Corneal thickness is one of the most important measurements evaluated during a LASIK consultation.

Click here to read more about why this is as well as the technology used to determine corneal thickness.

90% of all sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the use of protective eye wear!

So, be sure to wear protective goggles with polycarbonate lenses while playing sports. This is particularly important when playing racquet sports. Click here to read more about sports eye safety.

xiidra dry eye treatment | eye health tip

There’s a new treatment option for dry eye sufferers.

Xiidra is now available by prescription. Shire Ophthalmics received FDA approval for Xiidra in July of 2016 and it is now available in pharmacies. This is the first new prescription eye drop developed for the treatment of dry eyes since Restasis entered the scene more than 10 years ago. Click here to learn more.

 

If your kids are heading back to school this month, make sure to read this parents’ guide to pink eye.

These viral or bacterial infections spread super fast in classrooms! Click here to read more.

Flashes and Floaters | Mandel Vision Blog Post

If you have a relative with macular degeneration ( ARMD or AMD), you have a considerably higher chance of developing the disease yourself.

ARMD is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. Click here to learn more about this vision-threatening eye disease.

Cloud cover and UV400 rays | Eye Health Tip

Wearing sunglasses shouldn’t be limited to sunny days.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can penetrate cloud cover. UV rays can cause both short and long term eye damage. Wearing sunglasses with a UV400 protective coating when outdoors, even when it’s cloudy, can help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of UV rays.

Click here to learn more about UV safety.

Pokemon Go | Eye Health Tip

Searching for Pokemon?  If so, don’t forget to give your eyes frequent breaks from Pokemon Go and use natural tear drops during those breaks.

This can help decrease the annoying symptoms of digital eye strain that all of that staring at your phone can cause. Click here to read more.

The ocean and contact lenses don’t mix!

Play it safe at the beach this summer and don’t go in the water while wearing your contact lenses. This can result in serious eye infections. Click here to read more about contact lens safety.

Cataract FAQ's | Mandel Vision Blog Post

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in the U.S.

Click here to find out more about this lens-clouding eye condition here.

If you have blue or green eyes, you may be more sensitive to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

Click here to read more.

Fireworks can cause chemical burns, ruptured eyeballs, abrasions and retinal detachments.

Be safe this Fourth of July and follow these fireworks safety tips.

Need another reason to quit? Research has shown that smoking cigarettes puts you at a higher risk for developing the wet form of macular degeneration (ARMD or AMD).

ARMD is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. Click here to learn more about this vision-threatening eye disease.

People who are age 65 or older with diabetes are at increased risk for blinding eye diseases.

Keeping their blood sugar under control and having dilated, annual eye exams is extremely important for these patients as early intervention creates the best prognosis in diabetic eye disease. Click here to read more about eye conditions caused by diabetes.

Allergy medication, both in oral and eye drop form, can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Using natural tear drops, at least 4 times a day, while you are taking allergy medication can help combat this common side effect and keep your eyes more comfortable. Click here to read more about dry eyes.

Polarized lenses cut glare but don’t block ultraviolet (UV) rays.

UV Rays can cause both short and long term damage to your eyes. Make sure your polarized sunglasses also have a special UV400 coating which blocks 100% of UV rays.

Adjusting your room lighting and increasing the contrast on your computer screen can help reduce eye strain.

If your computer screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see.  Click here to read more tips to keep your eyes comfortable.

Unsafe practices with contact lens wear can lead to blinding infections.

To find out if your current contact lens regimen puts your vision at risk, read our blog: Soft Contact Lens Wear and Your Eye Health.

Cataract FAQ's | Mandel Vision Blog Post

May is Cataract Awareness Month!

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Click here to find out more about this lens-clouding eye condition.

Ocular Side Effects of Systemic Medication | Eye Health Tip

Some antibiotics, particularly those used to treat acne, can cause increased sensitivity to the harmful UV 400 rays of the sun.

Taking extra precautions, such as wearing a hat and sunglasses while taking antibiotics, can help protect you from increased exposure. Ask your doctor if your medication increases your sensitivity to sunlight.

Having trouble reading restaurant menus lately? Monovision LASIK may be your answer!

