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It’s (Eye) Allergy Season!

Posted on April 4, 2018

Caution Sign - Allergy Season Ahead

By: Dr. Paul CaseyNevada Eye Care, an NVISION Company

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).

  • Outdoors
    • 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
  • Indoors
    • Dust mites
      • 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
    • Mold:
      • Keep humidity levels in homes below 30-50%
      • Consider having an expert in if any water damage has occured
    • Pets:
      • 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:

  • Artificial tears
  • Decongestant eye drops (do not use long-term!)
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Allergy shot
  • Prescription medications

A last bit of advice: Avoid rubbing your eyes, it will only irritate your eyes more!

NVISION Surgeon Dr. Brar Travels to Fiji to Help Patients at The Mission at Natuvu Creek

Posted on January 22, 2018

The winter holidays are widely known as the season of giving, and NVISION Ophthalmologist Amarpreet Brar, M.D. is a firm believer. In the week between Christmas and the New Year, Dr. Brar and his family volunteered at The Mission at Natuvu Creek, a non-profit organization in Fiji founded by the Tooma Family Foundation. Since 1998, thousands of patients have received free medical care by hundreds of volunteers who have come to the beautiful island.

While in Fiji, Dr. Brar worked with the staff at Mission and conducted a free eye clinic for several days. This included eye exams and dispersion of glasses to people who could not afford them. He even performed a few pterygium surgeries, which is a growth on the cornea that may distort vision.

A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Posted on November 10, 2017

Every year, we celebrate Veteran’s Day on the 11th of November. On this special day, we honor and show gratitude to all the amazing men and women who have served our country. These members of the U.S. Armed Forces have made remarkable sacrifices to protect our freedom and we could not be more thankful.

This occasion also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the veterans here in our very own NVISION community. These are the very same heroes who make a difference in someone’s life every single day by assisting them to gain their vision back.

Are Halloween Costume Contact Lenses Safe? What You Need to Know

Posted on October 25, 2017

Half of a creepy skull face painting for Halloween with copyspace.

With Halloween less than a week away, many are finalizing the last details to make their costumes spectacular. At this time of year, yellow cat eye lenses, colored contacts, blacked-out lenses, or even all white lenses are especially popular for those dressing up to scare or impress. But, are these finishing touches safe? San Diego based NVISION Surgeon, Dr. Mihir Parikh, joins us for a Q + A to cover all things contact lenses to help you protect your eyes while making a statement this Halloween.

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