HEALTHY FOOD FOR EYES

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Beyond carrots

You’ve probably heard that carrots and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables promote eye health and protect vision, and it’s true: Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly.

But eating your way to good eyesight isn’t only about beta-carotene. Though their connection to vision isn’t as well-known, several other vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy eyes. Make these five foods a staple of your diet to keep your peepers in tip-top shape.

Leafy greens

They’re packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that, studies show, lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
 

Eggs

The yolk is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk, according to Paul Dougherty, MD, medical director of Dougherty Laser Vision in Los Angeles.
 

Citrus and berries

These fruits are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
 

Almonds

They’re filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

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Q: HOW LONG DOES THE LASER VISION CORRECTION CONSULTATION LAST?

A: THE CONSULTATION USUALLY LASTS APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES.

Q: DO I WEAR PATCHES AFTER SURGERY?

A: IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR SURGERY YOU WILL WEAR A CLEAR SHIELD WHICH YOU WILL WEAR ALL DAY THE DAY OF THE SURGERY, AFTERWARDS WE RECOMMEND WEARING THE CLEAR SHIELD FOR THE FIRST 3 NIGHTS AFTER SURGERY (AT BEDTIME ONLY).

Q: DOES LASIK HURT?

A: WHILE PEOPLE DESCRIBE THE SENSATION OF GOING THORUGH LASIK AS A PRESSURE SENSATION WHICH LASTS APPROXIMATELY 30 SECONDS, MOST PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT IT IS SLIGHTLY UNCOMFORTABLE BUT NOT AS BAD AS THEY ORIGINALLY THOUGH.

Q: HOW SOON WILL I BE ABLE TO RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES AFTER UNDERGOING LASIK SURGERY?

A: MOST PEOPLE GO BACK TO WORK THE NEXT DAY AFTER LASIK, WITH PRK IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU RETURN TO WORK 3-4 DAYS AFTER SURGERY.

Q: HOW SOON CAN I WORK OUT?

A: MOST PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO RESUME WORKING OUT THE NEXT DAY. IF ONE WILL BE SWEATING IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WEAR A HEADBAND TO KEEP THE SWEAT OUT OF ONE’S EYES.

 Q:  HOW SOON CAN I GO INTO WATER?

A: WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU STAY OUT OF WATER FOR 4 WEEKS AFTER YOU LASER VISION CORRECTION PROCEDURE, IT IS OKAY TO GO TO THE BEACH BUT WE DON’T RECCOMEND YOU GOING IN A SWIMMING POOL, HOT WATER, JACUZZI, OR ANY BODY OF WATER ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER HAS A CHANCE OF GETTING INTO EYES.

Q: HOW SOON CAN I FLY?

A: IT IS OKAY TO FLY AS EARLY AS THE NEXT DAY AFTER YOUR LASER CORRECTION SURGERY. IN PLANES YOUR EYES MAY FEEL MORE DRY, THEREFORE, MORE FREQUENT USE OF THE ARTIFICIAL TEARS IS RECOMMENDED.

 

 

 

 

Fact 1: The eye is the second most complex organ in our body (after the brain)

It is composed of more than 2 million operational parts which can process 36,000 bits of information every hour!
It involves complex pathways and mechanisms and with the help of several structures like retina, pupils, iris, lens, cornea, ciliary muscles and optic nerves. Proper assembly of these parts helps the eye to function properly and makes our vision perfect [1].

Fact 2: Cornea is the only tissue in the eye that doesn’t need blood

Cornea is essential for vision and the presence of blood vessels would have interfered in this process. So, this is the only living cell in our eye that is not directly connected with blood vessels. It gets oxygen and nutrients from the tear fluid in its outer part and the inside part gets nutrition from aqueous humour (the thick watery substance between the lens and the cornea). Scientists say that the factors which promote the formation of blood vessels are absent in cornea, hence it is devoid of blood vessels [2].

