The Amazing Pumpkin – How It Keeps Eyes Healthy and Other Benefits

Pumpkins eye health 600x900 200x300 The Amazing Pumpkin   How It Keeps Eyes Healthy and Other BenefitsLASIK is a boon to those with poor vision, but there are plenty of ways you can improve the state of your eyes. One of the best things you can do to support eye health is to pack your diet with superfoods, and one of the best superfoods is the pumpkin. Bountifully available at this time of year, the pumpkin is delicious and easy to eat, and it does amazing things for your eyes.

It’s been said that eating a rainbow of food is the key to good health, so the pumpkin’s bright orange hue should give you a clue to its benefits. That orange color comes from beta-carotene, an important nutrient that converts to vitamin A in your body. In fact, a single cup of pumpkin contains about 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, which helps the retina absorb and process light and is extremely important in promoting eye health. In addition to vitamin A, pumpkin contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that may help prevent cataracts and slow the development of macular degeneration.

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins are all delicious ways to indulge in this scrumptious superfood, but would you like some new, even easier ideas?

  • Pumpkin dip is creamy and delicious, perfect when served with graham crackers and apple slices.
  • A pumpkin smoothie is the perfect fall breakfast treat, and tastes like you’re drinking pumpkin pie.
  • Pumpkin pancakes are such fun on a brisk autumn day!

Keeping your eyes healthy is extremely important, and to do that, you need to find the right eye doctor. If you’re looking for LASIK in the Phoenix area, the right doctors for you might be those at Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy have over thirty years of clinical experience, offering precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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LASIK and Fall Sports – Football and Basketball after Surgery

shutterstock 150348938 199x300 LASIK and Fall Sports   Football and Basketball after SurgeryFall is a great time to get outside, and if you’ve recently had LASIK, you have a new reason to love the season: fall sports with no glasses! LASIK surgery can free you from the need for prescription lenses, which means you don’t have to worry about breaking your glasses on the court, or losing a contact lens on the field. One thing you should still be cautious about, however, is eye injury. Did you know that more than 40,000 eye injuries each year are sports related? The good news is that about 90% of these injuries are preventable.

  • Some common eye injuries include blunt trauma, penetrating injuries and radiation injury. Blunt trauma injuries occur when something hits the player in the eye. This can cause serious problems like a broken bone under the eye, a broken eyeball, or a detached retina. A black eye can also happen with blunt trauma, but it’s not usually very serious. Penetrating injuries happen when something cuts the eye, and this can happen if eyeglasses break while the person is wearing them. Radiation injuries are common in sports such as snow and water skiing, and other water sports that expose people  to the sun’s UV radiation.
  • With all these risks, you’ll want to be proactive in keeping your eyes safe. Always wear protective gear when you’re playing sports. Helmets and protective eyewear can greatly reduce the risk of injury, so they should be insisted upon every time players are on the field or court. Of course, you can prevent your risk of penetration injury by not wearing glasses on the court- this is one great outcome of LASIK!
  • If you are injured, see a competent eye doctor immediately, even if the injury doesn’t seem severe. Damage to your vision can increase if you delay treatment, so you should never just try to play through an eye injury. Before you return to play, the injured eye should feel comfortable, and you should be able to see well.

If you want to be a better athlete, with better vision, you have to take good care of your eyes. Part of taking care of your eyes is finding the right eye doctor, and if you are considering LASIK, that’s an even more important reason to choose wisely. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Time Change is here! How LASIK Will Make Your Mornings Better

shutterstock 157157852 300x300 The Time Change is here! How LASIK Will Make Your Mornings BetterBy now, you probably know that LASIK brings many benefits to a person’s life.  Improved vision is huge, and not having to hassle with glasses and contacts is just the icing on the cake. But this fall, as the time changes and everyone struggles to readjust to the change in circadian rhythm, you’ll find that LASIK has an additional benefit – the chocolate shavings on the icing on the cake, if you will. Once you’ve had LASIK surgery, your vision is better in the mornings! Here are some ways Lasik makes post-time-change mornings brighter:

  • LASIK lets you see your alarm clock. No more blurry digital numbers to try and decipher- you’ll be able to make an informed choice about hitting that snooze button.
  • You’ll have an advantage in the dark. Falling back is easier than springing forward, but on the other hand, mornings are about to get a lot darker. While everyone else is struggling, you’ll be reveling in your newly enhanced vision!
  • You won’t be fumbling for glasses. This is a great benefit on any given day, but think of this: fall is the perfect time for campouts, and with Lasik, you won’t have to figure out where to stow your glasses in a tent. This is particularly beneficial in case of a bear at your campsite.
  • After LASIK, you have extra time in the morning. With no more need to deal with contacts, and no trying to put on makeup around eyeglasses, you’ll have extra time to snooze or read the morning news.
  • Reading the morning news will be easier! Not only will you have more time to do it, but you’ll have the ability to see the words more clearly, without having to bother with glasses or contacts.
  • There’s no more sleeping in contacts. Contact lenses are better and more comfortable than they’ve ever been, and many people wear them while they’re sleeping in order to be able to wake up with better vision. Unfortunately, this practice can deprive your corneas of oxygen, as well as raising the risk of infection. After LASIK, there’s no need to risk your eye health- you’ll wake up with healthy eyes and clearer vision!

If you’re ready for brighter mornings, you may be ready for LASIK! In the Phoenix area, this means you owe it to yourself to learn more about Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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Presbyopia: What is it and Can LASIK Help?

What is presbyopia 231x300 Presbyopia: What is it and Can LASIK Help?What is presbyopia, exactly? It involves the loss of ability to focus on objects that are close to you, but it’s not the same thing as farsightedness. That can be a little confusing and can raise a lot of questions. What is presbyopia’s cause? Can it be prevented? Is there a cure?  And can LASIK help presbyopia? Moretsky Cassidy LASIK has answers that may help you better understand the condition.

If farsightedness or nearsightedness is the result of the eyeball’s natural shape causing light rays to bend incorrectly, then what is presbyopia? Presbyopia is a condition that happens when the lens in the eye loses flexibility. It’s extremely common, affecting millions of people over the age of 40. Even people who have never had vision problems are likely to experience presbyopia as they age.

You might be suffering from presbyopia if you find yourself needing to hold reading material at arm’s length. Your vision may seem blurry at your normal reading distance, and you may even get headaches or fatigue from doing close work. This is the result of your lens stiffening and becoming unable to focus properly, and it’s as much a part of the aging process as grey hair or wrinkles.

There’s no cure for presbyopia, but it can be managed through the use of corrective lenses. Bifocals or progressive lenses are often prescribed for presbyopia because they can help people see both far away and close up. People with excellent far vision, may simply need over the counter readers after the age of 45. For those who prefer to avoid the hassle of glasses or contact lenses, LASIK provides a viable option.

To manage the condition, LASIK surgeons sometimes perform a procedure called LASIK Monovision, which corrects one eye for near vision and the other for far vision. While this might seem surprising, the brain is usually able to adapt to these two different corrections. Your surgeon can explain this procedure more fully and will probably want to test it by using contacts before performing the surgery.

So what is presbyopia? It’s just one of the many conditions expertly handled by Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. As top LASIK surgeons in the Phoenix area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy do more than just lend their name to the clinic by treating patients themselves. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, they offer precision, expertise and quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Interesting Laser Eye Surgery Facts

Even if you have had LASIK, there may be some laser eye surgery facts that you are unaware of. For example, do you know that there have been seven generations of laser shutterstock 140368687 300x157 Interesting Laser Eye Surgery Factssystems used in LASIK since 1987, with over thirty platform upgrades? You might consider laser systems the iPhone of LASIK surgery! Here are some more interesting laser eye surgery facts:

  • LASIK has been available since 1990. That’s almost a quarter of a century! Since Laser Eye Surgery became available to the public, almost 17 million people have had the procedure.
  • Of those 17 million surgeries, almost half were performed on Americans. People in the United States have had LASIK more than people from any other country — about 8 million Americans in all.
  • LASIK and LASEK are two different procedures. No, that’s not a spelling error! The main difference between the procedures is the thickness of the flap, because in LASIK, both the epithelium and stroma corneal tissue are thinned out, while LASEK only ablates epithelial tissue.
  • Men and women undergo laser eye surgery at the same rate. The percentages of men and women undergoing LASIK surgery are practically identical, and both sexes are 90% likely to recommend the procedure to their friends.
  • You won’t go blind from LASIK. In fact, there have been very few serious complications reported! Regardless of any urban legend you’ve heard, there has never been a report of blindness following a LASIK surgery.
  • The corneal tissue layers removed by LASIK surgery are only about 1/200th the thickness of a human hair. What’s more, each of those slices only takes 12 billionths of a second! LASIK surgery on both eyes only takes about 10-15 minutes.

For more laser eye surgery facts, or general information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. As top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy do more than just lend their name to the clinic — they treat patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit our website, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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Dry Eye: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

You may have seen some commercials about dry eye, but how much do you really know about it? Everyone’s eyes feel dry from time to time, whether from wind exposure or eye drops 300x199 Dry Eye: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment another temporary cause. True dry eye, however, is more than just a momentary discomfort. It’s a condition in which the eye fails to produce the tears necessary for lubrication and nourishment. People with dry eyes either produce an insufficient quantity of tears or have low-quality tears. As a result, they suffer from irritated, burning, scratchy or gritty eyes as well as a feeling that there is something inside the eye, excess watering and blurred vision. In advanced cases, the front surface of the eye is damaged, leading to impaired vision. So what causes dry eye, and how can you treat it?

There are many different causes of dry eye. The condition can be the result of aging or can happen to women who are pregnant or undergoing hormone replacement therapy. It can be triggered by medications or environmental factors. It can be the result of chemical or thermal burns to the eye, some sort of illness or disease and can even be a side effect of LASIK surgery. Sometimes, dry eye occurs from exposure keratitis, a condition in which the eyelids do not completely close during sleep.

If you think your dry eyes may be serious, an eye doctor can diagnose this condition. During a comprehensive eye exam, you may undergo testing with special emphasis on quality and quantity of tears produced. This testing can entail a detailed patient history, external exam of the eye, and evaluation of the eyelids and corneas through the use of bright light and magnification. Your doctor may also test the quantity and quality of your tears by using special dyes to better observe tear flow. Once the doctor understands your particular case, he or she will be able to make some decisions about how to treat dry eyes.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for the condition. Aimed at restoring or maintaining the normal amount of tears in the eye, dry eye treatment works to minimize dryness and discomfort, while maintaining good eye health. Mild cases of dry eye can be managed with artificial tear solutions that are available over the counter. For more severe dry eye, doctors sometimes work to preserve tears by blocking the tear ducts with lacrimal plugs, designed to keep the eyes from draining. There are also prescription drops and nutritional supplements that can be very useful for increasing tear production. Another treatment for dry eyes is Restasis, FDA-approved prescription eye drops shown to help your eyes increase the production of natural tears

If you’re suffering from dry eye or any other eye condition, it may be time to find a doctor you can trust. Many contact lens wearers eventually are unable to continue wearing the contacts due to dry eyes. Often patients with mild dry eyes, who cannot wear their contacts, are excellent candidates for LASIK after pre-op treatment for their dry eyes. For more information about eye health or LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. As top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy do more than just lend their name to the clinic by treating patients themselves. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Hyperopia: What Is It and How LASIK Can Help?

As we’ve mentioned, LASIK is a popular elective procedure that is capable of correcting a Man reading nearsighted 300x200 Hyperopia: What Is It and How LASIK Can Help? variety of vision problems, including presbyopia, myopia and hyperopia. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK surgeons can help reduce or even eliminate a patient’s need for corrective lenses. We’ve already addressed its efficacy for myopia, and now we’ll discuss LASIK as a solution for those on the other end of the spectrum: patients with hyperopia.

In contrast to patients with myopia, who may not be able to see things that are far away, people with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have difficulty seeing things that are close up. While distance vision is sometimes affected as well, individuals with hyperopia primarily have trouble reading fine print or doing work that requires them to see small details close to them. It occurs when the eyeball is too short, or the cornea or lens is abnormally shaped. These factors prevent light from focusing on the retina. Symptoms of hyperopia include headaches, blurry vision, squinting and eyestrain – a comprehensive dilated eye exam can easily diagnose a person suffering from these symptoms. This condition affects one in four people in the United States and tends to increase in occurrence as people age. In fact, at least half of people over age 65 are afflicted with hyperopia. Fortunately, there are several options for handling this problem.

The simplest and most common solution for hyperopia is prescription eyeglasses. Contact lenses can also provide a safe and effective solution, acting as the first refractive surface for light entering the eye. Surgical intervention, however, provides a permanent solution. There are several options for refractive eye surgery, including Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, but because of PRK problems like regression, induced astigmatism and corneal haze, LASIK is the surgery of choice to correct hyperopia. During the LASIK procedure, the cornea is reshaped through corneal ablation, enabling the eye to focus normally, thus restoring vision.

LASIK isn’t always the solution for every case of hyperopia. For instance, if you’ve got rheumatoid arthritis then LASIK surgery may not be for you. For those who are good candidates for LASIK, however, the procedure can reduce or even eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses. It’s important to see a qualified physician to help decide whether or not LASIK is the right choice for you.

If you’ve been experiencing problems with hyperopia, or are dealing with any other vision problems or eye diseases, it’s important to find the right doctor to diagnose and treat your condition. For more information on how Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can help correct your hyperopia, check out our website. For eye tips, information and fun facts, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Astigmatism: What is it? How LASIK Can Help

Are you interested in learning how LASIK can help astigmatism? Astigmatism is a vision problem, caused when the front surface of the eye or the eye’s lens has an irregular curve. This curve changes the way light is passed to the retina, causing blurry or distorted vision. It’s a common problem, and if you suffer from it, knowing how LASIK can help astigmatism may help you decide how to proceed with treatment.before lasik Astigmatism: What is it? How LASIK Can Help

The first step in understanding how LASIK can help astigmatism is understanding the two main types of astigmatism.

  • Corneal astigmatism refers to a misshapen cornea. Because LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea, it’s often useful for this condition.
  • Lenticular astigmatism happens when the lens is misshapen. This condition is corrected by replacing the lens with an intraocular lens, like the IOLs used in cataract surgery.

You may be at risk for astigmatism if your family has a history of the condition, as genetics are a large factor, though it can also occur after an eye injury or surgery. Other risk factors include scarring or thinning of the cornea, excessive nearsightedness or farsightedness and a history of some types of eye surgery. If your mother smoked when she was pregnant with you, you may have a higher risk of astigmatism.

Symptoms of astigmatism include blurry or distorted vision, difficulty seeing at night, squinting, eyestrain, headaches or eye irritation, and the condition must be diagnosed by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist, through a comprehensive eye exam. Your doctor might use a visual acuity test, refractor test or a keratometry examination.

Once you’ve received a diagnosis of astigmatism, your options for astigmatism treatments include corrective lenses, the least intrusive treatment method, or orthokeratology, a treatment that uses rigid contact lenses to correct the cornea’s irregular curvature. Some people can achieve clear vision while undergoing orthokeratology, but the benefits disappear as soon as the treatment is discontinued. You might be unaware of how LASIK can help astigmatism, but the procedure can actually be quite effective for corneal astigmatism. LASIK surgery addresses the problem of astigmatism by reshaping the cornea.

If you’re ready to know how LASIK can help astigmatism, it may be time to consult with an experienced LASIK surgeon. For more information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on Facebook or Twitter.

