Everything You Should Know about Your Lazy Eye

41500750 - amblyopia colorful word with stethoscope on wooden backgroundAs your child grows up, it is important to understand and recognize signs of amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. This pediatric condition occurs when your child’s vision doesn’t develop properly, and it’s usually seen in one eye. Since untreated lazy eye can lead to permanent vision problems, it’s critical that you recognize lazy eye and have an eye doctor attend to it as soon as it becomes apparent.

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Glaucoma 101

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You wear sunscreen to avoid skin cancer and avoid secondhand smoke to prevent lung disease, but what do you do to protect your eyes from blindness? Glaucoma is actually the second leading cause of blindness, yet most people don’t realize the severity of the condition or how it can impact vision.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition that damages your eye’s optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting images to the brain. When the optic nerve can’t do its job, your vision becomes compromised. Left untreated, glaucoma will cause blindness in only a few years. Read More

Here’s What You Should Know about Contact Lenses

contact lenses 2Contact lenses are a popular alternative to glasses that help to correct vision without being visible to others. However, since contact lenses are placed direct on the eye itself, extra care is needed compared to glasses to ensure that the eyes are not injured or infected. If you are or plan to become a contact user, be sure to follow these basic rules.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Your Child’s Vision Problems

eye exam childIf you’ve ever taken a look around at your friends and family members, perhaps you’ve noticed that the majority of them wear glasses or contacts. It’s not just your imagination; about 75 percent of the American population requires some type of vision correction. It’s important to remember that it’s not just adults who need glasses or contacts to counteract the diminishing vision abilities that come with old age. Children are subject to vision problems as well, and the earlier they are detected, the better they can be handled. Read More

What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

eyesLaser cataracts surgery is a type of eye surgery that can be performed by your eye doctor in order to treat cataracts. Cataracts meanwhile are cloudy patches that appear in the eye due to a build-up of proteins on the crystalline lens of the eye. These can range from being somewhat translucent to being completely opaque and will obstruct the vision of the patient by blocking incoming light.

Cataracts become increasingly common in old age and are one of the leading causes of impaired vision among the elderly. They can cause yellowing of color vision, near sightedness, blind spots and eventually completely vision loss.

There are a range of causes that can lead to cataracts including exposure to ultraviolet light and radiation, while Read More

How to Protect Your Eyes if You Use the Computer a Lot

eyes computerIf you use the computer a lot, as part of your job perhaps or just in your spare time, then you might find yourself becoming worried about your eyesight. Many of us associate computers, TVs and screens in general with becoming ‘square eyed’ and the idea that programmers and computer hackers all wear glasses has become a persistent stereotype.

The question is though: do you really need to worry? And what can you do to protect your eyes?

The Myth and the Reality

The good news is that screens aren’t actually bad for your eyes. You can use the computer as much as you like and play as many games as you want and not have to worry about it affecting your vision negatively.

One study found that the closer people sat to the TV, the worse their eyesight was. In reality though, the methodology of this study was flawed. The only reason they found a correlation was that people with poor eyesight needed to sit closer.
More recent studies have actually found that playing computer games increases your visual acuity and the ‘resolution’ of your eyes. This is because the act of constantly scanning the horizon for enemies trains us to become more ‘efficient’ at seeing!

How to Protect Your Eyes

That said, it still doesn’t hurt to take extra precautions to protect your eyes if you want to avoid a trip to the eye doctor and there are some things you need to be weary of. Read More

How to Protect Your Eyesight as You Get Older

Eye CareAs you get older, natural deterioration will make you increasingly likely to need glasses. As we age, deterioration occurs to all our cells and this includes those in the eye. Your likelihood of becoming near or short sighted or of developing cataracts and other problems becomes increasingly high.

For these reasons it’s crucial to take extra care of your vision as you get older. But how do you do this? Here are some tips that can help.

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How Diabetes Can Harm Your Eyesight

diabetes eyesIf you suffer from diabetes, then you are more likely to suffer from both glaucoma and cataracts. However this is not the biggest danger for diabetic patients in terms of eyesight – more concerning is the increased risk of retinopathy, with diabetic retinopathy actually being the leading cause of blindness in those aged between 20 and 65. If you are diabetic and you notice any change in your eyesight, you should see an eye doctor right away.

What is Retinopathy?

Retinopathy is a general term that means ‘damage to the retina’. Your retina is the thin layer of sensitive tissue found on the inside surface of the eye. This is where your nerve cells convert incoming light into electrical impulses to be read and understood by the brain.

In diabetic retinopathy, the retina gets damaged due to swelling in the veins that nourish this tissue and the nerve cells. Read More

Understanding Astigmatism and Your Prescription

eye examAstigmatism is one of the most miss-pronounced medical terms when it comes to vision care. Many patients refer to it as having “a stigmatism”, when it is properly pronounced as a single word, not two. It also commonly misunderstood by patients as well. In short, astigmatism is basically a distortion of the cornea. Instead of being spherical, it is uneven, and more egg-shaped. There are three major types of astigmatism that a patient can have.

  • Myopic Astigmatism: Commonly referred to as being nearsighted, a myopic astigmatism can affect one, or both of the eyes in varying degrees.
  • Hyperopic Astigmatism: Commonly referred to as being farsighted, like myopic astigmatism, one, or both of the eyes can be affected with varying degrees of hyperopic astigmatism.
  • Mixed Astigmatism: When the eyes exhibit a mixture of both hyperopic and myopic astigmatism. For example; one eye has severe myopic astigmatism, while the other has mild hyperopic astigmatism.

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What You Should Know about Eye Strain

eye strainWhile eye strain can lead to some rather painful headaches and prolonged discomfort, thankfully it is not common to have lasting damage as a result of it. The medical term asthenopia is commonly refered to as “eye strain”, and refers to a variety of systems that can occur when the eyes are used for prolonged periods of time. Typically the use occurs under less than ideal lighting situations. Using a computer screen, reading with inadequate lighting, or even too much lighting can all be conditions that lead to eye strain. Also, forgoing the use of prescription glasses can contribute to eye strain.

Headaches Are A Major Sign

One of the easiest to identify signs of eye strain is headaches. Along with headaches, asthenopia can lead to eyes that feel “tired”, have blurred vision, stinging sensations, and in severe cases can even lead to double vision. Read More