Cataract Prevention

How to Prevent Cataracts

Your parents may have warned you about cataracts when you were younger: that you should never stare directly into the sun, and that you must always shield your eyes from the sun and wind.

While there is some truth to this, full cataract prevention requires a much more proactive approach to eye protection. This is especially important considering that cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss for people over the age of 40, even exceeding the damage caused by glaucoma.

For optimal eye care, consider these tips and tricks to keep your eyes healthy and cataract-free for life:

Eat Healthier

Those who eat fatty and sugary foods that lead to type-2 diabetes are much more likely to develop cataracts. This is due to the fact that an unhealthy blood sugar level can result in vision damage. For those who struggle with eating healthy, vitamin supplements such as vitamin B and vitamin C can be a great way to get the proper nutrients your eyes need.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

This is the warning that you’ve probably heard from your family, and for good reason. Ultraviolet light has been known to accelerate the forming of cataracts, especially in younger people. To reduce exposure to UV light, it is best to wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat when outdoors. Avoid looking directly into the sun to prevent cataract formation.

Get Regular Eye Exams

One of the most important steps you can take to prevent cataract development is to schedule annual eye exams with a trusted eye care professional. Even if your vision seems perfect, checking your eye health regularly is essential because cataracts are difficult to remove once they have formed. The vision loss resulting from cataracts cannot be fixed. Routine exams allow your eye care professional to also check for signs of glaucoma and macular degeneration, which can compound the effects of cataracts.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Dr. Ghosheh

Cataract prevention is a priority for your prolonged eye health, regardless of your age. For optimal eye care, schedule an eye exam with esteemed eye care professional Dr. Ghosheh today. For this and all other eye health concerns, contact his caring and experienced staff at Advanced Eye Medical Group.

Signs of Retinal Detachment

Diagnosing a Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is a condition which poses serious risks if left undiagnosed. Without medical treatment, retinal detachment can result in vision damage and even blindness. If you suspect that you may have a retinal tear or detachment, seek treatment from a trusted eye care professional right away.

What is retinal detachment?

The retina is a layer of tissue on the eye which is especially light-sensitive. It is the mechanism which sends the visual information from the eye to the brain to process. The retina can easily become detached from the rest of the eye, resulting in vision damage. Even when there are only slight tears, it can lead to the entire detachment of the retina and cause permanent damage to the eye.

What are the types of retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment can be categorized into three common types: rhegmatogenous, tractional, and exudative.

  • Rhegmatogenous means that there is a tear in the retina which allows fluid to flow underneath. This can separate it from the pigment layer which keeps the retina nourished. This is the most common type of detached retina.
  • A tractional detached retina includes scar tissue on the surface of the retina, which then causes the retina to separate from the retinal pigment epithelium.
  • The exudative type is caused by trauma, which may include inflammatory diseases or injury. Fluid also leaks under the retina, but it is unlikely for there to be any tearing.

Who is vulnerable to retinal detachment?

Retinal detachments usually occur in patients over the age of 40, and are more common in men. Nearsighted patients and those who have suffered a detached retina before are also more predisposed to experiencing a subsequent detachment. Family history, a history of cataract surgery, and eye diseases can also affect your likelihood of developing a detached retina.

What are the symptoms?

When retinal detachment occurs, you will most likely experience “cobweb” floaters over your field of vision. You may also notice light flashing. When the symptoms worsen, you may notice a “curtain” covering the eye.

A detached retina will most likely be treated by laser surgery or by cryopexy. A more serious situation may even require surgery or a vitrectomy—a small incision which drains the fluids from underneath your eye. Consult your trusted eye care professional to determine which treatment would be best for you.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Dr. Ghosheh

If you suspect that you may have a detached retina, schedule an eye exam with renowned eye specialist Dr. Ghosheh today. For this and all other eye health concerns, contact his caring and experienced staff at Advanced Eye Medical Group.

