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Scientific Resources from Women in Ophthalmology

In celebration of Women Eye Health and Safety Month, learn about some interesting scientific resources from Women in Ophthalmology: https://www.wioonline.org/resources/scientific-resources/

April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month: What You Need to Know

April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month. Why devote extra attention to the issue? Women are at greater risk for some eye diseases than men. According to recent studies published in The Lancet Global Health, women carry the greater burden of visual impairment for the majority of diseases studied. There are several potential reasons for […]

Is Dark Mode Better for Your Eyes?

The default setting on most devices is to display black text on a white background. Setting your device to dark mode means that it will display white text on a dark background. Dark mode is intended to reduce blue light exposure and help with eye strain that comes with prolonged screen time. There’s no definitive […]

Neuroscientists Unveil Tech for the Vision Impaired: Bionic Eyes, Textured Tablets and More

Devices shift away from Robocop-like wearables to simpler, more accessible assistive solutions There are many, many wearable and portable devices aimed at improving life for the blind and visually impaired (in some cases, even restoring vision). Such devices have been developed for pretty much every part of the body: fingers, wrists, abdomen, chest, face, ears, […]

Johnson & Johnson Vision Receives Approval of World’s First and Only Drug-Releasing Combination Contact Lens for Vision Correction and Allergic Eye Itch: ACUVUE® Theravision™ with Ketotifen

– The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has approved the first combination contact lens that provides vision correction and an antihistamine drug to help relieve symptoms for people experiencing itchy allergy eyes: ACUVUE® Theravision™ with Ketotifen. – This is the first regulatory approval by any health authority for the novel technology, which […]

Is It Safe to Drive with Vision in Only One Eye?

If you only have vision in one eye, you can still drive a noncommercial vehicle in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, to drive a noncommercial vehicle, you must still pass an eye exam, and prove that you have adequate peripheral vision for driving. In some instances, you may also be able to operate […]

Ageing and vision loss: looking to the future

With an ageing global population, vision impairment has risen to the forefront as a pronounced public health concern. In 2020, 1·1 billion people had distance vision impairment or uncorrected presbyopia. By 2050, this figure is expected to increase to 1·8 billion people. Common causes of vision impairment, including cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, […]

Eye health and the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

Being blind in a pandemic creates all kinds of problems. Social distancing, and the 6 feet (2 metre) rule, is not so easy if you cannot see. Those of us who are blind rely on other senses, like our hearing or touch, to compensate. That’s not so easy either if we are isolated from each […]

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VIDEO: Research Eye Stem Cell Transplant To Treat Blindness

COVID-19 Dry Eye Effect

Did you know that wearing a face protective mask could be causing dry eye? In short, the air you exhale while wearing a mask needs to go somewhere. If a mask sits loosely against your face, the air is likely going up and out of the top of the face mask and then over the […]

What to know about eye pain

Many different conditions can be linked to eye pain. Many are not serious and can be treated at home. However, it is important to be educated for serious symptoms that may require emergency medical care. LEARN MORE ABOUT EYE PAIN  

Are You an Eye Trivia Expert?

Think you know all there is to know about the eyes? Take this quiz to test your knowledge. TAKE QUIZ

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many older adults in your community. Low vision can make it hard to do things like reading, shopping, cooking, or writing. And it can’t be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery. But there’s good news! Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision stay independent and make the most of their […]

Thyroid Eye Disease Surgery: Am I a Candidate?

Thyroid eye disease (TED) occurs in around around 40 percent of people with Graves’ disease. Depending on the type of TED you have and the severity of symptoms, different treatments are available. Surgery may be needed if TED is affecting the function or structure of your eyes. Intervention may be required if you have symptoms like: swelling […]

A Different Vision: How can you tell a great white shark is about to attack? It’s their eyes, experts say

Great white sharks have a creepy way of warning they’re about to attack — but it may come a little too late for anything, or anyone, close enough to see it. “They have the ability to roll their eye back when they encounter prey, to protect their eyes,” Mikki McComb-Kobza, of the Ocean First Institute, reported […]

Do Eye Exercises Improve Your Vision?

