Risk of Infection – Lasik vs. Contact Lenses

May 28th, 2013 by admin

Contact lenses and Lasik surgery are both very safe vision solutions. Infections are rare but when they do happen they should be treated with urgency.

In contact lens wearers, infection can occur as a result of extended wear of contact lenses (wearing them past their recommended usage time), poor hygiene such as reusing contact lens solution, and sleeping in your contact lenses. The most common infection related to contact lens use is keratitis. Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. Keratitis causes redness and pain in the eye. It is an infection that progresses quickly and if left untreated, can cause blindness. It is important to address keratitis as soon as it onsets and seek medical attention.

Infection after Lasik surgery is uncommon. When it does occur, it is usually easily treated with antibiotic eye drops. Infection is more common in Lasik procedures that use the traditional microkeratome blade technique. At Dello Russo LaserVision, we only use all-laser Lasik technology, replacing the blade with an accurate Intralase FS machine that creates the initial flap in your cornea, thus minimizing chances of infection.

With contact lenses, the risk of infection is always potentially there. With Lasik surgery, the risk of infection is only present during the recovery process which can take up to four weeks. CNN ran a story in 2006, quoting the findings of researchers who went over large amounts of data that was collected over years. According to them, new Lasik techniques are safer than long term usage of contact lenses.

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How will aging affect my Lasik results?

May 22nd, 2013 by admin

In most cases, the results achieved with Lasik are permanent. Your eyesight will typically stabilize three to six months after your surgery and you will have stable, clear vision. Most people who elect to have Lasik surgery do so to correct myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), or astigmatism. As we age, our eyesight naturally declines in performance. Another condition, Presbyopia, starts to affect most individuals at the age of 40 and is the main reason many adults need reading glasses. It happens when the crystalline lens in the eye hardens, making it harder to focus on objects up close.

Aging typically will not affect your Lasik results; you will still generally be able to see clearly twenty years after your surgery. However, since presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process, it will occur whether you have had Lasik surgery or not. Lasik surgery has no effect on the crystalline lens. Therefore, any presbyopia develop after your surgery will be the result of the natural aging process, not of your Lasik surgery.

While Lasik surgery is permanent, it is also adjustable. Patients who did not receive the results they wanted the first time around can elect to have the procedure done again. Many patients come to Drs. Jeff and Joseph Dello Russo after receiving undesirable results from other surgeons. Read more about this service here.

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Improving Your Game With Lasik

May 6th, 2013 by admin

In order to improve as an athlete every year, players must stay on top of their game in every way, shape or form and that includes having excellent vision. Whether you play golf, basketball, baseball, or football, having blurred vision can hinder your overall performance. For very active / rough sports, eyeglasses are not suitable because they can fall off, fog up and obstruct peripheral vision. Contacts may seem like a better alternative but they too can fall off during direct contact with an opposing player.

Because competitive athletes are always striving to outdo their peers, sports and laser vision correction surgery work hand in hand. Lasik is a refractive surgery performed for the purpose of vision correction. Aside from helping athletes improve their game, common types of vision problems Lasik can correct are myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. While these visual defects can usually be corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses, theaw solutions are only temporary and are not cost-effectivein the long run. An individual’s eyesight tends to worsen with age, which calls for a new eyeglass prescription lens every few years. Contact lenses prescriptions also change and the lenses must be disposed of after their correlating allotted usage time.

At Dello Russo LaserVision, Lasik is seen as a long term solution. You can play sports without worrying about your eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your vision will be clear enough to see the ball, the audience, and anything in the field. Schedule your free consultation with Drs. Dello Russo at our New Jersey practice to learn more about how Lasik can improve your quality of life.

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Lasik Recovery – Follow These Tips

May 6th, 2013 by admin

As with any surgery, post-operative care is extremely important in order to reap the full benefits of Lasik. Following your LASIK surgery, you will be prescribed topical antibiotics as well as anti-inflammatory and pain medications to help reduce the risk of infection and post-operative discomfort. Drs. Dello Russo may also prescribe moisturizing eye drops. As your cornea heals, it is important that you do not rub the eyes or touch them in any way besides administering your prescribed medications. Special goggles will be given to you to wear at night so you do not rub your eyes in your sleep. Rubbing can disrupt the healing process, cause infection, and result in haziness in your eyesight. So let’s avoid it!