Preventing Dry Eyes in Dry Weather

How to Protect Your Eyes in Dry Weather

There are a number of conditions, both severe and harmless, that cause dry eyes. Depending on the cause of your dry eyes, they will be managed differently and with different success rates. It is important to talk to your doctor if you experience dry eyes in the absence of dry weather to diagnose a potentially more serious problem.

If you are experiencing dry eyes in windy, dry weather, you may want to consult your doctor on how to relieve this symptom as well. Stay informed on how to reduce or eliminate the discomfort of dry eyes in dry weather.

Dry Eyes in Dry Weather

There are several symptoms patients experience in dry eyes from dry weather. These symptoms include a burning sensation in the eyes, sore eyes, itchy eyes, dryness, red eyes, aching sensations, heavy or fatigued eyes, light sensitivity and/or blurred vision.

There are several treatments for dry eyes such as a multitude of types of artificial tears or the home remedy of humidifying your home.

Artificial Tears

For situational cases of dry eyes caused by dry weather, you may want to consider artificial tears or other lubricating eye drops as an option. These options should be used frequently to continuously moisturize the eye.

There are a great many brands of artificial tears. Because of the variety of artificial tears and lubricating eye drops choosing the best product for you may be overwhelming. It is not for lack of availability, as a prescription is not needed for these products, that you should consult your doctor about which eye drops may be best for you.

Over the counter artificial tears and other eye drops that help with dry eyes in dry weather come in a variety of viscosities or thicknesses.

If the viscosity of the artificial tears you choose is low, it will be light and have the consistency of water. Although the soothing effects of low-viscosity eye drops are brief, they do not cause blurred vision or discomfort when they are first applied. This makes them a viable candidate for daytime activities like working, reading and driving. They are fast acting, but they must be used frequently to be most effective.

Conversely, if the viscosity of the artificial tears you choose is high, it will be thick and gel-like. Although these types of artificial tears provide longer lasting relief, your vision will be blurred for the first few minutes after application. High-viscosity artificial tears are recommended for use at bedtime when you do not need to perform tasks quickly and have your eyes readily available, as is the case when you are active during the workday or while driving.

Be certain to follow your treatment plan outlined by your doctor for whichever brand your doctor recommends. Use your artificial tears properly, with the correct frequencies and applications. If your doctor suggests a certain type of artificial tears are right for you, do not stray from the brand your doctor recommends without first consulting with them. Doing so could make it harder to assess the success of your dry eye treatment.

Humidifiers

If your home environment becomes dry (as in the cold winter months) to the point where your eyes are not staying lubricated, you may want to consider humidifying your home. Buying a humidifier for your dry eyes in the home is one of the best ways to counteract the problem. If cost is an issue, you may want to consider leaving the shower on hot in the bathroom for several minutes and allowing steam to build up in the house.

Schedule a Visit

If you are experiencing dry eyes in the winter, speak to your doctor about how you can relieve discomfort. Schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes for a comprehensive eye exam and to discuss your treatment options for your dry eyes. If you have further questions, take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for further information on dry eyes and other eye conditions.

Ocular Migraines

Ocular Migraines and Your Vision

Also called retinal, monocular or ophthalmic migraines, ocular migraines cause partial alteration of your field of vision, including loss of vision, disturbances in vision, or blindness that lasts less than one hour that is often recurring. A migraine may accompany the vision disturbances or it may precede or follow them. This condition affects approximately 1 in 200 people who have migraines.

When you visit your eye doctor, be able to describe your symptoms accurately. Your doctor will need to rule out any other possible conditions such as blood clot, stroke, pituitary tumor, or detached retina in order to diagnose ocular migraines.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms for an ocular migraine are inclusive of multiple vision problems that affect only one of the eyes. Of these vision problems, you may experience disturbances such as flashing lights, zigzag patterns, shimmering spots or stars; blind spots in your field of vision; or blindness in the eye. Other symptoms include a headache that lasts from 4 to as long as 72 hours.

