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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.

Abrams Eye Institute and Visual Field Eye Testing

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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.

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Abrams Eye Institute’s Safety Guidelines for Eyebrows and Eyelashes

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Look Good While Being Safe with Your Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Abrams eyebrows and eyelashesThick lashes and dark eyebrows are in right now, so these two facial features are getting a lot of attention in the fashion department. They also serve a purpose besides helping us express our emotions, while playing an important role in protecting our eyes.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute wants to keep our patients informed about safety guidelines to minimize risks of infection and potential damage to the eyes.

Eyebrows Help Keep Eyes Safe and Clean
The primary biological function of eyebrows is to keep sweat and moisture away from our eyes. The arching shape and the direction of the individual hairs help to direct moisture towards the sides of our faces. Eyebrows also keep most of the liquid away from our eyes, whether it’s raining or we’re sweaty from an intense workout.

Since eyebrows serve as a kind of shield for our eyes, it’s important to be careful about how they are groomed. If eyebrows are plucked too thin or shave them, they can’t do their important jobs. That’s why, as optometrists the team at Abrams Eye Institute are fans of the current thick brows trend — more people are getting the most out of their eyebrows.

The Benefits of Eye Lashes
Just as eyebrows keep the moisture out of the eyes, eyelashes do the even more important job of keeping out airborne debris, including dust, sand, and dirt. They work almost like fences, and when we close our eyes, they form a barrier that contaminants can’t get through. Eyelashes are also highly sensitive and trigger a reflex response. If something touches them, our instinctive reaction is to blink so that the foreign object can’t reach the eye.

While eyebrows hairs take several months to grow out, eyelashes only take a few weeks to grow back. When they fall out or get pulled out, they replace themselves fairly quickly. Some conditions can negatively impact eyelashes, including madarosis (an infection that causes the loss of eyelashes), trichiasis (ingrown eyelashes), and a stye (painful inflammation of eyelash follicles). If these issues occur, and cause pain, schedule an appointment at Abrams right away.

How Can We Help?
Normally eyebrows and eyelashes will stay healthy if left alone (makeup and plucking is okay, but don’t overdo it), but if you have any health concerns regarding your brows or lashes, don’t be afraid to talk to us about these challenges. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute would be happy to take a look and make sure they are in good shape to continue protecting your eyes! Abrams Eye Institute 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.

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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.

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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.

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Questions Patients Ask Abrams Eye Institute About LASIK Surgery

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Dr. Jack Abrams, and the team at Abrams Eye Institute, have performed thousands of LASIK procedures resulting in improved vision for our patients. LASIK can free people from glasses and contact lenses, and improve life with improved vision. Our team is always glad to assist patients interested in learning more about the procedure and the team shared a few commonly asked questions about the surgery.

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Our Laser LASIK lasers don’t look like this, but maybe some day!

Are there different types of LASIK surgery?
Yes. While many use the term LASIK to refer to any kind of laser eye surgery, there are really two different procedures that fall under this category: LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). Each varies slightly in method. Some patients with high prescriptions may not be a candidate for either option, but other possiblities exists such as Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) and Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) also known as (RLE) Refractive lens exchange. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute uses the most advanced laser technologies for these LASIK and LASIK alternative procedures to ensure optimal success.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser LASIK surgery?
The doctors, technicians and staff at Abrams Eye Institute carefully evaluate everyone that visits the clinic to learn more about LASIK alternatives. We ask a list of questions regarding your vision, health history and other factors. That is combined with a complete review of the structure of your eyes. An evaluation for a LASIK procedure is done in the clinic and only after we have patients stop wearing contacts for at least one week. If you are a candidate, we offer options to get you started. If you are not a candidate, unlike some other practices, we will not perform surgery on your eyes. Dr. Abrams himself is not a candidate for LASIK, and wears standard lenses for his vision.

How does LASIK surgery work?
For LASIK and PRK procedures, a local anesthetic is applied to the eye (an eye drop) so that the patient can remain awake during the procedure. In the LASIK procedure, our ophthalmologists will make a small incision and pulls back the outermost segment of the cornea. This section of the eye is known as the epithelium. For the PRK procedure, we use a technique known as advanced surface ablation, which chemically loosens the epithelium so that it can be easily removed. After this first step is taken, an excimer laser is used to change the shape of the eye. Many patients see an immediate and dramatic improvement in their vision following the procedure. After the procedure, we provide follow up care to ensure a proper recovery.

What makes AEI the best place for LASIK surgery?
Dr. Abrams is an established leader in the eye surgery, and is counted on by the best healthcare organizations in the field that bring new technology to the market to evaluate. Dr. Abrams tests this groundbreaking new equipment and techniques before other surgeons in the state. When you have LASIK at our clinics, count on being taken care of by the best of the best. As noted before, Dr. Jack Abrams will say no to those interested in LASIK that he feels won’t have an optimal result. His talent, integrity, patient success and standard of patient care are what set the clinic apart.

