You’ve heard it said that the eyes are the window to your soul, but it also turns out they can be telling us a lot about our physical health. So, take some time to gaze lovingly into your own eyes in the mirror this Valentine’s day, and see if they’re trying to tell you something about your health.
As if cold and flu season isn’t tough enough, add to it the reality that pink eye is often rampant this time of year. The telltale signs of redness and a gritty-like-sand feeling in the eye can certainly feel like a low blow when you’re already laying low with a cold or the flu.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection that causes inflammation of the thin membrane that coats the whites of your eyes (the conjunctiva) and the inside lining of the eyelids. Pink eye can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or, less frequently, allergens. The same viruses that cause colds and the flu—such as adenovirus, enterovirus, and influenza virus—can also cause pink eye. Read more
More than 83 percent of Americans report using digital devices like computers for more than two hours per day, and 53.1 percent report using two digital devices simultaneously. Over half of these, 60.5 percent, reporting experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, according to The Vision Council organization.
Additionally, many of us use our smartphones repeatedly to read messages, search sites, record information, or play games. In short, we are becoming increasingly immersed in the digital world as more of our daily tasks move online, so it’s no wonder that eye strain is common. Read more
Usually when we get something in our eye we’re able to see what and where it is and then carefully remove it by blinking or flushing with water. But if you have the sensation that there’s something in your eye that won’t budge no matter what you try, you may have a corneal abrasion, or scratched eye.
A corneal abrasion is a scratch or scrape on the clear, protective dome that covers your eye’s pupil and iris. Corneal abrasions can be caused by many common culprits such as dirt, dust, sand, fingernails, wood shavings, paper, metal particles, or by wearing contact lenses too long. Symptoms may show immediately after contact with the object, or may start hours after the injury. Read more
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about the leading cause of vision loss and irreversible blindness.
Over 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and the National Eye Institute projects this number will increase by 58% to affect 4.2 million Americans by 2030 due to the aging population.
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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more