Common Eye Treatments from an Ophthalmologist

If you’re curious about the eye treatments available to correct your vision problem, one of your best resources for information is Dr. Mark Hornfeld and his staff at Vista Laser Vision. We love sharing our knowledge with our New York City clients. Read through these articles to learn about common eye treatments:

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· Regular eye exams are the key to preventing and monitoring diabetic retinopathy . Learn more about this condition with help from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

· For even more information on preventative measures for diabetic retinopathy , head over to the Mayo Clinic’s website.

· Are you wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for LASIK ? Read this MedicineNet article before heading to your doctor to discuss the procedure.

· The National Keratocunus Foundation is a great resource for you to learn everything you need to know about corneal transplant surgery.

· Don’t just wonder how LASIK works ; watch this demonstration from the Food and Drug Administration.

For even more valuable resources or information on common eye treatments, come speak with Dr. Mark Hornfeld and his staff at Vista Laser Vision in New York City . Call us today at (212) 580-8881 to schedule your appointment today.

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about LASIK from friends, family, or coworkers who have benefitted from this vision enhancing technology. At Vista Laser Vision in New York, Dr. Mark Hornfeld specializes in treating vision ailments with LASIK surgery. Here are some points that describe ideal candidates for a LASIK procedure:

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· Be Within the Proper Age Range: Although there is no specific age that is more or less ideal for LASIK, patients should be at least over eighteen years old. This is due to safety precautions and concerns that persons younger may not be stable enough in terms of general health. Older patients who are beginning to develop cataracts will most likely be ineligible for the procedure.

· Have Stable Vision: The ideal LASIK candidate has had only minor degradation in his or her vision over the last several years. If your vision has gotten considerably worse in recent years, you may not be the best candidate for LASIK as your vision may still be changing. Your prescription should have remained the same for at least two years if you are to undergo LASIK surgery.

· Not be Pregnant: If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to discuss the timing of your possible pregnancy and surgery with your Vista Laser Vision surgeon. Hormonal changes and temporary imbalances during pregnancy as well as nursing can alter your vision and prevent you from achieving ideal results.

· Have Healthy Corneas: Your corneas need to be able to sustain the LASIK procedure , which will require a corneal flap to be cut. If the cornea is not thick enough to be cut into successfully, the surgeon may not be able to create a flap and will have to find alternative methods for treating your condition.

If you think you may be a great candidate for LASIK eye surgery, come in to Vista Laser Vision to consult with Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Dr. Hornfeld has helped thousands of New York clients achieve better eyesight for over ten years. Find out how he can help you by calling us at (212) 580-8881.

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

If you suffer from dry eyes , you’re certainly not alone. About twelve percent of Americans suffer from dry eyes and seek treatment to improve their condition. Most doctors suggest that one of the most effective ways to treat your dry eyes is with a moisturizing and lubricating eye drop or tear replacement. It should be a high-quality product that can be used about four times per day.

As the video points out, some people are more likely than others to suffer from dry eyes. Women, the elderly, and those who live in dry, cold, and windy climates are more susceptible to developing dry eyes. People who work long hours in front of a computer screen will likely need tear replacement as well, since this activity can decrease your blinking rate by at least fifty-percent.

If you suffer from dry eyes and are looking for a recommendation for artificial tears or another effective remedy, come speak with Dr. Mark Hornfeld at Vista Laser Vision in New York City. To find out more about our services or to set up an appointment, call us today at (212) 580-8881.

A Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

If you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you are at an elevated risk for developing retinothapy. For diabetic clients at Vista Laser Vision, an informative and insightful consultation with Dr. Mark Hornfeld can help you learn about your prognosis and put your mind at ease. Here is a brief look at diabetic retinopathy:

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· Causes: Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue near the retina. Diabetics who have not controlled their condition leave their eyes more susceptible to retinopathy, since more severe cases of diabetes heighten the risk. Almost anyone who has been diabetic for over thirty years will have signs of diabetic retinopathy .

