Children & Myopia Control

Today, Myopia presents itself at an earlier age in children more than in the past. Studies have shown that the increase in nearsightedness is in part due to time spent doing work up close; not just computer, video games and increased screen time — reading for long periods can also impact your eyes. There are three primary options your eye doctor may use for controlling the myopia progression in children.

Atropine Eye Drops

Myopia occurs when your eye grows too long (axial elongation), or your cornea is too curved. The light that enters your eye has a harder time focusing the way it should, and this results in blurred vision. Atropine drops can help curb axial elongation. Normal dosage of atropine eye drops causes a temporary dilation of the pupils and paralysis of the focussing system, relaxing the eyes’ ability to focus. In myopia tretment, low dose atropine is used. At this low dosage, the typical side effects of atropijne are not noticeable, thus making this a great myopia control option for young children.

Multifocal Myopia Control Contacts

The primary use of multifocal contacts that are designed for myopia control is to help reduce myopia progression while achieving clear vision at all distances. According to studies, children who wore MiSight myopia control contacts had a 59% reduction in the advancement of Myopia compared to children who stuck with traditional soft contacts.

Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology or CRT (Corneal Reshaping Therapy) is a treatment that uses an overnight gas-permeable contact lens to gently and temporarily reshape the corneal surface to correct the vision. A patient wears these lenses overnight, which corrects the eye prescription so that upon removing the lenses in the morning the vision is clear. The clear vision lasts all day long. It is important to note that this treatment is temporary, and the effects of the overnight treatment will usually last throughout the enitre day as long as the lens is worn everynight.
Do you want to take the next steps in ensuring your child has full potential regarding their vision? Contact our office today to ask our staff any questions about these treatments and your child’s next appointment.

What to Know About Orthokeratology

With the rise in prevalence of computers and electronics in our daily lives, it is not surprising that eye and vision problems are on the rise as well.

Of course, it is impossible for most people to stop using computers or devices like phones or iPads especially since most jobs are now done using computers. The only thing that can be done is to find a solution for the problem, and that is where orthokeratology comes in.

What is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is a non-surgical procedure that involves creating gas permeable lenses which alter the shape of the cornea to reduce effects of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. It eliminates the need of wearing glasses since all you need to do is put on the contact lenses at night, and in the morning your eyes will have a clear vision.

Unlike having standard glasses or undergoing an eye surgery, orthokeratology gives you the freedom to engage in things such as contact or water sports given that your eyes have improved vision during the day.

In order to see if orthokeratology is right for you, first a few tests are done to see if your eyes are fit for the procedure. Once it is determined that the treatment will be good for your eyes, you will begin wearing the contacts at night. After the first night of wearing them, you usually will have a follow up exam. If the lenses are not as useful as they are supposed to be, your orthokeratologist can modify the lenses.

Orthokeratology has been seen to produce results in a very short time. To learn more about how this procedure can help you, contact us today!

Things to Look for When Buying Prescription Sunglasses

Sunny days are beautiful, but they also bring harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can harm your eyes. Extended exposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, and other types of eye damage.

It used to be that if you have prescription glasses, your only options were to wear a sunglass attachment or wear contacts and sunglasses. Now, you have the option of getting a pair of prescription sunglasses. And just like your prescription glasses, there are some things that you would want to consider when buying prescription sunglasses.

UV Protection

When getting sunglasses, its UV protection should be your primary concern. Just because the lenses are dark don’t mean that it blocks UV rays. Whenever you wear dark lenses your eyes’ pupils widen to allow more light in. This means that if your very dark sunglasses don’t have proper UV protection, it can actually damage your eyes. Read the labels and if you’re not sure, your eye-care specialist can help you. A good pair of prescription sunglasses should block 100 percent of UV rays.

Lens Material

Just like regular prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses can be made of different materials which can affect the cost:

  • High-Index – These lenses are popular as they are thin and light even for high prescriptions. This can help the sunglasses look more fashionable, especially when you have a strong prescription.
  • Polycarbonate – These are strong and impact resistant lenses. Active people and children can benefit from this type of lens.
  • Plastic – Most modern prescription lenses are made from plastics. It is a good type for light prescriptions and casual wearing.
  • Glass – Glass lenses still offer the best vision, however they can be easily shattered.
  • Photochromic – These types of lens are also called “Transition Lenses” after the leading manufacturer: Transition Optical. They change from clear to dark in the presence of UV rays and can be quite convenient as you don’t want separate prescription glasses and sunglasses.