We offer free LASIK consultations and can even simulate what monovision will be like during that visit. Click here to learn more about this exciting alternative to reading glasses.

Contact lenses may disrupt the natural bacteria of the eye.

A recent study found that the eye surface of contact lens wearers harbors bacteria normally found on the skin surrounding the eye. These findings raise questions as to whether this increases the risk for eye infections. Click here to read more.

It’s Sport’s Eye Safety Month!

Did you know that every 13 minutes an ER treats a sports eye injury? Click here to check out an infographic to learn more.

Medical marijuana cannot replace your glaucoma medication.

Studies have shown that marijuana does lower intraocular pressure (IOP), however only for very short periods of time. IOP needs around the clock control in order to prevent damage to the optic nerve which could eventually lead to blindness if not managed properly. Click here to read more.

A new study finds that undetected vision problems can delay a child’s grade school readiness.

A routine, dilated eye exam with a pediatric ophthalmologist can help diagnose and treat vision problems before they become an issue. Click here to read more.

Starting a mast cell stabilizing eye drop 2 weeks before allergy season is in full swing can really help decrease your ocular allergy symptoms.

Spring allergy season is almost here! Mast cell stabilizers prevent histamines from being released, which stops allergies, and the symptoms they create, at the root. Click here to read more.

Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) may help inhibit early cataract formation and eye damage caused by high blood glucose in Diabetic patients.

Click here to read more.

If you experience light sensitivity or pain when wearing your contact lenses, remove them immediately and see an eye doctor right away.

These symptoms could be a sign of the beginning of a corneal ulcer, which can be vision threatening. Click here to learn more about contact lens safety.

Dr. Mandel shares a technique to help you get the most out of your eye drops in our latest video.

Click here to watch!

Protect your eyes from sports injuries by wearing protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses.

Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times more impact resistant than other materials. Click here to read about LASIK and sports.

Never skip your glaucoma eye drops.

Your vision is on the line! Click here to read more about glaucoma, the silent thief of sight.

Can’t get rid of that annoying eye twitch?

Have a gin and tonic…but hold the gin! Tonic water contains quinine which can help relax the muscle spasm which causes an eye twitch.

Adding a humidifier to your dry eye regimen through the winter months can help keep your eyes more comfortable.*

In cooler weather, the air tends to be dry, which can contribute to dry eye symptoms. A humidifier can help keep your eyes better lubricated. Click here to read more about dry eye.

*Be sure to clean your humidifier regularly. All models are different, so consult the manufacturer for details.

Watch your waistline.

Being overweight or obese, aside from being hazardous to your overall health, increases your risk for conditions like glaucoma and diabetes – both of which can lead to vision loss. Click here to read more about glaucoma.

Sleep well!

As we sleep, our eyes are continuously lubricated. This can help alleviate dry eye symptoms and can also clear out allergens and other eye irritants.

Latisse, a prescription used to promote eyelash growth, may cause your eye color to darken.

Click here to read more.

Wearing goggles with a UV400 coating can help protect you from snow blindness.

This is a painful condition that is akin to a sunburn of the cornea and is caused by UV rays reflected off ice and snow. The symptoms can include pain, severe light sensitivity and excessive tearing. The worst part is that the symptoms usually don’t start until several hours after exposure. Therefore, your best option is a preventive approach by wearing goggles with a special UV400 coating during any winter sports or prolonged sun exposure during the winter months, particularly when there is snow on the ground.

A champagne cork can travel up to 50mph as it leaves the bottle. If it hits the eye at that speed, it can do a lot of serious, sometimes permanent, damage to the eye.

Be sure to take precautions when popping open your champagne bottle on New Year’s Eve! Click here for some great safety tips.  

Flexible Spending and LASIK 2015 | Mandel Vision

Did you know you can combine a portion of this years’ flex spending (FSA) dollars with next years?

For most plans, up to $500.00 can be rolled over to the following calendar year. LASIK is one of the many procedures that can be paid for with FSA dollars. Click here to read more.

December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month.

Approximately 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries treated in the E.R. trace back to toys. Click here to learn more about toy safety.