Some short-term lifestyle changes should also be made after your Lasik surgery:

  • You need to avoid direct exposure to UV rays while your eyes heal.
  • Wear adequate sunglasses when going outside and do not use tanning beds, even with protective eyewear.
  • Also avoid any water activities while your eyes heal for about a month. Chlorinated pools, lakes, ponds and oceans all have bacteria and getting the water in your eyes can not only irritate them, but can result in infection as well.
  • Contact sports such as football, boxing, tennis, basketball and soccer should also be avoided. You want to give your eyes the best healing environment and that means avoiding any possible trauma.

It is important that you listen and follow Dr. Dello Russo’s post-operative care instructions. These short-term lifestyle changes must be adhered to while your eyes heal. After your recovery, you may resume all of your usual activities with your improved and clear vision. During your consultation, be sure to mention any water and sports activities you regularly engage in.

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What Causes Cataracts?

April 17th, 2013 by admin

There are two forms of cataracts:

  • Age related cataracts: Appears in later life, the most common form
  • Congenital cataracts: Appears either at birth or shortly after

As you age, the lenses in your eye become less flexible, less transparent and thicker. Aging-related changes to the lens cloud small areas due to the break-down and clumping together of tissues.

A number of factors may contribute to, or put you at greater risk of contracting cataracts. These include:

  • Aging
  • Overexposure to UV radiation e.g. sunbathing
  • Diabetes – When the blood sugar levels are above the safe range, changes in the eye can occur that result in cataracts
  • Disease inside the eye such as glaucoma or retinal detachment
  • Genetics – Those with a family history of cataracts may be at greater risk
  • Eye injury – A leading cause of cataracts in children
  • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Those over the age of 50 who have had a Vitrectomy

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Types Of Cataracts

April 10th, 2013 by admin

Cataracts are caused by a change in clarity of the overall lens structure and may differ in both the age they develop and the portion of the lens effected. Typically, doctors classify cataracts depending on the location of the clouding.

  • Cortical cataracts generally appear as a cloudy opacity in the cortex, a peripheral part of the lens. Usually, the wedge-like cataract works its way to the center.
  • Nuclear cataracts are the most common age-related cataracts. Changes in vision are gradual, with a yellow cloudiness and hardening of the nucleus in the lens developing.
  • Subcapsular cataracts occur at the back of the lens. This type causes light sensitivity, blurred near vision and glare. Those with diabetes are at greater risk of subcapsular cataracts.

Cataracts can also be classified by their origin.

  • Age related cataracts occur naturally and are the most common form.
  • Traumatic cataracts occur as a result of direct injury to the eye. Blunt trauma to the eye that results in damage may causes cataracts, whether it is from sports or chemicals.
  • Congenital cataracts occur at birth. However, on occasions the cataracts can be insignificant enough to not cause any vision problems.
  • Secondary cataracts usually develop as a result of eye surgery. In addition, patients with diabetes or those who are taking large amounts of steroids are also at risk.
  • Radiation cataracts are the rarest form of cataracts, developing as a result of overexposure to UV light.

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How Do You Prevent Cataracts?

April 3rd, 2013 by admin

Cataracts develop gradually and cause no pain. Therefore, it is often difficult to detect. Although in some cases the contraction of cataracts is unavoidable, there are some ways to help prevent cataracts:

  • Regular Eye exams: Eye exams can help you detect cataracts and other eye problems at its earliest stage, making it easier to treat and prevent developing.
  • Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Known to fight inflammation, these acids may help shield your eyes from cataract development
  • Wear sunglasses: UV rays from the sun may contribute to the development of cataracts
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Conditions such as diabetes may contribute to cataracts when levels of sugar intake are abnormally high. A healthy diet may help prevent cataracts.
  • A healthy diet including fruits and vegetables: The consumption of foods full of antioxidants like fruit and vegetables may help prevent cataracts.
  • Consider herbal medicine

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Cataract Signs and Symptoms

March 27th, 2013 by admin

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Inevitably, this results in clouded vision. Vision loss occurs because the lens obstructs light from passing and being focused on to the retina at the back of the eye. Cataracts are very common in older adults. In those age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. The issue can occur in either or both eyes; however it cannot spread from one to the other.

Common signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye
  • Glare. Headlights, lamps or sunlight may appear too bright
  • A halo may appear around lights
  • Frequent prescription changes in your glasses or contact lenses

Signs and symptoms of cataracts vary depending on the type of cataract. The severity of the cataract, assuming there are no other vision conditions, is largely judged by a visual acuity test. The method of treatment will also largely vary patient to patient, depending on a patient’s particular functional and visual needs. The symptoms cited may too be signs of other eye problems. If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dello Russo to see how you may be treated.

