Jennifer was not sure if she was a candidate for Lasik because her prescription for nearsightedness was so strong. But when she learned she was eligible for the procedure, she trusted her eyes to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. Jennifer feels strongly that undergoing Lasik impacts your life very little when it comes to time and money, but makes a huge impact with respect to the freedom that was hampered by wearing contact lenses and glasses.
David recently moved to San Diego and took up surfing. He decided to undergo Lasik because he didn’t want to worry about his vision while surfing in the ocean. He is thrilled with the results of Lasik, and is excited to ride the waves and see his fellow surfers. Learn more about how Lasik can improve your life. Contact us today!
As a golfer, Douglas’ life is 95% distance. The morning after his Lasik procedure, he looked out the window and noticed how images in the distance looked so much sharper. He is thrilled with the results of Lasik and can’t wait to see where the 250-yard drive lands.
Amy is a San Diegan who loves being active, doing circuit training and hiking outside. She can often be found practicing hot yoga where the studio temperature reaches 95-degrees. During those workouts, Amy would notice the sweat dripping into her eyes and moving her contact lenses around. Tired of that trouble, she trusted her eyes to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and underwent Lasik treatment. Amy couldn’t be happier with the results and now practices yoga with ease.
I got PRK surgery exactly one year ago on February 13, and since then my life has completely changed! My eyes used to become very dry when I would wear contacts, and although I loved my glasses, I was literally blind if I didn’t wear them. Wearing glasses or contacts was a necessity for me… until I got PRK surgery! Over this past year, I was preparing for my wedding that was in October, and I was so pleased at the thought that I would not have to keep putting in re-wetting drops throughout the day and reception from wearing contacts! We had a beautiful wedding, especially since my eyes were not irritating me or dry, and we went to Europe for 2 weeks immediately after. My eyes felt great despite the amount of plane/train rides we took on our trip, and because of having 20/10 vision, I was able to see the sights with more clarity than I could have ever had with just contacts or glasses!
Here is a picture of my husband, Justin, and me on a hike in Cinque Terre, Italy. The hike started in the city of Monterosso, and we hiked to the city of Vernazza (pictured). There was a wonderful spot overlooking Vernazza that we took this picture at. It was beyond beautiful!
Because of my PRK surgery, I can now travel to places like this worry-free and hassle-free, as I no longer need to bring all my contact lens/glasses supplies in my luggage, and my eyes no longer are constantly dry form my contacts. PRK has set my vision free!
Flashback: Denise G. from San Diego, CA had PRK by Dr. Sandy T. Feldman four days before recording this.
PRK surgery recipient on 2/13/14
Surgeon: Dr. Sandy T. Feldman
New studies show that eating a vegetarian diet lessens the odds of developing cataracts. Eating more vegetables and less red meat may lessen the odds of developing age-related cataracts, according to a recent study conducted at Oxford University.As part of a study survey that followed a large group of people for more than a decade, researchers discovered a link between red meat intake and cataracts. According to the results, those over age 65 who followed a vegetarian diet had the lowest risk, while those who ate the largest amounts of red meat were at the highest risk.
“It’s generally accepted that if you live long enough, you’ll develop a cataract,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, a San Diego-based physician at ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center. “Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the U.S.”
Cataracts are a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye that can impair vision. Roughly 60 percent of adults between the ages 65 and 74 develop cataracts, while about 90 percent of people age 75 and older experience cataracts.
Over 20 million Americans are believed to have a cataract in at least one eye.
Read more from Dr. Feldman and the risk of red meat and cataracts in the U-T San Diego.
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It’s just over a month into the New Year, when optimistic health and fitness resolutions can start to run out of steam. The results of a study by researchers at Oxford University in the U.K. may provide some timely inspiration to stick to new healthful habits: Eating more vegetables and less red meat could reduce the risk of developing age-related cataracts.
In a large dietary survey that followed people for more than a decade, researchers found a clear link between red meat consumption and cataracts. Participants over age 65 who ate a vegetarian diet had the lowest risk, while those who ate the most red meat had the highest.
“It’s generally accepted that if you live long enough, you’ll develop a cataract,” said Sandy T. Feldman, MD, a San Diego-based physician considered one of the nation’s top ophthalmologists. “Special glasses can help in the early stages, but the only long-term solution is surgery. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the U.S.”
Cataracts—a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye that can significantly impair vision—are among the most common age-related problems. About 60% of people between ages 65-74 develop cataracts, as do about 90% of people over age 75. Currently, more than 20 million Americans are believed to have a cataract in at least one eye. This figure is projected to increase to 30 million as the baby boomer generation ages.
While the Oxford study is the first to track cataract development in relation to meat consumption, it does not prove that eating meat directly causes cataracts.
“A vegetarian diet may simply be part of a healthy lifestyle that contributes to lower risk of cataracts. There may be other factors at work, such as smoking, diabetes, and exposure to bright sunlight,” said Dr. Feldman.
The British researchers asked more than 27,600 people older than 40 to fill out dietary surveys over a six-year period, then monitored the participants’ medical records years later to see who developed cataracts. The 2011 study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,revealed that as red meat consumption as part of a daily diet decreased, so did the risk for cataracts:
- Mid-range meat consumption (1.7 to 3.4 ounces daily) = 4% decrease
- Low-meat consumption (less than 1.7 ounces daily) = 15% decrease
- Fish eaters = 21% decrease
- Vegetarians = 30 decrease
- Vegans = 40% decrease
“There have been studies on plant foods that suggest certain nutrients in those foods may lower the risk of cataracts,” said Dr. Feldman. “We don’t have all the answers yet. So maybe the best advice for preventing cataracts is to quit smoking, wear sunglasses, and eat more veggies. Having a healthier lifestyle definitely can’t hurt.”
About Sandy T. Feldman, MD
Sandy T. Feldman, MD is the Medical Director of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center—voted best LASIK center in San Diego by CityBeat Magazine in 2013—and has successfully performed more than 20,000 refractive procedures. Her numerous awards include “Top Doc San Diego” and the Goldline Award, an honor granted to only 10 laser eye care providers in the U.S. each year, and she has been profiled in Forbes, Newsweek, and other respected publications. Dr. Feldman is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons, as well as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and eye doctors across the country are spreading the word about this disease—the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently, more than 2.7 million people in the U.S. over age 40 have glaucoma, and the numbers are getting higher and higher each year.
“Glaucoma can sneak up on people because there are no symptoms. And once vision is lost, it’s gone forever,” said Sandy T. Feldman, MD, a San Diego-based physician who is ranked among the nation’s top ophthalmologists. “Experts estimate that one in two people who have glaucoma have no idea they do. That’s why regular eye exams are so important.”
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and gradually cause blindness—usually without any warning. Although the most common forms of glaucoma primarily affect those who are middle-aged and elderly, glaucoma affects people of all ages. There is no cure for glaucoma—yet—but medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss.
“Diagnosing glaucoma isn’t always easy. The optic nerve needs to be carefully evaluated with a dilated eye exam on a regular basis,” Dr. Feldman explains. “Early detection is the key to stopping this disease in its tracks.”
Dr. Feldman offers some additional information and advice:
- Have regular eye exams. The loss of sight begins with peripheral (side) vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant damage has already been done.
- Glaucoma is more prevalent among African-Americans—as much as 6 to 8 times more common than Caucasians. Among older Hispanics, the risk of glaucoma is almost as high as that of African-Americans. Asian populations also have significantly higher rates of glaucoma.
- Family members of individuals with glaucoma have a much greater risk of developing the disease themselves.
- Other high-risk groups include people over 60, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted.
- Free screenings are available via Eye Care America, Lions Club International, Medicare, Vision USA, and other groups.
If you don’t have access to an eye doctor, or have family members in other countries with limited access to an eye doctor, there is a free iPad app–Visual Field Easy–that can simulate one of the diagnostic tests used in a physician’s office. The results of this mobile screening technology has been found to have the same accuracy as the results of the visual field test used by eye doctors 51-79% of the time.
“As the U.S. population gets older we’ll see more and more cases of glaucoma, unless we
can raise awareness of the disease and the importance of eye exams,” says Dr. Feldman.
“Start the New Year off right and make an appointment with your eye doctor. And if you do
have glaucoma, don’t keep it to yourself—be sure to let your family members know so they
can get tested as well.”
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Sharla is a claims associate who could not wear contacts and had difficulty with glasses as well. She was tired of not being able to read the writing on her 32-inch television that was only six-feet away from her. Sharla decided to undergo Lasik with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and is thrilled with the results. She now feels like she has brand new eyes all over again.