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Who Should Undergo Lasik Surgery?

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Many people using eyeglasses or contacts everyday can now receive Lasik surgery. In order to be considered as a good candidate for Lasik surgery there are some rules you will need to abide by. Lasik is FDA-approved for those 18 and older. Most providers encourage young adults to wait until their mid-20s. Until this time a person’s prescription may be still changing. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is often required as proof before anyone, young or old, is deemed a good Lasik candidate. From the point of stable prescription on, most adults concurrently grow their savings, begin traveling for work and pleasure. Perhaps they start developing an irritation or exhaustion with contacts and eye glasses. This creates the popular period during which most people look at Lasik surgery. Around the age of 40, a person’s eyes start to change. They are usually good candidates for laser surgery. At age 60, the eyes start to change once more. This is when the risk of cataracts …

Ten Common Questions About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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This month, February 2018, is age-related macular degeneration month. With the purpose of increasing awareness of this vision-limiting and life-altering disease, here are ten common questions about age-related macular degeneration.Question #1 – What is macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease which causes damage to the macula, the part of the retina which gives us the clarity and fine-detail of our central vision. Our eyes are like a camera, and the retina is like the film in our cameras, as all the light from our surroundings is focused onto the retina. This information is then sent from our retina to our brain to be interpreted into what we see. The most important area of the retina, with the greatest concentration of light-sensing cells, is the macula, and in macular degeneration, these light-sensing cells become damaged. Macular degeneration is a generic term referring to various degenerative diseases of the macula, but in this video we will only d…

For Ophthalmology, 3D Printing Eliminates Human Donors and Costly Middlemen

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3D printing sounds like a concept from a sci-fi movie or an Isaac Asimov novel. It involves creating a physical, three-dimensional object from a digital file. The technology has been used for some time in niche markets, generally for prototyping. However, new breakthroughs are propelling 3D printing into the mainstream, and the technology is poised to cause serious disruptions in manufacturing and healthcare. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of US manufacturers revealed that two out of three companies have already begun adopting 3D printing, from experimenting with the technology to using it to create final products. The same survey found that about 30% of manufacturers believe widespread adoption of 3D printing will revolutionize supply chains, shrinking them so that end-users get ahold of products faster, and without the need for costly. Some of the most fascinating applications for 3D printing can be found within the healthcare industry. Already, enterprising researchers …

Retinal Regeneration: Releasing Your Inner Salamander

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For someone with a retinal disease such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration, their vision loss is caused by photoreceptor degeneration. Photoreceptors are the retinal cells that capture light and convert it into electrical signals, which are sent back to the brain where they are used to create the images we see. Many research groups from around the world are investigating ways to create new photoreceptors from stem cells for transplantation into the retina for vision restoration. But this approach presents many challenges including risk of immune response to the new photoreceptors, as well as the difficulty in getting them to functionally integrate with the patient’s existing retinal tissue. The delicate surgery often necessary for transplanting the new cells can be risky, as well. However, Thomas Reh, PhD, an FFB-funded expert in retinal development and regeneration at the University of Washington, is working on an innovative approach with the potential to revolutionize…

Save money while getting your family back-to-school ready

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Summer activities are in full swing as we try to squeeze as much fun out of these warmer months as we can. However, it’s that time to start getting the kids ready to go back to school. Between shopping for new school supplies to organizing the fall schedule, there is a lot to be done. Let us help make it easier for your child to get back-to-school glasses. Take this quiz below to see what pair of back-to-school glasses is best for your child’s personality, style and activities. There is a pair of frames for kids who are sporty to kids who are artsy, and everyone in between. Plus, we’ve included tips to save time and money. We want your kids to look good, feel good and, most importantly, see good! According to the American Optometric Association, good vision is key to a child’s success in school. It can impact everything from reading to eye-hand coordination in sports. Ensure your child is in tip-top shape for school by also scheduling an annual eye exam. The eye doctor will be ab…

What is the difference between bifocals and progressives?

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Just like graying hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is an inevitable sign that you’re getting older. Presbyopia is the normal, gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects. Most people will start to notice presbyopia in their mid-40s. But unlike your changing hair or skin, blurred vision is much harder to live with. Thankfully, there are ways to correct the condition so that you can go about your merry day. What are progressive lenses and how are they different from bifocals? Progressives and bifocals both help with presbyopia, according to Mei Fleming, OD. “Bifocal lenses have that line in the middle,” explained Dr. Fleming. “Above the line your distance vision is clear. Below the line, your near vision is clear.” This means bifocals only cover two different distances. However, with the growth of digital devices, lenses have had to evolve to cover more of a person’s field of vision. “With progressive lenses, the power actually progresses though the lens,” said Dr. F…

Getting Vision Coverage Was a Piece of Cake for This Entrepreneur

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Callista Polhemus’ attention to detail and eye for photography has helped elevate the Sacramento food scene. Working in marketing for Paragary Restaurant Group in the early 2000’s, Callista crafted a unique discipline in social media while learning from some of the best chefs and food photographers in the industry. While she loved her job, her priorities shifted when she discovered she was pregnant and decided to become a restaurant marketing consultant, allowing her more flexibility. Like many, Callista had vision insurance when she was a full-time employee, but never used her coverage because she thought she had good vision. But as a new mom, seeing clearly suddenly became a top priority. “Being able to see clearly is a priceless experience for me,” Callista said. “When I’m driving, and I can’t see the stop signs, I can’t react in time. It’s very important to see well when having my child in the car.” Her husband had full benefits through his job, but they did not extend to he…