The symptoms of the headache will affect one side of your head. They can feel between moderately to severely painful and pulsate in intensity. Additionally, they can feel worse when you’re physically active. Some other symptoms include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and/or sound.

It is important in diagnosing an ocular migraine that the vision loss only affects one eye. Regular migraines can have auras, which affect one side of your field of vision but usually affect both eyes. About 20% of people who experience migraines experience auras accompanying them. If you are looking to diagnose an ocular migraine, covering one eye and then the other may help you determine where the symptoms are localized.

Causes of Ocular Migraines

Doctors are unclear about what causes ocular migraines, but they feel that issues with the retina, the thin lining in the back of the eye, may cause them. These issues may include spasms that cut off blood flow or changes in the nerve cells. Ocular migraines may also be exacerbated by exercise.

Diagnosing an Ocular Migraine

To be diagnosed with an ocular migraine condition, your doctor must rule out any underlying causes for the symptoms you are experiencing such as blood clot, stroke, pituitary tumor, or detached retina. If your retina exam is normal, it is possible that you are experiencing ocular migraines.

Ocular Migraine Treatment

Although there is only a small body of research on what can treat or prevent ocular migraines, your doctor may recommend Aspirin; anti-epileptic (anti-seizure) medications, such as Depakote (divalproex sodium) or Topamax (topiramate); Beta-blockers; or tricyclic antidepressants, such as Elavil (amitriptyline) or Pamelor (nortriptyline) as possible treatments.

Treatment may also depend on identifying what is triggering your migraines. For example, skipping meals, losing sleep, and stress can call contribute to migraines. If you think you are experiencing ocular migraines, evaluate your daily activities to see what might be causing your migraines.

Patients who experience ocular migraines have a higher risk of losing vision in one of their eyes permanently. It is unknown whether there are preventative treatments for this permanent vision loss, such as anti-epileptic (anti-seizure) medications or tricyclic antidepressants. If you have concerns, consult your doctor to find out what might work for your ocular migraines and increased risk of long-term vision.

Consult Your Doctor

Ocular migraines can be difficult to diagnose if you don’t know your exact symptoms. You should be able to explain to your doctor with certainty that the symptoms are appearing in only one eye and not both, because this can indicate a much more serious problem than ordinary migraine auras. Consult your doctor about whether or not you should be treated for ocular migraines.

Ocular migraines affect quality of life. They can cause difficulty reading and it is dangerous to drive when you have one. If you experience ocular migraines and are concerned about either temporary discomfort or potential permanent vision loss, schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. You can take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for more information about both ocular migraines and other eye disorders and diseases.

Recovering from LASIK

Recovering From LASIK: What You Need to Know

LASIK is one of the most popular corrective vision surgeries worldwide. Most patients considering LASIK have questions regarding the length of the recovery time, and what to expect while they heal. Here’s a list of things you need to know about recovering from your LASIK surgery, as well as tips for healing properly:

What to Expect During LASIK Recovery

  • Plan on having someone drive you home the day of the procedure, as you will be unable to drive yourself.
  • Following your LASIK procedure, you may experience some pain for 2 – 4 hours. Once you’re home, it’s advised to take a long nap. It’s common for patients to wake up with their discomfort alleviated. However, you should be prepared to deal with the feeling of having something stuck in your eye. Due to this, it is important to avoid rubbing your eyes, to prevent dislodging the corneal flaps.
  • It’s not uncommon for patients to experience dark spots in the white of their eyes following a LASIK procedure. The spots are similar to bruising and should dissipate a couple of days after the procedure. In addition, some patients will also experience some redness during their LASIK recovery.
  • Nearly 50% of patients who receive LASIK surgery experience dry eye during recovery. The dry eye symptoms should only last for a few days following the surgery, and your surgeon will prescribe eye drops to help combat the dryness. In addition, you should also be given eye drops that help alleviate inflammation and infection. It’s important to only use the eye drops that are prescribed to you, as over-the-counter artificial tears may actually exacerbate your dry eye symptoms or even cause infection.

