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Living With Diabetes: Eye Conditions to be Aware of

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Diabetes is a disease that has many health complications including affecting your vision.

Many patients suffering from diabetes may experience or develop vision problems as a result. It is important to have your eyes examined routinely to help manage conditions related to it. It will also help your health professional spot any conditions beforehand.

Why do I need an eye doctor to check my eyes regularly?

Ophthalmology is a more specialized medical practice that goes beyond optometry and includes surgical procedures. An incredibly skilled and experienced ophthalmologist uses specialized equipment and tools to help detect eye diseases at an early stage.

If you’ve already developed retinopathy or other forms of eye diseases and conditions, your ophthalmologist in Las Vegas will help you develop treatment tailored to your eyes’ needs.

How can diabetes affect the eyes?

Depending on the eye disease or conditions developed by the patient, he/she may experience the following complications and effects:

  • Impaired vision
  • Partial or complete blindness
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Cloud-like coverage that develops over the eye (cataracts)

What conditions and eye diseases do patients with diabetes need to be aware of?

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease more prevalent in diabetic patients. However, it is also hereditary and patients with a family history of the disease are also at risk of developing it.

Who is at Risk for Developing Glaucoma?

  • Older patients (60years+)
  • Patients who may have suffered an eye injury
  • Nearsighted patients
  • Patients with family history of Glaucoma

Glaucoma causes pressure on the eye’s optic nerve and with time the damage progresses.  This optic nerve is responsible for sending visual messages to your brain. With time, glaucoma could damage the nerve to the point of visual loss.

What are the Symptoms of Glaucoma? 

Most types of glaucoma occur without any symptoms which is why it is important to take preventative measures by regularly receiving comprehensive eye exams.

Diagnosing Glaucoma

The eye doctor does various tests and examination of the patient’s eyes. This may include a tonometry test (measuring the fluid pressure inside the eyes).  A Visual Field test is done to determine vision loss as a result of glaucoma or other conditions like stroke or neurological conditions.

Other tests include frequent intraocular pressure measurements and OCT tests.

What are the treatment options for glaucoma? 

One cannot cure the damage glaucoma does to the eyes. However, patients with glaucoma and diabetes manage their condition and regularly check their eyes.

Some treatments may include prescription eye drops to help manage the IOP, medication and surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes may cause retinopathy. It causes damage to the retina of the eye. This part of the eye is a very thin layer of tissue that plays the role of transmitting light into neural messages for the brain to process. This is what gives the images we see all around us, this is our sight.

Some eye diseases caused by diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy may not show any symptoms during the early stages. This is often why it is crucial to regularly see an eye doctor specialized in ophthalmology.

Who is at risk of diabetic retinopathy? 

  • Patients suffering from diabetes (any age) and who are not controlling their insulin and sugar levels
  • Excessive smokers
  • Excessive drinkers with diabetes
  • Patients suffering from renal disease
  • Patients with hypertension
  • Patients with high cholesterol

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

  • Black or “empty” images in the patient’s vision
  • Dark spots floating in the patient’s vision aka “floaters”
  • Inability to differentiate colors in vision
  • Inability to see

Diagnosing Retinopathy

Your eye doctor will do a special examination that requires dilated pupils. This will help find abnormalities in the blood vessels, as well as identify swelling inside the retina.

Diabetes can starve the blood vessels from nutrition which signals the body to try to create new blood vessels in the eye. Eye specialists will also look for any scar tissue and new blood vessel development. Other checks include abnormal optic nerves, as well as retinal detachment.

What are the treatment options for retinopathy? 

Diabetic retinopathy may lead to complete vision loss. An experienced ophthalmologist can help you treat diabetic retinopathy and manage the condition.

Some treatment options include “Panretinal photocoagulation” to shrink the size of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. The other is “Photocoagulation” to slow down fluid leaking into the eye.

Other treatment includes injecting medication directly into the eye as well as surgery.

Dry eyes

Dry eyes affect most people, especially during seasonal changes. However, dry eye is a problem when it starts affecting your life and over the counter treatments don’t seem to work.

Dry eyes are essentially the eyes state of being dry and not producing enough tears or overproducing tears.

Who is at risk of developing dry eyes? 

  • Women
  • Older people
  • Prolonged screen use (smartphones, computers, TVs)
  • Bad lighting
  • Diabetic patients
  • People living in dry or humid conditions

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

  • Light sensitivity
  • Painful eyes
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning or scratchy discomfort

Diagnosing dry eyes

Your ophthalmologist will do tests and examine your eyes. After careful examination, the doctor will see what treatment is necessary.

