Monthly Archives: May 2017

Don’t Ignore Dry Eye Symptoms

Nearly everyone’s eyes have felt dry or itchy at some point, and though it may be uncomfortable, most people brush it off because it doesn’t seem serious. According to eye experts like Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, the opposite is true: if ignored, chronic dry eye symptoms can cause serious complications. The trusted Long Island ophthalmologist explains more here. Continue reading

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Your Eye Health Checklist for This Spring

Your Eye Health Checklist for This Spring

With winter finally over, everyone is getting busy with the activities and chores that reset our homes, lives and bodies for the year ahead.  It feels terrific to get through all the to-dos and start fresh!  This serves as a friendly reminder to include your eye health in the bustle and hustle that comes with spring. Your vision is precious, making it possible to enjoy all the wonder this life-renewing season offers – so make it a priority. To make it easy, we’ve included a few helpful tips and hints:

  • Schedule your annual eye exam. This check-up is vital not only to the health of your eyes and vision, but for your whole body.  There are some conditions that don’t have symptoms at the early stages, but can be detected during a routine eye exam.  Diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration – these can threaten your good vision and all are best managed if caught early.

TIP: At your exam, be sure to tell us about any symptoms you have or have had since your last visit. Also, update us on any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, you are taking.

TIP: If you are thinking about LASIK, your annual exam is a great time to ask questions and get a sense of what is involved. Did you know today’s LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism? It is a great vision correction option. Know we value our partnership with you in keep your eyes healthy and your vision at its best.

  • Freshen up your food choices! With the new season comes a fresh crop of fruits and vegetables, so important to eye and vision healthy. Be sure to add these nutrient-packed foods to your diet.
  • Exercise your eyes by taking a break from the long hours in front of a computer screen or smartphone. We like the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of screen time, look at something at least 20 feet away for a minimum of 20 seconds.  And, remember to blink to help keep your eyes lubricated and working their best.
  • The sun is out, so it is time for sunglasses. They are the best way to protect your eyes from sun damage, if you choose lenses that offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection from sun rays.
  • Manage those seasonal allergies. If spring flowers leave you with itchy, watery eyes, particularly if you rely on contact lenses to see well, you need to have a plan in place to help alleviate your symptoms.

TIP: Please don’t touch your eyes while wearing contacts, it can lead to irritation, inflammation and possibly an infection.  If they itch, you may need to take your contacts out for a while – but only with clean hands!

TIP: Try a cold compress on your eyes to help with allergy irritation.

TIP: Talk to us about your allergies at your annual exam. If your contacts are really irritating your eyes, we want to keep your eyes safe and we can help, but only if you come in and we can examine you.  Dealing with allergies is another reason LASIK may be a better option for your vision correction.

Spring is a great time of year as the weather improves and we can spend more time outdoors enjoying life and getting more accomplished.  Ensure you have the vision you want to make the most out of it with this checklist as your guide.

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How To Use Your Tax Refund To Invest In Yourself

Did you know most Americans receive a tax refund?  If you are among the 8 out of 10 expecting a refund this year, you may already have a plan for the money.  Many people take advantage of tax refunds to travel, build their savings, or to improve their overall quality of life. Following are some options you may want to consider.

 

Invest In Yourself

Investing in yourself is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. And investing in crisp, clear vision represents a smart way to spend that extra money while providing perhaps the healthiest return ever.

 

If you’ve considered LASIK but are worried about the price, the average tax refund of $2,800 can go a long way toward the health of your eyesight. And with LASIK qualifying as a medical expense, some taxpayers are able to achieve a double benefit with a tax deduction.

 

Improving your vision with LASIK offers several benefits.  Freedom from corrective eyewear, improved athletic performance, and eliminating the ongoing cost of glasses, contacts, solutions and drops are just a few. Today, LASIK is an extremely advanced procedure with the capability to correct a range of vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, meaning more people and prescriptions can benefit than ever before.

 

Best of all, laser vision correction is a decision that can improve your quality of life.  Great vision is a terrific way to invest in yourself and the first step is a visit with a highly-qualified surgeon to determine if you are a candidate.

 

Pay Off Debt

Buying your financial freedom by using your return to reduce or eliminate high-interest debt can be very satisfying. It can also boost your credit rating and improve your monthly cash flow. Put that refund to work by paying down private student loans, car loans, or credit card debt.  You’ll be making a 13%-20% return on your investment, depending on your current APR. If you have several credit cards, pay down the one with the highest interest rate first.

 

Splurge On Your family

Many feel they’ve saved all year, and want to use their tax refund toward a vacation the entire family can enjoy.  Studies show that we value memories much more than we value material possessions.  So splurge a little — it can enrich your life and be a welcome reward for paying down debt and other expenses. But act responsibly – don’t use a $500 refund to take a $4,000 all-inclusive family vacation that results in running up additional debt.

 

It’s not often that we experience a windfall of extra cash, so it’s important to spend that tax return wisely. Whether you decide to pay off high interest debt, splurge on your family, or invest in clearer vision with LASIK, it terrific to have an option to invest in yourself and your quality of life.

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How To Use Your Tax Refund To Invest In Yourself

How To Use Your Tax Refund To Invest In Yourself

Did you know most Americans receive a tax refund?  If you are among the 8 out of 10 expecting a refund this year, you may already have a plan for the money.  Many people take advantage of tax refunds to travel, build their savings, or to improve their overall quality of life. Following are some options you may want to consider.

Invest In Yourself

Investing in yourself is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. And investing in crisp, clear vision represents a smart way to spend that extra money while providing perhaps the healthiest return ever.

If you’ve considered LASIK but are worried about the price, the average tax refund of $2,800 can go a long way toward the health of your eyesight. And with LASIK qualifying as a medical expense, some taxpayers are able to achieve a double benefit with a tax deduction.

Improving your vision with LASIK offers several benefits.  Freedom from corrective eye wear, improved athletic performance, and eliminating the ongoing cost of glasses, contacts, solutions and drops are just a few. Today, LASIK is an extremely advanced procedure with the capability to correct a range of vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, meaning more people and prescriptions can benefit than ever before.

Best of all, laser vision correction is a decision that can improve your quality of life.  Great vision is a terrific way to invest in yourself and the first step is a visit with a highly-qualified surgeon to determine if you are a candidate.

 Pay Off Debt

Buying your financial freedom by using your return to reduce or eliminate high-interest debt can be very satisfying. It can also boost your credit rating and improve your monthly cash flow. Put that refund to work by paying down private student loans, car loans, or credit card debt.  You’ll be making a 13%-20% return on your investment, depending on your current APR. If you have several credit cards, pay down the one with the highest interest rate first.

Splurge On Your family

Many feel they’ve saved all year, and want to use their tax refund toward a vacation the entire family can enjoy.  Studies show that we value memories much more than we value material possessions.  So splurge a little — it can enrich your life and be a welcome reward for paying down debt and other expenses. But act responsibly – don’t use a $500 refund to take a $4,000 all-inclusive family vacation that results in running up additional debt.

It’s not often that we experience a windfall of extra cash, so it’s important to spend that tax return wisely. Whether you decide to pay off high interest debt, splurge on your family, or invest in clearer vision with LASIK, it terrific to have an option to invest in yourself and your quality of life.

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