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General Eye Care

You should visit an eye doctor at least once a year. Carlsbad ophthalmologist Dr. Tracy is a Board-certified and performs vision correction surgery, dry eye treatments, and other advanced procedures to restore eyesight for a variety of conditions.

Many eye disorders are treatable if caught early, and Dr. Tracy can assess your condition and begin correcting your vision problems immediately.

Annual eye exams are necessary for certain patients, such as those with diabetes, because they ensure a way to maintain general eye care. More frequent follow-up exams are necessary for those who have glaucoma or other ocular conditions. We provide comprehensive eye exams to determine the health of your eyes and to diagnose and treat any visual symptoms. Medicare and most private insurance may cover your eye exams. Dr. Tracy recommends that people with a predisposition to certain eye conditions, like a family history of glaucoma, receive annual eye exams.
 
 
Annual eye exams are highly recommended for anyone over the age of 40 because of the increased risk of contracting conditions like presbyopia and macular degeneration. Presbyopia is where the eye loses its ability to focus on objects that are close and Presbyopia is frequently found in older individuals. Macular degeneration is similar in that older individuals' vision field decreases but in the case in the video below it's due to damage to the retina. These are just a few of the common eye conditions that occur as everyone gets older.
 
 
 
carlsbad eye examination  What to Expect At Your Eye Exam

Typically, a thorough eye exam from an ophthalmologist like Dr. Tracy is painless; however, there are several components.

First, the doctor will begin the examination by asking you questions and learning about your health history and any ocular problems that you may be experiencing. Before your appointment, it’s important to know your family’s medical history as well because these can be indicators for what to be on the look out for.
 
 You will also need to share about any medications you are on or if you are experiencing any symptoms. The best thing a patient can do during this initial process is to provide a doctor like Dr. Tracy with as much information in regards to your health and your family’s health as possible. The more information that he has, the better service he can provide you.  

Next, your ophthalmologist will check your vision, measure the pressure inside your eyes, examine your eyes under a microscope, dilate your dilates, and look inside your eyes. These are standard examination procedures that can be expected at almost all initial eye exams and do not hurt.
 
carlsbad eye examination During an eye exam in Carlsbad, Dr. Tracy will check on the health of your
•  Retina
•  Optic Nerve
•  Blood Vessels
•  Muscles
•  Pupils
•  Cornea
•  Lens
•  Iris
•  Conjunctiva
•  Eyelids and Eyelashes
 
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  UV Exposure And Your Eyes

eye health smoking carlsbad   In fact, smoking can increase your risk for developing many types of eye diseases and disorders. Due to the thousands of chemicals that act as irritants and carcinogens, smoking can disrupt blood flow, causing serious damage to the eyes. Who’s at risk? Heavy smokers and ex-smokers who have smoked for multiple years are at risk of eye damage from these serious disorders. eye health smoking carlsbad


Eye Sunburns- Ouch!

Sunburn of the eye is called photokeratitis, or “corneal flash burn.” This condition, like a sunburn of the skin, can be painful and causes redness. Other symptoms of eye sunburns include excess tearing, sensitivity to light, mild to severe pain, blurry vision, and the sensation that a foreign object is in the eye.

Suntanning Beds and Eye Damage

Long-term UV exposure can cause serious problems with your eyes, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and choroidal melanoma. Cataracts can cause blurred or frosted vision. Cataracts may develop slowly and will not usually be noticeable until they have advanced. Macular degeneration causes problems with general eyesight for activities such as reading and occurs gradually. Finally, choroidal melanoma is cancer of the eye, and is very difficult to detect.


Protecting Your Eyes From UV Rays

According to Carlsbad ophthalmologist Dr. Tracy, the best way to prevent the long-term damage discussed above is to avoid harmful UV rays of both tanning beds and the sun. However, if you continue to expose yourself to UV rays, always wear proper protection. In tanning beds, never tan without goggles specially designed for indoor tanning, and place additional protection over your eyes to increase your protection. Simply closing your eyes or placing a towel over your eyes will not be sufficient, because your eyelids are too thin to protect you from the strong ultraviolet light, and the harmful rays will penetrate a towel. Sunglasses will also not be sufficient in a tanning bed because they do not protect your eyes from the rays coming in both above and below the frames. You can usually purchase disposable goggles at tanning salons if you do not have your own.

In the sun, it is most important to wear sunglasses that provide adequate protection from all sun exposure. Your sunglasses should block 100% of UV rays and absorb HEV rays. Larger styles, and those with close-fitting wraparound style, provide the best protection because they limit the rays coming in from the peripheral areas of the frames. Because children tend to spend more time outside, it is especially important that they wear proper sunglasses from a young age. Adults who spend a significant amount of time outside due to work or hobbies may want to consider performance or sport sunglasses.

Other Tips for Sunglasses
•  Wear sunglasses even in the shade. Your eyes are still exposed to UV rays in the shade due to reflections from buildings, windows, cars, and other objects.

•  Sunglasses may be more important in the winter. Fresh snow can reflect 80% of UV rays, nearly doubling your overall exposure. It is especially important to wear proper goggles when skiing or snowboarding.
•  Contact lenses are not enough. Even if your lenses block UV rays, sunglasses will help protect the rest of the eye that is not covered, and the delicate skin around your eyes.

•  Sunglasses are important no matter how dark your eyes or skin. The risks of eye damage are the same for all eye and skin colors.

