Under Pressure: How to Treat Glaucoma With SLT

glaucomaGlaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. By placing a high amount of pressure on your eyes, glaucoma can cause obscured vision and even blindness if left untreated. Luckily, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara has a variety of different treatment options for glaucoma. As one of the options that he likes to use most, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT, targets specific eye cells to increase the fluid in your eye and reduce the pressure. Read on to learn more about SLT and whether or not it’s a viable option for you.

What Is SLT?

As previously mentioned, SLT targets eye cells to increase the fluid in your eye while simultaneously releasing pressure. Specifically, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty’s unique laser system targets cells containing melanin, a natural pigment found in the eye.

What Is Recovery Like?

With any procedure, one of the scariest parts for a patient to think about is the recovery. Because SLT is a non-invasive, pain-free surgical procedure, the recovery should be fast and easy. During your recovery and depending on how your surgery has gone, you may be treated with anti-inflammatory eye drops.

What Are Results Like?

One of the best parts about SLT is that your eye pressure can drop in just a day or two following the procedure— leaving you with real results in virtually no time at all. Additionally, not only are your results fast, but they should also last. Although more pressure can build up in your eyes, it’s not as likely to occur when it’s taken care of early on.

Having glaucoma isn’t something you want to brag about. By causing pressure in your eyes, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent eye damage. And, the worst part about glaucoma is that there isn’t a cure for it yet. Luckily, with treatments like SLT, you can prevent the symptoms from getting worse. If you would like to learn more about SLT or other treatments, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

Ingredients to Look For in Eye Cream

good eyesight Having good eyes isn’t just about having good vision. In fact, having good eyes includes taking care of the skin around them as well. As one of the most sensitive parts of your face, the skin under and around your eyes often gets neglected— leaving patients with dryness and more visible fine lines and wrinkles. One of the best and easiest ways to protect this sensitive skin is to use an eye cream both morning and night. However, with so many different options available at drugstores and department stores, it can seem a bit overwhelming. To help you find an eye cream that will do your eyes wonders, look for one that contains these ingredients. Read on to learn more.

Retinol

Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol helps with cell turnover and collagen production— helping you to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and dryness. When using any creams that contain retinol, make sure to limit your sun exposure because it can make your skin increasingly sensitive and prone to sunburns. Additionally, not every patient is a good candidate for using retinol based eye creams because they can make your eyes water, itch, or burn. If you notice any of these symptoms, stop using the eye cream immediately and consider scheduling an eye appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Maehara.

Vitamin E

As previously mentioned, the skin around and under your eyes are very sensitive. When choosing an eye cream to support this skin, look for one that contains Vitamin E. As a naturally derived substance, Vitamin E works to soothe and soften the skin around your eyes. So, if you are feeling a bit more tired or if you are experiencing dryness, consider Vitamin E to be your best friend.

Hyaluronic Acids

If your number one goal in using an eye cream is to protect and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, make sure that you use one that has hyaluronic acids in it. As an all-natural chemical found in your body, hyaluronic acids are a safe way to speed up your body’s production of collagen.

Having good eyesight should be your number one concern when it comes to your eyes, but the skin around them should be your second. By using an eye cream that contains the ingredients listed above, you can have smoother, younger looking skin. To learn more about your eye and vision health, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!

 

 

How to Shield Your Eyes and Skin from the Sun Even In the Winter

winter eye care honolulu, hiWhen you think of wearing sunscreen and sunglasses, visions of the beach or a hot summer’s day likely come to mind. However, even though we are in the dead of winter, you still need to be wearing the proper protective gear to shield both your skin and your eyes. Whether you’re planning your next ski vacation or you’re gearing up to head outside into another cold day, this article will discuss a few of the ways you can protect yourself from the sun during this cold season.

Eyewear

Going to the beach without wearing sunglasses is going to likely give you a headache and make you say, “Doh!” But going outside in the snow without wearing sunglasses or protective eyewear is likely something that you do on a consistent basis. Did you know that by not wearing the proper eyewear, you can cause permanent eye damage? When the sun reflects off of things like the snow, it can cause your strain and damage to your eyes.

Sunscreen

You may think that sunscreen is only important to use when you are exposing a lot of your skin on a really hot summer day. However, you should be wearing at least an SPF 15 on your face and hands every day. Did you know that you can get sun damage on your skin even when you are driving? By wearing sunscreen, however, you are adding that extra shield to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.

A Hat

Luckily for you, hats for both men and women are in style this season. As one of the best ways to protect both your skin and your eyes, wearing a hat when you are outside or in the car will help prevent you from developing sun damage. When shopping for a hat, remember that the larger the brim is, the more of your face and body it will shield.

Taking care of your skin and eyes isn’t just something you need to do in the summer. By wearing the proper eyewear, sunscreen, and maybe even grabbing a hat, you can help prevent against getting a permanent skin or eye damage. To learn more about how you can shield yourself while outside, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!

 

 

 

Give the Valentine’s Day Gift of the Century With LASIK

LASIK Surgery honolulu, HILet’s face it, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner you don’t want to end up in the dog house by gifting your significant other with a gift that is less than personal. Although jewelry, large teddy bears, flowers, and chocolates are favorites amongst many individuals, they aren’t exactly personal. Give your love a gift that will keep on giving not just throughout the year but for the rest of their life by gifting them with LASIK Surgery. If your significant other has a hard time seeing either near or far and they are always complaining about their bad vision, nothing will make them happier than restoring their eyesight. Read on to learn more about LASIK Surgery.

What Is LASIK Surgery?

Unlike traditional LASIK surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara performs bladeless LASIK Surgery which is a faster and equally as effective surgical procedure. With traditional LASIK Surgery, a small blade is used to help shave off and reshape the cornea. However, with bladeless LASIK surgery, a variety of lasers will be used to do the same thing— which means less time and a lower chance of error.

What Are the Results Like?

The best part about LASIK eye surgery is the fact that your loved one’s vision will be restored to perfection after recovering from the actual surgery itself. And who doesn’t want to have perfect vision?

How Can It Be a Surprise?

Because we can’t perform bladeless LASIK surgery without conducting a consultation beforehand, you aren’t going to be able to fully surprise your loved one on Valentine’s Day. You can, however, schedule their consultation appointment for Valentine’s Day so that we can get the ball rolling sooner than later.

Get the biggest hug and kiss from your Valentine this year and give them a gift that they will never forget: LASIK eye surgery. If you would like to learn more about this procedure or other eye procedures, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today and schedule a consultation appointment.

 

3 Reasons to Avoid Color Contacts

Avoid Color Contacts Honolulu, HIThe New Year is all about reinventing yourself and setting goals that you hope to achieve. As one way to reinvent yourself, many people like to make cosmetic changes to their appearance by lightening their hair color or wearing colored contact lenses. As a fun way to change up your eye color, colored contact lenses are popular amongst every age group. However, did you know that colored contact lenses can cause blindness or eye injuries like ulcers? Read on to learn more.

No Prescription Necessary

One of the things that people love about colored contact lenses is that you can purchase them online without a prescription. Although that hassle-free aspect may be enticing, not having a prescription could damage your eyes. When you come into see Dr. Jeffrey Maehara for contact lenses, he will conduct a thorough eye exam before giving you the proper prescription. Remember that without a prescription; the lenses can cause permanent eye damage that is irreversible.

They May Not Fit

Another thing that people like about buying colored contacts online is that they are available in a “one-size-fits-all” option, but this option doesn’t exist, it’s just a marketing ploy. Everyone has different shaped eyes that are various sizes. As such, your contact lenses need to be sized to fit your eye correctly. If your lenses are too big, they can scratch your cornea and cause infections, or worse, ulcers.

You Don’t Know the Seller

When you buy your contact lenses from Jeffrey Maehara, you know that all of our contact lenses are FDA approved. However, when you buy colored contact lenses online, you could be buying them from a twelve-year-old in China who has no idea what they are doing.

