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10 Steps to Protect Your Eyes from Vision Loss

Suffering from vision loss, or even the thought of losing your vision can be scary to anyone. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help protect some of your most valuable assets… your eyes.

Have Your Eyes Checked – A number of serious eye diseases have no symptoms, and early detection is critical.

Quit Smoking – People who smoke are up to four times more likely to develop Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Eat Healthy and Get in Shape – Diets high in fat and low in nutrients increase the risk of developing AMD. Focus on omega-3 fatty acids and leafy greens.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun – Exposure to UV rays is associated with a higher risk of AMD.

Wear Eye Protection – When playing sports or working with power tools protect your eyes with safety glasses or goggles.

Consider a Vitamin Supplement – If you’ve been diagnosed with AMD talk to your optometrist about high – dose vitamin supplements.

Prevent Diabetes – People with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss.

Manage Your Diabetes – To lower your risk of diabetic retinopathy it is important to control your blood sugar.

Keep Alcohol to a Minimum – Drinking heavily is a known risk for developing cataracts and other eye diseases.

Educate Yourself – many eye diseases are related to hereditary or ethnicity, so be sure to get to know your family history.

 

If you have further questions about preventing eye disease, or would like to schedule an eye exam contact us at 216.574.8900.

Corrective Eye Center Thanks You for 2016

Looking back at 2016 our thoughts quickly turn to pride as we think about the wonderful people we work with on a daily basis. Our Corrective Eye Center Team is very fortunate to work with such wonderful friends and patients. We truly appreciate the personal relationships formed with all of our patients, and look forward to 2017 and continuing to support you and your eye-health needs, along with a few new surprises.

Take a moment this holiday season to take it all in, the sights, the sounds, and all of life’s beautiful little details.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year,

Dr. Salamon, Dr. Louis, Dr. Shanfran, and the Corrective Eye Center Team

10 Simple Steps to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter

Colder temperatures have arrived, and like it or not, Old Man Winter is knocking at the door. With winter comes challenges for those who experience dry eyes syndrome, or dry keratitis, caused by insufficient mucus on the surface of the eye. The harsh outdoor climate with chilling wind, blowing snow and reflecting sun rays wreaks havoc on your eye moisture levels. Going indoors can be just as bad for your eyes, so what can you do to keep from the irritation and rubbing scratchy dry eyes?

Here are 10 ways that you can help keep your eyes moisturized this winter season:

  1. Utilize a humidifier. Heat sucks humidity from the air in your home and a good humidifier will help to combat this. Don’t have a humidifier? Try leaving out a jar, or pot of water to evaporate in the rooms that you use frequently.
  2. Use eye drops twice a day. An artificial tear solution can add some needed moisture to your eyes.
  3. Wear eye protection outside. Be sure to wear sunglasses, or even goggles when you’re out doors for a prolonged period of time.
  4. Stop rubbing your eyes! It only makes it feel worse. In this case go for the eye drops to sooth the dry irritation.
  5. Adjust the height of your computer monitor. Simply adjusting the height of your monitor reduces you from looking up which causes naturally produced tears to evaporate.
  6. Drink lots of fluids. Keeping your body hydrated will help keep your eyes hydrated.
  7. Reduce coffee intake. It’s cold out so a hot cup of coffee sounds fantastic, but coffee is a diuretic, and drinking too much can dehydrate you.
  8. Take eye breaks throughout the day. Closing your eyes for a few minutes every couple hours can make a big difference in dryness.
  9. Take out your contacts. If you’re wearing contacts all the time and do not need to, take them out. Leaving them in only increases the chance for dry eyes.
  10. Use eye drops at bedtime. This helps prevent the evaporation of fluids and helps dry eyes recover as you sleep.

If you have additional questions about dry eyes, or simply find that home remedies are not working, then it’s time to contact the dry eye experts at Corrective Eye Center at
(216) 574-8900, today!

Your Forecast Without Cataracts? Clear!

