WhiterEyes™ Eye Whitening Treatment and Recovery

Image is everything, in today’s “image ridden” world we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves just a little more. If you are suffering from bloodshot, brown spots, or notice yellowing of the eye, you may be a candidate for our WhiterEyes™ procedure. This procedure pioneered by Dr. Brian, is a 100% no-stich procedure that typically takes 15 minutes. You may resume to your normal activities within 1-7 days, and results are visible within 4-6 weeks after the procedure. As with any procedure, results vary due to differences in healing response.

 

There is a preliminary no-cost evaluation that can be done by  emailing the office photos of your eyes. You can email these photos to: info@boxerwachler.com

Once the preliminary evaluation is completed, you can schedule an in-office consultation. This 2 hour in-office evaluation is the final determination to see if you are a potential candidate. If you are an out of town patient, the evaluation and procedure can be done on an easy 3- Day Trip.

The WhiterEyes™ procedure has brought many of our patients the confidence back they once had.

The feeling you will get when you look in the mirror is well worth the cost and recovery time of undergoing the WhiterEyes™ Eye Whitening Procedure.

Call our office at (310) 860-1900 or email us at info@boxerwachler.com to schedule your preliminary evaluation.

Making Vitamins Work For Your Eye Care

vitaminsVitamins are often recognized for overall general health, but did you know they can help provide eye care as well? Taking the time to start a vitamin regimen can help your overall vision care. Different supplements can improve your eye health such as flaxseed, fish oil, Niacin, and Antioxidants. Asking your eye care professional which vitamins will benefit you and your vision needs is the first step to establishing a good regimen.

Below are some of the benefits of these varying vitamins:

Flaxseed Oil- Flax seeds were first cultivated as early as 12 centuries ago. Flaxseed oil is used for several different purposes including treatment of cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, and as essential fatty acids with help many other conditions including eye conditions such as Dry Eye.

Fish Oil- The Omega-3’s found in fish oil can help aid in reduction of inflammation and help reduce the risk of AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration. The key with Omega-3’s is the ratio in which they are used (Average Dietary Ratio 3:1 or 4:1 Omega-3 to Omega-6). Another problem is that many people consume too much Omega-6 and it reduces the health benefits of the Omega- 3’s. Too much Omega- 6 can cause your body to retain fluids, increase your blood pressure, and even cause blood clotting. The daily ratio is delicate and important when improving your vision health.

Common foods containing large amounts of Omega – 6

Sunflower seeds                      Walnuts

Vegetable oils                          Margarine

Mayonnaise                             Potato Chips

Tofu                                        Peanut Butter

Cookies                                   Crackers

Niacin (AKA – Vitamin B3)

Discovered in the 1940’s Niacin (known to many of us as Vitamin B3) has several great health applications including the prevention & treatment of Cataracts. The Antioxidants within the Niacin that are most beneficial to the eyes are called Lutein & Zeaxanthin. These are also the only two antioxidants found within the eyes natural lens. These antioxidants have been known to lower risk of getting Cataracts by over 30%.

 

For more information about eye health please contact our office at (310) 860-1900

LASIK Eye Surgery, Improving Vision

Fortified LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

If you are looking to be lessen the burden of eye glasses or contact lenses there are several options to help you. In the past most people with vision issues had to rely on glasses or contact lenses to get the vision they desired, however there have been many changes and improvements when it comes to vision correction.

While recent treatments including traditional LASIK procedures, not all people are good candidates and it often causes disturbances in the patient’s vision after the procedure is performed. Luckily now there are new alternatives. One procedure, known as Fortified LASIK, is an advanced form of the traditional LASIK procedure which also includes an accelerated version of Dr. Brian’s patented Holcomb C3-R corneal crosslinking.  This treatment helps to strengthen the cornea and helps to extend the longevity of the LASIK procedure results

Below you will find more information regarding the Fortified LASIK procedure and you can make the choice for yourself.

Fortified LASIK Eye Surgery:

Fortified LASIK accommodates those that have somewhat thinner cornea or slight irregular shape, because it strengthens the cornea right after the procedure.

Fortified LASIK is only available at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute.  Dr. Brian developed this procedure to increasing the longevity and safety of the LASIK.

May people searching our LASIK in Los Angeles have found Dr. Brian’s procedure to be comfortable and effective in providing visual freedom.

Below are some of the benefits of Fortified LASIK Eye Surgery:

  • Can improve overall quality of vision
  • Can  improve night vision
  • Can achieve 20/20 vision (in some cases)
  • Quick recovery
  • Repairs some cornea distortions
  • Can replace or reduce the need for your glasses or contact lenses
  • Strengthens the cornea and reduces risk of developing Ectasia

Clear and precise quality of vision is important in our everyday lives, for both work and personal reasons. Ask a friendly patient concierge about the Fortified LASIK procedure. For more information regarding Fortified LASIK.

Watch this clip from the Emmy award daytime talk show The Doctors:

True Testimonials: Exploring PRK

Exploring PRK for Vision Correction

For many of us the burden of glasses or contact lenses has been one we could do without for years. But there hasn’t always been a procedure that could relieve us from the burden of wearing glasses or contact lenses. One of the first vision correction procedures developed was PRK, or Photo Refractive Keratectomy.

What is PRK?
PRK uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and provides the patient with improved vision. Those who are not good candidates for LASIK, like with thin corneas or large pupils can make good candidates for PRK.

While PRK takes a little longer for recovery it works roughly the same as LASIK. This procedure has little side effects and can show results the minute you get off the table.

What is the PRK Procedure Like?
PRK helps to treat Myopia (Nearsightedness), Hyperopia (Farsightedness), and Astigmatism. It is a vision correction treatment that uses a special laser to reshape the cornea of the eye. For patients who are not a good fit for LASIK, PRK gives them an alternative. However PRK was available before the LASIK procedure.
The procedure generally takes around 15 minutes per eye and allows the patient to see clearer almost immediately.

Meeting Jessica:

Jessica works for Boxer Wachler Vision Institute as the front office administrative assistant.

Jessica is a fun-loving, free spirit that got weighed down by the burden of glasses at age 10 and then with the hassles of contacts at 12.

After having to deal with imperfect vision for half her life and seeing on a daily basis how vision correction has worked for so many she decided to try it for herself.

Jessica was told that she was not a good candidate for LASIK because of her thin corneas but that PRK would still be able to help her. Jessica received her PRK at the very office she worked, at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute. She stated “Knowing I was in really good hands was all I needed to remain calm and relaxed”.

Jessica now has 20/20 vision and wouldn’t change getting the surgery for the world. She no longer relies on glasses or contacts to experience the world around her. All she experienced during the healing process was a slight fluctuation in her sight for about three weeks and some light sensitivity.

PRK Pros & Cons:

Pros
• Good for patients with thin corneas
• Good for patients with large pupils
• Little to no pain or discomfort
• First vision correction procedure with lasers
• Procedure takes only about 15 minutes per eye
Cons:
• A little longer recovery time (2 days to 2 weeks)
• Risks of Infection or haziness over the eyes
You can watch Jessica’s journey here:

How Wavefront LASIK is More Advanced than the Original LASIK

Wavefront LASIK vs. standard LASIK

In past decades the main treatment for vision correction surgery was the LASIK procedure. However as with most procedures there are some associated risks. Many people who were receiving this procedure were not the right candidates. For many who had it done there were problems with thinning corneas, oddly shaped corneas, and even conditions like Keratoconus which were not correctly diagnosed during their consultations.

Then came the Wavefront LASIK. This procedure uses a computer to guide them throughout the procedure to reduce visual distortions to provide improved quality of vision.

Wavefront LASIK can be used to repair complications from prior LASIK procedures as well.

Below are some of the benefits of Wavefront LASIK:

  • Can improve overall quality of vision
  • Can improve night vision
  • Can achieve 20/20 vision (in some cases)
  • Can repair some damage from prior LASIK procedures

Remember with all procedures there is a chance of risks or complications. Ask your eye care professional what your risks and benefits are in regard to Wavefront LASIK. If you are interested in alternatives to your eye glasses or contact lenses, Wavefront-LASIK maybe a good procedure for you.Clear and precise quality of vision is important in our everyday lives for work and personal reasons. Ask your eye care professional about the Custom Wavefront-LASIK procedure.

