A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts due to age, injury or systemic medications, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car, especially at night, or see the expression on a friend's face. Generally when your quality of life is impacted by cataract formation, at any age, we can alleviate that issue.
Advanced technology lenses (multi-focal and mono-vision lenses), which reduce your need for glasses following cataract surgery, are an exciting new option that we are proud to offer our patients here at Sound Shore Vision Center!
Our job is to counsel you about the options available. You can then go into the surgical suite with a full knowledge about your options to make the correct decision about what is best for your eyes and lifestyle. We are looking to provide you with comfort, clarity and health for the next 20 to 40 years.
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Your eyesight is a precious gift and guarding against vision loss is essential to maintaining your quality of life. By taking the simple step of making a comprehensive eye examination part of your annual routine healthcare regimen, you can protect the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision for a lifetime.
After reviewing your overall medical history and gathering relevant information on your eye health through the years, we perform a clinical exam to check the health of your eyes and assess your vision through a series of tests to evaluate your visual functioning in today's visual world of screens and lighting issues.
As part of your comprehensive eye exam, you are also evaluated to determine if you have the potential for eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. We can investigate and treat many of these diseases in our office through the use of education, and medication.
Often eye diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, as well as other conditions affecting the retina, demonstrate few if any overt signs or symptoms of damage to your eyesight.
Detecting diseases that can threaten your eyesight in their earliest stages enables the most effective management and care, ensuring your visual comfort, clarity and health.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is the name given to a group of eye problems and vision-related symptoms caused by prolonged use of hi-tech digital screen devices such as computers, tablets, e-readers and cellular phones.
Symptoms of computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eyestrain, may include:
- Eye Irritation (dry eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes)
- Double Vision
- Blurred Vision
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
Our goal is to prevent these symptoms by prescribing the correct eye wear to increase your personal visual efficiency. This enables you to work better and not have to react to symptoms, but to prevent them.
First, we'll make sure that your eyeglasses or contact lens prescriptions are correct and suitable for using a computer. Special eyeglasses for computer use can help improve your visual efficiency and increase your ability to function in front of screens whether you are a child or a C-suite professional.
Others who routinely wear corrective lenses can use a modified or separate prescription to work in front of a digital screen.
To help ease your eyestrain, we also offer special lenses that block the blue light emitted by digital screens, ensuring your visual comfort, clarity and health for the future.
Are you using the best contact lens for your needs at this time?
Do you know about what is coming up in contact lens technology?
Interested in using contact lenses for the first time?
Are you having difficulty using your old contacts as you mature into adulthood?
These are the questions our office can answer for you.
If you are interested in wearing contact lenses or you are due to have your current pair of contacts checked, our office will perform a specialized evaluation to measure and assess your eyes.
Different from a routine eye exam, an evaluation for contact lenses not only ensures your contact lenses will fit properly but also makes certain they provide the required vision improvements and that your eyes will be able to tolerate wearing lenses without any harmful consequences. It is important to keep in mind that a contact lens exam does not replace having a comprehensive or routine eye exam to assess the health of your eyes.
The reason different measurements are required for contact lenses is that unlike an eyeglass lens, which is positioned approximately 12mm away from your eye; a contact lens sits directly on the surface of your eye. Once your eyes have been measured and evaluated, we will discuss the types of contact lenses and wear schedules that are available to you. Depending upon your vision requirements and your lifestyle, we'll guide you in choosing the most suitable and effective contact lenses to give you comfort, clarity and health.
Our goal is to keep you in contact lenses that provide good comfort, great clarity and excellent eye health! We look forward to keeping you in contacts for the long run, not just the next year, but the next 20 to 40 years.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be at risk of losing your vision since your body does not utilize sugar properly and, when the sugar levels rise, damage to the retinal blood vessels may occur. This injury to the retinal vessels is known as Diabetic Retinopathy.
Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults in the United States. We will discuss your glucose control, and come up with ways to prevent the effect of diabetes on your ocular health, as well as your vision. We will discuss what to look for and why your eyes are exquisitely sensitive to diabetes.
Diabetic eye evaluations end with a report sent by Dr. Rubinstein to your Primary Care Provider, Endocrinologist or other Health Care Provider that you would like with information about your ocular status and recommendations for improvement.
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Suffering from dry eye can be more than just mildly annoying. It is a chronic condition that can result in significant discomfort and cause visual disturbances that interfere with your daily activities. It usually gets worse with time.
Symptoms of dry eye may include:
- Stinging, burning, or scratching sensation
- Gritty or sandy feeling, as if something is in the eye
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Eye fatigue
- Intermittent excessive tearing
If you are experiencing persistent symptoms of dry eye, it is important to make an appointment for a Dry Eye Evaluation. During this visit, we will check your symptoms, review your overall health history and discuss which medications you are taking that may be contributing to this condition.
We will also examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect the cornea of your eyes. As part of this evaluation, we will look for any environmental factors that may be putting you at risk for dry eye. Diagnostic tests to measure the quantity and quality of your tears will be performed as needed.
The treatment our office prescribes for your dry eye will be determined by the severity of your symptoms and if any underlying conditions are present.
The overall objective of the treatment plan is to relieve your eye discomfort, minimize the dryness, and protect the health of your eyes. While artificial tears and soothing ointments work well in many situations, other approaches may be advised for more advanced or unresponsive cases of dry eye.
