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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stubbornness & Cataracts Don’t Go Together

“I own a tow trucking company and my vision is very important to me as I drive a majority of the time.  I am 63 years old and never really had any problems with my vision. Things started getting cloudy and dingy looking so I decided to have my eyes checked. When I did Dr. Buck diagnosed me with cataracts.  At first I thought that there was no way I could have developed cataracts. I am too young! Well I was dead wrong!  Kim and Dr. Buck were very patient with me and answered all of my questions. I am so glad that I decided to stop being stubborn and have cataract surgery and them removed. I didn’t realize how terrible my vision was until I had it corrected. “
 If you or someone you know has a question about cataracts, cataract surgery and lens implants please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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, May 11, 2015

Dry Eyes: Can Diet Supplements Help?

Many people take diet supplements and vitamins to “fill in” the necessary daily requirements for good health. Now, according to researchers reporting in Clinical Ophthalmology taking dietary supplements that contain a combination of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants can be helpful in the treatment of dry eye symptoms.


 Research on Omega-3 & Antioxidant Supplements
A study was conducted to understand the effectiveness and tolerability of dietary supplements containing a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants for help for dry eye symptoms and complaints. The researchers wanted to know if the dry eye diet supplements helped scratchy and stinging sensation in the eyes, eye redness, grittiness, painful eyes, tired eyes, grating sensation, and blurry vision. After 12 weeks of taking the supplements all individual symptoms improved significantly from an average rating of 11.9 to 6.8 indicating that dietary supplementation with a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants was an effective treatment for dry eye.


 If you or someone you know has a question about Omega 3 and antioxidant supplements and help for dry eyes, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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, May 4, 2015

Osteoporosis & Risk of Cataracts

Most people know that getting enough calcium is an important factor in bone health and the occurrence of osteoporosis. But, what you may not know is that calcium is also an important factor in cataract formation.

Research on Osteoporosis & Cataracts
A recent study in the journal Clinical Ophthalmology reported important information regarding an association between cataracts, cataract surgery and osteoporosis. The researchers evaluated the association between osteoporosis and cataracts. First, they found that age, female sex, higher socioeconomic class, smoking, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases are all associated with an increased prevalence of osteoporosis.

Then through careful statistical modeling they also found that these factors and osteoporosis are ALL associated with an increased prevalence of cataracts. Thus, they concluded that osteoporosis is associated with the presence of cataracts which may be related to calcium imbalance, hormonal abnormalities, and even a shared genetic predisposition.

If you or someone you know is concerned about osteoporosis and their risk of cataracts, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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 27, 2015

LASIK Cost Decision Was Tough

We received the following note about the decision to have LASIK from one of our patients…..


“For a very long time I considered LASIK. I wasn’t nervous about the procedure at all.  Being a long time patient of Dr. Buck I was confident that he would do a great job.  My issue was justifying spending the money on it.  I will be honest in that I am somewhat of a frugal person.  Not one to spend money frivolously. I had put off having LASIK.  I had worn glasses and contacts for what seemed like forever. I was actually in the waiting room of Dr. Buck’s office waiting to be called back for my exam.  I overheard a patient, who recently had LASIK done, and she was ecstatic at the quality of her vision and couldn’t believe she waited so long to have it done.  Right then I made the decision to talk to Dr. Buck about the procedure and see if I was a good candidate.  Low and behold I was.  Less than three weeks later I was no longer wearing glasses and couldn’t be happier.  It is worth every penny and wish I had it done sooner!"
 If you or someone you know has a question about LASIK or would like to schedule a Free LASIK Consultation, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Early Cataracts May Indicate Cancer Risk

The early onset of cataracts is linked to an insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism-which is also a known factor for increasing the risk of cancer. There has been a suspicion about whether there was an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old and the potential risk for developing cancer.


Research on Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk
Scientists reporting in the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts.  Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development or needs a regular eye exam where do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them to call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & LaserCenter 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 13, 2015

“Pink Eye” Conjunctivitis Questions

Patients call us at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center just about every day asking questions and seeking information about whether they might have “pink eye” conjunctivitis. It is pretty much impossible to tell anyone over the phone whether or not they have “pink eye” conjunctivitis as a proper diagnosis really requires an office visit and an external eye exam at the minimum. When you come in the eye doctors will look for and discuss your signs and symptoms and help determine exactly why you are having them. Here is some information that they consider and that might be useful for you.


Bacterial Conjunctivitis
If you have a bacterial infection causing pink eye conjunctivitis, you will usually have very red eyes. You may find crusting on your eyelids that can make them stick together as well as a heavy, pus-like discharge from your eyes that may be greenish at times. This infection may spread to both eyes.

Viral Conjunctivitis
If you have a viral conjunctivitis we often will find a very red, swollen eye, crusty eyelids and a more watery discharge. This discharge can also have strands of mucus or white, ropy strands. While many cases of viral pink eye infect only one eye, this infection can also spread to the other eye.

Allergic Conjunctivitis
If you have an allergic conjunctivitis and your allergies are causing your conjunctivitis, it will often look similar to viral conjunctivitis. Your eyes will be red and tearing. However, they will also be itchy. It is likely you may have a stuffy, runny or itchy nose as well.

Treatment of Pink Eye Conjunctivitis
The treatment of conjunctivitis is typically supportive. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections but do work well in treating bacterial conjunctivitis. Regardless of the cause, it is important to minimize exposure of others by washing your hands frequently and throwing away used tissues. Do not share towels or pillow cases. Consider staying home from work or school until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are a contact lens wearer, you should discontinue their use and stick with glasses until your infection clears. Then start with a fresh pair of lenses and a clean lens case.

If you or someone you know has a question about pink eye conjunctivitis, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & LaserCenter 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. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Prevent Eye Injury with Facts & Information

Believe it or not, by knowing some facts and using some important information it is possible to prevent many eye injuries. Preventing eye injury is one way YOU can work to preserve eye health and vision. The most important fact to know is that by wearing proper protective eyewear it is possible to prevent 90 percent of those injuries! What is troubling is that according to a survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35 percent of people say that they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance and even less wear protective eyewear while playing sports.

Eye Injury Facts and Myths
·         Who is more likely to have an eye injury-men or women? Men!
·         Are eye injuries more common on the job or at home? Nearly half of all eye injuries occurred in the home! In fact more than 40 percent of eye injuries were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
·         More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.
·         Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects.
·         Among people who have had eye injuries, more than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury!

If you or someone you know is concerned about eye injury and wants to learn more about preventing eye injuries and protective eyewear, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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.