Fact 3: The eye muscles are the strongest in our body

The external muscles of the eye are noticeably large in relation to the small size and weight of the eyeball and when it comes to strength, they are the strongest muscle for the job they do. This is so because; the muscles of the eye constantly move to readjust the position of the eye even when the head is in motion. Apart from that, they also work during sleep as we constantly move our eyes during rapid eye movement sleep (REM). In this way, the eye muscles work restlessly. However, the muscles of the eye are subjected to fatigue as well. This is the reason why our eye needs rest after working constantly for 1 hour [3].

Fact 4: All of us have a blind spot in our eyes

Light enters the eye by passing through the pupil and hits the retina at the back of the eye. The retina is covered with light-sensing proteins. They send the information to the optic nerve which carries it back into the brain. The problem is, the optic nerve ends in the field of the retina itself. This creates a blind spot. The blind spots in each eye are aligned symmetrically so that most of the time, one eye’s field of vision will compensate for the loss of vision in the other [4].

Fact 5: The eye requires no rest

The eye is the only part of the human body that can function at 100% ability at any moment, day or night, without rest. But you should give rest to the eyelids and the external muscles of your eyes for its better functioning [5].

Fact 6: We blink 25000 times a day

Large number, isn’t it? Blinking has two purposes – to keep the eyes lubricated and to protect the eye from foreign particles. Our eyelashes have short, curved, hair which serve as dust-catchers. The blinking reflex causes them automatically to lower, when exposed to harsh elements [6].

Fact 7: The amount of light entering the eye is constantly controlled

The central opening of your eye is known as the pupil. It changes size depending on the amount of light entering in the eye. The colored area around the pupil is called the iris which controls the size of the pupil. The colour of the iris, whether black, brown, blue or green is actually responsible for imparting the eye colour [7].

Fact 8: The eye heals quickly

When the outer layer of cells on an eyeball are injured, cellular replacement takes place rapidly because the surface of an eyeball contains living cells. These living cells have the ability to reorganize and migrate to the place where the cells are lost [8].

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The human eye has been called the most complex organ in our body. It’s amazing that something so small can have so many working parts. But when you consider how difficult the task of providing vision really is, perhaps it’s no wonder after all.

(Mouse over the words in the eye anatomy illustration below for their definitions.)

How The Eye Works

In a number of ways, the human eye works much like a digital camera:

  1. Light is focused primarily by the cornea — the clear front surface of the eye, which acts like a camera lens.
  2. The iris of the eye functions like the diaphragm of a camera, controlling the amount of light reaching the back of the eye by automatically adjusting the size of the pupil (aperture).
  3. The eye’s crystalline lens is located directly behind the pupil and further focuses light. Through a process called accommodation, this lens helps the eye automatically focus on near and approaching objects, like an autofocus camera lens.
  4. Light focused by the cornea and crystalline lens (and limited by the iris and pupil) then reaches the retina — the light-sensitive inner lining of the back of the eye. The retina acts like an electronic image sensor of a digital camera, converting optical images into electronic signals. The optic nerve then transmits these signals to the visual cortex — the part of the brain that controls our sense of sight.

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6 Crazy Facts

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  1. Babies are born color blind. Their color perception develops gradually, usually reaching a full ability to recognize and distinguish colors at about 5 months.
  2. Our irises have over 256 unique characteristics. Compare that to fingerprints, which only have about 40. This is why many new security measures have iris scans instead of fingerprint scans.
  3. When we’re attracted to someone, our pupils dilate as much as 45%. In addition, women with dilated pupils are judged to be more attractive. In fact, Italian women in the Middle Ages capitalized on this idea by using belladonna to dilate their own pupils. Don’t try that at home, though; belladonna is toxic to your eyes!
  4. The colossal squid has the largest eyes on the planet, measuring 10.6 inches across!
  5. Why did pirates wear eye patches? It was actually a trick to help them see better. The eye with the patch was used to see in the dark below deck, while the uncovered eye was used for bright light above deck.
  6. Shark corneas are amazingly similar to humans’. They’re close enough that shark corneas have been used for human transplant surgery.

Five Things About Eye Health You Probably Never Knew

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Most people don’t think much about their eyes on an everyday basis. If you can see ok, that’s all that is important, right? We bemoan our thinning eyelashes, the need for glasses as we age, even whether or not the color of our eyes is attractive enough, but beyond that, we really don’t consider the importance of our eyes until they fail us completely. Below is a list we have compiled about eye health that may get you thinking differently.