My treatment protocol is done in a step wise manner. We start with "homeopathic" or non-drug intervention, then move to over-the-counter eye drops and medications, then to medical treatment that may include Restasis® or Xiidra®. Additional treatment options may include new technologies to create a more comfortable environment for eyes in the future to maintain ocular health, ocular comfort and ocular clarity.
We are well equipped to handle many types of eye emergencies and stand ready to provide you, as well as any member of your family, with prompt and effective care.
If you have received an injury to your eye, gotten something stuck in your eye, your eye is red or painful, or are experiencing a sudden loss of vision or unusual visual disturbances, it is important that you contact our office right away for care. These are urgent situations that may require immediate attention to prevent more serious consequences, including further injury, infection, and even vision loss.
By utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and providing expert care, we can precisely diagnose, treat, and help you to manage your eye care emergency.
Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States, is an eye disease that can lead to a permanent loss of vision.
We provide diagnostic testing and treatment for glaucoma care utilizing the latest and most advanced computerized procedures to diagnose and follow the course of this eye disease.
Glaucoma generally provides no warning signs or symptoms, making annual testing an important part of diagnosis and long term treatment. For those who require treatment, there are many options, including eye drops, laser treatment, and more advanced surgical options, for those difficult and advanced cases of glaucoma.
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We have an optical department for those patients needing glasses, contact lenses, or sunglasses and we carry a wide selection of luxury eyewear and designer frames.
Our optical Dispensary can provide properly fitting eyeglasses for all kinds of head sizes and shapes.
We also specialize in difficult to destruct kids and men's glasses with the same hard to break materials such as Ultem and Titanium. Most of our frames come with a 1 year "no questions asked" warranty; especially kids glasses - you break them, we fix them!
We have safety sunglasses for sports, as well as petite and larger sized shades with ultra violet protection for your eyes and skin around your eyes. We can provide polarized lenses for water sports and specially tinted glasses for specific sports and even epilepsy.
Taking your child for a comprehensive eye exam at an early age, and maintaining regularly scheduled eye care checkups as they are growing up, is the best way to ensure that your child's vision development reaches its full potential and to make certain that your child acquires the visual skills needed to fully participate in all activities.
My recommendations start with an eye exam at about 5 years of age, and then annually. However, in the presence of certain risk factors or diagnosed vision issues, more frequent exams may be recommended. If a child complains, or a parent notices a decrease in vision or the inability to focus on near visual material, more frequent exams are needed.
We are skilled and experienced providers of comprehensive vision care for children and we do our best to make sure that your child's visual needs are met. Depending upon the findings of your child's eye exam visit, eyeglasses, vision therapy, or additional procedures may be recommended.
Laser vision correction has rapidly evolved into an appealing and highly successful outpatient procedure that can reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses for a period of 6 to 10 years in most cases. With a Laser Vision Correction procedure, many refractive errors involving nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can be corrected.
The high success rate of LASIK can be attributed to the advanced technology available today as well as the thorough evaluation process by which candidates are selected for the procedure. The technology has advanced to increase the idea of better than 20/20 vision to 20/Happy Vision.
If you are interested in LASIK or PRK, both Laser Vision Correction procedures, our office will provide you with essential information about your candidacy for the procedure and advise you if any eye conditions, health issues or vision problems may be considerations in your treatment plan.
Our office will help you to prepare for the procedure and take part in your post-operative care to help maintain your eye health and vision improvements. Post-operative care includes the period when released from your surgeon's care and includes normal follow up care for years afterwards.
Let our office help you to avoid any injuries that might threaten the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.
According to statistics, it is estimated that 90 percent of all eye injuries are preventable with the use of protective eyewear.
Adequate eye protection is essential if you are engaged in work, hobbies or other activities where your eyes are exposed to the following:
- Airborne particles like bits of wood, metal, or glass
- Flying objects
- Sparks produced by tools or power equipment
- UV light or radiation
- Corrosive or dangerous chemicals
Simply by wearing appropriate safety glasses, the risk of an unforeseen accident jeopardizing the health of your eyes is significantly reduced.
Whether you are engaged in a home improvement project, or work in a laboratory, on a construction site or in a dental office, we can provide you with just the right pair to suit your needs.
Our office also helps you deal with the aftermath of an eye accident by determining if something is in your eye and removing these foreign objects if necessary. We use medical treatment to prevent vision loss and help decrease any ocular pain.
Our office offers the latest designs and most comfortable, well-fitting eyewear to protect and enhance your vision while participating in your favorite sports. This enables you or your child to obtain sports excellence using the utmost in technological vision advances including contact lenses for sporting activities.
There is no reason for blurred vision, glare, or a lack of contrast between the ball and your environment to limit your performance on the playing field. Starting with your eyeglass, or contact lens prescription, and then moving on to providing you with the best frames and lenses for your particular sport, we'll make sure your vision is "peak performance" ready.
Protection from Impact Related Injury
While your usual sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may offer you some measure of eye protection, they are not durable enough to guard your eyes on the playing field and in certain recreational activities.
Our wide selection of fashionable sports eyewear frames, lenses, and goggles are made of the most advanced materials to provide superior impact resistance and comfort. All children's glasses are supplied with fully impact resistant eyeglass lenses (often at no charge).
Additionally, if your favorite sport or activity is enjoyed out-of-doors, we'll make sure that beyond protection from impact-related injuries, your sports sunglasses or tinted goggles block harmful UV radiation from the sun.