Can AEI fix LASIK issues from procedures done elsewhere?
Abrams Eye Institute only wishes the best for people looking to improve their eyesight and their lives through LASIK surgery. We do know; however; that some practitioners of the surgery, do not provide the highest level of care for their patients. If you feel like your surgery wasn’t done properly, we’re happy see if we can help, as we have had success in those efforts in the past.

Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see if LASIK surgery is right for you by calling 702-304-9494.

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Questions Patients Ask Abrams Eye Institute About Dry Eye Treatment

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Living in a dry climate like ours in Southern Nevada can have drawbacks with how our bodies react to wind, heat, cold and dry air. A significant challenge for many in our community is dry eyes. While some think that dry eyes are just part of life, they actually can be treated. Treatment for dry eyes is something that Abrams Eye Institute started doing with new technologies and techniques nearly two years ago with our Dry Eye Center. Our team shared the following questions and answers from discussions they’ve had with people interested in taking care of their dry eyes.

Dry Eye Treament at Abrams Eye Institute

If your eyes feel like this, Abrams can help treat dye eyes with different options available.

Do I need treatment, or will my dry eyes be OK on their own?
As noted before, dry eyes may seem like something that’s just part of life in the desert, but it is not. Over the past 15 years, research has revealed that the leading cause of eye discomfort for more than 86% of patients with dry eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD is a disease best detected in its earliest stages and then managed to limit progression. This is good news in that your dry eyes might not be something you just have to deal with – you can get dry eyes treated and leave problems associated with them behind.

How does Abrams Eye Institute treat dry eyes?
The team at Abrams uses a variety of approaches to treat dry eyes including OTC eye drops, plugs, Restasis and or Xiidra and LipiFlow depending on what they specifically need. Should Lipiflow be the best option, Abrams Eye Institute uses a procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. Opening and clearing these blocked glands can allow them to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. Some treatments attempt to add more liquid to your tears, but without the complex natural oil, tears continue to evaporate faster than produced. Our treatment addresses the root cause and lead to longer-term success.

How does the dry eye treatment process work?
At the heart of the treatment of dry eyes at Abrams Eye Institute is the Activator (eyepiece). The Activator uses patented, precisely controlled heat applied to the inner eyelid with adaptive pressure encouraging your body to restart the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for healthy tears. Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment. The treatment is performed right in our clinic, and in some cases, on the same day as your evaluation. LipiFlow unclogs oil glands which protects the water layer on the eyes keeping them lubricated longer.

What makes Abrams Eye the best option for treating dry eyes?
Dry eye treatment is done in the office at the Abrams Eye Institute Dry Eye Center of Excellence. The dry eye treatment is not painful. In fact, most people think of it as a massage for your eyes. We’ve conducted hundreds of successful dry eye treatments and are one of the leaders in the nation in how many patients we’ve treated. Our treatment can help almost anyone, but is especially effective after LASIK or cataract surgery to help sooth surgically repaired eyes.

Have Abrams Eye Institute patients benefited from the dry eye procedure?
We’ll let a happy patient tell this story for us:
“It works! My life was taken over by dry eye syndrome, corneal erosions resulted in corneal derailment – most painful experience I have ever had! Now after a month ago my eyes have improved weekly, the feeling of moisture in my eyes again is wonderful!! Now I see light at end of tunnel! The treatment & support I received during my treatment & I after care was fantastic! I have got my life back!!”- Judith L

Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see if laser cataract surgery is right for you by calling 702-304-9494.

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Questions Patients Ask Abrams Eye Institute About Laser Cataract Surgery

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Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. Cataracts usually develop slowly and sufferers may experience blurred or cloudy vision that gradually worsens over time. 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. The following are questions the Abrams teams gets from patients that we wanted to share to better inform those looking for more information about the procedure.

Laser Cataract Surgery FAQ

The Abrams team keeps you informed about cataract surgery.

What’s the difference between laser and non-laser cataract surgery?
Laser cataract surgery laser minimizes the time the surgeon spends in your eye. The laser procedure offers a vastly improved level of precision for the treatment of cataracts. The laser used in the procedure makes precise cuts for astigmatism correction as well as breaks up the cataract into smaller fragments for ease of removal. Laser Cataract surgery is safer and more accurate that procedures done manually. Dr. Jack Abrams was the first eye surgeon in Nevada to bring this technique to patients, and has revolutionized treatment as a result.

What are signs and symptoms that you need laser cataract surgery?
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. If you’re starting to have blurred or cloudy vision, challenges seeing at night, halos around lights or sensitivity to light, or faded or double vision, please visit our clinic for a consultation.

What’s the laser cataract surgical process like?
Abrams Eye Institute uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques, such as the use of femtosecond lasers, to painlessly remove cataracts and restore normal vision. Some patients can see clearly almost immediately after the surgery, while others may find their vision clears within about a week or two. As a rule, we let patients know that it takes about three months to fully recover from cataract surgery.

Should I do one eye or both at the same time when getting cataract surgery?
It’s become safer to do bilateral cataract surgery (both eyes at once): however, Abrams Eye Institute recommends that patients do one eye at a time, allowing for time for the surgically repaired eye to completely heal before moving on to the next eye, should it require cataract surgery as well.

What makes Abrams Eye Institute the best place for cataract surgery?
As noted earlier, Abrams Eye Institute and Dr. Jack Abrams are pioneers in advancing surgical techniques, such as Laser Cataract surgery. In addition to the reputation we’ve built as the leader in advanced eye care, what’s even more important to us is the high level of patient care we provide. From the minute you walk in our door, through your follow up appointments, our personalized care ensures our technical skills result in the best results possible for our patients.

Schedule a consultation with Abrams Eye Institute today to see if laser cataract surgery is right for you by calling 702-304-9494.

Abrams Eye Institute Celebrates Moms

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Letty and her mom.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute takes pride in providing world-class patient care for everyone who visits the clinic in search of healthy eyes and improved vision. We’re especially happy to help all the moms who visit the practice, as we know their lives mostly involve taking care of others, while often putting their needs aside. When we see moms come in to finally take care of themselves, we do everything we can so that they can feel well as taken care of during their visit, as they take care of their own families.

With Mother’s Day upon us, of our team members, Letty,  took time to reflect about the profound impact her mom has had on her life, and how much she appreciates all of her the guidance, and how that’s inspired her to be the mom she is herself today:

“Growing up, we didn’t have much money, and a memory I have of my mother comes from Thanksgiving.  One year we didn’t think we’d have a turkey or all of the fixings we usually do, and I remember my mom crying on the phone to someone and me and my little brother just playing outside not really knowing what’s going on. All I knew was we weren’t have turkey. Somehow I never asked how she made it happen, but we woke up Thanksgiving morning to the smell of cooking turkey and stuffing and my mom slaving away with her music on in a great mood – somehow she pulled it off. Things like that are the reason I always feel the need to make things happen for my own kids because my om never lust go without presents at Christmas, turkey at Thanksgiving or a birthday without a cake. For that, I am the strong, determined woman I am today.” – Letty

We hope all the mothers, like Letty and her mom, out there have a great Mother’s Day and every other day, too. For all of us at Abrams Eye Institute, every time we see a mom come in, we promise to make her feel like it’s Mother’s Day every day of the year.

Founded in 2005 by Jack Abrams, M.D., 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 LASIK surgery, cataract replacement, and treatment of all common eye disorders. Call us at (702) 304-9494 to schedule and appointment.

 

Differences Between Men and Women in Eyesight and Vision Health

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Although men and women have a lot in common, there are a few things men should focus on to protect eyesight and vision health.

The team at Abrams Eye Institute details some of the differences between men and women with eyesight and vision health. Men have some advantages women lack, such as lower risk for eye diseases in general, but they also some disadvantages women don’t have to worry as much about. Let’s take a look at the main ones:

Seeing The World Differently

It turns out that men and women don’t actually process visual information the same. Men are better than women at spotting fine details and rapid movement, but fall behind when it comes to distinguishing colors. Some theorize that this difference has its roots in the hunter-gatherer days when men did most of the hunting and women did most of the foraging. The ability to spot game at a distance would have been a significant advantage in hunting.

Men aren’t just at a slight disadvantage when it comes seeing the differences between colors; men are also sixteen times as likely to be colorblind. So when couples argue over color swatches, they might literally not be seeing the same colors!

Eyesight And Hormones with Men’s Vision

Beginning in puberty, hormones cause many significant changes, and that even includes the way the eyes grow! Some teenage boys become temporarily nearsighted as their eyes grow longer, and sometimes this nearsightedness is permanent. Fortunately, this can easily be corrected with contacts or glasses.

Real Men Remember Their Safety Glasses

Because men in general are more likely to play dangerous sports and do labor-intensive work than women, they tend to be at greater risk of accidental eye injury. What makes this even worse is that men are also more likely to forego protective gear than women, and the end result is that men suffer nearly three times as many eye injuries as women. Dr. Jack Abrams meets some of these people during his work as an on-call emergency room physician. Make sure you remember your protective eye wear so you can meet Dr. Abrams at a regularly scheduled check up, instead of in the ER!

Maintaining Healthy Vision for Men

Aside from wearing the right protective gear, there is plenty men can do to stay pro-active about eye health. A healthy diet isn’t just great for your overall health; it’s also good for your vision. Your eyes will thank you for incorporating foods like spinach, kale, tuna, salmon, eggs, nuts, and citrus fruits into your meals because they are rich in vitamins A and C and omega-3 fatty acids!

If you spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen for work, remember to give your eyes regular breaks to minimize your risk of eye strain. An easy way to remember this is following the 20-20-20 rule: every twenty minutes, spend twenty seconds focusing on something twenty feet away!

Abrams Eye Institute Looks Forward To Seeing You!

If there’s ever something wrong or unusual about your vision, don’t just tough it out, because eye problems don’t usually go away on their own. Make an appointment with Abrams Eye Institute right away so we can make sure it isn’t a serious issue. In the meantime, don’t forget to schedule your yearly eye exams!

To learn more about our practice, or to set up an appointment, call our office at 702-304-9494 or fill out the form on this page.

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.