Why Contacts May Not Be the Right Choice for You

If your vision is a problem, it’s a big one. Being able to see clearly is a luxury that people with great vision do not realize they have, and people who struggle with poor vision are all too aware of. Luckily, today, we have many ways to correct vision issues, from traditional glasses to laser surgeries. At Advanced Eye Medical, we encourage our prospective patients to reach out for a consultation to find out if LASIK in Orange County would serve them well, because we are strong believers in the LASIK procedure’s success and positive impact on our patients’ lives.

Disadvantages of Contacts

Though contacts are an easy, short-term solution for vision issues, they are simply that: a Band-Aid. They are not a long-term solution, nor do they contribute to increased eyesight. Though they are a very mainstream medical tool, contact lenses have many drawbacks, and users should consider a long-term solution like iLASIK to actually solve their vision issues.

Contact lenses can restrict oxygen from reaching your eye, causing dry eyes and irritation, can contribute to computer vision syndrome if you work at a computer often, require very specific and sterile day-to-day care and upkeep that many users do not take seriously, which leads to infection and serious eye damage. Additionally, if one falls asleep wearing contact lenses, serious eye irritation and inflammation can occur. Contact lenses require lots of upkeep and care, and if you cannot, or do not want to, commit to so much work, a more permanent solution is for you.

What is the difference between LASIK and iLASIK?

Although both procedures use laser technology to improve the eyesight of our patients, they bear a few differences. Traditional LASIK is a 2-step procedure where a flap is created in the cornea with a small metal blade. Then, a laser vision correction treatment continues on the inner layer of the cornea. This method has been highly effective for years, but has a few risks and is unpredictable. Though LASIK issues are extremely rare, error in this process is usually the source of any reported complications.

iLASIK is performed using a very precise laser to cut the corneal flap with unparalleled accuracy by any other vision correction technology. The advanced nature of this procedure allows Dr. Ghoshesh to tailor each surgery to the specific patient, and due to iLASIK’s consistent, extreme accuracy, patients who were eliminated from candidacy for LASIK due to thin corneas are now treatable. iLASIK has been around since 2001, and after over 22,000 procedures there have been no reported significant complications.

Benefits of iLASIK Over Contacts

Laser vision correction is a procedure that we encourage anyone (who meets the general health requirements) with bad vision to consider. Not only is this procedure quick and easy, but it permanently improves your quality of life. At Advanced Eye Medical, we perform a series of exams to establish whether or not the characteristics of your vision qualify you for this procedure. Once we do, you’re set to undergo iLASIK.

Not only can you return to work the day after your procedure, iLASIK is a procedure that typically only requires your presence at our office for 2-3 hours and only needs roughly a day to heal. Your vision will improve immediately, with continued positive improvement over the following few days. This surgery is simple, effective, and has great results. Not only that, but it’s a one-time procedure yielding great eyesight, an issue that contacts and glasses only put a Band-Aid over.

iLASIK is a procedure available virtually everywhere. If your eyesight is hindering your quality of life, you should look no further. Laser vision correction will change your life, and is done through iLASIK technology that is not only proven to be highly effective, but is completely safe. LASIK is so safe that is available to almost anyone who satisfies the age and general health requirements of the procedure, which require that you are 21 years old, in good general health, have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year, and have no current eye disease.

LASIK in Orange County

Like all forms of surgery, there are risks, though they are very rare. During your consultation at Advanced Eye Medical, Dr. Ghosheh will explain in detail what these risks are, and answer any questions you may have about receiving LASIK in Orange County.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation where we will assess your needs and answer any questions you may have regarding your eye health and further procedures!

The Downside of Contact Lenses

Contacts are becoming increasingly popular among individuals who need to correct their vision. The appeal of not wearing glasses have led this trend, and many people think they’ll never go back to wearing glasses after trying on their first pair of contact lenses. However, as time goes on, they might be noticing some negative effects of wearing contacts that may lead them to seek out other options.

For information about eye health and LASIK in Orange County, please visit Advanced Eye Medical.

