Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
Since it is National Cataract Awareness month and it is summer, NVISION Laser Eye Centers surgeons, like Dr. Max Parikh, want to remind sun worshippers to be smart when they play in the sun at the beach, on the tennis court, on the golf course, running, biking etc.
Cataracts are a form of eye damage in which a loss of transparency in the lens of the eye clouds vision. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. Research has shown that UV radiation increases the likelihood of certain cataracts. Look for sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection, says Dr. Parikh.
According to Dr. Parikh, protective sunglasses do not have to be expensive. But it is important to select sunglasses whose product labels state they block at least 99 percent of UVB rays and 95 percent of UVA rays. Polarized and mirror-coated lenses do not offer any protection against UV radiation. It is not clear if blue light-blocking lenses, which are usually amber in color, provide UV protection, explains Dr. Parikh.
The simplest and most effective way to protect against ultraviolet (UV) radiation is to stay out of the sun. Wear a hat and cover-up outside, particularly when the sun is most intense (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.). A wide-brimmed hat can significantly reduce eye exposure to UVB radiation. Because the sun’s rays are highly reflective, sitting in the shade or under an umbrella by itself does not guarantee protection.
If you do end up with cataracts even though you have played it smart in the sun, dont despair, says Dr. Parikh.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. today with more than three million procedures a year. Most patients can see some improvement in vision the same day.
And, when your surgeon removes the cataract, he or she replaces it with lens implants that are UV coated. However, you will still need sun protection, by wearing sunglasses, to protect your retina and macula, concludes Dr. Parikh.
About NVISION Laser Eye Centers
NVISION Laser Eye Centers has 15 locations throughout Southern California from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Last year, NVISION Laser Eye Centers became the first provider in California to offer LASIK eye surgery with the Swiss-engineered Ziemer Femto LDVD Crystal Line Laser — the highest level of laser vision correction available today. NVISION is also the first provider in California to offer the bladeless, computer-controlled LenSx laser, the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients.
With more than 1,300 eye doctors who refer their patients and trust their own eyes to NVISION surgeons, NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the Eye Doctors #1 Choice, and serves the counties of San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino.
For more information, visit http://www.NVISIONCenters.com or call 1-877-91NVISION (1-877-916-8474).