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Category Archives: Eye Health

Why Your Family Eye Health Is Important

Family Eye Health

Before undergoing treatment for vision correction or an eye condition, your eye doctor will ask about your family eye health. But why is this? Bay Area Lasik surgeon and corneal specialist Mark Mandel, M.D., of Optima Eye explains the importance of your family eye health. Continue reading

Survey: Majority of Adults Have Eye Problems But Don’t Get Treatment

Many adults have eye problems but don’t get treated

When you notice a change in your vision or a problem with your eyes, do you get your eyes checked? If you answered no, you’re not alone. According to a recent poll commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the majority of American adults report having eye or vision problems but most fail to have their eyes checked. In this blog post, Mark Mandel, M.D., of Optima Eye discusses the findings of the survey and explains the importance of routine eye exams. Continue reading

Why You Still Need UV Protection in Winter

UV Protection in Winter

Harmful UV rays don’t go away during winter. The sun can still damage your skin and eyes, increasing your risk of cancer and other conditions. In this post, San Jose LASIK doctor, Mark Mandel, M.D., discusses why you still need UV protection in the winter. Continue reading

Five Ways You Could Be Aging Your Eyes

Ways You Could Be Aging Your Eyes

When it comes to “aging gracefully” the eyes usually aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. But keeping your eyes healthy is vital to your well-being as you age. Healthy eyes allow you to maintain your independence and keep enjoying your favorite activities. Unfortunately, some common lifestyle behaviors can prematurely age your eyes. In this post, Mark Mandel, M.D., a Bay Area vision expert discusses five ways you could be aging your eyes. Continue reading

How to Prevent Pink Eye

How to Prevent Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a common eye condition that causes inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. Pink eye is typically not serious, and viral pink eye will run its course within seven to 10 days without requiring medical attention. However, pink eye can be contagious, so it’s important to exercise caution if you or someone you know has pink eye. In this post, Bay Area LASIK doctor Mark Mandel, M.D., discusses how to prevent pink eye. Continue reading

Five Habits to Avoid for Healthier Eyes

Habits to Avoid for Healthier Eyes

Just as there are everyday habits that promote healthy, strong vision, there are also those that do the exact opposite. In this blog post, laser eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye takes a look at five habits you should avoid for healthier eyes. Continue reading

Top Five Vision Myths

Common Vision Myths

Thanks to the Internet, there is a wealth of information on eye health available. Unfortunately, this also means there are a number of vision myths and misconceptions circulating as well. In this blog post, trusted eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye sets the facts straight on the top five myths about eye health. Continue reading

How to Prevent Digital Eye Strain

Prevent digital eye strain

According to the Vision Council, nearly 70 percent of American adults experience some form of digital eye strain. Digital eye strain is caused by the continuous use (typically more than two hours) of digital devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones, all which have become part of everyday life for many of us. If you experience red eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and headaches after staring at a computer or other digital device, you may have digital eye strain. While these symptoms are bothersome, there are some steps you can take to prevent them. In this blog post, LASIK eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel MD of Optima Eye shares a few ways you can protect your vision from digital eye strain.

Use Proper Lighting

Outdoor sunlight shining through the window or harsh interior lighting can cause unnecessary strain on your eyes. If your office has a window, close the curtain or blinds as often as possible to avoid screen glare caused by sunlight. Or, try positioning your computer screen to the side of the window instead of in front of it or behind it. As an added measure, consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor.

Modify Your Display Settings

Many people find that adjusting the brightness and other display settings on their computer and digital devices helps reduce strain and fatigue on their eyes. The brightness of your screen should match, approximately, that of your surroundings. Adjusting the text size and contrast on your screen can also reduce eye strain, especially when composing long documents. Usually, black print on a white background is the best combination for comfort.

Exercise Your Eyes

Constantly focusing on your screen tires your eyes. Give your eyes a much needed break once in a while by exercising them. Try blinking 10 times every 20 minutes very slowly, as if falling asleep. This helps moisturize your eyes and prevent dry eyes and irritation. Or, try what eye doctors call the “20-20-20 rule.” Look away from your screen every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Stay on Top of Your Eye Health

Because the symptoms of digital eye strain are so common, it is easy for them to go unnoticed. But symptoms like headaches and dry eyes can create unneeded discomfort or, in some cases, greatly affect your vision over time. In some people, these symptoms can point to much more serious eye conditions, like dry eye syndrome. Safeguard your eyes from serious vision problems by visiting your optometrist regularly. If you are experiencing blurry vision and are considering LASIK surgery, Optima Eye can help. For more information, please email us today at mmandel@optimaeye.com.