Postoperative Care

  • Following your LASIK procedure, you will receive plastic eye shields to prevent you from rubbing your eyes. You should wear these eye shields when you’re sleeping for 4 – 5 nights following your LASIK procedure. If you have small children or pets that also sleep with you, you should leave your eye shields on for up to 10 nights.
  • Do not wear eye makeup, eye makeup remover, or use any eye creams while recovering, as they may cause infection or inflammation should they get into your eyes.
  • You should also avoid activities such as dusting or yard work, where airborne particles may enter your eye and cause irritation as well.
  • You should avoid the potential of getting soap or water in your eyes for up to 2 weeks following your procedure.
  • LASIK patients may experience discomfort when staring at digital screens for extended periods of time, especially those who suffer from dry eye symptoms. Due to this, it is recommended that LASIK patients take frequent breaks when using digital devices for up to two weeks following their surgery.
  • You should be able to return to your regular exercise regimen a few days after your LASIK procedure; however, avoid participating in contact sports like football for at least two weeks due to the risk of eye injury.

Other Things to Know

  • You should avoid going swimming or hot tubbing for up to two weeks after your LASIK procedure. This is particularly the case with chlorinated water, which can cause serious post-operative issues if it enters your corneal flaps.
  • Be prepared for your vision to be a bit hazy or blurry after your LASIK procedure. Most patients will experience blurred vision for up to two weeks after their procedure. However, the higher your prescription was prior to the procedure, the longer it will take for your vision to clear when you’re recovering.
  • It’s important to see your eye care professional the day after your procedure, so that you can discuss any of the postoperative symptoms and set up a follow up appointment schedule. Usually, you will need to see your eye care professional one month, three months, and six months after your procedure in order to monitor your healing and end results.
  • Due to the reshaping of your cornea, it is not uncommon for LASIK patients to experience fluctuation in vision. However, you should make your eye care professional aware of these fluctuations at your follow up appointments. These fluctuations can last anywhere from a few days to a few months following your procedure, so be sure to speak to your eye care professional about what to expect before the surgery.

LASIK with Dr. Ghosheh

With these LASIK recovery tips in mind, you can walk confidently into your procedure and your postoperative care to ensure optimal results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghosheh today to discuss your eye care needs, questions, and concerns. Learn what LASIK can do for you, and feel free to contact the eye care specialists at Advanced Eye Medical for information and advice.

Treating Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis and Your Eyes

Diagnosing Pink Eye

When your doctor is diagnosing pink eye, they will take a detailed health history and ask you about your symptoms. Your doctor will also examine your eyes. If you have a severe case of pink eye, you have affected corneas or have had recurring infections that are unresponsive to treatment, your doctor may take a sample of secretions to send to the laboratory.

If you have allergic conjunctivitis, meaning your pink eye is caused by allergens, your doctor may suggest you see an allergist and begin testing for what is causing the allergic reaction.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis clears up in one to two weeks in more than half the patients that suffer from it. This can occur without any medication. However, your doctor can prescribe antibacterial ointment or eye drops for the condition if your symptoms are severe. The ointment may cause vision to blur for a short period of time, up to 20 minutes, just after application. Regardless of what your doctor prescribes you, your symptoms should begin clearing up after a few days of use. Talk to your doctor about what method of treatment is right for you and be careful to follow the treatment plan as directed.

Viral Conjunctivitis

Viral conjunctivitis may begin in one eye and subsequently infect the other eye after a few days have passed. When the virus has run its course (between one to two weeks) your signs and symptoms will clear up, but generally speaking, there is no treatment available for this kind of conjunctivitis.

