In the wild, I prefer contact lenses to enhance my vision. Nonetheless, because I oftentimes travel to arid climates such as Joshua Tree National Park, my contacts tend to dry out fast. On this account, I can always be expected to carry artificial tears within an arm’s reach. Eventually when my eyes have become irritated enough, I surrender to my glasses (aka a friendly reminder to tone down my enthusiasm, now that plastic frames are on my face.)
Not only do the contact lenses become a nuisance, but the discomfort can also be dangerous. Most notably when I’m rock scrambling and maintaining a grip between boulders, the last thing I want running through my mind is: Get ready! The moisture of your contacts are about to dry up…Oh dear, there goes your vision. A bit blurry isn’t it. Why do I remember now that rocks are scary and sharp?
The final straw was when I was camping in the Sequoias and lost one of my contacts. I had forgotten to bring additional lenses and naturally, my glasses. So… I had to function with one eye for the rest of the duration of the trip, which lasted for several days. For those who are active and love the outdoors, one of the best parts of a trip is the scenery. For me, when my vision was compromised, it felt like I was injured and then outcast from a place I loved so dearly.
Because of these experiences, I was overjoyed to get LASIK with Dr. Pirnazar at NVISION Newport Beach. To anticipate that all the years of overly dry contacts, worrying about if I packed my glasses, or waking up to a blurry picture were about to end! It’s electrifying! Check out the video of my procedure, below!
Now that my LASIK procedure is completed and I’ve given my eyes a few days to heal, my immediate goal is to backpack the Six Peaks in California. From there, I can’t wait to move freely, be independent, and live without worry – because my adventure, is ready to see again!
The cold winter months have passed and spring is here upon us. As we look forward to the warm weather and outdoor events, there is just one thing that a great number of us are dreading…allergies.
You know the drill: itchy, red, or even burning sensations in your eyes. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies. This affects approximately 30% of adults and 40% of children.
Common causes of allergies are airborne around you every day both indoors and outdoors. Things like pollen (grass, trees, weeds), mold, dust, and pet dander triggers the cells in your eyes release histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation.
Luckily, there’s relief and tips for prevention to avoid or limit exposure with your trigger(s).
Avoid going outside and close windows when pollen count is high
How do I know what the pollen count is you may ask? Click here to see what Google’s forecast is.
Use A/C and air filters/purifiers and be sure to swap them out as recommended by the manufacturer
Wear sunglasses or glasses when outside to keep the pollen out of your eyes
Use special pillow covers to keep allergens out
Wash bedding frequently in hot water
Consider replacing old mattresses
Clean floors with a damp mop
Replace carpeting with hardwood for an easier clean
Keep humidity levels in homes below 30-50%
Consider having an expert in if any water damage has occured
Keep animals outside as much as possible and out of the bedroom
Wash your hands after touching pets
After being near a pet, wash your clothes
For any contact lens wearers, you may want to remove your contacts and opt for your eyeglasses until your allergy symptoms are gone. This is because the surface of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens. If wearing your glasses is not an option, you can switch to daily disposable contacts to avoid allergen and other debris buildup.
Experiencing allergies now? Some treatments for allergies include:
Decongestant eye drops (do not use long-term!)
A last bit of advice: Avoid rubbing your eyes, it will only irritate your eyes more!
Dry Eye, one of the most common eye conditions treated by physicians, is an irritating and sometimes painful condition in which the eye fails to properly produce enough or quality tears that lubricates the eyes. If left untreated, it can lead to ulcers, scars on the cornea, and even impairment of vision.
People who are at risk or suffer from dry eye often include those who:
Wear contact lenses, especially for prolonged periods of time
Are taking medications such as antihistamines or birth control pills
Are over 50, especially women going through menopause
Have specific diseases such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and collagen vascular disease
Have eyelids that don’t close properly due to structural abnormalities
Live in dry climates (like here in Las Vegas!)
Dry eye syndrome is particularly prevalent in desert climates like ours here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Other signs and symptoms which usually affect both eyes may include:
Sensitivity to light
A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye (gritty)
Blurring of vision
Eye fatigue after short periods of reading
Periods of excessive tearing
If you suffer from dry eye, there’s good news- relief is possible! NVISION® provides a variety of treatment options to relieve dry eye and the best course of action is to book a dry eye evaluation at a center near you. If you’re near the Las Vegas area, I hope to see you!
Typically, the first line of treatment for dry eye syndrome is usually lubrication with artificial tears. If artificial tears are applied more than four times per day, greater treatment may be necessary.
For more advanced dryness, prescription anti-inflammatory therapy can actually increase tear production. Prescription dry eye treatment has been shown to improve the symptoms of dry eye, as well as reduce the ongoing microscopic damage from this condition.
Eye doctors also often recommend closure of the tear drainage system to increase the volume of the tear film. Closure is accomplished with a small plug, which fits comfortably into the tear drainage system. Placement of these punctal plugs is a quick and painless office procedure.
Having cataracts can be like looking through a frosty or fogged up window, making daily activities difficult. It is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, a transparent structure in the eye that helps refract light on the back of the retina. The lens are made of protein and water, but when the proteins clump together, a cataract is formed. Most cataracts develop in people over the age of 55.
There are many causes for cataracts, although aging is the most common. According to the National Eye Institute, by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts can also be the results of genetics, environmental issues, medical conditions such as diabetes, or poor nutrition and excessive sun exposure.