Our new West Hills office is currently under construction! It is a beautiful space and we are very excited for the project to be complete, which should be by July 1, 2019 at the latest. In the meantime, we wanted to share some photos to update you on the progress. Feel free to contact us with any questions!
Finally, spring is here and summer is not far behind! And though it’s still a little chilly, it’s time to start preparing for the heat of summer. If you have big plans for traveling or just relaxing at home this summer, then LASIK should be on your list of things to do. LASIK can help you get rid of your glasses just when you’re about to start being more active. Imagine spending more time outside and not worrying about losing a contact lens. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK surgery and why now may be the best time to get your LASIK procedure.
Spring is an amazing season, because finally all the world is coming alive again. The flowers are blooming and trees are starting to turn green again, but allergies and hayfever always suck some of the fun out of spring. We resent having to hide from the allergens inside while everyone else is out enjoying warmer weather. And, let’s face it, some allergies are just too intense for the traditional medications offered. Do they even work?
LASIK has helped improve the allergies of some people. That’s because contact lenses can actually make your allergy symptoms worse, so stop wearing the contacts, get LASIK and watch your allergies slow down.
We really want to travel the world this summer, but glasses and contacts can sometimes hamper our plans. Losing a contact in the ocean, trying to swim in the pool with glasses on, and worrying about losing glasses while hiking can all cause excess stress. LASIK can help streamline your trip by allowing you to leave glasses and contacts behind.
Summer is Coming
Summer will be here so soon. And while there’s no bad time for LASIK, we’d rather not miss out on one day of summer fun. So, get your LASIK now, and have great vision for all of summer vacation.
If you’re ready to learn more about LASIK and how it can help you have the best spring and summer, give us a call to learn more. Call us at 818.907.1038 for our Encino office and 818.346.811 for our West Hills office to schedule a consultation today!
Dr. David Aizuss was recently featured in the spring 2019 edition of EYE. You can read the article below.
Dr. David Aizuss
President of the California Medical Association
David H. Aizuss, MD, UCLA Department of Ophthalmology resident and fellow alumnus (1981-1985) and assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology, was installed as the 151st president of the California Medical Association (CMA) during the organization’s annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting on October 13, 2018, in Sacramento, California.
Dr. Aizuss is the first ophthalmologist-only president of the CMA in more than 50 years. He has been a CMA and Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) member for 37 years. He has been a member of the CMA Board of Trustees since 2010-serving as vice-chair and chair of the board before being named president-elect at the 2017 HOD. Dr. Aizuss has also represented the physicians of California as a delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA), and he is currently serving on the AMA Council on Legislation. Dr. Aizuss is a former president of LACMA and the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He is a partner at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley.
“Dr. Aizuss’installation as president of the CMA is a major accomplishment and a distinction of the highest order,” says Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, JD, founding chair of the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology. “His strong interest in organized medicine was expressed during his residency, and he maintained this interest thereafter.”
The CMA represents more than 44,000 physicians in the state of California and is dedicated to serving its member physicians through a comprehensive program of legislative, legal, regulatory, economic, and social advocacy.
View the full article HERE
You might be thinking that winter will never leave us and, for some parts of the country, it definitely looks that way! But, we all know deep down that spring and warmer weather are on their way and in some areas of the country have already arrived. Magazines are offering up their ideas of what to wear, but we’re more concerned about your eyes. Keep reading to learn why you should be incorporating sunglasses into your daily look this summer.
Wearing sunglasses doesn’t come naturally to all of us. In fact, many of us only pull them out when the sun is blinding us. The truth is, that’s not the only time you should be wearing sunglasses. Exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays can lead to eye damage and squinting from the sun can lead to premature wrinkles and an uncomfortable day.
Before you drop a ton of money on expensive sunglasses or grab a cheap pair at the gas station, you should know the best features to look for.
This is the baseline for sunglasses. If your sunglasses are cheap and sold on the boardwalk, chances are they don’t offer UV protection. Just because they look cool, doesn’t mean they’re doing you any good. Too much exposure to UV rays can cause eye problems like sunburn, skin cancer, and damage to your eyes.
You want glasses that will block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as a baseline. These are the two types of UV rays that come from the sun. In small amounts, they’re good for us. We need sunlight to get vitamin D. But, too much can be harmful. Excessive exposure to UV light can lead to cataracts. It may damage the retina of the eye over the long term.
Remember, you get what you pay for. But, super expensive sunglasses aren’t always the best. Sometimes you are just paying for a designer’s name and royalties! If you’re not sure, get in touch with us to learn more. Give us a call at 818.907.1038 for our Encino office or 818.346.811 for our West Hills office to schedule a consultation about your eye health today.
We recommend that you see an ophthalmologist on a regular basis. We advise a regular ophthalmologic examination even if you don’t presently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. An appointment with your ophthalmologist is important to help maintain proper eye health and help catch issues before they become serious. For those who have perfect vision, it can be hard to justify seeing another doctor just to be told things look great, but eyes are important and they’re always changing. Even if you have great eye health now, there could be risk factors that are changing how your eyes will be in the future. Keep reading to learn more about your eyes, and how to tell if you should make an appointment soon.
How should I best monitor my eye health?
If you’re hesitant to see an ophthalmologist regularly, that’s certainly your choice. However, if you do experience any of the below symptoms, we recommend making an appointment soon to make sure your eyes are healthy.
Look out for issues like:
- Seeing a “curtain coming down” over one eye
- Sensing a “cup filling up with ink” in one eye
- Unusual, even painful, sensitivity to light or glare
- Swollen, red eyes
- Changes in the color of the iris
- White areas in the pupil of the eye
- Sudden development of persistent floaters
- Itching, burning, or a heavy discharge in the eyes
- Any sudden or gradual change in vision
Am I at risk for developing an eye disease?
There are many diseases of the eye, and there are many different causes of eye diseases and eye symptoms. So, it’s important to understand your individual risk factors. Your family history can also mean a higher chance of developing certain eye diseases.
Overall, there are some risk factors that are commonly linked to issues of the eyes. If you have diabetes, drink excessively, are exposed to high amounts of sunlight or radiation, are extremely overweight, or have a family history of eye disorders, you have an increased likelihood of developing eye issues.
If you’ve experienced changes in your eyes lately, or are just interested in seeing an ophthalmologist for an exam, we can help. Give us a call at (818) 907-1038 for our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location to schedule a consultation and we can help you keep your eyes healthy.
There are so many types of physicians and specialists that it can be hard to know exactly who will be the most helpful for you. If you’re just exploring physicians for your eyes, for example, you may get confused by the differences between ophthalmologists and optometrists. Although they both deal with the eyes, they have vastly different educational experiences and a different skill set. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between ophthalmologists and optometrists.
An optometrist is a doctor of optometry who examines eyes for both vision and health problems. Optometrists have NOT attended medical school and they do not possess a medical degree. They prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision issues. Some optometrists may also provide low vision care and vision therapy. Vision therapy is very controversial and of uncertain benefit in many patients.
Optometrists are licensed to prescribe medications to treat certain eye problems and diseases. Depending on the state you’re in, they may be allowed to do more than in other states. Optometrists are not trained to perform eye surgery although they are trying to achieve that privilege via legislation in many states. They may help support your pre- and post-operative care if you have eye surgery as part of the health care team headed by an ophthalmologist.
Similar to optometrists, ophthalmologists also examine eyes, and are able to prescribe glasses and contact lenses. There are vast differences in the education and experience of ophthalmologists when compared to optometrist. Ophthalmologists typically attend four years of college to achieve their undergraduate degree followed by four years of medical school. At the conclusion of the four years of medical school they receive the Doctor of Medicine degree or M.D. They then perform a one year post graduate year in medicine or surgery followed by an additional three years of supervised ophthalmology residency where they learn to perform surgical and medical procedures and diagnosis under the close supervision of the medical school faculty. They may then perform another one to three years of advanced fellowship training in areas such as retina, glaucoma, cornea or ophthalmic plastics or pediatric ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications and perform eye surgery. As you can see the training of ophthalmologists is far more intense and extensive than that of optometry.
Wait, there’s another type of eye specialist? Actually, opticians are not eye doctors. They take the prescriptions from your optometrist or ophthalmologist to correctly fit and provide you with your glasses.
Who should I see?
Generally, it’s up to you who to see for your vision needs. If you are looking at specialized medical treatment, or surgery, then you will want to find a physician who is an ophthalmologist who is trained and qualified to give you what you need. You may look for an ophthalmologist or an eye surgeon who is specially trained in the eye issue you are experiencing
If your concerns revolve around getting your glasses or contact lens prescription updated, then it’s a matter of preference. In our practice ophthalmologists and optometrists work together as a team to optimize your care. Finding a physician who you trust is important.
If you’re interested in learning more about ophthalmology, give us a call. Call us at (818) 907-1038 to schedule a consultation at our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location.
Though the new year may bring on the resolutions that include more exercise, better eating, and even learning a new language, chances are you aren’t thinking about your eyes. But, there may be some situations where exercising your eyes can be a good thing. Keep reading to learn why you may benefit from regular eye exercises.
Overall, physicians do not recommend exercises to help improve vision issues that are caused by the irregular shape of any part of the eye. For example, if you’re near-sighted or far-sighted, the eye is either long or short and no amount of eye exercise will alter that fact. What they may recommend, though is exercises that encourage the eyes to work together better. You may have had to wear an eye patch as a kid to help with a lazy eye, for instance or your eyes may tire with prolonged reading due to a problem called convergence insufficiency. In these circumstances there are some who might recommend eye exercises.
