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A Q&A with Renee, Our Aesthetician!

Can you tell us a little more about your background? What made you want to become an aesthetician?   Well for starters, I’m proud to say I graduated from the Mequon/Thiensville School of Aesthetics at the top of my class. Since then, I’ve been offering aesthetician services to the Milwaukee and surrounding areas for over 13 years.I have always been passionate about beauty, health and skin care, so becoming a licensed aesthetician was a natural next step. I really enjoy helping people, so for me this means finding solutions to help patients love their skin and appearance. What questions do you get asked the most? What questions should patients ask you when considering aesthetician services? Oh, I get all sorts of questions! I think the most common question is, “does it really work?”. My answer is usually, “with the right treatment plan and provider, it really does.” While I recognize that IPL and other aesthetic treatments aren’t for everybody, I’m happy to help each of my patients determine if they should undergo treatments. This is why I offer complimentary screenings to everybody that I see. When considering any sort of aesthetician services, I encourage everybody to evaluate a few key points: How much experience does your aesthetician have, especially with your specific skin problem? It takes a lot of time and practice to develop a good understanding of the best way to treat each condition. An experienced provider can develop the best custom plan for you. What kind...

Cataract Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America, a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting eye health and fighting vision loss, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. During this month, vision professionals across the country – including those at Larson Eye Care – encourage the general public to learn more about cataracts and focus on early intervention. What is cataract? A cataract is an eye condition characterized by clouding within the normally clear lens of the eye. Although cataracts are most common in older individuals, they can affect anyone at any age. Age Diabetes Sun exposure Smoking High blood pressure Alcoholism Previous eye injury or surgery Long-term use of corticosteroid medication Obesity Since cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in the United States, regular eye checkups are essential. What are symptoms of cataract? The vast majority of cataracts develop gradually. At first, you might notice some blurred or double vision in certain circumstances – for instance, at night. Over time, your symptoms may become so severe and persistent that they impact your daily life. Common symptoms associated with cataracts include: Cloudy or blurry vision Increased light sensitivity Problems seeing at night Yellowing of colors Halos surrounding lights Regular changes in your vision prescription Double vision in one eye If you notice any of these symptoms, you should receive a comprehensive, dilated eye exam to rule out cataracts or any other...

Struggling With Itchy Eyes?

Summer is upon us, and the air is filled with pollen and other allergens. In the coming months, you might find that your eyes are a little itchier than usual. Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, occur when your immune system mistakenly believes that a harmless substance (e.g., pollen) is actually harmful. Although most people associate allergies with a stuffy nose, itchy eyes are another common symptom. People who have eye allergies often experience Itchiness Redness in the eye and/or the eyelids Tearful, runny eyes Soreness or burning Light sensitivity What are the causes of eye allergies? Pollen Dust Animal dander Mold Contact lenses Make-upUnfortunately, it isn’t always easy to determine what is causing your eye allergies. Even worse, multiple eye diseases resemble eye allergies. For instance, dry eye syndrome also results in burning, itchy eyes and light sensitivity. Blepharitis is another condition that also resembles an allergic reaction. Although both of these disorders can be treated, they require different treatment than eye allergies, making it important to speak with your eye doctor if you develop any of their symptoms. If you know that you’re dealing with eye allergies, there are a few things you can do to manage their intensity. You can use over-the-counter eye drops. Artificial tears will lubricate your eyes, potentially removing the irritants, whereas decongestant eye drops will soothe the allergic reaction. You can consume oral...