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Eye Exams for Heart Health?

Posted by administration on February 26, 2015

Heart MonthScheduling regular eye exams tends to be pushed down the “to do” list with certain people who:

  • Were born with excellent vision
  • Have had blade-free LASIK in San Francisco to get 20/20 vision

In reality, eye exams are important for everyone…not just those with poor vision. Eye exams can detect “silent” vision problems like glaucoma or cataracts in San Francisco; surprisingly most people don’t realize that eye exams can also detect early signs of heart disease, diabetes and more.

February is American Heart Month, so it’s the perfect time to make your heart health a priority by scheduling an eye exam. By examining the blood vessels in the retina, your eye doctor may be able to predict increased risk for heart issues. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

11 Tips to Promote Heart Health

  1. Stop smoking.
  2. Reach and sustain a healthy body weight.  
  3. Get your cholesterol level checked. Adjust your diet or take medications to lower your levels, if needed.  
  4. Get your blood pressure checked regularly.
  5. If you are diabetic, monitor your blood sugar levels every day.
  6. Eat a healthy diet of fresh, non-processed foods.
  7. Exercise regularly. The Surgeon General recommends that adults aim for a minimum of 150 minutes/week of moderate intensity activities.
  8. Consume alcohol in moderation.
  9. Follow your doctor’s orders. If you need medication to control your cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes or other conditions, make sure you are taking the proper doses at the proper times.
  10. Don’t ignore warning signs of heart problems such as dizziness, irregular heartbeat, chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, sweating, etc. Contact your doctor immediately.
  11. Make doctor visits a priority. Yearly check-ups will help you stay proactive with your overall health.

Heart problems may also be identified during Consultations for certain vision procedures, such as LASIK. Our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists takes your medical history, current physical health, eye characteristics and eye health into consideration before recommending San Francisco blade-free LASIK. This is for the safety of patients and to improve the chances for excellent vision outcomes.

Call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com to learn more about eye health, to schedule an eye exam or to schedule a free LASIK Consultation. 

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LASIK, Glaucoma & High Blood Pressure

Posted by administration on February 18, 2015

GlaucomaIf you have been considering having LASIK vision correction in San Francisco, your eye health is one aspect that will be examined to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.

For example, people who have glaucoma in San Francisco may be advised against LASIK. Glaucoma patients have increased eye pressure and the LASIK procedure may raise intraocular pressure if suction is applied during the creation of the corneal flap. However, only a trained ophthalmologist can determine for sure if having LASIK with your specific glaucoma diagnosis is feasible and safe – or if another type of refractive surgery is advised. This can be determined during a free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco.

LASIK & High Blood Pressure

A new study by researchers in Australia has found that long term hypertension increases a person’s susceptibility to glaucoma. In the past it was thought that high blood pressure could actually counteract high eye pressure by raising blood pressure levels for a short time. However, this has only appeared to work for younger patients.

What the study showed is that chronic hypertension may damage the eye’s blood vessels and limit the eye’s capacity to cope with elevated pressure.  

So, if you have high blood pressure, you may want to schedule an eye exam to ensure that you are not developing the “silent” condition of glaucoma. You can also find out if you can have LASIK with your high blood pressure.

If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts, and want to pursue the option of LASIK, schedule a free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists today to find out if your overall health, eye health and eye characteristics are right for the procedure. 

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Is LASIK Safe?

Posted by administration on February 13, 2015

lasik safety

More than 14 million Americans have had LASIK vision correction since the mid-1990s. While LASIK is usually considered a safe medical procedure, it is important to remember that it is still surgery...and the decision to have LASIK should not be taken lightly.

You can increase your chances for an excellent visual outcome (20/20 vision or better) through LASIK by choosing your LASIK center and doctor carefully. Here are some tips to help you make the best decision:

  • Demand a thorough preoperative exam to ensure your eye health, corneal thickness and medical condition meet the standards for the procedure.
  • Make sure the board certified surgeon has specific LASIK training and experience performing successful LASIK procedures. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctors questions about their success rates.
  • Fully understand what type of LASIK technology will be used during the procedure. Most reputable doctors today offer advanced, blade-free LASIK technology on-site in a controlled environment to ensure patient safety and the best possible vision outcomes.
  • Don’t base your decision only on cost. If the cost of a certain doctor’s LASIK sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You don’t want to take risks with your vision just to save a buck.
  • First impressions count. If you don’t feel comfortable with any aspect of the LASIK center you are researching, even if that center was recommended by a friend or family member, keep looking.

The doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists perform advanced blade-free LASIK in San Francisco. They offer free LASIK Consultations to help potential patients learn about their unique eye characteristics and determine whether LASIK is a viable option for clear vision. Most importantly, they use the Consultation to help patients learn everything about LASIK and encourage them to ask questions about the procedure, the potential risks and his experience.

No medical procedure can ever be called 100% safe. However, by doing your diligent research and choosing an experienced LASIK doctor in San Francisco, you will increase your odds for a successful outcome.

Call 415-921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com today to schedule your free LASIK Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists. 

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Enjoy Library Lovers’ Month with Clear Vision

Posted by administration on February 07, 2015

Library MonthFebruary is Library Lovers’ Month…a great time to celebrate how libraries of all types benefit our communities. It’s also a great time to pick up a book and rekindle your love of reading.

However, if you are farsighted and have trouble focusing on printed items close-up, you may become discouraged by the need to constantly locate your glasses in order to read. If farsightedness has plagued your eyesight for years, our doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists may be able to help. Our doctors have performed thousands of LASIK procedures in San Francisco, helping many farsighted patients achieve 20/20 vision. Patients are often amazed at how clear their close-up vision is after LASIK.

If you are over age 40 and feel that you are just now experiencing farsightedness, you are most likely experiencing a completely different vision condition called presbyopia. Unlike a refractive error, presbyopia occurs to most people as they age and is caused when the eye lens begins to stiffen. People with presbyopia have trouble focusing on close-up objects, including menus and books, and require reading glasses to see more clearly.

Monovision LASIK is sometimes performed to help minimize the effects of presbyopia by correcting one eye for up-close vision and one eye for distance vision; however, traditional LASIK does not correct presbyopia.

To find out if you qualify for bladeless LASIK in San Francisco, contact Pacific Eye Specialists at 415-921-7555 to schedule a free LASIK Consultation. Most patients report improved vision the day after their procedures; you might be able to enjoy Library Lovers’ Month with clear vision after LASIK!

Here are some other observations during February to complement Library Lovers’ Month:

  • Saturday, Feb. 7: Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Saturday, Feb. 14: International Book Giving Day (share your love of reading on Valentine’s Day!)
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Can LASIK Eliminate the Need for Reading Glasses?

Posted by administration on January 29, 2015

Reading GlassesThe answer to this question is “yes” and “no.”

LASIK vision correction in San Francisco is typically performed to correct a refractive error that has been present since childhood or acquired later in life:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness), which results in blurry distance vision
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness), which results in blurry up-close vision
  • Astigmatism, which results in blurry vision at all distances

Once adults hit their 40s, a different condition called presbyopia can begin to affect up-close vision. Presbyopia occurs as the eye lenses begin to lose flexibility, making it difficult to focus on things close-up. Over-the-counter reading glasses in San Francisco are available in various strengths to help accommodate for this change in vision.

LASIK does not correct presbyopia. During a LASIK procedure, the cornea is slightly reshaped to allow light to properly focus on the retina (the back of the eye) to achieve clear vision. Because presbyopia is not caused by the shape of the cornea, LASIK in its basic form does not correct this vision condition.

However, there is a loophole!

Monovision LASIK in San Francisco can be performed to provide clear distance vision in one eye and clear up-close vision in the other, affording clear vision at all distances. This technique can take some time to adjust to, so trial contact lenses may be prescribed before you have the procedure.

So if you don’t want to feel embarrassed about wearing your glasses to read…or feel like your grandmother with your reading glasses…you may want to consider monovision LASIK or other forms of vision correction. Contact Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation to discuss the options. Call 415-921-7555. 

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