Dry eye syndrome and patients suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) require effective treatment and not simply over the counter medication. This is mainly because their eyes are incapable of producing enough tears and other times the oil inside the tears to lubricate the eye.

What are the treatment options for dry eyes? 

Treatment includes eye drops, artificial tear gel, ointments and lifestyle changes. Our ophthalmologists at Abrams Eye Institute can help using state-of-the-art, in-office treatments for severe dry eyes.

LASIK surgery

Lasik is very effective for treating myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and other refractive conditions. Your ophthalmologist will assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for the surgery.

Dr. Abrams is an award-winning Las Vegas ophthalmologist who has performed many advanced eye surgeries for many types of eye conditions. His work has helped many patients’ lead better lives through improved vision.

Book your appointment with the Abrams Eye Institute team today!

Abrams Debuts New Trifocal Lens Technology for Cataract Patients

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Dr. Jack Abrams First to Perform Revolutionary New Trifocal Surgery in Nevada

As part of Abrams Eye Institute’s never-ending dedication to bringing its patients the most advanced eye care and eye surgery, Dr. Jack Abrams and the team are now offer a groundbreaking the trifocal surgery. Dr. Abrams performed the first surgery of this kind in Nevada recently, with the procedure covered in the media by Fox 5. This surgery is the fifth new procedure first introduced to Nevada by Abrams Eye Institute.

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The PanOptix technology, for trifocal laser cataract surgeries like the one performed by Dr. Abrams, delivers an exceptional combination of near, intermediate and distance vision and substantially reduces the need for glasses, according to manufacturer research.

PanOptix is already one of the leading presbyopia-correcting IOLs in more than 70 countries. It is designed for active lifestyles, from viewing mobile devices and computer screens to high-quality distance vision in a range of lighting conditions. The new lens uses a proprietary design that optimizes intermediate vision without compromising near and distance vision. Available in spherical and toric designs, PanOptix is built on Alcon’s proven AcrySof IQ IOL platform that has been implanted in more than 120 million eyes globally.

Learn More About Trifocal Technology

These new lenses are best suited for patients older than 65 with cataracts, though patients don’t need to have cataracts to get the surgery. Once the lenses are implanted, they shouldn’t need to be replaced. Contact Abrams Eye Institute to see if this procedure is right for you.

Seven Signs That You Need to See an Ophthalmologist

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Don’t Wait for Eye Issues to Get Worse to Get Help from Your Ophthalmologist

Seven Signs That You Need to See an Ophthalmologist

When you need to see an ophthalmologist, see the team at Abrams.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute urges patients to schedule annual appointments to make sure their eyes are healthy. Regular eye care appointments also help build a baseline that eye doctors like Dr. Jack Abrams, Dr. Tapan Shah and Dr. Christopher DePalo can use to track any changes to your eyes that require further attention.

While the team of ophthalmologists at Abrams stresses regular check ups, we also urge patients to not wait for an appointment for symptoms and changes to vision that suggest something needs immediate attention. The following list provides a good place to start, when considering if you need immediate attention from an ophthalmologist.

  1. Sudden Loss of vision or decreased vision in one or both eyes – This could include temporary challenges that go away and come back later. Loss of vision doesn’t have to be permanent to be a serious issue.
  2. Seeing sudden spots, flashes of light – These challenges can come from something simple like going in and outdoors in bright light, but they could be something more serious.
  3. Seeing lightning streaks or jagged lines of light, distortions or wavy lines – Similar to spots and flashes, these symptoms may come and go. Even if they do go away for a while, get your eyes looked at immediately.
  4. Having wavy or watery vision, or seeing blurry faces, halos around lights, double vision. – Watery vision can come about from dust or other irritations, but it’s best to know for sure with an exam. Some of these issues can also come from LASIK surgery. The Abrams team has had great success fixing LASIK procedures done poorly by other eye surgeons.
  5. Changes in your field of vision such as seeing shadows, black spots or blurriness – The Abrams team monitors longer developing changes through exams, but if you see changes happening quickly, see us immediately.
  6. Having curtain-like loss of vision – Another change that can happen quickly and needs to be taken seriously.
  7. Changes in your color vision – This may require patients to spend extra attention to detect, but even the slightest changes in color perception warrant caution and medical attention.

If you feel like an eye issue is an emergency, don’t wait to schedule an appointment and get yourself emergency assistance immediately.

