fake eyelashes and health issues

Know All of the Risks Involved With Wearing Fake Eyelashes

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Protect Your Eyes by Making Smart Choices with Fake Eyelashes

At the Abrams Eye Institute, our staff often see patients that need our help with issues surrounding their eyes and vision. One eye challenge that has seen an increase in frequency, with visits to our clinics, is infections and other problems that come about from people using artificial or fake eyelashes.

“There is nothing wrong with wanting to add volume and length to your lashes,” said Dr. Jack Abrams, M.D, Las Vegas ophthalmologist. With that said, there are some risks that lash extension customers should most definitely be aware of when considering using them.”

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Abrams Eye Institute helps patients with health issues from fake eyelashes

What Are Artificial or Fake Eyelashes?
Fake eyelashes are small bunches of natural or synthetic hairs glued together to form a more dramatic eyelash look than most people have naturally. These eyelashes can be applied in small sections to mildly enhance the look of eyelashes, or entire piece can be used for a more noticeable effect. While the eyelashes may just seem like harmless style accessories, they often cause infections or allergic reactions for those that use them.

How can Fake Eyelashes Cause Problems?
From patient visits, and research, the Abrams Eye Institute team has see the following problems from patients wearing fake eyelashes:

  • Infections: Bacteria collect under the eyelash glue and on the false eyelash, and it can cause an eye infection. Many people use fake eyelashes and either leave them in too long, or they don’t remove them carefully. Sharing of fake eyelashes, which is incredibly risky for spreading infections, is something that also occurs and results in problems for patients.
  • Damage to Natural Lashes: When fake eyelashes are applied to your natural eyelashes, they may cause damage to parts of your eyes, include oil ducts that keep your eyes moist and clean. In the dry climate we have here in Southern Nevada, you want to give your eyes the best chance of staying healthy, or additional problems can occur. If you do have Dry Eyes, from fake eyelashes, or any other reason, we can help.
  • Allergic Reactions: Putting foreign material in your eye can cause issues for just about everyone, but most particularly for those with allergies. Our bodies react to different chemicals and material differently and you may be extremely allergic to fake eyelashes and not know it until they’re in your eyes and causing pain and infections.

How Do You Know if Fake Eyelashes are Causing Problems?
If you develop any of the following eye symptoms while using your fake eyelashes, then you should consult the team at Abrams Eye Institute immediately: swollen eyes, redness or soreness of the eyes or eyelids, sensitivity to light and eye discharge. If you suffer from eye pain, fevers or blurred vision, see your primary care physician or visit the emergency room immediately.

I Know Fakes Are Bad, But I Really Want Nice Eyelashes
We understand the pressures of wanting to look your best; however, there are safer ways to achieve the lustrous, long eyelashes look you want without exposing your eyes to the risks associated with fake eyelashes. Reputable cosmetic lines such as Covergirl, Maybelline and Almay, among others, have thick lash mascaras that can make your lashes look more voluminous. Another option is an eyelash curler that to help your lashes stand out. These options can work well without causing unnecessary problems for you eyes.

So You Want Eyelashes and Are Determined to Get Them
If you are determined to try out fake eyelashes, then you need to do your homework. If you’re doing them yourself, ask friends who haven’t had issues with lashes how they do it. You can also check sources like YouTube to see experts in the field and get their advice. As much as how they look is important, make sure you always keep your primary focus on how to use them in the most safe and sanitary ways possible.

You may also want to forgo doing them yourself and seek out a professional to do them for you. Other than personal recommendations from friends, reviews and client photos posted on sites like Yelp and Instagram are invaluable for offering insight into both the quality of service and the style of lashes a company provides. A good rule when visiting any new business is to check online reviews. And if you do have any issues involving a eyelash salon, be sure to file a complaint with the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help
If you do get an infection, or have an issue with your eyes due to wearing fake eyelashes, the team at Abrams Eye Institute is here to help – and without judgment. Just schedule a visit and we’ll do what we can to get your eyes healthy. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Factors that Influence LASIK Surgery Prices

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When looking at LASIK surgery an an option for vision improvement, the team at Abrams Eye Institute understands that LASIK surgery prices are a major consideration. When doing research and making a decision on cost, it’s important to understand the difference between what some eye surgery practices offer, and what they actually deliver. This is of special concern when looking at places that promise LASIK at drastically marketed down prices. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams have met with many patients needing to fix work done elsewhere that didn’t meet their expectations, and we don’t want that to happen to anyone else.

With that in mind, the following provides general information regarding LASIK costs, as well as what may be delivered for certain prices. Information we share is general, and subject to change at any time, and is ALWAYS contingent upon patient profiles and whether or not LASIK surgery is an option for them. Dr. Abrams is among the small handful of eye surgeons who turns people away when he does not see LASIK surgery as the right option for that patient at that time.

Average LASIK Surgery Prices – Reported by Surgeons in 2017

The national average cost of LASIK during 2017 using the FDA approved bladed method is $1,700 per eye. Alternatively, state-of-the-art technologies such as bladeless Custom-Wavefront LASIK is $2,300 per eye and varies by geographic region and surgeon experience. LASIK procedures listed below highlight the differences in the technology and where possible general costs.

  • Traditional – also known as Conventional or Standard LASIK is the lowest priced procedure. The national average cost is $1,677 per eye.
  • Custom – also known as Wavefront typically adds several hundred dollars to the price. The national average cost is $1,912 per eye.
  • Bladeless – also known as “all-laser LASIK” or IntraLase and utilizes an additional femtosecond laser which typically adds several hundreds of dollars in cost making it the highest priced procedure. Bladeless is available in either Traditional or Custom Wavefront technology
  • PRK – is also a bladeless procedure but does not use an additional laser to create the flap and is available in either Traditional or Custom technology. The pricing for PRK varies by provider
  • Bladed – uses a microkeratome blade and is available in Custom or Traditional technology. It typically costs several hundred dollars less than Bladeless
  • Warranty or Assurance Plans – doctors typically offer either a one year plan or a conditional lifetime plan and these plans offered by the doctor vary in price

Important Facts about LASIK Eye Surgery Prices

Beware of bait and switch pricing! Often extremely low prices of LASIK for $250 or $399 per eye have fine print attached and prices significantly increase based on your prescription or astigmatism.

Abrams Eye Institute prices for LASIK never increases based on your prescription or astigmatism. Many LASIK doctors only perform one type of LASIK procedure at the most expensive rate. Abrams Eye Institute offers a complete slate of FDA-approved technology and LASIK procedure type.

Lower your Cost of LASIK with your FSA/HSA

You may maximize your dollar by using your pre-tax Flex Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA). Depending on your tax bracket, you may save up to 30% or more in taxes. In accordance with new federal regulations on healthcare, the maximum allowed to put in your flex spending account is $2550.

Questions for the Best LASIK Cost:

When considering an eye surgeon for LASIK surgery, be it Abrams Eye Institute, or anyone else, make sure to including the following among the questions you ask when gathering information to make your decision:

  • What is included in the LASIK eye surgery cost?
  • Will you provide written quote and how long is it valid?
  • Does the price change based on the technology used?
  • Is my post-operative LASIK exams included in the price?
  • Is the cost of prescriptions included in the cost?

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

Talk to Abrams Eye Institute today about Laser LASIK. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision care. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. and all eye surgery and care needs.

So Why Do I Need to Wear Glasses or Contact Lenses?

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Glasses or Contacts Lens Wearers Have Common Vision Problems Including Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Presbyopia

For patients of Abrams Eye Institute that require corrective lenses, including glasses and contact lenses, the cause are all due to refractive errors, which means they’re problems with the way the eyes focus light, rather than an eye disease. Refractive errors have to do with the physical shape of our eyes, so let’s take a closer look at them:

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help with Glasses and Contacts.

