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OCT Measurements will help Ophthalmologists at Eye Physicians of Long Beach make Predictions about Age Related Macular Degeneration

Created on: Thursday, December 11, 2014

As people age, they become more vulnerable to age related macular degeneration disease, which can unfortunately progress suddenly and with astonishing speed in some cases. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when the macula, the central part of the retina, within the eye begins to deteriorate. The macula is vital to clear vision because it is the part of the eye that has the highest visual acuity. It is made up of light-sensitive tissue just like the rest of the retina but has its own unique characteristics.

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Eye Physicians of Long Beach becomes one of the first practices to deliver the Verion Image Guided System to their cataract patients

Created on: Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Verion Image Guided System is redefining the way cataract surgeries are performed. By enabling a level of precision not previously possible, the Verion system minimizes errors and increases efficiency in cataract surgery. The innovative technology utilized in this state-of-the-art equipment optimizes the level of accuracy possible by integrating the steps of imaging, planning, and guiding.

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Eye Toxicity from Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)

Created on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ocular toxicity resulting from use of prescription drugs can cause a variety of eye issues, including vision loss and cataract formation. Hydroxychloroquine toxicity is a specific form that is a risk to those using chloroquine based medications for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Laser Cataract Surgery Can Reduce Your Risk of Complications

Created on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For decades, cataract surgery has been successfully performed to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one. With over 3 million cataract surgeries performed each year in the US alone, it is one of the most common surgeries in the world. Manual cataract surgeries are highly successful in returning a patient’s eyesight to its pre-cataract state. A recent article published in the Journal of Refractive surgery showed that laser cataract surgery could be even more beneficial in improving eyesight and preventing complications from surgery.

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Lack of Exercise Increases Risk of Cataracts

Created on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Almost 20% of Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts according to the Centers for Disease Control. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye and is the leading cause of vision loss and reversible blindness. Those who suffer from cataracts may experience blurred or doubled vision, difficulty with contrast as well as problems with color and depth perception. Cataracts do not go away on their own and can be removed with a laser. But, there may also be modifiable risk factors that can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Lack of exercise may be one of those risks factors you can change in order to decrease your risk of developing a cataract.

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Laser Surgery is Now Available to People with Cataracts in Los Angeles and Orange County

Created on: Monday, October 13, 2014

Improve Your Vision and Quality of Life with this Innovative Surgery at EPLB.
Eye Physicians of Long Beach (EPLB) is one of the first practices in the United States to offer this type of procedure, and we are proud to bring this innovative technology to our local community.

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Obesity and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Created on: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the deterioration of the macula as we age. The macula is the tissue that lines the back of the eye. It is part of the retina and is sensitive to light, making it a vital component of vision. Aging causes this breakdown of delicate tissue, but can our weight exacerbate the problem?

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Eyelid Skin Cancer

Created on: Friday, May 09, 2014

The eyelid region is one of the most common sites for skin cancers. In fact, skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, account for five to 10 percent of all skin cancers.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer.

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The Gift of Sunglasses

Created on: Friday, December 20, 2013

Tis the season for gift giving and what better way to show your loved ones you care than by giving them the gift of sunglasses. Living in California, we love that the sun shines year around but we should also be aware of the effects the sun has on our eyes.

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I can’t see up close- Presbyopia

I can’t see up close- Presbyopia

Created on: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Author: Eye Physicians of Long Beach

I can’t see up close- Presbyopia
Presbyopia will affect every person. No one can escape it but, don’t despair just yet. It usually affects people above 40. It is the result of the aging of the lens which makes it more rigid and unable to flex or focus on objects that are up close. As a result, people experience blurred near vision when reading, working at the computer or otherwise doing near work.
Presbyopia cannot be prevented but it can be treated. Almost half of all Americans are age 40 and older. All of these people are experiencing or about to experience presbyopia. Presbyopia is a refractive error and your ophthalmologist can help you find the treatment that best fits your needs.
Symptoms and Signs
In the initial stages, presbyopia forces the individual to hold things further away when reading. The affected individual may also need additional lightning to be able to read. When the person reads for a long period of time, they may feel strain, pain or feel fatigued.
Common symptoms of presbyopia are:
• Difficulty reading fine print, particularly in low light conditions
• Eyestrain when reading for long periods
• Blurred near vision
• Difficulty transitioning between viewing distances from close to far
• The feeling that your arms have become "too short" to hold reading material at a comfortable distance

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