If you want to enhance or change-up your look this year with colored contacts, avoid purchasing them online. With a proper eye exam and contact lens fitting from Dr. Jeffrey Maehara, you can avoid any eye pain or damage further down the line. To learn more or to schedule an eye appointment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Holiday Gifts to Give Your Spouse That Just Keep On Giving

Botox Injections With the holidays in full swing, if you haven’t yet started your holiday shopping, you need to jump on it so that you can get everyone in your life something that they will love and remember. As one of the hardest people to shop for, make sure that you get your spouse something they will thank you for and not hold over your head during your next big argument. Luckily, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office has several unique gifts that you can give to your spouse that they will praise you for.

1. Botox Injections
Whether you are gifting this to your husband or your wife, Botox is sure to be a gift that they will love, and that will keep on giving for a few months afterward. As an injectable that is injected into the muscles in your forehead and around your eyes, Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles which cause them to relax and your wrinkles to soften.

2. Juvederm
Mostly popular among women, Juvederm is a filler that is used to fill in not only the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth but will fill in your lips as well. The great thing about Juvederm is that it will last your spouse up until next Christmas so you can ensure they enjoy your present all year long.

3. LASIK Eye Surgery
Is your spouse always complaining of their inability to see things correctly? Are they always misplacing their glasses and getting frustrated? Help better their life for good with the gift of LASIK. By reshaping the inner cornea of your eye, LASIK eye surgery will give your spouse the ability to see things without having to wear glasses or contacts again.

Give your spouse one of these three gifts this holiday season. To learn more about these services and other services that we offer, contact Jeffrey Maehara today!

How to Get Dust Out of Your Baby’s Eye

Dust Out of Your Baby’s EyeWhen you’re a new parent, it can be intimidating to know exactly how to take care of your child when they are sick, irritated, or overall uncomfortable. And when it comes to things like getting something out of their eye, it can be hard to know exactly what to do in order to get your baby feeling better and back to their normal giggly self once again. Read on to learn more.

Warm Compress
The easiest way that you can help to soothe your little one when they are fussy because they have something in their eye while simultaneously getting the dust out of their actual eye is to apply a warm, damp compress over their eye. When doing this, make sure that the water isn’t too warm because you don’t want to scald them— simply test the water on your forearm before hand. Once deemed the correct temperature, take the warm compress and lay it over your baby’s affected eye. The warmth and the water will help your child’s eye to water naturally which will help push out the dirt or eyelash trapped in their eye. Leave the compress on their eye for a minute or two at a time or for as long as they will hold still.

Flush It
If your child is inconsolable because they have something in their eye and you are feeling frantic about getting it out, avoid using your fingers because this could actually scratch their cornea. Instead, take a medicine dropper and fill it with lukewarm water— again testing it on your forearm before using it— then try to hold their eye open and squirt the water into their eye. Although your child will likely fuss and scream, the water and pressure of water will help to extract the dirt from their eye.

When your child is crying and inconsolable due to things such as having something in their eye, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better again. However, when you’re feeling frantic, you might not know exactly how to correctly remove the dirt from their eyes. To learn more about vision care, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!

2 Ways to Younger Looking Eyes

eye careUnfortunately, as much as we hope and pray for a magic pill or spell that will make us never age, doctors are still working on it. As one of the biggest signs of aging, your vision will start to decline and you will likely start to need a pair of reading glasses to read the labels at the grocery store. Additionally, the lines around your eyes will start to deepen and you may start to understand the true meaning of crows feet. However, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara specializes in several treatment options that can help you to take care of your vision and the wrinkles around your eyes with Lasik and Botox. Read on to learn more.