Myopia: What’s Right In Front Of You

Myopia is the technical term for nearsightedness, meaning that you can see clearly up close but distant objects are blurred. This happens when the eyeball itself is too long, or else when the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) is too curved. That additional curvature or length causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it, which makes the resulting images look fuzzy.

The way glasses or contacts correct myopia is by compensating for this error to extend the light’s focus onto the retina where it belongs. These lenses are concave (thinner in the middle), and always have a negative prescription.

Hyperopia: Gazing Into The Distance 

Hyperopia, better known as farsightedness, means that you can see distant objects clearly, but everything up close is blurry. Hyperopia happens for the opposite reasons that myopia does. Instead of being too long, the eyeball is too short, or else the cornea is too flat. This causes light to focus behind the retina, making near images fuzzy.

In order to correct hyperopia, corrective lenses must be convex (thicker in the middle) and have a positive prescription. The larger the number, the stronger the prescription.

Astigmatism: A Warped Perspective

The third common refractive error people experience is astigmatism, and it’s a little different from the other two. A normal cornea is uniformly curved so that there is a single focal point. A cornea with astigmatism is more football shaped, creating multiple focal points, which makes things appear blurry at any distance and bends their images.

Astigmatism is often paired with one of the other refractive errors, and it requires more complex lenses to correct than they do. Typically, the lens will be somewhat cylindrical rather than spherical.

Presbyopia: Eye Change as You Age

Presbyopia is the natural aging of the eye which results in loss of elasticity in the flexibility of the lens and causes the need for reading glasses in people over 40 (when it typically begins). At this age, patients usually start needing a second prescription in their glasses (bifocals).

Keep Your Prescription Updated

All these types of refractive error can change and worsen over time, which is why most people who need corrective lenses don’t keep the same prescription forever. If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, or if you’re noticing blurriness where there used to be clarity, having sharp vision again is just one appointment away with Dr. Jack Abrams and the team Abrams Eye Institute.

Come See the Team at Abrams Eye Institute

Do you think you may need glasses or contact lenses? Do you need a new prescription for corrective lenses? Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision care. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


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Dry Eye Issues Brought About Due to Issues with Tears

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Tears Play Vital Role in Health and Function of the Eyes

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Abrams Eye Institute offers Dry Eye Treatment

Tears serve as the eyes’ first line of defense against irritants like dust and germs, washing them away with every blink. They also enable eyes to turn and swivel comfortably. For the team at Abrams Eye Institute, making sure our patients don’t have issues with tear production is a top priority during exams. When the tears do run dry, eyes are left itchy, irritated, red, and sometimes swollen.

Millions of adults in the US alone suffer from dry eye. So why does this happen and what people to to help themselves with dry eye issues? And what can Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute do to help those with dry eye challenges that cannot be solved on their own?

Causes Of Dry Eye

The tear film in eyes has a specific composition, consisting of an outer oily layer, a watery layer, and a mucous layer. There are several ways it can be disrupted, each resulting in dry eye. The overall tear production can decrease, tear evaporation can increase due to a disruption of the oily layer, or the composition can become imbalanced. These problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Medications like antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, birth control pills, and others
  • Advancing age
  • Autoimmunie disorders
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and after menopause
  • Dry, windy, or smoky environments like we have here in Southern Nevada
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Long periods spent staring at a screen, which can reduce blinking frequency

Relief For Dry Eyes

Whatever the cause is behind dry eye, it’s important to treat it so that it doesn’t have a chance to get worse. Dry eyes are more vulnerable to getting scratched and infected, and without enough tears, vision can become blurred. If your dry eye is the result of too much screen time, try to take frequent breaks and remember to blink normally. Abrams offers more tips for smarter use of electronics in this blog post. For other causes, artificial tears (eye drops) are a great solution.

Improving the production of tears, and reducing risks for dry eye, can be done by incorporating more foods rich in Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids into the diet, such as liver, carrots, broccoli, fish, and walnuts. These are important nutrients for eye health and tear production. Those with dry eyes might also want to switch from contact lenses to glasses.