If the herpes simplex virus causes your viral conjunctivitis then your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is a result of your body’s immune response to allergens and the production of histamines as a response. Your doctor may want to prescribe you a variety of eye drops for patients with allergies. These eye drops may include medications such as antihistamines, which combat the histamines in production. Your doctor may also prescribe eye drops that stop inflammation. These may include decongestants, steroids or anti-inflammatory eye drops.

Home Remedies

There are several home remedies for pink eye. If you have the symptoms of pink eye, to relieve your discomfort you may want to consider applying a compress to your eyes. The compress should be a clean, lint-free cloth soaked in water but damp after being wrung out. Use it on your eyelids several times a day. Usually a cold water compress will be the best option and feel the most relieving, but if a warm compress relieves your symptoms better, feel free to use that option. If your pink eye is only affecting one eye, be careful not to infect the other eye by touching the cloth to both eyes.

Eye drops may be another good option for a home remedy. Over the counter eye drops, also known as artificial tears, may ameliorate your symptoms. Certain eye drops have medication in them such as antihistamines that may help with allergic conjunctivitis due to their ability to combat the histamines your body is producing.

If you have allergic conjunctivitis it may be helpful to avoid the substance or substances causing your symptoms, wash your clothes frequently, and/or bathe or shower before you go to sleep.

If you wear prescription contact lenses, you should stop using them until you are free of symptoms. Additionally, if your contacts are not disposable, wash them thoroughly before you use them again at the risk of re-infecting your eyes.

Consult Your Doctor

Pink eye, whether bacteria, allergens or a virus causes it, is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. You should know the causes of your symptoms, if there is a beneficial treatment option available, and how to access the medication you may need. If you are concerned about your eyes, or that you may have pink eye, schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. If you have more questions about pink eye or other eye conditions, you can also take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for further information.

Retinal Tears

Retinal Tears: An Eye Emergency

Retinal tears, holes and detachments are emergency situations. In these instances, the retina, the thin tissue in the back of your eye, becomes torn or detached from its normal position. When a patient experiences retinal tears or detachment, they may experience a sudden appearance of floaters and flashes and/or reduced vision.

If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately as untreated retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss.

What is Retinal Detachment?

When your retina becomes detached from the back of the eye, it also separates from important blood vessels providing oxygen and nourishment to the eye. If your retina continues to be detached, you have a greater chance of permanent vision loss in that eye. Retinal detachment should not go untreated.

Signs and Symptoms

Although retinal detachment is painless, there are several signs and symptoms of the detachment that accompany the condition before it has progressed. These symptoms include the appearance of tiny specks in the field of vision (floaters), flashes of lights, blurry and unclear vision, reduced peripheral vision and a shadow over the field of view.

Causes of Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment can occur for many reasons. The most common reasons are sagging of the gel-like material that fills out the inside of the eyes known as the vitreous, injury or diabetes in an advanced state.

There are several risk factors for retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is often the result of aging, as it commonly is seen in patients over the age of 50. It also carries in family history and can be inherited. If you have previously detached a retina, it is more likely to happen again. Nearsighted individuals are more likely to detach a retina, as well as those who have had cataract removal or other eye surgeries, eye injuries or eye disease and/or inflammation.

Management and Treatment

To repair a retinal tear, hole or detachment, surgery is almost always utilized. There are several methods that are available to eye patients. Consult your eye doctor about what treatment is right for you.

If a retinal tear has not yet detached from the retina, your doctor may recommend either laser surgery or freezing to correct the problem.

Laser surgery (photocoagulation) involves the operating surgeon directing a laser into the pupil of the eye. The laser burns the retina to the tissue by causing the areas outside the retinal tear to become hot and scar around the edges.

When freezing (cryopexy) is the chosen option, the surgeon will administer a local anesthetic to numb the eye. The surgeon, then directly over the tear, will apply a freezing probe to the outer surface of the eye. Again in this instance, the scar that forms on the outside of the tear “burns” the retinal tear back together and fuses the retina back to normal.