Dry Eyes

When wearing contact lenses, the quantity of tears that your eye is absorbing is greatly reduced. Instead, those tears are being absorbed the by the contacts! The lack of moisture leads to unpleasant dry eye symptoms, like itchiness, redness and a burning sensation in your eyes. If your eyes become way too dry, your cornea can even become scarred – which is very painful.

Medication Complications

The combination of using contact lenses and some medications, especially birth control pills, can result in chronic dry eye and irritation. When taking birth control, for example, and wearing contact lenses, the tear film in your eye can become damaged. The tear film consists of three main layers that work together to protect, bathe and nourish your eye. The combination of birth control and contacts can upset the balance among the three layers, causing you to feel a gritty sensation in your eye and a burning feeling due to excessive tearing.

Decreased Corneal Reflex

Contact lenses use may cause diminished corneal reflex in your eye. The corneal reflex is responsible for making sure that we close our eyes if something is threatening them, like an object flying towards your eye or someone trying to poke you. It is a protective mechanism signaled by the brain to your eyelids, telling them to close whenever any pressure is applied to the cornea.

Constant use of contacts can cause your body to ignore the corneal reflex, or may dull the body’s response to it. This can lead to all different types of eye damage because your eyes did not close fast enough.

Corneal Abrasion

Your contacts have the possibility of scratching your cornea if not fitted properly or when your eye becomes too dry, causing a corneal abrasion. You also increase your chance of a corneal abrasion when sleeping in your contacts or if you are carelessly inserting or removing them. Besides just the pain and uncomfortableness of a corneal abrasion, you might also get an infection because the abrasion creates an opening for bacteria and viruses.

Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis

Wearing contact lenses greatly increases your risk of developing conjunctivitis or a sty, especially if you sleep in them. Contacts provide a moist environment that acts as breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. And since less oxygen reaches your cornea when wearing the contacts, your body cannot fight off the infection as effectively as it could.

Ptosis

A condition where your eyelids start to droop, ptosis can lead to the affected person not being able to open their eyes fully. The contact lenses can move into the eyelid tissue, causing scarring and contraction.

What You Can Do

First, you can start wearing your contact lenses less, and use your glasses more regularly – at the very least make sure to always clean your lenses and do not sleep in them. However, if you are one of the many people that switched to contact lenses to stop wearing your glasses, there is another option for you: Lasik surgery. This surgery is done to correct your vision, and frees you from having to wear your glasses or contacts. For this reason, it is a good idea to talk to your eye doctor about the undergoing the procedure.

LASIK in Orange County

If you are having concerns about wearing your contact lenses, make sure to contact Dr. Ghosheh and the team of dedicated eye care experts at Advanced Eye Medical. We offer a number of services for patients who are suffering poor vision or eye diseases/conditions, including LASIK in Orange County. Our experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists deliver clearer vision and a high level of customized care for our patients.

Contact Lens Infections: How LASIK Can End this Problem

While contact lenses are safely adopted by millions of people every day, they do carry a risk of eye infection. The best way to avoid eye infections is to follow proper lens care guidelines as prescribed by your eye care professional. If you do not use lenses as directed, you could be damaging your eyes. But if you are following directions to the letter and find your eyes are still being negatively affected, it may be time to consider alternative treatment such as LASIK eye surgery.

In this article, we’ll be reviewing the common risks of contact lenses and how LASIK eye surgery can relieve eye infections.

Contact Lens Infections

The most common infection related to a contact lens is keratitis, an infection of the cornea. Keratitis can have multiple causes, including herpes, bacteria, fungus and microbes, and is the most serious complication of contact lens wear. In severe cases, it can lead to corneal scarring that results in impaired vision and the need for a cornea transplant.

If you are a contact lens wearer and have an eye infection, you many experience blurry vision, unusual redness of the eye, pain in the eye, tearing or discharge from the eye, increased light sensitivity, or the sensation of something in your eye. It is important to remember that some of these symptoms can lead to serious vision loss or even blindness. So it is important to see your eye doctor as soon as possible for treatment.