Come See the Team at Abrams Eye Institute

Your best chance of getting your tears flowing again is to come see us so that we can determine the cause of your dry eye and find the treatment that will give you the best results through our Dry Eye Center. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Abrams Eye Institute Earns 2018 Best of Las Vegas Award

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Dr. Abrams and the AEI team win a Best of Las Vegas award.

Jack Abrams, M.D. founded his practice, Abrams Eye Institute, to bring patients the most advanced surgical technology and techniques possible, paired with compassionate and thoughtful care from the moment someone enters a clinic. Dr. Abrams’ passion in this pursuit was rewarded with a Best of Las Vegas Award for 2018, as voted by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Best Of Las Vegas is produced each year by the Las Vegas Review Journal, and counts hundreds of thousands of votes by the people of Southern Nevada to determine their favorite and most-trusted resources.

“The entire team is thrilled that our patients felt compelled to vote for Abrams Eye Institute for a Best of Las Vegas Award this year,” said Dr. Abrams. “I couldn’t be prouder of the effort that everyone at our clinics puts forth everyday to make our patients happy and healthy and want to vote for us.”

Dr. Abrams is the first surgeon in Nevada to perform the following procedures including Laser-Assisted Cataract, KAMRA Inlay and Laser-Assisted Intacs. Dr. Abrams is the first surgeon in Nevada to do Laser-Assisted Corneal Transplants. Dr. Abrams has performed more than 15,000 surgeries, and is frequently sought after by leading technology companies to utilize their latest equipment.

Founded in 2005, Abrams Eye Institute provides the most advanced, comprehensive ophthalmologic services in Southern Nevada, giving the gift of improved vision. The practice has emerged as Southern Nevada’s premier provider of ophthalmologic services, including LASIK surgery, cataract replacement, and treatment of all common eye disorders.

An integral part of Abrams Eye Institute’s success has come from its talented team, including Tappan Shah, M.D. and Christopher DePalo, DO. Dr. Shah approach to constantly advancing the scope and efficacy of his care can be found his dedication to research. He has focused on subjects including Molecular Epidemiology, Interaction of Radio Labeled Antibodies to Carcinoma. Dr. DePalo is an experienced practitioner with a focus on using the most advanced technologies paired with patient first care.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Eye Care

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Flexible Spending Accounts Can Be Used for Laser LASIK and Other Eye Care

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Use your Flexible Spending Account before year’s end.

With the year more than half complete, Abrams Eye Institute recommends that our patients begin planning for the rest of the year. This can include getting annual eye exams complete, getting back to school eye tests for kids done, or wrapping up the year with crystal clear vision from Laser LASIK. We also recommend our patients be mindful of taking care of these needs, and any others, with funds available through a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Cafeteria Plan.

For other patients, the second half of the year is time for open enrollment for employer benefits, with the opportunity to either stop or opt-into FSA or Cafeteria Plans. The team at Abrams shares a few insights about these plans, and their benefits, for those that need to use up available funds, or for those interested in adding them to their benefits packages for next year

What are Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Cafeteria Plan

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Cafeteria Plan is an employer-sponsored benefit that allows you to use pretax income on medical expenses. These expenses can include deductibles, co-payments and other charges not normally covered by medical insurance, such as Laser LASIK surgery. If you expect to incur medical expenses that will not be reimbursed by your health insurance plan, you should consider taking advantage of your employer’s FSA, if one is offered, as well as using available funds before the year concludes.

A Flexible Spending Account allows you to save money by reducing the amount of income tax you owe. The contributions made to the FSA are deducted from your paycheck before Federal, State, and Social Security taxes are calculated. The end result is that these contributions are never reported to the IRS as income, allowing you to save money. For example, if you put in $4,000 to cover the cost of LASIK, you could avoid paying up to $1,600 in taxes depending on your tax bracket. In other words, your LASIK treatment only costs $2,400, a huge savings.

How Does a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Work?

