Clear Lens Replacement, known as CLR, has become the rage for people over 40 that want to be less dependent on glasses. The new high tech lens implants help with distance, intermediate and near, unlike LASIK that only offers distance vision correction. And the best news is that they will never get a cataract or have to have cataract surgery! How cool is that! Come in for a FREE CLR screening with Dr. McCabe or Dr. Foster to find out if you are a candidate.
(A)Asymmetry: One half of the area does not match the other half.
(B)Border: The edges are uneven or ragged.
(C)Color: The color is not the same all over and may have more than one shade or color present.
(D)Diameter: The size is larger than a pencil eraser (6 millimeters).
If you are worried about a spot, call 1-877-816-3376 or click here for a full body skin check appointment with our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Paul Stevenson.
Because of the vast research on UV and its harmful effects of skin cancer, we are hyper-sensitive about protecting our skin. But are you taking those same precautions with your eyes?
Studies show that only 1 out of 4 people consistently wear sunglasses with UV 400 protection.
No matter what weather conditions are, cloudy or sunny, the invisible ultraviolet rays (UV) are always present. We know that exposure to UVA & UVB radiation is known to contribute to Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Pterygiums, and Photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea), to name a few.
What can you do?
Zeiss is setting a new standard of care when it comes to UV protection by introducing ZEISS UVProtect Technology as part of ALL of their clear lenses. This is the first time that ‘sunglass-level UV 400 protection’ will be available in all clear lenses. Other lens manufacturers only offer protection up to UV 380, and this gap in protection can account for consumers being exposed to as much as 40% of the most harmful UV rays, UV 400. Even though there are some UV coatings that can be added to clear lenses, there is no guarantee that the coating is applied consistently. This new lens will have the ZEISS UVProtect Technology embedded in the lens material, and it will not alter the clear lens effect at all nor will it deteriorate.
Children and UV
We think this new ZEISS lens is especially important for children since most wear clear lenses. Studies show that less than 10% of parents are aware that kids are exposed to 3 times the UV radiation as adults, and 50% of the eye damage from UV occurs before the age of 18.
ZEISS feels so strongly that this is an important step in eye protection that they have announced that they will not patent-protect this UVProtect Technology. They want it to become the standard of care for all lenses.
The Eye Associates is the area’s exclusive provider of ZEISS eyeglass lenses. We, in association with ZEISS, have an ongoing commitment to optical innovations in order to protect our patients’ vision and help them see their best. We are pleased and excited to offer ZEISS UVProtect Technology to our patients at the Optical Gallery in our Venice office. Summer is coming, so be sure your eyes have the protection they need.
The Eye Associates is proud to be the area’s exclusive ZEISS Certified Eyecare Center.
Do you know when an eye problem requires prompt attention? Some eye issues can be scary, so if you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms, I urge you to act quickly. Saving your vision might be at stake.
1) A sudden decrease in vision in one eye…
Retinal problems, including a macular hole, a retinal
detachment, or an abnormality in the optic nerve are the most common cause. Women are at higher risk than men, and risk increases with age.
2) A gradual loss of central vision or distortions when looking at straight lines…
Central vision loss is a common symptom of Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. I recommend that seniors monitor their eyes for changes daily with an Amsler Grid. Pick up your FREE Amsler Grid at any of The Eye Associates locations.
3) Flashes, a shower of floaters in the eye, or a dark curtain across your field of vision…
Most floaters are benign, but if you experience a sudden onset, it could indicate a retinal problem. A retinal tear or detachment needs to be treated immediately. If left untreated, permanent vision loss could occur.
4) Loss of peripheral vision….
Loss of peripheral vision happens so slowly that it often goes unnoticed, but it could indicate that you have glaucoma. Because there are usually no glaring symptoms signaling the presence of glaucoma, I advise everyone to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam in order to catch it in the early stages. Any vision loss from glaucoma cannot be regained, but with medication and/or surgery, it is possible to halt further loss.
5) A sudden onset of eye pain, halos around lights, nausea, vomiting, and redness…
This may signal an acute attack of Narrow Angle Glaucoma. If you do not receive immediate treatment, this condition can permanently damage your optic nerve, causing loss of vision. I sometimes suggest a preventive laser treatment for patients with ‘narrow’ angles to prevent them from suffering one of these painful attacks.
6) Double vision or ‘ghost like’ images…
Double vision can be caused by a variety of eye and general health conditions, including giant-cell arteritis (or temporal arteritis), cataracts, migraine headaches, brain tumors, strokes or aneurysms. Get help promptly so the underlying cause can be determined and treated.
Sometimes, it’s not an emergency…
Cloudy vision, or feeling like a film is over your eyes….
I would suspect cataracts. During a comprehensive eye exam, I can determine whether cataracts are causing these vision problems. Luckily cataract surgery is quite commonplace these days and we can return good vision to you quickly and safely.
Saving sight is The Eye Associates’ most important mission. Please call 1-866-865-2020 if you or someone you know needs immediate care. Even after business hours, The Eye Associates has a doctor on-call to take care of emergencies.
