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6 Signs You May Need to Consider Dry Eye Treatment

Do your eyes often feel irritated, gritty, or dry? These are some of the signs of a condition called dry eye syndrome.

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition caused by poor tear production or poor tear quality in most people. Your eyes can feel dry for several reasons, like dehydration, living in a dry environment, or even as a reaction to your contact lenses.

Some people can find relief from the symptoms of their dry eyes by making small lifestyle changes, like drinking more water, reducing screen time, and remembering to blink. But if you have dry eye syndrome, you may need to see your eye doctor, explore your treatment options, and understand the root cause of your dry eyes.

But how do you know if your dry eyes are severe enough to warrant seeing your eye doctor and discussing your treatment options? Keep reading for 6 signs you may need to consider dry eye treatment!

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It may seem like it’s challenging to keep up with all your yearly doctor’s appointments. But you know it’s something you need to do to stay healthy.

You may remember to see your dentist for annual cleaning and your primary care doctor for your physical every year, but do you do the same with your yearly eye exam? Just like it’s essential to have your health checked every year, the same is true when it comes to keeping your eyes healthy.

Many people put off seeing their eye doctor, whether they wear glasses or contact lenses to see or not. But scheduling regular, comprehensive eye exams aren’t only a way to make sure your prescription is up-to-date.

Your eye exams can save you from permanent vision loss. Keep reading to learn more about why eye exams are so crucial to having healthy eyes!

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Do you have cataracts? You may be thinking about the next step, which is having them removed during cataract surgery.

Having your cataracts removed is the only way to regain your clear vision. Cataract surgery is the only method that works.

The good news is that when you have cataract surgery, you can get your life back. Gone will be the frustration associated with blurry vision, glare around lights, and the inability to drive safely at night.

You’ll have to choose an intraocular lens (IOL) before having cataract surgery, which could even give you the best vision of your life, depending on the kind you choose.

If you’re worried about recovering after having cataract surgery, don’t be. Most patients can go back to many of their everyday activities after only a few days.

For the best possible results, you’ll need to follow the post-operative care instructions from your surgeon and care for yourself properly to ensure a smooth recovery. Keep reading for 5 tips to use to have your most successful cataract surgery recovery!

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When you have cataract surgery, it involves removing the natural lens of the eye, where cataracts form. This is the only way to remove the cataract that has developed on it.

Since cataract surgery leaves you without a natural lens, a critical part of having cataract surgery involves replacing the natural lens with an artificial lens.

The lens is crucial if you want to be able to see clearly after cataract surgery. This lens is called an intraocular lens, or IOL, and they come in several varieties.

There are also standard IOLs and premium IOLs. Premium IOLs can offer you better vision and are often used to correct presbyopia, a common condition in cataract patients.

Choosing an IOL can be difficult, but it helps if you know what premium IOLs are and what kinds are available. Keep reading for more information when it comes to choosing a premium IOL!

Standard IOLs vs. Premium IOLs

The standard IOL is called a monofocal lens. It’s a uniform lens that’s made only to have one focal point.

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This focal point can either be set to help you see up close or far away. In some cases, patients that choose monofocal lenses get what’s called monovision.

Monovision involves having one eye set to see up close and the other eye set to see things far away. Monovision helps you see well at most distances, but you may still require glasses and especially reading glasses, when you want to see things up close.

Premium IOLs are designed to help you see at various distances and reduce or eliminate the need for visual aids like contacts and glasses. They come in several different varieties. We offer the following at Sierra Nevada Eye Center:

ReStor IOL

The ReStor lens is a multifocal IOL. Like other multifocal lenses, it’s made up of rings extending out from the center of the lens, alternating between two refractive powers.

Restor IOL's

One refractive power is set to see at a distance, and the other is set for seeing up close. Your eyes will naturally adjust to look through the right part of the lens, depending on what you see. The multifocal IOL allows patients to have excellent close-up vision and often reduces or eliminates the need for reading glasses.

Tecnis Multifocal IOL

The Tecnis multifocal lens is another kind of multifocal IOL. Like the ReStor, it’s composed of rings that alternate between two refractive powers and two different focal points.

Tecnis IOL

The Tecnis and ReStor are comparable, and both have similar results. However, the Tecnis multifocal IOL specifically reduces the visual aberrations common in other brands of multifocal IOLs. For this reason, Tecnis patients tend to have a lower risk of visual problems after cataract surgery, like reduced night vision.

