Most Common Age Related Vision Problems

People that have always enjoyed 20/20 vision and general ocular health become more susceptible to diminished visual acuity and certain visual impairments with age. Taking certain precautions before problems arise, and getting regular eye exams over the years can go a long way towards maintaining ocular health and eyesight, as many problems can be treated effectively when caught in the early stages.

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Eye Conditions

At Carlsbad Eye Care, Dr. Michael Tracy, the best north county San Diego ophthalmologist, stresses the importance of regular eye exams to help maintain visual health, and to catch any potential changes or problems as soon as they arise.

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Even adults with healthy eyes and no prior vision problems should undergo a routine eye exam every two years, followed by yearly exams after the age of 40. The most common age related eye conditions are:


As one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, glaucoma does not show symptoms in its early stages. The first signs of advancing glaucoma are often impairment or loss of peripheral vision. However, when glaucoma is caught early enough, ophthalmologists can treat the condition with either medication or surgery. Other risk factors for glaucoma include heredity and side effects to steroidal medications.


Cataracts are a clouding of the surface of the lens of the eye. Age and heredity are the biggest factors in developing cataracts. Cataracts are treated with surgery to either remove the protein buildup that causes the clouding of the lens, or with a replacement lens.

Macular Degeneration

While patients diagnosed with macular degeneration rarely go blind, the disease impairs the retina and affects a person’s central vision, making it difficult to read, drive, and perform basic activities that require central vision. Laser surgery can be a treatment option.

Diabetic Retinopathy

A side effect of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy damages the blood vessels in the eyes and leads to vision loss or complete blindness. There is no cure, but laser treatments may be able to prevent visual deterioration before the retina is seriously damaged.

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The Health Benefits of Periodontal Scaling

Trying to keep teeth and gums healthy, clean, and great looking year after year can be challenging for many. While regular brushing and flossing, as well as dental checkups, can keep serious damage at bay, there are many dangers that may be impossible to stop without the help of a skilled periodontist. If you are experiencing tooth and gum damage, you may be in need of periodontal scaling, but do you know how this procedure can help you?

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Deep Protection with Periodontal Scaling

Over time, dental plaque and calculus will slowly build up on the surfaces of teeth, even reaching down below the gums and into the roots. This buildup not only makes teeth look worse, but can compromise the health of teeth over time. Even the best brushing and flossing can’t remove all of this buildup and needs the help of a skilled periodontist in order to be completely removed. Combined with root planing, periodontal scaling can provide numerous benefits, including:

  • Removal of plaque and calculus from the crown surface
  • Irrigation that removes oral bacteria from below the gums
    Smoothing of teeth roots to promote healing
  • Preventing future periodontal disease by removing bacteria

Combined, these benefits will keep teeth healthy and reverse the damage that you may have already experienced.

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Finding a Skilled Periodontist in Brentwood

If you or a loved one are in need of periodontal help, get in touch with the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy. Their expert periodontology in Brentwood has helped countless patients remove the bacteria and diseases that compromise teeth and gums in order to return to a happy and healthy smile. Visit to learn more about the procedures they offer and contact us to learn more about how we can help you today.

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Stay Safe in the Sun

For most people, summertime equals time spent outdoors in the sunshine – but many people don’t realize how much sun damage can occur. Exposure to the sun, whether in summer or winter, at the beach or driving to work, can result in premature aging of the skin, with dark spots and wrinkles gradually appearing. It can also lead to skin cancer in severe cases. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, yet one of the most easily preventable.

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Treatments for Skin Damage in San Diego

The sun gives off UV rays which are harmful to our skin, which is why we need to wear sunscreen every day. UV rays can penetrate cloud cover, so even if it’s gray outside, it’s important to make sure you’ve got your UV protection! Sun damage starts beneath the skin, and often doesn’t start becoming visible until later in life. However, there are treatment options if you’ve been lax with your sunscreen.

The expert cosmetic dermatologists in San Diego at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offer a variety of treatments for sunspots, wrinkles, and even precancerous lesions. Photodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for eradication of precancerous lesions, while a variety of other lasers, peels, and dermal fillers can be used to treat dark spots and wrinkles. Be sure to monitor your skin carefully for unusual discolorations and growths, as it could be a sign of skin cancer! The earlier it is caught, the higher chance there is for successful elimination of the cancer, so don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you anything is out of the ordinary on your skin.

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While there are many solutions available, the best type of care is preventative. Protect your skin whenever you go outside, and you should have more youthful looking skin into an older age. So don’t forget your sunscreen!

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All About a Thigh Lift

Medial, or inner, thigh lifts have become more popular recently as people are focusing more on toning their thighs and trying to obtain the latest body image fad, the “thigh gap.” While not everyone can have a thigh gap due to differences in fundamental body shapes, it is certainly possible to get rid of excess skin and fat to obtain better looking thighs!

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Thigh Lift in San Diego

A thigh lift is a procedure which can remove excess skin and fat from either the inside of the thigh or the whole thigh. It’s often performed in cases where just liposuction wouldn’t be enough to achieve a patient’s desired results. Thigh lifts are popular especially among women who have loose, sagging skin on the thighs as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or other factors. Cellulite and stretch marks are also common reasons women get thigh lifts.

Expert, board-certified San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Chasan performs thigh lifts with a high level of precision and care. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin pulled up to achieve a smoother, more youthful look. Dr. Chasan takes care in where he places the incisions as well, usually hiding them in the crease between the upper thigh and the torso in order to make them as inconspicuous as possible.

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Lax skin, cellulite, aging skin around the thighs – all of this can contribute to women being unhappy with the way their thighs look. However, with a thigh lift, you can regain your youthful thighs and enjoy wearing short shorts and swimsuits again. Thigh lifts are safe and effective when done by an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Chasan who will listen to your concerns and let you know what realistic options you have, so that you can obtain the best results possible.

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