By Dr. David Rubin
If you have chronic dry eyes, you know the discomfort and the stress associated with this eye condition. Because of aging, or because of medication, or because of some diseases like Sjogren’s, but mostly for unknown reasons, almost 5 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye Disease.
You may have tried over-the-counter artificial tears at the first sign of symptoms and they may have worked for a while, but then the tearing, itching, irritation and fluctuating vision returned. The problem could be with your tear film. Tears are made with a perfect balance of water, mucus, oil, and other vital biologically active elements. If any of these components gets out of balance, then the quality of the tears is reduced.
The Eye Associates is one of the few practices that has the technology to actually measure the quality of your tears. We take a small sample of a patient’s tears, and then using the TearLab Osmolarity System, we are able to determine quantifiably the quality of the tears. Treatment is then prescribed based on the finding from the TearLab.
One way to address this problem is with the use of Autologous Serum Tears. Again, The Eye Associates is one of the few practices in this area to offer Autologous Serum Tears treatment. Since over-the-counter artificial tears lack the biologically active elements found in your natural tears, eye drops made from components from your own body have been found to be highly effective for most patients. These customized eye drops are made by separating components of your own blood. The red blood cells and clotting factors are removed, leaving behind blood serum which is used to make customized eye drops for you. The benefit is that these man-made tears possess the same biological nutrients naturally found in your own tears, giving natural relief for dry eyes and other corneal-related conditions.
I have many patients successfully finding dry eye relief with serum tear treatment. I got a call recently from a patient that had been unable to drive due to pain and fluctuating vision. After a few weeks of treatment with serum tears, she is now able to drive her husband to his twice weekly medical treatments. She is so thankful for the help.
As an Accredited Dry Eye Center of Excellence, the doctors at The Eye Associates have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Disease. Good vision makes all the difference to our lives. That is why saving sight is The Eye Associates’ most important mission. Click here to request a dry eye consultation. Or call 1-866-865-2020.
Nail problems make up about 10 percent of all dermatological conditions, and can signal health problems. Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of senior citizens.
Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders and are more common in toenails. Even though rare, melanomas can grow under the nail and are often mistaken for an injury. Any changes in nails should be looked at by a Board Certified Dermatologist.D r. Paul Stevenson at Dermatology at The Eye Associates has great experience and much success with treating these unattractive conditions.
Some important considerations when about having LASIK:
- Make sure you are examined by your surgeon BEFORE LASIK surgery. It’s important for you to get all your questions answered by the person that is going to be performing your surgery.
- Ask the surgeon about his/her enhancement rate. It is important to know the skill level of your
- surgeon and how often a second procedure is needed.
- Ask what other refractive procedures that your LASIK surgeon performs. Today there are
- many types of vision correction procedures. You want to know that your surgeon is qualified to
- perform them all and will choose the best procedure for your eyes.
- Ask about your surgeon’s qualifications and how many procedures she/he had performed.
- Do your research BEFORE scheduling LASIK surgery. Price advertising is not always what it
- seems. Make sure that the pricing includes the latest technology, your level of prescription, and all the visits that you will need to complete your care.
LASIK is a wonderful procedure and one that can easily change one’s life for the better. You only have one set of precious eyes. Only trust yours to the best!
Amblyopia, often called ‘lazy eye’ and occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. The brain will “shut off” the image from the turned in or blurry eye. When left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. It often occurs during early childhood so detecting the condition early increases the chance of successful treatment, especially if detected before the age of five. The earlier the underlying cause is corrected with spectacles, patching and/or surgery, the more successful the treatment in equalizing vision between the two eyes.
You thought you were long over the teen days of having to worry about acne. Well think again. Adult acne usually begins with “blackheads”.
Blackheads may look like dirt, but they’re actually the result of oil and dead cells getting trapped in a pore where they block the duct and mix with bacteria. They then turn black when exposed to air. There are many causes of adult acne, some common ones being stress, bad cosmetics, hormones and birth control pills.
It should be noted that products that worked on acne during your teens usually do not work on adult acne. It is recommended that you see a dermatologist as he/she has an arsenal of treatments to help clear up your skin quickly, and most are covered by insurance. If you are an adult who wants acne treatment in Bradenton, make an appointment today with our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Paul Stevenson at The Eye Associates.
Did you know that 80% of all learning in a child’s first 12 years is through their visual system? While most parents recognize the value of routine visits to the dentist, they often underestimate the importance of testing their children’s eyes. Studies find that 1 in 4 children, ages 5 to 12, have an undiagnosed vision problem that can affect their educational performance. Additionally it often affects other areas such as personality, behavior, and sport performance. Children are sometimes mislabeled as “slow learners” when impaired vision prevents a child from seeing clearly. Even if your child doesn’t complain about not seeing well, you should not assume that there are no visual disorders. Your children have no reason to believe that you see any differently than they do.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age and then at age 3 and right before they enter kindergarten. For school-aged children, eye exams should be performed every two years if no vision correction is required, but annually if they wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
To make sure your kids have the chance of learning in school, call 1-866-865-2020 to schedule an appointment today with any of our Board Certified Optometrists for a comprehensive eye exam to make sure your kids have the chance of learning in school.