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7 Reasons You Should Consider LASIK
Posted on Monday July 15, 2019

Are you tired of wearing glasses or contacts? Do you ever think about what it would be like if you could see perfectly? LASIK eye surgery could be the procedure for you! Here are seven reasons you should consider LASIK:  LASIK Saves You Money While LASIK is expensive upfront, it does save you a lot of money over time. On average, most people are paying $500 per year on contacts.  That's not including having to buy expensive frames for your glasses every few years. Then you have to buy contact lens solution and other accessories.  You can see that the cost of these things adds up quickly! After a few years, LASIK even starts paying for itself.  This is especially true because LASIK is a permanent procedure. If you get LASIK in your mid to late twenties, you could have 30-40 years without glasses ahead of you.  If you have a Flex Spending Account (FSA), you can usually use the funds to help pay for LASIK as well. Enjoy Playing Sports If you like to play sports, glasses and contacts are making your life more complicated. It's too easy to spend your time worrying about your contacts or glasses when you're supposed to be in the zone.   People who get LASIK and play sports often find that their game improves once that worry is gone. Reduced Likelihood of Eye Infections Contacts are great until you get an eye infection from them. If you do not keep your contact lenses clean and hygienic, you're more likely to get an eye infection.  You can also get infections from glasses if they are not kept clean. Getting LASIK can reduce the risk of infection because you won't need to wear glasses or contacts. Increased Comfort Level If you use glasses and contacts a lot, you understand the discomfort that comes with them. You can get headaches from a new pair of glasses or they may not sit on your nose well.  Contact lenses can give you dry eye or make your eyes feel sore over time. Also, who wants to put their fingers into their eyes every day?    Most people don’t! Get LASIK and say goodbye to the pain and discomfort!  Have the Best Possible Vision For most LASIK patients, after LASIK they have the best vision they've ever had. LASIK works because the cornea gets physically reshaped. This is what corrects your refractive errors and less than ideal vision!  Increase Your Self-Confidence When you wear glasses, have you ever felt self-conscious? Most people do while they wear glasses.  After LASIK, many patients gain self-confidence. It's one more small way you can finally feel comfortable in your own skin!  Have More Freedom Think about what life would be like when you wake up in the morning and can see perfectly. There's no need to look for your glasses or put contacts in.  Imagine what traveling would be like without worrying about eye drops or solution. Imagine swimming underwater being able to see without glasses. This is what your life would be like after LASIK. Ready to take the plunge and find out if you're a candidate for LASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation at EyeHealth Northwest in Happy Valley, OR now! :

June Is Cataract Awareness Month
Posted on Tuesday June 25, 2019

  Do you suffer from blurry vision or have difficulty driving in the evening? These are common signs that you may have a cataract.  Did you know that June is Cataract Awareness Month? Why, you ask? Millions of people get cataracts, and it's a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Keep reading to learn more about cataracts and what you should know about them!   What is a cataract? Cataracts occur when the natural lens gets too cloudy to see through. This happens when proteins in the eye being clumping together in the center. This is not a process that happens overnight. Often, a cataract could take years or a decade to fully form! If you have cataracts, one common complaint is it's like trying to look through a foggy window. This only gets worse as a cataract develops and grows. Can you treat cataracts? The only way to treat a cataract is by having cataract surgery. When you have cataract surgery, the cloudy lens gets taken out of your eye. It is then replaced with an artificial lens or IOL.  Cataract surgery only takes about 20 minutes to complete and has a short recovery. After cataract surgery, many patients say that they can see better than they have in years! Is cataract surgery safe? Yes! It is actually one of the safest surgeries you can have. Don't believe us? It also has a 95% success rate with patients who have had it.  During cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the cornea to remove the lens. Once the lens is gone, it's replaced with an IOL of your choosing.  Who gets cataracts?  There's no time that you can get a cataract, since anyone can get them. It's most common that a cataract develops when you're around forty or fifty.  Many patients don't realize that the cataract they have now has been developing for years. Cataracts don't become a problem until they impact your vision significantly.  Can I prevent getting a cataract? Not exactly. But you can reduce your chances of developing one early on in life by having a healthy lifestyle. Want to avoid early cataract development? Avoid: smoking going outside without sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays eating a lot of junk food living a sedentary lifestyle binge drinking If your eye doctor thinks you have a cataract, they will perform several tests. These do not hurt and don't take much time.  One test will look at the thickness of your cataract. Another test will focus on how you react to glare and your vision results. If you do have a cataract, this is when your eye doctor will discuss their recommendations. This may include cataract surgery, or it could be further down the line. Cataract development and detection is one of the reasons you need regular eye exams. Without an eye exam, it becomes much more difficult to detect cataracts in their early stages. Concerned that cataract surgery may be in your future? Schedule a cataract screening at EyeHealth Northwest in Portland, OR today!:

4 Tips For Picking Out New Glasses
Posted on Tuesday June 11, 2019

Did you recently get a new prescription for your glasses? Are you tired of your current pair of glasses?  Now is the time to get a new pair of glasses! Keep reading for four tips on picking new glasses!  Face Shape It is important to know if your face shape is round, oval, square, diamond or heart-shaped. Knowing this information will help you figure out which frames look best on you.  Round Face: Glasses that are rectangular or square usually are wider if you have a round face. This can make your face look longer. You should avoid rimless, round, and small frames because they can make your face look rounder.  Oval Face: If you have an oval face, look for frames wider than the widest part of your face. They should have a strong bridge and may be a geometric shape. You should avoid glasses that are too big and cover up the majority of your face. Square Face: For this face shape, you should look for oval or round glasses that soften the angles in your face. With a square face, you should also look for frames that sit high on your nose.  You should avoid square or angular frames because they draw attention to the angles in your face. This can make your face look bigger than it is.  Diamond Face: Get glasses that sweep up or are wider than your cheekbones if you have a diamond face. They will emphasize your cheekbones and delicate features (forehead and chin). Avoid boxy and narrow frames because they make your cheeks look bigger. Heart-Shaped Face: You should look for glasses that help make the width of your forehead and chin the same. Glasses that have temples that are low-set and bottom-heavy frames will add width to your face.  Square glasses with rounded edges or circular glasses distract if you have a broad forehead. You should avoid clear or colored frames that draw attention to your forehead. This includes frames that have decorations on the sides or top.  Remember when picking out your frames, you should pick a frame that is the opposite of your face shape. It will complement your face.  Skin Tone Like picking out your frames, you want to make sure the color you pick looks good with your skin tone. If you have a warm skin tone with yellow, bronze, or gold in it, avoid pastels.  This also means avoiding white and black colored frames. The best colors would be tortoise, browns, gold, beige and olive green.  Also, if you have cool skin tones (pink or blue), you should avoid colors that wash you out. You should look at silver, black, darker tortoise, pink, purple, blue, gray and mauve frames. They will complement your skin.  Lifestyle When you’re picking out glasses, you should think about the activities you'll do when wearing them. There are glasses that are better for being active or playing video games.  You could also pick out frames that make you look more business professional. There are frames for all lifestyles!  Personality  Glasses can tell others about your personality. Colors and styles show off your personality and who you are. You can either have one pair or many to show off all your different moods.  Are you ready to get a new pair of glasses? Contact Eye Health Northwest to schedule an eye exam with us today!:

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