Changes in vision can often be overlooked and ignored and some patients may not want to seek medical attention. Some patients may also feel like they’re too busy to take the time to have their eyes looked at, but vision challenges can often be dangerous situations that only get worse with time. The team at Abrams assures you that we want our patients to feel completely comfortable coming to us with any issue, as we’re just as relieved as you are when something that seems like a problem, turns out to be not a big deal at all.

We also urge patients to apply the same care and caution related to eye emergencies with friends and family. We know that many people don’t want to be a bother, and can ignore eye problems. If you know someone that’s hesitant to get their eyes looked at, you can always come with them to an appointment with their ophthalmologist to help them feel more comfortable.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

The ophthalmologist team at Abrams Eye Institute can help you keep on top of your eye care with regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy, as well as any eye surgery needs you may have such as laser cataract surgery and laser LASIK surgery alternatives. Call Abrams at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you.

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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An Abrams Eye LASIK Success Story to Bring a Smile to Your Face

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Abrams Team Member Now Glasses-Free With Laser LASIK

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Biatris: An Abrams Eye Institute Laser LASIK success story!

One of the best validators about the expertise, and the results, demonstrated by Abrams Eye Institute comes through the stories about members of the Abrams team who have trusted care of their eyes to their colleagues.  The eye surgery practice now shares an inspiring recent success story from our colleague, Biatris.

Biatris, like many people, had a fear of touching her eyes with anything. For years, she feared putting on contact lenses for vision correction. She didn’t even like the idea of putting drops in her eyes. This led her to live life with glasses she didn’t want to wear.

Working at Abrams Eye Institute for several years helped her build confidence about what was possible with vision correction. This included how safe the eye surgeries were, and how thrilled patients were – like her – that got to ditch their glasses for perfect vision through successful LASIK procedures.

Biatris’s comfort level moved way beyond being able to manage drops and contacts, to having complete confidence in the Abrams team doing her Laser LASIK surgery. This was a huge leap forward for her, and her friends at work were there to support her the entire way. After overcoming her fears, and have successful surgery, Biatris says that LASIK is the best thing she has ever done for herself, and she wishes she would have done the procedure sooner.

Biatris has 20/20 vision and is enjoying her active life with her husband and two boys.  She is a wonderful, hard working mom who is dedicated to living a healthy and active life, which is made easier without glasses. She is a real inspiration to everyone she knows, inside and outside of the practice. Thank you so much to Biatris for sharing her experience! ⁣

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help
Are you ready to live a more active life without glasses or contacts? Are you ready to make the decision to have LASIK surgery like Biatris? If so, reach out to us today to schedule your FREE consultation. While setting up your appointment, we invite you to speak with Biatris yourself to hear more about her story! Call us anytime at 702.304.9494 to learn more. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed.

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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Abrams Eye Institute Has Southern Nevada Covered for Eye Care

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Abrams Has Three Eye Care Clinics and Accepts Dozens of Healthcare Plans

When searching for providers for healthcare needs, important factors for people can include finding a doctor or medical practice that’s in their insurance coverage network, as well as one that’s close to their home or work. Often checking off these two factors can come at the expense of quality of care; with choices that can feel more like compromises than confident decisions.

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Abrams accepts many Insurance plans and has three locations for world-class eye care.

Fortunately, for those looking for convenient and in-network eye care, Abrams Eye Institute practice offers patients both, without any sacrifices in quality. The eye care and eye surgery practice has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump that provide easy access, while the clinic’s wide range of accepted insurance plans cover world-class care.

The Abrams Eye Institute Team
Founded in 2005 by Jack Abrams, MD, Abrams Eye Institute provides the most advanced, comprehensive ophthalmologic services in Southern Nevada, giving those treated the gift of improved vision. Under Dr. Abrams’ leadership, the practice has become Southern Nevada’s premier provider of ophthalmologic services, including Laser LASIK surgery, cataract replacement, and treatment of all common eye disorders, along with general ophthalmology.

Tapan R. Shah, MD is another member of the team treating patients of the practice. Dr. Shah brings a wealth of expertise, and impeccable academic credentials to Abrams Eye Institute. Dr. Shah’s accomplishments as a practitioner, and researcher advancing care, have garnered well-deserved recognition and greatly improved the lives of those he has treated.

Rounding out the Abrams team is Christopher DePalo, DO. Dr. DePalo is an experienced ophthalmologist and practitioner with a focus on using the most advanced technologies, paired with compassionate patient care.

