Abrams Eye Institute recommends people get sunglasses with UV protection

Make Sure You Get Sunglasses with UV Protection

By | Dr. Abrams Blog | No Comments

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

By | Dr. Abrams Blog | No Comments

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.

Laser LASIK: A Gift with Lasting Value

By | In The News | No Comments

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.

fake eyelashes and health issues

Know All of the Risks Involved With Wearing Fake Eyelashes

By | Dr. Abrams Blog | No Comments

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.”

fake eyelashes and health issues

Abrams Eye Institute helps patients with health issues from fake eyelashes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Factors that Influence LASIK Surgery Prices

By | Uncategorized

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

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

Average LASIK Surgery Prices – Reported by Surgeons in 2017

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

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

Important Facts about LASIK Eye Surgery Prices

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

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

Lower your Cost of LASIK with your FSA/HSA

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

Questions for the Best LASIK Cost:

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

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

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

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

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

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

By | Dr. Abrams Blog | No Comments

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.

 

Abrams Eye Institute Dry Eye Treatment

Dry Eye Issues Brought About Due to Issues with Tears

By | Dr. Abrams Blog

Tears Play Vital Role in Health and Function of the Eyes

Abrams Eye Institute Dry Eye Treatment

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.

Abrams Eye Institute Earns 2018 Best of Las Vegas Award

By | In The News | No Comments
Dry Eye Center at Abrams Eye Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help

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

Abrams Eye and FSFlex Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Eye Care

By | Dr. Abrams Blog

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

Abrams Eye and FSFlex Spending Accounts

Use your Flexible Spending Account before year’s end.

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

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

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

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

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

How Does a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Work?

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

What Types of Eye Care Expenses Are Eligible?

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

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

How Can Abrams Eye Institute Help?

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

Abrams Eye Institute and Visual Field Eye Testing

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Visual Field Eye Testing Helps Set Up Baselines for Care

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

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

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

How Visual Field Eye Testing Works

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

When To Have Visual Field Eye Testing Done

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

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

What Kind of Visual Field Eye Tests Are There?

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

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