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Eye See Omega 3’s

Omega 3 fatty acids are important for eye health as they can decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration and are also therapeutic for patients with dry eye syndrome. Where do we get Omega 3’s? For most of us, we find all the Omega 3 our body can use in fish and fish oil. Since summer is a great time for fresh fish, we thought it important to remind you to fill your summer (and your tummy) with lots of great fresh fish.

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Want another way to get Omega 3’s? To get the same amount of Omega 3 that you would get form 1 fillet of salmon you would need to eat a dozen eggs. Omega 3 eggs are a great eye food however; they don’t replace fish in the diet. Eating 2 servings of wild salmon (Alaska) per week and 2 servings of other cold-water fish will provide your body with an omega-3 intake equivalent to 850 mg of DHA and EPA per day. By comparison one omega-3 egg contains approximately 125mg of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids). Although they are not a replacement for DHA and EPA in fish, eggs are a great source of other eye nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E and zinc.

Eye Statistics At A Glance

Being in the optical business and being that optometry and eye health is the cornerstone to our business, we are obviously very concerned with eye health. An annual eye exam can test for much more than just your vision. It can reveal a variety of chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and more. Early detection of such diseases can possibly save not just your eyesight, but your life. This infographic was shared with us recently showing how many people are affected by various eye conditions in the United States. If it has been a while since your last exam, call us or click here to schedule your eye exam. You will be glad you did.

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May Is Cataract Awareness Month

Every May we pay special attention to cataracts. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated through a change in eyeglass prescription or surgery, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision.

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A “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present, it may be an indication that a cataract is forming and that an eye exam should be scheduled: hazy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions; the feeling of having a film over the eyes; changes in the color of the pupil, which is ordinarily black; experiencing problems with light, such as difficulty with night driving due to the cloudy part of the lens scattering the light of oncoming headlights; or, “second sight,” which is the temporary improvement in reading vision experienced when cataracts reach a certain stage of development.During Cataract Awareness Month in May, Dr Lucy and the staff of Eye Luv Lucy reminds the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight. Schedule an eye exam today and let us make sure your vision stays the best it can be.

Smoking Is Bad For Your Eyes

Despite over 50 years of being told how bad cigarettes are for us and the mountains of scientific evidence that link smoking to lung cancer and heart disease, close to 60 million Americans still smoke cigarettes regularly. Smoking however, is bad for more than your heart, your lungs, and your wallet. Smoking is bad for your eyes as well. If you value your eyesight and we believe you do, our friends at All About Vision have put together this infographic sharing how cigarettes can harm your vision and even contribute to blindness. Guess there is something to that old Jerome Kerns song, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

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On The Lookout For Cataracts

11840310_ml-300x3001[1]A “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present, it may be an indication that a cataract is forming and that an eye exam should be scheduled: hazy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions; the feeling of having a film over the eyes; changes in the color of the pupil, which is ordinarily black; experiencing problems with light, such as difficulty with night driving due to the cloudy part of the lens scattering the light of oncoming headlights; or, “second sight,” which is the temporary improvement in reading vision experienced when cataracts reach a certain stage of development. Call us today and make an appointment with our very own Dr. Lucy Yen who will give your eyes a thorough examination including a search for early signs of cataracts.

January is National Glaucoma Month

Stop Glaucoma with an eye exam at Eye Luv Lucy

More than four million people in the United States have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and destroy eyesight. Unfortunately, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware that they have it. Are you one of them? You owe it to yourself to find out by getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes having drops put in your eye. With its painless and gradual loss of vision, glaucoma may have no early warning signs, but it can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Our own Dr. Lucy Yen can easily detect glaucoma with a comprehensive exam and help you save your eyesight and your health. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make sure your sight is the best it can be in 2016. Make an appointment today!

 

Let’s Talk Myopia

Myopia is a growing concern for parents around the world and in particular in Asian countries. It seems our obsession with staying inside whether to study, watch television, or play video games is affecting our eyesight. Myopia or nearsightedness occurs when the eye goes out of round and becomes elongated, making it harder to see objects further away. Nearsightedness can make it difficult for your child to easily read the blackboard in school and as they come into their teen years, can make driving more difficult and unsafe. Myopia is a progressive condition meaning it worsens over time. Our friends at schedule an exam with Dr. Yen today.

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Healthy Eating For Eyes

Regular eye exams and a healthy diet can help you lower your risk for macular degeneration and other serious eye issues. You should visit Eye Luv Lucy for an exam every year and eat plenty of fruits, grains, and dark, leafy vegetables.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins C, E, and zinc can actually slow the progression of macular degeneration. Foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids might even prevent it.

Healthy foods can improve your overall health. Physical activity is also an important element of maintaining your vision. Check out this video to learn more about the connection between what you eat and how well you see.

How Orthokeratology Can Help With Myopia

How-Orthokeratology-Can-Help-with-Myopia[1]Myopia is a refractive error that occurs when they eyeball is too long or the cornea is too curved. This condition, which is also called nearsightedness, makes it difficult for a person to see objects that are far away.

With this treatment, the eye doctor fits you with a special pair of gas-permeable contact lenses. You should wear these lenses while you sleep so they have a chance to gradually reshape your cornea. In the morning, you can remove the contacts and enjoy near perfect vision without the help of corrective lenses.

In order to get the best results from your orthokeratology treatment, you should wear the contacts every night while you sleep. Since this is a non-surgical treatment, there is very little risk. You can stop wearing the contacts at any time. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucy to find out how orthokeratology might help you.

A Patient’s Guide To Orthokeratology

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If you have myopia, you probably get frustrated that you have to wear glasses or contacts during the day in order to see. With the help oforthokeratology, though, your eye doctor can actually reshape your cornea as you sleep. Keep reading to learn more about the process and how it can help you improve the way you see:

Custom-Fit Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
The secret of orthokeratology is a gas permeable contact lens. Your doctor fits you with a custom pair of these contacts that you wear during the night. While you sleep, the contacts gradually reshape your cornea. Once you take out the contact lenses in the morning, you will be able to see without corrective lenses for the duration of the day.

Non-Surgical Results
If you are afraid to get surgery to correct your vision issues, orthokeratology can still help you get results. If you wear the gas-permeable contact lenses at night, you should be able to see clearly for at least a day or two. For the best results, you should wear these lenses each night.

The Best Candidates for Orthokeratology
Almost anyone with mild to moderate myopia can utilize orthokeratology to improve their daytime vision. Even people with a mild astigmatism can benefit from this treatment. Orthokeratology is also a great option for myopic children who are too young to get laser surgery to correct vision issues. There is very little risk with the treatment and you can stop wearing the special contact lenses whenever you want to stop orthokeratology.

A Lens Fitting at the Doctor’s Office
Both optometrists and ophthalmologists can fit you for these special lenses. You have to visit the doctor so he or she can measure the curvature of your corneas. The eye doctor serving San Jose takes this measurement with an instrument called a corneal topographer. If possible, the doctor uses lenses that are in the office to fit you for your pair. If they do not have the right kind of lenses, though, you might need to wear some temporary lenses until the doctor can order yours.

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