Watch an animation that explains Wavefront-LASIK procedure visit http://youtu.be/tzCfa7dhEw0

Concerns in Diabetics With Cataracts

Many people diagnosed with Diabetes have complications related to their condition. The eyes are at an especially high risk when it comes to diabetics. In fact, most insurance policies allow for a follow up appointment every 6 months for those with diabetes and pay for special services when it comes to diabetic patients. This includes preventive eye care exams.

One of the biggest complications of Diabetes is Cataracts. Early detection is the best way to prevent significant vision loss. Below are some of the symptoms of Cataracts and when to consult your eye care physician.

Cataracts:

The clouding of the lens of the eye is generally a gradual one. In those with Diabetes, the process can speed up due to the increased levels of sugar in the blood stream. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of your eye. It causes declined vision and the patient often needs surgery to have the clouded lens removed and a replacement lens inserted.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Frequent glasses/contact prescription changes
  • Spots or Halos
  • Loss of color brightness
  • Yellow look to white paper

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is very important to have a thorough eye health exam to ensure there is no underlying medical issue.

For those who are diagnosed with Cataracts, their quality of vision will decline over time. In addition to cataracts, other complications of the eyes can form in Diabetic patients as well, such as bleeding in the retina.

Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk factors to your health and the greater your chances of getting Cataracts. It is important to have regular visits to your eye care professional and let them know all your health issues. This can help them diagnose eye conditions early and get you the proper treatment.

Educating yourself on good eye health can not only improve your quality of vision but your quality of life as well.

Watch Carol’s story about undergoing Cataract surgery:

For more information on Cataracts visit: www.nei.nih.gov

How Vitamins Can Help Your Vision

When we think of vitamins in our regular diet quite often Vitamin C or D, even Vitamin E come to mind. Riboflavin & Niacin also known as Vitamin B2 & B3, are other vitamins you should have in adequate supply for eye health.

Riboflavin and Niacin provides our bodies with lots of needed anti-oxidants, which are especially, important for the eyes. Anti-oxidants help to fight free radicals with may reduce and prevent damage to the eye. It is believed the Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin (B3) may help prevent or delay development of cataracts. Research is showing that anti-oxidants can lower your risk for getting cataracts before age 70 by over 40%.

You may have heard that Lutein & Zeaxanthin are anti-oxidants that also are essential for the eyes, they are found directly in the eyes natural lens.

There are several foods that contain Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin (B3), which are essential to the eyes, below are a few to add to your diet.

Riboflavin (B2):

Yogurt
Milk (Fat free & 1%)
Mushrooms
Eggs
Spinach
Coffee

Niacin (B3):

Tuna
Lean Beef
Lamb
Mushrooms
Kidney Beans

Another benefit of Niacin is that it has been known to promote good cholesterol, lower your inflammation for those who suffer from arthritis, or inflammation of the eyes, dry eyes, or even red eyes.

Anti-oxidants are an amazing natural supplement that can improve the way your body feels day to day and the way it will act in the future.

If you are looking for a regimen that can help you protect your eyes there are several supplements that can support your bodies vitamin uptake. For more information regarding specific Vitamins for eye health ask your eye care professional or visit www.IOptimalHealth.com.

What Do You Know About Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

Discovering How to Treat it 

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a blockage of your meibomian gland, which are located in the lower and upper eyelids near the eyelash line.

There are several causes for dry eyes which give the patient the feeling of gritty eyes, irritation, and dryness. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is one such cause of dry eyes and can cause inflammation of the eye and eyelid.

Are you affected by dry eyes on a daily basis?

Have tried other treatments, such as over the counter drops, artificial tears, prescriptions, or other treatments which have not worked?

LipiFlow® may help provide relief by removing the blockage of the Meibomian Glands.  When the glands are properly function this can help reduce constant redness, itching, scratchiness, dryness and even the inflammation of the eyelids.

Dry Eye Symptoms from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction:

  • Scratchy Sensation
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Redness in eye
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Dryness
  • Crusting around eyelids

The LipiFlow® Procedure:

There are several things we take for granted in life. Often we don’t think about how many times a day we blink until there is a problem. Lipiflow provides patients with relief from dry eyes. These allows many suffering the ability to be active, and enjoy life without a lot of worry of dry or irritated eyes slowing them down. The procedure is a quick spa-like 12-minute treatment performed in the comfort of your eye doctor’s office. Most patients descript the treatment as soothing and pain-free.

