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March – Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March 1st, 2015

Did you know that March is the workplace eye wellness month? Well, it is and we are here to remind you and offer you some tips on how to keep your eyes safe and healthy while you are working, especially behind a computer screen. And of course, as eye doctors, we will also tell you to pay attention to your eye health each anOEC March 150x150 March   Workplace Eye Wellness Month d every month of the year, not just March.

Did you know that every day, more than 2,000 workers suffer an eye injury on the job? Thus far, more than 1 million people have lost their eye sight due to work-related eye injuries and this according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA) organization. And these injuries have cost more than 300 million dollars in medical bills, lost hours and worker compensation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

So here are a few things to keep in mind this month:

Please wear safety goggles and eye wear when called for: If you work at a factory or a lab where you may be surrounded by flying objects, harmful chemicals and toxins, you are most likely required to wear safety goggles. So please make sure that you do. This is not only required by your employer, but also by law enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). And according to them, more than 90% of work-related eye injuries could be avoided by proper eye safety wear. You may think, it’s ok, it won’t happen to me. But better be safe than sorry, you never know.

Reduce the risk of infection on the job: There are a large number of jobs that will exposure you to an increased risk of eye infection, including research labs, hospitals, most jobs on farms and working with animals as well as janitorial work. So please be sure to wear eye safety equipment and/or avoid touching and rubbing your eyes unless you always wash your hands first.

Just because you work at the office, it does not mean your eyes are safe: office workers are just as much likely to sustain eye injuries and eye infections as those working at factories and fields. While office work will not cause permanent damage to your eyes (most of the time), it can still cause significant discomfort. If you work at an office, you are at an increased risk for computer vision syndrome and dry eye. Computer vision syndrome will give you headaches and difficulty focusing. To prevent this, please take regular brakes and move the computer screen at eye level. Dry eye will make your vision blurry, painful and your eyes may feel like you have sand in them. To prevent this, please drink lots of water and use over-the-counter lubricated eye drops.

Keep your eyes safe year around: Please schedule regular eye exams with your eye doctor to keep your eyes safe and functioning at their optimal level. This is especially important for aging workers who may in addition to being exposed to work-related eye injuries, develop age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia and cataracts.

We wish you a happy March eye health month and should you have any trouble with your eyes or vision or to schedule an eye exam, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hakimzadeh, the premier Rochester Hills eye doctor and Michigan LASIK provider.


Cataract Surgery Possible Complications and Prevention

January 23rd, 2015

Cataract surgery is a very intricate procedure that can in rare cases lead to complications. Just like any surgical procedure, cataract surgery does pose some risk of minor to major complications. However, these are very rare, especially when performed by our cataract surgery provider, Dr. Hakimzadeh.

It is important to know that Dr. Hakimzadeh conducts thorough eye exams while qualifying each patient for their cataract surgery. In fact, the cataract surgery candidacy process is of utmost importance to us. During this time, we examine not only the patient’s complete eye health history, but also their general health history in oeye surgery 150x150 Cataract Surgery Possible Complications and Prevention rder to evaluate any possible complications and their likelihood. This is why not all patients will be deemed cataract surgery candidates.

If any risks are identified during the pre-surgical process, Dr. Hakimzadeh will assess the likelihood of those complications and inform the patient. In addition, she takes preventative measures in order to minimize the risk of any complications.

The most common cataract surgery complication is posterior capsule opacification (PCO). It occurs in about 20% of all cataract surgery patients sometime during their cataract surgery recovery.  This complication leads to hazy vision after cataract surgery. However, it is easily treated with a laser. It is important that you check in with Dr. Hakimzadeh on a regular basis after your cataract surgery procedure and call her right away should you notice any unusual occurrences in your vision.

Most cataract surgery complications, although rare, are easily treated and therefore there is nothing to fear. If you pose a very high risk for complications, Dr. Hakimzadeh will not perform the procedure but rather suggest an alternative treatment.

At Oakland Eye Clinic, we have yet to see a patient experience any complications as result of cataract surgery performed at our clinic. This is why patients throughout Michigan come to see Dr. Hakimzadeh.

Likewise, we always strive to educate our patients, and you can rest assured that you will be informed of any possible complications that you may be at risk for before or after cataract surgery so you and your family, along with our Michigan cataract surgeon can make the best decision for you health and your eyes. Cataract surgery is a painless procedure and can improve the quality of your life with clear vision. Please contact us today or peruse our website to learn more about cataract surgery in Michigan, Detroit or Rochester Hills.