Vivity Depth of Focus

Vivity Extended Depth of Focus IOL

The Vivity IOL is an extended depth of focus lens that’s also non-diffractive. Most multifocal lenses are diffractive, with an abrupt change between different focal points divided into rings.

The Vivity lens is non-diffractive due to proprietary X-Wave technology, making vision with the Vivity lens smooth, blending the transition between each ring. This design allows users to see well when looking at both up-close and middle distances while also reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses.

PanOptix Trifocal IOL

Panoptix Trifocal IOL

The PanOptix IOL is a trifocal lens. Like a multifocal lens, it’s divided into alternating rings with different refractive powers.

But unlike multifocal lenses, the rings switch between three different refractive powers rather than two. The result is clearer vision at a middle distance.

The PanOptix trifocal lens also offers patients excellent close-up vision without sacrificing the ability to see up-close for better intermediate vision. The PanOptix trifocal IOL allows patients to see well both up close and at intermediate distances with an extended focal point.

TECNIS® Symfony IOL

Tecnis Symfony Lens

The Tecnis Symfony Lens is an extended range of vision IOL. This latest technology works by extending your range of focus rather than alternating between set focal points like a multifocal or trifocal lens.

This allows for a greater depth to your visual field that lets you see well at all distances. The Symfony IOL can also reduce or eliminate the need for glasses while also enabling patients to see well while outdoors and participating in activities.

Choosing the Right IOL for You

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When choosing an IOL, look over each of your options and talk to your ophthalmologist about your needs. One of the most important things to think about is your goals after cataract surgery.

Take your lifestyle and visual needs into account when making this decision. If you think of yourself as physically active and enjoy golfing or playing tennis, do you want to wear glasses after cataract surgery?

Are you comfortable using visual aids after having your cataracts removed? You should also think about how much you want to spend.

Because premium IOLs are a premium item, they are not something that insurance will usually cover. For this reason, they are often something that you’ll have to pay for out-of-pocket, so it’s good to consider your budget.

Most people who opt for a Premium IOL find the price is well worth it, but it’s essential to choose the best IOL for you and your needs. If you work with electronics and spend a lot of time looking at a screen during work or in your free time, having sufficient intermediate vision is an excellent way to help your eyes stay healthy.

Some multifocal IOLs inadvertently encourage patients to sit too close to the computer or TV to see it as clearly as possible. If you use screens a lot, the PanOptix trifocal IOL or the Symfony lens may be right.

If your focus is on reading or doing other focused tasks like sewing or knitting, a multifocal lens may be your best choice.

Your eye doctor can make recommendations on what IOL to get if you’re having trouble deciding. They’ll make this recommendation based on your eyes, as well as your individual needs and desires after cataract surgery.

Are you wondering if a premium IOL may be the right choice for you? Schedule a cataract screening at Sierra Nevada Eye Center in Reno, NV, today!

Are you worried about getting older? Although getting older is a part of life, not everyone likes how it makes them look. 

Physical reminders of aging and getting older can be incredibly distressing. Of course, both wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of aging, but it’s also natural to dislike the reminder that you’re no longer as young as you used to be.  

While some people aren’t bothered by their wrinkles, there’s nothing wrong if you’re someone that’s looking for a way to make them disappear. If you want to look younger and feel more confident about your appearance, Botox is an affordable and low-risk option. 

Botox is a well-known treatment for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.  However, before having any cosmetic treatment, you should be aware of the potential results and limitations of the treatment. 

Keep reading to learn more about Botox and if it can give you the results you want!

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Healthy vision is essential all year long. In May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) promotes awareness about eye health and maintaining it.

Most people know that they need to see their primary care physician for a physical every year. Not as many take the time to check up on their eye health, especially if they don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses. 

But you should be seeing an eye doctor regularly, just like you’d see a general physician. Taking care of your eyes only becomes more crucial as you get older. You should also be aware of the signs of common eye-related conditions. This will help you lower your risk for these conditions while maintaining healthy habits. 

Keep reading for 4 things you can do to promote eye care this Healthy Vision Month!

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Do you or a loved one have glaucoma? It’s a prevalent age-related eye condition. In fact, it’s one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over the age of 60.

