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Comprehensive dilated eye exams

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Having regular, comprehensive dilated eye exams can help prevent vision loss. Early detection and timely treatment of eye diseases can help save your sight. In many cases, a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to detect eye diseases that can cause blindness. When was the last time you had an eye exam? 

What is a comprehensive dilated eye exam?

A comprehensive dilated eye exam includes:

Pupil dilation:

An eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils. The eye care professional then uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and look for signs of damage or other problems, like diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration. A dilated eye exam also lets the eye care

professional see whether there is damage to the optic nerve, which happens to people who have glaucoma. After the exam, your close-up vision may be blurry for several hours.

Tonometry:

Tonometry is a test that helps detect glaucoma by measuring pressure within the eye. Your eye care professional may direct a small puff of air onto your eye or may gently place a pressure sensitive tip near or against your eye. He or she may also insert numbing drops in your eye to perform this test. Having elevated

eye pressure may be a sign of glaucoma.

Visual Field Test:

A visual field test measures your side, or peripheral, vision. This test helps your eye care professional determine whether you have lost side vision, a sign of problems affecting the optic nerve such as glaucoma.

Visual Acuity Test:

A visual acuity test is an eye chart that measures how well you see at different distances.

Eye Health Tip:

Know your family’s eye health history!

We get our eye color from our parents, but did you know that many eye diseases can run in families, too? Talking to your family members about their eye health can help you find out if you are at higher risk for eye disease. If you learn that eye diseases run in your family, talk to your eye doctor.

Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care During COVID-19

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

There is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers. Contact lens wearers should continue to practice safe contact lens wear and care hygiene habits.

You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes. Taking proper care of your contact lenses can help you see better and keep your eyes healthy.

When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a safe and effective way to correct your vision. In fact, more than 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. However, wearing contact lenses can increase your chance of getting an eye infection — especially if you do not care for them the right way.

Contact Lens Health Starts with You

Your habits, supplies, and eye care provider are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy. Both contact lens wearers and eye care providers play an important role in proper eye care. By following your eye care provider’s instructions on how to properly wear, clean, and store your lenses, you can enjoy the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chances of an eye infection.

Follow these healthy habits to wear your contact lens safely and help protect your eyes:

Don’t Sleep in Your Contact Lenses

  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed by your eye care provider. Sleeping while wearing contact lenses has been shown to increase the chance of an eye infection by 6 to 8 times.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye care provider.

Wash Your Hands

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling your lenses.
  • Dry your hands well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.

Keep contact lenses away from all water

  • Water can introduce germs to the eyes through contact lenses. Remove contact lenses before swimming and avoid showering in them.

Properly Clean Your Lenses

  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time you remove them.
  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens disinfecting solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.
  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye care provider.

Take Care of Your Contact Lens Case

  • Clean your contact lens case by rubbing and rinsing it with contact lens solution—never water—and then empty and dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.
  • Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.

Talk with Your Eye Care Provider

  • Have a conversation with your eye care provider during your next appointment to discuss your contact lens wear and care habits and to help prevent eye infections.
  • Visit your eye care provider yearly or as often as he or she recommends.
  • Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye care provider if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.

Be Prepared

  • Carry a backup pair of glasses with a current prescription—just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.

Tips for Hard, or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP), Contact Lens Wearers

The wear and care recommendations for soft contact lenses also apply to hard, or rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP), contact lenses. Follow these extra tips:

  • To clean hard contact lenses, rub and rinse them with contact lens cleaning or multipurpose solution—never water or saliva—each time you remove them. Rinse them well with the solution recommended by your eye care provider.
  • Hard contact lenses can last much longer than soft contact lenses if cared for properly. Replace your hard contact lenses when recommended to do so by your eye care provider.

What The CDC is Doing

  • TheCDC works to increase awareness of behaviors and risk factors that can affect the eye health of people who wear contact lenses. As part of that work, CDC provides clear and consistent recommendations about properly wearing, caring for, and maintaining your contact lenses.