Fit

Prescription sunglasses can have a variety of frames. And regardless of which frame you choose, you should pay close attention to how well they fit you, not just for fashion but also for comfort and protection.

Sunlight (and UV rays) can slip through the gap between the top of the sunglasses and your brow. The sunglasses should fit to your brow but not too close that your eyelashes touch the lens. It should also rest snugly on the bridge of your nose and your ears for comfort.

Some frames are of the wrap-around variety and these offer more protection as they also decrease the UV rays from coming in from the sides.

Glare Protection

While it doesn’t protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, polarized sunglasses do help care for your eyes by reducing the glare from reflective surfaces like water, snow, and sand. You no longer have to squint, which helps lessen eye strain and fatigue. Do note that it may make looking at digital devices like cell phones a bit difficult.

If you need expert assistance in getting the right pair of prescription sunglasses, make an appointment at Planet Vision Eyecare in Greenacres, Florida. Dr. Hetel Bhakta has years of experience in helping people find comfortable eyewear to see better and look good.

Ideal Eye Vitamins and Nutrition You Should Be Taking

Most eye-care specialists agree that healthy eyes rely on a healthy diet. There have been various studies conducted on the effects of different nutrients to our eyes’ health. For example, research done by AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) found that certain nutrients can slow or prevent Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. In another study, they have concluded that antioxidant deficiencies can contribute to chronic dry eye syndrome.

The following nutrients have been found to help keep your eyes healthy:

  • Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene – Carrots have always been popular for healthy eyes, but not for its mythical property to improve eyesight – which has been proven to be false. Carrots are good sources of Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is processed by our bodies into Vitamin A, which, in combination with other nutrients, can help hinder the progress of AMD. Combined with Lutein, it can slow the vision loss from retinitis pigmentosa – a rare hereditary disease where the retina progressively degenerates. Also, Vitamin A (and Beta Carotene) helps maintain the cornea to prevent night blindness and clouding of the cornea which can lead to cataracts.
  • Vitamin B Complex (vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 folic acid, biotin and choline) – Vitamin B is known to help maintain our blood vessels and nerves, as well as prevents chronic swelling. Since our vision relies on the optic nerve and the blood vessels supplying the eyes, keeping them healthy is a good thing. Vitamin B also helps prevent AMD and is used to treat Uveitis – a disease where the middle part of the eye swells and causes blindness. Many animal products contain Vitamin B.
  • Vitamin C – Found in many fresh fruits and vegetables, Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps protects the corneas from developing cataracts.
  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps in preventing AMD. Our bodies naturally produce the vitamin when exposed to sunlight.
  • Vitamin E – Vitamin E helps in preventing and slowing the progression of AMD. As an anti-oxidant, it is believed that Vitamin E helps to protect against cataracts by preventing oxidation in the eye lenses. However, studies have so far been contradictory with each other and more research has to be done to confirm Vitamin E’s effect on cataracts. Sunflower seeds, nuts, and spinach are good sources of Vitamin E. However, since Vitamin E can thin your blood, be careful of it when you are taking other medication.
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin – Known to decrease the risk of AMD, these carotenoids (yellow to red pigments) also help to filter harmful light to protect the cells of the eyes and possibly prevent cataracts. Other studies have shown that they help improve eyesight. While our bodies do not produce Lutein and Zeaxanthin, they can be found in green, leafy vegetables.
  • Zinc – Your body uses zinc and Vitamin A to create a pigment called melanin to protect the retinas. Zinc’s other known benefit to our eyes is that it helps to protect against AMD and night blindness. Oysters, beef, eggs, and tofu are some food products that have zinc. Take note, however, that too much zinc can have adverse effect on your immune system, upset your stomach, and can hinder some antibiotics.
  • Selenium – Found in seafood, selenium can decrease the risk of AMD. Some studies have also indicated that it help protect against cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids – Fatty acid helps keep the eyes lubricated and therefore prevent and treat dry eyes. Cold water fish like sardines and cod are rich in Omega-3.

With our modern lifestyles it’s not always possible to eat right. Fortunately, supplements can be taken to address any deficiencies we may have in our diet. However, do consult with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements as some of them may have side effects.

If you want to keep your eyes healthy and want to know more about taking care them, schedule an appointment at Planet Vision Eyecare in Greenacres. Dr. Hetel Bhakta will be able to assess your eyes’ health and recommend any needed treatments or supplements. Remember that supplements are not to be taken as substitutes to any medication that has been prescribed to you and that your doctor is your best source of information.

