Eye health is something we all need to take very seriously. Whether you’ve always had perfect vision or you wear glasses or contacts, everyone needs to get an eye exam on a regular basis. Your eyesight can change at any age, and if you ignore it or are unaware of the changes, problems can worsen and the health of your eyes will suffer.
Thankfully, there are some easy to identify warning signs that let you know it’s time for an eye exam. Here are 6 signs you shouldn’t ignore.
- It’s been at least two years since your last eye exam — Experts recommend that you have your eyes checked at least every two years. This even goes for those people who have always had perfect vision. In some cases, it’s necessary to get your eyes checked even more often. After the age of 40 because vision tends to change rapidly as you age.
- You have trouble focusing — Occasionally, we all deal with blurry vision or difficulty focusing. This is especially true after a long day where you put a lot of stress on your eyes. That’s not what this is about. This is for people who regularly run into trouble focusing their eyes. If you have blurry vision on a regular basis, you need to take it very seriously. Schedule an appointment to get your eyes checked out right away. The sooner you act, the more damage you can possibly prevent.
- You have headaches on a regular basis — If you get a lot of headaches, it could be a sign of an eye health problem. You could be straining your eyes without even realizing it. That’s because our vision changes slowly over time. You may have had 20/20 vision at your last eye exam, but now you could have declining vision and not realize it. This causes severe eye strain and headaches. Get your eyes checked to make sure this isn’t the source of your headaches.
- Your eyes get tired easily — As mentioned earlier, infrequent eye strain isn’t that big of a deal. However, if your eyes are getting tired on a daily basis, it could be a sign of deteriorating eye health. Do your eyes hurt when you move them? Have your eyes suffered fatigue for a period of a few days? If so, you need to schedule an appointment to get your eyes examined immediately.
- You find yourself squinting more and more often – Go get your eyes checked.
- Your frames are outdated or scratched up—Eye wear fashion is constantly changing, so if your frames are out of style, it’s probably been a while since you last had your eyes examined. You can also look at the general condition of your frames for clues. If they’re scratched up, chances are that it’s been a couple of years since you had your eyes checked and bought a new pair of glasses.
So…. when is the last time you had an eye exam? Schedule your appointment here.More
Now that summer is here, It is important that you remember to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays because the radiation from those rays can damage the surface of the eye. The damage from the sun accumulates so that over time, your eyes can get worse. Unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of certain types of cataracts and cancers of the eyelids. UV rays can also damage the retina, the light-sensitive back lining of the eye, which could lead to significant vision loss.
Here are some tips that can help you protect your eyes from overexposure and damage from UV radiation:
- Wear sunglasses any time your eyes are exposed to UV radiation, even on overcast, cloudy days.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, which can block up to half of the UV radiation.
- Look for quality sunglasses that actually shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, blocking out 99-100% percent of UV radiation.
For more information on how to protect your eyes, visit our opticians at any of our offices! At Milauskas Eye Institute, we want to help protect your eyes and vision.More
Prescription eyeglasses are an investment for your vision. Proper care for your glasses will help protect this investment and keep you seeing clearly.
We’ve put together a list of some Do’s and Don’ts for caring for your eyewear.
Don’t wipe lenses when they are dry.
Any debris on their surface or dust in the cleaning cloth could cause scratches
Don’t wipe lenses with a tissue, paper towel or paper napkin.
They can have a rough surface
Don’t use any type of window cleaner or other product that can damage lenses and their coatings.
Don’t spit clean your lenses.
Spit may seem like a handy cleaning solution, but saliva can contain oil or something else that can be damaging and therefore is not recommended.
Don’t put unprotected glasses in a purse, pocket, bag, etc.
Don’t regularly place glasses on a sink or counter top.
Spatter, sprays, and cosmetics can soil lenses, while things like hair spray and perfumes can damage anti-reflective coatings
Don’t leave glasses in a hot car.
Leaving glasses on the dashboard can be very damaging, as the windshield will work like a magnifying lens.