Leaving Contacts in Overnight Can Cause Serious Issues

Contact lenses deprive the cornea of oxygen, lubrication, and nutrients, and leaving your contacts in overnight can cause a corneal infection. In the worst case scenarios, corneal infections can lead to loss of vision, so please remove your contact lens each night. If you should forget (we are human, it happens!) putting in a couple of drops of eye lubricant can help keep the lenses from sticking to your eyes.

Computer Vision Syndrome is Really a Thing

Our lives are controlled by the computer. We work on them all day and we play on them until late in the night and this can cause eyes to become dry, tired, and lead to blurry vision. Anyone who spends more than 2 hours a day in front of computer screen is at risk and should take precautions. Take frequent breaks and follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, focus on something that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Proper placement of your computer monitor can help, as well as using artificial teardrops. There are also supplements that can help prevent dryness; discuss with your optometrist what would work best for you.

Your skin isn’t the only part of you requiring sunscreen

Your eyes are sensitive to the sun as well, especially if you spend a lot of time on the water or snow. Sun damage to the eyes has been linked to cataracts, cancer, and age related macular degeneration, and you can even develop a “sunburn” of the eyes with a condition known as photokeratitis. UV protected sunglasses that sit close to your eyes can help deter all of the above.

Certain Foods Can Promote Eye Health

Beta-carotene, found in carrots and other orange-colored fruits and veggies, is the most well-known of the vision protectors, but there are so many more. The lutein & zeaxanthin found in leafy greens, egg yolks, and any fruit high in Vitamin C can help you avoid macular degeneration and cataracts. The vitamin E found in almonds can slow the progression of macular degeneration, and 1 ounce a day will provide you half the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin E. And finally, if you suffer from dry eye syndrome, the DHA found in fatty fish like salmon and trout can be your savior.

Health Issues Can Be Diagnosed Through Eye Exams

Diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, high cholesterol, thyroid disease and cancers can all be revealed through a comprehensive eye exam. Regular eye exams can also help determine health issues early; your optometrist will have a record to look back on at each exam, thereby noticing changes sooner. Scheduling regular eye exams can do more than just save your vision; it can save your life!

Eyes: 15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Them

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Eyes: 15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Them

You’ve had your peepers since you were born, so you may think you know them pretty well, but here are some fun facts you may not know about eyes:

  1. The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.
  2. While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.
  3. Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.
  4. Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.
  5. Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about 4-13 weeks old.
  6. Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have some kind of vision impairment.
  7. Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.
  8. The cells in your eye come in different shapes. Rod-shaped cells allow you to see shapes, and cone-shaped cells allow you to see color.
  9. You blink about 12 times every minute.
  10. Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.
  11. Some people are born with two differently colored eyes. This condition is heterochromia.
  12. Even if no one in the past few generations of your family had blue or green eyes, these recessive traits can still appear in later generations.
  13. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
  14. Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.
  15. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

10 Facts about LASIK

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From: WebMD

You can hardly turn on the TV or the radio without hearing ads about a new, low-cost eye surgery to rid you of those bothersome glasses or contacts. But how can you be sure you’re not playing Russian roulette with your eyes?

WebMD Health professional Bill Lloyd, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist qualified to perform laser refractive surgery. LASIK is one of the most frequently performed operations in America. In order to shed some light on this very popular surgery, Lloyd outlines ten important things to know before undergoing laser refractive surgery.

1. Know Yourself — Why do you really want to have this surgery? You will live with its results forever, so don’t be caught up in a fad. There are no guarantees. Many LASIK patients are still wearing glasses!

2. Know Your Surgeon — Look for an experienced, board-certified ophthalmologist. Ask direct questions regarding your surgeon’s experience and complication rate. Will your surgeon continue to take care of you after the surgery, after surgery, or will you be redirected to a non-physician?

3. Know Your Refractive Error — The more nearsighted (myopic) you are, the more likely you may need a repeat procedure (euphemistically called “refinements”). Ask your doctor what the chances are that you’ll need a refinement.

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4. Know if You Are Eligible — LASIK is not for everyone. People with severe dry eyes, certain corneal diseases, and other select eye conditions should not undergo LASIK.