Abrams Eye Institute Practice Eye Care Locations
The Abrams team can be found at the following locations, all of which are accessible via the practice’s main number (702) 304-9494:

Southwest Las Vegas
6450 Medical Center Street
Suite #100
Las Vegas, NV 89148

Henderson
2451 W Horizon Ridge Parkway
Suite #130
Henderson, NV 89052

Pahrump
1470 E. Calvada Blvd.
Suite #300
Pahrump, NV 89048

Accepted Insurance Plans
Abrams Eye Institute accepts dozens of insurance plans, including one supported by AARP, AETNA, Cigna, City of Las Vegas, Culinary, Humana, Medicaid, Medicare, and United Healthcare, among others. The practice also accepts plans for Firefighters, Police, and members of the military. Visit the Abrams website for a full list of accepted plans.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help
The team at Abrams Eye Institute can help you keep on top of your eye care with regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy, as well as any eye surgery needs you may have. Call Abrams at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed.

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.

LASIK: A Father’s Day Present a Husband Will Truly LOVE!

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The Gift of Perfect Vision, with LASIK Surgery, is the Best Gift of All

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With Father’s Day arriving this weekend, that means it’s time to find the perfect gift from your family to your husband. Even though it’s technically accurate, the easy-to-find “Best Dad Ever” T-shirt is usually another gift that goes from the back of the closet and into the spring-cleaning pile for donations before you know it. When it comes to finding the perfect gift for your husband for Father’s Day, ask yourself, “What is the one thing men love to do?” First on that list for most men is to fix things! If there is a problem, he has the solution.

But what about finding a gift for your husband that helps solve one of his problems? And maybe a problem that you think he’ll like to solve, but puts the family ahead of his own needs and has been putting it off a result? That problem is bad eyesight.

Does your husband need glasses or contacts to see? If so, instead of buying the husband things you think they’ll like because you do, the team at Abrams Eye Institute suggests buying the perfect gift that will fix his problem. That gift is the gift of perfect sight, thanks to a simple procedure called LASIK eye surgery. LASIK not only solves the problem of imperfect vision, it also solves many other challenges in a man’s life, including providing better accuracy when hunting, getting golf shots to go where they’re supposed to go, being able to see the score of a big game on a TV from across the restaurant, and most of all being able protect the family in case of an emergency, without needing to find a pair of glasses to see.

Would You Like to See if Someone is a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

Do you think your husband is finally ready to have the vision he has always dreamed of? In Las Vegas, the best Ophthalmologist, and eye surgeon, for your husband’s eyes can be found at Abrams Eye Institute. With a commitment to providing the most personalized care in the region. Jack Abrams, MD, Tapan Shah, MD and Christopher dePalo, DO, are unmatched in their ability to deliver life-changing results with eye care and surgery. Las Vegas Review-Journal has recognized the doctors, and the Abrams Eye Institute practice as one of the Best Ophthalmologist in Las Vegas in 2019.

Look no further for the perfect Father’s Day present, as nothing says I love you like the gift of seeing clearly in high definition for the rest of your life!

Contact 702-304-9494 to schedule a complimentary screening appointment today to see if the LASIK procedure is right for your husband. The Abrams Eye Institute team can also help your husband and your entire family with everything from simple eye exams to complex eye surgeries. Just let us know how we can help!

Dr. Jack Abrams Earns Vegas Inc Top Doc Awards

Dr. Jack Abrams Earn 2019 Vegas Top Doctors Awards

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Jack Abrams, MD, Leading Eye Surgery and Care Practitioner, Earns  Top Doc Award from Vegas Inc.

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Abrams for being recognized as a leading expert in Ophthalmology in the community. He was just voted “Top Doctor in Las Vegas” by Vegas Inc’s HealthCare Quarterly Spring 2019 issue.

Dr. Jack Abrams Earns Vegas Inc Top Doc Awards

Dr. Jack Abrams Earns 2019 Vegas Inc Top Doc Awards

The recognition of Dr. Abrams, and the Abrams Eye Institute practice, is validation for how Dr. Abrams leads the team to provide world-class eye care, while treating and managing a broad spectrum of eye diseases. Abrams Eye Institute was built on trust, reliability, communication, and the ability to offer patients affordable eye care with top-quality patient centered service and the most advanced technology.

The Abrams Eye Institute team is proud to celebrate Dr. Jack Abrams’ award, and the more than 13 years the eye surgery practice has successfully delivered care to thousands of patients across the valley, creating lasting and loyal relationships. The Abrams team thanks all of its patients for voting for Dr. Abrams, and for entrusting the practice with the care of their eyes.

