Eye Care Tips For Busy Professionals!

With so many of us using computers at work, computer eyestrain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eyestrain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers. These problems can range from physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, to minor annoyances like eye twitching and red eyes.

Here are 10 easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eyestrain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS):

1) Take a break

Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

2) Blink frequently

Do not forget to blink periodically. Staring at computer screens can dry our eyes and cause redness and irritation.

3) Adjust your screen’s brightness

Adjust the brightness of the display so it’s approximately the same brightness of your surrounding workstation. Screens that are too bright are hard on the eyes. Also, increase your display contrast so your eyes can easily distingush between blacks and whites.

4) Use proper lighting

Use incandescent lighting and avoid high-intensity lamps, which cast shadows and create glare. Place a dim light on either side of your workstation to create equal brightness without dark, shadowed areas.

5) Check your monitor’s position

The position of your computer monitor can add to your eyestrain. It is important that it be positioned at the proper distance away from your eyes. Optimally, your computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.

6) Adjust your screen resolution

Make sure your monitor has a high-resolution display. A higher resolution produces sharper type and crisper images, reducing eye strain.

7) Minimize glare

Clean your monitor regularly to remove dust and consider installing an anti-glare screen. It also helps to keep shades drawn to prevent glare from outside sources.

8) Try massage or eye cupping

Massaging the area around the eyes will help relax the muscles and can be very comforting. Rub your hands together to create friction and warmth, then gently cup your palms over your closed eyes and rest them.

9) Take your vitamins

Getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is important for overall eye health. Opt for vitamins that contain antioxidants and ingredients that help improve the health of the eye and reduce eyestrain, such as vitamins A, C and E with a B complex and Zinc

10) Schedule a comprehensive eye exam

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all computer users have an eye exam yearly. Lastly, be sure to tell your eye doctor about your workstation setup and the number of hours each day you spend on electronic devices.

Myth Busters!

It isn’t uncommon to have fears or anxieties about any medical procedure, including LASIK eye surgery. If you are considering LASIK to correct your vision, you will most likely have questions about the procedure and risks associated with laser surgery. Though LASIK is becoming more and more common, there are several myths and misconceptions about the procedure. Here are the top 6 myths we commonly hear from patients about LASIK.

Fact: During the LASIK procedure, a femtosecond laser is used to create a flap that is gently lifted and folded back. The laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue by emitting a computer-controlled beam of light that removes the exact amount of tissue in a matter of seconds. The corneal flap is then placed back into its original position. Due to the cornea’s extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches or patches are required. It is a very delicate surgery, but it is surgery nonetheless.

Fact: The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” also applies to laser vision correction. Patients should remember that they only have one set of eyes and it’s probably not a good place to compromise. Patients should be cautious of discount centers that may not be as focused on patient screening and care. Consumers should make sure they are comparing equivalent care and experience when doing their research. Often the more expensive procedures include added benefits that discounters do not offer. These added benefits can include commitment programs, like Gotham’s 20/20 Lifetime Commitment and follow-up care with your personal eye doctor.

Fact: It is commonly thought that LASIK is only to treat nearsightedness (myopia), but with the advancement of technology, LASIK can also treat farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

Fact: When you go in for LASIK, your doctor will use eye drops to numb your eyes during the procedure, which takes about 10 minutes for both eyes. You may feel some pressure during the surgery, but you should not experience pain.

Fact: Laser vision correction surgery has been around more than 25 years and is FDA approved. Millions of patients have undergone LASIK or another form of laser eye surgery and experienced great results. Side effects of LASIK are usually minor and complications are rare.

Fact: Not everyone is an appropriate candidate for LASIK. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, in good health and have healthy eyes free of diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. LASIK patients should not have had a significant change in their vision in the past 6 months.

Roll Out The Red Carpet…

Thousands of celebrities undergo LASIK every year. Tired of the hassle, inconvenience, and dependence on glasses or contact lenses, celebrities have made LASIK one of the most popular elective surgeries among the A-List.

From NFL football stars, actors, musicians to medical professionals, business executives, teachers and the US Armed Forces; we roll out the red carpet for each and every patient to offer an unexpected level of patient care. Our 5-star treatment?

  • Complimentary consultations
  • Experienced and knowledgable staff
  • Flexible payment plans
  • Custom LASIK surgery
  • Use of the most advanced, safest and precise technology
  • Start-to-finish experience with celebrity ophthalmologist, Dr. Brian Bonanni, one of the most respected and trusted surgeons in the industry
  • 2 years of complimentary post-procedure care and follow-ups with Dr. Bonanni, the longest offered in the industry

So, what’s the scoop? Which celebrities have chosen LASIK? Here’s a short list of some of our favorite celebrities who have undergone LASIK across the United States:

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Eye Didn’t Know That!

We hope that you had a safe and exciting Independence Day! If you weren’t traveling out of town this past weekend, hopefully you got to watch the spectacular firework show exploding over Manhattan’s East River. But we’d never be able to appreciate the beauty and color of the fireworks without our vision. That seems to be something we take for granted… our eyes! We’ve had them since we were born. They show us the world and are “the portal to our souls.” They seem pretty simple, but how much do you really know about your eyes? Do you know how much your eye actually weighs? Or how many shades of gray your eyes can see?

Get ready to wow yourself with these 20 insane facts that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the human eye. You’ll discover how important your eyes are, and how vital it is to take care of them. Getting annual eye exams are the first step in taking care of your eyes.

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Why To Love Your Eyes

10 amazing facts about your eyes

1.  Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active

2.  Half of the brain is involved in the seeing process

3.  Newborns don’t produce tears! They make crying sounds but don’t start producing tears until they are about 4-12 weeks old

4.  Each of your eyes have a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. However, you don’t notice this because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spots

5.  Eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour

6.  The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors

7.  80% of our memories are determined by what we see

8.  The human eye can see 500 shades of grey

9.  You blink more when you talk

10.  You see with your brain, not your eyes! Your eyes function like a camera, capturing light and sending data back to the brain

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Is Lasik Worth The Cost?

Many people question the benefits of LASIK. Some say they are just fine with contacts or glasses, others are afraid of having eye surgery. But regardless of excuses, is LASIK worth the cost??

THE FACTS

Blog1The risks of LASIK are very low, but have you considered the risk of contact lenses?

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The Many Questions of LASIK

What is Custom LASIK?

Custom LASIK is the most advanced laser technology available, based on the unique visual characteristics of your eye. By measuring the eye from front to back with special “wavefront” technology, it creates a three-dimensional (3-D) image of the eyes. The information contained in the map guides the laser in customizing the treatment to your individual visual system. Up until now, with glasses, contacts and conventional LASIK surgery, corrections were quite similar for each type of prescription. With Custom LASIK, we can provide the best results based upon customizing the procedure to your particular eyes.

Who are the best candidates for LASIK?

  • · Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
  • · Patients older than 18 years.
  • · Patients in good general health.
  • · Patients should be free of any eye diseases or eye injuries such as  glaucoma or eye injuries.
  • · Not Pregnant or Nursing.
  • · Patients who have a stable prescription for 6 months or more.

When Do Patients Decide to Get LASIK?

Quality of Life: No longer having to deal with the hassle of glasses or contact lenses, such as the ability to engage in sports activities like swimming, and skiing, and the increased confidence from a lens-free appearance.

Quality of Vision: LASIK often provides better vision than was ever experienced with contacts and glasses, better peripheral vision, improved ‘close-to-natual vision’ regardless of the situation, and no fogging, smearing or blurring.

Why Do Patients Decide to Get LASIK?

  • · Virtually pain-free.
  • · Fast procedure usually lasting 10 minutes to complete.
  • · Limited recovery time. There are some minimal restrictions in the first weeks following laser surgery, but most LASIK patients are able to resume normal activities the following day.
  • · Affordable and finance plans offered.
  • · One of the most popular elective surgeries in the world with millions of patients who are thrilled with their results.

What equipment is used for LASIK procedures?

Lasik and other forms of laser refractive surgery, such as PRK and LASEK, all use a highly specialized excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors. Gotham Lasik Vision is the first center in all of the tri-state area to combine the Alcon Allegretto Wavelight and Intralase lasers for a truly bladeless, all-laser procedure. The Alcon Allegretto Wavelight is the new generation in laser vision correction, developed “right from the start” for wavefront based custom refractive surgery with the utmost precision, speed and comfort. Couple with a femtosecond laser, this also eliminates any possibility of blade-related complications.

How Is the Procedure Done?

Before surgery begins, numbing eye drops are applied to the patient’s eye to alleviate any discomfort during the procedure. Patients may also be given some medication to help relax. The eyes will be positioned under the laser, and an instrument called a lid speculum is used to keep the eyelids open. There’ll be a small light to focus attention on whilst the laser light pulses painlessly to reshape the cornea. Blinking, twitching or moving will not affect the procedure in any way. Even the slighest eye movement is detected by the advanced eye tracking system.

What to expect after surgery?

Patients can expect some blurry vision and haziness, and may feel a temporary burning or itching sensation in the eyes for a short while following surgery. Most patients can notice improved vision immediately. Typically patients may return home right away. Eyesight will stabilize and continue to improve overnight. You may be able to return to work the next day. Strenuous excercise is discouraged for at least a week whilst the eye fully heals. Follow-up visits with the surgeon will be scheduled to ensure proper healing. Gotham Lasik Vision offers the longest post-prodecure care in the industry with Gotham’s 20/20 Lifetime Commitment.

Who is the right surgeon and what to look for?

  • · Educated: Gotham’s Dr. Brian Bonanni is Princeton, Duke University and NYU educated.
  • · Licensed and certified opthalmologist: Dr. Bonanni is one of the few surgeons worldwide to be certified on all major laser platforms and is a Fellowship traine cornea specialist.
  • · Experienced: Dr. Bonanni has successfully performed over 70,000 refractive procedures.
  • · Reputable: Many of the leading surgeons and their staff have been trained and/or had their vision corrected by Dr. Bonanni.
  • · Trusted: Dr. Bonanni is the go-to medical expert source for numerous media outlets including Women’s Health Magazine and ABC News.
  • · Technology: With the steady advancement of LASIK technology and equipment find a surgeon who uses the latest technology which is safer, faster and garners the best results.
  • · Overall care: It is important to feel comfortable and know that you have trusted your eyes with the right person. Gotham Lasik Vision is dedicated in providing the utmost customer care- Dr. Bonanni is even known to give out his private cellphone number so patients can reach him directly at any time.

 

The History of LASIK

Becoming the most popular elective surgery

For nearly as long as people have had vision problems, efforts have been made to correct these problems. Prior to the twentieth century, however, little progress was made beyond the development of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Take a look at the timeline of LASIK…

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10 Amazing Facts About Your Eyes

1.  Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active

2.  Half of the brain is involved in the seeing process

3.  Newborns don’t produce tears! They make crying sounds but don’t start producing tears until they are about 4-12 weeks old

4.  Each of your eyes have a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. However, you don’t notice this because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spots

5.  Eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour

6.  The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors

7.  80% of our memories are determined by what we see

8.  The human eye can see 500 shades of grey

9.  You blink more when you talk

10.  You see with your brain, not your eyes! Your eyes function like a camera, capturing light and sending data back to the brain