Regular eye checkups are the most important component of a solid preventive eye care plan. By examining your eyes on a regular basis, we can promptly detect and treat any underlying vision problems. So, how often do you really need to go to the eye doctor for a checkup? Read on to find out.
Hypertension is a vascular condition that can develop when you have high blood pressure. If not controlled, this condition can lead to various organ complications, like hypertensive retinopathy. Read on as Vision Solutions, your leading provider of contact lenses and other high-quality eye services, explains everything you need to know about this condition. [Read more…]
Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in the world, affecting around 60 million people. At Vision Solutions, we are committed to spreading awareness about glaucoma. Read on as your leading provider of quality contact lenses and other eye care services answers frequently asked questions about this condition. [Read more…]
On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will occur over parts of North America. Dr. Peters, one of the experienced optometrists here at Vision Solutions, discusses when is the best time to see the eclipse and the proper safety procedures you should take to protect your vision.
Dr. Cauchi, the trusted optometrist in La Mesa presents information and helpful tips on how you can protect your eyes from bacteria, fungus and amoeba. Read on to learn more on how you can maintain a safe and eye-healthy summer.
May is the month we observe Healthy Vision Month. Every day we discuss with our patients ways to keep their eyes happy and healthy over their lifetime. Some eye diseases are tied to your genetic make-up and therefore may be predetermined to occur to you, but many other eye issues come from environmental factors which can be controlled.
Some basic recommendations to follow:
- If you smoke, stop smoking. The chemicals in cigarettes are damaging to your eye structures and blood vessels. Smoking puts you at risk of developing cataracts at an earlier age and sight-threatening glaucoma and macular degeneration. It also increases your risk of having a stroke of your eye’s blood vessels causing blindness.
- Wear sunglasses. Just like wearing sunscreen on your skin, sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes. Repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation over your lifetime increases the frequency of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Also, one of the highest frequencies of skin cancer occurs around the thin, sensitive skin on and around your eyelids. Sunglasses wear will keep all these structure protected.
- Eat healthy. What we put in our bodies really does matter for eye health. Anti-oxidant vitamins and minerals found in green, yellow, orange fruits and veggies are found to promote increased pigment in our retina which protects us from damage from the sun and our environment. If you eat red meat, limit your consumption. Eat lean meat like chicken or fish. Fish gives you omega-3 fatty acids allowing for increased tear production and improvement in brain function.
- Take breaks from your digital devices. Devices such as phones, tablets, and computers place lots of eyestrain on our eyes due to the unnatural amount of focusing required to stare at these screens for hours at a time. Every 20 min. look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. These devices also emit a high intensity blue wavelength of light that current research is showing can be just as damaging to our eyes as UV radiation. A blue blocking coating can be put on glasses that helps to decrease the amount of exposure to this ”bad” blue light while allowing the “good” blue light through so your circadian rhythm is not disrupted. Remember to blink often to coat your eyes with tears and alleviate the dry eye occurring when viewing the screen.
We want your eyes to stay healthy for your lifetime. Paying attention to the above recommendations will keep you on that pathway to great vision! See you at your next eye exam!
Your sense of sight is a product of intricate coordination between your brain and your eyes. If either of your eyes is unable to coordinate properly with your brain, you may develop a condition called amblyopia, which can compromise your vision even if you wear prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses. [Read more…]
Workplace Safety Blog Post
March is National Workplace Eye Wellness Month, so the Vision Solutions eye doctors in La Mesa CA wanted to shed light on potential injuries and remedies that workers may experience depending on their occupation. The risk to your eyes varies depending on your daily job responsibilities. Let’s look at a sample of different occupations to see what risks they can pose to your eyes.
Jobs with extensive computer use
|Blue light damage to macula and lens
causing cataracts and macular degeneration
Eye strain, headaches, fatigue
|Blue light filters
Relaxing computer lenses
|Airline cabin crew||Dry eyes due to lack of cabin humidity||Artificial tears and supplemental omega 3 capsules|
|Mechanics||Risk from flying foreign objects or splashes||Always wear safety goggles, even for the smallest job|
|Chef or cook||Splashes or steam burns can abrade the cornea||Always wear glasses when cooking
Turn your head when lifting a pot lid
|Drivers (bus, uber, truck)||UV exposure leading to premature cataracts
Foreign body from wind causing corneal abrasion
|Wear polarized sun protection when driving|
|Contractors/handy persons||Foreign objects such as nails can actually penetrate your eye
Splashed paint or thinner can scar the cornea
|Safety goggles (not just glasses) at all times|
|Plumber||Metal flakes falling in your eye can rust, damaging your vision||If your eye continues to hurt after flushing the particle, seek care at once|
|Boxer/Martial Arts||Blow to the eye can rupture the eye or cause a detached retina||Not much you can do to prevent but if you get a blow to the eye, get a dilated exam within 48 hours.|
|Sales clerk||Corneal injury when clipping a plastic tag off clothing or product||When snipping, always turn your face away from the plastic|
|Tax collector||Punched in the eye from an angry tax payer||Be very polite and be prepared to run|
To learn more eye wellness tips, call us at (619) 461-4913 or request an appointment online to have an eye exam with one of our experienced eye doctors.
Dr. Cauchi, of the trusted eye doctors in La Mesa CA recently had an eye exam with Dr. Peters, the other experienced optometrist at Vision Solutions. Dr. Peters discovered a tear in Dr. Cauchi’s retina and ended up saving her vision! Read on for the complete tale of a torn retina.
The Eye Exam Discovery
When patients come to Vision Solutions for an eye exam, we always go over the signs of a detaching retina, especially if you are at risk. A couple of weeks ago, I followed my own advice. I developed a very large bothersome floater in one of my eyes. Dr. Peters dilated my pupils and found I had a tear on my retina. After determining there was a tear in my retina,
My Experience with Laser Eye Surgery
I went to see my favorite retinal specialist for laser surgery. Fortunately, the recovery is quick and I was back seeing patients the following day after the surgery! I am now doing well and my vision was unaffected because the tear was in the very extreme side of my retina. Had Dr. Peters not found the tear it would have lead to a detached retina and some very unpleasant consequences…she saved me!
How to Prevent Problems with your Retina
The signs of a possible detached retina are flashes of light, increased floaters, a veil or curtain or shadow in your vision. If this happens to you, we recommend you wait 1 hour to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t go away, then you need to have an eye exam within 48 hours.
What causes holes and tears on the retina? Highly near sighted people are at risk due to retinal thinning. A blow to the head may jar the retina and knock it loose. Additionally, sometimes they can just occur, which is what happened to me. Even though the thought of laser eye surgery sounds horrible, it really wasn’t that bad because the recovery process is very fast and I had a great surgeon. If you have any questions or want to learn more about my experience, give us a call at (619) 461-4913.
The optometrists at Vision Solutions discuss the symptoms of Macular Degeneration so patients can learn if they are at risk of developing this disease. This is the 3rd article in the series dedicated to the 2017 National Macular Degeneration month.