The Dangers Of Blue Light

blue lightBlue light, a colour in the “visible light spectrum” that can be seen by the human eye, is everywhere. From the sunshine rays you are soaking up, to your hand held digital devices. The damage it can cause can contribute to many eye problems,one being Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Age-related Macular Degeneration is a progressive eye condition affecting 15 million Americans and many others around the world. It is the leading cause of vision loss as well as blindness. On the light spectrum, sunlight contains many shades of colors with different energy and wavelengths. Blue light rays with short wavelengths and high energy known as blue-violet contribute to invisible rays called ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Too much exposure can lead to sunburn skin and sunburn to the eyes, this condition is known as Photokeratitis. The main source of blue light is from direct sunlight. For those of you that spend the most time outdoors during the day, wearing protective clothing and applying sunscreen to prevent sun damage is recommended. Blue light rays are also found indoors. Flat-screen televisions and computer screens, also emit the fluorescent and LED lighting. The amount of light they emit does not come close to the amount that is emitted by the sun, but rather the amount of time people spend using these devices. Other risks of blue lighting, is digital eyestrain syndrome: blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches and neck. This increases the chance of cancer and can cause permanent eye damage and vision loss. Although blue light could be harmful for your eyes, it is vital to help boost alertness, elevate your mood and increase well- being. So whether you are indoors or outdoors, you are exposing yourself to these rays. Below are some tips that can help you protect your eyes.


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What is CK for Vision Correction?

Conductive Keratoplasty also known as CK is an 8- minute procedure done here in our office. CK uses non-laser radiofrequency energy that helps reshape the cornea. Heat is applied to the outer cornea reducing the astigmatism and improving the eyesight. This treatment can help fix a number of conditions including Farsightedness, nearsightedness and in some cases help with Keratoconus. CK is often combined with Intacs®, since CK can provide further improvements to eyesight and supplement the improvement of Intacs® alone. Intacs® and CK are routinely performed on the same day.

 

 CK Procedure Benefits:topo

There are many benefits to having the CK procedure done for those who are suffering from both Farsightedness and Keratoconus. The CK procedure is non-invasive and provides the patient with a speedy recovery. Below are other benefits a patient can have from receiving the CK procedure:

  • Little to no pain
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Increased quality of vision
  • Procedure can be done here at our Beverly Hills office
  • No overnight hospital stays
  • Patient may have freedom from glasses or contact lenses
  • Procedure can be done in combination with other procedures

 

CK is also FDA-approved for patients who need reading glasses. CK can also be used to decrease astigmatism and improve the quality of distance or reading vision as well as improving reading vision after cataract surgery.

Understanding Dry Eye During the Spring and Summer Months

Do you suffer from dry, itchy and/or red eyes? Has your eye care professional told you that you have Chronic Dry Eye? If you’ve already been diagnosed with Dry Eye, the spring and summer months can be especially troubling.

There are several reasons Dry Eye can be affecting you worse in the hot spring and summer months than in the colder winter months.

Below are a few reasons Dry Eye increases:

Exposure to Sunlight – For those who are active, dry eyes can be especially troubling in the spring and summer due to excessive exposure to sunlight without the proper eye protection. Continued exposure to sunlight can cause more difficulty with vision because the tear film can evaporate more quickly.

Environmental Exposures – With warmer weather, often we go outside more. Outside elements can also cause more problems in the spring and summer months because of decreased tear film.

Less Blinking – When we blink we essentially help the tear film cover the eyes. If we blink less, we have less tears covering the eyes.
There are new treatment options available to help those with chronic Dry Eye.

One such treatment for dry eyes is LipiFlow®.

What is Lipiflow®?

The new treatment LipiFlow® uses specialized goggles and heat to help unclog the Meibomian glands within the eyelids. Typically there are between 30-40 Meibomian glands that produce oils which help tears from evaporating off the eyes. Depending on how many are clogged upon evaluation will help determine if you are a good candidate for the LipiFlow® procedure.

Learn more about treating your dry eyes:

Are Eyelash Extensions Harmful For Your Eyes?

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Since the 1960s false eyelashes have been a trending cosmetic product among women everywhere. Thanks to stars like the Kardashians, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce, these trendsetters have promoted the market for falsies, but when it comes to a product that’s going near your eyes, one cannot be too careful.

