Due to a cataract in her left eye, Mimi lived each day seeing everything in a cloudy haze and having difficulty reading. All that changed after Dr. Sandy T. Feldman performed a cataract removal surgery. Now everything she sees is clear and beautiful, and thanks Dr. Feldman and Clearview Eyes for allowing her to see the outside beauty again.
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.
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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November was Diabetes Awareness Month, a disease that can have a dramatically impact one’s vision. There are 80 million people in the United States that are pre-diabetic. The hallmark of diabetes is high blood sugar, which causes swelling and subsequent damage to the eyes. Diabetics are at increased risk for many eye diseases.
Sasha is a diabetic who experienced her eye sight deteriorating since the age of 21. She developed cataracts and underwent surgery with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman to correct the problem. Following her surgery, Sasha is excited to see again and not live in a world where everything is blurry.
WELL-KNOWN MUSIC EXECUTIVE RECEIVES “VISION” AS NEW YEAR’S GIFT
Dr. Sandy Feldman Restores Clarity in Vision with Laser Cataract Surgery, A New Frontier
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 22nd, 2014) – World-renowned music industry executive and local resident, Roger Klein, has spent decades guiding the careers of musical artists such as the Indigo Girls, Social Distortion, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, to name a few. For the past six years, however, he has traded his auditory senses for visual expertise as a manager for visual artists with Pat Magnarella Management (PMM), based in Encinitas, California. This year, in order to find a solution for a developing vision disorder, Mr. Klein has undergone two cataract surgeries with the help of Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, a renowned ophthalmologist and corneal expert at Clearview Eye & Laser Center in San Diego. Additional information regarding Mr. Klein’s laser cataract surgery can be seen at Roger Klein Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center Patient.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss in the United States. Approximately 22 million Americans age 40 and over have cataracts, while more than half of individuals age 80 and over suffer from this condition. Dr. Feldman advises patients such as Mr. Klein to be mindful of any recognizable symptoms and to seek treatment for their condition in order to avoid further complications affecting their daily lives.
“If left untreated, cataracts can cause severe vision loss and alter the lives of patients. The key is to recognize the symptoms and then proactively seek treatment,” said Dr. Feldman. “The good news for patients is that they no longer have to suffer from cataracts, thanks to today’s modern technological advancements. Most people don’t realize that cataract surgery is a fairly quick and efficient procedure so patients can resume their daily activities almost immediately.”
Mr. Klein concurs: “Having clear vision is critical to my professional success. Once I recognized there was an issue, there was no question I had to seek treatment. Dr. Feldman helped to restore clarity in my vision, which helps tremendously in my work in managing and guiding the careers of artists around the world. I always made my living with my ears; however, for the past six years I’ve earned my living with my eyes so this was a very necessary and significant modification in my life.”
A pioneer in her field, Dr. Feldman specializes in a procedure known as computer-guided laser cataract surgery – utilizing the state-of-the-art Catalys Precision laser system – to clear cloudy vision and restore visual freedom. This advanced laser surgery involves 3D imaging, provides little or no discomfort, and paves the way for customized treatment during the procedure.
Dr. Feldman recommends that you consult with an ophthalmologist if you suspect you have cataracts as good vision can often be restored.
About Dr. Sandy T. Feldman
As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman has participated in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which the fitting of contact lenses can become challenging. In 2009, she was one of ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen Forbes Magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf award, and in 2011, she was awarded Top Doc San Diego, inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was one of nation’s 15 leading laser eye surgeons as seen in Newsweek magazine. In 2013, Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center was voted best LASIK center in San Diego by CityBeat Magazine. Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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If you have pre existing vision issues, choosing a qualified surgeon for cataract surgery is imperative. Read Spencer’s story in his own words:
By Spencer S. Busby, San Diego, CA
Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and her office really gave me my life back. She helped me fulfill a life-long dream to be able to see clearly without glasses. Having good vision, or any vision at all, is so important, and you tend to take it for granted until you lose, or almost lose it. And that is what happened to me.
In the early 1980’s, I was able to see 20/20 corrected with glasses. But uncorrected, I was about 20/200, with approximately six diopters of myopia/nearsightedness in both eyes. My eyes could not tolerate contact lenses, so I opted to have a 16 incision radial keratotomy (RK) in my right eye and a few years later, a radial keratomileusis in my left eye…..(neither of these eye surgeries were done by Dr. Feldman)…The right eye myopia improved about 50 percent, though I was still nearsighted and needed glasses. However, the left eye operation had complications, with the eye pressure rising to the point of damaging my optic nerve/retina, and forever clouding my central vision and limiting my left eye to hazy images. At the time, my surgeons were unsure of the cause, and followed up with numerous follow-up refractive surgeries to the cornea, including at least three cornea transplants, none of which provided much vision improvement. About five years ago, my left eye was blasted by a racquetball, requiring immediately stitching surgery to save the eye, after the cornea transplant dislodged and the eye opened and pressure dropped. And on top of everything else, the left eye was developing a cataract, further depleting any residual vision.
So I learned to function well with my right eye mono-vision, doing all the things I needed to do—read and work as an attorney, play racquetball, drive, etc. But then my right eye developed a cataract, ultimately dropping my vision to 20/50 corrected with glasses, with the typical cataract vision issues of night glare, starbursts, color dullness, and hazy vision day and night. It was getting dangerous even trying to drive, having a few fender bender accidents and a few near serious accidents….As Dr. Feldman said, it was getting to the point that I had to risk cataract surgery in my only good eye, because I really had no choice but to do it or gradually become more blind. We waited for a year, getting several new prescriptions and glasses to the point where my “good” eye required 10 diopters of correction, and even then, only corrected to 20/50, at which point we elected to proceed with the cataract surgery.
Comparing Dr. Feldman to the many other eye surgeons I have seen all over the world, I would put her in the conservative category. She has plenty of work, such that unless she really believes surgery is warranted, she won’t do it. I personally know of some friends whom she has rejected for LASIK surgery for various reasons, such as corneas which are too thin. And unlike some other surgeons, she never recommended risking additional cornea refractive surgery to my eyes.
To my relief, I elected to have Dr. Feldman perform cataract surgeries (three weeks apart) to both of my eyes. Going into cataract surgery, I was quite nervous, knowing how much was riding on it, given that I could really only rely on my right eye vision to see. I had previous refractive surgeries and cornea transplants, many of which were quite painful. Additionally, my right eye had the risk of complications, given that Dr. Feldman would have to navigate around a 16 incision RK to extract the cloudy natural lens and to implant the replacement lens, but knowing of her extensive refractive experience, I knew she was the one who could respond to any complication, and that experience was called upon when several of my RK incisions opened during the cataract lens implantation and required four sutures. Dr. Feldman immediately implanted three sutures, kept monitoring the eye, and even had me return the next day (on her day off) to add a fourth suture. In terms of pain, there really was none, as the topical anesthesia and IV was sufficient. Interestingly, I had two different anesthesiologists for each cataract surgery….The first one knocked me out and I didn’t remember a thing, whereas the second kept me awake (which Dr. Feldman said she does, so the patient doesn’t wake up with a jolt during surgery). I had seen the surgery on line and really appreciated being awake, but again, did not feel any pain.
Spencer S. Busby, Esq. Spencer S. Busby & Associates
Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center discusses cataract symptoms and what you need to know before having surgery.
Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center in San Diego, where world-renowned corneal expert Dr. Sandy T. Feldman treats your vision and comfort like her own. Using the most advanced Lasik and implantable lens technology and an unrivaled focus on patient care, Dr. Feldman is committed to giving her patients visual freedom through a variety of state-of-the-art eye surgery procedures.