There are several ways to prolong cataract development, and one sensible way, is through nutrition. Certain nutrients and nutritional supplements may help you reduce your risk of developing cataracts, so take note of them and put them on a list for your next trip to the grocery store.
While shopping, don’t pass up some old favorites: Whole grain cereal, sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados, all good sources of vitamin E. Studies have shown that the risk of developing cataracts could be as much as 60% lower when you include these foods in a balanced diet. Don’t overlook kale and other green, leafy vegetables either. While some may not enjoy their taste, remember you can blend them into a tasty and healthy smoothie.
Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce your risk of developing cataracts, so look to add fish to your plate at least twice a week.
Lastly, an essential and easy step to reduce your risk of cataracts, and to add to overall eye protection, is to wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays.
Cataract Surgery: Clarity in the Blink of an Eye
When symptoms of a cataract appear, you may be able to improve your vision temporarily by wearing new glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.
The best way to permanently treat a cataract is Rand Eye Institute’s laser cataract surgery procedure that removes the old, clouded lens and replaces it with a new, custom artificial one, restoring your vision and significantly improving your quality of life.
See Us and See the Best
While experiencing changes in your vision due to cataracts, consider Rand Eye Institute’s advanced cataract surgery technique as a viable solution. Its effective and relatively painless procedure will help you regain crystal-clear vision. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the U.S., with more than 3 million Americans undergoing this vision-restoring procedure each year. Ninety percent of those who have cataract surgery regain clear vision, in the range of 20/20 – 20/40. Call us at 954-782-1700 and schedule a comprehensive eye exam to get back to crystal-clear cataract-free vision.
The natural aging process is the main cause of cataracts and the leading cause of vision loss in adults 55 and over.
Our eyes work like a camera, so when we look at an object, light rays reflect off of that object and enter the eye through the cornea. The lens behind the cornea focuses the rays onto the retina, which, in turn, converts the rays into electrical impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain. The brain then perceives the electrical impulses as an image.
Seeing depends upon this chain of events, but seeing clear, focused images depends largely upon having a crystal clear lens. Unfortunately, cataracts interfere with that clarity.
Here’s what happens:
- The lens is comprised mainly of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a way that is designed to keep the lens clear and allow light to pass.
- As we age, portions of the protein can clump together and cloud a small area of the lens. Known as a cataract, over time it may grow larger and cloud an even greater area of the lens, making it more difficult to see clearly.
Types of Cataracts:
- Sub capsular cataracts occur at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a sub capsular cataract.
- Nuclear cataracts form deep in the nucleus of the lens. Nuclear cataracts are most often associated with aging.
- Cortical cataracts are characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that begin to form in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This type of cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.
Other Common Causes:
- Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
- Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
- Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
- A previous eye injury or inflammation
- Previous eye surgery
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Significant alcohol consumption
- High myopia
- Family history
Fortunately, there is a procedure that can reverse the effect of cataracts, and it’s available here at The Rand Eye Institute. It’s LenSx® custom laser cataract surgery. It’s been called “a bold leap forward” and it represents one of the greatest surgical advances of our time.
“The accuracy of the LenSx system is a marvel of technology; there has never been anything like this before. One look at the video(below) of this laser cataract procedure leaves even the most experienced eye doctor amazed at how far we have come.”
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and the leading cause of blindness in the world. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that by age 75, about 70% of people will have cataracts.
What are Cataracts?
• A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that affects many of us as we age.
• People with cataracts often have blurry or double vision, sunlight seems overly bright or glaring and they often have difficulty seeing at night.
• A cataract can occur in one or both eyes but cannot spread from one eye to the other.
Adult cataracts develop slowly over time, beginning at around age 55. Visual problems that are associated with cataracts include:
- Being sensitive to glare
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
- Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light
- Double vision
- Loss of color intensity
- Problems seeing shapes against a background or differentiating between shades of colors
- Seeing halos around lights
Seeing Your Way Clear
Early diagnosis is important for maintaining good eye health. Fortunately, we live in a time when correcting cataracts is easily accessible, and the results you can get from The Rand Eye Institute can be extraordinary. Ask about Rand Eye’s Custom Laser Cataract Surgery with the LenSx® Procedure. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.
Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th. Forecasters at NOAA report that South Florida is in a “Hurricane Drought”, since our area has not endured a direct hit since Wilma crossed our state on October 24, 2005. Forecasters agree that now, more than ever, we should be alert and take the necessary precautions to prepare for an emergency, should we get a hurricane or other significant weather event.
Here are some hurricane tips for protecting your eyes:
- It may sound simple, but always wear eye protection when making hurricane preparations to your home. Even the smallest debris from drilling, or hammering nails into wood or concrete, could end up in your eyes. The easiest first step is to always wear goggles or protective eyewear.
- Make sure your tools are in good working condition, the hammer’s head is secure and that the nails and screws are not rusty or bent. Always wear a tool-belt when climbing ladders so that you can use your hands to safely steady yourself.
- If glass is breaking during a storm, put on protective eyewear and stay out of the path of flying glass or debris. Seek shelter in a protected area of your home.
- Read and follow label directions. Cleaning fluids, chemicals and gases could be dangerous, especially in combination with other substances. Wear gloves and protective eyewear at all times.
- Work with chemicals in a well-ventilated area and be sure that spray nozzles point away from you and others. Always wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
- Young children should not participate in dangerous storm preparation. If they are nearby, always provide protective eye wear or safety goggles for them. When working near debris or construction, wear sturdy shoes, not sandals or slippers.
- Avoid swimming in a pool or visiting a water attraction that may have become contaminated during a storm. Because of a power-outage or if there is storm debris in the pool, the water may be unsafe.