These are both outpatient procedures. Be careful to be easy on your eyes in the week or so after the procedure to avoid any damage to the recovery.

If your retina has already become detached from the thin layer at the back of the eye, surgery will be necessary to repair the damage. This surgery is known as pneumatic retinopexy and should be performed as soon as possible after you are diagnosed (within a few days). Your surgeon may recommend several types of surgery, including injecting the eye with gas or air, indenting the eye’s surface area, or draining and replacing the eye’s fluid.

Consult with Your Doctor

If you experience the signs and symptoms of retinal tears, holes or detachments, seek medical attention immediately. You may have a greater risk of retinal detachment if you are older than 50, have a family history of retinal detachment or are nearsighted.

Retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss, so it is important to consult your doctor about your concerns. If you have more questions about retinal tears, holes or detachments, schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. You can also take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for further information about these conditions or other eye disorders.

Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun

How to Protect Your Eyes from Sun Exposure

It is a well-known fact that excessive exposure to ultraviolet light is damaging to the health of your eyes, and can lead to the development of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and cancer. Prolonged UV exposure can also cause growths to form on the eye, which are difficult to remove. While these conditions may take years for their effects to become apparent, prolonged sun exposure can exacerbate any existing diseases you may already have.

For these reasons, people of all ages need to take precautions when they are outdoors, to avoid putting their eye health at serious risk. Keep in mind these tips and tricks to protect your eyes from the sun this summer:

Wear the Right Sunglasses

One of the most important things you can do to protect your eyes from the elements is to wear sunglasses. But they can’t be just any sunglasses. Make sure that the sunglasses you select have lenses which absorb or block UV light, as this will help to defend against damage to your eyes. To be cautious, you should make sure to wear sunglasses whenever UV light is present, even on overcast days. Fortunately, sunglass lenses come in many different shades and colors, although it is recommended that you use colors such as green, brown, or gray. For extra precaution, make sure that the sunglasses you choose have a tag marked with “The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation” label.

Beware When Outdoors

Keep in mind that direct sunlight isn’t the only threat to your eyes while outdoors. Unfortunately, UV rays reflected off of surfaces can also have very adverse effects to your eyesight. For example, it is estimated that 80 percent of UV rays can be reflected off fresh snow. Adding to this, 15 percent of UV rays can be reflected on dry sand, and up to 25 percent of UV rays can be reflected by sea foam. This is why it’s important to wear a hat with a brim, since UV light is reflected directly into your eyes when you are looking down.

It is also important to note the time of day, and the corresponding intensity of UV rays present at that time. The highest level of UV exposure is during the morning and mid-afternoon, due to the positioning of the sun. This is true for both the eyes and the skin. UV rays are also more intense during the fall, winter, and spring, as the sun is positioned lower in the sky during those seasons.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Dr. Ghosheh

Follow these sun protection tips to keep your eyes working in mint condition for your health and happiness. For optimal eye care, schedule an eye exam with Dr. Ghosheh today and consult his caring staff at Advanced Eye Medical Group.

Causes of Blurred Vision

Blurred Vision: From Harmless to Critical

If your vision seems blurry, out of focus or hazy, you are experiencing blurred vision, a condition that can be benign or serious depending on its cause.

Usually, blurred vision is caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia, all which are innocuous and correctable conditions, but blurred vision can be sight-threatening and occasionally be caused by something much more serious, including eye diseases or neurological disorders.

An eye doctor can measure the extent of your blurred vision and can diagnose whether the problem is serious or harmless with an eye exam, which is why it is important to maintain regular visits with your eye doctor.

Innocuous Blurred Vision

Myopia, or nearsightedness, can appear in one or both eyes depending on your eyesight. It is the most common refractive error and causes distant objects to become blurry. It can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses and some surgeries such as LASIK and PRK.

Hyperopia, otherwise known as farsightedness is when you strain your eyes to see close-up objects although distant objects seem clear. This can also be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses and LASIK and/or PRK surgeries.

