View it in your browser FEBRUARY Newsletter 2020
Beware of macular degeneration
Macular degeneration is also referred to as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) as it rarely affects people below 55. It’s the main cause of vision loss in the US, and the third leading cause globally, after cataract and glaucoma.

One of the most feared vision-related conditions, it affects the macula, which is the retina’s central part. The retina is at the back of the eye, forming its inner lining, and allows clear vision. A person afflicted with the condition will not see the center of whatever is in front of them, but would see the edges clearly. Tasks like reading, sewing and driving would become more difficult as a result.

AMD symptoms:
  • Trouble reading, and recognizing faces
  • Parts of words seem to disappear
  • Straight lines appear wavy or broken
  • Colors seem muted
  • Needing more light to see, or having trouble moving from bright to low light backgrounds
Risk factors for AMD:
  • Family history and genetics
  • Obesity
  • Retina being deprived of nutrients
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light
AMD could occur as dry or wet, with the dry type being more common, affecting nine out of 10 people with the condition. The wet form is less common and happens due to leaking blood vessels growing in or under the retina. It’s more dangerous and requires immediate medical attention, without which central vision loss may occur. Dry AMD could progress into the wet type.

Treating AMD usually involves testing the eyes with an ‘Amsler grid’, vitamin treatments, and injections in the case of wet macular degeneration. Regular eye exams are extremely important to ensure one’s eye health is not afflicted, especially if a family member suffers from the condition.

Dr. George Salib of the Orange County Eye Institute specializes in the treatment of AMD in Laguna Hills, CA. Call us at (949) 441-5444 for information.
Knowing the Basics of LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery is an increasingly popular procedure among patients. This is a refractive surgical procedure during which the eye surgeon uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and thereby to create improvements in vision. This is commonly opted for by patients who have nearsightedness or myopia, farsightedness or hyperopia and also those who have astigmatism. Hence, through LASIK, patients can reduce their dependency on contact lenses and glasses.

The biggest advantage of this procedure is its long standing success record spanning over twenty five years. There is also very little pain associated with the procedure as numbing drops are used for the same. Another benefit is the almost-immediate results as you will notice the vision correction on the very next day. The procedure does not require any stitches or bandages. Patients can also avail of adjustments to further correct vision several years after their first procedure. Further, once you have undergone this procedure, a large majority of patients note that there is a substantial reduction in dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses and, in fact, many don’t even need them!

The side effects associated with this procedure are minimal. Patients are likely to experience some discomfort during the first one to two days after the LASIK eye surgery.
Diabetes and the Eye!

Make sure you can keep seeing every moment. Protect your sight by maintaining routine eye exams as you get older.
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