Achieving your Eye Goals for 2024

Achieving your Eye Goals for 2024

Leap into 2024 with a healthy mindset!

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness, and success. It’s important to include eye health and safety in these resolutions.

Take a look at some ways and tips that can help you take care of your eyes better this year.

Schedule an eye exam

A comprehensive eye exam will ensure that your vision is at its best, and we will also screen for any eye disease or issues with your eye health. Early detection is essential for the treatment and preservation of eyesight.

Know your eye health risk factors

Knowing who is at risk and catching the signs early are essential to preventing common vision-threatening diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. Knowing your family history, race, gender, and lifestyle and how those factors can contribute to eye diseases can help your eye doctor keep a close eye on any signs of eye disease before it is too late.

Protect your eyes from the sun

Harmful UV and HEV (high-energy visible) radiation from the sun, and potentially from computer screens and digital devices, have been linked to severe eye conditions, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and non-cancerous and cancerous growths in the eye and eyelids. Wear sunglasses that are 100% protective of these harmful rays outdoors. Indoor clear lens coatings are now available to protect from HEV light.

Add eye-healthy foods to your regular diet

Foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants play an essential role in the health of your eyes. Research shows that a proper diet can reduce the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye problems. Include foods to your plate that are rich in beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin (such as spinach, kale, red/orange peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash), bioflavonoids (such as tea, red wine, citric fruits, blueberries, cherries, legumes, soy products), Omega-3 Fatty Acids (cold-water fish, ground flaxseeds, walnuts) and fruits, vegetables and other foods rich in vitamins A, C and D. Zinc is also linked to eye health and found in foods such as oysters, beef and dark meat.

First things first for 2024, schedule an eye check and set your vision for the year ahead!

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Ways LASIK Makes the Holidays Easier & More Fun

Ways LASIK Makes the Holidays Easier & More Fun

The holiday season may be one of the busiest times of the year, but it’s still a great opportunity to get LASIK. One of the benefits of LASIK is its quick recovery time. Most of our patients are back to their normal routines within 24-hours, and often don’t need to take time off from work or school. You won’t need to worry about LASIK interrupting your holiday plans.

The procedure itself is also quick. You can expect to be in the clinic for a few hours on the day of your procedure, but the LASIK surgery only takes around 10 to 15 minutes to complete, with the laser used for less than a minute on each eye.

The benefits of clear vision are life-changing, and they can be especially helpful during the holidays by providing you with more flexibility and freedom in your daily life. Here are some of the ways LASIK can make the holidays easier.

Get Dressed With Less Hassle

If you wear glasses, they can be a hassle if you wear makeup, since glasses will hide your eye makeup and can make it difficult to comfortably wear long, false lashes or extensions.

Although contact lenses may not pose the same issues, they add additional steps (and time) to your routine since you must carefully put them in and take them out every day. Moreover, they’re also difficult to put in if you’ve already applied eye makeup.

After LASIK, you won’t have to worry about how glasses and contacts interfere with what you’re wearing and getting ready. You’ll have one less thing on your mind.

No More Foggy Glasses

A more breezy weather is a hassle for people who wear glasses since the lenses can easily fog up due to temperature changes. It’s easy to become annoyed when you constantly need to take your glasses off to rub the fog away to see. But LASIK can offer freedom from glasses, so you won’t have to bother with foggy lenses.

No More Dry Eyes From Contacts

Wearing contacts can also be troublesome in the colder weather for December. Contact lenses are known to cause dry eye, and cold temperatures can exacerbate the symptoms even further. Some people find it impossible to wear contacts in winter as a result.

LASIK can eliminate the need for contact lenses, resolving this issue. While dry eye is a normal symptom after LASIK, it lessens as the eyes heal. Our eye care experts will monitor your symptoms closely after the surgery and provide you with ways to combat dry eye symptoms in the meantime, such as using lubricating eye drops.

LASIK Can Help You Save Money

The holidays can be expensive, but another reason to get LASIK is because it can save you money in the long run. It can reduce or eliminate the cost of glasses, prescription sunglasses, contact lenses, and contact lens solution. Use our savings calculator to see how much you can save across your lifetime with LASIK.

At Shinagawa, we’re committed to affordability. We also offer flexible financing plans to make LASIK more affordable and convenient.

Why wait any longer? Make this holiday season and all others to come easier thanks to the benefits of clear vision. Book a consultation with us to get started today.

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Poked in the Eye Know what to do!

Poked in the Eye? Know what to do!

Do your eyes hurt long after you accidentally poked your eyes, or something gets trapped in them? 

There are good chances that you got a scratch on the cornea of your eyes, the black circle in the middle of your eye. This condition is known as a scratched eye or corneal abrasion.

We elaborate on the symptoms and treatment options of the scratched eye. Know what to do and not to do for a scratched eye.

