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“Bionic Eye” Becomes Reality

Posted by administration on August 28, 2014

If you remember television shows from the 1970s, you’re sure to remember The Six Million Dollar Man. Actor Lee Majors played Col. Steve Austin, an astronaut severely injured in a crash who was later rebuilt with bionic implants in his right arm, legs and left eye. The “bionic man” had super strength, speed and vision. Viewers of this series undoubtedly fantasized about how it would feel to be like the bionic man.

Approximately 40 years later, technology has made the “bionic eye” a reality for patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. This disease slowly causes damage to the retina (the back of the eye) and eventually leads to almost complete blindness. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an artificial retina procedure being dubbed as a “bionic eye.” The system uses a tiny camera and transmitter in special eyeglasses to transmit impulses to the retina’s healthy cells to allow for limited restored vision.

Researchers continue to develop new technologies to restore or improve eyesight. Good vision is often taken for granted; but even when people have less serious vision conditions that require them to wear glasses or contacts (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism) they are often on the lookout for new methods of vision improvement.

LASIK vision correction in San Francisco is one such method that can truly change the lives of people who wear glasses or contacts. LASIK has been around since 1996 and over 14 million Americans have undergone this popular surgical process. The LASIK process works by slightly altering the shape of the cornea with an excimer laser so light will focus properly on the retina at the back of the eye. When light focuses properly, clear vision can be obtained.

Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists offers LASIK in San Francisco. He is dedicated to providing patients with detailed information about the LASIK procedure, the risks of LASIK and what results may be achieved for each unique patient.

Pacific Eye Spicialists can’t give you bionic vision; however, our doctors can analyze your eye characteristics and overall health to determine if Location LASIK might be right for you. Call 415-921-7555 to schedule your free LASIK Consultation or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule your appointment online.

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LASIK & Pink Eye

Posted by administration on August 19, 2014

Conjunctivitis is aptly named “pink eye” because the eyes actually look pink, red or bloodshot due to an inflammation of the clear membranes on the white of the eyes and inside the eyelids. This is a highly contagious condition that is easily spread when it is caused by a virus or bacteria.

People of all ages can get pink eye in San Francisco. The more you are in contact or close proximity with other people, the greater your risk of contracting pink eye because it can spread through sneezes, coughs or by using an object that was previously used by a person who already has pink eye.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to prevent pink eye, and you can contract the condition at the most inopportune times. For example, if you have a San Francisco LASIK procedure scheduled and you contract pink eye, you will have to have the pink eye treated before having LASIK. Your eyes must be healthy to avoid LASIK complications.  

Pink Eye Treatment

Viral conjunctivitis will typically clear up over several days, but bacterial conjunctivitis may require medicated eye drops or ointments. It may take 10 days or more for a bacterial infection to clear up. Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists can determine when it is safe to have LASIK after pink eye in San Francisco.

Pink Eye Symptoms

Besides red eyes, other symptoms of pink eye include:

  • Excessive eye watering
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Burning and itching
  • Crusty eyelids in the morning
  • Light sensitivity
  • Gritty sensation
  • Yellow discharge

If you are considering LASIK in San Francisco, schedule your free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists. Call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com. Our doctors will examine your eyes and tell you if your eyes are healthy enough for this amazing vision correction procedure.

Of course, even after successful LASIK, you can still contract pink eye. It’s important to take measures to protect yourself against pink eye, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes
  • Use hand sanitizers
  • Avoid sharing hand towels and personal items
  • Wear goggles when swimming
  • Follow contact lens wear instructions
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Foods that Sabotage Eye Health

Posted by administration on August 12, 2014

Potato chips…cream-filled cakes…cookies…French fries…processed meats…

Most people know that consuming too many highly-processed foods will lead to unhealthy weight gain. But researchers have also made a link between the increased risk of eye disease and overindulgence of junk food containing vegetable, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats along with linoleic acid.

Consider this: Whether you’ve had excellent eyesight your entire life or even if you had successful laser eye surgery in the past to correct your vision problems, if you sustain an unhealthy diet, your eyesight could be negatively impacted.

A study conducted at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found that eating too much junk food increases your risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes vision loss in your central vision…even blindness for some people. In contrast, consuming two or more servings of omega-3 fatty acid foods each week such as albacore tuna and salmon may actually lower your risk. Increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables and not smoking also helps.

Why sabotage your eye health…especially if you’re considering investing in your eyesight with LASIK technology in San Francisco? Limit your intake of junk food and adopt a healthy diet to not only protect your waistline but also protect your vision.

To schedule an eye exam to determine the overall health of your eyes or to learn more about how to improve your vision with San Francisco LASIK, contact Pacific Eye Specialists by calling 415-921-7555 or visiting pacificeyespecialists.com. We offer free online laser vision correction Self-Evaluations as well as free LASIK Consultations. 

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Will School Make You Nearsighted?

Posted by administration on August 05, 2014

Researchers in Germany have uncovered a possible link between spending more years in school and the prevalence and severity of nearsightedness. In the Gutenberg Health Study, they looked at 4,658 Germans ages 35-74 who had myopia (nearsightedness), which causes distant objects to appear blurry while close-up objects are clear. The study did not include participants with cataracts or anyone who had refractive surgery.

The Findings

  • 53% of university graduates had myopia
  • 39% of high school graduates had myopia
  • 24% of participants without a high school education had myopia

The myopia became more severe with each additional year of school.

Don’t Sacrifice Education for Vision

We are not recommending that people drop out of school to possibly protect their vision. Instead, while you are pursuing your education, be aware of your environment and how it is affecting your eyesight. For example, take frequent breaks from your computer and give your eyes a rest.

Another Reason Why Recess is Important

If these findings are valid, it makes sense for students to increase their time outdoors…making recess an important part of the school day (regardless of your level of education).

Already Nearsighted? You Have Options

Of course, people can have myopia regardless of the amount of schooling – you can be born with this condition where your eye is too long or too steep, causing light rays to focus in front of your retina rather than on the surface. If you are already nearsighted, you have options to correct your vision, including LASIK vision correction in San Francisco. This quick and virtually painless procedure uses a laser to microscopically reshape the cornea so light will focus on the retina (the back of the eye) and clear vision can be obtained.

To learn more about your own vision characteristics and find out if LASIK technology in San Francisco may help you see with 20/20 vision, contact Pacific Eye Institute by scheduling your free LASIK Consultation at pacificeyespecialists.com or by calling 415-921-7555. 

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Celebrities and LASIK

Posted by administration on August 01, 2014

According to Ranker.com, there is a long list of famous people that have had LASIK vision correction, including:

  • Brad Pitt
  • Brooke Shields
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • John Goodman
  • Jeremy London
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Lisa Ling
  • Michael Bolton
  • Barry Manilow
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Carlos Santana
  • “Weird Al’ Yankovic
  • And more…

At Pacific Eye Specialists, we would never recommend a person have LASIK just because a certain celebrity has done it. This is not a decision you should enter into lightly, and you should only pursue it with a highly qualified and trained ophthalmologist. In fact, not every person is a good candidate for LASIK. Our doctors perform a comprehensive LASIK exam in San Francisco to asses every potential LASIK patient’s corneal thickness, overall eye health and medical condition before giving the green light for LASIK. The process begins with a free LASIK Consultation where you can learn more about your eye anatomy and ask questions about the procedure, the LASIK technology that will be used and the surgeon’s track record of success.

If you want to pursue a life with the possibility of lens-free vision like so many celebrities have, contact Pacific Eye Specialists today to arrange your free LASIK Consultation. Call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule your appointment online anytime. We can’t promise you’ll end up on the big screen, but you may be able to watch your favorite celebrities without the hassles of glasses or contacts!

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