Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero are the number one cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S., and for a good reason. They’re often thought of as a no-surgery face lift option to create a more youthful appearance, without the need for anesthesia, scalpels, or downtime. Facial filler injections are typically performed in an office setting and most patients can return to daily activities quickly after the injections. The use of various fillers in the skin can create excellent cosmetic results lasting an average of 1-2 years. Read more
The macula is in the center of your retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye, and it helps you see fine details and colors at a higher resolution than any camera can provide. When fluid builds up or blood vessels leak in the retina, it’s referred to as macular edema, and this swelling can distort your vision.
With macular edema, colors appear washed out and vision may be blurry. As more blood vessels leak or rupture, the risk of serious, permanent vision loss increases. There are many conditions that can cause blood vessels to swell or fluid to leak into the retina and cause macular edema, including: Read more
More than 25 million Americans have cataracts in the U.S. According to “The Future of Vision” study by Prevent Blindness, it’s estimated that 38.5 million people in the U.S. will have cataracts by 2032, and 45.6 million will have the eye condition by the year 2050.
One explanation for the rising number of cataracts is the aging population, since aging is the leading cause of cataracts. In fact, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts by age 75. However, cataracts can occur at any age, particularly with if one has risk factors such as eye injuries, eye diseases, a family history of cataracts, and certain diseases like diabetes. Read more
Your peripheral vision, also known as side vision, gives you the ability to see to the sides, above, and below a central point of focus straight ahead of you, without turning your head sideways or moving your eyes side-to-side or up and down. The loss of peripheral vision is often referred to as tunnel vision, and it can indeed make you feel like you’re in a tunnel or that the world is closing in around you.
Peripheral vision loss can cause difficulties with spatial orientation and mobility. People with peripheral vision loss are often more prone to trip over objects in their path or bump into other people. Many patients with peripheral vision loss also have impaired night vision. Read more
The summer months usher in such a wide array of outdoor activities, including lawn maintenance, gardening, and home repairs. Most of us go about these tasks without thinking much about the safety of our eyes, but we’re taking big risks each time we do so.
Ask any eye doctor about summertime eye injuries and he or she is sure to have stories to share about major eye injuries that happened in a split second while people were doing a task they’ve done countless times before. Read more
Your eyes, brows, and forehead play a large role in conveying your emotions and state of well-being. If you have a sagging, heavy forehead or eyebrows, you’re likely to appear more tired, unhappy, or even angry than you actually are. Likewise, if you have heavy, drooping, or puffy eyelids you may appear sad, angry, or tired, even if you aren’t.
Worse yet, well-meaning friends may comment that you look tired, sad, or like you’re feeling down, when you’re actually feeling just fine. The upper portion of your face, however, is suggesting a different story. Read more
Do you ever look in the mirror in the morning and think, “Wow, my eyes look really tired.” Heavy, puffy, or drooping upper eyelids seem to weigh your appearance down, and it would be great if they perked up as you wake up. However, as you later prepare for bed at the end of the day, you look in the mirror again and realize they look just the same.
Morning or night, day after day, your sagging upper eyelids are making you look older and more tired than you actually are, regardless of how many creams you use or sleep you get. Read more
A common question we hear is, “What can I do about my droopy upper eyelids?” Heavy, or droopy, upper eyelids can make you look older or more tired than you actually are. In some cases, heavy upper eyelids can also interfere with your vision, so it’s understandable to want to know what can be done about them.
Droopy eyelids are caused by two conditions, dermatochalasis and ptosis. Dermatochalasis is excess skin on the eyelid, which can make eyes appear puffy or swollen. Baggy, excess skin on the upper eyelid is typically the result of aging, but anyone can have excess skin on the eyelids at any age due to genetics, weak connective tissue, thyroid eye disease, or eye trauma. Read more
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 1 million people each year are diagnosed with an eye infection. Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Another common source of eye infections is failing to care for and use contact lenses properly.
Eye infections can be quite irritating or painful, and, if left untreated, some eye infections can also cause permanent vision loss or damage to the eye. Some of the most common types of eye infections include: Read more
Many of us would like to get rid of furrowed frown lines on our foreheads, or the persistent small wrinkles around the outer corner of our eyes known as crows feet. Others of us would love to get rid of dark hollows underneath our eyes. In each of these cases, cosmetic injections like Botox or fillers are very effective for rejuvenating the eye area and restoring a more youthful appearance.
However, you may be wondering if it’s safe to use Botox or filler injections around your eyes, which is a valid concern. Read more