Lasik
Put those reading glasses down and get prepared to be able to read those labels and that book in front of you once again with Lasik eye surgery. What is Lasik eye surgery exactly? Lasik eye surgery is a surgery used to help correct your vision and bring it back to 20/20. During this procedure, the doctor will work to reshape your cornea with a small laser which help to get your vision back to perfect— or close to it anyway. By numbing your eye beforehand, you won’t feel a thing during the entire procedure and if you are feeling anxious about being awake during it, you may be able to get a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication to help calm your nerves. Once the surgery is over, you will be required to wear protective sunglasses over your eyes to help shield them from the sun’s rays.

Botox
As the most popular way to temporarily get rid of those nasty crows feet that are lingering around your eyes, Botox is a non-invasive injectable. Lasting around 3-6 months on average, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles around your eyes and causing them to soften which in turn relaxes them and leaves you with the appearance of no fine lines and wrinkles.

With the dual combination of both Lasik eye surgery and Botox, you can help to not only drastically improve your vision but get a younger looking you as well. To learn more about both of these procedures or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!

Can Zika Affect Your Eyesight?

eye healthThere are two things that are taking over the news as of late: the presidential election and Zika Virus. And although the prospect of both things may be a bit frightening, Zika Virus boasts to be a bit more so because doctors are still learning new things about it everyday. And with recent research available, there is evidence that Zika can even affect your eyesight. Read on to learn more.

Red Eyes
One of the symptoms of Zika virus is that of red eyes, which can also be a bit swollen and itchy. Oftentimes mistaken for common seasonal allergies, however, red eyes are a symptom of Zika that can easily be overlooked. If you notice that your red eyes simply aren’t improving with sleep, over-the-counter eye drops, or an antihistamine, then visit your primary care physician right away or contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara to have any other eye conditions ruled out.

Uveitis
There are some studies and articles that are calming that Zika can also cause an eye disease called Uveitis. As a disease that causes your eyes to become inflamed, uveitis can affect one or both eyes at once. Symptoms of uveitis include redness, blurred vision, and even eye pain that can occur from simply blinking. If left untreated, uveitis can result in blindness. However, if caught early on, there are several treatment options to treat uveitis, so if you exhibit any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Maehara right away.

Much like with anything that is still being studied, it can be hard to know just how detrimental the impacts of Zika virus truly are. One things we do know for certain is that if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, it’s important that you avoid regions of the country and the globe that are experiencing outbreaks. Additionally, if you do happen to be travelling out of the country to areas that have been infected, make sure to wear a bug spray that contains DEET.

To learn more about eye conditions that may be influenced by Zika virus, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

3 Tips to Get Your Child to Take Care of Their Glasses

optical servicesTaking care of glasses as an adult can sometimes be a bit iffy, however, getting your child to take care of their glasses is a whole other process. As your child gets used to not only getting into the habit of wearing their glasses everyday, your child also needs to get into the habit of taking care of their eyeglasses everyday. From placing them in their proper case to taking precautions before taking sports, this article will discuss a few of the ways you can teach your child to care for their glasses.

Place Them in the Proper Case
Kids can fall asleep at the weirdest times in the weirdest positions, especially after a long day either in the car or at school. However, now that your child has glasses, it’s important to teach your child how to take care of their glasses before they go to bed every night. Specifically, make sure that your child puts their glasses in their proper case before bed, and if they fall asleep with their glasses on, either wake them up to take them off or gently take them off yourself— this will ensure that they don’t roll onto their glasses.

Don’t Let Them Play With Them
Kids are notorious for touching just about everything they see— making a trip to the store feel virtually impossible at times. And although your child will likely want to take their glasses on and off and play with them, they will more than likely become damaged if they do continue to do so. Make sure to emphasize to your child the importance of not playing with their glasses.

Take Precautions Before Sports
One of the most common ways that your child can break their glasses is by playing sports, specifically contact sports. Specifically, if your child plays sports like basketball, football, soccer, or baseball, make sure that your child either wears some sort of protective eyewear over their glasses, that they don’t play in their glasses at all, or that they wear contact lenses during sports.

To learn more about how your child should care for their new eyeglasses, contact D. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!