Cornea and Corneal Disease

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Cornea and Corneal Disease

What is the cornea?

The cornea is the clear outer layer at the front of the eye. The cornea helps your eye to focus light so you can see clearly.

What are the main types of corneal conditions?

There are several common conditions that affect the cornea.

Injuries. Small abrasions (scratches) on the cornea usually heal on their own. Deeper scratches or other injuries can cause corneal scarring and vision problems. 

Allergies. Allergies to pollen can irritate the eyes and cause allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye). This can make your eyes red, itchy, and watery.

Keratitis. Keratitis is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the cornea. Infections related to contact lenses are the most common cause of keratitis.

Dry eye. Dry eye happens when your eyes don’t make enough tears to stay wet. This can be uncomfortable and may cause vision problems.

Corneal dystrophies. Corneal dystrophies cause cloudy vision when material builds up on the cornea. These diseases usually run in families.

There are also a number of less common diseases that can affect the cornea — including ocular herpes, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, iridocorneal endothelial syndrome, and pterygium.

When to get help right away

Go to the eye doctor or the emergency room if you have:

  • Intense eye pain
  • Change in vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Very red, watery eyes
  • An object stuck in your eye
  • A serious eye injury or trauma — like getting hit hard in the eye

Am I at risk for corneal conditions?

Some corneal conditions, like corneal dystrophies, run in families. But there are steps you can take to lower your risk of corneal injuries and infections.

To prevent corneal injuries, wear protective eyewear when you:

  • Play sports that use a ball or puck, like baseball or hockey
  • Do yardwork, like mowing the lawn or using a weedwhacker
  • Make repairs, like painting or hammering
  • Use machines, like sanders or drills
  • Use chemicals, like bleach or pesticides

If you wear contact lenses, always follow the instructions to clean, disinfect, and store your lenses. This can help prevent corneal infections, like keratitis.

Feel like something’s stuck in your eye?

  • Try blinking several times
  • Try rinsing your eye with clean water or saline (salt) solution
  • Try pulling your upper eyelid down over your lower eyelid
  • Don’t rub your eye — you could scratch your cornea
  • If an object is stuck in your eye, don’t try to remove it yourself — go to your eye doctor or the emergency room

How will my eye doctor check for corneal conditions?

Eye doctors can check for corneal conditions as part of a comprehensive eye exam. The exam is simple and painless.

To check for corneal abrasions (scratches), your eye doctor may use a special type of eye drops called fluorescein dye. The dye makes corneal abrasions easier to see.

What is the treatment for corneal conditions?

Many corneal conditions can be treated with prescription eye drops or pills. If you have advanced corneal disease, you may need a different treatment.

Laser treatment. To treat some corneal dystrophies and other conditions, doctors can use a type of laser treatment called phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) to reshape the cornea, remove scar tissue, and make vision clearer.

Corneal transplant surgery. If the damage to your cornea can’t be repaired, doctors can remove the damaged part and replace it with healthy corneal tissue from a donor.

Artificial cornea. As an alternative to corneal transplant, doctors can replace a damaged cornea with an artificial cornea, called a keratoprosthesis (KPro).

Did you know?

  • Corneal transplants are the most common type of transplant surgery
  • In 2014, more than 47,000 people in the United States got a corneal transplant

African Americans With Diabetes Can Prevent Vision Loss

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

African Americans With Diabetes Can Prevent Vision LossYou can’t feel it. You can’t see it—until it’s too late. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common form of diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20–74. It occurs when diabetes damages blood vessels in the retina.
Diabetic retinopathy affects 7.7 million Americans, and that number is projected to increase to more than 14.6 million people by 2030. Many African Americans are included in these statistics.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), more than 800,000 African Americans have diabetic retinopathy, and this number is projected to increase to approximately 1.2 million people by 2030.

The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk for diabetic eye disease. Once vision is lost, it often cannot be restored.

