Your eyelids have the important job of keeping your eyes protected and lubricated. However, eyelids are fairly thin-skinned and are full of nerves and blood vessels, so the slightest irritation can cause extreme itching. If your eyes become infected or inflamed, your eyelids will itch even more. So how do you determine if your itchy eyelid is due to an eye infection, allergies, or something else?
Cataracts are common and affect almost 75% of the U.S. population aged 65 and older. Cataracts are a gradual clouding and hardening of the eye’s lens, which results in reduced vision as you age. The most common symptoms of cataracts are blurring and dimming of vision, which may appear as a persistent glare or filminess, especially when the eyes are exposed to bright lights. With most cataracts, visual impairment progressively worsens without treatment.
Fortunately, cataract surgery is as common as the condition itself, and is usually very successful for restoring healthy vision. During cataract surgery, the eye surgeon removes the cloudy and hardened lens and replaces it with a new, artificial lens called an intraocular lens. Depending on a patient’s vision, a specific intraocular lens may be used to correct other distortions in vision, which may reduce or eliminate dependence on corrective eyeglasses. (more…)
By now most people have heard of LASIK eye surgery for vision correction. However, many people still have questions and concerns about how the surgery is performed and what it can, or can’t, accomplish. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, which is the most common type of refractive eye surgery.
The procedures correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by reshaping your cornea to improve its focus. While reshaping your cornea sounds complex, the procedure is actually typically performed in about 20 minutes. So, if you’re considering LASIK eye surgery, take these 3 factors into consideration: (more…)
March madness may be behind us, but one thing about the game is still a slam-dunk—basketball remains the leading cause of sports related eye injuries. As reported in the journal Pediatrics, basketball related eye injuries lead to the most emergency room visits among kids under the age of 17 in the U.S. Following closely behind are eye injuries sustained while playing baseball, softball, and from using non-powder guns, such as pellet guns or airsoft rifles. The most common types of eye injury for these activities are corneal abrasions.
But basketball related eye injuries certainly aren’t limited to kids or amateurs. Consider these scenarios: