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Dry Eyes

August 30, 2017

Dry eye can be something as small as a mild irritation that affects you now and again to an unrelenting condition that making it difficult using your eyes for any extended period.

Our unhealthy media habits and inclination to spend most of our lives inside have more and more of us are joining this first group and having infrequent symptoms of dry eye. Our eyes simply aren’t configured to undergo watching six straight episodes of This is Us or play Computer Solitaire for four hours without blinking.

This phenomenon is known as Digital Eye Syndrome or Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). It happens because when looking at a screen our eyes are constantly refocusing to process the millions of little pixels that make up the images and text. In addition to this we decrease our blink rate, not letting the tears to spread over the eye and lubricate them.

Activities like these are part of contemporary life. And for most of us it’s unfeasible to avoid staring at a screen all day or sitting in an air conditioned workplace (okay, so we can cut down on Computer Solitaire). Since we can’t really wait for thousands of years for evolution to catch up, we must manage the symptoms before dry eye starts to really interrupt our lives.

Our smartphone-loving sheltered lifestyle isn’t the only thing to blame for dry eye. In fact, dry eye can result from many causes including pregnancy, exposure to irritants, infections, allergies, medications like blood pressure tablets and anti-depressants, hormone replacement therapy, and even not closing your eyes the right way while asleep.

How do you know if you suffer from dry eye? According to the National Eye Institute, the symptoms of dry eye can include any of the following:

  • Occurrences of blurry vision
  • Reduced tolerance of reading, computer use, or any activity that requires continuous visual attention
  • Stinging or burning of the eye
  • Sandy or gritty sensation as if something is in the eye
  • Episodes of an overabundance of tears following very dry eye periods
  • Eye tiredness
  • Stringy discharge from the eye
  • Pain and redness of the eye
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Not being able to cry when emotional
  • Uncomfortable contact lenses

You certainly do not want to ignore Dry Eye. If left untreated, it can lead to ulcers, pain, scars, and even vision loss. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, we recommended to see an eye care professional to get a precise diagnosis and start undergoing treatment if necessary.

Preventing and treating dry eye

There are a few things you can do to help keep your eyes wet and healthy. Eating well, drinking lots of water, and reducing your exposure to things like chemical fumes, tobacco smoke, and drafts from air conditioning or heating. But the most beneficial step you can take is in managing your digital media use.

Ensure your surroundings cater to good eye health. Dim any bright overhead lights, use an ergonomically designed chair and sit with the screen 20-26 inches away from you and tilted slightly back, and adjust the contrast and brightness of your screen accordingly.

If you follow these steps, you may look forward to a life of trouble-free and healthy vision!

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.

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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.

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