People with diabetes should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year to help protect their sight.

Keeping diabetes in control is key to slowing the progression of vision complications like diabetic retinopathy.
There are important steps people with diabetes can take to keep their health on TRACK:

  • Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Add physical activity to your daily routine.
  • Control your ABC’s—A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
  • Kick the smoking habit.

Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can reduce a person’s risk for severe vision loss from diabetic eye disease by 95 percent.

Only about half of all people with diabetes get an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam, which is essential for detecting diabetic eye disease early when it is most treatable. Newer and better treatments are available for the first time in decades, making early detection even more important.

With no early symptoms, diabetic eye disease—a group of conditions including cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy—can affect anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. African Americans are at higher risk of losing vision or going blind from diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 percent of African Americans have diagnosed diabetes.

More than ever, it’s important for people with diabetes to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. New treatments are being developed all the time, and we are learning that different treatments may work best for different patients. What hasn’t changed is that early treatment is always better. There has never been a more hopeful time in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy,” he adds. Remember, if you have diabetes, make annual comprehensive dilated eye exams part of your self-management routine. Living with diabetes can be challenging, but you don’t have to lose your vision or go blind because of it.

Choosing The Right Eye Doctor For You

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 25.5 million Americans suffer from some form of vision loss. This is an astounding number, considering the wide range of preventive and rehabilitative techniques that have been developed over the last few years.

When it comes to maintaining good eye health, consistency is key. Regardless of age, we should all learn how to give our eyes some well-deserved TLC. Here are a few tips to ensure that your eyes are always in top shape:

  • Quit smoking
    If you haven’t yet, it’s time to kick the habit. Aside from increasing your chances of developing heart and lung diseases, smoking can also make you more susceptible to cataracts and macular degeneration. The eye experts at the Beach Eye Medical Group are ready to help you succeed!
  • Protect your eyes from the sun
    Our eyes need to be protected from ultraviolet (UV) rays to lessen the chances of cataracts or macular degeneration. Remember that aside from suiting your personal style, your sunglasses should also protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB Rays. Meanwhile, sun protection options are also available for clients who wear prescription glasses and contact lenses.
  • Take a screen break
    How many hours do you spend looking at your phone every day? Continued screen time can cause a multitude of eye problems such as eye strain, dry eyes and headaches. Taking a few minutes away from the screen can greatly contribute to your eye health. If you can’t help but be in constant contact with a screen, visit Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine to ensure that your glasses and/or contact lens prescriptions are up to date. You can also ask our eye specialists if you need special glasses to protect your eyes while you work.
  • Visit your eye care professional regularly – even if you don’t have existing problems!
    Many people think that the only time they should get their eyes checked is when something is wrong. On the contrary, it is important to ensure that your eyes are in good shape while they are still healthy. This way, our eye experts are able to catch any signs of eye disease at its earliest stage in order to prevent it from getting worse.

As ophthalmologists we are committed to improving the eye health of every member of our community through prevention and early detection. Our team of eye experts can help you maintain your eye’s health and function. We are equipped with the latest medical equipment to help our well-trained staff diagnose and treat any eye condition.

Don’t wait until you feel that something is wrong with your vision. Visit the Beach Eye Medical Group today and speak to our eye specialists about how you can keep your eyes healthy.

Choosing The Right Eye Doctor For You

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

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For many people having an eye doctor is just a given, they’ve been seeing the same eye care professional for years. But there are a number of people who’ve not been lucky enough to not have had any difficulties with their vision. When they do notice some changes to their eye sight, what do they do?

Picking an eye doctor is not something you just want to do randomly. Finding an eye doctor doesn’t have to be a stressful process. The easiest place to get a trusted recommendation is from your family doctor. They already know your medical history and background and will have a good idea of who might be a good match for what you need. Talking to family and friends – and even coworkers – is also a great resource to find eye doctors and offices that have delivered a good experience.

