Abrams Eye Institute recommends people get sunglasses with UV protection

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

Abrams Eye Institute takes care of your eyes.

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.

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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

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.

Check out this video for a great tip on stimulating tear production at home:

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.

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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.

Eye Surgery Success: What Steps to Take Before Surgery to ensure Optimal Results

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Get Set Up for Eye Surgery Success

We recently covered some of the questions that you should ask your eye surgeon while having a consultation before you have eye surgery. This includes prep for surgical procedures such as Laser LASIK, Laser cataract surgery and INTACS to name a few. Should you and your eye surgeon decide that surgery is your best option, the process then turns to preparation for your procedure.

While every procedure, and every set of eyes, is different, Dr. Jack Abrams and his staff at Abrams Eye Institute share a few recommendations to make sure your best set up for success in advance – and immediately after – your surgery:

Give Your Eyes a Rest: If you’re getting ready for a procedure like Laser LASIK, it’s advisable to put your contact lenses away (if you wear them) and switch to wearing your glasses for a week or so before your surgery. Contacts can cause your cornea to alter in shape, and not wearing the lenses gives your eyes, and your cornea, time to adjust. Dr. Abrams and his team will provide more specific guidelines, depending on your eyes.

Keep Your Eyes Clean: It’s recommended to refrain from using eye makeup, eye creams and anything else you may regularly use for your eyes for a few days before, and after, your procedure. Depending on your procedure, you may need also to clean your eyelashes to remove debris that can cause irritation and potential infections.

Stop Taking Medicine: You may be advised to stop taking certain medicines that can cause issues during surgery, such as excess bleeding. Make sure you know all of the medications you currently use before your procedure, and ask Dr. Abrams what medicines should be avoided in the time up to, and after, your procedure.

Monitor Your Diet: You may be advised to fast for 12 hours before your procedure, depending on what eye surgery you’ll be having done. This fasting keeps your stomach empty and can prevent problems during the procedure. for some surgeries you may not need to fast, but you may want to consider what you do eat and/or drink to ensure proper comfort during the procedure.

Bring a Friend: No matter how minor your procedure may be, or what you’ve heard from anyone else having the same procedure as you, you shouldn’t drive yourself home after your eye surgery. Even if you live a very short distance from where the surgery will be done, have a family member or friend accompany you so you’ll have a safe ride home.

Take it Easy: Plan on not being active for a few days after your procedure. Being overly active can cause elevated blood pressure, which can put stress on your eyes. Changes made to your eyes from surgery can be quite delicate, and it’s a good idea to give your eyes some time to heal without being stressed by activity.

To restate, everyone’s eyes and surgery are unique and we urge you to ask as many questions as you can before your surgery. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute are always available to answer any question you have, while setting you up for a successful surgery.

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Ask Your Eye Surgeon These 10 Questions

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Ask Your Eye Surgeon These 10 Questions

Eye surgeons, like Dr. Jack Abrams, are sure to offer you a complete picture of all of your options and variables when you approach eye surgery. However, Dr. Abrams and his team recommend that patients be properly prepared for consultations by having a list of questions ready. The list of questions are topics that will be covered, and if you’re prepared to ask them, you’re certain to leave the consultation feeling fully informed.

If you’re interested in LASIK Laser Surgery, Laser Cataract Surgery, INTACS, or any other procedure, be ready to ask these questions, or have your eye surgeon, and their team, go through these details.

What sort of technology will be used for the procedure? – Advances in medical technology have been especially rapid for eye surgery. Procedures done with state-of-the art technology can ensure better results. You’ll want to know what kind of technology will be used on your behalf? You’ll also want to ask the following questions: How old is the technology? How many procedures has the surgeon done using the technology and technique? Make sure you have a skilled and experience surgeon, like Dr. Abrams, on your side.

What’s your surgeon and team’s background/experience? – Ask your surgeon about their background including how long they’ve been doing the procedure you’re about to have, how long their staff has been working with the surgeon, and what other kinds of experience they have to make sure your surgery is a success.

Can this procedure be covered by insurance? – Some procedures are eligible for insurance coverage, and others are not. The only way to find out is to ask your surgeon and his star. After your eye surgeon and his staff present you with options for insurance, you may want to call your insurer and make sure of your coverage terms.

Is this procedure necessary now? – Some surgeries are necessary immediately, and others may allow you to have the surgery done at a later date. This can be important for factors ranging from finance to timing for simpler things like taking time off of work and arranging for a ride home after the procedure.

Can I do both eyes or just one? – For some surgeries, it’s most advisable to have one eye done now and the other eye done later. Your eye surgeon is certain to offer the best course of treatment in this regard, but it’s best to make sure to double-check.

What’s the post-operative schedule like for me? – Make sure to ask about timelines for recovery and follow up visits. You’ll need to make sure you take proper precautions to give yourself the best chance at the most complete recovery.