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Tips To Help Reduce Dry Eyes

March 20th, 2013 by admin

The last days of winter can be the most unforgiving on the eyes. Whilst winter may slowly be turning into spring, the remaining cold days of the season can cause more harm to your eyes. During the cold months, the air outside and indoors are typically drier than other seasons. A lack of moisture in the air can cause a variety of problems, including dry eyes, irritation, itchiness and discomfort. This trouble is however avoidable, by following a few simple tips.

  • Eye drops are a simple way of keeping the eyes moistened. Over-the-counter gels, drops or lubricants can help resolve minor irritations of dry eyes. Prescription treatments are of course available for more severe cases.
  • Using humidifiers in the home will help to increase humidity levels and moisture inside, avoiding dry air affecting your eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect against dry winds and damaging UV rays (even if it’s cloudy).
  • Blinking and closing the eyes redistributes and establishes a tear film over the front of your eyes, improving vision, comfort and lubrication.
  • When playing outdoor sport, use athletic goggles to protect your eyes.
  • Don’t rub your eyes. Rubbing can lead to painful scratches and inflammation.

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Eye Anatomy – Basic Parts

March 13th, 2013 by admin

People of all ages can have poor eyesight. Lasik surgery is considered nowadays as the gold standard procedure that can eliminate poor vision and help increase overall eye health.
To better understand the terms used on this website and to understand the eye’s structure, let’s review the main parts:

Cornea – The cornea is the clear, front part of your eye that provides the focusing power. LASIK surgery is performed on the cornea, where only the smallest modifications can provide profound improvements on vision.

Pupil – The pupil is the black hole in the center of the colored part of the eye, called the iris. The amount of light that enters your eye is controlled by your pupil – when you are in a bright environment, your pupils contract to allow less light through, when it is dark they expand to allow more light in.

Iris – The primary function of the iris, depending on the surrounding light, is to control the size of the pupils. It can also determine eye color.

Lens –The lens, which is directly behind the pupil, provides the focusing power by changing shape and bringing close objects into focus. The lens becomes rigid with age, so those forty and over may require reading glasses.

Retina – The retina is the nerve center of the eye, which sends light images into an electrical signal to the brain. This enables sight.

Macula – Situated in the center of the retina, the macula is responsible for providing fine detail in one’s eye sight.

Optic Nerve – The optic nerve is responsible for sending electrical signals to the brain to provide sight.

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Vitamins For The Eyes

March 8th, 2013 by admin

Our body needs vitamins to function normally. Among them there are some vitamins where the lack of which can affect how we see. We know, for example, that the lack of vitamin A can cause deterioration of twilight vision and cause night blindness. Vitamin B and vitamin C are necessary for good vision. These vitamins reduce the risk of diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and in the case of already existing diseases - slows its progression.
How can I make sure that my eyes get everything they need?
First, you need to make sure that nutrition is balanced. You should take note that vitamins are destroyed by heat (especially with regard to vitamins B2 and C). Therefore, to preserve vitamins which are found in vegetables, Dr. Dello Russo recommends to not boil, but steam. However, if you want to boil it, make boiling time as low as possible. However, one should not forget that modern foods contain fewer nutrients than half a century ago.
Second, you can get the necessary vitamins by taking special vitamin complexes. For many of us the second way is more simple and accessible. Remember that you can’t “get involved” with the reception of one of vitamins in large quantities, without prior consultation with the doctor.

Vitamin complexes for vision

The critical role of vitamins for maintaining good vision has been proven recently, only at the end of the last century. Scientists have discovered the key role of lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health.  People over age 40 have a greater need for lutein. This is due to the decrease in the protective functions of age and ability to heal itself. Students, because of their high visual loads also have problems with vision.

Essential vitamins for the eyes

The main criteria for selection of vitamins that are effective and safe in recommended doses were confirmed by clinical trials. The quality of the input of raw materials is of great importance. It’s preferred that the vitamin complexes contain only free lutein, which is produced by microencapsulation technology. This ensures maximum absorption of the drug and allows it to maintain high activity throughout shelf life. It is important that the drug also includes other healthy components for the eye - vitamins A, C and E, trace elements, and bilberry extract. Lutein protects the eye from harmful free radicals and UV light. Blueberry anthocyanins enhance visual acuity, and vitamins and minerals reduce eye fatigue, and all components of the drug have to increase the effect of one another and reduce the risk of age-related changes in the eye.

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How Do You Maintain Your Sight?

