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  • 6 Foods to Boost Your Eye Health

    Keeping your eyes healthy requires much more than just visiting your local optometrist or ophthalmologist. Your daily habits play a huge role in keeping your eyes in the optimal condition. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to prevent eye health problems in the future. To decrease the risk of future eye problems, here are 10 nutrient-rich foods that will help boost your eye health as well as your overall health. 1. Fish or Omega-3 Including omega-3 fatty acids from fish in your diet, may help reduce the risk of developing eye health problems in the future. Omega-3 is also good for tear production. If you're suffering from dry eyes, eating fish may help! Some fish you should consider including in your next meal: Salmon Tuna Sardines Halibut Trout 2. Carrots Carrots are a well-known source of Vitamin A. Have your parents ever told you to eat more carrots to see better? Vitamin A is especially good for your retina, which is the back of your eye. Your retina needs plenty of vitamin A to help turn light rays into the images we see. In addition to carrots, there are other foods/fruits that are good sources of Vitamin A: Sweet Potatoes Cantaloupe Apricots 3. Oranges Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is critical to eye health. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect the body from damage caused by some things we eat, unhealthy habits and environmental factors. Fried foods, tobacco smoke and the sun's rays can damage and kill cells. Vitamin C helps repair and grow new tissue cells. Antioxidants can prevent or at least delay age-related macular degeneration and even cataracts! Additional sources of Vitamin C when you don't have oranges lying around include: Tangerines Grapefruit Lemons Red Bell Peppers Tomatoes 4. Leafy Greens Any leafy green vegetable that are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in the color of leafy green vegetables and other brightly colored foods. These antioxidants are key to protecting the macula, which is the central area of the eye that provides the most detailed vision. Kale and spinach have plenty of these nutrients. Other greens with useful amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin are: Romain Lettuce Collards Turnip Greens Broccoli Peas 5. Nuts & Legumes Like fish, nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts also contain a high level of vitamin E, which helps keep cells healthy. Legumes or beans are high in zinc. Zinc helps keep the retina (back of your eye) healthy and may protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light. Good examples of nuts rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews & peanuts. Different types of beans that are rich in zinc are: black-eyed peas, kidney beans, lentils and lima beans. Other foods high in zinc are: Oysters Lean Red Meat Poultry Fortified Cereal 6. Seeds Like nuts and legumes, seeds are high in omega-3s and rich in Vitamin E. Some seeds high in omega-3 are: Chia Seeds Flax Seeds Hemp Seeds These are just a few nutrients that will help maintain healthy eyes! Making sure to keep yourself and your eyes healthy is instrumental for a better quality of life! Remember, your eyes are the window to your health. Visiting our doctors for an eye exam is only 50% of the journey, the rest is up to you! A healthy lifestyle means healthy eyes, or vice versa! To book your appointment with our doctors, click here or the button below! Getting an eye exam at least once a year is highly recommended to ensure the health of your eyes!

  • Good Habits to Maintain Your Eye Health

    Here's a few quick tips on how you can maintain your eye health as well as your health in general: 1. Hydration Hydration is key - Drink PLENTY of water throughout the day (coffee, tea, soda do NOT count!!!) 2. Taking OMEGA-3 Omega-3 fatty acids can improve the eye's oil films on the edge of the eyelid aka the meibomian glands. Meibomian glands are tiny glands filled with meibum (aka oil) that line the inside of our lower and upper eyelids. If you have dry eyes, one of the reasons causing your dry eye symptoms is because your glands are not functioning properly. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is one of the leading causes of dry eye disease. Making sure your glands are not clogged and secreting enough and quality oil to the surface of your eyes, will decrease the symptoms of your dry eyes. Your glands secrete oil to coat the surface of your eyes in order for your tears to not evaporate or dry out as quickly. Here's what healthy meibomian glands look like: 3. Using the Right Makeup Using clean, opthalmologist or optometrist-tested makeup and beauty products can limit irritation and symptoms of dryness. There are a couple makeup brands that we recommend here at eye&I! Using eye makeup by eye doctors are your safest bet since they know what can and cannot be placed around your eyes! Come visit our practice in Great Neck to purchase doctor-recommended makeup products! 4. Removing Makeup Makeup removal every night is a MUST! Cleansers with tea-tree oil are effective for removing makeup and managing Demodex. Do not get lazy about removing your makeup every night because this is ESSENTIAL for your eye health! Removing all makeup and debris daily also benefits your skin! 5. Using a Warm Compress After cleansing, a warm compress allows for any clogged oil glands to secrete healthy oils the following morning. A warm compress is a mask that is heated and then placed over your eyes for about 8-10 minutes. Trust us, this will be the most relaxing 8-10 minutes of your day! We suggest using a warm compress right before you sleep for an even more relaxing experience. Some popular warm compress mask brands include: Bruder Mask or Optase Moist Heat Mask. However, you can also use a clean sock as a mask and then microwave for 20-25 seconds. 6. Limited Screen Time Limit screen time - phones, computers and digital devices can all lead to fatigued eyes at the end of the day. However, when you are using your devices make sure to blink. Did you know your rate of blinking decreases when looking at screens? Also every time you blink, your eyes secrete oil and tears to keep your eyes from drying out. Book an appointment with our doctors for the optimal way to maintain your eye health!

  • What Is the OptiLight by Lumenis & How Can It Manage Your Dry Eye?

    Dry eye disease is a widespread and common issue for up to 49 million Americans. This chronic condition can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing a foreign body sensation in your eyes, pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes. If left untreated, it can even lead to further eye health complications. Despite these constant detrimental effects on quality of life, many dry eye sufferers are not aware that they’re suffering from dry eye disease or that real treatments exist. Instead, they just live with the discomfort. At eye&I, we operate with integrity and compassion. Your family’s eye care is our top priority. By using a variety of diagnostic and treatment technologies, you can have confidence that we’ll find a treatment that works for you. Our team will take you through a comprehensive evaluation to understand the cause of your dry eye. This process allows us to assess the best treatment for you. Along with radiofrequency treatment, punctal plugs, TearCare, and Blephex, we’re proud to offer OptiLight by Lumenis to our patients, specially designed for dry eye management. What Is OptiLight by Lumenis? OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, non-invasive treatment done in the areas above and below the eyes to manage dry eye disease. It is the first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management. The treatment is safe, gentle, and backed by more than 20 clinical studies. How Does It Work? OptiLight uses precise pulses of light to reduce the inflammation that is typically associated with dry eye disease which improves tear break-up time and increases meibomian gland functionality. This application can significantly relieve dry eye indicators and has a multi-factorial effect, including: Increasing tear break-up time Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria living around your eyes Eliminating blood vessels that contribute to inflammation Improving meibomian gland functionality What to Expect Before Your Treatment The night before your treatment, we recommend drinking a minimum of 4 cups of water to hydrate your skin. We ask that you come to your appointment with a “clean face” (no makeup, face lotions, or other products). When you arrive for your appointment, our front desk staff will help check you in. You’ll be asked to fill out a consent form, which our staff is happy to assist you with. Prior to the appointment, we take “before” pictures at our office so you can see the progress of your treatments. During Your Treatment This treatment is fast and simple. During the treatment, your doctor will apply ultrasound gel to the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields. As light is applied to the skin, you may experience a warm sensation. The treatment is gentle with minimum discomfort. The treatment itself will only take 10–15 minutes. The OptiLight procedure is often followed by meibomian gland expression to release any trapped oils after your treatment. This process allows new, healthy oils to coat the eyes. After Your Treatment After the treatment, we book a follow-up treatment within 3 - 4 weeks. You’ll be provided with sunscreen to apply immediately after your treatment. It’s important to avoid direct sunlight and always use sunscreen for any outdoor activities. Our team will contact you a few days after your treatment to check in on the status of the treated area. You may notice some mild redness and discomfort after your treatment which is completely normal. Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 3 - 4 weeks apart, spanning 3 - 4 months total. Your doctor will review your personalized treatment plan with you before your first appointment. It’s important that during your treatment timeline you avoid unnecessary sun exposure and follow post-treatment instructions carefully. This ensures optimal results and mitigates discomfort. Will the OptiLight by Lumenis Work for Me? While OptiLight by Lumenis is an effective dry eye management solution, we want to make sure it’s right for you. We do not recommend this treatment if you: Suffer from aqueous deficiency dry eye (rather than evaporative dry eye or meibomian gland dysfunction) Have a history of keloid scarring Have severe scarring around your eyes Ultimately, your doctor is the only person who can determine whether this option is right for you. During your next appointment, ask us if you are a good candidate for OptiLight by Lumenis. You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eye Anymore Dry, irritated eyes can be managed with a new treatment that brings comfort and can restore quality of life. Visit us to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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    annual eye exam noun . the complete evaluation of your eyes performed once a year Prescription : Evaluation of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and benefits of glasses and/or contacts Ocular Health Evaluation : Detection for presence of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, and other ocular and systemic diseases External Ocular Photography for ocular surface optomap Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging Dilated Eye Exam Computer Vision Syndrome Evaluations Dry Eye Evaluations and Treatment DMV Renewals BOOK YOUR ANNUAL EYE EXAM

  • floaters | eye&I

    floaters < go back to all diseases next > noun . tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous that fills your eye [ BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ] You usually notice floaters when looking at something plain, like a blank wall or a blue sky. As we age, our vitreous starts to thicken or shrink. Sometimes clumps or strands form in the vitreous. If the vitreous pulls away from the back of the eye, it is called posterior vitreous detachment. Floaters usually happen with posterior vitreous detachment. They are not serious, and they tend to fade and become less noticeable over time. Severe floaters can be removed by surgery, but this has risks and is seldom necessary or recommended. You are more likely to get floaters if you: are nearsighted (you need glasses to see far away) have had surgery for cataracts have had inflammation (swelling) inside the eye BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

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