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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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Lose the Selfie Glare

Posted by administration on November 14, 2014

glasses glare

Can you snap a selfie anytime, anywhere…without having to reposition your head to lose the “selfie glare?”

If you wear glasses to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you have probably had to re-take your selfies several times to actually see your eyes behind the lenses. Glare from glasses in photos can take the focus from your beautiful/handsome face and can ruin your photos.

Of course, one way to combat the selfie glare is to remove your glasses entirely. But if you don’t want the hassle of “preparing” for photos every time or losing the spontaneity of selfies, you may want to consider LASIK in San Francisco.

The science and technology behind LASIK incorporates lasers to reshape the cornea so light can be properly focused on the back of the eye (the retina) and clear vision can be achieved. It’s an amazingly quick procedure that can be completely customized for every unique eye. Many patients achieve 20/20 vision after LASIK, which means no more glasses in selfies (maybe just sunglasses).

Not every person who wears glasses is a good candidate for LASIK. You have to have the right corneal thickness, refractive measurement and good eye health for the procedure to be effective. No one (not even an eye doctor) can just look at your eyes to determine this; you need to have a comprehensive exam by a trained ophthalmologist.

The doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists offer free LASIK Consultations to help patients learn about LASIK and find out if 20/20 vision from LASIK is a possibility. They can also discuss LASIK financing options in San Francisco to make the procedure affordable. To schedule your no-obligation appointment, call 415-921-7555 or visit pacificeyespecialists.com

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KaChoo! Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Posted by administration on November 05, 2014

Flu SeasonYou know the feeling. It starts with a slight tickle in your throat, or the feeling that something “isn’t quite right.” Then…boom! You’re sick.

But how do you know if you have a common cold or the full-blown flu?

The flu typically comes on fast, while a cold can start slowly and gradually become worse. The symptoms of each condition are different, too.

Cold Symptoms

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Itchy throat
  • Fatigue
  • Mild cough

A cold typically lasts about three days, but congestion may continue a week or more. Sometimes cold complications develop, which can lead to sinus infections, bronchitis, ear infections or asthma attacks.

Flu Symptoms

  • High fever
  • Extreme muscle aching over your entire body
  • Major fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal discharge
  • Dry cough
  • Vomiting or stomach pain (in children)

Flu symptoms can last one to two weeks. Flu complications can lead to pneumonia, dehydration, sinus infections, ear infections, hospitalization or even death.

Whether you have the cold or flu, these illnesses can wipe you out and zap your strength. When you are sick, the last thing you want to worry about is fumbling for glasses to read medication bottles or make your way to the restroom in the middle of the night. Successful LASIK vision correction in San Francisco can help to minimize – or even eliminate – those added discomforts when you are ill. LASIK works by using a laser to correct your specific refractive error that causes blurry vision at near, distant or all vision distances. If you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism in San Fransisco, LASIK might be right for you. 

It is estimated that between 5% - 20% of people in the United States get the flu every year, and it’s safe to say that a large majority of those people wear corrective lenses. Flu season starts in the fall and really gains strength in January and February. But this pesky virus can continue wreaking havoc well into the spring months.

The flu is spread when flu germ droplets land on you via coughs, sneezes or by touching a surface that is laced with the virus. These germ droplets can be anywhere: on shopping cart handles, school desks, phones, books, door handles, etc. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces up to eight hours! To minimize your risk of getting the flu, keep your distance from people who are sick, frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Your best defense against the flu? Get a flu vaccine! Seasonal flu vaccines work by causing antibodies to grow in the body two weeks after vaccination. This year’s vaccines protect against three types of viruses. The type of protection included in each year’s vaccination is different to keep up with the changing flu viruses. The flu vaccine is available as a flu shot or as a nasal spray. 

Your best defense against blurry vision caused by a refractive error? Get LASIK in San Francisco at Pacific Eye Specialists! Our LASIK technology helps most patients achieve 20/20 vision, but the procedure is not right for everyone. Our doctors can determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK through a comprehensive eye exam.

 

Contact Pacific Eye Specialists today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation…before flu season knocks you down. You can call 415-921-7555 or schedule an appointment anytime day or night by visiting pacificeyespecialists.com

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Halloween without Glasses

Posted by administration on October 29, 2014

halloween glasses

Unless you want to dress up as Clark Kent, Austin Powers, Harry Potter or a hippie chick, there aren’t too many Halloween costumes that feature glasses. But if you…

  • Are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism…
  • Can’t wear contact lenses…
  • And actually want to see your friends at a Halloween party…

…you may have to be a football player, zombie, vampire or other character with spectacles. 

The other option: LASIK vision correction in San Francisco.

We’re not suggesting that you enter into refractive surgery just to improve your chances at winning a costume contest. But if you are tired of wearing glasses and would like the opportunity to have 20/20 vision, you owe it to yourself to research your San Francisco LASIK options.

The doctors at Pacific Eye Specialists offer free LASIK Consultations to help patients:

  • Understand how LASIK works
  • Determine if their unique eyes are right for the procedure
  • Learn about different LASIK technologies
  • Learn the risks and rewards of LASIK
  • Meet our staff and learn our track record of success

Halloween will be here soon. If you want better vision before October 31, schedule your LASIK Consultation right away so you can find out if LASIK is right for you by calling 415-921-7555 or visiting pacificeyespecialists.com. If our doctors give you the green light, you could be rocking your Halloween costume lens-free! 

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Serious Eye Conditions Growing in Young People

Posted by administration on October 22, 2014

serious eye conditions

According to Medical News Today, a recent survey of optometrists has shown that the number of young people being diagnosed with serious eye conditions such as dry eye and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) is growing. Many of these doctors were also concerned that certain sight-stealing vision conditions may be developing at a younger age:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration

This phenomenon of deteriorating eye health may be due to any number of reasons, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition
  • Increased usage of computer, tablet or smart phone screens
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sunglasses
  • Improper contact lens usage

It’s important to note that even if you have your vision corrected through a procedure such as LASIK in San Francisco, and even if you achieve 20/20 vision after the procedure, it is still possible to develop serious eye conditions. Regular eye exams are vital to the overall health of your eyes because they can detect any “silent” problems that are developing so treatment options can be explored.

If you are experiencing any changes in your vision or would like to learn more about ways to protect and preserve your eyesight, contact Pacific Eye Specialists at 415-921-7555 or pacificeyespecialists.com to schedule an eye exam in San Francisco. Pacific Eye Specialists also offers free LASIK Consultations to help patients reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts

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