Below are some Q & A’s to consider before scheduling an appointment.

Can you go blind?
No, you cannot go blind from eyelash extensions because your eyes are closed during the procedure. But in extreme cases, coming in contact with formaldehyde can cause blindness. It is important to go to an eyelash expert who knows how to properly apply the adhesive and lashes.

 Will extensions damage your own lashes?
If they are applied properly, they should not damage your own lashes. Each lash should be individually applied. Making sure not to pull or rub them off will ensure longevity and healthy lashes. If constantly used, it is possible for the weight of the eyelash to weigh down on the lashes, tearing the real ones out of ones eyes.

Are they safe to use for contact wearers?
Yes, contact wearers are able to use extensions but are still prone to get irritated eyes. Bringing a contact case with you, that has extra solution to avoid dry eyes.

What happens if glue gets in your eye?

Glue cannot directly get into your eyes, since they are shut the whole time, but it is not impossible. Glue products have gotten to the top layer of the eye and can cause irritation and scarring. Be sure that the glue does not contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde,which is known to cause allergic reactions.

How do I remove the lashes?

Going  to a professional and getting the extensions removed would be your best option, they are trained in removing them without harming your own lashes.

 


Whether you choose to use false eyelashes are not, make sure you are doing your research and are asking the beauty professional the right questions. Take into account that any damage done can possibly be permanent.

Springing Into Spring with Improved Reading Vision

Spring is here and annual checkups and physicals are at the top of most families lists. Improving reading vision is an important part of many of our lives, especially for those who live an active life. Spring could be a good time to discuss with your eye care professional about how you can improve reading vision.

For those with increasing difficulty reading, CK can be an option to improve reading vision.

What is CK and What are the Benefits

What is CK?

CK is a non-invasive procedure that can be performed in the doctor’s office. It reshapes the cornea using low grade radio waves. It can also be done in combination with other procedures to help improve the overall result. It is a great option for those who are slowly losing their reading vision.

What are the Benefits of CK?

There are several benefits of using CK for vision correction. Below are a few:

• Reduced recovery & procedure time
• Little to no pain
• Non-invasive procedure
• Helps improve near vision within 1 day

Watch Joy discuss her improved reading vision with CK!

LipiFlow Treatment For Dry Eyes

If you suffer from  Dry Eye, you are familiar with how it can affect your daily life.  Dry Eye Syndrome is caused when the eyes do not produce a sufficient amount of tears. The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome may start with minor inconveniences, but have the ability to worsen over time if it is not properly treated. This can lead to blurred vision, scarring and severe discomfort. 9 out of 10 Dry Eye cases are a result of a condition called Blepharitis.  We offer a treatment here at our office called LipiFlow, which is a revolutionary treatment that cleans out the inflamed oil glands by very delicately heating up the glands and “milking” out the clogged pores. This painless procedure takes about 12 minutes to perform and is just as easy as getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. A lot of our patients describe the procedure as a “spa treatment” for the eyes. Below is a video of our Bleph Ex Dry Eye Treatment. Call our office and schedule your appointment today (310) 860-1900.

 

Your Favorite Foods Can Be Causing Eye Problems

1. Coffee

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Many of us can’t get our day started without our daily cup of coffee, but research suggests that it may be affecting our eyesight. According to the Journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, consuming large amounts of caffeine can lead to glaucoma, which is a known cause to blindness.  Avid coffee drinkers who consume three or more cups of coffee a day were at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Researchers suggest that there is some type of compound in coffee, when mixed with caffeine that can result in glaucoma. If you are wondering if you should cut coffee out of your diet, the answer is no. Limiting the amount of coffee is a healthier option though.

 

2. Sugar

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It is no secret that sugar is bad for you, and is found in almost every processed or packaged food. Studies haves shown that nearly two sodas per day can accelerate aging by 4.6 years.  Another study, published in the American Journal of Public Health stated that the effect of soda is much like that of smoking. This not only affects the eyesight, but has damaging results on the overall body. You may not realize that sugar is hidden in a lot of foods such as juice, bread, pasta, chips, yogurt and ketchup. Reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet.