Eye Surgery Basic: Understanding LASIK and How It Works

Over 600,000 LASIK operations are done in the US annually, and that’s a lot of people who no longer have to depend on eye glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors. If you are tired of having to wear glasses or contact lenses for your far-sightedness, near-sightedness or astigmatism, LASIK may be a good option for you.

What is Lasik?

The corneas in our eyes focus light to the retina, creating an image of what we see. But due to imperfections in the cornea, the image that we see can be distorted. These refractive visual errors are categorized as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism.

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery that uses lasers to reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors.

The surgeon will first cut a flap in the cornea. The flap will be folded back. Parts of the underlying corneal tissue are then precisely removed with a special laser until the appropriate shape achieved. The flap will then be put back and allowed to heal.

Due to the permanent effects of the surgery, patients will no longer be dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct refractive visual errors.

Is it Right for You?

There are several general guidelines that are recommended for those considering LASIK surgery. In terms of age, patients between 21 and 40 are suitable candidates. On the other hand, those below 18 are advised not to take the procedure.

The patient’s eyes must also be in generally good health, with no existing eye conditions that can hamper the operation. For instance, eyes prone to dryness, pupils that are too large or corneas that are thin aren’t considered good candidates. Ideally, patients should not have changed their prescription in the past year as well. It’s best to see a doctor who can assess the current condition of your eyes to see if you can undergo LASIK.

It also goes without saying that patients who have an existing medical condition that affects their immune system shouldn’t undergo LASIK surgery. The operation itself requires time for the cornea to heal, so anything that might compromise this can adversely affect the procedure.

Risks

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has the following warning on their website:
“Before undergoing a refractive procedure, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits based on your own personal value system, and try to avoid being influenced by friends that have had the procedure or doctors encouraging you to do so.”
While there are many successfully completed operations, like any medical procedure, there are some risks to LASIK. The most common ones are listed below.

  • Some patients have reported loss of vision.
  • Some patients develop visual symptoms like halos, glares, and reduced vision in low light conditions.
  • You may be over or undertreated and additional treatment may not be possible. You may still need glasses or contacts after the surgery.
  • Some patients may develop severe dry eyes syndrome as a result of the surgery.
  • Patients with large refractive errors may not have as good a result as hoped for.
  • Long term data is not available yet.

Choosing right doctor

Fortunately, a lot of the risks can be avoided if you have the right doctor who can skillfully perform the procedure but also properly consult you even before the operation.

Dr. Hetel Bhakta of Planet Vision Eyecare is an experienced and board-certified optometrist. She will be able to consult you on whether you are a good candidate for LASIK or recommend other methods to correct your refractive vision errors. If you are interested in LASIK and want to know if it is the right procedure for you, schedule an appointment now.

Understanding Color Blindness and Their Treatment

Understanding Color Blindness and Their Treatment

Studies have shown that 8% to 10% of males will have some difficulty differentiating red from green. This is a form of color blindness or Color Vision Deficiency. Caucasian males have a higher possibility of being color blind. It is much rarer in females, with studies placing the number at less than 1%.

What is Color Blindness?

Our eyes have specialized cells (called cone cells) that allow us to see colors. There are three types of cone cells, each one being sensitive to a specific color: blue, green, and red. The brain will process the signals from these cells, comparing the signals with one another to identify the color. Color blindness is caused by one type of cone cell being absent or not functioning correctly. This results in a visual perception that is different from others. Due to the missing or altered signal, one color is substituted for another or one color is perceived to be shades of grey or black.

Types of Color Blindness

Color blindness is divided into three types: red-green, blue-yellow, and complete.
Red-green color blindness is the most common form. It is caused by missing or abnormally functioning red or green cone cells. People with this condition perceive red or green differently from most people. They often have difficulty differentiating between red and green. In severe cases, red or green are perceived as grey or black.
Blue-yellow color blindness is more uncommon. The blue cone cell is either missing or has limited functions. Blues tend to look like green. Yellow and red appear to be shades of pink.

Complete color blindness is rare. Two of the cone cells are affected and the person is unable to differentiate colors at all. A very rare form of complete color blindness is rod monochromacy, where all three cones are missing or non-functional. The person will perceive the world in shades of grey.

Do I Catch Color Blindness?

Color blindness is not an infection that you can catch from a color blind person. Color blindness is either genetic or acquired.