Winter Can Accelerate Aging Around Your Eyes

December 27th, 2014

Scientists in a study conducted in New York have concluded that women who live in colder parts of various countries experience accelerated aging around the eyes. After following 5,000 women through the winter months.

According to the study, the lack of sunlight or Vitamin D, that is, can make the circles under the eyes appear bigger and darker. In fact, the study shows that winter can make the eyes in women appear five years older.

The results of the stuwinter eyes 150x150 Winter Can Accelerate Aging Around Your Eyes dy were recently published in Daily Mail online, a well-known and reputable British magazine. The study was originally conducted in New York, where scientists found that more than 80% of women experienced enlarged and darker under-eye bags in winter versus less than 40% in the summer months.

“There seem to be specific wavelengths in natural sunshine that our bodies need, says Hector DeLuca, a biochemistry professor from Wisconsin-Madison University. Likewise, Vitamin D may not help much towards a range of other diseases where exposure to sunlight is believed to play a preventative role.”

So how do you prevent aging eye in winter? We have some tips to help combat the lack of sunshine on your skin and around the eyes.

1.    Take a power nap even if it’s just for 15 minutes. A power nap can trick your body into believing you have slept for much longer, making you look more rested.
2.    Apply a cooling complex to reduce puffiness
3.    Use eye creams that contain Vitamin K and Retinol. Use these even in the summer.
4.    Apply slices of raw potatoes to lighten the skin around the eyes. You can also use a chemical skin bleaching agent, but natural is always better to     prevent the risk for an allergic reaction.
5.    Also try slices of raw cucumber to encourage hydration of the skin.
6.    Eat less salt. Increased salt in the body leads to fluid retention, making your eyes even puffier.
7.    Stay hydrated and if all else fails use a concealer during the winter months. Make sure it’s good quality.

It is helpful to stay away from increased stress and get quality sleep. Stress and lack of sleep are the leading cause of many problems we face, including puffy eyes, accelerated aging and various other health issues. When you get stressed, just ask yourself: will this matter in five years from now? If the answer is no, let it go and stay healthy and young.

Always stay hydrated. It is recommended that you drink plenty of purified water to keep your body in its best and most youthful shape. And of course, avoid excessive smoking and drinking, especially during the holidays as this can affect not only around the eye area but also your vision and other health issues.
Here at Oakland Eye Clinic, we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season and a warm and joyful winter. If you are in the Michigan area and have eyesight or aging eyes issues, be sure to contact us for help. Dr. Hakimzadeh is a leading eye doctor and LASIK and cataract surgery provider.

Risks and Possible Complications with LASIK Eye Surgery

October 31st, 2014

As with any surgical procedure, LASIK carries certain risks for complications. Although, Dr. Hakimzadeh treats only patients who are qualified for the procedure and pose less than 1% of possible risks, you should still educate yourself on this topic so that you can undergo the procedure knowing exactly what it entails.

One of the lasikrisks 150x150 Risks and Possible Complications with LASIK Eye Surgeryrisks of LASIK is under correction. This means that the laser may not remove enough tissue to improve your vision to near perfect sight. However, this complication is easily corrected with a follow up procedure that is completed a few months to a year after initial treatment.

After LASIK, your vision may also return to pre-surgery sight due to hormonal imbalance, various eye conditions and sometimes even pregnancy. This is easily corrected on a case-by-case basis. Some patients may also develop astigmatism or difficulty seeing at night, all of which can also be corrected over time with either glasses that are worn at night or a follow up LASIK procedure after healing from initial treatment.

Dry eye is also a risk after LASIK surgery. Depending on the severity of dry eye after LASIK, there are various treatment options starting with eye drops to more advanced in-office dry eye care treatments.

Certain patients who suffer from dry eye already or other health conditions, such as autoimmune disease, may pose greater risk for LASIK complications. This is why it is extremely important that you discuss your eye health and general health with Dr. Hakimzadeh in great detail when you come in for your laser eye surgery consultation.

Prior to performing LASIK, we make sure that all of our Rochester, Sterling Heights and Troy LASIK patients are good candidates for the procedure. This greatly eliminates most risks associated with laser eye surgery as well as other refractive procedures such as cataract surgery. Please call us today to schedule your eye care exam and vision correction consultation.