Healthy Eye Habits for the Fall

Healthy eye habits for fall

The fall season brings cooler weather and new risks for your vision. The drop in temperature can cause dry eyes and allergies to arise. Keep your vision healthy and strong this season with these helpful habits from LASIK eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD of Optima Eye.

Rest your eyes. If you are headed back to school this fall or spending a lot of time in front of a computer, you are at risk for digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry eyes, redness and itchiness. Remember to rest your eyes by taking frequent breaks. Try the “20-20-20” rule: take a break every 20 minutes and look at objects at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to relieve eye strain. Remember to also blink often; we tend to blink one-third less than normal when using a computer, tablet, smartphone or other digital devices.

Stay active. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from exercising regularly. Staying fit is good for your entire body, including your eyes. Regular exercise can help decrease the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can cause eye-related complications. Research has also shown that exercise can decrease the risk of macular degeneration and other eye diseases and conditions.

Wear sunglasses. It’s recommended you wear sunglasses outdoors year round, no matter the weather outside. Even when it’s cloudy or overcast, the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your eyes, putting them at risk for sunburn (photokeratitis). Wearing sunglasses can also safeguard against windy conditions and flying debris that can harm your eyes.

Drink water. The arrival of fall also means the arrival of delicious coffee and hot cocoa flavors. However, it’s important to continue drinking plenty of water. Water is necessary for your body to produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include redness, dryness and puffy eyelids.

Prepare for allergies. Fall can stir up a range of eye allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander. Wash your hands often, and avoid rubbing your eyes. If you can, try to avoid what is causing your eye allergies. Remember to wash your pillow cases often. As an added measure, buy allergen resistant pillows.

Get a comprehensive eye exam. The fall season is the perfect time to get your eyes thoroughly checked by a trusted eye doctor. Many children and college students head back to school, making good vision necessary for success. A lot of schools offer vision screening for students, but keep in mind this is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam with your eye doctor can detect vision problems and treat eye conditions to keep your eyes healthy and strong. To schedule an exam for yourself and your family, contact your optometrist. If you have any questions regarding your eye care, email us at mmandel@optimaeye.com.

Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Why does my eye twitch?

An eye twitch, or myokymia, occurs when eyelid muscle contractions cause the eyelid to spasm uncontrollably for several seconds or minutes. Eye twitching is common and usually harmless. However, if you have ever experienced an eye twitch, or several of them, you know the feeling can be bothersome, especially if you don’t know what is causing the eye twitch. Here, LASIK eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD discusses the causes and cures of an eye twitch.

What Causes an Eye Twitch?

An eye twitch can be triggered by several factors. Stress causes epinephrine to arouse the muscles in the body, sometimes leading to eyelid contractions. Too much caffeine can also cause an eye twitch because it stimulates the muscles and nerves. Computer eye strain from overuse of computers and smartphones can cause vision-related stress, which in turn can trigger an eye twitch. Lack of sleep and certain medications caused by changes in vision are also common causes of an eye twitch.

Can an Eye Twitch Be a Symptom of a Serious Condition?

Although rare, an eye twitch can be a symptom of other eye conditions. An eye twitch can accompany blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids caused by bacteria. An eye twitch can also be a symptom of dry eyes or pink eye. Neurological disorders such as blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm can cause more serious forms of eye twitching.

In even rarer cases, an eye twitch can be a symptom of a brain nerve disorder, such as Bell’s palsy or Parkinson’s disease. In these cases, other symptoms will usually accompany an eye twitch. If an eye twitch persists, see your eye doctor to see if it’s a sign of a more serious medical problem.

How Can I Cure an Eye Twitch?

Benign eye twitches can usually be cured by making changes to lifestyle habits such as:

  • Get a full night’s sleep
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Minimize your use of digital devices (i.e., computer, smartphone)
  • Participate in daily stress relief activities (i.e., exercise)
  • Use eye drops or artificial tears to keep eyes lubricated
  • Schedule regular eye exams

The best way to keep your eyes healthy is by having regular eye exams with an experienced eye doctor. A comprehensive eye exam can address vision changes that can cause an eye twitch. Call your optometrist to schedule an appointment.

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Laser Refractive Surgeries

Laser refractive surgery corrects focusing errors of the eye (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) in order to improve visual sharpness and clarity. Procedures include LASIK, laser cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange.

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Premium Cataract Surgery

At Optima Eye we offer premium cataract surgery. Patients can opt for laser cataract surgery and / or premium intraocular lens implants, with several options to fit your unique lifestyle.

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Dr. Mandel and his team of professionals offer a complete continuum of general eye care services to accommodate every patient’s needs — whether those needs are as simple as a routine eye exam, or as complex as laser vision correction.

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Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome, which affects more than 100 million people worldwide, can be painful and debilitating. Dr. Mandel uses several approaches to treat dry eye, ranging from medication to punctal plugs.

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