What Causes Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections?

Risk factors that contribute to a contact lens-related infection include:

  • Use of extended-wear lenses
  • Sleeping in your contact lenses
  • Reduced tear exchange under the lens
  • Environmental factors
  • Poor hygiene; including poor maintenance of contact lens cases, or reusing or topping off contact lens solution

To minimize the risk of these infections, clean and safe handling of your contact lenses is one of the most important things you can do to protect your eye health. Here are a few best practices to also keep in mind.

Wash Your Hands. Before handling contact lenses, wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap. Soaps with fragrance, oils or lotions leave a film on the hands, which may transfer to your lenses and irritate the eye.

Clean Your Lenses and Lens Case. During cleaning, place the lens in the palm of your hand, apply a generous amount of solution and gently rub the lens against your palm with your index finger, using a back-and-forth motion.

Use the Correct Eye Products and Solutions. Different types of contact lenses require special care and certain types of products. There are various types of drops and solutions available, including contact lens multi-purpose solutions that clean, disinfect and store contact lenses.  They can help remove any build-up of unwanted deposits, debris such as oils and proteins. If these deposits are left on your lenses, you may feel discomfort or eye irritation.

Never Sleep with Contact Lenses. Unless you are prescribed extended wear contacts, do not sleep with contact lenses in your eyes. Closed eyes don’t allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes.

Remove Your Contact Lenses if Irritated. If you develop eye irritation, remove your contact lenses. Wearing a contaminated pair of lenses invites the infection to stay.

How Can LASIK Help?

If you find that following clean and safe handling best practices still aren’t preventing issues of discomfort or even infection, contact lenses may not be right for you. Thankfully, LASIK eye surgery offers numerous benefits that can dramatically improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of eye infection. Here are a few advantages to consider:

No more contact lenses and eye glasses. After successful completion of LASIK vision procedure, many patients can immediately discontinue wearing their contact lenses and/or glasses. Patients can enjoy the new, incredible clear vision.

Better nighttime vision. LASIK procedures typically remove the need for eye glasses and contacts. For people who wear glasses, LASIK surgery removes glare and haloes in their vision. For people who wear contact lenses, LASIK surgery relieves end-of-day dryness that causes fuzzy nighttime vision and poor refractive surfaces.

Additional lines of sight. Some patients gain additional lines of vision after LASIK surgery, especially those with high levels of myopia or astigmatism.

Reduced allergy symptoms. LASIK surgery can relieve headaches, and lessen sinus pain without glasses sitting on their nose. Contact wearers also claim less eye irritation and redness because there is no need to insert contacts in the eye.

Quick results and quick recovery. After the procedure, you may experience blurry vision but this will typically improve by the next day. While you may not be able to drive within the first 24-48 hours of surgery, patients can return to their normal schedule as soon as the day after surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

Join us at Advanced Eye Medical for an expert consultation regarding whether or not you’re the right candidate for LASIK eye surgery, especially if you’ve ever struggled with contact lens infections in the past.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses: Are They Safe?

Cosmetic contact lenses, also known as decorative or costume contact lenses, are contact lenses that change the appearance of your eyes. They include colored contacts, fashion lenses and lenses that make your eyes look like vampires, animals, or other characters.

Online and in-store advertising market decorative contact lenses as cosmetics, fashion accessories or toys. With whimsical packaging and names, their target market is often teens and young adults. But the question remains: are they safe?

With Halloween just days away, decorative contact lenses may look cool but can lead to serious health issues and potentially (and permanently) damage your eyesight. Here is a guide to what to know and how to safely wear and choose cosmetic contact lenses.

What are Cosmetic Contact Lenses?

Much like regular contact lenses, cosmetic contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and require a valid prescription, whether they correct your vision or are worn for special occasions like Halloween or costume parties.

Many people buy cosmetic contact lenses to enhance their costume, and shops, as well as many online retailers, actively market and advertise these lenses to consumers unaware of the risks. These risks include dangerous infections that can lead to permanent vision loss.