The Best Things College Students Can Do for Their Eyes!

August 14th, 2014

students on lawn 1 1 150x150 The Best Things College Students Can Do for Their Eyes!It is time to head back to the classroom. With increasingly busy lives and a lot of studying, most college students don’t take proper care of their eyes as life gets in the way.

With these four simple activities, college students can make a huge difference in their eye health. In fact, developing an eye care routine right from the beginning of each semester can truly contribute to optimal eye health.

So let’s go over it.

#1 Wash Your Hands:
Always wash your hands before touching your eyes to prevent bacteria from entering the eye and causing conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. A pink eye outbreak is very common is schools and back in 2002, it struck more than a 1,000 Ivy League College students. Pink eye is just one type of infection that can cause problems when the hands are not properly washed.

#2 Give Your Eyes a Break:
College students often suffer from eye irritation, redness and persistent dry eye. To avoid these problems, give your eyes a break. The best rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule. Look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Also, blink often to keep the eye moist.

#3 Do not Share Makeup:
Although sharing makeup may seem harmless, it is not. Makeup, especially makeup comprised of creamy substances can easily grow bacteria and spread it on the eyes and even the face. In fact, makeup sharing is the easiest way to spread infections, including herpes keratitis. Also, toss all makeup after three months of use.

#4 Protect Your Eyes Every Time You are Playing:
If you are a college athlete you may be at risk for various eye injuries. The most common injuries during sports such as tennis, basketball, baseball and lacrosse include broken bones near the eye socket and scratches on the eye surface. The best way to protect your eyes during a game, it so consider using polycarbonate sports glasses even if you are not wearing prescription contact lenses or eye glasses.

If you experience any problems, see a Rochester Hills eye doctor right away. If you are in the Rochester, Detroit or anywhere in Michigan, please contact us at Oakland Eye Clinic. We offer emergency eye care appointments and are the leading LASIK providers in Michigan.

The Average Lasik Eye Treatment Cost in Michigan

February 20th, 2014

The average LASIK eye treatment cost per eye for patients in North America is around $2000. However, you can expect to be quoted up to twice that amount and may see it advertised at half that. There are many reasons for the wide price range, some of them completely due to the nature of the service being offered and some due to your own particular prescription. Either way, it is important to understand what you and your eyes are being offered for the cost that is suggested.

Clinical Influences On Lasik Eye Treatment Cost

It is essential that you shop around to find a doctor and treatment center that you are comfortable with. The cheapest LASIK eye treatment costs may be possible because the doctor involved is relatively inexperienced or the center offering the treatment uses older equipment. More expert ophthalmologists will charge for their expertise and treatment centers that have invested in current technology, will also come at a premium.

Other Influences On LASIK Eye Treatment Cost

The complexity of the treatment you require can influence prices. For example if your eyesight requires only slight adjustment a relatively simple procedure may be all that is required, whereas severe issues can require more complex treatment which will cost more to perform. Where you live or choose to be treated can also cause price variation, as busy metropolitan centers tend to be more expensive than those in smaller towns.

The level of investment that a particular provider has made in technology is also a major influence on costs. Remember that centers that have invested heavily in state-of-the-art diagnostic, corneal mapping and laser equipment will charge more than those operating older, perhaps bladed, equipment. Your insurance policy will also be a factor – some policies cover LASIK eye treatment and some don’t. Find out how your Lasik clinic deals with such cases.

How Do You Decide?

Keep your eyes open for practices that cover all the care you need – it’s important you get everything that’s required before and after surgery. This should include the various diagnostic examinations in your initial consultation and any follow up visits and check ups after treatment. Ask if the price you are quoted includes enhancements, sometimes known as touch ups. Some will include these in their estimates, while others will charge extra once you return for follow-up treatment. This can make a big difference in your final cost.

Cheap Lasik prices can sometimes apply only to the simplest of procedures and are unlikely to include the full range of the services that your treatment will require. They can be based on older equipment and procedures, might not include eye evaluation by experienced professionals, after-care or perhaps the thorough medical testing necessary for successful treatment.

It is important to you and your eyes that you find out all the facts about a potential LASIK provider in Michigan before you commit yourself. LASIK surgery can be the best investment you will ever make so it is important that you make the best choice of provider.

