More often than not, black eye injuries are relatively minor, resulting from a blow to the eye, nose, or forehead. Blood and other fluid collect in the space around the eye, which causes swelling and the typical dark discoloration that gives “black eye” its name.
Cataract removal is a relatively simple procedure and takes about 10 minutes to perform during an average uncomplicated operation. Recovery time is also fairly minimal (about four weeks for complete healing), but there are a number of things you must do to keep it that way.
If you’re experiencing frequent eye irritation or unusual vision changes, do you make an appointment with your optician, optometrist, or your ophthalmologist? What if you need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, update your current lens prescription, or adjust the nose pads on your glasses? Would you call the same office?
If you’re new to the world of contacts, chances are you probably have some questions about contacts application even if you left your eye doctor’s office feeling confident. It’s one thing to practice putting them in while supervised, it’s another to actually do it at home by yourself.
The good news is, the more you use your contacts, the better you’ll get at putting them in. Until then, here are some special application tricks just for you.
If you take your car in for a routine oil change every three months, but can’t remember when your last comprehensive eye exam was, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, only about half of all Americans schedule an eye exam every year and less than two-thirds of those exams are comprehensive.
If you’re not experiencing vision problems or eye discomfort, it might be hard to rationalize making a trip to your eye doctor. “What’s the big deal?,” you might be thinking. “I don’t need an eye exam. I can see fine.” While that may be true now, we want that to be the case for years to come.
On August 21, 2017, America — from Oregon to Georgia — will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has caused quite the buzz and many are taking time off work and traveling hundreds of miles to where they can catch a glimpse of this solar phenomenon.
If you’re among those who plan on viewing the solar eclipse in all its glory, it’s important for you to take the necessary measures to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Failure to do so can result in permanent eye damage and blindness.
When we write a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, it’s usually because they have difficulty seeing from long distances, short distances, or their vision is distorted. In the world of ophthalmology, we call these treatable eye conditions “refractive disorders”, meaning that light enters the eye and is sent to the wrong place in the eye causing the brain to interpret the image unclearly.
Eye disease is a common health concern for people living with both type one and type two diabetes. In fact, diabetes (specifically diabetic retinopathy) has proved to be the primary cause of visual impairment and legal blindness in the United States.
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), the number of cataract cases in the United States rose 20 percent (from 20.5 to 24.4 million) between 2000 and 2010. The NEI is expecting those rates to continue increasing and predict ~50 million cataract diagnoses by 2050.
Age-related cataracts are typically found in people over the age of 40. When the body ages, the eyes age as well. The lens of the eye is primarily composed of water and protein, but over time, proteins in the eye may start clumping together to form what we call “cataracts.