Research & Publications

You're Unsuitable for LASIK. Now What?

I’ve Just Been Told I’m Unsuitable For LASIK Laser Eye Surgery. Now What?

You’ve finally saved up those dollars, mentally prepared yourself for the idea of undergoing an eye operation, told all your friends now is the time, and advised work you’re going to need some time off. Then you march into the ophthalmologist’s office armed with your questions about how long the LASIK procedure will take, how long until you can drive again… and, after all that you’re told you can’t have LASIK.
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Is LASIK eye surgery right for you?

Is LASIK Eye Surgery Right For You?

 

Picture this: It’s the dead of night. Only a sliver of moon is visible through the clouds, casting deep, motionless shadows across your house. Suddenly, the stillness is broken by a tinkling noise from downstairs. You awaken with a startle, eyes frantically blinking away the sleep. It sounds like an intruder! Trying to pull your legs out from under the covers, you rub at your eyes to clear them but your vision is so blurry you can hardly see your slippers on the floor. It’s so hard to see… not only because it’s dark but because you’re also myopic and you broke your glasses two weeks ago and your contact lenses are in the bathroom drawer but you don’t think you could see well enough to make it to the bathroom, especially when your slinky cat has a penchant for tripping unsuspecting humans. Meanwhile, the intruder has stolen all your fine china and the good cutlery you bring out when your in-laws come for dinner.
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Young man with UV protection sunglasses

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Sunglasses are much more than a fashion statement. The earliest record of eyewear used to protect the eyes from the sun dates back to prehistoric Inuit culture, most likely to ward off the glare from the snow and resultant snow blindness. Based on uncovered artifacts, these goggles were made of walrus ivory with narrow slits for the eyes. Soot mixed with oil was rubbed onto the goggles to further cut down the reflected sun glare off the snow.

Fast-forward to the year 2021 where we know a lot more about the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the eyes and are manufacturing sunglasses out of materials more sophisticated than walrus tusks and soot.
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Woman being tested for glaucoma by an ophthalmologist

Research Studies on Mice Reverse Vision Loss Caused by Glaucoma

Wouldn’t it be great if we could reverse aging? While we don’t want to go completely Benjamin Button, turning those white hairs into brown/black/blond/red hairs again and experiencing the knee joints of a spritely teenager again would be wonderful.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School may have uncovered a new gene therapy to turn back the clock on cells damaged by glaucoma, a blinding eye disease. This treatment is hoped to be applied not only to glaucoma, but also to other diseases caused by aging throughout the body.
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Can LASIK Fix Presbyopia?

Can LASIK fix Presbyopia?

It happens to the best of us, this getting old business. As the internet has succinctly put it, “One minute you’re in your 20s living your best life, the next minute you’re getting excited about an air fryer.” And as the natural order of aging goes, after air fryer excitement comes the inevitable change to your vision known as presbyopia.
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Why An Eye Test Could Save Your Life

Why an eye test could save your life

It’s not too far-fetched to say that regular eye examinations can save your vision – but would you believe that an eye test could save your life? In addition to our eyes being the windows to our souls, they are also little peepholes into our bodies (literally). Many life-threatening systemic diseases can first manifest as signs in our eyes, even before we begin to notice symptoms in other parts of the body. And to catch even more people unaware, some of these ocular signs occur without us realizing, making routine eye examinations a little more important than you previously thought. Here are some of the major conditions an eye test might detect.
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Dry Eye Relief Using Nasal Neurostimulation

Dry Eye Relief Using Nasal Neurostimulation

There are a lot of things that can be done through the nose. You can breathe through your nose, sneeze through your nose, get a ring through your nose, and even pay through the nose. But did you know there’s another we can add to the list of the nose’s uses? We can also treat dry eye disease through the nose.
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The Best Way to Recover from Cataract Surgery

Cataract Consultation Doctor Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Sherman Oaks

Cataract surgery is typically a straightforward, uncomplicated procedure. Because cataracts are considered a normal part of aging and our expected lifespans are increasing with advances in medicine, the number of cataract surgeries performed every year in the US is approaching the 4 million mark. That’s a lot of cataract extractions.

A cataract is an opacity in the lens of the eye. Usually this lens is clear and transparent so that light can easily pass through to reach the back of the eye to form vision. Various factors can underlie the development of a cataract – age is the main one, but other factors such as environment, lifestyle choices, certain medications, systemic diseases, and trauma, can also contribute to the formation of a cataract in the eye.
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Is Smoking Bad for Your Eyes?

Is Smoking Bad for Your Eyes?

The dangers of cigarette smoking have been well-known for decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists tobacco use as the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, citing uncomfortable statistics such as smoking being responsible for around one in five deaths every year, and the life expectancy of a smoker being at least 10 years shorter than a non-smoker.

Despite knowing that cigarette smoking has the potential to cause death by way of cancer and various respiratory and vascular diseases, around 40 million adults in the US still indulge in a puff. However, if you knew smoking could result in spending the rest of your life with permanent blindness, would you still be so quick to flick open that lighter?

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Research & Publications

What eye floaters look like

Food for Floaters

It’s a fly! No, it’s a spider! No, it’s a…. vitreous floater. Though you may be relieved to realize you’ve not …

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Cataract Surgery Could Reduce Dementia Risk

With dementia affecting almost 6 million people in the US, it wouldn’t be unexpected that you may personally know of someone …

Woman with a bionic eye

Bionic Eyes Aren’t Just for Terminators

When you hear of a bionic eye, what first comes to mind? For those who grew up in the 80s and 90s, there’s probably a picture …