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3 Ways You’re Destroying Your Eyes and How to Change

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The other day I wanted to send my patient out for a surgical consult to fix his damaged corneas.  He had been using his 2 week contacts as a 3-month contact and depriving his eyes of oxygen, resulting is rampant new blood vessel growth on his corneas. He also used Duane Reade contact solution and never rubbed his contacts.  Fantastic.

So don’t be like him.  Here’s some things you can change right now to save your sight:

1) Rub them!  That contact lens solution isn’t magic.  If it were, the soap industry would’ve picked up on it.  Hey, look!  No-scrub dish soap and scrubless shampoo!  Rejoice!

2) Buy brand name solutions, not generics.  It’s proven that the brand name solutions are better and safer than generics.  And no, I don’t get a kickback.  Ask your eye doc for the best one for your lens.

3) Wear them less!  How would your feet smell if you wore your shoes for 18 hrs a day…EVERYDAY?!  Take 1 day off a week and keep it under 14hrs a day, if possible. Remember to change them regularly too since they lose their integrity and breathability with time.

Hope you make these changes and take better care of your eyes!  You’ve only got 2 of them.

Dr. Dennis Cheng

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I see really well, so I don’t need an exam, right?

 

Two good friends of mine recently made interesting comments. One said she had LASIK surgery and sees well so she didn’t feel the need for an exam. The other friend said he’s always seen well so didn’t think he needed a check up either.

It’s very easy for folks to think this way. Lots of people don’t see a regular primary care doctor unless something is wrong. However, seeing well or feeling okay and healthy aren’t reasons to not see a doctor. If someone has a nice smile, should they never see a dentist? Of course not! Think about athletes; they’re incredibly healthy but I bet you they see several doctors year round. Just like how routine maintenance on a car keeps it running well, so can routine health check ups.

We often look to doctors to fix problems but we should also count on them for preventative care and maintaining good health. A dilated eye exam can reveal signs of early disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure since these signs usually show up before the symptoms. So for all you naturally 20/20 patients and post-LASIK peeps, get yourself in here for a comprehensive exam to make sure your eyes stay healthy. It’s a lot easier to prevent a problem than to fix it.

Learning is Seeing.

-Dennis Cheng, O.D.
dc optics
390 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY
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