The Gift of Sight is the best possible gift you can give this holiday season!

LASIK and PRK gift certificates are now available at Mandel Vision. Click here to read more.

Traveling over the holidays? Airplanes are particularly dry environments. This can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Reading and digital device use can also contribute, as your blink rate decreases by more than 60% during these tasks. Using (preservative free) lubricating eye drops every 20-30 minutes during your flight can help keep your eyes more comfortable. Read more.

Add berries and citrus fruits to your Thanksgiving dinner! These are high in vitamin C, which in addition to other health benefits, has been shown to reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and cataracts.

Learn more about ARMD here.
Learn more about cataracts here.

Take care of your eyes!

Research shows it can reduce your risk of mortality by 40%! Read more here.

Drinking just one can of (non-diet) soda per day can raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%!

Click here to read more about diabetes and the effects it can have on the eye.

Hate your reading glasses? Monovision LASIK may be your answer!

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective patients over the age of 40 is: “Am I a candidate for LASIK if I only need reading glasses?” The answer may surprise you: It’s yes! Read more here.

Egg yolks are a prime source of lutein, zeaxanthin and zinc.

Studies have shown that these nutrients and minerals may help reduce your risk of ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration). Read more about ARMD here.

Fatty Fish, such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA – a fatty acid found in your retina.

Low levels of this fatty acid have been linked to dry eye syndrome. Eating a diet rich in these fish could help combat dry eye symptoms. Read more about dry eye symptoms and treatments here.

Halloween costume contact lenses – just don’t do it!

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all contact lens. Lenses that are not fitted properly can harm your eyes. Read more.

It’s Flexible Spending Time!

If you’re thinking about LASIK and are lucky enough to have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you’ll need to contribute to the account soon in order to use those dollars in 2016. *Due to the ‘use it or lose it’ nature of FSA’s, don’t contribute to your account until you are absolutely sure you’re a candidate for LASIK.* Read more.

Exercise regularly!

Along with the obvious overall health benefits of exercise, it also improves blood circulation which increases oxygen input to the eyes and the removal of toxins.

Make sure you get some natural light exposure daily.

In addition to the benefits of natural vitamin D, there’s research that suggests that light-sensitive cells in the eye are crucial in helping to regulate wake-sleep cycles.

If you wear contact lenses, make sure you insert them before applying your eye makeup & remove them before taking off your makeup.

This helps guard against infections that could be caused from bacteria in your eye makeup and remover being transferred to your contact lenses and eyes. Read more about contact lens safety here.

Hormonal fluctuations and other changes in the body can cause a change in vision during pregnancy.

You may need a different eyeglass prescription temporarily. Typically, vision returns to normal shortly after giving birth or after nursing is stopped.

Make almonds a regular part of your diet!

Almonds are high in vitamin E, which research has shown may slow age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Read more about ARMD here.

Your blink rate decreases by more than 60% when using computers and digital devices.

This can cause dryness and irritation. Using natural tear drops more frequently when using digital devices can help keep your eyes more comfortable during these tasks. Read more.

Know your Hb A1C! (Hemoglobin A1C) Your Hb A1C is a way to monitor your glucose control.

If you’re diabetic and your blood sugar isn’t under control, your vision may not be stable. For this reason, if your doctor says your blood sugar is not stable, we recommend not changing your glasses or contact lens prescription until your blood sugar is under control. Ask your doctor what Hb A1C value is appropriate for you.

Click here to read more about Diabetes and the effect it can have on your eyes.

Replace your contact lens case every 3 months.

Doing this can help lower your risk of infection. Read more.

High blood pressure can cause retinal damage as well as reduced vision.

An annual physical can help detect this condition early so that treatment can be started before it causes other health problems.

Increase your intake of seafood.

Seafood that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease your risk of eye disease. It can also improve the quality of the tear film in the eyes which can help with dry eye symptoms.

Treating sleep apnea could lower the risk of developing glaucoma.

A recent study found that patients with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for developing glaucoma than those without this condition. Annual dilated eye exams are your best defense against losing sight as a result of glaucoma. Read more about glaucoma here.

Be careful to follow manufacturer instructions with over the counter eye drops.