Do clean lenses regularly with warm water and a drop of dish detergent and dry with a clean, soft cotton or microfiber cloth
Do use a hard-shell case that is correct size for your glasses
Do use both hands to put on and remove your glasses and keep them on your nose, not your head
This will keep your frames from becoming misaligned. Clean lenses are not as effective if they aren’t positioned correctly in front of the eyes.
Take care of your glasses and they will keep you seeing clearly for a long time.More
Recently, Milauskas Eye Institute Optometrist, Dr. Winston Alwes and Extern Stephen Ridder presented a seminar on the latest research, treatment and scientific findings regarding Macular Degeneration, as part of the Braille Institute’s Low Vision Resource Fair. This free event saw attendees come from all over the Coachella Valley and provided them classes and information on low vision.
Here are few facts about your eyes.
- Everyone has a blind spot.
Yes: if you have perfect sight, there’s still a blind spot or blank area in your field of vision. You don’t know it’s there because your brain fills in that area with what you expect to see there. Some people’s blind spots are bigger than others, but it’s likely all mammals have them. It’s just the way our eyes are built.
- You can catch a cold through your eyes.
This is true – Touch a sick person or a germ-covered surface (like a doorknob), then put your hands on your eyes or nose. The cold virus travels easily through the duct that connects your eyes to your nose and throat. It gets into your body and causes infection. If you don’t want to get sick, keep your hands away from your face, or wash them before you touch it.
- Wearing glasses all the time weakens your eyes.
No – You can’t wear your glasses too much. Yes, your eyes change as you get older, but that’s going to happen whether you have specs or not. Remember, glasses don’t fix your eye problems, they just help you see better in spite of them. The right pair can also hold off eyestrain headaches.
- If you cross your eyes, they’ll get stuck that way.
Not true – Your eyes won’t stay crossed forever, no matter how often you make faces.
- Your eyes are full-size at birth.
No – Your eyes grow along with the rest of your body up until you’re an adult. That’s why your vision — and your glasses or contacts prescription — changes over time
- How do your eyes “see” an image?
As light – All your eyes do is process light. It’s your brain that creates the picture. First, your eyes take in light and convert it into electrical nerve signals. They travel to your visual cortex, the part of your brain that controls sight, which converts the signals into the image you see.
While many people take advantage of tax refunds to travel, build savings, or pay off debt, why not put yours towards clear vision and LASIK eye surgery?
Step 1: File your taxes
First, file your taxes as usual. Follow your regular system of a brokerage firm, accountant or tax software. The United States processes about 90 percent of all refunds within three weeks. Use this is a benchmark to gauge when you should book your LASIK consultation.
Step 2: Schedule your FREE LASIK consultation
While the government processes your refund, you can use this time to have your LASIK eye surgery consultation. This eye exam is where you learn if you’re a laser vision correction candidate. (For instance, your corneal thickness and tear production will fall into certain ranges.) If you meet the LASIK eye surgery requirements, you can schedule your procedure.
Step 3: Day of LASIK eye surgery
If you complete your procedure during tax season, your eyes will have months to heal in time for summer. Treat yourself to new sunglasses or a vacation, or simply see the world through your corrected vision.
Schedule your FREE LASIK Consultation at Milauskas Eye Institute today. More
Milauskas Eye Institute would like to welcome our newest Extern, Stephen Ridder. Stephen is a 4th-year intern at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University.
Stephen will be completing his final Clinical Rotation with MEI and will be with us until May.
His optometry career has been spent at the Southern California College of Optometry, where he has been studying ocular disease. Previously, Stephen’s clinical rotations were in Atwater, CA and, most recently, Yuma, AZ.
Welcome, Stephen! We’re glad to have you with us.
AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, but new treatments and protective steps can help people with AMD avoid vision loss. You should know about AMD, its risk factors and treatment options. Here are the six things I think everyone should know about the condition:
1. There may be no early symptoms.
AMD may not have noticeable symptoms during the early stages, but early diagnosis allows for timely treatment and careful monitoring of the progression of the disease. Although symptoms, in some cases, symptoms may be present, the best line of defense is to get a comprehensive eye exam, even if you don’t need glasses or contact lenses. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends adults with no symptoms have an eye exam at least by age 40, and every one-to-two years after age 65.
