Cataract & LASIK Blog NW Indiana Eye & Laser Center

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cataract Risk from Working Outdoors



Cataracts are a leading cause of decreased vision, especially in seniors. Patients always ask us if it is possible to prevent cataract from forming. There has been a great deal of research that has identified your exposure to solar radiation-or sunlight-as a main risk factor for developing a cataract. This is one of the reasons we urge patients to wear proper UV absorbing eyewear when they are exposed to sunlight. Further, patients who have outdoor occupations and are exposed to long hours of sunlight on a daily basis should be especially aware of the need for UV protection as they perform their daily work activities. A recent review of 15 different cataract studies regarding the relationship between cataract risk and sunlight or solar radiation exposure confirms the increased risk, and reinforces the need to limit sunlight exposure.

If you or someone you know spends a great deal of time outdoors or is exposed to sunlight as part of each day due to your work environment please be sure to wear UV protecting eyewear. If you are concerned about developing a cataract please schedule an eye exam at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Floaters, Flashes, Retinal Tears & Nearsightedness



Floaters are an eye condition that can be an annoyance and may even be frightening. Floaters may appear as tiny specks or “cobwebs” or as small dark shadows, “thread-like” strands or even “squiggly” lines that actually float around in your field of vision. They tend to move as your eyes move, but not necessarily in the same direction, and often just drift away when your eyes stop moving. The “back of the eye” is filled with a gel-like substance called the vitreous gel which tends to shrink and become somewhat “stringy” as we age. These strands of vitreous cast shadows on the retina and create the appearance of floaters. The likelihood of experiencing floaters increases as we get older and is more common if you are very nearsighted. We know that as it becomes more liquid like, occasionally, a small section of the vitreous gel may pull away from the retina all at once instead of slowly and gradually and result in a noticeable and sudden increase in the number of floaters that you see and can be frightening. This is called a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) and is NOT sight threatening. However, we know from mutiple studies that PVD sometimes is accompanied by retinal tears. Further, if the floaters are accompanied by seeing flashes of light or a distortion or a decrease in your side vision accompanies it, it could be a retinal detachment, which is a sight threatening medical emergency.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should explain these symptoms to the receptionist and ask for an immediate appointment at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Migraine Help with Glaucoma Eye Drops



The beta-blocker eye drop Timolol or TIMOPTIC® may help relieve migraine headache pain according to research in JAMA Neurology. While there are several bets-blocker medications that can be taken by mouth for migraine, they tend to work very slowly-sometimes hours or days-and are not terribly helpful for migraine sufferers. TIMOPTIC® eye drops are very quickly absorbed into the blood and seem to alleviate the pain in most patients with migraines fairly quickly. Research in underway to determine the best dose and frequency of these eye drop to help those with migraines.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines help with eye drops may be on the way. Learn more at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Great Cataract Patient Story


“I had been dealing with Shingles for about 9 months off and on.  I was in the care of Dr. Buck and his staff throughout the many appointments and flare-ups I had. It was a very frustrating thing to deal with not only what it looks like on the outside but how I felt on the inside was just awful.  Through this process my cataract had developed in my right eye making it even more difficult to see. I was on many drops and pills to treat the Shingles and continued that until it was at bay.  Once I was in the clear to schedule cataract surgery I did as soon as I could.  I couldn’t believe how quickly I could see afterwards. Colors were brighter and driving at nighttime was so much easier. While I still have to take meds for the Shingles it doesn’t bother me now that I can see!”

If you or some you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare or difficult night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Weight Loss Surgery & Eye Pressure (IOP)




Did you know that an indirect benefit of weight loss surgery turns out to be a lowering of eye pressure, or IOP in patients with ocular hypertension? According to a study reported in Acta Ophthalmologica patients who had bariatric or weight loss surgery and successfully reduced their weight by a significant amount demonstrated a marked IOP reduction. Thus, the researchers believe that significant weight loss could have beneficial effects on IOP in obese individuals with ocular hypertension which might them to avoid having to use glaucoma eye drops.

If you or someone you know is contemplating bariatric weight loss surgery and has a high eye pressure they should be aware and schedule an eye exam with glaucoma testing. Schedule an eye exam at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Alzheimer’s Disease & the Peripheral Retina




Your eyes can tell us a great deal about your overall health. In fact your eyes may turn out to be a “window” to brain degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers reporting in the Journal of Ophthalmic Research demonstrated that carefully examining and imaging the peripheral retina could identify a greater number of drusen which might be a marker for Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition they found that that while it is normal for blood vessels to get thinner as they approach the peripheral retina, Alzheimer’s patients had a significantly greater rate of thinning as the blood vessels were more peripheral in the retina. While peripheral retinal imaging is not a diagnostic measure for Alzheimer’s Disease, peripheral retina examination ad imaging of change in the eye could serve as a tool for disease progression in the brain.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Retinal Blood Vessel Blockage Warns About Heart Arrhythmia


Certain types of blockage of blood vessels in the retina may be an indicator of a recently developed heart arrhythmia called Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) according to research reported in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of cardiac or heart arrhythmia where patients experience an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. While any retinal artery or vein occlusion warrants a complete workup by a cardiologist, in particular if you should suffer a Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) you have a significant risk of having a recent onset of AFib.

Learn more about retinal blood vessel blockage and AFib by scheduling an eye exam at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.