Genetic color blindness is caused by genes passed from parent to children. If you have blood-related family members with color blindness, you or your children may be color blind. While some people are not color blind at birth, they may still develop color blindness during childhood to early adulthood.

Acquired color blindness is often a side-effect of long-term diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, some liver diseases, and most eye diseases. Trauma to the eye or the visual processing center of the brain (occipital lobe) can also cause color blindness.

Detection and Treatment

Most people with non-severe color blindness don’t even know they have color blindness until they have an eye exam. In a lot of cases, color blindness does not affect your quality of life. However, some activities that require the ability to judge colors will be difficult: picking ripe fruit, telling if your child is developing sunburn, or distinguishing between color coded wires. Children may have difficulty doing color-based school work.

Planet Vision in Greenacres, FL can provide tests to determine if you or your children are suffering from Color Vision Deficiency. In certain cases, we can recommend options to lessen the impact of color blindness. These can include prescribing colored contacts to help differentiate colors or removal of cataracts that may be causing color blindness. Schedule an appointment today and we can help you with any color blindness-related eye problems that you may be experiencing.

3 Important Reasons to Buy Prescription Sunglasses

If you’ve bad vision that requires you to wear glasses, you probably already know how reliant you are on this one important piece of equipment to see clearly throughout all hours of the day. Those who sport glasses have also probably experienced the inconvenience of their arch-nemesis: the sun. A sunny day can be a hassle for those who wear glasses because they have to choose whether to see clearly with their glasses, or lose their specs for sunglasses to protect their eyes from that bright sun. Prescription sunglasses are the answer for those who have ever been in this dilemma. Here are three ways prescription sunglasses can be your savior on a sunny day.

Driving. It’s obviously most important for you to see where you’re going when you’re driving. The sun in your face can make it nearly impossible to determine distances or clearly read signs if you’re wearing glasses. Prescription sunglasses can prevent this dangerous habit, and allow you a shield from the sun while also allowing you to clearly read and judge distances. Here at Planet Vision Eyecare, we can easily fit you to a fashionable frame of sunglasses that include your perfect prescription so you can hit the road with clear vision.

All-day outings. Many who wear their glasses to an outdoor event are just waiting for the moment the sun will set. Sun glare and brightness can cause you to have to squint uncomfortably and can make an all-day outing feel like torture on your face and eyes. Prescription sunglasses will offer you stylish protection from the sun, and the clear vision you get when wearing your regular glasses. Outdoor events can be much more enjoyable when you’re wearing prescription sunglasses and seeing clearly without the dreaded squint.

Fun times on the water. Whether you’re out at sea on a ship, or cruising around a lake casting lines into the water, an eyeglass wearer can get fed up with the sun while on the water. The water reflects sunlight, making it much more bright and potent for passengers on water vessels. With the help of prescription sunglasses, you can spend your day on the water without worrying about the strength of the sunlight ruining your time. Picking up a pair of prescription sunglasses at Planet Vision Eyecare can allow you to enjoy water sports and time on the shore while seeing clearly, and keeping your eyes fully protected from the sun’s strong rays.

If you’re considering an upgrade to prescription sunglasses, don’t waste another day squinting! Call the Planet Vision Eyecare office today and set up an appointment!

3 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Contact Lenses

Here at Planet Vision Eyecare, we love helping our customers experience the convenience and ease of contact lenses. Those who have been dealing with glasses for years are excited to learn about how contact lenses can improve their lifestyle. Before taking the leap to becoming a contact lenses wearer, our experienced eye doctor will need to help you make some decisions on your contact use. Here are a few important questions to ask yourself before you get contact lenses.

Do you want disposable or permanent contact lenses?

There are contact lenses that can be disposed of daily, or those that you can dispose of weekly or monthly. There are also permanent contact lenses that you keep for a year or so. Disposables are less maintenance because you’re throwing them out each time. Permanent lenses require more maintenance to stay clean and safe, but can be less expensive for wearers. Our experienced Planet Vision Eyecare eye doctor can review the pros and cons of disposable and permanent contact lenses with you so you can make the right choice.

Do you want hard or soft contact lenses?

Contact lenses can come in a soft lens, or a rigid gas-permeable, RGP, lens. These are referred to as hard lenses because they’re more stiff than the soft lenses. Hard contact lenses are easier to clean and handle because they’re less fragile than soft lenses. However, many contact wearers can attest that soft lenses are more comfortable in the eyes. When you come into Planet Vision Eyecare, our expert eye doctor can help you try out hard or soft contact lenses so you can see what’s better for you.