How does LipiFlow® work?

The device is placed around your eyelids. The device warms and massages your eyelids causing the blocked oil to liquefy. Then a slight suction and pressure will removed the liquefied oils that were once blocking the glands. Now the glands will properly function to produce oils to help improve your tear film of your eye and help your eyes feel moister. The treatment is yielding great results by providing patients with improved daily life, their ability to participate in outdoor activities again, and reduced the amount of drops needed daily to live comfortably.

If you are looking for a great way to improve your overall eye health and struggle with dry eyes daily, try Lipiflow ®. After all it could improve your life.

Listen to Diana’s experience with LipiFlow ®

 

Improved LASIK Treatments for Vision Correction

LASIK has had a stigma associated with its name for years. And there have been a number of issues in the past when it comes to this type of treatment, however they are not for the reasons that have been circulating. While LASIK helps with several eye conditions, not everyone makes a good candidate and may be misinformed, which is where many problems come in.

If you are considering LASIK as a treatment for astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, getting a complete and detailed evaluation should be your main priority. There are several people who shouldn’t get this procedure due to large pupils, or thinner corneas. For those with these problems, other options are available.

The new Wavefront LASIK is a more precise and accurate procedure allowing the doctor to guide the laser throughout the entire procedure. This ensures that the procedure is done correctly with minimal if any post-procedure symptoms such as halos, double vision, or the need to repeat the procedure as some have in the past.

The procedure allows the doctor to see the eye on the computer screen and gives them the ability to adjust it even if the eye is in motion. It takes less than 30 minutes and provides the patient with incredible results. Below are some benefits of using this type of procedure.

  • Patient can get both eyes done at the same day
  • Patient can have the procedure in combination with other procedures
  • There is little to no pain
  • Procedure can repair previous LASIK issues
  • Procedure has reduced recovery time

If you are looking to have freedom from glasses or contacts and don’t want a long recovery period, or symptoms afterward. Trying the new wave-front LASIK maybe a great treatment option for you. For more information on this procedure and to hear a first-hand experience, visit http://tiny.cc/qlh0ix

Top 4 Benefits of LipiFlow Treatment for Your Dry Eyes

  • Have you been suffering from Dry Eye?
  • Does Dry Eye effect your daily life?
  • Does Dry Eye cause you to avoid activities you would normally participate in?

The LipiFlow® treatment may be a great solution for you. There are several treatments available for Dry Eye, but unfortunately many are only temporary treatment. The LipiFlow® treatment helps improve your Dry Eye at the root cause improving your daily activities, and increasing the quality of your life.

Below are 4 Benefits of the LipiFlow® Treatment:

Proven to Work: Over 76% of the patients in the LipiFlow® clinical trial, reported significant improvements in symptoms of dry eyes within 4 weeks. This means that many can resume their daily activities without worrying if their eyes will cause them pain, itching or burning. Dr. Brian combines his proprietary cream with the LipiFlow® resulting in 98% of patients receiving relief from their dry eye concerns.

Ease of Treatment: The LipiFlow® treatment can be done right in our office. This treatment is only 12-minutes, since it is so quick and easy it can even be performed the same day as your evaluation.

Heat Pulse Treatment: The LipiFlow® Thermal (heat) Pulsation System is used to add heat to the Meibomian gland of the eye. As we age these glands begin to become clogged. The natural oils start to crystalize within the gland, which means less oils in your tear-film. This is why your eyes feel dry. The LipiFlow® treatment unblocks the glands and allows them to start producing oils that lubricate the eye again and stabilize the tear film from evaporation.

Experience: TearScience®, the developer LipiFlow® Technology, has over 25 years of research experience behind them. Allowing them to understand the cause of dry eye and studying how it effects the patients, and how other products attempt to relieve the symptoms.

There are several symptoms of dry eye. If you have been diagnosed you know what they are, but for those who are not familiar below are some of the symptoms of Dry Eye. If you have any of the following symptoms contact your eye care professionals.

  • Itching
  • Watering
  • Burning
  • Scratching Sensation
  • Redness
  • Blurred Vision

Barbara discusses her experience with the LipiFlow® treatment:

For more information regarding Dry Eye or the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System visit www.lipiflow.com/dryeye