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Bo Chose Lasik To Make His Active Lifestyle More Enjoyable

Living in Del Mar, Bo loves taking advantage of all the outdoor sports in San Diego. But he noticed that many of his favorite activities – skiing, mountain biking and surfing – were becoming less enjoyable because of dryness and irritation due to contact lenses.

After becoming increasingly frustrated, Bo turned to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman for Lasik. He was impressed at the ease of the procedure, and the rewards have been so terrific that he would gladly do it again.

Learn more about how this procedure can improve your life. Contact us today!

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Charlotte Appreciates Her Vision More After Having Lasik

Before undergoing Lasik, Charlotte was so frustrated having to constantly reach for glasses and contact lenses. Since having the procedure, her life has improved so much that she has a new appreciation for her surroundings.

As a swimmer, Charlotte loves not worrying about contact lenses when in the pool or ocean. And now when she’s running outside on trails, she clearly sees her surroundings better than before.

Although she was on the fence about Lasik for quite some time, Charlotte says it was definitely worth the investment and recommends Dr. Sandy T. Feldman to anyone thinking about the procedure.

Learn more about how this procedure can improve your life. Contact us today!


Bad Habits of Contact Lens Wearers (Exposed!)

These days, it’s easier than ever to wear and care for contact lenses. However, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 99 percent of contact lens wearers have at some point engaged in bad habits that can lead to a painful eye infection and possibly even long-term vision damage.

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman is not surprised by the CDC’s latest findings. “I’ve probably seen it all over the years. Lenses that aren’t cleaned properly. Dirty lens cases. Reusing the same solution over and over. Sleeping with contacts, swimming with contacts, wearing disposable lenses far longer than they’re meant to be used. Any one of these things can put the health of the eyes at risk,” said Dr. Feldman.

The CDC report reveals that most contact lens wearers have been guilty of some form or another of questionable lens hygiene. Nearly one-third of the 1,000 lens wearers surveyed experienced a red or painful eye that required a visit to a doctor’s office. It’s estimated that more than 40 million people in the U.S. wear contacts.

Dr. Feldman offers some simple tips for caring for contact lenses:

  • Clean lenses daily, using only recommended products for your type of lens.
  • Clean the lens case daily and replace it every three months. Cases should be rinsed out with disinfecting contact lens solution and air-dried every day.
  • Replace the disinfectant solution every time you store contact lenses in a case. Don’t re-use the same solution multiple days or “top off” old solution.
  • Avoid wearing lenses when swimming or showering, which can lead to an eye infection caused by bacteria, fungus and even amoebas in the water. If vision is an issue, consider prescription goggles. If contacts are worn in water, they should be disinfected afterwards or thrown away if they are disposable lenses.
  • Don’t attempt to extend the life of disposable contacts. This can result in a scratched cornea, allowing germs to infiltrate the eye and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Don’t go to sleep without removing contact lenses. This is one of the most common causes of eye infections.
  • Use daily disposable contact lenses only as directed. Try to avoid the temptation to economize by wearing them beyond a day.

“Contact lenses are a great option for people who want freedom from glasses. However, it’s important to take good care of your contacts to avoid irritated eyes or an infection,” Dr. Feldman cautions. “It’s all too easy to cut corners to save some time, but that can really have a negative impact on the health of your eyes.”

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Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Centers Salutes Veterans and Active Military Members

Have you made your weekend plans yet? If not consider attending the MCAS Miramar Air Show starting Friday October 2nd and running through Sunday October 4th.  As the largest military air show in the nation this event has earned high praise in past years. Attendees will have the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at military aircraft capabilities.  There will be returning favorites such as the Blue Angels and Golden Knights as well as musical performances by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band that was established during WWII.  General admission to the Air Show is free!

The theme of this year’s event is “A Salute to Veterans and Their Families”.  As part of Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center’s salute to veterans and active military members along with their families, we offer year round special pricing for LASIK.


Congratulations Mirna, Winner Of Clearview Bear Contest

Every Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center patient receives a Clearview Bear to hold during surgery. This bear provides comfort during their quick and painless refractive surgery procedure. This past summer several patients headed out to enjoy the summer sunshine with their newly enhanced eyesight and they took their bear with them!

By the end of the summer the bear had experienced local San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and a Padres game. The travels also included a trip up the California coast to San Francisco, a state line crossing into Oregon, and a European adventure that included Venice and the Vatican City!

These well-traveled and adventurous patients shared their pictures on social media with the hashtag #clearvieweyes and were entered to win a series of prizes.

Mirna is the lucky winner of the Maui Jim sunglasses. Here’s what she had to say:

Thank you guys!!! It was so fun taking Oliver to all sorts of fun places! I hope to extend this event and share where Oliver has traveled with the kiddos I work with. Thanks again for the great vision and goodies. So worth it!

Although the contest is over, it doesn’t mean that Clearview Bear needs to end his adventures and sit on the shelf collecting dust. Where will you take your Clearview Bear?

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Parenting Is Easier After Lasik

Bryan is a father to a 10-month-old son. He finds it easier to be a better parent after undergoing Lasik with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. He can now play with his son every day without worrying about glasses breaking. And when he wakes up in the middle of the night to care for his child, he no longer struggles to find his glasses.

Learn more about how Lasik can improve your life. Contact us today!

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Susanna Turned to Dr. Feldman for Keratoconus Treatment

Susanna realized she had keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea becomes weak and irregularly shaped, when she found herself driving and suddenly not able to see the license plate of the car in front of her. She immediately made an appointment with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and scheduled a corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) procedure.

Susanna was extremely happy with Dr. Feldman, the Clearview staff and the results. Just two days after the procedure, she went from having 20/70 vision in her right eye to 20/25.

Learn more about how this procedure can improve your life. Contact us today!



Flex Plan Dollars Can Be Used For Lasik At Clearview

Do you really want Lasik to better your life, yet you’re unsure how to pay for the procedure? Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA), also known as “Flex Plan,” is a great way to afford Lasik. The plan is used as an insurance benefit to hold money from your wages before taxes are deducted. Its purpose is to help you pay for health expenses not covered by insurance.

Do you already have a Flex Plan? Keep in mind the benefit year is coming to an end, and if you still have funds left (which will be lost because of the “no rollover” rule) you’ll need to use them soon. So what to do with the extra money? Get rid of the hassle of glasses and invest in Lasik!

Learn more about the use of Flex Plans for Lasik here.

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Meet The Clearview Teddy Bear

Just before his Lasik procedure started, Bryan was given the Clearview teddy bear to accompany him through the process. He recalls holding the bear and hearing Dr. Sandy T. Feldman say, “Are you ready to be able to see?” Then like magic, his vision began to change. Bryan loved that this fun little “hero” helped him feel comfortable on the path to see again.

Learn more about how Lasik can improve your life. Contact us today!

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The Latest Eye Surgery Technology Comes to Clearview

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman spoke with Fox 5 San Diego about the new FDA-approved iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio system that Clearview is now offering for LASIK procedures. Developed by NASA, this technology was originally developed for the space program and allows surgeons to provide computer-driven LASIK treatments that are completely customized and unique to each patient. Clearview has the first unit available for patient use in the United States.

Learn more about how Lasik can improve your life. Contact us today!