Archive for May, 2020

Choosing the Right Pair of Sunglasses to Protect your Eyes and Prevent Cataracts

Summer is quickly approaching, and while summer means beautiful weather and beach days, it also means dangerous UV rays.

Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause cumulative damage to your eyes as you age, but you can protect your vision by wearing sunglasses every day, even in cloudy weather.

Here’s what you need to know about choosing the best sunglasses to prevent age-related cataracts and other eye issues over time.

Ensure you are getting the right protection.

The sun and its rays provide many benefits. In small doses, it boosts vitamin D, contributes to stronger bones, aids in a better night’s sleep, improves mood, and helps build a healthier immune system. Unfortunately, the sun also gives off UV radiation that you can’t see or feel, and too much of it can cause significant health problems like sunburn, skin cancer, and severe eye damage. 

Before you even check the price tag of potential sunglasses, read the label. Do these glasses block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays? If not, leave them on the rack and keep looking. Too much UV light can cause cataracts, destroy the retina, and damage the lining at the back of the eyes.

Check the fit. 

For most of us, style is probably at the top of our priority list for sunglasses. But there are more important things to worry about, especially when it comes to protection. Your sunglasses must be fitted. A pair that doesn’t fit well can let UV rays seep onto your skin and into your eyes. Also, if you choose sunglasses that are comfortable and fit your face properly, you’ll be more inclined to wear them.

Sunglasses that wrap around your eyes are an excellent choice as they can help block stray UV light. They can also keep out sand and other types of debris; those things can be just as dangerous. 

Go big or go home.

In most cases, bigger doesn’t always mean better. When it comes to sunglasses, however, bigger is often your best bet. Obviously, with bigger glasses, you are going to get more coverage, and more coverage means more protection for your eyes. 

Polarized vs. non-polarized.

Polarized lenses reduce glare at the beach, in the snow, or out on the water. But they don’t take the place of UV protection. 

You might see better through them when there’s a lot of light. But they can make it harder to see things like dashboards or screens. It’s important to consider what will work best for you, just make sure that you understand that polarized doesn’t equate to eye protection. 

Consider darkness and color. 

Just because a lens is dark doesn’t mean it blocks all UV rays. So again, it’s crucial to research and read labels. 

Your pupil controls how much light gets in. When you wear darkened lenses, the pupil opens more to let in more light. If your sunglasses aren’t built to block UV rays, you can let more rays into the eye and cause even more damage.

So, what are the best sunglasses for you?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the best sunglasses will offer the following:

  • 100% UV protection.
  • Scratch-resistant lenses.
  • High optical quality.
  • A larger frame that offers more coverage of eye area.

So be sure all these items are on your shopping list!

When should you wear sunglasses?

The also AAO recommends wearing sunglasses anytime you are outdoors, particularly in the summer, when the level of UV radiation is tripled. Even if it’s a cloudy day don’t leave your glasses at home.

Older people may find the need to wear sunglasses more often than before. This is because the light that passes through the cornea and lens is more scattered, which is a result of the aging process. While this is distracting and annoying it can be alleviated with the use of proper eye wear.

Don’t forget to visit your doctor!

Make it a priority to schedule yearly eye exams, even if your vision seems to be healthy and clear. Routine visits allow your eye care professional to look for signs of cataracts and other vision disorders. 

And remember, when it comes to shopping for sunglasses, there is often science behind a higher price tag. With this must-have accessory, you truly get what you pay for. The right pair is out there, and they should include both protection and a comfortable price point. 

We’re happy to guide you to the best pair of sunglasses when you’re ready to take the plunge. But don’t delay—summer is almost here, and it’s only going to get brighter! 

If you need some assistance with sunglasses or need to discuss cataract surgery options, contact the experts at Cataracts Consultants today! 

What you Can Expect When Having Cataract Surgery

Before having any kind of procedure, it is a good idea to gain a sufficient understanding of the process. This will ensure that you and your surgeon are on the same page, eliminating any potential doubts or questions.

Although the thought of cataract surgery can be scary and overwhelming, it is extremely safe and effective, as millions of surgeries are performed every year. According to the Ophthalmology Times, in the United States, some 9,000 ophthalmic surgeons were performing 3.6 million cataract surgeries in 2015 and those numbers have increased every year. Can you imagine how many procedures were performed in 2019?

So not only are these surgeries safe but they are extremely successful as a quick outpatient operation that will restore the vision loss due to the clouding of the lens. So if you are considering cataract surgery, keep reading to get a glimpse into what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

Before.

Before your surgery, your eyes will be examined externally and internally. This will include a typical eye exam that is done with a light but may also include a laser scan of the eye or an ultrasound examination of the inside of your eye. These tests will determine the health of your eye if any other conditions are present, and the best type of lens implant for you.

Choosing a lens implant may be part of the preparation process once you have decided to have your cataracts removed. Your physician will work with you to select the best lens for your specific condition.

During this time you will want to plan ahead for the day of your surgery. Be sure to arrange for transportation to and from the surgery center as it won’t be safe to drive for 24 hours because of anesthesia. Some other things you may want to do to prepare include:

  • Ask your doctor any questions and talk about any current medications you may be taking.
  • Do not eat or drink past midnight (unless otherwise instructed by your doctor).
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • Pre-cook your meals so you don’t have stress about food as you heal.
  • Schedule some days off of work.

During.

The first step of the surgery begins with the doctor dilating your pupils. You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area or be given a mild sedative to help you relax. During the surgery itself, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. There are various methods for the actual procedure that is dependent upon your surgeon, but most surgeries are completed using an ultrasound probe, or advanced laser technique. Once the cloudy lens is removed, the artificial lens is implanted.

According to Harvard Health, you will spend two to three hours at the surgical facility. The procedure itself lasts approximately 30 minutes. Afterward, the surgeon may cover the eye with a bandage or shield, which can be removed later that day or on the following day. You will recuperate in the recovery area for about 30 minutes, and then will receive instructions on how to care for your eye

After.

Recovery time is typically one or two days, but every person is unique and your healing experience will depend on the underlying health of your eye and the ease of your surgery. That’s why it is imperative to plan regularly scheduled visits for your surgeon and technician to monitor your progress. Blurry or foggy vision is typical immediately after surgery, and your eyes may feel a little sore or gritty. These symptoms will improve, and irritation will lessen within a few days.

Cataract surgery is safe and effective, and at Cataract Consultants, we make the process as painless as possible.

You don’t have to continue suffering from cataracts, complete our simple online contact form today and let’s get you scheduled for an evaluation.