In addition to tanning beds and direct sunlight exposure, there are other causes of sunburn to your eyes:

•  Lightning
•  Photographer’s flood lamps
•  Halogen lamps
•  Welding torches
•  Reflection of sunlight off of water or snow
 
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  The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Eye Health

 


 We should all consider how to treat and care for our eyes. Over 145 million people worldwide have low vision due to untreated eye problems that could be avoided. This number will only increase unless people start to take action against eye disease and take steps to protect their vision.

At Carlsbad Eye Care, we specialize in LASIK and PRK as well as cataracts and dry eye treatment. We also provide general eye exams for patients age 14 or older, performed by Dr. Tracy himself. By adhering to our list of the top ten eye health resolutions for the New Year, you can ensure that you are seeing clearly.


1. Eat right. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of leafy vegetables rich in antioxidants can help you maintain the best quality of vision possible and fight against eye diseases.


2. Wear sunglasses. Even on cloudy or overcast days, protective eye gear is necessary. UV rays and blue light can cause long-term damage to your eyes.


3. Schedule your eye exam. If you’ve been putting off visiting an eye doctor, schedule your annual eye exam today. Annual eye exams are recommended for anyone over the age of 40.


4. Take care of your contacts. Taking out your contacts when you sleep and keeping them clean is the first step to preventing any type of infection caused by contacts.


5. Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the leading causes of macular degeneration, as well as other eye diseases. This year, make an effort to stay away from second-hand smoke and reduce your intake if you are a smoker.


6. Wear safety eyewear. Protect your eyes when you are playing sports, mowing the lawn, or working in a situation where something could get into your eye and possible damage it.


7. Treat dry eyes. If your eyes feel dry or itchy, you could have dry eyes. Talk to your ophthalmologist about the symptoms you are experiencing, even if you think it is just seasonal. Treatment for dry eyes at Carlsbad Eye Care includes punctal plugs, medications, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy that treats Meibomian gland dysfunction.


8. Utilize a reminder tool for glaucoma drops. If you have glaucoma and take eye drops on a daily basis, set a reminder on your phone to make sure you take your drops at the appropriate time. That way you won’t skip a dose or accidentally double it.


9. Reduce eyestrain. Try rearranging your computer station or talk to Dr. Tracy at Carlsbad Eye Care about lubricating eye drops that can help ease the stra­­­­in on your eyes during the day. It is important to make sure your work space has adequate lighting and you are working at a comfortable distance away from your screen.


10. Take advantage of your FSA and/or health insurance. Most insurance plans cover eye exams. Flexible spending accounts (FSA) also can cover elective services, such as IPL therapy and LASIK or PRK.
 
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  Common Eye Problems and Solutions to Avoid Vision Risk

eye health smoking carlsbad   Eye diseases are on the rise, and by the year 2020, an estimated 5.5 million Americans will suffer from blindness or low vision. Despite the prevalence of vision problems among the general population, many Americans do not undergo regular screenings for common eye conditions and diseases. Being informed about eye problems and solutions can help you determine when to seek treatment.

If you think you may be suffering from one of the following problems, or if you’re concerned about the health of your eyes, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation by calling (760) 603-9910.
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Refractive Errors

Refractive errors, including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism, account for the greatest number of vision problems in the US. Although refractive errors are generally easy to correct with glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK, many Americans fail to visit an ophthalmologist like Dr. Tracy for the necessary testing and treatment. In fact, a new study by the National Eye Institute suggests that 11 million Americans could enjoy improved vision with refractive correction. Seeing your doctor for regular eye exams is the best way to protect your vision and to guard against various eye diseases and conditions.

Macular Degeneration

One of the most common eye diseases, macular degeneration strikes an estimated 1.8 million Americans over age 40. Also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the condition results in impaired sharp and central vision. Because early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to stopping the progression of this disease, it’s important to see an ophthalmologist like Dr. Tracy for regular exams. You may also want to consider taking steps like taking vitamins specifically for the disease, exercising, wearing sunglasses, and consuming lots of antioxidant-rich foods to help prevent macular degeneration from developing as you age.

Cataracts

Although cataracts are more common in older patients, they can occur in people of any age. Resulting in a clouding and darkening of the eye lens, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the United States and worldwide. The good news is that surgery and other treatments can do a lot to reverse the effects of cataracts, and people who are experiencing blurry or foggy vision, poor night vision, or color halos shouldn’t hesitate to visit Dr. Tracy for an exam.

Glaucoma

Annual eye exams can also help protect you from glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure to the optic nerve leads to peripheral blindness. Although no cure exists for glaucoma, you can do a great deal to prevent the disease from worsening. If you’re experiencing eye pain, vision loss, blurry vision, or halos, schedule an appointment to check for this debilitating eye condition. If you have any signs suggesting that you may be at greater risk of developing glaucoma, or if you have a family history of this disease, you should see an ophthalmologist every six months.
 
 
Dr. Tracy will assess all of these areas and inform you of his immediate concerns or any of potential problems that he sees.

Schedule a Carlsbad Eye Exam Today!

If appropriate, Dr. Tracy may perform a refractive evaluation to determine whether or not your vision is lacking, if you cannot focus your eyes properly, or if you need glasses. These tests are so he can get a better idea of your range of vision and understand where you may have visual gaps. The doctor may perform additional tests and take photos of your retina if necessary. At the end, Dr. Tracy will go over his diagnosis with you, discussing any complications, answering any questions, and providing a recommendation for treatment if necessary. Treatment options can vary widely depending on a patient’s visual needs.

If you haven’t gotten a general eye exam in two years, please contact our office at (760) 603-9910.
 
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