Seven Signs That You Need to See an Ophthalmologist

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

Give him the Gift of LASIK at Abrams Eye Institute

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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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.

Why It’s Good to Have an ER Physician as Your Eye Doctor

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Experience and Expertise Makes the Difference for Eye Doctor Dr. Abrams

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No one wants to be heading to the ER with an injury of any kind; however the piece of mind that comes from knowing the team that will greet at the hospital you is highly trained in emergency situations offers a silver lining.  For patients of Dr. Jack Abrams, at the Abrams Eye Institute, they enjoy the benefit of seeing an eye doctor with years of ER expertise without the visit having to be an emergency.

Dr. Abrams is, and has been, a long time on-call eye surgeon for many local hospitals. He brings years of experience helping patients with a wide range of eye injuries get immediate care with a plan for long-term healing set in place from the first minute he assesses their injuries at hospitals including Sunrise Hospital, Mountain View Hospital, and Southern Hills Hospital

With that in mind, there are many benefits to having your primary eye care professional and surgeon, like Dr. Abrams, seeing you for all of your eye care and eye surgery needs. This comes from his experience from working in extremely challenging situations related to the eyes for everything from regular checks ups to precision surgery.  A few other benefits of having an ER physician as your primary eye doctor include:

Diagnostic and Surgical Skill Development: During his numerous hours in the ER, Dr. Abrams has seen just about every kind of eye injury and trauma possible. In assessing injuries and implementing immediate treatment, he’s built a wealth of knowledge to where anything he sees he can quickly diagnose and precise surgical care. Those hours of surgical work under heavy stress help make procedures like Laser LASIK and Laser Cataract surgeries. It is that skill and experience that leads new eye technology and surgical technology providers to rely on Dr. Abrams to test their new procedures and bring them to the public long before other practices.

Calm and Compassion: While taking care of patients in the ER, Dr. Abrams has taken care of countless patients in a high-stress environment.  While working in conjunction with other surgeons and health care providers to help patients in life threatening situations, Dr. Abrams has gained a perspective that allows him to assess any challenges with a calm and compassionate demeanor. This bedside manner puts patients at ease, no matter if they’re getting a regular check up or having a surgical procedure. This is especially helpful for those that don’t like visiting a doctor.

Minor Emergency Care– Anytime there is a serious issue with the eyes, Abrams Eye Institute insists that patients visit an ER immediately. For more minor issues, such as discomfort from scrapes, stuck contact lenses or anything else related, the team at Abrams, led by Dr. Abrams, can help find a solution to resolve your issue at any of our Southern Nevada clinics.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

In addition to being trained for eye emergencies, 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.

Laser LASIK: A Gift with Lasting Value

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Ring in the New Year with New and Improved Vision with Laser LASIK

It’s always a challenge to find the right gift for the right person during the holidays. You want to get your loved one something that’s meaningful, useful, and will last them a lifetime. Laser LASIK eye surgery, as done by Abrams Eye Institute, is one of those gifts that are incredibly personal and is the solution for all their problems. Of course, your loved one will always treasure a quirky random cat coffee mug or a photo album. But what better way to experience the New Year, than with crystal clear vision!

Take a look! Has your loved one expressed or identified with any of these problems? Maybe it’s time that you help your loved one – kick their spectacles to the curb and give them a gift of clear vision:

  • A MILD PANIC ATTACK enough to give themselves a heart attack because they forgot where they placed their glasses? Imagine if they were on vacation? Sightseeing just isn’t quite as fun without, well, sight.
  • FRUSTRATED because babies think glasses are the funniest toys and will rip them off your loved ones face at the first possible chance?
  • SQUINTING because while jumping up and down to the music at “Life Is Beautiful,” and one contact falls out. What’s the point of going if you won’t even be able to see the artists that you came for?

If you’re looking for a meaningful gift to give your loved one for the holidays, consider vision correction options as a personal and heartfelt way to bring light into their life.

If you’re ready to help your significant other take the next step to clearer vision, then it’s time to schedule their FREE consultation! Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect during their appointment:

The team at Abrams Eye Institute will check the overall health of their eyes and stability of their vision, similar to what you’ve probably experienced at your optometrist. We’ll also review their detailed treatment plan, cover the costs involved, as well as discuss and payment options (such as our financing and use of FSA or HSA plans), and find a date and time for their procedure.

If LASIK isn’t the best solution we’ll introduce them to other procedures or options that may be a better fit.

If you think this would be the perfect gift for YOU or your loved one, find your nearest office and schedule your FREE consultation online. You can also give us a call a 702.304.9494 and we’ll get you both on the books.

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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