Are there any other options? – Surgery may be your only options, but there could be alternatives, perhaps with technology or treatment. Make sure you know what your full sets of options are, before having eye surgery.

What are possible complications? – There may be redness, soreness or other post-op experiences that are totally normal. There could, though, be complications that tell you that something could be in need of follow up. For your procedure, know what these possibilities are, as well as what your eye surgeon recommends for you to do if they do occur.

Will I need surgery again later? – For some procedures, you may need to have more surgery later. Make sure you ask about these possibilities to adequately prepare for the future. With that, there can be the need for follow up surgery for procedures that weren’t done correctly. If you’re seeing an eye surgeon to correct a past mistake, ask about what care you need to take to give yourself the best chance at recovery.

How can you better educate yourself about the surgery? – Your eye surgeon and his team will have resources for you to learn more about the surgery you’re about to have, including printed materials, pages on their website and other resources to make you fully informed. This is important as it relates to other questions above. The more you know, the better off you’ll be.

Any questions I’ve missed? – With a comprehensive list such as this one, you should be fully informed. However, you never know if something new has developed with treatment and technology with your eye surgery, or if other patients ask some other question you’ve missed. It’s always best to wrap up your appointment with this question, so all bases are covered.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute, led by Dr. Jack Abrams, is always available to help you with questions you may have. You can call the clinic at 702-xxx-xxxx, or send us a question via our on-site web form. We are dedicated to your eyes and their health, and we’re very glad to help.

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Laser Cataract Surgery Success On Day One

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Laser Cataract Surgery Makes Big Difference

Linda had laser cataract surgery with Dr. Jack Abrams. She is thrilled with her results and  offered to share her story about having the surgical procedure.

Linda is thrilled with the results from her laser cataract surgery with Dr. Jack Abrams

“I had been putting off cataract surgery for months and knew it was finally time to take action. I considered traditional cataract surgery but when Dr. Abrams explained the difference between laser and traditional cataract surgery I quickly changed my mind. He didn’t push me into the laser option but clearly outlined how the laser would not only optimize the outcome but would be more comfortable and result in less down time.

The surgery itself was a breeze. I had no pain. I was in and out of the surgery center in 90 minutes! The whole experience was so easy.

Even more amazing are the results! I am now sitting and waiting for my visit a day after surgery and can’t wait to tell Dr Abrams how exciting my results are ! The world is bright and vivid- such a contrast!

During this appointment we also discussed the second eye and he gave me a window but gently suggested I not wait a year. His sweet smile confirmed his opinion .

I am fortunate to have a doctor like Dr.  Jack Abrams. Not only does he have superb knowledge and skill, but what sets him apart and makes him so special is his calming nature. He inspires confidence and allows patients to decide after giving them the facts. He makes you feel that all things are possible for any eye problems you may have.”

If you are considering laser cataract surgery, please call us so we can help answer any questions you may have, or set you up with a consultation. Our office number is 702-304-9494.

Tips on How to Manage Eye Injuries

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Take care of your eyes by knowing when someone needs to take care of them for you!

Take care of your eyes by knowing when someone needs to take care of them for you!

Dr. Jack Abrams, from the Abrams Eye Institute, offers some tips on how to properly manage eye injuries, in case they occur.

I often see patients with eye injuries, either at my clinic or in hospitals where I work. Fortunately, most of them aren’t serious and can be treated with a cleaning, drops and a follow up appointment a little while later to make sure everything is OK. We do see a few serious issues, though, from time-to-time, and wanted to share a few tips on what to do if your eye suffers trauma.

First of all, when people have some sort of eye trauma, their initial impulse seems to be find some water, rinse the eye and let it be. This may help with certain, very minor instances such as a small poke from glasses, perhaps, or having some dust blow into your eye from the desert winds we have here in Southern Nevada. However, a little water might not help in quite a few circumstances. Here are a few examples where you may need to come see me – or visit your emergency room – to have a closer look at your eye:

  • A cut or torn eye lid
  • A scratch on your eye that’s very painful
  • Difficulty in movement of an eye
  • Blood visible in the white of your eye
  • Foreign matter in your eye that won’t wash out
  • Something that feels stuck in your eyelid
  • Changes in your pupils (either the shape or the size)
  • Pain or issues with vision
  • An eye that protrudes

This list above just serves as guidelines for general eye safety, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or eye injury. When faced with any issues of concern, again we urge you not to think that a little water and time will help with any problem you face and take treating the issue very seriously. Taking care of your eyes is an important responsibility, and we urge people that have these issues to resist the urge to ‘tough it out,’ and get the help they need.  Small problems left untreated can quickly turn into big ones with long-lasting implications.

If you have any questions about the health of your eyes, please fill out the form on this page, or call 702-304-9494. We’re always glad to help.