Lasik Procedure: Your Comprehensive Guide

February 4th, 2014

LASIK Procedure is the common name for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and is often referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction. This procedure is a form of refractive surgery. Ophthalmologists who undertake LASIK use a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye’s cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer, improved vision.

Who Should Consider LASIK Procedure?

If you are short sighted, far sighted or have astigmatism you should consider undergoing LASIK treatment. Patients with myopia, hypermetropia or astigmatism can benefit from this tremendously. LASIK procedures are the most common surgical treatment for these sight defects.

How Do They Work?      

For nearsighted people, LASIK aims to flatten the cornea. With farsighted people, a steeper cornea is created using a LASIK procedure. It can also correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.

What Happens Before Treatment?

Your ophthalmologist or eye specialist will undertake a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and suitable for treatment. This examination will evaluate the following: the thickness and shape of your corneas, pupil sizes, refractive errors and any other relevant eye conditions.

Your eye moisture levels will also be evaluated and treatment may be recommended to reduce the risk of developing dry eyes after treatment. Before your procedure it is normal for the doctor to use a corneal topographer to create a corneal map and measure the curvature of the front surface of your eye. You also are likely to undergo analysis that sends light waves through the eye to provide an even more precise map of aberrations affecting your vision.

What happens during the LASIK Procedure?

When performing the treatment your surgeon begins by creating a thin, circular “flap” in the cornea. In the second stage of the procedure this flap is then held back to allow access to the underlying cornea for removal of some corneal tissue using a computer controlled laser.

LASIK procedures use a specialized laser that produces a cool ultraviolet light beam to remove microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it, refocusing light entering the eye for improved vision. After LASIK treatment the flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. Then the cornea acts like a natural bandage and is allowed to heal naturally.

What are the long-term results of LASIK Procedure?

LASIK Procedures can dramatically improve your quality of life. Most patients that undergo this procedure achieve 20/20 vision or better after the surgery. You may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following the procedure, though your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.

While the LASIK procedure has an excellent safety profile, minor post-operative complications can occur and it is important that you discuss all facets of this with your doctor prior to consenting. However, you should not experience any complications.

Dr. Hakimzadeh, is a leading Rochester Hills eye doctor who has successfully treated many LASIK patients as well as cataract surgery patients. Her expertise and experience as well as the best technologies ensure patient safety and satisfaction.


Understanding the Lasik Procedure: Laser Eye Surgery Can Improve Your Life

January 15th, 2014

The Lasik procedure is the most popular type of laser eye surgery available on the market. The name comes from the procedure title laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis.  It is used to correct poor to bad vision, addressing problems such as nearsightedness (Myopia), far-sightedness (Hyperopia), and astigmatism. It is the ideal solution if you are looking to regain your natural vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Not only do you no longer need to worry about the hassle of taking your glasses with you everywhere, many people also enjoy the cosmetic advantage that Lasik provides.

What Does the Lasik Procedure Involve?

As the term suggest, Lasik eye surgery involves re-shaping the patient’s cornea by using a laser. The process lasts about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on whether or not both your eyes are being treated and the initial condition of your eyesight. The surgeon will give you a sedative and apply anaesthesia to the eye to ensure the operation is painless and free of any discomfort.

A device is set in between your eyelids to ensure they remain open throughout the procedure. A thin circular flap is then created in the cornea with the use of the Microkeratome instrument. This is then tucked back to allow the corneal tissue to be removed with the use of an Excimer laser. The cornea is reshaped to restore vision, with the flap then being restored.

Advantages of the Lasik Procedure

This procedure comes with many advantages, which is why it has become such a popular option.

  • There are few risks involved with the procedure and it achieves a high success level. The surgery can increase the accuracy of your vision by up to 70-80% compared with other eye surgeries.
  • Although you need to bare the initial cost of the surgery, it can actually work out cheaper in the long run. You will no longer have to spend money on new glasses or contact lenses, as well as eye examinations.
  • The fact that you no longer have to wear glasses has many advantages of its own. Patients are able to enjoy a more active lifestyle, which is often restricted with the use of glasses. Many people also prefer the way they look without glasses.
  • A great deal of positive feedback has been given by patients who have undergone the Lasik procedure, with some patients even regaining 20/20 vision, the positive results seem to greatly outweigh the few disadvantages.