Non-prescription cosmetic contact lenses can also cause injuries such as cuts and open sores in the protective layer of the iris and pupil, and potentially invite bacterial infections. These injuries can lead to serious eye surgeries such as corneal transplants.

Novelty products, like circle lenses, are not FDA-approved. Circle lenses are particularly harmful because the lens covers more of the eye than regular corrective lenses, which inhibits oxygen to get through to the eye.

If you want to complete your Halloween costume or change your look to include cat, glow-in-the-dark or colored eyes, get your cosmetic contact lenses prescribed by an eye care professional. It’s crucial that your lenses fit properly, and your individual prescription is updated by an eye exam. Skipping this step and buying lenses online or over the counter can set you up for risks of eye infection and vision loss.

What are the Risks?

Wearing cosmetic contact lenses can cause serious damage to your eyes if the lenses are obtained without a prescription or not used correctly. These risks include:

  • Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
  • Decreased vision
  • Infection
  • Blindness or vision loss

If you develop an eye infection, accompanying side effects may include:

  • Redness
  • Pain in the eye(s) that doesn’t go away after a short period of time
  • Decreased vision

If you have any of these symptoms, consult a licensed eye care professional (optometrist or ophthalmologist) immediately. An eye infection could become serious and cause vision loss if it’s not treated.

How to Reduce the Risks

You can reduce the risks associated to cosmetic contact lenses by consulting your doctor for an accurate prescription and directions for cleaning, disinfecting and wearing the lenses. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Get an Eye Exam. A licensed eye care professional will examine your eyes to make sure the contact lenses fit properly. The fit of your contact lenses is crucial to eye health. The wrong fit can cause damage to your vision.

Get a Prescription. Your eye doctor will write you a prescription for all contact lenses, including cosmetic contact lenses. The prescription should include the brand name, correct lens measurements and expiration date.

Follow the Contact Lens Care Instructions. Your eye care professional will provide specific instructions for wearing, cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses. If you do not receive instructions, ask your eye doctor for them.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately and Remove Your Contact Lenses if Your Eyes are Red. Eye pain, discharge or redness from the eyes are signs of an eye infection. If you think you have an eye infection from your contact lenses, remove them and see an eye doctor immediately.

Don’t Share Your Contact Lenses with Anyone. All eyes are not the same size and shape and your contact lenses are fitted just for you. Think toothbrush for example — you wouldn’t share your toothbrush, would you? If you, you shouldn’t be doing that, either.

Don’t Buy Any Contact Lenses Without a Prescription. See your eye care professional to get a prescription. This will ensure proper fit and minimize risk of damage to your eyes. Sometimes wearing contact lenses can damage the top layer of your cornea. By having checkups and buying contact lenses with a prescription, you will reduce the chances of any undetected damage to your eyes.

Schedule a Consultation

Cosmetic contact lenses are not excluded from the standard eye care instructions and follow ups. Reduce the risks associated to wearing cosmetic contact lenses by consulting your eye care professional. Join our many satisfied patients, and schedule an appointment at Advanced Eye Medical today.

The Dos and Don’ts of Contact Lens Care

While contact lenses are safely adopted by millions of people every day, they do carry a risk of eye infection. The best way to avoid eye infections is to follow proper lens care guidelines as prescribed by your eye care professional. If you do not use lenses as directed, you could be damaging your eyes. Clean and safe handling of your contacts is one of the most important things you can do to protect your eyes and maintain good overall eye health. In this article, we’ll be providing information on the good and bad steps of contact lens care.

Things You Should Always Do

The type of contact lenses you have determine how you care for it. Disposable extended-wear soft lenses need the least care while conventional soft lenses need extensive care. To avoid the risk of eye infection and complications, you must carefully follow directions for lens care. To help you get started, here are a few ways to look after your lenses. Keep in mind these are general tips, and you should always confirm with your eye doctor what the best care practices are for your particular lenses.

Wash Your Hands. Before handling contact lenses, wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap. Soaps with fragrance, oils or lotions leave a film on the hands, which may transfer to your lenses and irritate the eye.

