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Now that Halloween has come and gone the Holidays are fast approaching. Soon we will be counting down as we watch the ball drop in Times Square! As we begin decorating and putting up Holiday lights or trimming the Christmas tree, something that ought to be considered towards the end of the year is the use of your benefits before they expire out. Did you know you may be able to afford an entire LASIK procedure using your Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account? The first step is to select a reputable LASIK surgeon. Most LASIK clinics provide complimentary eye examinations to ensure that you qualify for the procedure. Once you are identified as a qualifying candidate, discuss the most effective way to spend your flex spending account or health savings account to pay for all or part of your LASIK procedure. FSA and HSA (Flex Spending Account and Health Savings Account, respectively) offers even more savings as you can set aside additional funds to pay for LASIK as pretax dollars. Traditional and Custom LASIK have both been approved by the federal government as eligible medical expenses under FSA and HSA accounts. Simply bring your LASIK receipt and submit it to your FSA/HSA administrator for reimbursement or if you have been provided with a FSA/HSA debit card you can simply charge your procedure to your account. Some companies’ have a “use it or lose it” rule, so if you do not use the funds set aside in your account, they will expire at the end of the year and you lose your savings. Considering that we are now...Learn More
Contact users can relate. Ever have those long days and by dinner time you can barely keep your eyes open to see your food? Not only because you’re exhausted but your eyes are drier than a desert on a hot summer day. As we age, our body composition alters. Some individuals may even develop allergies to things they weren’t allergic to before. Our eye health changes as well, from issues such as glaucoma to cataracts. But the most common issue to develop with age is dry eyes. This condition is further exasperated by the use of contacts. Many individuals turn to alternate solutions as they get older, from switching to daily disposable contacts or getting rid of contacts all l altogether through the use of glasses or getting LASIK, a refractive procedure to correct vision through the use of laser treatment. Another temporary remedy for dry eyes is through the use of eye drops. One of the most doctor recommended brands is Oasis. Oasis developed a preservative free eye drop which is popular amongst users not wanting additional byproducts used in their eyes. These preservative free eyedrops were conveniently dispensed in single use vials. But over time users found this inconvenient, as they would have to carry with them packs and packs of these vials as time wore on and their dry eye condition worsened. Oasis Medical has just released their latest product, which is still a preservative free eye drop but in a 30-day bottled version. The bottles must be discarded 90 days from the date they are opened, but most users finish the bottle within 30 days,...Learn More
With October upon us, fall is in the air and the sounds and sight of creepy goblins and ghouls will soon surround us. A couple decades ago, kids dressed in simple garb, donned a plastic mask with eye hole cutouts and went trick or treating around the block. Since then Halloween has evolved into an elaborate showcase of costumes, parties and theme parks turned into haunted nightmares! As costumes become more elaborate there has been an increasing use of colored contact lenses. This has also resulted in a rising concern for hygiene and overall safety of these Halloween contact lens users. In a recent study participants were asked to test their vision without the contact lenses and then with the contact lenses. An overwhelming number of users reported that their vision was impaired and in comparison to the test without these lenses, participants’ vision became blurry and it was difficult for them to see objects that were placed at a further distance. Some participants were unable to see white items on light colored background and darker items against a black background. This is a cause for concern when party goers wearing these contact lenses head out on Halloween night with impaired vision. As a heads up, remember to exercise caution this trick-or-treat season if you are wearing these Halloween colored contacts. Be careful when crossing the street at night and remember to carry a flashlight. Wearing these lenses for a few hours does not pose a real threat but purchasing them from a reputable source can save your vision and eye health. Be safe and have fun out there! ...Learn More
Remember when you were a kid and if you ever stuck things near your eyes or touched your eyes your mother’s immediate response is “Don’t touch your eyes!” in that scolding manner? Just mine? OK. But the point of the story is that as children we were told to keep things away from our eyes. Fast forward to a couple of decades later and the majority of us are now in contacts and “touching” our eyes on a daily basis. No matter how thorough you wash your hands the mere fact of putting a foreign object in your eye disrupts the natural state of your eye and the community of bacteria already present. In a recent study, people who wore contacts had triple the proportion of certain bacteria species. This may be why contact lens wearers are more prone to eye infections. Since the introduction of soft contact lenses in the 1970s there has been an increase in reported incidences of corneal ulcers. Corneal ulcers are sores on the transparent covering of the eye. Steps can be taken to reduce these risks and they include, wash your hands before putting on your contacts and when taking them out, change your solution daily, keep your lens case clean and never wear your contacts beyond its shelf life (eg, daily, monthly, yearly contacts). Even with all these steps, bacteria around your eyes, on your lids or lashes can easily enter into your eye when putting on or removing your contacts, meaning your eyes are susceptible twice a day. Not to mention if you forget to take your contacts out – that’s...Learn More
Have a personal consultation coming up with the IQ Laser Vision team? Great! You are one step closer to achieving your best-possible vision. To help streamline your exam experience, we recommend bringing the checklist below with you to your appointment. Just print this article out and circle the answers that most accurately reflect your current condition. I wear glasses: 1. Never 2. Some of the time 3. Almost always 4. Every day I wear contact lenses: 1. Never 2. Some of the time 3. Almost always 4. Every day I need to use eye drops: 1. Never 2. Once in a while 3. Once a day 4. Multiple times each day I have the following vision-related issues (circle all that apply): 1. Stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in my eyes 2. Redness 3. Blurred vision 4. Double vision 5. Sensitivity to light 6. Frequent headaches 7. Glare from sun or lights 8. Difficulty driving at night 9. Eye fatigue after reading, watching TV, etc. 10. Narrowed/tunnel vision 11. Mucus in or around eyes 12. Difficulty wearing contacts 13. Excessive tearing 14. Trouble perceiving colors 15. Other: _______________________________ If you haven’t yet scheduled a free consultation with IQ Laser Vision, now is the time to do it! Just call 1-888-539-2211...Learn More
Food Network’s Robert Irvine recently shared some surprising health tips with Health Monitor magazine—a handful of his favorite super foods for increasing vision performance! His quest for nutrition-based eyesight enhancement began about 10 years ago when he developed nearsightedness. “You only have one set of eyes,” the star of Restaurant Express commented. “People often don’t understand how important food choices are when it comes to improving both overall health and your vision.” We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale about carrots being good for vision—now here are some real eye-popping edibles! Kale Irvine prizes this leafy green vegetable is lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that amass in the retina and protect the eyes form light and glare. These nutrients are thought to help slow the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Red Bell Pepper Each of these tasty round peppers is brimming with lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene and vitamin C. Salmon One serving a week of salmon (or other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids) could help to reduce eye inflammation and the risk of AMD. Dr. Lin can be contacted at (626) 854-2020 or at...Learn More