Can you really improve your vision with eye exercises? Eye muscles exercises have the potential to improve vision and delay the need for glasses, LASIK or contacts in some people. However, certain underlying conditions that affect vision cannot be fixed with eye exercise, including cataracts, farsightedness, myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. READ MORE ABOUT THE TOPIC

Eye tests predict Parkinson’s-linked cognitive decline 18 months ahead

Simple vision tests can predict which people with Parkinson’s disease will develop cognitive impairment and possible dementia 18 months later, according to a new study by UCL researchers. The study, published in Movement Disorders, adds to evidence that vision changes precede the cognitive decline that occurs in many, but not all, people with Parkinson’s. READ FULL […]

Research Eye stem cell transplant to treat blindness bolsters retinal function in monkeys

An international research team of scientists from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and Germany’s Eye Clinic Sulzbach is using a type of stem cell in the eye to grow the pigmented layer of retina that’s essential for vision. The approach is […]

A number of approaches to relieving the symptoms of presbyopia are now in the pipeline

The race to find a treatment for presbyopia—or at least its symptoms—continues unabated. Monovision, in which one eye is given a distance focus and the fellow eye a slightly nearer focus, has been a popular way to address this for many years. That’s been true in part because the alternatives (multifocal intraocular lenses, for example) […]

An Innovative Treatment for Dry Eye Disease

Using artificial tears without success? Cequa increases tear production in dry eye disease (DED) patients. It’s delivered via nanomicellar (NCELL) technology, which helps to improve the bioavailability and physicochemical stability of cyclosporine. Cequa is made for the long-term treatment of DED. It addresses the inflammatory component of the disease by helping patients produce more tears […]

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The red and green specialists: why human colour vision is so odd

Fascinating article from The Atlantic giving an in-depth overview of the complexity of human vision when it comes to color. “Our own vision does not have this even spectral spacing (fig. 3). In humans and other catarrhines, the red and green cones largely overlap. This means that we prioritise distinguishing a few types of colours really […]

7 Rare Eye Colors People Can Have



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Do You Have Digital Eye Strain from Long Exposure to Screens?

In our current society, screens are taking up more and more time in our daily days. Considering the recent pandemic, this has been exasperated with online learning and extensive video conferences for work. As students return to class with face to face learning or virtual learning, we are depending more on gadgets to finish ordinary […]

Paying Tribute to Our Patient Regis Philbin

Last weekend, our loving, loyal and wonderful patient Regis Philbin passed away. We send love to his family, friends and loyal fans. Dr. Belmont is truly honored to have had him as a patient. Regis Philbin was an American television personality and actor, known for hosting talk and game shows. Having been called “the hardest […]

Mask Missteps Featuring Dr. Sandra Belmont

See the below caption and further link to an article featuring commentary from Dr. Sandra Belmont on the critical mistakes you do not want to make in wearing your face mask correctly.   “Dr. Sandra Belmont, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine states that “all medical students are instructed […]

Lipiflow and Blephex Offer Rapid Treatment of Quarantine Induced Eye Discomfort

Our practice has noticed a significant increase in clinical dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction in many of our patients as a consequence of the COVID-19 induced quarantine.  Restrictions for people to work from home wherever possible have led to what can best be described as a ‘living at work’ syndrome; i.e. working all the […]

How long does LASIK Eye Surgery Last?

According to the Belmont Eye Center, one of the most unfortunate myths regarding LASIK (or laser in-situ keratomileusis) is that it does not last more than 10 years. It is unfortunate because this apparent fact often plays a significant role in a patient’s decision to avoid undergoing the procedure, thereby taking away an opportunity for […]

COVID-19 Update: Belmont Eye Center and Safety Measures

In accordance with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New York State Ophthalmological Society and the American Medical Association, The Belmont Eye Center doctors and staff have implemented the following precautions to reduce any potential exposure to COVID-19. Doctors and staff have all tested negative for Covid-19. All staff are screened and temperature checked with […]

ALL ABOUT LASIK and No-Cut LASIK: WHAT IS IT, AND WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ve probably heard of LASIK surgery but not its state-of-the-art variant; No-Cut LASIK. You may be considering having one or the other, but what exactly are these procedures and what is the difference between them? LASIK (an acronym for Laser in-situ keratomileusis) is a treatment that uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea (the […]

Harvard Health: What to Expect from Lasik

For new patients who are interested in a LASIK procedure with Dr. Belmont, a good start off point for additional knowledge on the process is the below link to an overview from Harvard Health. As mentioned in the article, the typical candidates for LASIK surgery include: Nearsightedness (myopia)—clear, close vision but blurry distance vision that […]

MANAGING PAIN AFTER NO-CUT LASIK/PRK

The benefits of No-Cut Lasik, or Surface ablation, are endless. However, like any surgery, there is a postop recovery process for each patient. Under the personalized directives from Dr. Belmont, postop recovery optimization and elimination of pain are easily managed. In addition, here are some other tips to keep in mind:   Vitamin C 500 […]

Why NO-CUT LASIK/PRK IS THE SUPERIOR OPTION FOR VISION CORRECTION

Surface ablation, or No-Cut LASIK/PRK, continues to maintain a strong foothold in an increasingly competitive refractive surgery field. Some surgeons use the procedure more than in the past or even exclusively, arguing that today’s advanced technology can make visual recovery faster, postop pain more manageable and complications easier to prevent, positioning this pioneering form of […]

