Recipes for Healthy Eyes

The next time you visit your eye doctor for a routine exam, don’t be shocked if you leave with a prescription for a grocery list full of foods like kale, almonds, oranges and wild salmon. You know what they say, “The way to maintain healthy eyes is through your stomach.” – Okay, so “they” never actually say that, but you get the idea. In order to maintain healthy eyes and avoid glaucoma, cataracts and other eye diseases as you age, it’s important to include foods in your diet that contain high amounts of nutrients important for the health and function of your eyes. We’ve put together some recipes that will do just that! The best part – they are super easy, good for you, and taste amazing.


Green Smoothie for Healthy Eyes


Pita Pizzas with Kale Pesto, Tomatoes, and Bacon
pita pizza with kale, pesto, tomatoes, and bacon


Salmon Cakes with Dill Sauce
salmon cakes


Try them all and let us know which healthy eyes recipe is your favorite!




Celebrity Eye Spy

Celebrity eyes Do you know these celebrities just by gazing into their eyes? See if you’re an eye expert by guessing who these famous peepers belong to! #FunFact – they’ve all had LASIK eye surgery!

Here are some suggestions to help you out (Not all names will be used):

Beyoncé, Courteney Cox, Natalie Portman, Cindy Crawford, Salma Hayek, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Jamie Fox, Tiger Woods, Dez Bryant, LeBron James, Johnny Depp, Carlos Santana, Russell Wilson, Tiki Barber


Jessica Simpson's Eyes






Cindy Crawford's Eyes






Courteney Cox's Eyes






Kim Kardashian's Eyes






LeBron James' Eyes






Tiger Woods' Eyes






Tiki Barber's Eyes






Carlos Santana's Eyes






Let’s see how you did! Spoiler alert! – Answers below




A) Jessica Simpson B) Cindy Crawford C) Courteney Cox D) Kim Kardashian E) LeBron James F) Tiger Woods G) Tiki Barber E) Carlos Santana

Food for Healthy Vision

Food for healthy eyes

Like many of us, you may have made several resolutions this year. Congratulations are in order if you’ve stuck with them!

Now the question we pose to you is did you keep your eyes in mind when creating your self-actualization list?

“I will eat healthier to improve my eye health and vision.”

No matter whether you did or didn’t, we’ve come up with eight delicious foods & recipes for you to try. They not only help lower the risk of cataracts and glaucoma, but also keep your peepers in overall great shape!

Especially if you’ve had recent laser eye surgery including LASIK, you can really keep a “good eye” on your health with these recipes we love:


Roasted Carrots by The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa by The Cookie Rookie


Nut and Seed Bars by The Blender Girl


Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad by


Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo by


Blueberry Spinach Smoothie by


Avocado, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich by


Citrus Salad by


Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) By Dr. Tom Tooma

While Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) is not yet approved by the FDA, hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles have been published that have proven the safety and efficacy of the procedure. CXL has been approved in every country in the world other than the United States. The main indications for Collagen Cross-Linking are:

• Halt the progression of keratoconus
• Halt the progression of corneal ectasia following Laser Vision Correction (LASIK and PRK)
• Improve the shape of the cornea in a patient with stable keratoconus

It is sometimes difficult to determine if a patient is having disease progression when they are able to wear rigid contact lenses with good visual acuity. It is easier to detect progression of disease if the patient is not wearing rigid lenses by measuring changes in the Max K (steep K). Since it is not practical to have our patients not wear their lenses, I personally believe that the following categories of patients should have Collagen Cross-Linking:

• All patients with a new diagnosis of keratoconus
• All patients who have keratoconus and are in their teens, twenties and thirties, since most patients in these age groups experience disease progression
• Patients with stable keratoconus who have poor quality of vision or a difficult time tolerating contact lens wear

Early intervention in patients who are in the first two categories will frequently save them from a life of discomfort with rigid contact lenses and poor vision with lenses. Just because we can fit a cornea successfully with a contact lens with good vision does not mean that the cornea should not be cross-linked. Some patients can have rapid progression of disease that is never reversible. These periods of rapid progression of disease are frequently associated with periods of intense eye rubbing due to seasonal allergies.

Observing the progression of the patient’s disease and continuing to fit them with contact lenses is a disservice to the patient.
We can halt the progression of their disease and frequently improve the shape of their cornea by decreasing the astigmatism and myopia. This change in shape can frequently be substantially augmented by INTACS. Patients typically are able to wear contact lenses more comfortably with better quality of vision and perhaps the chance to go to soft toric lenses or spectacles.

