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Winter Eye Health Tips

December 11, 2017

It’s that time again when the trees have dropped their leaves and the cold air moves in. We all know the harsh winter can be particularly difficult to bear for those who suffer from dry or itchy eyes. Cold and even snowy days can bring additional problems that affect your vision negatively, making your eyes very irritable and uncomfortable even though they were fine during the rest of the year.

Luckily there are many simple techniques that can be applied to effectively relieve dry eyes and keep your eyesight clear, healthy and pain-freed during the winter months. Make sure to check out these dry eye tips to help keep your eyes healthy and happy during the cold, dry winter season.

Keep the moisture in, not out.

Dry air is just a natural side effect of the winter. It makes it difficult for our eyes to produce the tears they need to stay moist and lubricated. There is an easy way however to fight against this by using simple rewetting drops for your eyes. You simply use them when your eyes feel like they’re getting dry. They can easily be purchased at almost any convenience store. You may also speak to your eye doctor to find out where to get them or have them write you a prescription if you feel that the dryness is persistent and very painful.

Keep yourself away from the heat.

It’s cold out so now actually you’re going to have your heat on during the winter and heat can cause dry eyes as well. Thankfully simple lifestyle changes such as sitting further away from heaters are Rady Ater’s can make a big difference for your dry eyes. You can also find yourself humidifier which will help keep moisture in the air and control the air flow in room to keep your eyes feeling comfortable and happy.

Put down those cell phones and tablets.

Many folks spend practically their entire day staring at a computer screen or their phone. And now that it’s winter you’re probably going to head inside to keep warm and spend even more time gazing at your electronics devices longer than normal. So you may be keeping warm but let us tell you looking at these electronics for extended periods causes you to blink less which keeps your eyes from producing the tears they need to prevent pain and redness. Always use the 20 2020 rule. This works by finding something at 20 feet away and looking away from your electronic devices every 20 minutes at it for at least 20 seconds. This will help reduce eyestrain caused by your dad caused by your digital devices and will help keep your eye sight from getting worse.

Sunglasses are a must.

Every winter seems like the sun disappears however its UV does not. When you go to the beach you always wear your sunglasses to keep those nasty UV rays from harming your eyes so why not in the winter when the sun’s rays are being reflected from the snow lying on the ground. This actually makes it even more important to keep your eyes protected in the winter. Always be mindful to wear sunglasses whenever you are outside or driving for more than a period of 15 minutes; especially on bright sunny days. You can always put on a hat with a brim to also help combat the harmful effects the sun ha on your eyes.

You are what you eat.

Your eyes are still a part of your body and just as your body feels better when you put the proper fuel into it your eyes feel and function better when you feed your body. Healthy eating will not improve your eyesight but can help them from feeling dry or achy. Making sure you drink plenty of water and hydrating yourself also helps keep moisture in your eyes. Mega three fatty acids in your diet will also help maintain and improve your eyes function.

Give them a little TLC when they’re in pain.

If your eyes are bugging you after a long day of at staring at the computer screen, or working long hours don’t sit there and rub them to try make them better. Take a warm damp cloth and place it over your eyes for at least 15 minutes for quick easy relief. However if you experience chronic eye pain regularly you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor so they can assess and treat your eyes individual needs.

Get yourself some goggles.

If you are outside a lot in the winter months especially for winter sports, the wind at high-speed‘s, can really irritate and take the moisture from your eyes. Your vision can become blurry and even leave them susceptible to dirt and other debris. Make sure that when you go goggle shopping you find a pair that will cover both your eyes and actually have built in UV protection.

If your eyes remain irritable and in pain during the winter months it’s always best to see an eye doctor. We can make sure that you are treated properly. If you ever have any questions or need advice on the best way to help protect your eyes this winter please come see us. We are more than happy to see you and provide the correct and best treatment that is possible for you.

Eye Changes During Pregnancy

November 26, 2017

While you are pregnant your body will go through many different changes very quickly as the new life is developing inside you. You will notice many different changes from flattening feet, ligament pains, swollen ankles and many other things. Most women however don’t realize that their eyes will also be affected by this new life developing inside them. It’s funny but the reason for this is actually the same reason many women have complaints during pregnancy. Complaints such as increased blood volume, fluid retention, and the fluctuation of hormones. All those things we just mentioned are the primary factors for most of the body’s changes during pregnancy. Most of these things however will return back to normal after the baby is born.

A important thing for women to know is that their vision may change during pregnancy. These vision changes however are typically temporary and will resolve themselves after the child is born. Women often worry if they will need a new eyeglass prescription after noticing a change in their vision. Typically this is not the case. One thing to take note of is that you should never have LASIK during or shortly after being pregnant.

Dry eye is actually the most common change to a woman’s eyesight while she’s pregnant. As a result of the changing hormone levels the eye maybe come dry. Make sure to schedule an appointment with Beach Eye Medical Group If you experience any dry eye discomfort during your pregnancy. We can recommend and prescribe safe to use eye drops during your pregnancy. Also wearing contact lenses may also become very uncomfortable while you’re pregnant and many women find it much more practical and comforting to just wear their eyeglasses.

The effects of dry eye while being pregnant may also be reduced by consuming certain foods and vitamins. Omega-3 fatty acid rich foods such as flaxseed, fish and walnuts can also help keep dry under control. Make note however that certain types of fish should be limited while you’re pregnant because of the high levels of mercury. Make sure to speak with your OB and your ophthalmologist or optometrist concerning the treatment and symptoms of dry eye and the proper procedures for keeping your eyes healthy throughout your pregnancy.

If your vision where to change rapidly or become extremely blurry while you’re pregnant it may be an indication of high blood pressure or even gestational diabetes. If you experience any of these symptoms make sure to contact your doctor immediately.

Just like you would contact your primary physician about anything that concerned you regarding your body during pregnancy, you should also make sure to contact your eye care professional if you were concerned about the health of your eyes while your pregnant. Make sure, for the sake of yourself and your baby that you listen to what your body is trying to tell you throughout your entire pregnancy.

Ten Tips for Protecting Your Eyes

October 16, 2017

Being human we tend to take our incredible physical abilities that our bodies afford us for granted. Too often we are worried about things like, “when is our next oil change” or “am I over the recommended mileage” than we are about maintaining our own unique body parts and systems.

For instance our eyes. Too often our eyesight is taken for granted. We fail to have our eyes examined, forget to protect them when mowing the lawn or participating in sports and leave them vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun and so on.

At Beach Eye Medical Center, your vision is our passion. Ensuring our patients are physically able to appreciate the advantages of having excellent vision, either naturally or corrected by LASIK or vision correction. So with that here are ten great tips to help protect your eyes.

  1. Be aware of and up to date on your family’s eye disease history. — Identify if you’re at greater risk for problems like diabetes or high blood pressure. Being over the age of 65 or of African-American descent over 40 can also put you at a higher risk for eye disease. This makes having regular eye exams with the doctors at Beach Eye Medical very important.
  2. See your family doctor for regular physical exams. — Regularly having your blood pressure checked and ruling out the possibility of diabetes is extremely important since both of these diseases can lead to eye diseases like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
  3. Monitor changes in your vision — Difficulty seeing in low light, double vision, repeated flashes of light, red eyes, floaters, persistent eye discomfort. All of these symptoms need urgent attention paid to them.
  4. Safeguard your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun — Protect your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses. Why? Cataracts are often caused by UV rays from the sun as well as other eye problems.
  5. Change your diet — Studies have shown that eating antioxidants like blueberries and broccoli can decrease the risk of developing cataracts and eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.
  6. Physically exercise more — Exercising regularly can reduce the chance of having age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent.
  7. Don’t start or quit smoking — If you smoke you are much more prone to developing diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and uveitis and other eye problems like cataracts.
  8. Have your eyes examined at the minimum of every two years — Various eye conditions do not show symptoms until your vision has been damaged already. Comprehensive eye exams however, including the dilation of your pupils, may uncover your chance of incurring diseases like diabetic retinopathy.
  9. Wearing eye protection — Playing sports, doing yard work, working with tools, and so on require wearing protective eyewear. Professional sports athletes like Horace Grant of the Chicago Bulls wear protective eyewear while working so why shouldn’t you while you’re trimming your sidewalk.
  10. Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