Like many age-related conditions, it often doesn’t show symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Because of the lack of discernible symptoms, glaucoma is often hard to notice until it’s already caused significant visual loss.

Luckily, your ophthalmologist can diagnose it during the early stages simply by having regular eye exams. While there is no cure for glaucoma, you can effectively treat and manage the condition with medication, surgery, or a combination of both. Keep reading to learn more about glaucoma!

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Winter can seem to go on forever, even if you live in a warm place like Nevada. After the holidays, most people are ready for the colder weather to be over. 

But in many places across the country, the first couple of months of the year are the coldest. Winter weather can be fun in small doses. 

If you’re not used to it, it can be a pain in larger ones, but no matter your feelings, one thing is for sure. During the winter, you should take precautions to keep your body, and your eyes in particular, healthy. 

Here’s how you can do just that. Keep reading for 5 tips to follow for healthy eye care this winter!

1. Limit Your Time Out in the Cold

When it’s cold outside, you shouldn’t spend too much time outdoors without protection. Even if it doesn’t feel that cold, your eyes may be the ones that pay the price. 

Colder winter months can make your eyes dry, itchy, and irritated. If you wear contact lenses, colder weather can dry out your eyes even faster.  

Make sure you keep track of just how long you’ve been outside if you’re taking a walk. If your eyes start to feel uncomfortable, head inside! 

2. Wear Sunglasses

During the summer, you probably know to wear sunglasses to protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays. But the sun is still around even when it’s cold. 

In the winter, you can still suffer damage to your eyes, even if it’s cloudy while you’re outside. It may be unlikely to experience snow in Nevada, but it’s not impossible! 

If there’s snow on the ground, sunlight reflecting off it can be more harmful! Be sure to wear sunglasses whenever you go out on a sunny day, especially if there’s snow on the ground. 

Take extra precautions if you’re participating in any winter sports like skiing or snowboarding. This means goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes.

3. Stay Hydrated 

Another thing you may think about more in the summer is drinking plenty of water. A nice cold glass of water is a little less appealing when you’ve just come inside in the middle of the winter. 

But it’s just as important to stay hydrated in cold weather as it is in warmer weather. It’s more important as dry winter air can make you dehydrated faster.

Drink water where you can, but you can also eat foods that contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids like tuna, flaxseed, and even eggs. Eating more of these foods will help keep your eyes hydrated!

4. Limit Screen Time

It can be tempting to spend more time looking at digital devices when the weather turns cooler. But this can harm your sight. 

If you have to look at a screen for a long time, try to take breaks and follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from the screen to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Following this rule will help your eyes rest and recharge before you get back to the screen.

5. Avoid Dry Air 

Heating is essential in the winter if you want to keep your home warm. But blasting your heating system at all hours can dry out the air and your eyes. 

This is especially true if you sit near a vent for a long time. Do your best to avoid direct air blowing on your face. If your heating makes your home particularly dry, consider getting a humidifier that you can put in the room you spend the most time in. Your eyes will thank you!

Are you concerned that your eyes are still dry and irritated after trying these winter eye care tips? Schedule an appointment at Sierra Nevada Eye Center in Reno, NV, to discuss your dry eye treatment options with our eye doctors today!

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Aging is a normal part of life, as are the side effects of aging. But wrinkles can affect your self-confidence and make you feel older than you are.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to treat your crow’s feet and forehead lines: Botox. Botox is an FDA approved injection that temporarily lessens facial lines by affecting the muscles underneath your skin.

But Botox isn’t for everyone. If you’re interested in Botox injections, you’ll need a full consultation to know for sure that Botox is right for you.

If you meet the following conditions, it likely means you’re a good candidate for Botox. Keep reading to learn if you may be right for Botox!

You are At Least 18

Most patients who receive Botox are older adults. Almost all of them easily meet this requirement. People of any age can have facial lines that they’re unsatisfied with, even people who are younger.

But to have Botox, you must be at least 18 years old, even if you have lines on your face you don’t like. 

You Are In Good Health

Before you have any sort of medical procedure, even a minor injection like Botox, it’s important to be in good health. If you have certain pre-existing conditions unrelated to your nerves or muscles, you may still be a good candidate for Botox as long as the condition isn’t severe.