March 1st, 2013 by admin

Reading and Vision

  • In any case, do not read while lying down!
  • When you are reading, the distance from the eye to the book should be at least 30 cm.
  • The light should fall on the top left of the page.
  • While reading do not forget to take breaks for three to five minutes.
  • To relieve the eye muscles do simple exercises for the eyes: blink, close your eyes and rotate the eyeballs, go to the window, relax and take a look into the distance.

Television and Eyesight

  • If you are watching TV during the day, it is desirable to darken the room. In the evening, on the contrary, turn on the light.
  • The distance to the TV should be five times larger than the screen size.
  • Younger pupils can watch TV no ​​more than an hour a day, and older - 1.5 hours.

Computer and Eyesight

Investigations of visual functions in humans, who are constantly working with computers, have shown that deviations from the norm are much more likely to occur than in persons the same age, who do not constantly use the computer. Even for the working shift there is a reduction the amount of accommodation, and some people develop temporary (so-called false) short-sightedness.

Not too long ago the term ”computer eye syndrome” was established. This is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Burning and the feeling of sand in the eyes
  • Pain during movement of the eyes
  • Redness of the eyeballs
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow refocusing from near objects to far and back
  • Double objects
  • Rapid fatigue when reading

If you notice that you have observed at least one of the symptoms, you should consult with Dr. Dello Russo immediately. Dello Russo LaserVision Center provides a full range of patient services for the treatment of all types of eye diseases in accordance with the highest standards of care.

For the prevention of ”computer syndrome” you should use the following guidelines:

  • Use special eye drops, tear substitutes.
  • Limit time on the computer, no more than 4 hours per day.
  • Take required breaks during work after every 20-30 minutes.
  • Properly organize the workplace:
  1. The upper edge of the monitor should be slightly below eye level.
  2. Set the monitor so that the screen does not reflect light.
  3. Let your eyes. (From time to time fix the eyes on some distant object, no closer than 10 meters. Youwill immediately feel your eyes are resting).
  4. Regularly wipe the screen with a damp cloth (do not use cleaning products; they will erase a special protective coating).
  • Use special glasses with progressive lenses. For intensive computer users use these glasses helps to reduce eye fatigue and improvement of accommodation compared with conventional glasses in 85% of cases.

A condition that is no less important for the preservation of vision is the right food. Food fortified with Vitamin A is necessary. It is usually found in braised carrots, carrot salad, sour cream or butter, cabbage, onions, fennel and various salads.

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How To Save Eyesight – A Few Tips

February 27th, 2013 by admin

Even the slightest deterioration of your vision can seriously degrade the quality of your life. The human psychology is a funny thing, while you are young and full of energy, you do not care about your health, you neglect basic rules of self preservation, and you think you’ll be forever young, and that disease or injuries will bypass you. This is quite often a younger person’s state of mind but it is not the right approach to remaining healthy, and the consequences can be quite significant.

In order to be sure that your vision is healthy, you should adhere to the following rules:

Rule one:

Get in the habit of visiting an ophthalmologist at least once a year. During the year you work, read, watch TV, stare at monitor screens and are exposed to various pollutants. Your eyes work hard and will need to be examined for wear and tear from such a heavy annual workload, and a visit to the eye doctor to make sure that your eyesight has not deteriorated is highly advised. The diagnosis procedure does not take long.

Rule two:

Many people like to read before going to bed. This is a very bad habit and has a negative effect on your vision. Bedroom lighting is oftentimes dim. Pay attention to the lighting in your reading room. Do not read in the dark; do not sit for hours at a computer.

Rule three:

Protect your eyes from bright light. Buy high-quality sunglasses. Remember, even with sunglasses you are not encouraged to look directly at the sun. Protect your eyes from dust; if this is not done it can lead to a deterioration of your vision.

Rule four:

Do exercises to warm up the eye muscles. Talk to your doctor and determine what exercises is right for you.

Rule five:

Eat Vitamin A; large quantities of it can be found in carrots.

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Dr. Dello Russo Helps Establish A New Cataract Laser

February 14th, 2013 by admin

Back in 2005, Dr. Joseph Dello Russo and four other scientists/physicians established LENSAR, a new laser company. The purpose of the laser was to treat presbyopia, the loss of reading ability that naturally occurs later in life,starting usually when people reach the age of forty.

As the laser was being researched another benefit emerged – it was able to help in treating cataracts. The dominant cataract technique presently was introduced almost fifty years ago by Dr. Charles Kelman. This technique was misnamed over the years as a “laser cataract surgery”. It was not really a laser system but the nickname was easier to catch rather than explaining its true nature.

