There is so much chatter on television and online about laser eye surgery (LASIK or PRK) that it’s sometimes hard to figure out what and who to believe (especially if that “who” is asking for your money). Here our some of the “myths” we’ve heard ourselves and the truth that negates them. (more…)
Every month or so, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) publishes an incredible patient success story that makes us proud to be apart of such a strong community of doctors dedicated to saving vision and improving lives. As a salute to all of the brave patients and their families who’ve overcome more than what anyone could imagine, here is a recap of their journeys and where they are in 2017.
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that can occur when the pressure inside your eye rises above normal (ocular hypertension) and damages your optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause you to lose your peripheral vision and even go blind. Read more about what causes glaucoma and how it affects your eyes.
In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and affects more than 2.7 million people ages 40 and older. Because glaucoma presents with very few (if any) initial symptoms, nearly half of those who have glaucoma don’t even know it (American Academy of Ophthalmology). This is one of the many important reasons to schedule an ophthalmologist appointment every year, especially if you’re over 40, are diabetic, and/or have a family history of glaucoma. (more…)
As a contacts wearer, you are putting a foreign entity in your eye. While the lenses are prescribed and safe in and of themselves, it’s important to follow a strict set of guidelines of what to do and what not to do to keep them that way. How you put in, take out, clean, and store your lenses may be the difference between healthy eyes and damaged eyes. (more…)
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.
“Tired eyes” or eye fatigue is most often the result of eye strain (asthenopia) caused by visually intense tasks like reading fine print, hours of computer use, or driving long distances. Poor lighting can be a culprit too. On the other end of the spectrum, exposing your eyes to too much brightness or glare, like when watching a ball game or gardening on a sunny day, can also cause eye fatigue. So can too little sleep.
When you’re visually concentrating on something for long periods of time, you unconsciously clench the muscles of your eyelids, face, temples, and jaw. These muscles become tired from overuse, which often leads to more clenching and further discomfort. (more…)
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.