Are you ready to commit to contact lenses?

If you’re used to wearing glasses, contact lenses can be a big change. They require consistent attention and cleaning to keep your eyes healthy and functioning properly. It’s also important to be prepared for overnight trips so you can take out your contacts and clean them properly each night. This type of commitment needs to be made before you try your first pair of contact lenses. One of our experienced doctors will take the time to explain the care and maintenance needed to keep your contact lenses in pristine condition.

Are you ready to learn more about contact lenses and find out which ones are right for you? Call Planet Vision Eyecare today to make an appointment with our professional eye doctor!

3 Ways This Lake Worth Eye Doctor Puts Customers First

Here at Planet Vision Eyecare, our main focus is keeping our customers happy and seeing clearly. To achieve complete customer satisfaction and consistently maintain our position as the eye doctor of choice for local Lake Worth residents, we put our customers’ needs first. Our doctors and staff are constantly looking for ways to improve and keep our customers comfortable and excited for their next appointment. Here are three of the most important ways Planet Vision Eyecare is putting customers first.

We’re a member of Vision Source. We want only the best for our Lake Worth patients, which is why our office is a member of the Vision Source network. By being an active member of this network, we have access to the latest in eye care technology and resources that we can pass on to our customers. Members of the Vision Source community take a pledge to offer only the best in service, by presenting innovative, caring, and helpful solutions to our customers’ problems.

We offer convenient hours. As a leading eye doctor in the community, our office focuses on being available and assessable to all customers. We offer consistent weekly office hours that include Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We’re also available for office hours on Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s rare that a dedicated eye doctor has office hours conveniently placed on a weekend for customers. Our Lake Worth office also offers late night appointments to customers as needed on Monday and Wednesday nights. With the customers’ schedule and convenience in mind, our office takes the time to work around our clients’ busy schedules.

We provide cutting-edge service and technology. As a Vision Source member, our eye doctor is able to offer clients the best technology and collaborative knowledge in the industry. Our office can provide eye glass frames and lenses, a variety of contact lenses, and vision correction. Our experienced eye doctor has the latest and most up-to-date knowledge on vision problems, eye diseases, and eye conditions to provide radical and advanced diagnoses and solutions for all customers.

Planet Vision Care is dedicated to offering a comfortable, convenient, and pleasurable experience for all customers. If you’re due for a checkup or need to make an appointment, give our Lake Worth office a call today!

Come See Why We’re the Best Lake Worth Eye Doctor

The ability to clearly see the world around you is one of the most important elements for a happy and healthy life. Having a dedicated and experienced eye doctor in your corner is important to keep your eyes healthy and functioning properly. By providing comprehensive and all-encompassing eye exams since 2011, Planet Vision Eyecare focuses on the crystal-clear vision of its clients and their family members.

Our Lake Worth eye doctor is hospitable and knowledgeable, with an enthusiasm for keeping up with the latest innovations in eye care technology. Our diagnostic technology and eye care products provide accurate results and convenience for our patients. If you’re searching for a top doctor and helpful staff with years of experience in the field, look no further than Planet Vision Eyecare.

Our eye clinic is a member of the Vision Source network of eye doctors, which allows us access to cutting edge technology, education, and products in the eye care field. Through our affiliation with the Vision Source network, we’re held to the gold standard of service as an eye doctor and we always aim to surpass these goals.
Through exceptional and personalized service, Planet Vision Eyecare makes every patient feel welcomed and cared for. It’s our goal for each patient to leave our eye clinic with a feeling that all their concerns were addressed by the staff and doctor. We also want our patients to leave their appointments feeling more educated about their eye health, confident in their personalized treatment plan, and excited to come back for the next visit.

Our Lake Worth optometrist has experience with a wide variety of eye diseases, dysfunctions, and conditions. With this knowledge, the patient will always be educated on his or her diagnosis and the next steps taken to alleviate the ailment. By allowing the patient to be hands on with his or her eyecare, our eye doctor offers a deeper understanding of the patient’s eye health and what needs to be done.

As a Vision Source network eye care provider, Planet Vision Eyecare is proud to serve Lake Worth and the surrounding communities with impressive customer service and commitment to eye health. If you’re looking for an eyecare professional with experience who will provide personalized care for all conditions, give our lake worth eye clinic a call today.

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