Make a New Year Resolution to Take Better Care of Your Eyes

Happy New Year Everyone! We would like to thank you for entrusting us with the care of your vision. Vision is easily taken for granted; just think about how life would be like with decreased vision. As we make resolutions for the new year, don’t forget to make it a priority to take better care of your precious eyes. At North Shore Eye, we pride ourselves to using the latest technology to provide the best eye care. From laser vision correction with iLASIK to Femtolaser-assisted cataract surgery with extended range of vision implants like the Symfony lens, our ability to provide high quality spectacle-free vision for everyone is better than ever. Thank you for choosing North Shore Eye as your preferred eye care provider. We pride ourselves in being voted #1 for Best LASIK and Ophthalmology practices by Bethpage Best of Long Island for 2015 and 2016, the official LASIK provider for the New York Mets, and having many of our ophthalmologists voted Top Docs by Castle and Connolly.

Taking care of our eyes starts by making regular visits to an ophthalmologist. Eye examinations are important to everyone of all ages. This is especially true if there is a family history of eye diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration which runs in families. Because these conditions are treatable and can present without symptoms, early detection is the key to preventing any permanent loss of vision.

Starting from a young age (<8-10), it is important to screen vision because lazy eye can set in as the eye is developing. Without treatment, permanent decrease in vision can occur in one or both eyes. Symptoms of lazy eye can include trouble seeing the blackboard at school or having one or both eyes deviate (strabismus) when trying to look straight. At North Shore Eye, we now have two pediatric ophthalmologists, Dr. Michelle Liebert and Dr. Mina Shoshani, specializing in the treatment of these conditions along with others which are unique to children. To maintain clear vision in the teen years, prescription glasses or contact lenses may be required or updated as the eye grows. This continues until the age of 18, when the eye usually finishes growing and the prescription stabilizes. For this reason we usually defer LASIK until after 18 years of age. As we get older systemic conditions may develop, especially if we don’t exercise a healthy lifestyle. Many of these systemic conditions have ocular manifestations such as diabetes and hypertension. The eye provides a “window to the body” allowing direct observation of blood vessels and nerves inside the eye. Therefore, regular annual screening is essential to monitor the impact of these conditions on the eyes. At 40-50, everyone undergoes presbyopia, a process in which the lens begins to harden and lose its ability to thicken in shape increasing focusing power for reading and near vision tasks. Those who never required glasses before, will start to need reading or computer glasses. Those who are nearsighted may be able to take off their glasses to read, but depending on the degree of nearsightedness, the reading distance may be too close to be comfortable. Hence, they too will eventually require bifocal/trifocal, or progressive glasses. Farsighted individuals need glasses even more since they cannot see far or near. In the presbyopic age, LASIK can help nearsighted and farsighted individuals have excellent spectacle-free distance vision. Most cataracts start to develop after 55. Even though most of us fear cataract surgery, there is hope. Cataract surgery is safer than ever with increased precision and less trauma thanks to femtolaser assisted cataract surgery. Modern cataract surgery is painless, takes less than 10 minutes, and is performed without stitches or injections using only mild sedation. Presbyopia (as described in the previous paragraph) and astigmatism (if present) can now be corrected simultaneously with a special lens implant called the Symfony. Instead of selecting one or two fixed focal points for distance or near this lens allows for an extended range of vision without sacrificing quality of vision or causing glare (eg. haloes or starburst). At North Shore Eye, we have multiple specialties represented to meet your eye care needs including cornea/refractive and cataract surgeons, pediatric and general ophthalmologists, neuro-ophthalmologist, glaucoma, oculoplastics, and uveitis specialists. Even audiology (hearing aids) is available in a few of our locations. Now with practices across Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan we are more accessible than ever!

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