Diabetes and the Eye

Diabetic Eye Disease | Mandel Vision Blog Post

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, so this blog post is geared toward diabetes education.  Before you discard this because you’re not diabetic, read on!  A staggering number of people are unaware that they are diabetic – 8.1 million Americans, to be exact. [i]   This is why routine, annual physicals (including blood work) are so important.  In addition, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million Americans aged 20 years or older are pre-diabetic. [ii]  These are sobering …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

LASIK and Flexible Spending in 2015

Flexible Spending and LASIK 2015 | Mandel Vision

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 tax-free dollars in 2016. With the ever-changing contribution amounts and rules on FSA accounts, it’s time to revisit this topic. What is an FSA? An FSA allows an employee to set aside tax-free dollars that can be used to pay for some out of pocket healthcare costs.  LASIK is one of the …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

Eye Conditions that Affect Us as We Age

Eye Conditions that Affect Us As We Age | Mandel Vision Blog Post

September is Healthy Aging Month and knowledge is power!  With that in mind, the focus of this blog is to educate patients about those eye conditions that often come with age.  It’s important to note that although these conditions affect older patients, that doesn’t mean that they can’t also affect younger patients. Some are even congenital, which means they are present from birth. Presbyopia It’s true that some patients can put off the need for reading glasses longer than others.  …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

LASIK vs. PRK: Which Procedure is Right for You?

LASIK vs PRK | Mandel Vision Blog Post

LASIK and PRK are both laser vision correction procedures, which correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Both procedures can also be used to treat presbyopia with an option known as monovision .  With so much information available on the internet, many of our patients come in already educated with the knowledge that there’s more than just one option available to correct their vision.  Since LASIK and PRK are two of the most widely used techniques, this is a question we hear frequently from …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

Punctal Plugs – An Alternative for Dry Eye Symptoms

Punctal Plugs: A Dry Eye Alternative | Mandel Vision Blog Post

Punctal plugs are microscopic blockers that are inserted into the tiny openings in the inner eyelids known as punctae, where the tears drain.  These can be helpful for patients who suffer from dry eye symptoms due to reduced quanity of tears and which eye drops alone cannot relieve.  In order to understand how punctal plugs work to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye, it’s helpful to know a little about the anatomy of the eye. Natural tears in the eye …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

LASIK and PRK: Change Your Vision, Change Your Life!

LASIK and PRK: Change Your Vision Change Your Life | Mandel Vision Blog Post

Here at Mandel Vision, one of the most rewarding things about specializing in LASIK and PRK laser vision correction is impacting the lives of our patients.  LASIK and PRK have truly been life-changing experiences for many of our patients and we never tire of hearing their stories.  Since uplifting stories are so rare in the news cycle these days, we decided to share these great stories. Steve Witting, Actor LASIK patient Steve struggled with the annoyance of contact lenses drying …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

Cataract FAQ’s

Cataract FAQ's | Mandel Vision Blog Post

What is a cataract?  A cataract is an opacity or cloudiness of the natural lens of the eye.  The lens is located behind the iris, or colored part of the eye and is one of the many refractive structures in the eye that contribute to the power of the eye and thus to overall vision.  The lens of the eye also changes shape to help view near objects. What symptoms do cataracts cause? Symptoms may include: Blurred vision Cloudy vision …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

MGE: A New Treatment for Dry Eye, MGD and Blepharitis

MGE: An Alternative Treatment for Dry Eye Symptoms | Mandel Vision Blog Post

A decreased volume of tears may not be the cause of dry eye symptoms for all patients.  Many patients with dry eyes have underlying factors which cause dryness. One of the most common of these factors is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), also known as posterior blepharitis .  Employing treatments that target the root cause of dry eye symptoms is the most effective way to treat dry eye. What are the meibomian glands? The meibomian glands are located in the eyelid margins, near the lashes.  …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) FAQ’s

Flashes and Floaters | Mandel Vision Blog Post

February is ARMD (aka:  AMD) awareness month, so it’s a great time to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of this degenerative eye disease.  ARMD affects more than 10 million Americans and is the leading cause of central vision loss for those aged 55 and older in the United States. What is ARMD? ARMD is a painless eye disease which is marked by degeneration of the macula.  The macula of the eye is the part of the retina responsible …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment

Latisse Treatment for Longer Eyelashes ~ FAQ’s

Latisse FAQs | Mandel Vision Blog Post

What is Latisse? Latisse® is a prescription medication that is used as a treatment for a condition known as hypotrichosis (inadequte eyelashes).  Latisse helps grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker and has been available since the FDA approved it in December of 2008. The actual formula is bimatoprost 0.03% which was originally used as a glaucoma medication.  Patients who used this eye drop to treat glaucoma, and their ophthalmologists, noticed a side effect of longer eyelashes which is what ultimately …
Read More »

Posted in Blog | Leave a comment