Research & Publications

Tips to Optimize Your LASIK Recovery

Tips to Optimize Your LASIK Recovery

When it comes to laser eye surgery, two things are true: being able to see clearly without eyeglasses or contacts is convenient; having to take time out to recover from surgery is not. Fortunately, the post-operative recovery period after LASIK eye surgery is typically smooth and uneventful. Even more fortunately, there are steps you can take to optimize your healing and minimize the complications.

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4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Pterygium

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Pterygium

Unsightly but harmless is a pterygium on the eye. These wing-shaped fibrous growths are often called surfer’s eye due to their frequent appearance on sun- and surf-loving aficionados. Though pterygia are not cancerous, no one wakes up in the morning and says to themselves, “I think I’d like a pterygium today”. If you fall into the intersect of the “sun and surf aficionado” with “don’t want a pterygium today” Venn diagram, keep reading to find out how you can take steps to avoid developing this eye condition.

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The Difference Between LASIK and PRK

The Difference Between LASIK and PRK

If you’re one of the many bespectacled or be-contact-lensed individuals who have considered your options for no longer being bespectacled or be-contact-lensed, it’s likely you’ve come across the terms LASIK and PRK before. Though the ultimate goal of both laser eye surgery techniques is the same – to render you without spectacle nor contact lens (at least for a period of time) – LASIK and PRK differ on several points.

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Macular degeneration

Eye Injections for Macular Degeneration

New Treatments for the Untreatable: Eye Injections for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Across developed countries, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is responsible for the greatest number of cases of irreversible blindness. In the US, studies have found that around one in 10 Americans over the age of 50 years old have early-stage AMD, and one in 100 are at risk of vision loss from late-stage AMD. That’s a lot of Americans. Until this year, 2023, there have been no treatments available for the dry form of AMD, only for the wet form.

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Middle aged man with pterygium in left eye

7 Things You Should Know About Pterygia

Pterygium may not be a word you’re familiar with, but if you live anywhere with a lot of sun and surf (such as California), chances are that you’ve seen one (or even have one yourself. Maybe even two.) This fleshy growth on the front surface of the eye is a very common condition, albeit an unsightly one. Pterygia (the plural of pterygium) appear like a triangular whitish-yellowish overgrowth from the whites of the eye over the transparent cornea. In the very early stages of a pterygium, you may not even realize you have one developing. If that last statement has you peering closely into a mirror to find that you indeed have the beginnings of a pterygium, stay calm and keep reading.

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The Link Between Dry Eye and Poor Sleep

Easy Home Remedies for Dry Eye

Irritated, sore, burning, scratchy, gritty, watery? No, not an eye infection (though these are also symptoms of infection) – just dry eyes! Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, affects up to 50 million Americans, so if your eyes feel a little like the Mojave Desert, you’re in good company. In recent years, there’s been a boom of interest in dry eye disease, and subsequently, a whole lot of new treatment options have emerged. While some of these can cost you thousands of dollars in treatment fees, for mild or temporary episodes of dry eye flare-ups, some simple home remedies might just do the trick.

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Retinal Detachment

What is a Retinal Detachment?

When it comes to parts of your eyeball, you generally don’t want things to detach. Usually, attached is a better situation. It would be an ideal scenario if your eyelashes were to remain attached to your eyelid, and for your crystalline lens inside the eye to stay attached to the ciliary muscles that control how it focuses on near objects. Likewise, you probably want your retina to be attached to the wall of the eyeball because if it isn’t, it makes it difficult to see.

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Cataract Consultation Doctor Thousand Oaks and Oxnard

What Causes a Cataract?

Grandpa Norman had cataracts, Grandma Joan had cataracts, your mom is booked in for cataract surgery next week, and we all know about Uncle Chester who got struck by lightning and somehow survived but developed cataracts within the month. In all likelihood, you know at least one person who has cataracts, or who had cataracts, so cataracts must be a pretty common occurrence. But what causes them, exactly?

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Know Your Cataract Symptoms

In all likelihood, you’ve heard of cataracts before. Depending on how well-versed you are in the field of ophthalmology, the mention of cataracts may elicit no reaction or may trigger a fear of impending blindness. The good news is that cataracts are not usually associated with permanent blindness. The bad news is that cataracts are a normal part of aging, so if you live long enough, you can probably expect to develop them at some point.

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First Aid Eye Care

What Should I Do If… First Aid for Eye Injuries

The eyes are delicate, sensitive organs. If you’ve ever gotten a single particle of sand in there, you’d know the distress it can cause. More serious injuries to the eye can result in permanent vision loss, whether immediately or later on. Having a basic understanding of what to do for an eye injury is beneficial for both yourself and the other eyeballs you may be responsible for (such as dependent children or others in your workplace). However, if ever in doubt, always remember to call emergency services or refer on to a medical specialist depending on the nature of the injury.

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Research & Publications

Tips to Optimize Your LASIK Recovery

Tips to Optimize Your LASIK Recovery

When it comes to laser eye surgery, two things are true: being able to see clearly without eyeglasses or contacts is convenient; …

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Pterygium

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Pterygium

Unsightly but harmless is a pterygium on the eye. These wing-shaped fibrous growths are often called surfer’s eye due to …

The Difference Between LASIK and PRK

The Difference Between LASIK and PRK

If you’re one of the many bespectacled or be-contact-lensed individuals who have considered your options for no longer …