Cut Your Nails. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye.

Clean Your Lenses and Lens Case. During cleaning, place the lens in the palm of your hand, apply a generous amount of solution and gently rub the lens against your palm with your pointer finger, using a back-and-forth motion.

Remember to keep your contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months. Lens cases can become a source of contamination and infection. Also remember to use fresh solution daily.

Use the Correct Eye Products and Solutions. Different types of contact lenses require special care and certain types of products. There are various types of drops and solutions available, including contact lens multi-purpose solutions that clean, disinfect and store contact lenses. Most cleaning solutions are recommended for conventional (non-disposable) contact lenses but can be used with disposable contact lenses, too. They can help remove any build-up of unwanted deposits, and debris such as oils and proteins. If these deposits are left on your lenses, you may feel discomfort or eye irritation.

Use the disinfecting solution, eye drops and enzymatic cleaners your eye care professional recommends. Some eye products or eye drops are not safe for contact lens wearers.

Do Not Use Tap Water. Never use tap water directly on lenses. Microorganisms can live in distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.

Never Sleep with Contact Lenses. Unless you are prescribed extended wear contacts, do not sleep with contact lenses in your eyes. Closed eyes don’t allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes.

Wear Protection. Contact lenses may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunglasses with UV protection or a wide brim hat when in the sun.

Remove Your Contact Lenses if Irritated. If you develop an eye irritation, remove your contact lenses immediately. Wearing a contaminated pair of lenses invites the infection to stay. If symptoms do not improve, talk with your eye care professional.

Get Regular Eye Exams. If you wear contact lenses, you should be examined by an eye care professional annually, and more often if needed. Contact lens prescriptions do expire — typically within one year. Annual exams ensure they continue to have an accurate and appropriate prescription for your vision needs.

Things You Should Never Do

To reduce the risk of infection, you should not:

  • Wear contact lenses if your eyes are red or sore, or your vision is blurry
  • Insert contact lenses if they are damaged
  • Keep disposable contact lenses longer than instructed by your optometrist
  • Use contact lens solution types or disinfection procedures without consulting your optometrist
  • Use medicated drops on contact lenses without your optometrist’s approval
  • Wear contact lenses when swimming, unless you’re wearing goggles
  • Wear another person’s contact lenses

Schedule a Consultation

Proper eye care is essential to vision health, and the same applies to how you carry out your contact lens care, as well. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Advanced Eye Medical today. Dr. Ghosheh and his team will discuss and review your lens options in order to find the perfect fit for you and your desired results.

The Future of Eye Care

The Future of Eye Care: Where We’re Headed

The eye care industry is an exciting one, as it is always innovating. As more advanced technologies progress, the standard of eye care has improved in kind. So what’s next for the future eye care? Here are some advancements you can expect.

All about Image

Imaging technology is continuing to thrive in the eye care world. With better imaging technology, eye doctors are able to spend less time taking measurements, and can concentrate on patient management.

Another amazing advancement in eye care is digital retinal photography. The retina is one of the most important eye structures to assess during an exam, and this type of camera holds a library of images that the patient can see, and these images can also be consulted for future visits. Plus, this technology is a huge step in being able to diagnose diabetic retinopathy earlier.

Catching It Early

Since eye technology is getting so sophisticated, early detection is much more common. This type of technology includes optical coherence tomography (OCT). As a result, the retina can be viewed in exceptional detail, and doctors can go deep beneath the layers of the retina to detect potential diseases earlier.

OCT is a non-invasive test that does not take long to administer. This test is convenient for opticians as well as patients, as they are able to cater a management plan for the patient. This technology takes 3D images of the retina, and takes such detailed measurements that eye doctors are able to treat potential retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, macular edema, and the previously mentioned diabetic retinopathy.

OCT can also diagnose diseases located in the optic nerve. This exam can easily see changes that occur in the optic nerve, and if there is cause of concern, they can detect diseases such as glaucoma at its earliest stages. Plus, OCT prevents patients from having to make a rush to the emergency. Certain doctors share their findings with ophthalmologists working in hospitals and their own patients, so this gives the patient more knowledge about their condition.