At the beginning of the plan year (usually January 1st or July 1st), your employer will ask you how much you want to contribute for the year. Most employers set a maximum contribution level of around $5,000. You only have one opportunity to enroll, unless you have a change in your family status (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, or loss of a spouse’s insurance coverage). The yearly amount you designate is then deducted in equal installments from your paycheck each pay period and deposited into a special account. In order to receive reimbursement for eligible expenses, you are required to submit the provider’s receipt or a copy of the Explanation of Benefits from your insurance. The request for reimbursement must occur before the year-end deadline, otherwise you may actually lose the money.

What Types of Eye Care Expenses Are Eligible?

Any expense that is considered a medically related deductible expense by the IRS and is not reimbursable by your insurance plan can be reimbursed through a Flexible Spending Account. Costs that are typically included are laser vision correction, prescription drug co-payments and deductibles. Not all employers participate in FSA programs.

It is recommended that you check with your Human Resources Department to see if this type of plan is offered. You’ll need to do a little planning to decide how much you want to set aside from your paycheck to contribute for the year. If you put in more money than you need, it cannot be rolled over into the next year and you will lose it. For LASIK surgery, we recommend you that you have a consultation/screening with us to determine your candidacy, prior to setting aside any allocations to your FSA.

How Can Abrams Eye Institute Help?

Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute would be happy to help guide you through FSA and Cafeteria Plans, as related to your benefits. We can also help you with everything from simple eye exams to eye surgeries such as Laser LASIK and Laser Cataract Surgery. Find out how we can help today by calling 702-304-9494.

Abrams Eye Institute and Visual Field Eye Testing

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Visual Field Eye Testing Helps Set Up Baselines for Care

Visual Eye Testing Abrams Eye InstituteGiven that Abrams Eye Institute has seen and helped thousands of patients, and Dr. Jack Abrams serves as an Emergency Room eye surgeon, the practice understands that vision problems don’t always have obvious symptoms early on.

Fortunately, that’s where visual field testing comes in, as practiced by Abrams Eye Institute with our patients throughout Southern Nevada.

Visual field eye testing analysis enables the practice to detect early symptoms of vision problems such as blind spots, glaucoma, and retinal disease, as well as life-threatening conditions like strokes. The earlier these issues are detected, the better for the patient’s to enjoy better treatment outcomes.

How Visual Field Eye Testing Works

A visual field test is a method used by Abrams Eye Institute to measure the entire scope of vision for a patient being tested. Scope of vision includes central and peripheral (side) vision. A successfully applied visual field test can maps the visual fields of eyes, while also detecting blind spots and areas where vision in an eye may be limited.

When To Have Visual Field Eye Testing Done

Visual field testing is often used by the Abrams Eye Team to detect signs of glaucoma damage found in the optic nerve. Visual field tests are also useful for detecting central or peripheral retinal diseases of the retina. The test can also identify eyelid conditions such as optic nerve damage, drooping, and damage to visual pathways from optic nerves to the brain where information is processed from the eye into vision.

Whether or not you’ve noticed problems with your vision (but especially if you have), if it’s been a while since your last appointment, now is a great time to schedule your next one. We’ll take a look at those eyes and determine whether a visual field test is right for you.

What Kind of Visual Field Eye Tests Are There?

There are many kinds of Visual Field Tests, and the right choice of examination is done based on different factors with regard to your vision and health. These tests include Confrontation Visual Field Testing, use of an Amsler Grid, Static Automated Perimetry, Kinetic perimetry (such as Goldmann perimeter) and Frequency Doubling Perimetry. Again, the type of test will be determined by the team at Abrams to best achieve desired results.

How Can We Help?
Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute would be happy to schedule and Visual Field Test for your eyes, and we can also help you with everything from simple eye exams to eye surgeries such as Laser LASIK. Find out how we can help today by calling 702-304-9494.

