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.
Summer is here and that means sun exposure is at an all time high. Protecting your eyes from damaging rays is as important as protecting your skin. We’ve found that although many people understand the importance of ultraviolet (UV) protection, they don’t realize that many stores sell the “wrong” type of sunglasses. If you’re considering purchasing a new sunglasses, here are a few things you should look for in a good pair:
If you’re experiencing eye problems or you’ve realized it’s been awhile since you’ve had your eyes checked, you might have recently asked Google to locate eye doctors in your area. While Google and other search engines are great tools for pulling up relevant information, it’s important to take a step beyond accepting first page results as the best results.
If your eye doctor is recommending surgery to treat an eye disorder or correct your vision, it’s important to understand your options and the reasoning behind their recommendation.
Below we’ve listed 10 questions to ask before and after your eye appointment to make sure you’re informed and at ease before you set a date for surgery.
Since the FDA approved LASIK in 1996, LASIK eye surgery has become one of the most popular elective procedure ophthalmologists perform today. LASIK (or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) corrects the vision of nearsighted and farsighted patients, as well as patients with astigmatism. While results may vary, most patients report 20/20 vision after the procedure is complete.
You’ve probably seen a commercial for chronic dry eyes at least once in your life and if you remember Bill Stein from the 1990’s you’ll know exactly what we mean. While his eye drop commercials were quite humorous, anyone living with chronic dry eyes knows the opposite is true.
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that commonly arises when pressure inside the eye is above normal (ocular hypertension) and the optic nerve is damaged. The optic nerve is a very important part of your eye, because it is what your body uses to “tell” your brain what you’re seeing. If your optic nerve is compromised, you could lose your peripheral vision and even go blind.
When we diagnose patients with an eye disorder where significant vision loss is a primary symptom, eye surgery is frequently the most practical solution. Below are three of the most common eye surgery procedures we perform to help our patients see better: