Spring 2004  

Find the Right Sunglasses this Spring!

After this cold winter we all look forward to the warm and sunny spring. Studies show however that exposure to bright sunlight can increase the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, both leading causes of vision loss among older adults.In addition, ultraviolet exposure can accelerate aging and wrinkles around the eyes, and increase the likelihood of skin cancers of the lids.

Here's how to ensure your eyes are protected:
Select sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays. Don't be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag. Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun's rays can't enter from the side. In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-rimmed hat to protect your eyes. Don't be fooled by a cloudy day. The sun's rays can pass through the haze and thin clouds. Even if you wear contacts with UV protection, remember your sunglasses. 

Because we care about your eyes:

Now through July 1st we would like to offer our patients 25% off all prescription or non-prescription sunglasses. Mention this newsletter and also receive a free eyeglass cleaning kit.


Allergy season has arrived!

Spring is finally here, but for many that means allergy season! Eye allergies are anything but rare. In the US, an estimated 80 million people experience them, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the incidence appears to be on the rise.

Those who have ocular allergies know that they are a major source of discomfort, causing itching, redness, swelling and tearing. This is called seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva refers to a thin membrane lining the inside of the eyelids and extending over the front of the white of the eye. This is the area that becomes inflamed when sensitive individuals are exposed to allergens such as as pollens, molds, house dust mites, animals and insects.

Treatments for ocular allergies include over the counter drops, oral antihistamines, cold compresses, and avoidance of allergy causing situations. In our experience the most effective treatment by far however are prescription eye drops. Depending on your needs, drops containing anti-histamines, mast-cell stabilizers, steroids, or non-steriodal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) can be prescribed for immediate and long lasting relief of allergy symptoms. Some drops even help to prevent future allergic responses.

Please let us know if you are experiencing problems due to allergies and we would be happy to discuss individual treatment options with you.



New Test detects future risk of glaucoma!

Recent research in the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study found that corneal thickness is a strong predictor for the development of primary open-angle glaucoma. Glaucoma occurs because of a pressure build up in the eye and can cause irreversible vision loss. Previous risk factors such as high eye pressure, older age, family history, African American descent, and optic nerve anatomy have already been known.

This new information is important because corneal thickness can be measured in the ophthalmologist's office without discomfort in under a minute! This test is called pachymetry. Your pachymetry data can help predict your individual risk for glaucoma, as well as help manage the treatment of pre-existing glaucoma.

^ Photo ( Dr. Hakim Ferradji performs pachymetry on a glaucoma patient )

We hope you enjoy reading these newsletters, and welcome your comments regarding future topics. - email us at: info@kaytabas.com