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Abrams Eye Institute’s Safety Guidelines for Eyebrows and Eyelashes

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Look Good While Being Safe with Your Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Abrams eyebrows and eyelashesThick lashes and dark eyebrows are in right now, so these two facial features are getting a lot of attention in the fashion department. They also serve a purpose besides helping us express our emotions, while playing an important role in protecting our eyes.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute wants to keep our patients informed about safety guidelines to minimize risks of infection and potential damage to the eyes.

Eyebrows Help Keep Eyes Safe and Clean
The primary biological function of eyebrows is to keep sweat and moisture away from our eyes. The arching shape and the direction of the individual hairs help to direct moisture towards the sides of our faces. Eyebrows also keep most of the liquid away from our eyes, whether it’s raining or we’re sweaty from an intense workout.

Since eyebrows serve as a kind of shield for our eyes, it’s important to be careful about how they are groomed. If eyebrows are plucked too thin or shave them, they can’t do their important jobs. That’s why, as optometrists the team at Abrams Eye Institute are fans of the current thick brows trend — more people are getting the most out of their eyebrows.

The Benefits of Eye Lashes
Just as eyebrows keep the moisture out of the eyes, eyelashes do the even more important job of keeping out airborne debris, including dust, sand, and dirt. They work almost like fences, and when we close our eyes, they form a barrier that contaminants can’t get through. Eyelashes are also highly sensitive and trigger a reflex response. If something touches them, our instinctive reaction is to blink so that the foreign object can’t reach the eye.

While eyebrows hairs take several months to grow out, eyelashes only take a few weeks to grow back. When they fall out or get pulled out, they replace themselves fairly quickly. Some conditions can negatively impact eyelashes, including madarosis (an infection that causes the loss of eyelashes), trichiasis (ingrown eyelashes), and a stye (painful inflammation of eyelash follicles). If these issues occur, and cause pain, schedule an appointment at Abrams right away.

How Can We Help?
Normally eyebrows and eyelashes will stay healthy if left alone (makeup and plucking is okay, but don’t overdo it), but if you have any health concerns regarding your brows or lashes, don’t be afraid to talk to us about these challenges. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute would be happy to take a look and make sure they are in good shape to continue protecting your eyes! Abrams Eye Institute can also help you with everything from simple eye exams to eye surgeries such as Laser LASIK. Find out how we can help today by calling 702-304-9494.

Abrams Eye Institute Cataract Risk Reduction

Health Living and Cataract Risk Reduction

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Cataracts can develop at any age.

The likelihood of developing cataracts increases as a person ages, with as many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 65 developing cataracts that will impact their ability to lead a normal life. Cataracts usually develop slowly and sufferers may experience blurred or cloudy vision that gradually worsens over time. Given the number of people with the condition, it is likely that there are a significant number of individuals that have begun to develop cataracts and not yet are aware of it.

Some powerful medications such as steroids or chemotherapy can increase a person’s chance of developing cataracts at an earlier age, and clinics like the Abrams Eye Institute offer state-of-the-art technology and treatments, such as laser cataract surgery, should the condition be diagnosed. Cataracts can also be formed after trauma and can even be congenital, although rare. Dr. Abrams has performed cataract surgery on a 5 year old.

While Dr. Jack Abrams and the team have helped thousand overcome cataracts, we’d prefer to see you later in life, than sooner, and wanted to share some tips that can help lower the risk of cataracts:

Improve Your Diet and Eat Healthier Foods
Your eyes are made up of what you put into your system. We encourage our patients to eat healthy diets filled with omega-3 fatty acids from foods like salmon and tuna. And we also encourage patients to eat plenty of leafy greens and nuts and beans for protein and vitamins. A real super food for the eyes is the common orange. Add oranges, and the other foods listed, to not only reduce the risk of cataracts, but cut down risks for other health issues such as type-2 diabetes, which can cause blindness.

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun
We encourage all of our patients to find and wear sunglasses with polarized lenses. Sunglasses should be worn not only in the summer, but also all year long, as UV rays don’t take any days off in our climate. During our especially hot months, you can benefit from extra protect, such as a sun shielding hat, and even staying indoors during the brightest parts of the day. We also encourage everyone to be smart about the sun while driving their cars, as windshield glass and even tint, don’t always fully protect you from the sun’s UV rays.