Is it time for your regular eye exam with Beach Eye Medical? Call us at 714-965-9696 to make your appointment

Dry Eye Syndrome

August 30, 2017

The health of your eyes can greatly affect your overall quality of life. Discomfort, irritation, and watery eyes can make it difficult to work or enjoy everyday activities. If your eyes are constantly stinging or tearing, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. At Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach, California we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of range of eye and vision disorders, including dry eye syndrome.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition that occurs when our eyes fail to keep themselves adequately lubricated, whether due to an inability to produce enough tears or when those tears evaporate too quickly. It’s estimated that millions of Americans are affected by this condition. In most cases, symptoms are acute and relatively mild – typically soreness, redness, and irritation. However, in more serious cases, dry eyes can be chronic and result in severe pain and/or vision loss.

Symptoms
Common symptoms associated with dry eye include:

  • blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and full vision loss in extreme cases
  • irritation (scratchiness or the feeling of something in the eye) and redness
  • pain and/or burning
  • alternations between dryness and watery eyes (as your system tries to flush out perceived irritants)

Causes
There can be many causes of dry eye. Environmental factors such as wind, dust, sand, smoke, and other pollutants in the air can contribute to eye irritation, but an underlying medical condition may also be a factor. Dry eye syndrome can arise due to:

  • prolonged time focusing (ie. books and computer screens)
  • allergies
  • rosacea
  • autoimmune disorders
  • hormonal changes during pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause
  • laser-eye surgery and overuse of contact lens
  • side effects from medication
  • genetic predispositions

Diagnosis and Treatment
First and foremost, a proper diagnosis of your eye problem is essential. During your appointment at Beach Eye Medical Group, one of our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam and review your symptoms. Next, tests can be performed to measure your tear production, as well as the quality of your tears.

Due to different potential underlying causes, treatments can vary. To help alleviate symptoms, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes–such as less screen time, healthier living, or air filters/humidifiers–or prescribe therapeutic remedies, such as artificial tears or prescription eye drops (eg. cyclosporine). In some cases, punctal plugs, or tear duct plugs, may be inserted. A punctal plug is a small silicone device that can be placed in the tear duct to help conserve lubrication.

Why Choose Beach Eye?
If you experience dry eye symptoms, and they continue to persist, it’s important that you speak to an ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as possible.

At the Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach, our priority is to provide our patients with the best care available for eye disorders. Having served the residents of Southern California for over 35 years, along with decades of combined experience, our medical team is committed to bringing the forefront of modern medical technology to our practice.

Myopia Treatment Choices

July 22, 2017

myopiaAccording to the National Eye Institute (NEI), myopia is a “common type of refractive error where close things appear clearly, but distant objects look fuzzy” and myopia treatment choices range from common glasses or contacts to myopia surgery.

Myopia Treatment Choices

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), myopia is a “common type of refractive error where close things appear clearly, but distant objects look fuzzy” and myopia treatment choices range from common glasses or contacts to myopia surgery.

What’s myopia?

Commonly called nearsightedness, myopia basically suggests the eyeball is incapable of focusing images correctly on the retina, resulting in what you’re seeing to be focused in the front of the retina.

It might also be brought on by an excessively thick lens, or any combo of issues regarding the lens, eyeball length, and corneal curvature.

Whatever the case, the truth is that your eyesight is going to be negatively affected, making focusing correctly on items at a distance very difficult.

NEI statistics reveal that at 2004, the proportion of the US population with myopia has increased to 41.6 percent (a rise of 16.6 percent from 1972) which was over ten decades ago so the proportion is probably much higher now.

The sheer quantity of people who have myopia, and its incidence as a predisposing factor for other eye associated problems like glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic retinopathy, have a lot of eye specialists saying that myopia is a substantial public health issue that’s getting worse.