2. Treatments are now better than ever.
A decade ago, there was little that could be done to stop the most advanced form of AMD (“wet” AMD) from stealing people’s vision. Today, due to huge advances in treatment, such as the use of anti-VEGF drugs, fewer people are going blind due to AMD.
3. Vitamins can help slow AMD (but not in all cases).
If you have AMD, you may have heard that a specific vitamin formula can help slow progression of the disease. Clinical trials have shown that two formulas (known as the AREDS and AREDS2 formulas), which are high in antioxidants and zinc, can be good in people with intermediate AMD or advanced AMD in only one eye. They have not been shown to prevent AMD in people who do not have the disease.
4. Smoking increases risk.
Numerous studies have found that smoking can increase risk of AMD as well as the speed at which the disease progresses. Smoking cessation is the best action you can take to lower your risk of AMD. If you already kicked the habit, you’ll be happy to know that those who quit smoking 20 years ago have the same risk of AMD as people who have never smoked.
5. Daily vision monitoring at home can help.
The Amsler grid is a simple chart that people with dry AMD can use at home to monitor progression of the disease. All you have to do is look at it once every day! Learn how to use the Amsler grid and do this on a regular basis to help track progression and risk of AMD-related vision loss.
6. Eating certain foods may reduce AMD risk.
Studies have shown that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are good for eye health and are associated with reduced risk of AMD — but not when taken as supplements. You may also consider adding some other nutrients that benefit your eye health, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc and vitamin C. Which foods contain these nutrients? Citrus fruits, kale, spinach, corn, broccoli, squash, cold-water fish (such as salmon and tuna) and black-eyed peas are a a few to start with.
While there is little that can be done to improve the eyesight of someone who has AMD, with early detection, the rate of vision loss can be slowed. The keys to slowing vision loss are to understand macular degeneration, monitor your symptoms and visit your ophthalmologist regularly to test your vision.
Source: American Academy of OphthalmologyMore
Dr. Ketover has been voted “Best Physician” in the Desert Sun’s Reader’s “Best in the Valley” poll.
Dr. Ketover is of the premier cataract surgeons in the country and has been with Milauskas Eye Institute for nearly two decades. Over his career, he has performed tens of thousands of cataract surgeries greatly improving the quality of life of his patients. His caring and compassion for his patients is unmatched in the valley. His practice continues to grow from the referrals of his happy patients.
We’re excited over his being voted Best in the Valley and congratulate him on this outstanding recognition.
Albert Milauskas, beloved husband and father, passed away December 14, 2016 at age 80. Dr. Milauskas was born in Amsterdam, New York on June 27, 1936 to John and Malvina Milauskas, both immigrants from Lithuania.
Dr. Milauskas subsequently moved to Michigan where he attended the University of Detroit, Wayne State University School of Medicine and where he met his future wife of 54 years Dorothy.
Dr. Milauskas performed his residency as a physician at the prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He later served for two years in the United State Public Health Service at the rank of Lt. Commander.
In 1970, he and his family moved to Palm Springs where he practiced ophthalmology for the next 46 years. In 1980 he founded the Milauskas Eye Institute which grew to four offices and a surgery center. He was a published medical author and gifted surgeon.
Dr. Milauskas loved to help those who had lost their vision and supported the Guide Dogs of the Desert for many years, as well as later serving as president of its board of directors.
He passed away peacefully with his wife and all four children beside him. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, sons Michael, Kevin and Timothy, daughter Elizabeth (Charleton) and grandson Charles Moore.
A rosary will be said at Wiefels Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 19, 2106 at 6 p.m. A funeral mass will be said at our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church in Palm Springs on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Milauskas’ honor to Guide Dogs of the Desert, P.O. Box 1692, Palm Springs, CA 92263 (760) 329-2866 or to the Wilmer Eye Institute Development Office, 600 N. Wolfe St., Wilmer 112 Baltimore, MD 21287 https://secure.jhu.edu/form/wilmer (410) 955-2020.More