“While individual awards offer nice validation for your work, I see the honor as something representative of the excellence of our entire practice that wouldn’t happen if our patients didn’t feel compelled to take the time and vote for us,” said Jack Abrams, MD. “From the first time you call our clinics, to coming in and getting set up for your appointment, through the entire process of care, our patients count on elite and compassionate care and everyone on our team is 100% dedicated to providing that level of service to everyone we see.”

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

Ensure that your eyes are healthy, and that any eye surgery needs are done with world class care, by calling 702-304-9494 to make an appointment to see how our award-winning service can help you. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics conveniently located in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

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The Benefits of Having a Pair of Glasses

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Abrams Eye Institute Will Set You Up With The Right Pair of Glasses

Most people may wear contact lenses for the convenience. This includes greater ease of playing sports and the ability to wear sunglasses during the many sunny days enjoyed in Southern Nevada. The team at Abrams Eye Institute understand that many patients enjoy wearing contacts, but also stresses the benefits of pairing contacts with a nice pair of glasses, which can be secured through a prescription you can get during a general ophthalmology appointment at Abrams Eye Institute.

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Get the perfect pair of glasses with a prescription from Abrams.

With all of the benefits of contact lenses, many positive aspects of having a pair of glasses can be taken for granted. Such benefits including giving eyes a rest from wearing contacts, as well as being able to have glasses to account for the windy days – and dust and allergens – that are part of the region’s regular weather patterns. A pair of glasses can also spell relief on extremely hot days when contact lenses quickly dry out Wearing contacts during these conditions can be irritating and even lead to infections due to irritants and the desire they bring to run the eyes with fingers that may not be clean.

“If you wear contact lenses almost exclusively, we do recommend to our patients that they consider getting a pair of glasses for occasional and specific use,” said Dr. Jack Abrams, of the Abrams Eye Institute. “This benefits of glasses holds especially true for patients when they get eye infections from contacts, which can happen not only during hot, windy days but cold dry days during winter.”

As noted by Dr. Abrams, the climate in Las Vegas is one where pollen can be quite prevalent, especially after winters, like this one, that see a lot of rain. Another eye irritant, native to the community and necessary to account for when wearing contacts is cigarette smoke from working at or visiting casinos and other local establishments.

“We see many patients who work in the hospitality industry and who are exposed to cigarette and cigar smoke as part of their daily jobs,” said Dr. Abrams. “For these people who wear contact lenses during work, it’s good to be able to get home, remove their contacts, wash their eyes and then relax with a pair of glasses.”

It’s important to note that glasses and contact lens require different prescriptions, and these prescriptions should be updated regularly. That can done during a regular eye exam, which the Abrams team urges everyone to schedule annually. Even if a prescription doesn’t change, a regular eye exam will confirm that information, as well as account for the general health of your eyes.

For patients that don’t want to wear contact lenses or glasses, Abrams Eye Institute offers world-class Laser LASIK surgery, along with other non-LASIK alternatives for correcting vision. And if allergens or smoke causes dry eyes that don’t go away, Abrams has a Dry Eye Center, to help alleviate that discomfort on a more permanent basis.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

In addition to helping you get set up for the right pair of glasses, the team at Abrams Eye Institute can help you keep on top of your eye care with regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy, as well as any eye surgery needs you may have. Call Abrams 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.

Abrams Eye Institute urges patients to get good food for good eye health

Good Food and Good Eating is Good for the Eyes

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Balanced Diets Rich In Nutrients Keep Eyes Healthy

The benefits of eating good food, and enjoying that food in smart portions, is something most people only think about when considering getting to a healthy body weight. This is one of the reasons why there are more than 60,000 results returned when searching for ‘diet book’ on Amazon, and that so many resolutions are focused on changing eating habits.

Abrams Eye Institute urges patients to get good food for good eye health

Good Food is Good for the Eyes.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute works hard to educate its patients that a smart diet is not only good for the waistline, but also for lines of sight. Certain foods have shown promise results in helping people keep their eyes healthy, reducing eye health risks, and those foods extend beyond the widely know, but still helpful, carrot.

“The reason why the term ‘sensible diet’ came about is because it makes sense from multiple perspectives, including the health of the eyes, to eat good food,” said Dr. Jack Abrams, from the Abrams Eye Institute. “Studies have found that certain foods contain vital vitamins and minerals that can keep the eyes healthy, while also potentially lower risks for eye conditions, such as cataracts.”