Botox is not safe for patients with nerve or muscle damage from conditions like Multiple Sclerosis.

You Do Not Have Conflicting Facial Features or Conditions

There are a few facial features that may not be indicative of any health problems. These can make Botox injections unsafe or more detrimental to your facial lines than beneficial. Some of these features include:

  • Weak facial muscles
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Skin disorders
  • Deep facial scarring or very thick skin
  • Having a notably asymmetric face

Your Wrinkles are “Dynamic”

Dynamic wrinkles are the result of repeated facial gestures. These include laugh lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

Static wrinkles are usually the result of the decreased collagen elasticity that comes with age. These wrinkles are visible no matter what expression you’re making.

You can treat both kinds of wrinkles with Botox, but dynamic wrinkles are easier to deal with. This is especially true if they aren’t particularly severe.

Sometimes, very light static wrinkles can benefit from Botox. For the best results, Botox injections are made to treat dynamic wrinkles.

You Understand the Risks and Rewards of Botox

Botox is a non-invasive procedure, which also makes it low risk. But there are some risks involved even if a doctor finds that you’re a good candidate.

These risks can be minimized by choosing a reliable doctor to screen you before the injection and to administer the injection. Many of the risks associated with Botox are rare and none of them are life threatening.

Most involve a possible allergic reaction to the injection or encountering muscle weakness. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your full medical history as well as what medications you take.

This will allow them to make an informed determination on your candidacy. You should also discuss the possible risks of Botox with them so you can make an informed decision as well.

Also, keep in mind that Botox is a temporary treatment. The injection wears off after about four months.

Repeated injections are necessary if you want to maintain results. This does make Botox less of a commitment, as nothing obliges you to repeat injections.

Want to learn more about Botox? Request an appointment at Sierra Nevada Eye Center in Reno, NV now! If you want to look younger in 2021, why not find out if Botox could be right for you?

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Cataracts are very common. They occur when your eye’s natural lens grows cloudy. This makes it harder to see, especially as the lens grows more and more opaque. 

More often than not, this is a side effect of aging and affects many people who are older than forty. But it can be hard to tell when you develop cataracts as they often appear slowly over many years. 

The best way to tell if you have cataracts is to see an eye doctor regularly. This will allow them to check when your cataracts begin developing and to track how advanced they get with time. 

There are also several symptoms that may show that you have cataracts. If you have several of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to see an eye doctor as soon as you can for diagnosis and treatment.

Blurred Vision

One of the biggest symptoms of cataracts is blurry vision. When your lens is clouded, it can be like looking through a foggy window pane. 

But this can also appear to be your eyesight getting worse. As cataracts are usually a result of aging, they may coincide with other age-related conditions like presbyopia. 

Presbyopia makes it harder to see objects up close. Cataracts make your vision at any distance blurry, especially when they’re very advanced.

Light Sensitivity 

Being sensitive to light can be a sign of several different conditions. When light sensitivity is also paired with seeing halos around lights and intense glare, it’s likely a sign of cataracts. 

Cataracts make your eyes sensitive to light. The increased glare from light sources makes that sensitivity worse. 

This can make it very hard to see when surrounded by many lights, especially in an otherwise dark setting. It can also make driving at night difficult, as headlights can make it hard to keep your eyes on the road.

Trouble Seeing at Night 

In contrast to light sensitivity, cataracts also make it harder to see in low light. This can make driving at night even more difficult as it’s hard to see dark areas and lit areas due to light sensitivity. 

It also can be harder to do up-close work like reading if you have inadequate lighting. You may find you can only work when you have a direct light on whatever you’re working on. 

This, too, can be mistaken for presbyopia, but the fact light can make reading easier and reading glasses won’t is a good sign that the issue is cataracts.

Seeing Colors as More Faded 

If you have cataracts, you may find colors seem duller. It can also be harder to spot the contrast between colors. 

You may find it harder to recognize objects against similarly colored backgrounds. This is a difficult symptom to spot as you lack a reference point for how colors should look when cataracts are affecting your vision. 

But if you find you have trouble seeing differences in colors that should be different shades, it can be a good indicator that you have cataracts.

Have more questions about cataracts? Schedule a cataract screening at Sierra Nevada Eye Center in Reno, NV! Why not make the choice to see clearly in 2021 and have cataract surgery?

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