Sandy T. Feldman MD Discusses Your Zika Virus Concerns- Watch FOX News Sunday

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With a major link between the dreaded Zika virus and microcephaly, a neurological disorder that causes abnormal birth defects in regards to head shape and developmental issues, Dr. Feldman is on a mission to promote the severity of this virus and its side effects.

As we live and breathe eye health at Clearview, there is nothing more serious than a virus that can potentially lead to ocular lesions or worse; especially when it comes to helpless infants. Mothers, currently pregnant or not, whom have been exposed to the virus through travel must seek medical assistance immediately as a precaution.

A truly alarming fact about the virus is that an estimated 80% of those infected never know they have the disease with subtle symptoms like pink eye, headaches, mild rashes and fevers.

To learn more about the Zika virus, tune into Fox Sunday to watch Dr. Sandy T. Feldman on CW 9:30am to explain the dangers of the virus, the areas of the world that it is being found and the proper steps to take if you have been exposed.

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The Zika Virus: What You Need To Know

The Zika virus is prompting great concern because of a disturbing connection to a neurological birth disorder and its rapid spread across the globe. Transmitted by mosquitos, the virus has been linked to a rare birth defect called microcephaly, which causes babies to have small heads and incomplete brain development. Now a new study published in the journal JAMA suggests the Zika virus may also cause eye abnormalities in newborns. Here is an ophthalmologist’s insights on the mosquito-borne virus and its potential impact on vision.

“Babies born with microcephaly often have developmental issues, as well as hearing and vision problems,” explained Sandy T. Feldman, MD, the Medical Director of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center in San Diego and one the nation’s top ophthalmologists. “What’s curious about the JAMA study is that more than a third of the babies tested showed signs of scarring on the optical nerve, which can cause progressive vision loss. Researchers suspect these ocular lesions were caused by the Zika virus, not the microcephaly.”

Dr. Feldman notes 10 key health points about the Zika virus:

  • There appears to be a link between the Zika virus and microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads and severe developmental issues.
  • All infants exposed to the virus should have a retinal eye exam. Even newborns who don’t have microcephaly but whose mothers may have been exposed to the virus during pregnancy should be monitored for signs of ocular lesions.
  • There is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent the virus or treat the infection.
  • The Zika virus has been reported in 32 countries thus far, including Latin America, South America, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. Several US states have confirmed the virus in individuals who traveled to infected areas. Experts estimate as many as four million people will be infected within the next year.
  • Symptoms of the virus are typically mild, including fever, headache, rash and pink eye. An estimated 80% of those infected never know they have the disease.
  • The Zika virus is most commonly transmitted when a mosquito bites a person with an active infection, then spreads the virus by biting others.
  • The only protection against Zika is to avoid travel to areas with an active infestation. If you do travel to a country where Zika is present, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisesusing an EPA-approved repellent over sunscreen, wearing long pants and long-sleeve shirts thick enough to block a mosquito bite, and sleeping in rooms that are air-conditioned and screened.
  • The CDC is warning pregnant women to avoid travel to infected areas and to speak with their doctor about taking steps to avoid unintended pregnancies.
  • A clinical trial for a Zika virus vaccine may begin this year, but a vaccine won’t be available for another few years.
  • Health officials are implementing traditional mosquito control techniques, such as spraying pesticides and emptying standing water receptacles where mosquitoes breed. The CDC also encourages homeowners to eliminate any standing water.

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“La Vie en Rose”: The Solution for Migraine Sufferers?

Light sensitivity is a well-known symptom of migraine headaches, but most people don’t realize that light can cause them as well. One surprisingly simple solution might be pastel-tinted lenses, which have been found to effectively reduce the effect of lights or patterns that trigger visual migraines or even prevent these severe headaches entirely.

“About 18 percent of women and six percent of men in the U.S. suffer from migraines. Common triggers include dehydration, stress and lack of sleep,” explains Sandy T. Feldman, an ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center in San Diego. “For other people, it’s a visual trigger related to repetition and high contrast, like black words on a white background or a blinking light on a computer screen.”

People who get migraines have a more than usually sensitive (“hyper-excitable”) brain.

