Pink Presciptions - Eye Health


“I wish I didn’t see quite so clearly,”
said no one ever.
The eyes have it—they are boss, our windows to the world. Taking care of them is imperative to optimum vision, which is so important to our quality of life and staying active and independent. Don’t forget to have your eyes checked every year. Find an eye doctor and establish a relationship. He or she is a valuable resource in keeping your vision strong and letting you know all of the technology available today to try to stay
20/20 all your life.

No more reading glasses…Interested?
There are great options available that help you get rid of your readers forever!
This is going to sound like Greek, but here is a list of both brand new technology and not so new procedures to permanently correct near vision a.k.a presbyopia: KAMRA, LASIK, PRK, Refractive Lens Exchange, Phakic IOLs with monovision, and multifocal intraocular lenses. 
Your vision can be clearer by simply making an appointment with your eye doctor and working with their office to evaluate which option is best for your vision and lifestyle. These procedures can result in life-changing improvements. With such a variety of treatment options you definitely don’t have to put up or keep up with readers for the rest of your life!

Red rims, red rims!
When the rims of the eyelids become persistently red and irritated it is best to make an appointment and see your eye care provider.  Although, this is a common experience, a visit to your eye doctor can rule out anything serious and they can offer suggestions and medication to get you back to normal as soon as possible. Your optometrist or ophthalmologist can help you evaluate for allergies, dry eye and other issues that can cause chronic inflammation on the eye rims.  Redness on the eye rim can come from many different sources. Many of them are no more than a minor inconvenience. Some of them can develop into a more serious problem, and some of them represent an immediately serious problem.  See your doctor!

Leave the dark side:
Get rid of the dark circles!
There is not a woman in the world that has not complained about dark circles under her eyes.  Lack of sleep, alcohol, allergies and dehydration can all contribute and accentuate dark circles. However, the main culprit for discoloration is the very thin skin under your eyes. This thin skin allows blood vessels to show through and drive most women crazy. Fortunately, there are new treatments that can help with this. 

One of those new treatments is ThermiSmooth. This procedure delivers precise heating to the skin’s surface. ThermiSmooth treatments are gentle and we have seen really good results in just a few treatments.  The heat helps to shrink the excess skin under the eyes and at the same time stimulate the area to make more collagen, producing younger, thicker looking skin under the eyes. 
It takes about 30 minutes and has no down time!  There are also fillers on the market to inject under the eyes.  This creates a barrier between the skin and the blood vessels under the eyes, causing the darkness to disappear.  In addition, there are new lasers that can work to totally resurface your under eye skin, without the down time of previous lasers.  There is also the tried and true method of artfully using makeup to conceal the dark circles. It is always best to make an appointment for an evaluation about your skin concerns.  You will be amazed at how many options there are and how there is one just right for you! So bottom line: You can defeat the dark circles.

Source: Dr. Kenneth D. Farr is the Medical Director of Sungate Medical Group and Island Medical Spa. He is a Board Certified Opthomologist and Occular Plastic Surgeon. He can be reached at 843-842-2020. Offices are located in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Sun City/Okatie, Ridgeland and Lady’s Island.

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