· Symptoms: Some patients may not notice signs until the retinopathy has become severe. Symptoms include trouble seeing clearly in low light, blurred vision, missing areas of vision, and tiny particles in the eye called “floaters”. A doctor may also notice blocked blood vessels, scars on the retina, or retinal hemorrhages.

· Treatment: Although treatment cannot typically reverse damage, it can slow down the progression of the condition or prevent it from worsening. Treatment can include a laser eye surgery process known as photocoagulation, which destroys any abnormal vessels in the retina. Other forms of laser treatment treat a larger area of the retina over the course of two or more sessions.

· Prevention: There are certain preventative measures you can take to avoid diabetic retinopathy. The first step is to take control of your glucose as well as your blood pressure and cholesterol. If your diabetes worsens, your risk for retinopathy increases. It’s also important that you refrain from smoking and get routine eye exams.

Since diabetic retinopathy is not an easy condition to detect on your own, it’s important to visit your New York City ophthalmologist regularly. Dr. Mark Hornfeld is highly skilled in treating and helping prevent diabetic retinopathy and will discuss the best program to protect your eyesight. Call Vista Laser Vision to schedule your next appointment today at (212) 580-8881.

What is the VISX Technology?

While prescription glasses and contact lenses can help improve your visual capacity, many individuals would prefer a more permanent vision correction option. Fortunately, new advancements in medicine have led to the development of a new vision care technology that is designed to correct refractive errors with unmatched precision. Read on for more information about VISX technology.

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Originally created for use in high-powered telescopes, VISX technology is a treatment method that uses electronic waves to measure your eyes in order to create a customized prescription for your vision correction procedure. Unlike other vision correction options that limit your lens choices—the VISX system uses WaveScan technology, reducing distortions, and measuring imperfections up to 25 times more precisely than other methods, and enabling your ophthalmologist to create a personalized vision solution to fit your needs when used in conjunction with Vista laser eye surgery.

Clinical studies have shown that approximately 98 percent of patients who underwent laser vision correction using VISX technology achieved 20/20 vision or better just one year following their procedure. In fact, approximately 70 percent of patients achieved 20/16 vision after laser surgery in conjunction with VISX technology—providing even better vision than other individuals without refractive error are able to achieve. In addition, approximately 100 percent of patients were able to pass a driving test without the use of prescription glasses after the procedure.

LASIK surgery using VISX technology is a great way to eliminate your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Find out if you are a good candidate for the Vista laser vision procedure by contacting New York-based ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881. We also offer multifocal lenses, lens implants for the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma treatments, and medical services for a variety of eye conditions. Get on the road to better vision by contacting our New York City office today!

Get Important Eye Health Information With These Resources

Maintaining your eye health is essential to promoting your overall wellness. Learn more about the risk of infection when wearing contact lenses, the symptoms of uveitis, VISX technology, and the importance of routine eye exams with these great resources:

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· Explore this article from the World Health Organization for more information on refractive errors .

· How do contact lenses increase the risk of eye infections? Check out this link from GetEyeSmart.org to find out.

· What are the different types of eye infections ? Visit this link from EmpowHer.com to learn the answer.

· Visit this link from PubMedHealth.gov for more information about the causes of—and risk factors for—uveitis.

· Are you showing symptoms of uveitis ? Learn more with this MedicineNet.com article.

When Give Dr. Mark Hornfeld a call at (212) 580-8881 for more information on our eye care services.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts refer to a clouding of the cornea lens or clear covering of the eye that focuses light rays onto the center of your retina. This video examines some of the main causes and symptoms of cataracts.

Cataracts may be a result of the normal aging process, direct trauma to the eye, genetics, sun exposure, and exposure to high doses of radiation. Individuals with diabetes and those taking certain medications, including corticosteroids, may also be at an increased risk for cataracts. Common symptoms of cataracts include blurred or hazy vision, difficulty driving at night, frequent prescription changes, and increased glare or halos around lights.