Eating food that’s good for your eyes doesn’t need to be difficult, as it’s just a matter of adding in, or adding more, of a few healthy items into the daily diet. Good foods include readily available items such as sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, salmon, sunflower seeds and eggs.

A simple food like eggs contain many beneficial ingredients that also happen to work together in ways that the body can’t get through taking processed vitamins and minerals. This includes the zinc in the egg working with minerals in the yolk that help collaborate to block harmful blue light from damaging the retina.

“The data behind the benefits of good eating for the eyes is fascinating for scientists like myself,” said Dr. Abrams. “But you don’t have to be a scientist to understand or enjoy the benefits of smart eating, it’s just a matter of adding a few more of these items to your daily diet, while maybe dropping a few that are not healthy to improve balance.”

Dr. Abrams also advised patients to integrate more leafy greens to their diets, such as kale and spinach, as well as food rich in natural vitamin C and E. Also, as noted, it’s important to eat all foods in proper portion, as maintaining a healthy weight is important to avoiding diabetes and other health issues that can adversely affect the eyes and vision.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

You can count on the team at Abrams Eye Institute can help you keep on top of your eye care with regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy, as well as any eye surgery needs you may have. Call Abrams 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.

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Make Sure You Get Sunglasses with UV Protection

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Be Certain to Pair Style with Sun Safety When Picking a Pair of Sunglasses

Abrams Eye Institute recommends people get sunglasses with UV protection

Get Sunglasses with UV Protection.

With an average of 294 sunny days per year, sunglasses season in Las Vegas spans the four traditional seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall. The season that gets the most attention with sunglasses is definitely the summer. Summer in Southern Nevada means being outside at the pool, at parties and BBQs, concerts, baseball games. These and other events mean eyes need protection from the sun when it’s at its hottest.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute urges everyone to think about ultraviolet (UV) ray protection first, when shopping for a new pair of glasses.

“You can find sunglasses just about anywhere here in Las Vegas, and there are a lot of fun styles available to mix and match as you please,” said Jack Abrams, MD, founder of Abrams Eye Institute. “While being in fashion is always fun, we recommend that you make sure that the sunglasses you buy offer proper UV ray protection for your eyes.”

What Are Ultraviolet Rays and How Do They Affect Our Eyes?
UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun.. These wavelengths are classified as UVA, UVB, or UVC. Each of these have wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. UVA and UVB lights make it through the earth’s atmosphere and to your eyes. While the eye can’t see the rays of light, they cause damage to eyes, if they’re not properly protected.

UVA rays account for up to 95% of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, leaving people exposed to significant levels of UVA throughout our lifetime. UVA rays are present during all daylight hours throughout the entire year, and can penetrate clouds and glass that’s not protected. Excessive exposure to UVA rays can cause eye issues, such as cataracts, to develop. While the team at Abrams provides world-class care with laser cataract surgery, they’d rather patients apply a few ounces of protection, with the right sunglasses, than have to provide a surgical cure.

“We always stress to our patients that prevention is the preferred cure, and taking simple precautions, such as wearing the right sunglasses, is a simple way to prevent or delay eye issues,” said Dr. Abrams. “When looking for glasses, simple terms such as UV protection, photochromic or polarized lenses are easy to find and can lead you to making the right choice with the glasses you wear every day.”

Patients who wear glasses, but don’t yet have a prescription for these lenses, can schedule an appointment with team at Abrams to get a prescription for these glasses, which get darker when worn in brighter locations, and clear up when indoors. These lenses can help make sun protection easier, as it can be accomplished with only one pair of glasses.
Patients who wear glasses may also want to consider laser LASIK surgery to get rid of the need for contact lenses. The procedure would allow them to pair contacts with sunglasses for greater convenience, along with strong UV protection.

Dr. Abrams also stressed that wearing the right pair of sunglasses is important for children, as they tend to spend more time outdoors than adults. Children’s eye lenses are also not yet as well developed as adults, and don’t block rays as well as more mature eyes.

In short, the team at Abrams Eye Institute encourages everyone to wear sunglasses all year long. And when you buy ones you think are fun and look good, always consider the quality of what you’re purchasing and make sure the ‘sunscreen for the eyes’ offer UV projection.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help
In addition to providing laser cataract surgery, laser LASIK and general opthalmology, the team at Abrams Eye Institute can help you keep on top of your eye care with regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy. Call Abrams 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.