What may be helped with eye exercises:
- blurry vision if caused by eye muscle weakness related to convergence insufficiency
- eyestrain when related to eye muscle weakness
What may not be helped with eye exercises:
- squinting to improve clarity of vision
- excessive blinking
- eye muscles that are paralyzed
- eye spasms
- light sensitivity
Additionally, dyslexia will not be helped with eye exercises, as we know that dyslexia is an issue with the brain, as opposed to an issue with the eyes.
What kind of exercises you might be asked to try:
- Focus on a single object
- Follow a pattern
- Adjust focus from an object near to an object far away
- Cover one eye and look at various objects.
Though you may not benefit from eye exercises, there are some conditions that may benefit from regular exercise. In fact, if you work on a computer, it’s recommended that you give your eyes a break every twenty minutes to look at an object twenty feet away for twenty seconds to allow the ciliary muscle which aids in near focus the opportunity to relax. This simple exercise can help support eye comfort for years to come.
Exercises can occassionally help your eyes work better together, and may even help your eyes recover from the strain put on them as you use computers. Call us at (818) 907-1038 to schedule a consultation at our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location.
Lasik is a very popular treatment, and we get a lot of questions about it. Many of the questions are similar and are related to situations that may disqualify someone from being a good candidate, the cost, and how often people will need to recover. Some questions are a little more original, or simply looking for reassurance. Keep reading below to see if we’ve answered a question you’ve been holding thinking about for a while.
Can Lasik make me go blind?
LASIK is an extremely popular procedure, and we’ve performed many surgeries with wonderful outcomes. There are many LASIK practitioners out there who affect the statistics and, even with those included, complications that come after LASIK are rare. Rest assured, it would be rare and unusual for someone to go blind from LASIK surgery, especially if they followed their surgeon’s post-surgery instructions.
Granted, LASIK is a surgery and all surgeries do come with a certain level of risk. Most LASIK complications are mild and can be managed well. Complications that are most mentioned include halos, dry eyes, or glares. These often fade away after time. Severe complications that include vision loss are very uncommon, though certainly possible but exceedingly rare.
Can I shower after LASIK surgery?
While you can shower and bathe after your LASIK surgery, you shouldn’t get water in your eyes. That means you will need to be careful for a while after your surgery. Usually we recommend being careful and keeping water out of your eyes for around a week but you may take normal baths and showers. You will also need to avoid pools and hot tubs for longer, usually a minimum of two weeks.
What if I rub my eyes while I’m sleeping?
While you shouldn’t rub your eyes at all for a while as your eyes heal, many people worry that they will accidentally rub their eyes while they’re asleep. To protect your eyes, we will provide protective eyewear to wear at night for a total of five nights. The protective eyewear that we provide is similar to swim goggles and held in place with an elastic strap. We recommend their use only while sleeping for five nights after your LASIK procedure.
If you’re interested in Lasik, we can help. Call us at (818) 907-1038 to schedule a consultation at our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location.
Dr. Aizuss was featured in Los Angeles Medicine Magazine this month, detailing his installation as the 151st president of the California Medical Association. Read more in the November / December 2018 edition of Los Angeles Medicine Magazine here!
Life with imperfect vision can be annoying. Finding your glasses may be tedious, and putting in contacts every day may start to wear on you. But what do you do when your imperfect vision can’t be corrected with lenses? For many Americans, that’s exactly what they’re dealing with everyday. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans, and it affects as many as ten million Americans currently.
What is it?
Macular Degeneration is a disease that is caused in the retina of the eye, which is the part of the eye that records and transfers images to the brain through the optic nerve. The center of the retina is called the macula, and this is the portion that is affected by Macular Degeneration.
How can I identify Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration often reveals itself as wavy or blurred vision. Sometimes the issue stops there. If the condition continues to worsen, central vision may be completely affected or lost.
Macular Degeneration may begin without any signs of vision loss, so it is important to have regular visits with your doctor to check on the health of your eyes. If it can be identified early, your ophthalmologist may be able to help give you advice to keep it from getting worse.
What causes Macular Degeneration?
We still don’t know exactly what causes Macular Degeneration because it is a multifactorial disease process; however, we do know certain risk factors.
Often, Macular Degeneration affects aging populations, and if you’re above the age of 55 your chance of developing it is increased. Other risk factors include genetics, race, smoking, and other health factors. For example, if you have family members who suffered from Macular Degeneration, then you may have an increased risk of developing it. Additionally, if you smoke or are caucasian, then your risk of developing Macular Degeneration is increased.
Can I treat Macular Degeneration?
Unfortunately, Macular Degeneration is currently considered an incurable disease. Quitting smoking or finding a more healthy lifestyle may help prevent Macular Degeneration. If Macular Degeneration shifts from a dry phase to a wet phase due to leaking or abnormal blood vessels then medication injected into the eye is of great benefit.