onions releases the chemical syn-propanethial-S-oxide into the air, and when this reaches the surface of the eye, it stimulates the lachrymal gland and opens the tear floodgates.

People wearing contact lenses might not be affected as much when chopping onions because the lens can act as a protective layer. On the other hand, contacts themselves can sometimes be a source of eye irritation, which is why it’s critical to follow the instructions for how long to wear them and when to switch to a new pair.

The biggest culprits for eye irritation are dust and pollen, particularly during allergy season, and they can lead to itchy, watery, red, and swollen eyes.

Staring at digital screens is another cause of irritation. Our eyes can become dry, itchy, red, and tired when looking at our phone or computer screens, and this is usually because we don’t blink as often when looking at screens. Be sure to give your eyes regular breaks from those screens to reduce the irritation.

It doesn’t take much to irritate the surface of our eyes.

Something as small as a speck of dust could make our eyes go from fine to itchy and watering in a second, but this sensitivity serves the crucial function of protecting our eyes from contaminants.

The Eye’s Natural Defenses

Many of the symptoms of eye irritation are actually our eyes’ natural defense mechanisms kicking in. The first thing that typically happens is a lot of tears! This rush of tears is meant to help flush foreign contaminants out of our eyes.

If tears don’t flush out the contaminant right away or if the contaminant has done any damage (such as tiny scratches), the next line of defense is the inflammatory response — that swollen, itchy redness. The blood vessels on the surface of the eye swell so that antibodies and nutrients will have an easier time reaching the site of irritation, which helps it heal faster.

What To Do To Calm Irritation

A few things we can do to soothe irritated eyes are to use over-the-counter eye drops and allergy medicine to reduce itchiness and redness, a cool compress to reduce swelling, rinsing the eyes with lukewarm water to flush out foreign contaminants, removing contacts, and taking breaks from looking at screens. One thing we should avoid doing is rubbing our eyes, as this will only increase the irritation.

It’s best to consult our renowned doctors to know the best practices for your eyes.

Don’t let nagging eye irritants damage your eyes. Seek a consultation. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule an appointment.

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.

Regine Angeles’ LASIK Journey | Shinagawa Feature Story

No More Misplaced Glasses: Regine Angeles’ LASIK Journey

No more misplacing of eyeglasses. That’s because they are not needed anymore.

After having LASIK at Shinagawa, model/actress Regine Angeles no longer needs to look for her eyeglasses every day.

She shared that her son often misplaces her glasses, but with bright eyesight now, that won’t be a problem in any way anymore.

“Gone are the days that I have to look for my glasses in the morning and I couldn’t find it because my son misplaced it, somewhere only he knows where!” bared Regine. “And no more wearing contact lenses for me, too.”

Now enjoying a crystal clear 20/12 vision, Regine couldn’t hide her delight as she now sees the world in HD.

“My LASIK at Shinagawa lasted for less than 10 minutes and I am ecstatic to share that my vision is now 20/12 compared to 175/175. LASIK is truly life-changing! Thank you Shinagawa!”

Spare yourself the inconvenience, too. You can achieve a brighter vision with LASIK. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries and bookings.

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.