Rye Eye Associates

Posts from 2013-07

The Case for Contact Lenses

With all the heat, you may find that your glasses are fogging up, sliding down your nose, or trapping sweat that can irritate your skin. If so, contact lenses, worn full time or even just occasionally, may prove to be a liberating experience.

Contact lenses can come in handy during this time of year, especially when you engage in sports activities such as tennis, softball, soccer and lacrosse. When you wear contact lenses you don't have to worry about your field of vision being obstructed or distorted as it would when wearing glasses. In addition, wearing contact lenses can reduce your risk of eye injury, should your face be hit.

Contact lenses can correct vision for those who have nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism. Even people who require bifocal glasses can enjoy the benefits of a multifocal contact lens.

Speaking about contact − please give us a call if you would like to discuss how contact lenses could improve your lifestyle.

Iva Yalkowsky, O.D. Optometrist

A Remedy for Wrinkled Foreheads

A very effective advertising campaign by a popular fried chicken restaurant chain is promoting boneless fried chicken by showing the panicked expressions of people who believe they have eaten the bones of the chicken when they see their empty plate. One particularly gentleman sports a deeply wrinkled forehead that rivals that of a Shar-Pei to make the point.

While having a wrinkled forehead may be great for humorous ads, it can be a negative in our everyday social interactions. Wrinkles can convey a sense of worry, and that can be interpreted as a person lacking confidence. Or, they can communicate a general sense of unease.

People often try to mitigate forehead lines with Botox treatments. Yet, they may be missing the root cause: droopy eyelids. Think of it: When someone has lids that droop enough to interfere with their vision, he will subconsciously raise his brows, and in the process wrinkle his forehead in order to help keep the upper eyelids from blocking his view.

If you find that you are frequently raising your brows and wrinkling your forehead, consider that this may be a sign of serious eyelid droop. The easiest way to test this hypothesis is to close your eyes and hold your fingers firmly above your eyebrows. After you open your eyes again, if you feel a strong urge to push up your brows, or if your lids appear droopy as you hold your brows in place, this could be a sign of a significant droopy upper eyelid condition.

If you are plagued by droopy upper lids and would like to address forehead wrinkling, please contact us.

Dr. Jerry Lai, MD General Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon

Eliminate Angry Face: Your Botox and Surgery Options

Recently, a popular local radio station hosted a contest for the angriest looking face at rest. I immediately thought of an old acquaintance of mine who had the heaviest, most angled brows of anyone I knew. Even when he was happy, he looked angry. In fact, rumor had it that he could not get the blessing of his girlfriend's parents to get married because they thought he looked so mean.

As we discussed in a previous blog, people are greatly influenced by first impressions, and those impressions often come from facial expressions influenced by your eyes and brows. Angled furrowed brows are seen as signs of anger or displeasure. The persistence of this look can, unfortunately, have a negative impact on one’s relationships.

Fortunately, small adjustments can be made to the eyelids and brows that can alter these mistaken perceptions. Botox injections and surgical procedures can be used to shape the lids and brows, resulting in a friendlier appearance.

Please contact us if you would like to schedule a consultation to restore the harmony between your outward expression and your inner beauty.

Dr. Jerry Lai, MD General Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon

A Better Way: Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

One of the more exciting advancements in treating cataracts is laser technology that eliminates the traditional method of using a physical blade. With laser cataract surgery, the computer-assisted incisions are executed with precise depth into the cornea. The laser also can accurately correct for astigmatism, which is curvature of the cornea.

Everyone who has cataract surgery receives a lens implant after the cataract is removed. With the laser procedure, a precisely positioned "manhole" is made into the cataract that allows the implant to stay in the proper position. By using this cutting-edge laser technology, the patient enjoys better vision and a higher probability of not needing glasses. In addition, there is less likelihood of any surgical complications.

If you are interested in finding out more about bladeless laser surgery for cataracts, please feel free to contact our office.

Dr. Ameet Goyal, M.D. General Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon