If You’re Over 40, Say Hello to Presbyobia

With age may come wisdom, but it also brings an assortment of issues with your body: wrinkles, joint pain, age spots, even cataracts.

And, when you pass 40, usually presbyopia.

Presbyopia is a natural consequence of aging, this time of the eye. Presbyopia is not a disease; it is the loss of the eye’s ability to change its focus in able to see objects that are near. It generally starts to appear at the age of 40 in most people.

In your youth, the lens in your eye is soft and flexible; it changes shape easily, which is how you focus on objects both up close and far away. But, after you turn 40, the lens becomes less flexible, more rigid. It can’t change shape as easily as it did in your younger days, so it becomes much more difficult to see […]

You Are What You Eat — Can the Foods You Eat Improve Your Eyesight?

Since you were little, your Mom told you to eat your carrots. “They’ll help you see better,” she said.
Is this true? Can you get Superman’s x-ray vision simply by eating enough carrots to make you feel like a character from Watership Down? Although not directly correlated to improved vision chart success, the overall answer is that you should listen to your Mother. The right foods do help protect the health of your eyes.
Unlike foods that can instantly give you more energy or help build muscle tone and the like, foods that benefit your eyes serve a protective function, keeping them healthier and helping them ward off vision problems. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids; lutein; zinc; and vitamins A, C, and E have all been shown to be beneficial for your eyes. Where can you get these nutrients? […]

Variations in How Our Eyes Perceive Color – The Dress That Nearly Broke the Internet

If you didn’t see the photo of the infamous dress, you probably heard about it. No, not the latest Kim Kardashian waste of time, but a simple dress worn to a February wedding in Scotland. It was a dress with bands of two colors.
The issue isn’t the dress itself; it’s how people perceive the colors of the dress. And across the Internet there is night and day disagreement between the two camps. Some people see the dress as bands of gold and white. Others see it as blue and black.
How is this possible? How can different people see the same object, in this case a color-banded dress, as different colors? The answer comes in the way humans have evolved to see color in a sunlit world.
This is how we see things. Light enters the eye through the […]

Advanced Technology Implants for Cataract Patients

There are many factors that can cause a patient to develop cataracts, a condition where the lens, found behind the iris and the pupil, becomes clouded: aging, eye trauma, excessive sun exposure, disease inside the eye, family history, smoking, diabetes, and poor nutrition. No matter the underlying cause, it is important to have the clouded natural lenses removed and replaced with new implanted artificial lenses.
Cataracts most commonly develop in people over the age of sixty. People often don’t realize they have cataracts as their vision deteriorates very slowly and, over time, they don’t notice the changes. But at a certain point, the clouding begins to really impact the vision. This is the time to have your cataracts removed.
Lens choices for cataract replacement
Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. The clouded lens will be replaced with an […]

Common Questions and Answers About Botox®

Botox Cosmetic, first approved for aesthetic use by the FDA in 2002, is the most popular cosmetic procedure. It effectively turns back the clock on facial aging, particularly in the areas around the eyes and on the forehead, reducing or eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How does Botox work?
Botox is derived from the Botulinum Toxin Type A, which, when injected into a muscle in very small amounts, is able to paralyze that muscle for a certain period of time. Creases and wrinkles are caused by repeated muscle contractions when we perform day-to-day actions such as smiling or frowning. Botox actually blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscle, so the injected muscle can’t contract. Botox is very effective in treating facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead furrows.
Beyond aesthetics, Botox is also proving effective […]

Do You Suffer From Macular Degeneration?

The macula helps your eye focus on centrally located items. This includes things like television and faces. While central vision is only about 3% of vision, if damaged it can lead to blindness in a practical sense. Macular damage can prevent patients from being able to watch television, use computers, drive or read.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) can occur as your eye ages. Macular degeneration can appear as either wet or dry degeneration.

Dry macular degeneration is the most common form, representing 90% of cases. It may or may not lead to vision changes.
Wet macular degeneration develops when new blood vessels appear within the macula, weakening its function. Vision loss can occur quickly with wet macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration is most often caused by aging but can also be caused by genetics, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking.

If you have noticed […]

Dr. Luis Fernandez Lecture on Common Eye Diseases

According to the Prevent Blindness (PB) organization’s report (from a study by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center) in last year’s Focus on Eye Health National Summit, common eye diseases will increase by 60 to 80 percent in 2050.  Cataracts are expected to be more prevalent in the elderly due to more Baby Boomers in the next 40 years. The report further anticipated that glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy will continue to prevail among Hispanics and African-Americans in the country.
In an effort to increase public awareness about the dangers of untreated eye diseases and the importance of taking preventative steps as early as possible, Ophthalmologist Dr.Luis Fernandez de Castro of the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute will be hosting a free informative presentation– An Update on Eye Diseases You Should Know About —  on  February 10 at 900 […]