5. Know What Happens — Be sure you fully understand the entire procedure. Since you will be awake for the surgery, you don’t want any surprises.

6. Know the Odds — After laser refractive surgery, most patients enjoy improved (not necessarily perfect) vision without their old glasses. Nobody guarantees 20/20, 20/25, or 20/30 vision. If you hear such claims, consider looking elsewhere.

7. Know the Risks — Laser refractive surgery is surgery. There is no such thing as “minor eye surgery.” Complications such as overcorrection, undercorrection, making the pupil off center, damaging the cornea, inflammation, and infection can leave you miserable. You may hear statistics about 2% or 5% complications, but if it happens to you, it’s 100%!

8. Know the Limitations — LASIK is used to help correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. Laser refractive surgery will not prevent you from needing reading glasses as you approach middle age. There may be future advancement but, as of this writing, LASIK patients will need help to read later in life just like their parents did.

The majority of people with mild or moderate nearsightedness can expect to have uncorrected vision (without glasses or contacts) of 20/40 or better after LASIK surgery. Some may have 20/20 vision or better. Good results are less certain with more severe nearsightedness.

9. Know Your Postsurgical Care — Be sure both you and your partner understand the postoperative eye-drop routine. Since these medications influence corneal healing, your final visual outcome will depend heavily on the correct use of your eye drops. Make sure you find out what kind of care you will receive after the surgery and how often your doctor will want to see you. Be sure to ask about any limitations you may have after surgery, such as sports or makeup.

10. Know About Alternatives — Alphabet soup! LASIK, LASEK, PRK, INTACS, and many more. Don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon, “Is this the very best way to treat my situation? Are there other methods?” Experienced eye surgeons typically know three or four ways to manage the same patient. Carefully weigh any decision to participate in any innovative research trials. It’s hard to beat solid experience!

Holiday Lasik Special

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Happy Holidays, treat yourself to the gift of vision you know you deserve. If you’ve been looking for a well reviewed, trusted, and experienced Lasik surgeon come in for a FREE consultation.

Check in with Yelp at any of our Lasik center locations and receive $1,000 OFF any Lasik procedure.

Lasik Center Locations:

  • 8241 Rochester Ave. Suite 120
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
    (909) 980-8010
  • 2211 West Magnolia Blvd. Suite 290
    Burbank CA, 91506
    (818) 391-1058
  • 465 North Roxbury Drive Suite 1012
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    (310) 275-3937
  • 741 South Orange Ave.
    West Covina, CA 91790

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Eye Injury Prevention Month (October)

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Did you know that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month?

October is eye injury prevention Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that nearly half of all eye injuries occur in the home. Nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries each year in the United States, and nearly one million people have lost some degree of vision as a result. Most could have been prevented with protective eye wear.

These are some of the most common places that eye injuries happen and prevention tips for both indoor and outdoor activities: 

  • In the house – When using household chemicals, read the instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure to point spray nozzles away from you. Many chemicals are extremely hazardous and can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, resulting in blindness. For this reason, it is very important to use appropriate eye protection to prevent blinding consequences from chemical splashes.
  • In the workshop – Think about the work you will be doing and wear protective eye wear to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes, dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals. Many objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly and cause injury.
  • In the garden – Put on protective eye wear before you use a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger and be sure to check for rocks and stones because they can become dangerous projectiles as they shoot from these machines. In the garage – Battery acid sparks and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage your eyes.
  • Learn the proper way to jump-start an automobile, and keep protective goggles in the trunk of your car to use for those emergencies and everyday repairs.

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This Fall, treat yourself to the vision you know you deserve. If you’ve been looking for a well reviewed, trusted, and experienced Lasik surgeon come in for a FREE consultation.

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Lasik Center Locations:

  • 8241 Rochester Ave. Suite 120
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
    (909) 980-8010
  • 2211 West Magnolia Blvd. Suite 290
    Burbank CA, 91506
    (818) 391-1058
  • 465 North Roxbury Drive Suite 1012
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    (310) 275-3937
  • 741 South Orange Ave.
    West Covina, CA 91790

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