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Raising Awareness of Diabetic Eye Disease

In order to raise awareness of factors affecting eye health, the American Academy of Ophthalmology highlights a different issue every month. November is observed as Diabetic Eye Disease Month. To do his part, Dr. Eric Donnenfeld wants to help shine a light on the eye-related complications faced by people with diabetes. Continue reading

LASIK – Be Fully Informed

When weighing a decision about an elective surgery, such as LASIK or other laser vision correction procedure, it is natural to want to thoroughly understand the potential risks and benefits. Know that we are here to answer any questions you may have and understand you will want to do some independent research on your own to help you make a confident, informed decision. You may find this post helpful

It both provides an overview of the latest research into the potential side effects associated with LASIK and offers guidance on how to find credible, fact-based information. It is important to know the complication rate of LASIK is extremely low – less than 1 percent – which is part of what makes the laser vision correction procedure such a success. We are proud to offer our patients the benefits of LASIK – an elective procedure that boasts a higher than 96 percent patient satisfaction rate.  If you are looking into LASIK, we are here to help you find out if it is right for you and your vision.

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LASIK and Success Rates

Patients who come into our office to talk about their vision correction options often have questions about the LASIK success rate. This isn’t surprising, given the laser vision correction procedure’s popularity and performance in improving vision and reducing – even eliminating – patients’ reliance on glasses or contacts. This article (link to…sik-success-rate/)offers an indepth look at how LASIK success is measured and what the clinical evidence supporting its outstanding reputation for delivering visual outcomes and patient satisfaction. While research shows more than 96 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their experience, understanding what is important to you about your vision is essential to setting up your personal success with LASIK. We welcome your questions and look forward to learning if LASIK is right for you and your vision.

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How Long Do the Results of LASIK Last?

Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, our sought-after LASIK surgeon in Long Island, is frequently asked how long the results of LASIK typically last. Before making the investment in laser vision correction, prospective candidates want an idea of whether the effects tend to wear off over time. Dr. Donnenfeld is happy to inform these patients and his blog readers that the results of LASIK are not only life changing but also long lasting. Continue reading

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LASIK: Know the Facts

When researching laser vision correction procedures such as LASIK, it is important to understand both the benefits and the risks of the procedure. With so much information available online, it can be confusing and even scary researching LASIK complications. The good news for those looking into LASIK is the body of clinical research available to reaffirm safety, effectiveness and satisfaction for those who are good candidates. Here is a good article that plainly lays out frequently asked questions and facts about LASIK.


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Can I Have Cataract Surgery If I’ve Had LASIK?

It is certainly possible for patients that had LASIK or PRK to undergo cataract surgery, because the procedures treat different parts of the eye and correct different problems. Dr. Eric Donnenfeld has worked with people that elected to have LASIK in their younger years to correct a refractive error, and then developed cataracts later on in life as part of the natural aging process; he can successfully treat both. Continue reading

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Your Summer Eyes

Summer puts more demand on our eyes and vision than any other time of year. Because the days are longer and the sunshine a little brighter, most find themselves outside soaking up the rays, enjoying water activities and time with friends. You may not realize it, but all of this summer fun make vision correction, such as glasses and contact lenses, a challenge.


Oceans and Lakes and Pools, Oh My!

There is nothing like getting to the shore or pool to beat the heat of summer. Or surfing in the ocean, enjoying water skiing or other boating and water activities in lakes and rivers. But, if you wear contact lenses, you should know they shouldn’t be used in the water because of the risk of bacterial contamination that can lead to sight-threatening infections.


The reality is regardless of your need for vision correction, water poses a real threat to the health of your eyes. Between the chlorine in pools and pollution along the Great South Bay, you will want a pair of well-fitting goggles to help prevent any exposure that can lead to irritation or infection.


Working and Playing with Eye Safety in Mind

Summer is all about the art of spontaneity – a pick-up game here or a tennis game there. But having to think about your vision correction needs can put the brakes on last-minute plans.


Protective eyewear is a must, particularly for sports like baseball, paintball and tennis where the ball can cause significant eye injuries. While prescription sport goggles are available at specialty eyewear centers, if you have good vision or have had a corrective procedure like LASIK, you should pick up a pair at the local sporting goods store.


If your summer plans include tackling some big chores and projects around the house, even if it is just mowing the lawn, be sure to use safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.


Eyes Need Sun Protection, Too

After you’ve slathered on some sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays, be sure to take the same precaution for your eyes. We know eyes can suffer from sun damage with vision-threatening results. Cataracts and macular degeneration are both linked to long-term sun exposure.


Sunglasses should have 100 percent protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, some labels have UV 400 – which covers both UVA and UVB rays. Just because the lenses are dark, doesn’t mean they offer sun protection. Dark lenses are designed to block visible light, which is great when you are at Long Beach on a bright sunny day, but UV rays are invisible. You want to be sure your sunglasses have the protection your eyes need.


Larger, wrap-around styles are best to ensure your eyes are adequately covered. You want to block any UV light from your eyes (as well as the skin around them). This is particularly true if you’ve had LASIK, you want to protect your investment in great vision. Some contact lenses offer UV blocking technology, but we strongly recommend wearing sun-protecting sunglasses as well. If you know you are going to be out in the sun for a while, put a wide-brimmed hat on for added sun safety.


Packing for Sightseeing

If travel is on the agenda this summer, your vision takes on a whole new meaning. Your eyes take in everything around you – especially if you are visiting a new destination or packing for an adventure of a lifetime.


Add to your packing list the items you need to enjoy the sights:

  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you won’t want to be caught without a back-up pair of prescription glasses. This is important in case you lose or break your regular pair or have a problem with your contacts while traveling.
  • Speaking of contacts, be sure to pack extra daily disposable lenses. Whether your travel plans change, your delayed for any reason or a pair gets damaged. Include plenty of solution, drops and an extra sterile case for your extended wear or rigid lenses so you can take great care of your contacts regardless of the water quality of your destination.
  • No matter what your vision correction, don’t forget the sunglasses (see above!)


There are No “Safe” Fireworks

As a final note, don’t be fooled by the labeling. Lighting off fireworks at home in inherently dangerous. Yes, even the seemingly benign sparklers can cause significant harm to the eyes, face and body. There is no need to take such chances with you and your loved ones when there are fantastic fireworks shows everywhere around the Fourth of July. In fact, Astoria Park is starting their celebration on June 29th – take a picnic and make an evening of it. Please protect yourself and your eyesight by leaving the firework displays to the professionals.


We hope you have amazing plans for this Summer and hope you find these tips valuable for making sure your eyes and vision help you make the most of it. If you find your glasses or contacts are getting in the way of your activities, rather than supporting them, we are here to help. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK but there might be other laser vision correction procedures that can help you achieve your best vision. Your first step in exploring your options is a thorough evaluation with your eye doctor so we can make the recommendations best suited for your eyes and vision.

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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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