How Your Lifestyle Can Affect Your Vision

How Your Lifestyle Can Affect Your Vision

While genetics, age and certain health conditions can affect your vision, it’s important to realize that our lifestyles also play a vital role. Here are some changes we can make to our daily lives which focus on maintaining good vision and eye health. Quit smoking. We’ve all heard how bad smoking is for our lungs, arteries and hearts, however, it can also harm our eyes. Smoking causes an increase in harmful free radicals within the body which go on to damage and destroy healthy cells. There is also strong evidence showing links between smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), as well as cataracts and Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy, diseases which lead to blindness. Maintain a healthy weight. Eating the correct amount of calories and having a nutritious diet is very important to eye health. Not only does a balanced diet deliver essential nutrients which help prevent vision deterioration, it also helps prevent weight-related health conditions such as Type-2 diabetes, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Being overweight has also been linked to an increased risk of AMD. Use sun protection. It’s not just our skin that suffers from too much sunlight, it’s our eyes too. Exposure to UV rays for long periods of time damages the delicate tissues in the eye, causing cataracts, retinal damage, cancerous and non-cancerous growths in the eye and skin cancer around the eye itself. If you are outside in bright sunlight, it’s best to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunglasses should state they have UV 400 protection or that they meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) z80.3 blocking requirements. Be screen smart. Working in front of a computer or watching TV for hours on end can easily cause eye strain, leading to headaches and discomfort. The best way to prevent this is to take a break from your screen every hour or so and give your eyes a 10 minute rest from all that close-up focusing. Restrict alcohol intake. Drinking a limited amount of alcohol will not affect your eyesight, but excessive or binge drinking over a period of time may have far-reaching negative consequences. It has been linked to cataracts as well as optic neuropathy, a nerve condition that can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness without treatment. Free Eye Exams At Our Leading Surgical Center At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, all our clients qualify for a free eye exam and consultation with the best eye surgeons and doctors in Miami. We will give you a full assessment, answer any questions you have about the procedure and our state-of-the-art vision correction equipment and talk to you about our extremely affordable financing options. If you require treatment or surgery, our eye surgeons can offer you the most advanced procedures to treat your eye condition, helping to restore your vision and your quality of life. Contact us today and find out how our high quality eye care services can change the way you see the...

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How Innovative Technology Is Making Corrective Eye Surgery Even Better

How Innovative Technology Is Making Corrective Eye Surgery Even Better

Laser eye surgery for vision correction has been around for a lot longer than many people realize. In fact, it dates back to the 1970s, where the invention of the excimer laser was first used in vision correction at Colombia University by researcher Stephen L. Trokel. Since then, technology has advanced at a rapid pace, bringing significant changes to the industry and great benefits to patients seeking the very best treatments for their eye disorders and conditions. Reducing risks: Thanks to the advanced technology used at leading eye clinics, including The Laser Center of Coral Gables, eye surgery is safer than ever before. Not only do eye doctors have the experience and equipment to ensure the safest possible experience, they also have the ability to discern which patients are most suited to the different treatment options based on their medical history in order to guarantee the best results. Precision results: With the very high degree of accuracy and stability in cutting-edge lasers, eye surgeons are able to do delicate work with microscopic precision, making treatment more effective and less invasive for the patient. For example, studies have found that cataract surgery done with a laser offers 10 times more precise results than the same treatment done with traditional surgical tools, providing patients with dramatically improved results. Improved recovery time: One of the most common concerns for patients considering eye surgery is the amount of time they will spend recovering. With high-precision laser surgery, patients can return to their normal routine within a fraction of a traditional recovery period. Depending on your lifestyle and the surgery you require, you may recover in a matter of days. Free Consultations At The Laser Center Of Coral Gables With experienced eye surgeons and the latest in laser technology, The Laser Center of Coral Gables is leading the way in innovative, safe treatments for a variety of eye conditions including cataracts, presbyopia and myopia. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, implantable contact lenses or the other procedures our clinic offers, please visit us for more information and a free eye exam. In addition to this free vision assessment, we also offer affordable financing options. For more information on our clinic and laser eye surgery, or to speak to our friendly staff, please contact us...

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Eye conditions affected by age and how to treat them