As the migraine takes hold, the brain partly shuts down and becomes less active. The aura that accompanies some migraines — with symptoms such as flashing lights, blind spots and difficulty seeing — is essentially this “shutting down” process spreading across the brain. Sufferers often have to lie in a dark room for a few hours until the migraine passes.

Wearing sunglasses can help to a limited degree, and wearing colored glasses—especially those with a rosy tint—can work even better. But why? One theory is that tinted lenses redistribute the “hyper-excitement” in the visual part of the brain. A University of Michigan study found that brain activity stabilized when migraine sufferers wore tinted glasses, with about 70 percent of participants reporting significant pain relief.

“The challenge is determining which color works best for each patient. For some, pale blue might be best, and for others it’s pink. It’s a process of trial and error,” says Dr. Feldman. “The glasses are tinted light enough to be worn indoors, such as in situations where an attack may be triggered, or during a headache episode to reduce its length and severity.”

Unfortunately, precision-tinted eyewear isn’t the answer for everyone. This remedy applies to only a small portion of migraine sufferers, those with headaches primarily triggered by visual stimuli.

“There is no standard treatment for migraines, but many patients find that drinking plenty of water, eating regular meals, getting enough sleep, and not overdoing it with painkillers or caffeine can really help,” advises Dr. Feldman.

She adds, “While there’s no harm in experimenting with sunglasses, it’s important to consult your doctor to get a firm diagnosis and individual advice. There may be visual triggers you are unaware of or other lenses that might help your particular condition.”

Read more about “La Vie en Rose” here.

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Things You Should Know About Having Astigmatism If You’re Considering Lasik

Summer was growing increasingly tired of struggling with glasses while toggling between multiple computer screens for her work. She was interested in Lasik, but not sure she would be a candidate because she suffers from an astigmatism. After a consult with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, Summer went from feeling nervous she wouldn’t be accepted for the procedure to ready to sign up for Lasik.

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Katie Is Excited For These Life Changes After Having Lasik

Katie prides herself on being as efficient as possible. She was growing tired of spending several minutes every day dealing with contact lenses and glasses. She made the decision to undergo Lasik and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Katie is happy to no longer worry about having to pack her contact lens solution everywhere she goes. As a mom, she can now wake up in the middle of the night to care for her young son without fumbling around looking for glasses.

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With New Vision From Clearview, Rachael Gives Advice To Others Seeking Lasik

Rachael is a kindergarten teacher who recently received Lasik from Clearview. Her advice to anyone considering the procedure is to do the research and see what feels comfortable. The doctors and staff at Clearview made Rachael feel completely at ease and she’s thrilled with the results.

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More Reasons That Will Make You Want Lasik Immediately

Joan is an assistant finance director for the City of Escondido. She and her husband are very active, yet outdoor activities were sometimes challenging with contact lenses. Since having Lasik, Joan is so excited to hike, kayak, and snorkel without worrying about lenses. She is especially thrilled to camp and finally be able to see the stars and birds with her own eyes.

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Dr. Sandy T. Feldman Shares Diet Recommendations to Improve Your Eye Health

Did you know more than 2.7 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, and experts suspect half of them don’t even know it?

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Since glaucoma can sneak up on you, it’s important to maintain a good diet and get regular eye exams. A poor diet can adversely affect eye health. Increased eye pressure can damage the ocular nerves, leading to partial vision loss and a susceptibility to eye disease.

Listen in as Dr. Sandy T. Feldman shares diet recommendations to improve your eye health.

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Carolyn Describes Her Lasik Results As Serendipitous

Carolyn is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a busy San Diego hospital. She decided to undergo Lasik because it’s critical she see clearly for her work. After the procedure, Carolyn can read stacks of documents with ease, whether it’s first thing in the morning or late at night.

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Rachael Describes Her Lasik Results as Unbelievable

Rachael is a San Diego kindergarten teacher who chose Dr. Sandy T. Feldman for Lasik. She had the surgery at 5 p.m. and by 8 a.m. the next morning, Rachael was able to see in detail the baby powder she spilled on the bathroom counter. She is still surprised she’s not wearing contact lenses.

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