ADVANCEMENTS IN TREATING RARE FORM OF SITE LOSS

Some very exciting news for patients who experience site loss as a result of retinal dystrophy. In particular, this treatment is prescribed for patients whose conditions is a direct result of inheriting a flawed RPE65 gene from both parents. RPE65 is imperative for providing the pigment that light sensitive cells require to properly absorb light. […]

3 REASONS TO WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES ALL YEAR ROUND

It might be difficult to imagine wearing sunglasses at all times of the year, especially on a snowy or overcast winter day. However, it is smart to don your sunglasses in summer, in winter and on most of the days in between. Why? NYC LASIK surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont shares the top three reasons you […]

PREMIUM IOL CHOICES TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

During cataract surgery, New York City cataracts surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont gently removes the cataract-diseased (cloudy), natural lens inside your eye that is causing poor vision and replaces it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL), so the patient can see clearly after surgery. Some patients choose a traditional monofocal IOL, which only offers clear vision […]

5 TYPES OF TOYS THAT POSE A HIGH RISK FOR EYE INJURIES

It may surprise you to know that every year about 250,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms throughout the United States for toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Approximately half of these are head and face injuries, including many eye injuries. What can you do to help keep your child’s eyes safe? […]

7 BAD HABITS THAT CAN PREMATURELY AGE YOUR EYES

Nobody wants to exhibit signs of premature aging on their face, and many people take precautions to avoid this. However, it is less common for people to take steps to avoid prematurely aging their eyes. Why is this? Perhaps it is because most individuals are not even aware they are practicing bad habits that are […]

FOODS THAT PROMOTE GOOD EYE HEALTH

You may have heard that eating carrots is good for your eyes. This is true in that carrots contain beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A, which helps the retina as well as other parts of the eye function properly. However, carrots are not the only foods that promote good eye health. Here are some of […]

TIPS FOR PREVENTING EYE INJURIES

Manhattan laser eye surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont sees many patients with eye injuries that could have been easily prevented. Experts say that the majority of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective lenses when appropriate and by taking some other simple precautions. Here are some easy preventative measures that you can take to help […]

HOW IS PRK DIFFERENT FROM LASIK?

Does the following scenario sound familiar? You were diagnosed with nearsightedness, farsightedness and / or astigmatism. You decided to pursue LASIK vision correction surgery and were excited about the prospect of not having to wear glasses or contact lenses every day to see clearly. Then, you visited an ophthalmologist for a consultation and were told that […]

FINANCIAL ADVANTAGES OF HAVING LASIK / PRK

If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and rely on prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly, you probably already know what a hassle it can be to have a daily dependence on prescription eyewear. You might have to fumble around on the nightstand each morning to find your glasses so you can see […]

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF LASER VISION CORRECTION?

The final cost of laser vision correction surgery varies by person, depending on certain factors, including the patient’s visual prescription, whether they need both eyes treated, whether they opt for all-laser LASIK surgery and other considerations. For instance, the cost of bladeless all-laser LASIK for a patient with an extremely high refractive error in both eyes […]

NYC LASER CATARACT SURGEON – DR. SANDRA BELMONT

If you remember, a cataract is the gradual clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens, often as the result of proteins clumping together on the lens over time. Although cataracts typically develop with age, they can develop at any time. A cataract may form in one eye only or it may develop independently in both […]

COMPUTER DISPLAY RELATED EYE STRAIN

If your eyes get irritated and tired after hours and hours of being on a computer, video game, pad, smartphone or other digital display, you are not alone. Eye strain from computer use is very common, a consequence of our ever-increasing reliance on the displays for work, communication, recreation and pleasure. Computer related eye strain […]

HOW TO SAFEGUARD VISION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Consider how much time you spend each day looking at a computer monitor, television screen, smart phone, video game or other digital device. For most of us, the time spent peering at a digital device every day adds up quickly. It cannot be denied that we live in a digital era. True, being so digitally […]

DO 3D MOVIES HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON EYESIGHT?

Around the world, more than 30,000 theaters screen 3D movies, reflecting the increasing demand for them. If you enjoy watching 3D movies, you may be curious about whether they have a negative impact on your eyesight. Dr. Sandra Belmont shares the answer. Stereoscopic Vision and 3D Movies Our eyes are designed to work together as a […]

CONTACT LENSES VS. LASIK: WHICH IS CHEAPER?

Clear vision without the hassle of tearing or dislodged lenses is not the only advantage that LASIK has over contact lenses. It turns out that it is more cost-effective over time, too. Read on for the cost comparison of LASIK surgery versus contact lenses. THE COST OF CONTACT LENSES It has been estimated that the […]

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