Don’t let cataracts interfere with your visual acuity. Get the information you need regarding cataract surgery and lens implants by calling NYC ophthalmologist, Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881 today!

Risks of Infection When Wearing Contacts

Millions of individuals suffer from refractive error, an eye disorder in which light is not reflected properly along the retina due to an irregularly shaped corneal lens. While individuals suffering from myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism can improve their visual capacity through the use of prescription eye wear , there are certain health risks associated with the use of contact lenses. Continue reading for more information about the risks of infection when it comes to wearing contact lenses.

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How Contacts Can Increase the Risk of Infection

Contact lenses themselves carry relatively little risk—but the way we care for and handle our lenses can increase the risk of infection. For example, individuals who utilize extended-wear lenses, those who sleep in their contacts, and those who reuse their contact solution are all at increased risk for certain eye infections. Certain environmental factors and reduced tear exchange under the contact lenses can also lead to an eye infection .

Types of Eye Infections

The three most common eye infections experienced by contact wearers include:

  • Bacterial keratitis : infection of the cornea due to pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
  • Fungal keratitis: infection of the cornea caused by fusarium bacteria.
  • Herpes keratitis: viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus type I and Type II.

Symptoms of Infection

The most common signs of contact lens-related infections include blurry vision, eye redness, pain, excessive tearing or discharge, increased light sensitivity. It is crucial to set up an appointment with your New York City ophthalmologist at the first sign of infection, as many of these viruses can lead to blindness if left untreated.

Don’t let contact lenses increase your risk of health complications. Learn more about your LASIK surgery vision correction options by contacting Dr. Mark Hornfeld today at (212) 580-8881. We also offer multifocal lens implants, glaucoma treatments, and Vista laser vision technology. Call our New York City office or visit us online to get started.

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Routine eye exams with a qualified ophthalmologist are an essential part of maintaining your long-term health and wellness. Unfortunately, very few individuals truly understand the importance of undergoing regular eye exams and how it relates to their overall health. Explore this overview for more information on the importance of regular eye exams with your New York ophthalmologist .

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Analyzing Your Visual Capacity

The American Optometric Association recommends that all individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 should undergo a comprehensive eye exam every two years to assess their eye health and visual capacity, while individuals above age 60 should undergo an eye exam every year. Assessing your visual capacity or acuity is extremely important, as it helps your ophthalmologist determine whether you are suffering from refractive errors that can be corrected using prescription lenses or LASIK surgery such as myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.

Diagnosing Symptoms of Eye Disease

In addition to assessing your need for vision correction surgery, a comprehensive eye exam provides your eye doctor with essential information regarding your risk for certain eye diseases. For example, an eye exam can help your ophthalmologist diagnose symptoms of cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. This is particularly important as many of these conditions do not exhibit any noticeable symptoms until they have reached a much more advanced stage.

Ensuring Your Overall Health

Eye exams not only assess your visual acuity and risk for eye diseases but can also provide information regarding your overall health status. In fact, studies show that eye exams can provide your doctor with information regarding your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Whether you’re interested in an eye exam, LASIK surgery, or multifocal lenses for the treatment of cataracts— Dr. Mark Hornfeld is here to help. Contact our New York City office online or call (212) 580-8881 today to set up an initial consultation.

What Is Glaucoma?

Studies show that approximately 2 million individuals in the United States are affected by glaucoma , making it the leading cause of blindness both in America and worldwide. This video takes a closer look at glaucoma.

Also known as the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an eye disease caused by increased ocular pressure within the eye. Unfortunately, glaucoma rarely causes many discernible symptoms until it has reached a later stage, increasing the importance of routine eye exams. Watch the full clip to learn more.

With several years of experience, New York City ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Hornfeld is your No. 1 resource for glaucoma treatment. We also offer treatment for cataracts and Vista laser vision correction. Contact us online or call (212) 580-8881 for more information about our services.