The Web sites for the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are also valuable reference places to go to find the eye doctors in your area. Before you make an appointment, make sure you’re going to see the right type of eye doctor. For instance, optometrists have been medically trained to diagnose and treat many eye-related conditions, but are not physicians. An optometrist can deliver a thorough eye exam, complete with vision testing for glasses and contacts.

On the other hand, an ophthalmologist is medically trained doctors who can do all the things an optometrist can do, but can also perform eye surgery. A call to any eye care office can help you determine which eye care professional you should see. Don’t be afraid to ask about the years of experience the doctor might have, their credentials, the area of specialty if any or even what sort of insurance the practice accepts. After all, the eye care professional and their office are there to help you.

After your eye doctor appointment, you might want to ask yourself what YOU thought of the experience. Did the doctor address all your concerns and answer any questions? Did the doctor make the experience as comfortable as possible? Was the staff courteous? Was there an excessive waiting period to see the doctor? Like any other service, the little things do matter and if the experience did not meet your expectations, don’t be afraid to consider another practice. Remember, the health of your vision is the most important thing to consider. It’s worth the time and effort to find an eye care practice that you trust.

Maintaining Good Eye Health is Easier Than You Think

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

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In the fast-paced world we all live in, too often it feels like we don’t have enough time to take care of our health the way we would like to. But making time to take care of some very important parts of your body isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think.

And while it’s easy to forget about your eye health, especially if you aren’t experiencing any difficulties or pain regarding your sight, you can’t afford to take your eyesight for granted. Here are some quick suggestions for giving your eyes some of the attention they deserve to stay healthy.

Don’t take your eye health for granted. Protect your eyesight with these five tips:

  1. Quit Smoking: While this might seem obvious as far as overall health goes, smoking increases your chances of macular degeneration, optic nerve damage and the likelihood of getting cataracts.
  2. Throw on Some Sunglasses: Yes, they can make you look fashionable, but don’t underestimate the value of a pair of sunglasses with UV protection. UV exposure increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. When choosing sunglasses opt for the ones that block both UVA and UVB rays and steer clear of anything with less than a 99% effectiveness. Wraparound sunglasses offer even more protection.
  3. Protect Those Eyes: Again, it might seem obvious, but too many people underestimate the importance of protecting their eyes when doing certain tasks at home, work or on the playing field. Too often safety glasses or goggles are overlooked during home repairs, especially when the project is increasing the amount of airborne material in a room. The same thing applies to many contact sports like hockey or basketball. A good pair of sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses can prevent a number of sports-related eye injuries.
  4. Step Away from the Computer! (At least for a couple of minutes…): Just like any other muscle in your body, your eyes need a rest too, especially after prolonged use. Staring at a computer screen for extended periods can cause all sorts of discomfort including eyestrain, headaches, dry eyes, and blurry vision.

    Every 20 to 30 minutes, give your eyes a short break by looking at something at a distance for approximately 30 seconds. Every two hours try and step away from the computer and the concentrated eye focus for 10 to 15 min. A good thing to consider is making sure your computer screen is free of any glare to reduce any unnecessary squinting. And keep your eyes lubricated through blinking or drops.

  5. Watch Your Diet!: One of the easiest ways to keep your eyes healthy is by watching what you put into your body. Recent studies indicate vitamins E and C may contribute to slowing age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids (readily found in tuna, salmon and other oily fishes like sardines), zinc and lutein also help slow those problems.

    Try to increase your intake of leafy, green vegetables like spinach or kale and non-meat proteins like hummus, beans, nuts or eggs.

    The benefits of a good diet pay off in countless ways. While helping with overall health and a healthy weight, a good, well-balanced diet drastically decreases the chances of obesity-related diseases like diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the U.S.

Protect your eyes from snowblindness

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Protect your eyes from snowblindness
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Diabetic Retinopathy: unseen complications of diabetes

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Diabetic Retinopathy: unseen complications of diabetes
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7 Amazing facts about your eyes

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

7 Amazing facts about your eyes
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