Abrams Eye Institute Cataract Risk Reduction

Health Living and Cataract Risk Reduction

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Abrams Eye Institute Cataract Risk Reduction

Cataracts can develop at any age.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abrams Eye Institute and fireworks safety for the eyes

Abrams Eye Institute Urges People to Be Safe with Fireworks

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

Abrams Eye Institute and fireworks safety for the eyes

Even fireworks like sparklers can be dangerous for your eyes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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