Some clinics, such as the Oakland Eye Clinic, offer you the fantastic opportunity to schedule in a free consultation. This will give you the chance to meet with a doctor free of charge while you have all your questions about the procedure answered. They will be able to talk you through the Lasik procedure step by step, so you are fully aware of any risk factors involved. The procedure can really help to change your life, so it is worth going in for a consultation to find out if you are eligible for this low risk and highly effective procedure.

Lasik Procedure: The Benefits & How It’s Done

December 5th, 2013

Are you a candidate for laser eye surgery in Detroit? Do you know exactly what the LASIK procedure will consist of? Lasik has become the most popular procedure done to correct astigmatism, near and far sightedness. It is the safest and most effective procedure that can be done to correct these eye conditions. Lasik is being done over any other treatment as it offers the patient the quickest recovery with the highest success.

The Lasik procedure should be discussed in detail with your doctor before your surgery. They will go over every detail of the surgery including the recovery process. The procedure is pretty quick. The Lasik procedure starts out with the surgeon giving you local anesthesia. The local anesthesia is eye drops that are inserted in the eyes. This is enough anesthesia to make sure you don’t feel anything during the procedure. The surgeon will use a laser. The laser will cut a thin flap in the cornea. The surgeon will peel the flap back so the cornea can be accessed. The surgeon will do the correction needed to your eye. Once the correction has been conducted the surgeon will position the flap back in place, then the LASIK procedure is finished. The whole procedure doesn’t last longer than ten to fifteen minutes. The flap doesn’t require any stitches, but healing will start quick.

The Lasik surgeon will have you come back to the office within a few days after the procedure has been performed. This will allow the surgeon to check the healing process of the Lasik surgery. The patient will come back a few times within six months just to check the progress of the LASIK surgery.

Healing is quick with the surgery. Your vision can be a bit blurry for a day or so, but it doesn’t last long. The surgeon will also have you put prescription eye drops in your eyes after the surgery. The eye drops will prevent any type of infection. The eye drop will also keep your eyes moist and keep them from drying out. The patient doesn’t have to use the eye drops for very long, just until the eye has healed completely.

The risk are few for LASIK surgery. Some patients can experience dry eyes or glares at night. If you experience any of these conditions, your surgeon will work with you to eliminate these conditions. LASIK surgery is one of the safest procedures done for eyes. It is being done more often than ever before. Your vision is almost instantly clearer in just a day or so after the Lasik procedure. There are so many benefits to having the LASIK surgery that demand for the surgery is high.

Clear vision is important to everyone and can be achieved with this procedure. The cost may be a bit high, but in the long run you will save money as you don’t have to purchase glasses and contacts for your eyes. With the benefits of LASIK surgery there is no reason that you shouldn’t have the surgery.

Michigan Eye Clinic Can Help You See the World Better

November 20th, 2013

Being able to see the world clearly without glasses and attain a sharper vision can be a life-changing decision. Lasik eye surgery, which already has served millions of people, is the best option to get rid of glasses or contact lenses forever.

This is the most common eye procedure in the entire world and can solve refractive problems like Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism. The Lasik procedure changes the shape of the eye cornea which is transparent part covering the front of the eye. For safety reasons, Lasik operates only on people who are older than 21 and have a stable eye condition history for at least the past year.

LASIK is safe, quick and painless. The typical Lasik eye surgery takes no more than ten minutes per eye. During the procedure, you will not feel any pain except a slight pressure on the eye. At the end of the procedure you will be able to have 20/20 vision and can go back to work in no time. Oakland Eye Center is one of the most popular Lasik offerings in Michigan, operates by Michigan’s number one LASIK Doctor- Dr.  Roxana Hakimzadeh.

Dr. Hakimzadeh has more than 15 years of experience in Lasik eye surgery and is very personable, friendly and professional. She evaluates every patient and decides if he or she can perform the surgery without any risks to their health. She checks the condition of the eye, and she does that for free which can save you more than $150. Dr. Hakimzadeh stays up to date all the time with the latest ophthalmology developments and she is board-certified in ophthalmology.

At Oakland Eye Center, you will get a world-class treatment with friendly attitude to remove any doubts you might have regarding the surgery. If you are considering having a Lasik surgery in Michigan Dr. Hakimzadeh from Oakland Eye Center is defiantly the best choice.

See the world better after doing what 17 million other satisfied Lasik patients did. Get your free consultation with Dr. Hakimzadeh today! She treats patients from Detroit, Rochester Hills and those who travel to see her all throughout Michigan.