Athletes who devote their lives to training to become better at their sport should not neglect to factor their vision into that equation. Having great eyesight can certainly be an asset during competition, which is why athletes like LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Troy Aikman have all chosen LASIK to boost their performance. In this blog, Beverly Hills ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, who is known for his trademark Fortified LASIK® procedure, explains some of the benefits athletes receive from LASIK. Read more
Wearing the right sunglasses has less to do with style and more to do with eye health. A good pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from vision-threatening conditions down the road. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills explains how sunglasses can prevent certain eye issues. Read more
Discoloration of the whites of the eyes can occur for several reasons. An eye examination is crucial for a proper diagnosis. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler of Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills explains ways in which the eyes become less white and how WhiterEyes® Conjunctivoplasty can restore a white sclera. Read more
Patients with cataracts have long benefitted from implantable lenses. Now, those with other vision problems can benefit from a similar type of lens technology. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler of Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills explains why implantable contact lenses (ICLs) are a good choice for many patients, especially those who are not candidates for LASIK. Read more
Although it is reassuring to know that the experts at Boxer Wachler Vision Institute are available to assist you following an ocular crisis, your best course of action is to try to avoid eye emergencies in the first place. To protect the health of your eyes, Dr. Brian suggests re-examining some of these common bad habits: Read more
Keratoconus is a disorder that causes the cornea to bulge out into a cone-like shape and leads to blurry, distorted vision. Although the affliction occurs often enough to keep Dr. Brian busy with keratoconus patients, it is still rare enough that the general population does not have a firm understanding of what keratoconus is.
Allow Dr. Brian to correct some of the misinformation about this condition: Read more
LASIK is a very safe procedure. However, some prospective patients are concerned about potential complications of refractive surgery, and opt out entirely. That is understandable — your vision is nothing to mess around with! Fortunately, Dr. Brian has developed Fortified LASIK, a form of the procedure that is even safer, in turn giving patients the confidence to finally pull the trigger.
Benefits of Fortified LASIK include: Read more
A new year is here and many of us are thinking of ways to stay fit by means of exercise and healthy eating. We can also improve our vision health by eating better and getting the right amount of vitamins daily. There are several foods we eat every day that can improve your overall eye health. Vitamins like Riboflavin, Vitamin D, and even Vitamin K can help your vision as well.
Foods High in Essential Vitamins
Vitamin D: Remembering that you need a daily allowance of 600IU daily, consider eating the below foods.
• Fatty Fish
• Whole Grain Cereals
Riboflavin or (Vitamin B2): The average person needs at least 1.7MG of Riboflavin on a daily basis to maintain proper eye health and improve metabolism. There are injections which can help supplement this vitamin, however, eating them in your diet naturally is a better source. You can find Riboflavin in:
• Beef & Lamb
Vitamin K: The recommended daily allotment of Vitamin K is 80MG. Vitamin K has antioxidants that can help with age-related eye conditions over time protecting your eyes. Below are a few food items that contain Vitamin K.
• Green Leafy Vegetables
• Herbs (Basil)
• Chili Powder
For more information on vitamins that protect your eye health contact your eye care professionals or visit www.ioptimalhealth.com
1. Sitting too close to your computer screen, Obvious right?
We do this without realizing it, but staring at a screen so close can result in eye fatigue, dryness and blurry vision. Staring closely at the screen, tires out our ciliary muscle which controls the eye lens to focus.
2. Out with the old in with the new!
Glasses that is, old prescription glasses are harmful. Getting custom computer glasses give your eyes the greatest lens power and a clear wide field view, eliminating any excessive focusing effort.
3. Not the brightest bulb in the box
Excessive overhead lighting is not needed while on the computer. Lighting should not be any brighter than your screen. Make sure contrast controls and brightness are properly adjusted on your monitor.
4. Sit up tall
Eye level should be at the top of your monitor, Hips and back should go as far back as they can go in the chair feeling fully supported. Moving forward to the edge of the computer chair while aligning your back will also ease back muscles.
5. High resolution flat panel screen
Old monitors are low resolution and cause strain on the eye, upgrading to a newer one will cause less eye fatigue. The monitor should not be tilted put position in front of ones face.
6. The closer the mouse the better
Having the mouse close to your reach keeps you from leaning forward and closer to the screen. Viewing distance should be an arms- length away, and the keyboard should be placed so your arms hang vertically.
7. Its OK to blink
Blinking relieves your eyes cleaning it out and flushes fresh tears. Set aside some time to do a couple of blinking exercises by blinking ten times into each direction. For more effective results, your eyes should be relaxed while closing. Avoid tight lid squeeze.
As the leaves change colors and fall quickly approaches, the air gets drier causing the eyes to dry out. Dry eyes is a common condition that is suffered by many people around the world. One of the main causes of Dry Eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Meibomian gland dysfunction causes a blockage of your meibomian gland, and causes inflammation causing discomfort, and irritability in the eye.Tear-flow imbalance, age, side effects from certain medicine can also be common reasons for dry eyes.
For those who have chronic dry eyes there are many treatments available to help you to reduce symptoms, even in some cases fix the problem.
Below are a few treatment options available and symptoms of dry eyes.
- Reddening of the eyes
- Increased rubbing
- Burning sensations
- Foreign body sensation
- Excessive blinking
- Excessive eye rubbing
Treatments for Dry Eyes:
Artificial Tears & Eye Drops
There are several over the counter drops or artificial tears that will allow you temporary relief from dry eyes. This solution is only a temporary fix. Being evaluated to find the underlining cause of your dry eyes is very important.
Temporary Punctual Occlusion
This also a temporary fix if the ducts in the eye are draining too much the plugs can close the ducts to allow some relief. It is also used to determine if this would be a good permanent fix for your dry eye condition. If so than permanent plugs can be added or non-dissolving punctual occlusion.
Lipiflow, which is an FDA approved treatment is a non-invasive, 12 minute spa-like treatment that cleans out the clogged oil glands using heat.Most patients describe the procedure as a “mini- facial” for the eyelids.