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Is It Safe To Have LASIK After Cataract Surgery To Refine Your Vision?

shutterstock 191019215 285x300 Is It Safe To Have LASIK After Cataract Surgery To Refine Your Vision?  If you’re wondering whether it’s wise to consider LASIK after cataract surgery, you’re not alone. LASIK and cataract surgery are two distinctly different procedures, and sometimes they can both be performed on the same patient, in order to refine vision. However, patients sometimes worry about the risks that may be involved.

In cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an ocular implant. LASIK, on the other hand, corrects vision by reshaping the cornea. Both of these procedures are commonly performed individually, but there are reasons you may need both. Sometimes, people who have had LASIK surgery develop cataracts as they age and may become candidates for cataract surgery. On the other hand, some people require LASIK after cataract surgery, because after they’ve received monofocal implants, they find it difficult to read close up. LASIK on the non-dominant eye can often be the best solution in that case, even though it will require some adjustment, as one eye will perform better at seeing close-up and the other will perform better at viewing things further away.

A recent study of LASIK after cataract surgery indicated that the process was not only safe, but also effective for improving vision. Studying 100 pairs of eyes, the researchers determined that after either monofocal or multifocal intraocular lens implantation, LASIK could safely refine vision further. However, a more accurate outcome was achieved when LASIK was performed on eyes that had received monofocal IOLS, rather than multifocal. If you’ve had cataract surgery, and think you might be interested in LASIK, it’s important to consult with an experienced surgeon to determine whether or not additional surgery is right for you.

For more information about LASIK, Phoenix residents should contact Moretsky Cassidy LASIK. Top LASIK surgeons in the area, Dr. Moretsky and Dr. Cassidy, do more than just lend their name to the clinic, rather treating patients themselves. With over thirty years of clinical experience, they offer precision and expertise as well as quality patient care. To learn more, visit ArizonaLasik.com, or connect with Moretsky Cassidy LASIK on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube.

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Myopia: What Is It and How Can LASIK Help?

You probably already know that LASIK is a procedure that reshapes the cornea, but are you aware of the many benefits it can provide those with myopia? Myopia is a condition that affects 20% to 30% of the population. Also known as nearsightedness, myopia causes people to have difficulty seeing objects in the distance, even though they can clearly see objects that are near. Someone with myopia probably won’t have trouble reading, but they may be unable to see signs on the highway until they are quite close.

This condition is caused by a refractive error. When the eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too curved, light entering the eye doesn’t focus correctly, and this causes blurred vision for objects that are far away. shutterstock 10621201 300x200 Myopia: What Is It and How Can LASIK Help?Myopia is hereditary, usually appearing in childhood and can often worsen with age. In addition to the inconvenience of not being able to see things far off, nearsightedness can cause people eyestrain, headaches and fatigue.

Glasses and contact lenses are commonly used treatments for myopia. For people under 18 who are too young for surgery, this is a reasonable solution. Ultimately, however, LASIK surgery is considered to be the best procedure for nearsightedness, because it frees patients from the hassles of corrective lenses. LASIK provides a solution for other different refractive disorders, including farsightedness or hyperopia and astigmatism. For patients suffering myopia, eyeglasses or contact lenses may solve the problem, but LASIK surgery is a more permanent solution.

LASIK and other refractive surgeries, including PRK and ICL or (Intra ocular corrective lens) can reduce or even eliminate a patient’s need for glasses or contacts. Of the various corrective surgeries, however, LASIK is considered the most effective and popular for myopia. Of course, some people aren’t good candidates for LASIK, such as people with irregular cornal shape or people with thin corneas, so it’s important to see a qualified refractive eye surgeon who can help you decide if the procedure is right for you.

If you’ve been experiencing problems with myopia, it’s important to find the right doctor to diagnose and treat your condition. For more information on how Moretsky Cassidy Lasik can help correct your myopia, check out Arizonalasik.com. For eye tips, information and fun facts, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

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