LENSAR is a real laser system which is used in conjunction with Dr. Kelman’s system for greater safety as well as accuracy. Recently, the LENSAR lasers were rolled out for sale in the U.S. and they are being offered to cataract surgeons. We are still waiting to see if this laser can also cure presbyopia. Let’s hope.

Please visit LENSAR’s website to find out more about the company and its technology.

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What Protects Your Eyes From Overload & Helps Keep Them Healthy?

February 1st, 2013 by admin

The number of people wearing glasses increases year after year, with the number of children wearing glasses increasing at a high rate. That in general, is not surprising because there are huge amounts of technological devices that are used in our everyday lives which places strain on our stable adult eyes. Such a strain can actually be more damaging to a child’s developing eyes.

    In order to make sure that we do not constantly exhaust or damage our eyes, and in turn attempt to preserve our vision the best we can, follow these guidelines:

      • While working at the computer do the 15-minute break every two hours, during which you exercise looking into the distance, and moving around your eyes.
      • If you spend a lot time at the computer – use special glasses with lenses that protect your eyes from fatigue.
      • Blink more often while working and staring at a monitor.
      • During work you should sit at a distance of 50-60 cm from the computer monitor. When you watch TV, the distance to it should be at least about 5 feet away. Do not forget to turn on lighting.
      • Do not read lying down, and or in a moving vehicle. This can significantly reduce your vision.
      • Pay attention to maintaining a full and balanced diet. Your diet must contain the following vitamins: B (B2-riboflavin) and vitamin A, which is contained in all fruits and vegetables, red and orange colored.
      • It is very beneficial to drink fresh juices, especially carrot juice, eat green leafy vegetables especially spinach and parsley. And eat plenty of berries, blueberry, sour cream or yogurt.
      • Wear sunglasses year round. They protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays on hot summer days, sunny and frosty weather which produces lots of reflections of light rays.
      • Take more walks outside in the fresh air.
      • Stick to a healthy routine of: 8-9 hours of restful sleep per night, do exercises to improve overall circulation of the body and perform exercises for the eyes. If a good night’s sleep helps brain and body health, it is easy to figure that lack of sleep will contribute to many negative affects upon your body other than simply being tired.
      • A disorderly sleep routine can not only lead to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, but metabolic dysfunction, diabetes and obesity as well. It may also lead to a development of eye diseases.
      • Ophthalmologists have found that unstable and insufficient sleep causes blurred vision and discomfort in the eyes – though this is not a serious medical problem, in chronic stages it can create conditions for significant vision problems. Also, deficiencies of normal sleeping sessions may cause glaucoma – the second most common cause of irreversible blindness.
      • A person not getting enough regular sleep can develop ischemic optic neuropathy – a vascular lesion of the optic nerve, characterized by sudden, painless loss of vision in one eye, often noticed upon awakening.

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      Symptoms of Glaucoma: Find and Neutralize

      January 25th, 2013 by admin

      The age of forty seems to be a transitional age; the human body begins the journey of inevitable decline. The immune system weakens and the accumulation of our exposure to radiation finally reaches a dangerous amount and diseases may begin to develop.

      Glaucoma is a disease which damages the optic nerves in the eye. In most cases pressure slowly build in the intraocular area of the eyes, in an extreme case the inner ocular pressure builds very rapidly leading to sudden blindness. The earlier that Glaucoma is detected the more likely it is to be treated and contained.

      Dr. Dello Russo offers several methods of measuring intraocular pressure, ranging from the simple palpation method to the electronic non-contact tonometer. All methods of measuring eye pressure are painless and should be done at least once a year.

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      Hyperopia, Farsightedness At Forty

      January 18th, 2013 by admin

      It is not unheard of that a person around the age of forty who had always had perfect eye health and vision suddenly experiences vision problems or problems seeing at close range. This is a result of manifested latent hyperopia or far sightedness. These problems arise due to the changes in the age of your eyes ocular lens. Standard visual tests may not reveal all of these problems; however Dr. Dello Russo conducts a special exam using a automatic refractometer which can diagnose the onset of latent hyperopia.

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      How can you preserve your sight when you’re pregnant?

      January 4th, 2013 by admin

      Having a baby is one of the great joys in life. However, one added worry to the long list of health precautions is your vision. Maintaining good vision is a serious issue for expecting mothers. In this age, computers and television take up a lot of time for a young woman. Along with this and the onset of pregnancy, a risk of abnormal vision exists.