Using drops, such as antihistamine drops, too frequently can irritate the surface of your eyes which can cause pain as well as blurred vision.

Hate the taste in your mouth after using eye drops?

If you press on the inner corner of the eyelid, you can block the punctum of the eye. The punctum is connected to the nasolacrimal duct which drains into the back of your throat. Blocking this drainage canal will help minimize that terrible taste.

Wearing protective eyewear during contact and ball/racquet sports could help save your sight!

Read about some of the worst eye injuries in professional sports here.

Make sure your kids get enough play time outdoors.

A recent study has found a correlation between the global increase in nearsightedness in children and lack of sunlight. Click here to read more.

If you suffer from chronic blepharitis and warm compresses, lid scrubs and eye drops are not doing the trick, an oral antibiotic may be the answer for you.

When Dr. Mandel was a fellow at Harvard in the 1980’s, a group studying blepharitis noticed that an antibiotic known as Doxycycline was found to be a very effective gland drainer. Learn more about blepharitis here.

Protect your eyes in the tanning salon by wearing goggles!

Tanning beds can produce UV radiation levels up to 100 times what you would get from the sun. This can cause serious damage to the eyes. Click here to read more.

Be sure to cover open wounds around your pets, particularly your cat.

This woman went blind in one eye from a bacterial infection known as “cat scratch”. Watch this video to learn more.

Redness-reducing eye drops should be used sparingly.

These contain preservatives which can irritate the eyes. A rebound effect is also common, which can make the problem worse.

Tobacco smoke is an irritant that can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

This includes second-hand smoke.

Punctal Plugs may be a good option for dry eye sufferers.

If you suffer from dry eyes and have tried eye drops without relief, this may be the answer for you. These tiny implants plug the puncta of the eyes. Tears drain from your eyes through these puncta. Plugging this drainage canal keeps the tears on the eyes longer which can help relieve the painful symptoms of chronic dry eye. Watch this video to learn more.

You should NEVER sleep in your contact lenses!

When you sleep in contacts, the lenses do not move which means the cornea is deprived of oxygen and nourishment from the tear film during sleep. This can lead to blinding infections, which may not be reversible. Click here to read more about contact lens safety.

An eye drop could help alleviate migraine symptoms.

Read more here.

Protect your eyes on windy days by wearing sunglasses.

Besides offering UV400 protection, they can help shield your eyes from flying debris which could cause a corneal abrasion.

Hot compresses and eyelid scrubs done on a daily basis could help keep your blepharitis symptoms at bay.

Read more about blepharitis here.

Seeing flashes and floaters could be a sign of a more serious eye condition.

You should see an ophthalmologist right away if you suddenly develop either of these symptoms. Read more here.

Wash Your Hands Before Handling Contact Lenses | Contact Lens Safety

DO NOT rinse or store your contact lenses in tap water.

A particular amoeba, known as acanthamoeba, commonly found in fresh water as well as chlorinated pools and jacuzzi’s, can cause blinding infections. Read more about contact lens safety here.

Not a candidate for LASIK?

You may be a candidate for PRK which is another type of laser vision correction surgery that Dr. Mandel specializes in. Read more here.

Amsler Grid | ARMD FAQs | Mandel Vision Blog Post

Checking an Amsler Grid daily can help with early detection of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

The grid shown should be straight, without missing or wavy areas. If any irregularities are noted, you should contact your eye doctor right away. Read more about macular degeneration here.

The solution in your contact lens case needs to be changed daily.

This is to help minimize the incidence of infection-causing bacteria which can cause blinding infections. Read more about contact lens safety here.

Saving your old eye drops is a bad idea.

You should replace your eye drops with a fresh bottle every 90 days. Once opened, eye drops have a shelf life of approximately 90 days. After that, the drops should be discarded to avoid the possibility of contamination with infection-causing bacteria. Not to mention that self-diagnosis could be dangerous. Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose an eye infection and prescribe the appropriate medication.

DO NOT swim in your contact lenses.

A particular amoeba, known as acanthamoeba, commonly found in fresh water as well as chlorinated pools and jacuzzi’s, can cause blinding infections. Click here to read more about contact lens safety here.

