Some patients find that at the end of the year they have funds left in their FSA accounts and that money is “use it or lose it”. Instead of writing it off as a loss, why not make an appointment before then and see if you are a candidate for LenSx® Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery and/or a Multifocal lens?[Read more…]
With the days getting shorter, have you started to notice changes to your vision while driving at night? If so, this could be an early warning sign of cataracts.
As you age, proteins begin to build up and clump together in the eye’s lens, preventing light from passing clearly through the lens and obscuring vision. These protein deposits are known as cataracts and are a normal part of the aging process. Currently, more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older, and half of all Americans over the age of 80 are affected by cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI).
Glaucoma is a chronic condition that must be treated over the course of one’s life, and high IOP (intraocular eye pressure) must be managed daily. When caught early and treated diligently, vision loss can be halted 95% of the time. This means maintaining regularly scheduled appointments with your eye doctor – ophthalmologist or optometrist – and using your eye drops as prescribed. However, according to research done by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, approximately 40% of patients fail to adhere to their treatment plan, either forgetting to take their medication daily or failing to refill their prescription when it runs out.
“Glaucoma care is a team approach,” says Dr. Gail F. Schwartz in an article for the Glaucoma Research Foundation. “Preventing eye damage only works if the patient follows the treatment plan at home in-between visits to the doctor.”
There is no vacation from glaucoma care…even when you’re on vacation.
By the year 2050, the National Eye Institute (NEI) predicts that more than 50.2 million Americans will develop cataracts. So, it should come as no surprise that cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedure across the country. Still, there is a lot that the general public does not know about cataract surgery – particularly when it comes to post-op care.
When you think of seeing an eye doctor, it is easy to get confused as to the differences between optometrists and ophthalmologists. While they provide some of the same services, there are also several major differences. Once you understand these differences, it’s easy to determine when you need to see an optometrist and when a visit to the ophthalmologist is in order.