 

3. Junk Food

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It may be convenient to order some take out, or pick up some food at the nearest drive-thru, but in reality, those foods are not only taking a toll on your body, but your eye sight. The fats and oils in “fast-food” clog arteries and blood vessels that help supply the eyes with nutrients that they need. It is very important to nourish the body with the necessary vitamins and minerals. Colorful fruit and vegetables, leafy greens and wild-caught fish help with the prevention of eye diseases.

 

4. Salt

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Salt is required in almost every recipe, but did you know high levels of sodium can cause high blood pressure, leading to restricted blood flow to the eyes!  Sodium not only bloats the body, but affects other tissues in the body. Sodium in salt, is found in many foods naturally, so adding more salt is not necessary.  Removing the salt shaker from the middle of the table of the table,  or buying salt with 50% less sodium are two ways that you can reduce your sodium intake.

 

5. Cigarettes

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Although cigarettes are not categorized as “food”, they are categorized under “habits” that can damage your eye health. These cancer sticks not only can leave you blind, but the chemicals being inhaled are three times more likely to cause cataracts according to a study made by Harvard University. There are healthy alternatives to replace the craving.

Top 4 Questions Before Fortified LASIK

If you are getting ready for LASIK in Los Angeles or considering your options, you probably have many questions you need answered. There are several myths and misconceptions about the LASIK procedure and it is often hard to decide whether or not this procedure is right for you. The following questions and answers below may help you prepare.

Top 4 questions to ask before LASIK Surgery:

When you are interested in or preparing for LASIK surgery you probably have questions regarding procedure, recovery, or even how it feels during surgery. Below are the top 4 questions you might ask your eye care specialist before your surgery.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes only around 15 minutes per eye. The overall amount of time you will spend in the office will most likely be around 4 hours for completing paperwork, signing consent forms, repeating any testing, and postop observation.

How long is the recovery process?

Around 24 hours after your procedure you will be able to continue your daily activities. Your doctor will likely to want to see you 24-48 hours after the procedure for follow up exam. After a week or two you should fully recover from your procedure. Most of these protocols are for your safety, and each patient is different so you will need to pay attention to the specific details provided to you.

What are some side effects of LASIK?

There are a few possible side effects from the procedure such as dry eyes, glare & halos, and some partial loss of vision which is very rare. If you think you are having any side effects it is important to see your eye care professional right away.

What are some of the benefits of getting the LASIK procedure?

There are many benefits of LASIK – the major one being freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Additional benefits of LASIK procedures are little pain during the procedure, ability to be performed in combination with other treatments, and has a quicker recovery time.

Priscilla grew tired of her itchy eyes and contact lenses ripping, so she couldn’t be happier with her LASIK experience. Watch her story:

The Doctor’s Orders To A Successful Valentine’s Day

As a kid I loved getting all those hand-cut, pastel cardboard Valentine’s Day cards from my classmates. Didn’t you love that? It put a big smile on my face, especially when I got a card from Leisl Herman, who I had a crush on. Somewhere between 5th grade and college the teachers sadly dropped that activity. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably no longer in grade school getting those warm, fuzzy valentines with the heart shaped crunchy candies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun and smile around February 14th.
Get your smile ready. Did you ever think that I would also be a poet? This limerick for Valentine’s Day just popped in my head when I was working out. I had a wee bit of expert refinement from Pat Myers, “Empress of the Style Invitational” at the Washington Post.

There was a lass with eyes of blue –
Word spread of her dazzling hue!
At times she was taken,
True love was forsaken,
Now wiser, she seeks serious woo.

 Now that I’ve got you smiling, be sure to spread the smiles. Wish someone, anyone, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Even better, then give ‘em a good hug. Hugs are good for your health. It’s all about human touch. In medical school I learned of a study that found heart attack patient survival in the intensive care unit was higher in in the group where the nurse held the patients’ hand vs. no hand holding. So hug away on Valentine’s Day!

Another prescription that I can offer is to have some dark chocolate – 100% guilt-free. There are health benefits to the melt-in-your-mouth stuff too:

1. Enhance Eyesight
2. Lower Blood Pressure
3. Reduce Stress
4. Lessens Risk of Heart Failure
5. Provide Sun Protection
6. Access Higher Intelligence
7. Deliver Powerful Antioxidants

 

Have a wonderful day filled with love, poems and, of course…dark chocolate!