Convenient Contacts

Imaging isn’t the only technology that’s advancing. Your everyday contact lenses are becoming more convenient for clients. This is because the latest technology in contact lenses allows for them to be more comfortable to use while improving vision. These lenses are able to correct patients’ long-distance and near-sighted vision, and are especially useful for elderly patients.

Contacts are generally preferred by patients as opposed to glasses. Since contacts are used so often, it is important to ensure contacts are simple to use in order for patients to see more clearly. Specifically, the latest in contact lens technology is lenses that slow down myopia (short-sightedness) from developing in children. This is huge news for children who struggle with their vision, and will shape how it improves in the next few years. Even though there is no preventative measure for myopia, reducing the amount it progresses will help ameliorate eye disease later in life.

Another benefit of emerging contact lens technology is something convenient for many patients: anti-allergy contact lenses. These lenses are not only effective when it comes to wearing contact lenses and accounting for allergies – they also have the capability to monitor both diabetes and glaucoma.

The world of eye care is definitely the one to watch, with new innovations being developed constantly. At Dr. Ghosheh’s Advanced Eye Medical, we are thrilled to implement the latest technologies. Our team always stays up-to-date so our patients can receive the best eye care possible.

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses

Contact Lenses vs. Prescription Glasses: The Choice is Yours

Whether you swear by contacts or glasses, the choice is really up to you. If you’re unsure how to choose, there are multiple factors to consider such as your lifestyle, budget, comfort level, and how you want to look.

Both options are solid and have their benefits and downsides. Every person is unique so there is not necessarily a bad choice between the two.

Gearing Towards Glasses

If you like the look and ease of glasses, then they may be a great option for you. Here are some of the advantages of glasses:

  • Low maintenance and easy to clean
  • You don’t have to touch your eyes like you do with contacts
  • Less expensive long term as they don’t have to be replaced (unless you break or misplace them)
  • Can be a fashionable choice showing off your unique style
  • If your eyes are more sensitive, then they won’t be as irritated as they would be with contact lenses
  • Glasses can protect your eyes from wind, dust and debris

Glasses can be a wonderful choice, but it’s important to consider the cons involved. Here are some disadvantages of glasses:

  • Peripheral vision can be blurry due to the location of where the eyeglasses sit
  • When first wearing glasses, things may appear blurry and they can give you a headache
  • Although some love making a fashion statement with glasses, others feel it may cover up their looks or they don’t like their appearance in glasses
  • If your prescription is on the stronger side, the lenses may be so thick that your eyes look out of proportion
  • Weather can be a real drag in glasses – rain, snow or other weather can fog up your glasses
  • Certain frames can put pressure on your nose or behind your ears, which can be very uncomfortable

Choosing Contact Lenses

Some people swear by their contact lenses. Here are some reasons why contact lenses are appealing:

  • They wrap around the curve of your eye, which helps to see better than in glasses
  • You can use contacts when playing sports or doing physical activity
  • The weather does not interfere with contacts
  • With the latest technology, some contact lenses can correct myopia and give you clear vision the next day

Contacts aren’t perfect and include downsides as well. Here are the disadvantages of contacts:

  • Application can be difficult
  • Contacts decrease oxygen in the eye which can lead to dry eyes
  • If your job requires you to work at a computer, your contacts could make it easier to develop computer vision syndrome
  • The care required for contacts can be high maintenance
  • People who have slept in contacts can tell you how horrible this experience is – eyes become dry, agitated, and bloodshot

If you’re having trouble choosing between the two, there is always the option of using both contacts and glasses. Because there are so many advancements coming out in eye care technologies, some people opt to try contacts and then resort to glasses when they’re at home or doing something low key.

All in all, wearing glasses or contacts is ultimately up to you. However, our staff would recommend that if you need to stop wearing your contacts due to an infection, then having a back up pair of glasses would be of benefit to you.

