June Recognized as National Cataract Awareness Month
SAN DIEGO (June 3, 2013) - Nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and over suffer from the debilitating effects of cataracts, which cause a clouding of the eye lens and results in blurry vision. The numbers of individuals with cataracts are closer to 70 percent as Americans reach age 75, and it is estimated that more than 30 million Americans will be diagnosed with this condition by the year 2020.
With the month of June designated as National Cataract Awareness Month, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and her team at Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center are providing valuable information on how individuals can help to prevent cataracts and how to cope with this condition. Dr. Feldman, a leading ophthalmologist based in San Diego, has been treating patients with cataracts and other eye diseases for more than two decades. Dr. Feldman specializes in a procedure known as computer-guided laser cataract surgery - utilizing the state-of-the-art Catalys Precision laser system - to clear cloudy vision and restore visual freedom.
"With the technological advancements today, patients no longer have to suffer with cataracts," says Dr. Feldman. "By undergoing the advanced laser cataract surgery, patients are choosing a highly customized procedure with 3D imaging, one that provides little or no discomfort, and one that provides the opportunity for tailored treatment following the gentler and easier cataract removal procedure."
In addition to utilizing cutting-edge techniques, Dr. Feldman advises patients on what symptoms to look for and what they can do to help prevent cataracts. Symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision, glare, night blindness, and seeing halos around lights, while preventive measures include wearing ultraviolet protection, taking Vitamin C, and eating a balanced diet.
In a recent study conducted at the University of Oxford in England, researchers found that nutrition plays a vital role in helping to prevent cataracts. After analyzing data from 27,670 people who participated in the European Prospective Investigation in Cancer and Nutrition study, the study shows that those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are 30 to 40 percent less likely to develop cataracts than their meat-eating counterparts.
"Patients have several warning signs prior to developing full-blown cataracts, but the key is to be aware of these signs and to be proactive with the treatment," says Dr. Feldman. "The good news for patients is that there are now cutting-edge options available to help treat this condition, and I am grateful to be able to help my patients achieve visual freedom though precise, state-of-the art eye surgery."
As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman has participated in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which the eye becomes misshapen and fitting of contact lenses can become challenging. In 2009, she was one of ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen Forbes Magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf award, and in 2011, Top Doc San Diego and was inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons. Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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