You’re driving your car at night and the windshield is fogged up, an oncoming car approaches with their lights on, the light hits your fogged windshield and all-of-a-sudden everything is blurred and hard to see. What do you do? Brake? Slow down? Thankfully as the car passes you’re able to see a little bit better, but this exact experience is very similar as to what it feels like if you have cataracts.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have
had cataract surgery.

A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.

What are some of the causes of cataracts?

  • Extended periods of time in the sun without sunglasses
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Regular use of steroid medications
  • Exposure to radiation

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses

How are cataracts detected?

Visual acuity test: This eye chart test measures how well you see at various distances.
Dilated eye exam: Drops are placed in your eyes to dilate the pupils. Your ophthalmologist uses a magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other problems.
Tonometry: An instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test.

The symptoms of early cataract may be improved with new glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these options do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Corrective Eye Center Offers No Needle, No Stitch Cataract Surgery

No-needle, no-stitch cataract surgery can be the right option for some patients. For most patients, only an eye drop anesthetic is needed, making recovery faster. Cataract removal through a small incision requires an ultrasound technique known as phacoemulsification. This method uses only sound waves and fluid to break the cataract into small particles. They are easily washed from the eye. After the cataract has been removed, an intraocular lens implant is placed in the eye. This implant is permanent, lasts a lifetime, and does not need any maintenance. The very small incision heals very quickly, almost always without stitches. Usually, patients resume full activities the next day after surgery, including driving, bending, lifting, golfing, bowling, etc.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described above, contact Corrective Eye Center to schedule an examination and stop missing out on all of life’s beautiful little details! Call 216.574.8900 today.

Marijuana for Glaucoma? The good, bad and indifferent.

Last week in Ohio the Medical Marijuana law went into effect bringing new treatment options to patients and doctors in a number of fields. While the law went into effect there are still a number of processes and regulations that must be implemented prior to writing a prescription or walking into, a currently non-existent, dispensary. In fact, many articles state that legal marijuana in Ohio may not be available until the end of 2017, or beginning of 2018. For more on Ohio’s weed laws visit https://www.mpp.org/states/ohio/.

It’s legal, but is it ethical?

This is a topic of strong opinions, which still have many people weighing out the pro’s and con’s, but finding good, legitimate research can be tough. In fact, what you might find in High Times magazine may be the opposite of what you find on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website. And, for a lot of people it may come down to their beliefs and how they were raised. Growing up your entire life being told how marijuana is bad for you and how it is a gateway drug can certainly sway your opinion. How can something that you have been told was bad for your health now be good? Well, you could relate it to articles on salt, eggs, and wine and how these are good for you in moderation, but can cause problems in excess. After all, the government legalizing marijuana is not intended to create a nation of Cheeto eating couch potatoes.

What are the benefits of marijuana for glaucoma?

Marijuana is currently being used in some cases to treat eye conditions like glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. Patients with glaucoma have increased eye pressure, which causes damage to the optic nerve and leads to peripheral vision loss. Controlling the pressure inside of the eye is an effective way to prevent lasting problems caused by the disease. Without treatment glaucoma can cause blindness in just a few years. The condition is inherited and usually occurs later in life.

The eye pressure associated with glaucoma is typically treated using various medications and eye drops. Some people cannot use these treatments and may look for alternatives like marijuana.

THC, one of the components in marijuana has been known to decrease pressure in the eyes. For the same reason THC causes red eyes, it lowers blood pressure and dilates the blood vessels thus lowering eye pressure as well. It typically only lowers eye pressure for about three to four hours, so those choosing to use this treatment will have to use marijuana multiple times each day to be effective. THC pills or drops are sometimes used with similar results. http://www.eyedoctorguide.com/eye_general/marijuana-impact-vision.html

Those using marijuana for glaucoma may find that the hassle of not being able to drive and decreased concentration just aren’t worth using this form of “medicine” as a treatment.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation states that marijuana is not currently a recommended treatment for glaucoma due to unknown effects that could accompany its use. Stating the possibility of marijuana making glaucoma worse since it lowers blood pressure as well as eye pressure which could potentially further damage the optic nerve. But, Dr. Oz may believe different and has endorsed marijuana as a viable treatment for a number of ailments and diseases. So, who is right and who is wrong. Only time and additional research will tell.

So, what’s your opinion?

We’d love to know your thoughts. Would you be open to use medical marijuana? Do you view it as a drug that should still be illegal? We want to hear from you!

If you have glaucoma, or symptoms of glaucoma, maybe it’s time to schedule an examination with one of our ophthalmologists. Contact us at 216.574.8900, today.

Are You Missing Something on That Back-to-School List?

Summer in Cleveland is coming to an end and families are frantically rushing to get last minute school supplies and clothing before their children return to school. With all of the madness it’s easy to forget how important a comprehensive eye exam for your children can be. In a perfect world it is ideal to have their eye exam before the start of classes, but balancing your own schedule and finding time to gather everything for school can be very time consuming.

Corrective Eye Center recommends scheduling back-to-school eye exams during the first month of school each year. This time frame allows us to address any vision issues before they lead to headaches, learning problems, or falling behind at school.

Below are a few warning signs to look out for in regard to your child’s vision:

  • Continually loses place while reading
  • Holds reading materials closer than normal
  • Experiences headaches on a regular basis
  • Uses one eye to read
  • Tilts their head while watching television
  • Uses a finger to keep place of where they are reading

Corrective Eye Center in Willoughby Hills, Ohio recently hired, Dr. Tamar Shafran, a new doctor specializing in Pediatric Ophthalmology. Dr. Shafran works children to give them the best possible vision and office visit experience available.

If you notice any of the warning signs above contact Dr. Shafran, and the experts at Corrective Eye Center to schedule an eye exam today. Call (216) 574-8900, today.

Corrective Eye Center offers multiple office locations throughout northeast Ohio.

Five Things You Need to Know About Cataract Laser Eye Surgery

I wake up every morning and reach for my glasses on the night stand before checking the morning news. For some reason I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that things are a bit blurry. Maybe I need a new prescription, or maybe I have cataracts.

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of visual loss in the United States. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. This lens is located behind your iris, the colored portion of your eye, and works just like a camera focusing light and sending images to your brain. Cataracts can be the reason why sharp images become blurred, why colors soften and why seeing at night has become more difficult.

There are a number of reasons why Cataract Laser Eye Surgery could be the cure you’re looking for. Below are five things you need to know about this procedure and its benefits.

  1. Bladeless – the skilled surgeon preforming your surgery will be utilizing a laser instead of a scalpel which offers a more predictable and precise procedure.
  2. Safe and Successful – cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures in the United States with over three million surgeries preformed each year with a 98% success rate.
  3. Out-patient Surgery – surgeries are preformed in our office and generally take less than an hour. Patients are sent home the same day, shortly after surgery.
  4. Typical 30 Day Recovery Period – Many patients have improved eyesight within a few days after surgery and, however it may take a couple of weeks for your vision to take on 100% of benefits of laser cataract eye surgery.
  5. Provides Best Possible Vision – with cataract laser eye surgery you’ll experience the sharpest vision possible due to accurate incisions and corrections helping you to achieve a goal of being less dependent on your eye glasses after surgery.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of cataracts it’s time for an eye exam. Contact the professionals at Corrective Eye Center at 216.574.8900 to schedule an exam today!

Resources:
https://www.njoyvision.com/laser-cataract/laser-cataract-overview/laser-cataract-surgery-vs-traditional/
http://www.reclaimyourvision.com/cataract/lensx-laser-surgery.shtml
Alcon – “Cataracts – Seeing beyond the blur” – Office pamphlet
AcrySoftIC ReSTOR – “Choose the cataract replacement lens that lets you see more than ever”. – Office pamphlet

Prevent Blindness by Understanding Cataracts

June is Cataract Awareness month, bringing attention to the leading cause of blindness all over the world. Cataracts are so common that more than half of all Americans will have at least one by the age of 80! As such a frequent occurring eye health issue, it is important to know the signs and symptoms, prevention tips, and treatment options.

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Signs and Symptoms

Are you experiencing the following symptoms of cataracts?

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Glare issues
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Seeing halos around lights

Treatment

So what are your treatment options?

The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. But fear not, the expert ophthalmologists at Corrective Eye Center in the Greater Cleveland area offer state of the art no-needle, no-stitch cataract surgery, the latest in laser cataract refractive surgery, and offer the option to upgrade with premium lens replacement – using intraocular lenses to correct near or distant vision as well as astigmatism.

Learn more about cataracts and your ability to have control over your vision by visiting our blog, or calling to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Corrective Eye Center at (216) 574-8900 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors in one of 4 Cleveland area locations or fill out our request an appointment form.

Prevention

How can I protect myself and others?

And don’t forget! Protect your eyes from the dangers of fireworks this Independence Day. View tips from our 2015 blog.

Contact Corrective Eye Center at (216) 574-8900 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors in one of 4 Cleveland area locations or fill out our request an appointment form.

May is Healthy Vision Month – Make a Commitment to Your Health!
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As the warm weather approaches, many people are thinking about getting in shape for the summer months. We begin to live a healthier and more active lifestyle that includes long walks in the park, a kick start to fitness routines, maybe eating fruits, salads and other healthy foods, and even reaching a goal weight. While these do amazing things for our overall wellness, did you know making these choices also positively impact your eyes? It’s true!

May is Healthy Vision Month, so while your goals may be short term – to look great and feel good over the next few months – know that maintaining your health and fitness helps your vision in the long run!

The National Eye Institute suggests making your eye health a priority by taking these additional steps or precautions to keep your eye safe and your vision protected:

  • Wear sunglasses! Those sunny days aren’t the only time to put on a pair of shades – even cloudy days can damage your eyes with UV rays and reflections, causing avoidable eye damage.
  • Use protective eyewear! Whether you work at a job that requires safety glasses, you are playing sports, or working in the yard, protective eye wear can save you from painful and long lasting eye injuries. Safety glasses and guards are made from special materials that are stronger than your regular glasses or sunglasses. They are worth the investment!
  • Get a comprehensive eye exam, including dilation! At Corrective Eye Center we know “it starts with the exam.” You may think your eyes are healthy but visiting your Cleveland eye doctor can help identify early stages of eye diseases that often have little to no symptoms.
  • Live healthfully! Weight gain, smoking, and chronic conditions often leave a patient predisposed to eye health issues such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration and even blindness. Making health decisions at meal time – fruits, veggies, and omega-3 fatty acids – have many eye health benefits and prevent the development of many health and eye related issues.

Are you ready to make a commitment to your eye health? Schedule an exam today with one of our Cleveland eye care professionals and ophthalmologists. Call us at (216) 574-8900 or complete your registration today for an appointment!

We are moving! Visit us at our newest location in Willoughby Hills – at 35010 Chardon Road, Building IV, Suite 102 – our Cleveland ophthalmologist’s new eastside office. Making your eye appointment in Lake County just got easier.

It Starts with the Exam
Ophthalmologist or optometrist optician at work

You have been struggling with driving and night and are growing tired of seeing halos and faded colors. You don’t have to live with blurry or double vision. You may have cataracts and the ophthalmologists at Corrective Eye Center can help. It starts with the exam.

The patchy blind stops in your peripheral vision are becoming distracting, and the tunnel vision is unbearable. Your headaches are more becoming more frequent and your eyes are often red – what can offer relief, treatment or management? It may be glaucoma and it is time to call the eye care specialists at Corrective Eye Center. It starts with the exam.

The drug store eye drops offer no relief anymore. Your dry eyes are causing pain and discomfort during all seasons, winter and summer alike. There are procedures that can help regulate tear production and provide resolution if you call your doctor. It starts with the exam.

Tired of hearing people ask if you are tired even when well rested? Those droopy eyelids and bags under your eyes don’t ever seem to go away and at times seem to inhibit your ability to see! The surgeons at Corrective Eye Center perform eyelid surgeries that leave you looking refreshed with limited or local anesthesia, make the call today. It starts with the exam.

No matter what ails you and your eyes, it all starts with the exam at Corrective Eye Center in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. Contact us today at 216-574-8900 to make your appointment and be on your way to improved eye sight.