If you want to ditch the glasses and contacts, our clinic also specializes in Lasik eye surgery. Not everyone will be eligible for this type of surgery, but it’s always a good idea to check in with us and see if this can be an option for you. You can refer to our previous blog post about Lasik for more information, or you can get in touch with our friendly team to book a free consultation.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted?

Two of the most common eyesight problems are nearsightedness and farsightedness. Both conditions can cause long-term vision impairment and are considered refractive disorders. Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects that are far away to be viewed as blurry. Farsightedness, know as hyperopia, causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions, which are very common, are caused by an elongation of the eyeballs, that occurs naturally with age, and prolonged use of the eyes, but also can be genetic among children.

Keep in mind that when you are either nearsighted or farsighted, you are only affected to a certain extent. Because myopia and hyperopia occur on different levels, this will also affect your prescription for either eyeglasses, contact lenses or both. While only a medical professional will be able to determine and diagnose if you are near-sighted or far-sighted , there are ways to tell what your particular refractive disorder you have. Here are the best ways to determine if you are near-sighted or far-sighted.

How To Tell If You’re Near-Sighted

Pediatricians regularly have children read a sequence of shrinking letters off a chart in their offices for this specific reason. You’re probably familiar with this test. These charts are called a Snellen or Tumbling E -chart. Fortunately, the test associated with these charts can be found online, although a medical professional can only make the final diagnosis. If you are unable to determine the sequencing of letters on the chart, in a readable order, it is possible that you have myopia.

How To Tell If You’re Far-Sighted

Determining if you are far-sighted also involves the same method of testing. To test yourself for this refractive disorder, you will need to find an online, sight-testing, chart where the texts in each line appears smaller. An eye with normal focusing ability should be able to read each individual line without experience any blurriness or discomfort. If you are unable to do so, you may hyperopia, and should seek a medical eye exam immediately to determine if you need reading glasses. If you do, a true medical examination will be able to not only determine whether you have hyperopia, but also what strength of reading glasses you will need. Luckily, being far-sighted is the less serious and more common of the two conditions, but both the onset of myopia and hyperopia can be corrected with proper eyeglasses or contact lenses as prescribed by a medical professional.

If you are experiencing any eye-sight issues, feel free to Dr. Ghosheh, today, at 1-888-439-6565. To schedule a consultation, or appointment, go to laserforeyes.com.

Should I Discard My Dirty Contact Lenses?

It is important to keep your contact lenses clean in order to keep your eyes safe. However, if your contact lenses have, somehow, become dirty, you might be unaware of what you should do to keep your eyes healthy. There is a way to keep, both, your investment and your eyes safe. Here is a list of best practices to follow if you’re facing the dilemma of having dirty contact lenses.

Carry Cleaning Solution

It is important not to use tap water, or any other foreign liquid, to clean dirty contact lenses, as they can cause severe eye infections. It is important to keep bacteria, microorganisms and abrasive chemicals as far away from your eyes as possible. If you already carry saline drops along with you to combat dry eye, or the morning irritation that some contact wearers experience, you can simply use these drops to clean your dirty lens as well. If you do not currently carry saline drops, solution or cleaner with you, it is advisable to keep an emergency bottle on hand in case you your lens become dirty. If you’re unsure whether your favorite solution or cleaner comes in travel sizes, contact us and we’ll be sure to let you know. Also, be sure to inspect the lens for any tears, scratches, dirt or imperfections before putting it back on your eye.

Clean with Caution

Be sure to clean your lens carefully. Place your lens in the palm of your hand and rinse it with sterilizing solution, moving it around with your fingertip. Be sure only to use your fingertips and never touch your lens with your fingernails. After 15 to 30 seconds of soaking is will be safe to put it back on your eye.

In Case of Emergency

In the event that you lose the lens or are unable to clean the one that became dirty, it’s important to keep a spare pair of glasses handy. That way, if you have to do anything that requires corrected vision, such as driving or reading, you will be prepared.