INTACS result in a significant improvement in the shape of the cornea with improved regularity and a decrease, sometimes dramatic, in myopia and astigmatism. Most patients with keratoconus have asymmetric disease. Since both eyes have the same genetic makeup, both eyes should be cross-linked.
If you do not have corneal topography in your practice, the best way to diagnose early keratoconus is by using your manual keratometer. If the mires do not coincide with each other, it is likely that the patient has early keratoconus. A corneal topography can be performed to make the diagnosis. Other potential signs that may be consistent with early keratoconus that should increase the index of suspicion are:

• Oblique astigmatism
• Progression of astigmatism
• Irregular retinoscope reflex (scissoring or teardrop-shaped reflex)
• Decreased best corrected vision with no other obvious reason
• Corneal signs such as Fleischer’s ring or Vogt’s striae (more advanced signs)

Most of the patients I’ve seen have very advanced disease and are “at the end of their road” with contact lenses. This is frequently because CXL has not been available until recently. These are often patients who can be well served with a corneal transplant. CXL and INTACS will improve the shape of these corneas, however, if we were able to intervene with CXL and INTACS much earlier in their disease cycle, we could have saved these patients many years of struggle with contact lenses.

The study we are conducted has two arms – ‘epithelium on’ and ‘epithelium off’. The cornea heals very much the same as in PRK. Early on, the cornea may become steeper and thinner, however with time, typically by 6 months, the cornea is flatter and more uniform.

Top 10 Reasons to Get LASIK

Top 10 Reason To Get LASIK




Money for LASIK

1. Money

You like saving money right? You think glasses and contacts are cheap? Think again. A LASIK surgery will pay for itself in a couple years, when you account for the cost of glasses or contacts. NVISION Laser Eye Centers has affordable plans, pricing, and financing options that can make the procedure affordable for anyone.

2. That morning feeling.
cats lasik san diego
Whats the worst part about waking up in the morning when you have less than perfect vision? The morning fumble to find glasses or shove those pesky contacts into a pair of unwilling eyes can drive a person crazy. With LASIK, you wake up to a crystal clear world every single day.

3. Your style.
Lets be honest, glasses can be dorky. And your favorite pair of glasses (that you swear are cool) don’t exactly fit your entire wardrobe. Stop worrying about matching your glasses with your outfit and ditch the specs.

4. Sports.
running lasik glasses
Wearing glasses or contacts can hinder the performance of virtually any physical activity you participate in.

5. Your complicated life.
lasik orange county
Life is complicated already. You have a million things to do every day and its often hard to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. With LASIK, you can cross vision off your list of things to worry about.

6. Traveling.
traveling lasik los angeles
Coordinating a trip or making room in a travel bag is hard enough. Stop letting glasses, contacts, contact solution, and back-up supplies take up valuable time and space in your travel agenda.

7. Comfort.
comfort cat lasik
Glasses and contacts are physically uncomfortable. Why suffer through irritations, allergic reactions, itchiness, burning, and red eyes if you don’t have to?

8. Super vision.
super vision lasik
While some patients experience mere perfect vision after LASIK, lots of patients will actually gain better-than-20/20 vision. You have the opportunity to see better than your glasses would allow.

9. Instant results.
pocket watch lasik
We live in a world where instant-gratification is the norm. LASIK is no different. A typical procedure usually takes only a couple minutes and the recovery time is nearly non-existant. We’ve all got things to, and LASIK surgery won’t slow you down one bit.

10. A new you.
smile confident
Anyone who wears glasses has felt uncomfortable with their appearance at some point in their lives. Boost your self-esteem with perfect vision and further enjoy your life.

American Health Journal presents

Today we get a chance to share an informative segment on LASIK, cataract, and presbyopia surgery by the American Health Journal. Enjoy the show.


Cataracts on the rise

New research has shown a growing number of patients diagnosed with cataracts, a condition common among seniors. Although a growing population is one cause of the problem, patients are getting younger and younger as well. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the US. More than 24 milliion Americans 40 and older have the condition. Thats a 19% spike in the past decade. Doctors recommend anyone over 40 get tested. NVISION is the leader in Southern California Cataract treatment. With cutting edge technology and surgeons, why not get tested today?

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WAFL winner Jonathan Fierro is back in the press


You remember the WAFL winner who didn’t believe he won a free LASIK procedure right? The young Navy hopeful with a unique story had made headlines again with an interview on My Desert.

check out the article here:

Jonathan Fierro article

Remember to Flex & Save

Arika Sato gets LASIK

Arika Sato lasik

American Nisei television personality and host, Arika Sato recently graced our presence when she decided poor vision should be a thing of the past. Arika underwent LASIK surgery at our Torrance center and couldn’t be happier with the results. Here is what she had to say: