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Eye Makeup Safety

Posted by administration on December 18, 2014

Eye makeupAre you putting bacteria on your eyes? 

Studies have shown that in as little as 3-months, bacteria can grow in mascara, eye shadow, eyeliners and more, leading to eye infections such as pink eye, dry eye, loss of eyelashes and more. 

If just the thought of bacteria on your eyes makes you shudder, consider this: Makeup has expiration dates. Unfortunately, those expiration dates are NOT printed on the containers, tubes and sticks. It’s up to you to keep track of when you purchase cosmetics and toss them after a certain timeframe. 

Eye infections can be avoided by following these safety tips:

  • Purchase new mascara and liquid eyeliner every 3 months; eye shadow every 12 months; eye pencil every 24 months
  • Do not share eye makeup with friends
  • Avoid using samples in stores
  • Do not apply eyeliner to the inner eye lash lines
  • Do not wear mascara that flakes
  • Close eye makeup containers tightly
  • If you wear contact lenses, put them in before applying eye makeup
  • Remove eye makeup at night (remove contact lenses first)

 

One way to avoid the “contact lens eye infection” trap is by having LASIK vision correction in San Francisco to reduce or eliminate your dependence on contacts for clear vision. Of course, even if you achieve clear vision through LASIK, it will become even more important to protect your investment in your vision by practicing safe eye makeup application. 

You may be tempted to hang on to eye makeup longer than the recommended timeframe because it can be quite expensive. However, when you consider the cost of treatment for eye infections and the potential for damaged vision, it will be more cost-effective to pay attention to how long your eye products stay in your makeup bag. 

If you love wearing eye makeup, but your eyes are hidden behind corrective lenses, contact our doctors at Pacifc Eye Specialists to discuss the option of San Francisco LASIK for your unique eyes. He offers a free LASIK Consultation to analyze your eyes and answer all of your questions about this popular vision procedure. To schedule your no-obligation appointment, call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com

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Eyeglasses for Eyestrain

Posted by administration on December 11, 2014

eyestrain glasses

If you work long hours at a computer, you are probably no stranger to eye strain in San Francisco. This is an actual condition called computer vision syndrome (CVS) that can cause blurry vision, eye irritation, headaches neck pain and back pain.

Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

CVS is like a repetitive stress injury that can worsen over time.

  • Looking down at the keyboard and then back up to the monitor strains the eye muscles due to the constant shift of focus.
  • If you choose not to wear your prescription lenses as you work (to correct nearsightedness or astigmatism), you will be forced to strain to see the monitor clearly.
  • If you do not keep your lens prescription up-to-date, you may be adding to the eye strain.
  • The onset of presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) beginning around age 40 can make it more difficult to focus on the computer monitor.  
  • Workstations that are not ergonomically-designed may cause you to crane your neck, slouch or arrange your body in an awkward position to compensate.

Look cool in your cubical!

Special computer glasses featuring lens coatings and tints that reduce glare can help to reduce the symptoms of CVS. These glasses can be purchased in non-prescription versions or in versions that support your specific refractive error. Before you invest in these glasses, be sure to read reviews online so you can make the best decision; these glasses don’t work for everyone.

Not surprisingly, prescription computer glasses cost more than non-prescription glasses. And if your prescription changes frequently, you will need to invest in new glasses regularly.

One way to combat the ongoing expense of glasses, contact lenses and cleaning solutions is by investing in the one-time cost of laser vision correction in San Francisco. The doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists can determine if your eyes are right for laser vision correction during a free LASIK Consultation

Other Ways to Control Eyestrain

  • Every 20 minutes on the computer look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This is known as the 20-20-20 rule.
  • Set a timer to remind yourself to take breaks from your screen (it’s easy to lose track of time when you are focused!)
  • Identify and implement the right ergonomics for your computer workstation by visiting the OSHA website.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer monitor and reduce the glare on your screen from lights or windows.

20/20 doesn’t mean an end to 20-20-20

Even if you have a successful laser vision correction procedure at Pacific Eye Specialists and achieve 20/20 vision, it’s still important to practice the 20-20-20 rule! CVS can affect anyone who sits in front of a computer for long periods of time.

To learn more about blade-free LASIK and find out about 0% laser vision correction financing, contact Pacific Eye Specialists today at 415-921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule a free LASIK Consultation. 

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5 Reasons Your Dog Wants You to Have LASIK

Posted by administration on December 06, 2014

dog lasik

Your “best friend” wants you to have LASIK in San Francisco.

If you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, here are the reasons why:

  1. No waiting around to go on walks while you search for your glasses.
  2. No tripping over him in the middle of the night because you can’t see without your glasses.
  3. No dropping your contact lenses in his water dish.
  4. No getting in trouble for chewing up your expensive prescription sunglasses.
  5. No mistaking him for the cat because – well – they are the same size...

After a successful LASIK procedure, you might achieve 20/20 vision. That means vision without glasses to play, wrestle, cuddle and walk your dog...every day and every night.

Make your dog happy. Schedule a free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists today to find out if your eye anatomy and eye health is right for LASIK. If our doctors give you the green light and you choose to proceed with the procedure, your pooch will be happier than a poodle in a peanut butter factory

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Happy Thanksgiving from Pacific Eye Specialists!

Posted by administration on November 27, 2014

ThanksgivingAll year long the team at Pacific Eye Specialists is grateful to have a prominent role in the health of our community. This Thanksgiving we want to share some of the specific reasons why we are so thankful:

  • We have the in-house technologies that have helped enhance, protect and preserve eyesight for literally thousands of people in our community.
  • We get the opportunity to spend time with our patients, getting to know them personally.
  • Our practice is based on strong ethical standards; we only recommend LASIK and other procedures if we feel patients will truly achieve the vision results they desire
  • We help patients afford a better quality of life with improved vision through financing for LASIK in San Francisco and other elective procedures.
  • We are able to provide our patients with a comfortable and caring environment for their eye care.

Happy Thanksgiving! Take time to think of the things you are thankful for this holiday season. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your current vision, or are experiencing vision changes in San Francisco that are causing you stress, contact Pacific Eye Specialists to schedule an eye exam or a free LASIK Consultation. Call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com.  

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Keep Your Eyes Safe in the Kitchen

Posted by administration on November 21, 2014

Kitchen Eye SafetyAt Pacific Eye Specialists, we have helped thousands of people achieve lens-free vision through laser vision correction. And while our LASIK in San Francisco allows most of our patients to toss out their glasses, we encourage those patients to protect their new-found clear vision by wearing protective safety glasses when performing certain activities.

Most people know that safety glasses are important when playing contact sports, using power tools or working in the yard. But did you know that they are also important in the kitchen?

According to WebMD, almost half of the annual 2.5 million eye injuries occur in and around the home…and more than 40% of those happen during everyday activities like cooking. (Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma)

Potential Causes of Kitchen Eye Injuries

Your eye can become injured during food prep, oven and stove cooking and cleaning. 

  • Cleaning chemical splatters
  • Grease/oil splatters
  • Champagne corks
  • Steam burns
  • Spicy juices, such as cutting jalapeños and touching your eyes
  • Oven heat

It may seem a bit silly to wear glasses in the kitchen, but whether you’ve invested in your vision through LASIK or already have excellent vision, you don’t want to risk your eyesight to a freak kitchen accident. Get a pair of protective glasses that are approved by the American National Standards Institute and get cooking!

If you are tired of wearing glasses to read recipes, contact Pacific Eye Specialists to schedule a free LASIK Consultation and find out if LASIK is right for your eyes. You can call 415-921-7555 or schedule an appointment anytime day or night by visiting pacificeyespecialists.com.

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