If you are experiencing blurred vision at all distances, you may have an astigmatism, which is usually the result of a misshapen cornea, the film at the front of the eye.

If you have astigmatism, light rays do not come to a single focus point due to the improper shape of your cornea, which results in blurred vision regardless of distance. Similar to nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism can be corrected with refractive surgery, contact lenses or eyeglasses.

Consult your doctor on what prescription or surgical option is right for you if you are experiencing these kinds of blurred vision.

The last common condition to mention for blurred vision is presbyopia. Individuals that begin to experience difficulty viewing up-close objects when they are over 40 may be experiencing presbyopia. This condition is an age-related condition that occurs naturally. Symptoms of presbyopia are the same as hyperopia, (farsightedness; eye-strain up-close). However, it is due to a hardening of the lens inside the eye, rather than a defect of the overall shape of the eye. Almost everyone over the age of 45 experiences presbyopia and use reading glasses or multifocal lenses. There are also surgeries available such as monovision LASIK and conductive keratoplasty for some patients.

Blurred Vision You Should Be Concerned About

Cataracts cause blurred vision or cloudy vision and at times glares and night “halos.” If you experience these vision symptoms you may have a cataract. If a cataract is not removed, they can result in blindness by clouding the eye to the point of loss of sight. Cataract surgery has been very successful in putting in place artificial lenses to correct the cloudiness.

If you experience blurry vision that seems to have a tunnel vision or loss of peripheral vision effect, than you may have glaucoma. Symptoms of glaucoma include blurred vision accompanied by a narrowing of the field of view. This narrowing is gradual. If you do not see your doctor regarding this condition and seek treatment, the narrowing will continue into eventual blindness and the vision loss will be permanent.

Age-related macular degeneration involves a distortion in vision (for example, a straight line may appear broken or wavy). This is accompanied by blurred vision. This condition is a typical cause of blindness amongst older patients.

If you have diabetes, you may develop diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that is sight damaging and unexplained in its mechanisms.

Consult Your Doctor

If you think you are experiencing blurred vision and are not sure of the cause, you should consult your doctor. Depending on your age, family history, and medical history you may have different conditions that your doctor can recommend treatment for. Schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes if you are concerned about your vision or other eye conditions that may be affecting you; you can also take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for further information and articles regarding sight-related conditions.

Eye Floaters

What are Eye Floaters?

As you grow older, your eyes inevitably age with you. Any vision damage will no doubt take a significant toll on your life, so it is critical to schedule routine eye exams and to consult your eye care specialist whenever you suspect something is amiss.

Among these aging anomalies are eye floaters. Eye floaters are usually harmless, though they can be annoying. You will likely notice them most when glimpsing something bright, and they usually resolve on their own. They may even cast a slight shadow over your field of vision. It is common to experience eye floaters over time without incident.

However, if they are a persistent problem, you should consult your eye care specialist to rule out any other potentially dangerous underlying issues.

When are Eye Floaters Serious?

Most of the time, eye floaters are simply a sign of aging. However, if they increase in incidence, it is time to consult your eye care professional. If you have noticed symptoms such as a loss of peripheral vision and flashes of light, it could be a sign of a medical emergency. Eye floaters may indicate a retinal detachment, a retinal tear, or bleeding within the eye. Eye disease or an eye injury can also cause eye floaters.

Treatment of Eye Floaters

Benign eye floaters do not require treatment, and will resolve on their own. However, if the floaters are bothering you, try eye exercises such as looking up and down to have the floaters drift out of your field of vision. If the floaters are obscuring your vision, your doctor may recommend that you have a vitrectomy. Floating debris will be removed with saline solution.

Ask the Experts

If persistent eye floaters are ruining your quality of life, schedule an eye exam with Dr. Ghosheh today. For this and all other eye-related questions and concerns, consult the specialists at Advanced Eye Medical Group.