      Of course, it is best to visit an ophthalmologist before even getting pregnant. But if you are already expecting a baby, you visit to the doctor and perform a full vision examination as soon as possible.

      Because the state of your eyes during pregnancy may change, you should visit an ophthalmologist at least twice while you are pregnant. But if you have problems such as nearsightedness, then you are better off visiting on a monthly basis. During pregnancy, expectant mothers have problems with their vision and it often deteriorates. Your doctor will be able to track when and how it has been deteriorating if you make the necessary visits.

      There have been cases where women develop a so-called “false myopia” when visual acuity is reduced through overstrain of intraocular muscles. Such a state can add 1-2 extra diopters if myopia is already present. In this situation, exercise for the eyes and therapeutic treatment proves very useful because they help with muscle spasms. Your doctor will prescribe an individual complex of treatments. You should not try to use stronger glasses – they may make it worse by giving you headaches, nausea, or dizziness.

      Giving birth safely

      If your ophthalmologist finds a problem but does not see the danger for your eyes from natural childbirth try to find a pre-hospital, where doctors are experienced in childbirth for women with vision disorders. It is important to know in advance how to push and how to conduct yourself to avoid eye strain during the labor and delivery process.

      The deterioration of the retina is one of the most common reasons for a doctor to recommend a caesarean section. At a medium and high degree of myopia the retina thins and stretches. It increases the risk of breaks and retinal detachment during childbirth. To avoid this problem surgical obstetrics is recommended.

      In modern ophthalmology, there is a new method of prophylactic peripheral laser photocoagulation (PPLK), which is conducted to prevent the degenerative changes of the retina and the risk of detachment. This procedure is performed an outpatient basis within only a few minutes. The laser beam strengthens the retina, preventing it from stretching and detachment. Laser coagulation is the safest method of preventing occurrence of retinal detachment during and after childbirth.

      Dello Russo Laser Vision is a safe place to check your vision. Here you will undergo the best possible diagnosis of vision and get the most accurate results. Dr. Dello Russo is an experienced surgeon who will prescribe the most appropriate treatment for you. Please call us at (201) 384-7333 with any questions or concerns, or to make an appointment.

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      Proper Eye Care: How You Should Take Care of Your Eyes

      December 28th, 2012 by admin

      When people talk about beauty, the first things they pay attention to are the eyes. In many ways, the beauty of the eye is determined not only by their purity and brilliance, but also the state of the upper and lower eyelids, long eyelashes, and the density and shape of the eyebrows. However, the eye is extremely sensitive and vulnerable organ. They need daily care and a thorough rest, especially after staring at the TV or computer all day.

      Don’t forget to take care of your eyes! In the morning rinse your face with boiling water that is cooled to room temperature with a mix of herbs: chamomile, yarrow, mint, lemon balm, and sage. Use a cotton swab dipped in a lotion to wipe the skin around the eyes.

      If you feel tired or sore/stinging eyes, take a break and relax. Close your eyes for 2-3 minutes or look around and focus on something else. If you’re at home, you can soak pads in a tincture of herbs and use them as a compress on your eyelids. Prolonged stay in a dusty, smoky room can cause redness of the eyelids. If this happens, flush your eyes with water. Water provides the eyes with a wonderful calming effect.

      Sharp changes in air temperature (hot and cold) and wind have a particularly negative effect. Some women are forced to work outdoors because of their profession. The sun also has a strong influence on your eyes. Many people, especially the young, forget that their eyes should be protected from direct sunlight. When going to the beach, do not forget to bring sunglasses. If you forget them, just cover your eyes with a towel.

      Your diet also has a slight impact on your eyes. It is therefore necessary to include fruits that contain vitamins A, C, E, and D in your diet. Food should be varied and nutritious at the same time, but not hard for the stomach.

      Special care should be sought out when you experience inflammation of the eyelids and eye contamination. In these cases do not try to treat it yourself – seek immediate medical attention. Only a doctor can determine the reason of inflammation, prescribe the right treatment. You should not rub your eye when even if they are very itchy. Sometimes you may have discharge from the eyes that make your eyelids stick together. This can be carefully removed with a gauze pad soaked in a solution of boric acid. The same swab should not be used more than once. If your eyes are continuously getting red several times a day, you probably just need lots of

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      Dr. Dello Russo Helps Out Those in Need

      November 7th, 2012 by admin

      Our New York City LASIK Surgeon Dr. Joseph Dello Russo made a donation of eye drops to help support the cause in Kenya.

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