Erica knew she needed to do something about her vision when she started having trouble driving. She opted for Lasik and she’s never felt (or driven) better!
March is National Save Your Vision Month. Everywhere you look these days, people are reading, shopping, banking, or being entertained online with digital devices large and small. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Optometric Association (AOA), 55 percent of adults use computers, smartphones, tablets, or other hand-held devices for five or more hours a day. Another AOA survey showed that 83 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 use an electronic device for more than three hours a day. What are the potential health consequences of all this digital exposure?
“It’s more important than ever that people make smart choices to safeguard their vision and to get an annual eye exam,” says Sandy Feldman, MD, a San Diego-based physician ranked among the nation’s top ophthalmologists. “Early diagnosis and treatment are critical and can often prevent a total loss of vision and improve quality of life.”
Dr. Feldman offers three vision saving tips:
Give Your Eyes a Break. Use the “20-20-20 Rule” to ward off digital eyestrain—take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to view something 20 feet away. Although using products like smart phones and e-readers won’t permanently damage vision, prolonged use of such technology often leads to a temporary condition called digital eyestrain. Symptoms can include burning or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain.
Early research has also shown that overexposure to high-energy, short-wavelength blue and violet light emitted from electronic devices may also contribute to digital eyestrain. Blue light may also increase the likelihood of developing serious eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Feldman suggests using non-glare, filtering lenses to help protect vision from harmful blue light.
Be a Savvy Shopper. Shopping online can be great for some products, but never for custom-made items such as prescription eyeglasses. Health and safety trump convenience when it comes to your vision. Internet orders often result in incorrect prescriptions or other problems and can cost more time and money in the long run. According to a 2011 AOA study, nearly half of all eyeglasses ordered online had either prescription errors or failed to meet minimum safety standards.
“Eyeglasses are an investment in your health and must be custom-fitted, not only to be comfortable but also to ensure that you’re actually seeing your best,” says Dr. Feldman.
Skip Shortcuts. When it comes to really seeing what’s going on with your eyes, there is no substitute for a comprehensive yearly eye exam by an eye doctor. Despite catchy claims, there is truly no ‘app’ that serves as a suitable substitute. While a variety of new mobile applications claim to evaluate vision or the fit of eyeglasses, these apps often give inaccurate or misleading information, and misinformed consumers may end up delaying essential, sight-saving exams.
“An annual eye exam are one of the best and easiest ways to preserve your vision,” says Dr. Feldman. “It’s the only way to accurately assess eye health, diagnose an eye disorder or disease, and determine if you need corrective lenses.”
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John is a school bus driver who makes the safety of his student passengers his top priority. Since undergoing Lasik with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, John can now see better without glasses. His job is easier and safer than ever. John says the procedure changed his life and how he sees the world.
Former Marine Tony was tired of glasses constantly falling off his face and the burden of wearing contact lenses. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman helped him see how his life would be better after Lasik surgery.
Lasik surgery instilled a new feeling of confidence in Tony. He’s thrilled that he can see perfectly and wants to do everything he can to make the most of his life.
Scott spends a lot of time in nature riding his mountain bike. While he always had good vision, he was starting to lose the depth while wearing contact lenses. He turned to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and Lasik surgery to help him see clearly again.
Just one day after surgery, Scott felt like he was going back in time and could read signs from a distance. He can now see clearly in nature again, including noticing leaves on far-away trees.
San Diego radio personality Mike Halloran gets his new vision at Clearview Eye Laser & Medical Center in San Diego. In this video, Mike walks you through his Clearview Lasik procedure process and describes his experience with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman.
Martha G. is a professional driver in San Diego, CA. Navigating the roads with poor vision was a challenge especially at night. She now has 20/20 vision and is free from glasses and contacts. In this video, Martha shares her experience one day after having Lasik by Dr. Sandy T. Feldman at Clearview.
Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center provides laser eye surgery and corrective LASIK in San Diego, California.