Does Your Child Need Sports Glasses?

More children than ever before are wearing glasses to help improve their vision. Awareness of the signs of vision problems has grown, helping more parents seek pediatric ophthalmology support. Though standard glasses have become the norm, not as many children use sports glasses or goggles. This protective form of eyewear is very important for children of any age who are participating in contact sports. Read More

Identifying and Treating Adult Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

Hypertropia strabismus

Hypertropia strabismus

Most cases of strabismus are dealt with in the childhood years, which means, by the time the individual is an adult, they won’t have a problem with their eyesight any more.

However, in some instances, strabismus can continue into adulthood. It can even develop in later years, caused by conditions such as diabetes, trauma to the head or a stroke. If you’re an adult and suffer from strabismus, then don’t worry, it can be treated.

What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is commonly known as ‘crossed eyes’ and is relatively easy to identify, as the eyes are generally not aligned with one another. This can not only cause self-consciousness, but also problems with sight, including double-vision, lack of coordination in eye movement and loss of depth perception. Read More

What to Expect During Your Routine Eye Examination

eye examIf you’ve not had an eye examination before, you may be feeling apprehensive about what’s involved. You might even be wondering exactly why you need one – especially if you feel that your vision is fine.

Here’s a brief explanation, detailing what will happen in your eye exam and why it’s so important.

Why Do You Need a Routine Eye Exam?

Quite simply, a routine eye examination works on the same principle as any other regular health check-up – going on the premise that it’s better to catch a minor issue before it becomes a major problem.

Your ophthalmologist will be checking for signs of a variety of eye-related health issues. These include: Read More

Does Vitamin A Really Improve Vision?

vitamin aOne of the most important parts of your body is your eyes and making sure that you do all you can to take care of them is a top priority. Everyone has heard it said that eating carrots, which are full of vitamin A, can help to strengthen your eyes. There are been a variety of different studies done that both confirm and deny this fact. Depending on which one you are looking at, you can either believe or not believe this myth. Here are a few facts about this well-known myth and whether or not it is valid. Read More

Are You Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun?

sunglassesWith the summer months rapidly approaching, many people are starting to plan their fun in the sun. For most people, the summer is the best time of the year and the time that they do most of their outdoor activities. In order to make sure that you and your eyes stay protected during the summertime, you will need to take a few precautions. The last thing that you want to do is to allow your eyes to get damaged due to your negligence. Here are a few things that you will need to do this summer in order to keep your eyes protected.

The Right Sunglasses Make All of the Difference Read More

How is “Lazy Eye” Treated in Children?

According to the Children’s Vision Information Network (2014), approximately 2 to 3 percent of children have a “lazy eye.” What is “lazy eye?” “Lazy eye,” also medically known as Amblyopia, is a deficit (loss of vision or lack of vision) in the central vision of one eye. This condition is not related to any other eye condition. In other words, this condition occurs when one eye’s visual information does not reach the brain. It is often associated with a mild-to-severe difference in the level of nearsightedness and farsightedness between the two eyes. This eye condition is usually diagnosed between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old, however it can be diagnosed at any age. Although it does affect central vision, it does not affect peripheral vision (side vision). Read More

How Can I Tell if I Have Glaucoma?

Glaucoma

According to the American Optometric Association (2014), glaucoma is the 2nd leading cause of blindness in the United States. This eye condition typically arises after the age of 40; however, you can develop infantile or congenital glaucoma earlier or later. Your risk of developing this condition is higher, if you have a family history of glaucoma, are African-American over the age of 40, or Hispanic and over the age of 60 (American Optometric Association, 2014). Read More