Causes of Scratched Eye

You might’ve done any of the following actions to cause scratched eye:

  • Wore contact lenses for excessive time
  • Poked your eye accidentally with a pen, pencil, makeup brush, or your own fingernail
  • Proper Contact lenses care is not taken or if they are not well-fitting
  • Caught an eye infection
  • Not protected your eyes during a surgery
  • Poured chemicals in your eye by mistake
  • Played sports without safe eyewear
  • Got engaged in high-risk physical activity without eye protection
  • Rubbed your eyes too hard
  • Got some foreign material in your eyes like dirt, ash, sand, or something else

What are the Symptoms of Scratched Eye?

You usually know when you’ve scratched your eyes by mistake. But if you can’t remember any such incidents, you can guess if you face the scratched eye symptoms. Do you always feel like you have some dirt in your eyes? And suddenly, your eyes become sensitive to light? If yes, then you might have scratched eyes or corneal abrasion.

Some of the most common scratched eye symptoms are:

  • Pain in your eyes when you open or close them
  • Tearing
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headaches

What to do If you Got Poked In The Eye?

Often, a small poke in the eye caused by a blunt item such as a finger may be treated at home. The following procedure can be used to treat a minor poke in the eye:

  • Wash your hands and avoid rubbing your eye.
  • If you have a sterile saline solution on hand, use it to rinse your eye or else use clean water.
  • Use a cold compress. Keep in mind to occasionally remove the compress.
  • You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you’re feeling uncomfortable.

If you suspect any symptoms of a scratched eye, make sure to follow the below tips and contact a doctor if the situation persists.

Do’s & Dont’s of Scratched Eye!

Some tips can quicken the corneal abrasion healing time for you. At the same time, you can worsen your condition by making some mistakes. Thus you must remember the below-mentioned do’s and don’ts of the scratched eye.

What to Do for a Scratched Eye?

  • Rinse your eyes with clean water or saline solution. You can take water or the solution in a glass or bowl and rest your eyes against it while blinking.
  • Put upper eyelids over the lower ones so that the lower eyelids can brush away the foreign substance.
  • Wear sunglasses when you step out in the sun to ease your pain and discomfort. The scratched eye makes your eyes sensitive to light.
  • Keep blinking as it helps in pushing dust particles and other small foreign substances out of the eyes.
  • Call or visit your doctor if the situation persists for too long for scratched eye treatment.

What Not to Do for a Scratched Eye?

  • Don’t give in to the temptation of touching your eyes often to ease the pain. It will only aggravate it.
  • Don’t use any over-the-counter eye drops without consulting your doctor. They know how to treat a scratched eye better than a pharmacy guy.
  • Don’t wear your contact lenses for some time. They can cause infection and slow down the corneal abrasion healing time.
  • Don’t rub your eyes if they are itching. It can further injure and scratch your eyes.

Scratched Eye Treatment

If your corneal abrasion is not severe, the natural healing process of the eyes can take care of it. You only need to follow the do’s of the scratched eyes, and you will be fine in a few days. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe some eye lubricants to keep your eyes moist.

In a more severe case of scratched eyes, doctors need to use antibiotic ointments, steroids, or bandage contact lenses. A deep corneal abrasion can cause a permanent scar and affect your vision quality. So if you suspect that the injury is serious, don’t delay in reaching out to your doctor.

Prevention From Scratched Eyes

If you feel like something has got into your eyes, rubbing them to remove it will only scratch your eyes. Instead, blink your eyes several times, pull your upper eyelid over the lower, and rinse with water immediately. If you feel something is stuck on the cornea, leave it to your doctor to remove that. Don’t ever attempt to touch your cornea on your own.

In maximum cases, the scratched eye is not severe, and the symptoms can go away on their own in a few days. And the information on how to heal a scratched eye provided here also helps in quickly getting over it. But if the problem persists or the scar seems to be serious, don’t delay in visiting a good and trusted eye doctor. Our doctors are more than capable!

For inquiries, questions, and appointments, call our Patient Care Lines: 

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Giving the Gift of Sight this Holiday Season

Giving the Gift of Sight this Holiday Season

Can you believe it’s actually December already? Neither could we! It seemed like 2023 came by so quickly.

Since December is here, that means it’s the holiday season and for sure, you’re thinking about the best possible gift you can give people around you.

This year as you think about unique Christmas gifts for a loved one, don’t limit yourself to items that come from a store. 

In fact, one of the best holiday wish list ideas and best last-minute Christmas gifts is clear vision! So this year, why not give a loved one the gift of LASIK! 

Here are some reasons to consider it:

  1. It’s something that will positively affect them for the rest of their lives. 

There are few gifts you can give that will be used every single day and will benefit your recipient every day too. But LASIK is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Whether it’s for your very athletic spouse who has been wanting great vision without the hassle of contacts and glasses, or for your best friend who seems to have everything (except good eyesight), laser eye surgery will improve their quality of life from here forward.

  1. It’s one of the most unique and memorable gifts you can give. 

It can be challenging to find unique Christmas gifts for your wife, husband or other loved one, especially when you’ve known them for a long time. Pots and pans? Did that. Clothing? Did that. A massage? Did that, also. But laser eye surgery? There are few people who can say they’ve given – or received – that as a holiday gift! You’ll not only surprise the recipient of your gift, but you’ll also show them how much you care about them and their wellbeing. And you can be sure they won’t forget this gift anytime soon!

  1. It’s more affordable now than ever. 

The thought of giving LASIK as a gift might have been crazy some time ago, but it’s become increasingly affordable over the years. Although still an investment, there are many people who can pay for LASIK in cash today. And for those who can’t, there are many financing options available.

 

Depending on your loved one’s eye health, vision and additional factors, they may benefit from one of several types of LASIK. The best bet is to encourage them to get a consultation and surprise them with the gift of paying for it once they have the logistics worked out. Or, if the cost will prevent them from wanting to go through with a consultation, you can always tell them your gift early. 

Either way, it’s sure to make for a fun and surprising present to remember! 

You can contact us to schedule an appointment for them any time.

For inquiries, questions, and appointments, call our Patient Care Lines: 

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All About Retinal Tear

All About Retinal Tear

Do you know how do you see the objects in front of you? Your retina generates your vision by passing on visual information to your brain via the optical nerve. The retina is a thin layer of tissue near the optic nerve connected to the inside of the eyes.

But sometimes, tears can be formed inside the retina, known as retinal tears. This scenario is risky as it can lead to a torn or detached retina and eventually vision loss.

Let’s tackle the causes of a retinal tear, its risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

WHAT CAUSES RETINAL TEAR?

A retinal tear is an age-related issue. At birth, a substance similar to the consistency of the clear gel is attached to the retina. This substance is known as vitreous. It also fills the back cavity of the eye, with age vitreous starts to separate from the retina. This phenomenon is called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).

But in some people, vitreous is stickier. Therefore while separating from the retina, it pulls hard and causes it to tear. You might suddenly see light flashes or floaters. When blood gets leaked into the vitreous, it is called a vitreous hemorrhage. It raises the risk of vision loss. In rare cases, eye injury is also responsible for a retinal tear.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH RETINAL TEAR?

Although retinal tear occurs due to aging, the following conditions put you at a higher risk of developing it.

  • Being active in contact sports such as boxing.
  • History of cataracts or any other type of interocular surgery.
  • Nearsightedness or myopia.
  • Family history of retinal detachment or tear.
  • Eye injury or trauma.
  • Thinning of certain areas in the retina, also known as lattice degeneration.
  • Retinal tear or torn retina in one eye (it can also happen in fellow eye).
  • Intake of certain glaucoma medications makes the pupil small.

WHAT ARE THE MOST PROMINENT RETINAL TEAR SYMPTOMS?

If not treated promptly, a retinal tear can quickly progress to a detached retina. Therefore watch out for the following retinal tear symptoms:

  • The appearance of floaters and light flashes are primary signs of retinal tear. You should act quickly if you notice a sudden surge in their numbers and occurrence.
  • Seeing a shadow in your peripheral vision.
  • Hazy vision, decrease in vision, or trouble in focusing.
  • Sudden headache.
  • The appearance of a slowly moving grey curtain across your sight.

HOW IS RETINAL TEAR DIAGNOSED?

A retinal tear can be diagnosed through various types of comprehensive eye exams as there are hardly any visible signs from the outside. Your pupils can be dilated using eye drops to examine your eye from inside. Afterward, a binocular is used to check your eyes in a three-dimensional view.

Sometimes a slit lamp is also used to check the inside of your eyes in bright light. Pigments of blood cells can be visible through the illumination and magnification of your eye provided by the slit lamp. Eye check-up via an ultrasound device is required In case of dense bleeding inside the eye.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR RETINAL TEAR TREATMENT?

There are 2 types of procedures to prevent the detachment of the retina. Your eye doctor will either do a freezing treatment or a laser retinal tear surgery. Both processes are usually performed in your eye doctor’s clinic only and involve minimal or no discomfort at all.

  • Freezing Treatment (cryopexy)

As the name suggests, freezing treatment freezes your retina surrounding the retinal tear. In this way, the retina gets secured to the eyewall and is prevented from getting detached.

  • Laser Surgery (Photocoagulation)

During retina laser surgery, minor burns are made around the retinal tear with the help of a laser. This scarring seals the retina to the underlying tissue. There are negligible chances of a torn retina after this surgery.

Recovery from retinal tear surgery comes in a couple of weeks. But the healing period may vary according to individual health conditions.

There is a possibility that your retinal tear won’t show any symptoms till it’s too late. Therefore the best way to avoid retinal tear resulting in a torn retina is to take care of your eyes and get them examined regularly.

A Comprehensive Eye Screening can detect the retinal tear and save your retina from getting detached. The possibility of vision impairment is all the more reason to act upon treating a retinal tear quickly.

Book your appointment today!

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