When using eye drops or ointment, it’s important not to touch the tip of the bottle to your eye, eyelids, lashes or other surfaces.

This could contaminate the medication and introduce bacteria into the medication which could cause an eye infection.

Physical exercise not only helps your waistline – it may help protect your sight!

Recent studies have shown that exercising regularly may help protect you from developing diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. These are both potentially vision-threatening diseases.

Smoking is bad for your eyes!

Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing eye diseases such as: macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage. All of these diseases could lead to blindness.

Flaxseed and fish oil supplements can help dry eye symptoms in female patients.

These supplements contain short and long chain Alpha 3 omega fatty acids. These, along with over the counter natural tear drops used daily, can greatly reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Theratears nutrition is one product high in both of these supplements, and can be purchased over the counter (without a prescription). Read more about dry eye treatments here.

Chronic high blood pressure could put you at a higher risk for glaucoma.

January is glaucoma awareness month. Click here to educate yourself about this potentially vision-threatening disease here.

LASIK is tax deductible!

The IRS considers LASIK surgery deductible because it “meaningfully promotes the proper function of the body.” If you had LASIK last year, be sure to ask your accountant about this potential tax benefit.

Spinach and kale are naturally high in lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants.

Studies have shown that these antioxidants may help guard against the development of macular degeneration. The macula of the eye is responsible for acute visual tasks such as reading and discriminating fine detail and color.

Don’t forget your sunglasses this winter.

UV exposure from the sun can be harmful to your eyes even in the winter months.

Today’s tip is for everyone traveling over the holidays.Using (preservative free) lubricating eye drops every 20-30 minutes during your flight can help keep your eyes more comfortable.

Airplanes are particularly dry environments. This can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. Reading and digital device use can also contribute, as your blink rate decreases by more than 60% during these tasks. Enjoy the holidays!

Glaucoma is a silent eye disease, which if untreated can cause blindness.

This is one reason why annual eye exams are so important, even if you have perfect vision! Click here to read more about Glaucoma.

A black eye isn’t always just skin deep.

If you experience severe pain or blurred or double vision, you should contact your ophthalmologist immediately.

LASIK is a surgeon-dependent procedure.

Choose wisely! Read more in our blog post: How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon.

Diabetes can affect your eyesight.

If you are diabetic, remember: your best defense is a good offense! Eat a healthy low-sugar diet, exercise regularly and see your ophthalmologist for annual, dilated eye exams to be sure your eyes are not at risk from diabetic changes.

Click here to read more about Diabetes and the effect it can have on your eyes.

Mascara and other liquid eye products should be replaced every 3 months.

Infection-causing bacteria can grow in these types of makeup.

Weakening of your eye muscles could be a contributing cause of eyestrain after prolonged reading.

This is a condition known as convergence insufficiency.  Read more

LASIK is a great way to spend your Flex Spending dollars!

Enrollment for Flex Spending Plans is ending soon. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Mandel today to make sure you’re a suitable candidate BEFORE you make your contribution. Read more

Know your family history!

A lot of eye diseases (even those that are silent, and therefore, without symptoms) are hereditary. It’s always best to come prepared with as much information as possible when you see your eye doctor. Read more

Ocular Side Effects of Systemic Medication | Eye Health Tip

There are some systemic medications that can affect your eyes and your eyesight.

Ask your doctor if any of your medications have ocular side effects. If they do, it’s recommended that you have a baseline eye exam BEFORE you start taking the medication and then follow up eye exams at specific intervals after you start it.

Wearing sunglasses with UV400 protection can delay the growth of cataracts.

Not all sunglasses have this special coating. The next time you come to our office, ask us to check yours to make sure you’re protected!

A red eye and a contact lens can be a dangerous combination.

This may be a sign of a serious, vision threatening infection. Remove your contact lens at the first sign of redness and contact your eye doctor immediately. Read more

In cooler weather, the air tends to be dry.

This can contribute to dry eye symptoms. Using a humidifier in your bedroom can help keep your eyes more comfortable during the cooler months.* Read more
*It’s important to clean your humidifier regularly. All models are different, so consult the manufacturer for details.