Eye conditions affected by age and how to treat them

As you get older, so your vision begins to change. From around 40 years old, your risk of developing certain eye problems increases significantly. These include: Age-related macular degeneration: AMD is a disease which gradually affects your central vision by destroying the macular tissue of the retina, causing a blind spot or fuzziness in the middle of your vision. This is usually our sharpest area of vision and is relied upon when reading or driving. There are two types of macular degeneration, wet and dry. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels grow and leak into the macular and this can be treated through medication or laser eye surgery. Dry AMD involves no blood vessel leaks and cannot be treated, however, your eye doctor can try help slow its progression. Cataracts: Normally, the lenses in your eyes are perfectly transparent. They can become cloudy over time and this condition is known as cataracts. Many people choose to use stronger glasses and better lighting to counteract this fogging effect, but eventually they will require proper treatment in the form of eye surgery in which the lenses are replaced. Presbyopia: Presbyopia is a normal part of aging where the eye’s lens becomes less elastic over time, making it more difficult to change its focus quickly. This affects your ability to read fine print. While presbyopia can be treated by wearing bifocals, it can also be treated surgically with monovision correction. Glaucoma: This disease is associated with high pressure in the eye that starts to damage the optic nerve. This is a very serious condition and can result in significant vision loss and blindness. This damage happens gradually and often goes unnoticed until it starts to affect your lifestyle, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms. Acute closed angle glaucoma symptoms include eye pain, blurred vision, halos around lights and reddening of the eye. Primary open angle glaucoma symptoms include gradual loss of peripheral vision and tunnel vision. While damage from this disease cannot be reversed, your eye doctor can help prevent further vision loss through eye drops, medication and surgery (if required). Diabetic eye disease: This is a complication that can occur in people suffering from diabetes. The most common variation is diabetic retinopathy, where the blood vessels in your retina are damaged. The loss of vision may be unnoticeable at first, but this serious condition can lead to permanent blindness. Treatment for this condition can include focal laser treatment, scatter laser treatment or a vitrectomy, slowing the damage to your vision. Dry eye: Your tear ducts can change as you age and either stop producing tears properly or producing tears that aren’t the right consistency. This means your eye will have insufficient lubrication, making it feel dry and scratchy. While many people only suffer mild irritation, some people find that it drastically affects their quality of life. It is generally treated with prescription eye drops or by closing the tear ducts. Get leading advice and treatment for your eye condition As you can see, many of these age-related conditions affect vision gradually at first, making them difficult to detect, making regular annual eye exams essential.  At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, our eye surgeons can offer you the most advanced procedures to treat your eye condition, helping to restore your...

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Six Foods For Healthy Vision

Six Foods For Healthy Vision

Whether we’re working at the office, driving to meetings or relaxing with our favorite hobbies, our eyes are integral to how we live our lives. While genetics and age are important, our lifestyles also have a profound effect on the health of our eyes and our eyesight. The best way to avoid problems is to eat a nutritious and varied diet full of the following foods: Fish – Cold water oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Your macular protects your eye tissues from bright light which can permanently affect your eyesight, so it’s important to keep it healthy and functioning properly. These fish are also rich in protein, assisting with the health and regeneration of your eye tissues and cells. If you don’t enjoy these fish, you can use fish oil supplements or vegetarian supplements which contain blackcurrant seed oil or flaxseed oil as an effective alternative. Eggs – Egg yolks are rich in antioxidants, lutein, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin A, all of which help your immune system and reduce your risk of developing age-related eye conditions that can significantly affect your eyesight. Easily digested by your body and a great source of protein, an egg a day is a healthy, eye-health boosting option. Eggs are also a great source of choline, a nutrient which helps support brain, optic nerve and nervous system development, making them a great choice for growing children. Green vegetables – Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens are rich in both zeaxanthin and lutein, important plant pigments which help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. These plant pigments also help your eye to detect contrast better, so they actively work to improve your eyesight. As these nutrients are fat-soluble, it’s best to eat them with a drizzle of olive oil to help your body digest and absorb them more effectively. Colorful fruit and vegetables – Carrots, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, cantaloupe and corn are excellent sources of vitamins C and A, two vitamins which are linked to a 25% reduction in the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Tomatoes are also sources of vitamin C and have the added benefit of being rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that has been shown to protect your eye tissues from light-induced damage – a very important issue in sunny South Florida. Oranges, grapefruits, berries and lemons – These fruits are all high in vitamin C and help to reduce your age-related macular degeneration and cataracts risks. A great way to include these fruits into your diet is to blend your favorites with protein-rich, natural yogurt into a tasty smoothie. Nuts – Raw and dry roasted nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, almonds and Brazil nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great alternative to oily fish. These healthy fats help your body absorb other nutrients such as carotenoids which support eye health. Just one handful of these nuts will also give you half your daily dose of vitamin E, making them easily incorporated into your diet as a healthy snack at home or on the go. Expert Care And Solutions From Miami Eye Specialists Regular check-ups or free eye exams with your eye doctor are an excellent way...

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The Best Tips For Maintaining Eye Health In Your Workplace

The Best Tips For Maintaining Eye Health In Your Workplace

Ask any eye doctor and they are bound to tell you that a lot of your eye health depends on how well you take care of your eyes, particularly in the workplace. The Laser Center of Coral Gables, an eye clinic in Miami, recommends being vigilant in avoiding many situations where your eye health may be at risk. The effects of staring at screens Our modern lives are all about staring at screens. When we’re not staring at our phone, watching TV or playing video games, we are at our desks, staring at a computer screen. For many, just our work hours from nine to five are spent glued to a laptop screen or monitor. As you can imagine, this really isn’t healthy for our eyes. There is actually a name for the problems associated with this: Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS encompasses a whole range of different eye disorders and problems. They are caused by constantly having to re-focus on the screen in front of you (such as when you look away for a moment and then back at the screen) coupled with the glare and flicker of the screen. Signs you are suffering from CVS include: Blurred vision Dry and/or red eyes Headaches Double vision Note that these can be symptoms of other problems too, but if you are a regular computer user, then this could be your first clue. How to avoid CVS There are a number of ways you can minimize the damage caused by staring at a screen too long. These are: Reducing the light in the room (close the blinds, turn off bright lights) Ensuring your monitor sits just below eye level, 20-28 inches from your face Turning away from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds Ensuring the settings for contrast, text size and brightness have been set according to your vision. To maintain your eye health, it is important to visit an eye doctor so contact us. We offer a range of eye care and surgery solutions. We offer laser eye surgery, astigmatism surgery and a range of other solutions for eye...

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