Degenerative myopia

Oftentimes, nearsightedness is a hassle since it poses little if any threat to the health of the eye. There are often more health threatening related issues like retinal detachment, myopic retinopathy, and glaucoma that myopia is often a predisposing condition for. In all these instances, treatment should be performed by an ophthalmologist.

Degenerative myopia is an uncommon condition that’s also called malignant myopia or pathological myopia. This disorder is an accelerated form of myopia which frequently occurs in children, is generally genetic (hereditary and also contributes to a rapid loss of vision and legal blindness.

Fixing Myopia

The principal treatment options for myopia comprise of contacts and eyeglasses. While these myopia treatment options are exceptionally capable of correcting the refractive error which leads to the myopic focus, these treatment choices don’t slow the eyeball from growing or axial elongation.

Laser refractive surgery is also a possible treatment for myopia. LASIK physically alters corneal tissue to correctly permit the light to concentrate in the appropriate position, and may reduce or eliminate the need to wear eyeglasses or contacts.

The Myopia Experts at Beach Eye

If you have problems with squinting, eye strain, headaches, tired eyes when driving a car or performing everyday tasks, or possess glasses (or contact lenses) for nearsightedness and still encounter these or other associated symptoms, please schedule an eye exam with one of our Doctors at Beach Eye Medical to evaluate your specific situation, correctly diagnosis the myopia or other possible, severe ocular disorders, and explore the alternatives.

You can rest assured that your myopia will be more manageable and learn whether you’re a candidate to achieve clearer vision with LASIK, and make certain you don’t have any serious ocular disorders in which myopia may be a predisposing factor for.

Tips on How to Get Healthy Eyes

July 10, 2017

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Mistakes Contact Lens Wearers Shouldn’t Make

June 12, 2017

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Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome

May 16, 2017

Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome is a set of symptoms caused by the aging of the lens. The small lens we have behind the pupil plays an essential role so that we can see clearly. Here are the symptoms and solutions that modern medicine offers.

From the age of 45, it is inevitable that the syndrome of aging of the lens begins. Progressively over the years it loses its function. It begins with a loss of near vision due to presbyopia, slowly the quality of vision worsens at all distances and culminates with a severe loss of vision due to the development of cataracts.

Presbyopia or tired sight happens because little by little the lens hardens, limiting its capacity of accommodation. When we are young is and we want to focus our vision on text or near object, the lens adjusts or modifies its form so that we see clear. The lens losing its flexibility will not work as well, so we will begin to see blurred text in small print, and the objects we use up close.

Cataracts usually happen later in life. In this case the lens loses transparency and our view is clouded. This vision problem is quite common in people over 60 years of age. Today we recommend solving the problem as soon as possible. It makes no sense to wait because we are just prolonging a poorer quality of life and complicating the inevitable cataract surgery.

The visual degradation caused by aging is a slow process so it can go undetected. Many people adapt to these changes without being aware that they are seeing worse at all distances. Some assume it as part of the process of becoming older, but today it is not necessary to conform. We can restore your vision so you always see clear without glasses or contact lenses.

Treatments for Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome

There are very effective treatments for the Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome depending on which phase it is in. Most symptoms are resolved with the help of glasses, but in the long run it is an uncomfortable solution. Our ophthalmologists can perform a comprehensive ocular study and determine the most appropriate treatment for your eyes.

  • Sclerosis or tightening of the lens that causes tired eyes has two very effective solutions. Laser surgery or implantation of multifocal intraocular lenses can be performed. Both treatments allow restoring vision, however intraocular lenses stand out because they are a permanent solution that prevents the appearance of cataracts.
  • When the problem is opacity or loss of transparency, the best solution is to replace the lens. The cataract operation has been refined so much in recent decades that today is a very effective and safe intervention. In addition, bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses are now available that allow you to see at all distances forever.

We can help you avoid reaching this last phase of Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome. We have the most advanced technology to perform totally personalized treatments and implant the most modern intraocular lenses. You will once again have excellent visual quality that will certainly increase your desire to enjoy life.

Important Facts About Cataracts

April 17, 2017

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Why Are Sunglasses Important?

March 3, 2017

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