First Aid Eye Care
- Always have purified or bottled water on hand to rinse your eyes in the event that dust or other particles get into them. Do not rub your eyes, rinse them with purified water.
- Avoid using tap water in your eyes after a hurricane, since stagnant water may be contaminated. Again, have plenty of bottled water on hand.
- If debris hits the area around the eye, apply cold cloths for 15 minutes to reduce swelling. If swelling persists, see your doctor as soon as possible.
- If a sharp object like a twig or nail enters your eye, do not try to remove it yourself. Be careful not to apply pressure to the affected area. Go to a hospital or emergency room as soon as you safely can.
- Beware of chemicals splashing into your eyes, especially cleaning fluids, fuel or gasoline. If that happens, gently wash the eyes with purified water for at least 10 minutes. Go to a doctor or emergency room immediately. Never use a barbeque grill inside the home.
- Prepare Medicine and Supplies in Advance.
- Have a plentiful amount of your eye medications on hand as pharmacies may be closed during and after a storm. Store them in a clean, dry area for easy access.
- Keep eyeglasses and contact lens supplies where you can easily find them, including rewetting drops to refresh your eyes as needed.
There is often so much to do and much confusion during a hurricane, but always keep your eyes top of mind when preparing for a storm.
There are many easy ways to take care of your eyes; the most convenient is just throwing on a pair of your favorite sunglasses.
The Future’s so Bright You Gotta Wear Shades!
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but they serve an even greater purpose than just making you look like a movie star! Their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Here Comes The Sun!
Everyone knows that the sun’s rays are bad for our skin, but did you know that the sun can also do damage to your eyes? For example:
- Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration, which results from damage to the retina that destroys central vision, is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
- Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causes astigmatism.
So, Hats Off to Good Choices!
When choosing sunglasses, look for ones that block 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision and your looks sharp and healthy. A hat offers great protection, too. So enjoy Healthy Vision Month by making smart vision choices.
Eyesight has the largest impact on our day-to-day life. Vision is the ONE sense that people fear losing the most. Pay attention to your eye health so that you can spot problem areas in your vision sooner.
Healthy Vision Month is a great time to learn more about eye health- care and an opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of how at-risk you may be for potential vision problems.
How do you know if YOU are at risk?
Many common eye diseases that can lead to vision loss or blindness, such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), often have no early warning signs or symptoms. Scheduling regular eye exams to make sure your eyes are healthy and seeing their best is most important. However, the risk of vision loss and blindness is higher for some based on race, ethnicity, and other demographic and socioeconomic factors.
SEE if it’s you
You might be at higher risk for vision loss if you have a family history of eye disease; have diabetes; are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Alaska Native; or are older than age 50.
- Glaucoma affects your side or peripheral vision first. Turns out it’s three times more common in African Americans than in Caucasians, in fact, in African Americans it is a leading cause of blindness.
- Diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness caused by uncontrolled diabetes. Studies show that it occurs more often in Hispanics/Latinos than in Caucasians.
- American Indians and Alaska Natives are 35 % more likely to get diabetes than the average adult in the U.S, putting them at increased risk of diabetic eye disease.
- Older adults are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions such as AMD, glaucoma, or cataracts. AMD is a leading cause of blindness in Caucasians.
What does all this mean? It means that now more than ever, you should look to The Rand Eye Institute for all of your vision needs. Schedule your yearly comprehensive eye exam today to maintain healthy eyes all year long.
Johnny’s No-Flap LASIK – (Episode 5) – 4 months after No-Flap LASIK
Johnny first came to the Rand Eye Institute for a vision consultation, to see if he was a Laser Vision Correction(No-Flap LASIK) candidate. He was!
It’s been 4 months since Johnny had his No-Flap LASIK procedure with Dr. Allison L. Rand. Johnny’s had wonderful results! He is now glasses free and can enjoy life without the need for glasses, or contact lenses, to correct his vision.
“For anyone that’s considering (No-Flap) LASIK, I would highly recommend having it here at the Rand Eye Institute.”
- J. Marino
Living an overall healthy life is good for your eyes. You can start taking steps toward living a healthy life by:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
Eating healthy foods: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Not smoking: Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
Managing chronic conditions: Many conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and multiple sclerosis, can greatly impact vision, resulting in inflammation of the optic nerve, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and even blindness. Managing these conditions with the help of your health care provider can often prevent these eye problems from occurring.
When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor or nurse regularly to ensure that our bodies are healthy, but what about our eyes? Our eyes are just as important.
During Healthy Vision Month, it is important to be educated about the proper ways to protect your vision.
One of the ways to keep your vision young and working it’s A-Game, is to schedule regular eye checkups and yearly comprehensive eye exams.
While you might think your vision is good enough and that your eyes are healthy, visiting The Rand Eye Institute for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be completely certain.
When it comes to common vision problems, many people don’t realize their vision could be improved with glasses or contacts. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration often have no symptoms, so a dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil. At Rand Eye Institute we use a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and look for signs of damage and other eye issues. After the examination, your close-up vision may be blurred for several hours, so it’s recommended that you have someone with you to drive you home.
An annual exam could end up being a life saving event.
“I’m very excited that my eye sight is a lot better than it used to be. It’s not blurry when i wake up in the morning, anymore. I can go to sleep watching tv, without having to worrying about falling asleep with my contacts on, or breaking my glasses when i’m rolling over.
I used to wear contacts for 8 years, before surgery(No-Flap LASIK), and i was so used to the daily routine that even after surgery i find myself thinking that i need to take my contacts out. But i don’t have to any more, and that’s AMAZING!”
- J. Marino