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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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Winter Eye-Related Health Myths Debunked

Anyone who spends any amount of time online will find an abundance of eye-related myths, misconceptions and misinformation. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman offers timely and factual information related to eye health and vision during the winter season ahead.

True or False? Dry eyes can be more troublesome in the winter.

True. Dry winter air and central heating can cause eyes to be more sensitive. An easy way to prevent dryness is by using a humidifier to add moisture to the air of indoor environments.

True or False? You don’t need to wear sunglasses in the winter.

False. Sunshine in the winter months might not seem as bright as it does in the summer, but ultraviolet (UV) light still can affect your eyes—even on cloudy days. Eyelid skin is extremely thin and allowing too much UV light through can cause a number of eye problems, including cataracts and several kinds of cancer. Skiers and snowboarders should also be aware that UV radiation is more intense at high altitudes, and sunshine that’s reflected off snow can cause a sunburn on the surface of the eye.

“We tend to protect ourselves from the sun only during the summer, but it’s something to be cautious of all year long,” Dr. Feldman advises. “Be sure to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV light whenever you go outside, no matter what the season, and consider mirrored sunglasses or goggles if you plan to be out in the snow.”

True or False? Eyes look older in the winter.

True. Surprisingly enough, studies show that people can look as much as five years older during the winter months. Why? Circles and bags under the eyes appear significantly darker in colder months, most likely due to a lack of sunlight. Also, many of us feel more tired and lethargic in the winter due to lower levels of vitamin D, which is generated by the body only when exposed to sunlight.

Click here to read more tips from Dr. Feldman about how to care for your eyes during the winter season.

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How To Protect Your Vision This Winter

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman talks to Fox 5 San Diego about how to protect your eyes during the dry and cold winter season. She shares tips such as not using the car heater very much, and suggests using artificial tear drops. Dr. Feldman also shares the secret behind caffeine and eye dryness.

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Can Your Eyes Reveal Undiagnosed Health Issues?

Did you know that a routine eye exam can be extraordinarily useful for detecting significant medical issues in their earliest stages? In fact, there are a surprising number of common medical conditions that are often diagnosed first by an eye doctor, not an internist.

Most people have no idea that their eyes can reveal so much about their health. But the retina, at the back of the eye, is the only place in the body that gives doctors a close-up view of blood vessels and nerves without having to cut the body open.

“This is why it’s so important to have regular eye exams after you turn 40,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. “I urge all my patients to come in for a check-up every two to four years, depending on risk factors, and more frequently after age 60. If you wear contacts, you should get an annual exam regardless of your age.”

Dr. Feldman offers several clues that might alert your eye doctor to possible underlying medical problems:

  • Eyes that bulge out could signal hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland).
  • Yellow scleras could signal a liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis (scarring of the organ).
  • A whitish ring around the cornea could signal high cholesterol.
  • Swollen or leaky blood vessels in the eyes could signal high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Severely dry eyes could signal Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder in which your white blood cells attack your body’s moisture-producing glands.
  • A drooping eyelid could signal Bell’s palsy or myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness.
  • Significant changes in your field of vision could signal a brain tumor or cancer.
  • Frequent bouts of inflammation of the iris in a short amount of time may signal rheumatoid arthritis (RA). About 25% of patients with RA have some type of eye issue related to the disease.

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Seven Common Eye Concerns for Adults 40 and Older

It’s a fact of life for adults. Just like crow’s feet, a slower metabolism, bald spots and gray hair, age eventually affects your eyes. Some of these changes are normal, age-related developments. Others may be signs of a vision-threatening disease or condition.

“It’s important to understand how the eyes change with age and what we can do to keep our eyes as healthy as possible. The best defense for aging eyes is to be proactive,” sayid Sandy T. Feldman, an ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center in San Diego.

“We all know what to do to keep our bodies in top working order—exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, and stay out of the sun—but equal attention needs to be paid to our eyes and our vision, especially as we get older.”

Dr. Feldman offers a handy overview of common eye conditions and diseases experienced at different stages of adulthood:

1. Presbyopia: The lens inside the eye starts to lose flexibility beginning in the late 30s and early 40s, making it difficult to read up close. This condition is called presbyopia (“aging eye”) and is often easily remedied with over-the-counter reading glasses.

2. Dry eyes: Dry eyes develop with age and the use of certain medications. It is also a common problem for women during pregnancy and menopause, when hormonal changes cause changes in the eye’s tear production. People with this condition can also develop an eyelid irritation or swelling called blepharitis. In addition to seeing an ophthalmologist, there are many simple strategies to keep the eyes moist, such as using eye lubricants and taking breaks from computer screens and other electronic devices.

3. Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the small blood vessels inside the retina swell, leak fluid or close off completely due to elevated blood sugar levels. Diabetics in their 50s, 60s and 70s can take steps to prevent this condition by carefully monitoring their blood sugar and blood pressure levels and seeing an eye doctor on a regular basis for screening exams.

4. Cataracts: As we age, proteins in the lens of the eye begin to clump together. These clumps—or cataracts—make the lens less transparent and cause blurry, cloudy or dim vision and increased glare. Cataracts can interfere with daily activities like driving at night and distinguishing colors. Treatment for this very common condition includes eyeglasses and surgery to remove cataracts.

5. Glaucoma: A condition that primarily affects people aged 65 and over, glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which transmits visual information to the brain. This damage often leads to loss of peripheral vision; left untreated, it can eventually cause complete blindness. Typically there are no symptoms in the early stages, so many people who have the disease are unaware of it. Another good reason to have regular eye exams!

6. Floaters and Flashes: As people grow older, the fluid that fills the inside their eye starts to shrink, forming clumps or strands. These can appear as “floaters” (small specks or lines moving in the field of vision). This fluid can also pull away from the back of the eye, causing you to see flashing lights or lightning streaks. This is normally harmless, but in some cases it can lead to retinal detachment and cause blindness. If you experience new floaters and flashes, it’s important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible.

7. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): AMD affects the central vision, limiting a person’s ability to read and recognize faces. This can be caused by a thinning of the macula (the light-sensitive part of the retina) or by a growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina. AMD can lead to blindness if not treated—in fact, it’s the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 65. Early and regular visits to an ophthalmologist can reduce vision loss and even recover vision.

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Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Halloween

Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Halloween

Decorative contact lenses can be a great way to add those final touches to your Halloween costume. But be careful! To avoid a real-life Halloween horror story, don’t wear costume contact lenses purchased without a prescription. Many of these illegally sold cosmetic lenses may not be sterile and can cause a host of serious eye problems, including blindness and infection.

Use these Halloween contact lenses tips to make sure you keep your eyes healthy, so Halloween stays fun and not a nightmare. Read more here.

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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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6 Things to Consider Before Buying Summer Sunglasses

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman recently spoke with Fox Morning News about why sunglasses are just as important as sunscreen to wear during the summer.

When you buy sunglasses, Dr. Feldman suggests looking for a pair that blocks 100 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet light. Here are the other things you should consider when buying sunglasses for optimal eye health and protection.

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See The World Through UV Protected Glasses

From Audrey Hepburn’s oversize lenses in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to John Lennon’s famous round shades to aviators and Ray-Bans that have popped in and out of style, sunglasses have stayed trendy and iconic over time.

But with summer here, health experts said it’s important to remember to pick a pair of shades that are not only trendy, but offer the right protection to ward off cancer in and around the eye.

And in addition to wearing sunglasses during the summer, experts said they should be worn year-round, especially in sunny spots such as San Diego.

“When shopping for sunglasses, people tend to focus more on appearance rather than UV protection. But it’s possible to find sunglasses that look great and protect the eyes from sun damage,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, medical director at San Diego’s Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center. “We also tend to protect ourselves from the sun only during the summer, but it’s something to be cautious of all year long.”

The potential danger lies in the fact that eyelid skin is very thin, and too much ultraviolet light can lead to eye problems such as cataracts and various types of cancer.

Read more here about how UV protected glasses can decrease your risk of cancer.

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An Eye Doctor’s Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

The sunshine-filled days of summer are here and many of us are diligently slathering on sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage. But sunscreen can’t protect everything—the eyes, for example.

Eyelid skin is extremely thin and allowing too much ultraviolet (UV) through can cause a number of eye problems, including cataracts and several kinds of cancer. The best defense: a good pair of sunglasses.

“When shopping for sunglasses, people tend to focus more on appearance rather than UV protection. But it’s possible to find sunglasses that look great and protect the eyes from sun damage,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman.

To learn more about how you can avoid UV damage to your eyes, check out these six tips for purchasing sunglasses:

  1. Make it 100 percent. The single most important thing to look for when buying sunglasses is a sticker or tag indicating they block 100 percent of UV rays.
  2. Bigger is better. The more coverage from sunglasses, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider buying oversized glasses or wraparound-style glasses, which help cut down on UV light entering the eye from the sides.
  3. Darker lenses don’t always better. Dark lenses may look cool but don’t necessarily block more UV rays.
  4. Color doesn’t matter. Some sunglasses have colored lenses, such as amber, green or grey. These lenses don’t block more sun but they can increase contrast, which may be useful for athletes who play sports such as baseball or golf.
  5. Polarized lenses cut glare, not UV. Polarization reduces glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. This doesn’t offer more protection from the sun, but can make activities like driving or being on the water safer and more enjoyable.
  6. Cost shouldn’t be a factor. Sunglasses don’t have to cost a lot to work well.

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