Don’t Start – Or Make Sure You Quit – Smoking or Vaping
This is another recommendation along the lines of improving your diet that helps your body in more ways than just reducing risk for cataracts. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your eyes, with tobacco intake causing damage to your optic nerve and kick starting or accelerating macular degeneration. We know quitting smoking (and vaping and other forms of inhalation can be challenge, so we urge you to consider your eyes when getting those efforts going. If you don’t smoke now, we’re happy for you and urge you not to start anytime soon.

Laser Cataract Treatment at Abrams Eye Institute
If you do find yourself suffering from vision challenges that you think, or know, come from cataracts, fortunately, modern surgical procedures, such as those performed by the team at Abrams Eye Institute, make it possible for cataracts to be addressed using a procedure that is both quick and painless. Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see how we can help you by calling 702-304-9494.

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Abrams Eye Institute Urges People to Be Safe with Fireworks

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During this time of year, the Las Vegas sky is filled with fireworks throughout the entire valley, from the large Fourth of July displays on the Strip to the many not-so-legal efforts in the suburbs. The last thing we want is for that enjoyment to be marred by eye injuries, but unfortunately, this happens far too often. The Abrams team offers the following advice to keep your summer holiday safe:

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Even fireworks like sparklers can be dangerous for your eyes.

Purchase Legal and Approved Fireworks
Starting a few weeks before the Fourth of July, countless parking lots begin to get filled with fireworks stands operated by groups raising money. These fireworks sold have been approved by the State of Nevada and by Fire Marshals from local areas such as Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump. It’s a good idea to buy age appropriate fireworks from these sources.

Handle All Explosives With Care
Fireworks might just seem like harmless lights and sounds to anyone who hasn’t been injured by them, but what we need to remember is that everything from Roman candles to mortars is actually an explosive. They fling tiny pieces of shrapnel in every direction at high speeds when they go off, so it’s critical to remain a safe distance away.

Yes, Even the Sparklers are Dangerous
What about firecrackers and sparklers? Even these are far from safe to have near children’s eyes. Sparklers burn hotter than 1200°F. To minimize risk of injury, make sure any children under the age of 12 are under close supervision while using them, don’t run while holding them, always hold them at arm’s length from your body, and never use more than one at a time. And protective eye wear is strongly recommended.

Safety First!
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to skip doing them at home and only go to professional shows at local resorts. However, there are several safety rules you can follow if you do purchase fireworks to set off at home:

  • Read all the labels on your fireworks and carefully follow any safety instructions. Do not take fireworks apart or alter them in any way.
  • Wear protective goggles at all times. Once shrapnel starts flying, goggles can be the difference between permanent blindness and walking away with no injury.
  • Closely supervise all young children around fireworks. Ideally, you should keep children under age 12 away from all fireworks – again including sparklers and firecrackers.

Fireworks Eye Injury Statistics
Thousands of Americans are injured by fireworks every year. 1,300 people went to emergency rooms specifically for eye injuries in 2014 alone, which is especially troubling for Dr. Jack Abrams and Dr. Tapan Shah, who both serve as eye surgeons in several Las Vegas hospital emergency rooms. The majority of ER-treated injuries are sustained by innocent bystanders, not just careless firework operators. Just one spark or piece of shrapnel is capable of causing permanent blindness, so make sure this doesn’t happen to you or your loved ones! Be careful of your surroundings, and that of your loved ones, at all times when fireworks are being set off.

In Case Of Injury
Even when we follow all the rules, accidents can still happen. If you or someone you know does sustain an eye injury this 4th of July, don’t rub, rinse out, or apply pressure or any ointment to the injured eye, because this could cause more damage. Instead, go straight to the emergency room. The sooner the eye gets treatment, the better the chances are for recovery. After your emergency room visit, make sure to schedule a follow up appointment at the Abrams Eye Institute so we can continue your treatment by calling 702-304-9494.