Soak your Lens Overnight

While washing off your dropped lens in solution or cleaner and inspecting it for dirt or damaged should make it safe enough to wear, it is also advisable to soak the lens overnight. This is especially true if you dropped your lens in a public place, or in a place that is particularly germ filled such as your kitchen counter. Soaking your lens overnight is sure to disinfect any lingering germs you may have missed during your initial, emergency, wash.

Now that you know what to do in the event that your contact lens become dirty, you will be better prepared to protect your lens and your eyes. If your are experiencing issues with your eyes or prescription lenses, or have any questions and concerns, of any kind, feel free to contact Dr. Ghosheh, today, at 1-888-439-6565.

Top 10 Questions On Eye Health Answered

As an often neglected aspect of general health and wellness, eye health is essential not only for vision, but also for daily and general activity. Within eye health, lay many misconceptions and unknown factors in regard to eye exams, eye condition, and illnesses associated with the eyes. That being in mind, here are ten common questions about eye health and their corresponding answers.

1.How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?

According to the American Optometric Association, adults that are aged 61 and above should see their optometrist every year, if they are currently using glasses or contact lenses. However, adults 60 or younger are typically only required to have an eye examination every two years, although their optometrist might recommend a more frequent checkup, depending on the severity of their eye condition.

2.What is a cataract?

Despite being one of the most common eye conditions, cataracts are largely misunderstood, both in how they are acquired and what treatment is available. A cataract is a cloudy film that develops in your eye that prevents light from passing into your retina which, if left untreated, can impair your vision. Cataract removal is one of the most common mandatory surgeries in the United States once the condition is discovered.

3.What is the difference being nearsighted and farsighted?

Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects, that are far away, to be viewed blurry. Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia, which causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions – which are very common, are caused an elongation of the eyeballs that occurs with age.

4.Do you need a prescription to purchase eyeglasses or contact lenses?

It is necessary to have a prescription when purchasing prescription eyeglasses, and contact lenses, as they need to be adjusted specifically for your eyes and vision. Contact lens or eyeglasses that are fitted incorrectly can cause blurred or distorted vision, infection, inflammation or permanent eye tissue damage if used continuously, which is why a prescription is required.

5.How safe is LASIK eye surgery?

While all surgery necessitates some level of risk, LASIK laser eye surgery is considered particularly safe and noninvasive. Possible side effects include dry eye syndrome, the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses after surgery, or seeing halos or glares due to over correction or under correction of eye tissue. Loss of vision is also a possible risk, although this is thought to be quite rare.

6.How do you know if you have glaucoma?

Unfortunately, glaucoma is not detectable outside of specialized tests by medical professionals, and will only become apparent once there is damage to your optic nerve. This is why regular preventative eye examinations are recommended, as glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65.

7.Can you develop both cataracts and glaucoma simultaneously?

While cataracts and glaucoma affect different areas of the eye, both can occur at the same time. Both cataracts and glaucoma are onset by aging, although contracting one does not increase your risk to contract the other. However, there are some exceptions, and those concerned should consult a medical professional.

8.Can you prevent hyperopia or myopia?

Unfortunately, neither condition is preventable, although they are both treatable through either prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses or LASIK laser surgery. Both conditions are a result of a defect in the eye, which makes the light entering the eye focus incorrectly. However, myopia can be made worse by intensely focusing on close blurred objects for extended periods of time.

9.What are dry eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that alters the quality, or quantity, of tears that leak out of your eyes. These tears are made up of three different layers that are balance to keep your eyes nourished and lubricated. If anything changes the balance of these three layers, your tears will evaporate too quickly, which, in turn, will cause your eyes to become chronically puffy and irritated. This can be caused by a combination of age, medications and environmental factors. This can be treated by adding artificial tears, other medications, and consuming more water and other nutrients.

10.What is macular degeneration?

While glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65, macular degeneration is the leading cause. Unlike glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration is often slow and painless, and there is no cure, although treatment can slow or in some cases keep the process at bay. Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which blocks imaging from the brain to the eye. It is an all too common condition that affects more people than both glaucoma and cataracts combined, and is estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans.

For more information on the health of your eyes or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Ghosheh at, 1-888-439-6565, today.