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Cataract Surgery

With cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist removes the cataract-diseased lens of your eye. The ophthalmologist then replaces your natural lens with an artificial one.

Sep 25th, 2019
All About Strabismus

Strabismus is the medical term for the misalignment of the eyes. Commonly referred to as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, strabismus may involve either one or both eyes turning inward, outward or even up or down.

Sep 27th, 2019
Frame Your Face: Which Frames Look Best?

It's tempting to just pick the first pair of frames that are barely acceptable than face the daunting task of sorting through hundreds of frames to find the perfect option. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to simplify the process.

Sep 27th, 2019
Blue Light Exposure: What Is It?

Blue light is produced naturally by the sun and generated by computer monitors, smartphone screens and other digital devices. Although the light has some beneficial effects, exposure can increase your eyestrain risk and even affect your central vision.

Sep 27th, 2019
Allergy Management and Your Eyes

For those who suffer from allergies, exposure to pets, pollen, or dust mites can quickly lead to red, itchy, watery eyes. Although seasonal allergies are notorious for causing eye symptoms, year-round exposure to allergens can be just as problematic.

Sep 27th, 2019
Getting Kids to Wear Glasses

In most of North America, optometrists are known as Doctors of Optometry (D.O.). As physicians, they are able to diagnose eye disease and prescribe medications or corrective lenses.

Sep 27th, 2019
How Vision Problems Affect Learning

Reading is an instrumental part of your child’s ability to learn. In order to write complete sentences or do mathematical problems, a child must first be able to understand what is on the page in front of them.

Sep 27th, 2019
Teaching Kids About Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis is by no means limited only to children. An infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva can occur in individuals of any age secondary to an infection, an allergic reaction or chemical irritation.

Sep 27th, 2019
Eyeball Licking: A Dangerous New Trend?

The act of eyeball licking is what it sounds like - licking another person’s eyeball. While children participate in any number of fads on dares or to fit in, this trend carries a number of serious health risks.

Sep 27th, 2019
How Did I Get a Stye?

A stye, medically known as a hordeolum, appears in the eyelid area as a red pimple-like bump, and is usually tender or painful.

Sep 27th, 2019
Nutrition and Your Eyes

Carrots are not the only foods known to be beneficial for your eyes. In fact, brightly colored fruits and vegetables in general — including pumpkin, red peppers, watermelon, and broccoli — have been found to help protect your vision health.

Sep 27th, 2019
Stop Rubbing Your Eyes

It feels like a natural thing to rub your eyes when they are itchy, watery, or otherwise irritated. Keeping your hands away from your eyes, however, is a smart choice for promoting better eye health.

Sep 27th, 2019
Tips to Alleviate Dry Eyes

Studies show that dry eyes are one of the most common eye problems throughout the United States. Dry eyes are caused by a lack of quality tear production, and are most common in both men and women over the age of 50.

Sep 27th, 2019
Vision Therapy: Not Just For Children

Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised program that helps people of all ages improve their visual-motor skills. Therapy helps your eyes and brain work together better, even if you have perfect vision.

Sep 27th, 2019
Why Is My Eyelid Twitching?

Almost every person experiences some form of eyelid twitching in his or her lifetime. Known medically as blepharospasm, eyelid twitching is characterized by the involuntary movement or spasm of the eyelid muscles.

Sep 27th, 2019
Considering Laser Vision Correction

Since the infancy of laser vision correction services in the 1980s, the field has made leaps and bounds in increasing the safety and efficacy of these procedures. Today, over 28 million LASIK surgery procedures have been performed worldwide.

Sep 27th, 2019
Optometry Versus Ophthalmology: What’s the Difference?

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all play an integral role in eye and vision care. While they often work in collaboration, they require varying levels of education and are qualified to help you and your eyes in different ways.

Sep 26th, 2019
Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery

Choosing laser eye surgery is a big decision. Whatever your treatment goal, proper preparation before surgery will help you obtain optimal results, speed up recovery, and minimize potential risks.

Sep 26th, 2019
What to Expect During a Routine Eye Exam

Routine eye exams are straightforward, quick and painless. Most doctors recommend screening your vision on an annual basis to ensure your vision prescription is up to date (or to determine you need one) and to make sure your eyes are healthy.

Sep 26th, 2019
Frames for Your Lifestyle

After learning that you need prescription lenses, finding glasses that best suit your looks may be paramount in your mind.

Sep 26th, 2019
Selecting the Right Glasses

When they’re great, the correct pair of glasses perfectly complements your face and seamlessly facilitates your experience of the visual world.

Sep 26th, 2019
Sunglasses: More than Just Fashion

Sunglasses can make us look awkward or chic, but their real value lies in their ability to protect our eyes. Since damaged eyesight is difficult to correct, choosing the right sunglasses is key to maintaining good vision and eye health.

Sep 26th, 2019
What to Look for in Sunglasses

All sunglasses are designed to shield your eyes from bright sunlight. Many sunglasses go a step beyond and also promise protection from ultraviolet (UV) light rays and other types of natural radiation from the sun.

Sep 26th, 2019
What's in a Frame?

Finding a great looking eyeglass frame can be tough work. Choosing the material of your eyeglass frame is the first order of business, since that will narrow down your search to one specific category.

Sep 26th, 2019
Will I Need Reading Glasses?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), beginning approximately around the age of 40, most adults begin to experience age-related vision changes collectively known as presbyopia.

Sep 26th, 2019
Are Specialty Contacts Dangerous?

Specialty contact lenses are a fun way to change your eyes to look like your favorite entertainer or to create a spectacular costume.

Sep 26th, 2019
Getting Used to Contacts

Contacts are a smart choice for individuals who are active and dislike the feeling of wearing glasses. However, the process of caring for contacts and getting used to them can take a week or two.

Sep 26th, 2019
What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an extremely common eye condition that affects both children and adults. It occurs when there is an imperfection in some part of your cornea, the clear tissue that covers your iris.

Sep 26th, 2019
Glaucoma Care: What You Need to Know

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, reports the Glaucoma Research Foundation. This common eye condition typically affects older adults, although infants and young adults are also at risk.

Sep 26th, 2019
Diabetic Retinopathy: What Is It?

Diabetic retinopathy refers to several eye problems that are characterized by damage to the light-sensitive retina, caused by excessive blood sugar levels

Sep 26th, 2019
Binocular Vision: Disorders and Treatment

For many, the term binocular vision conjures images of super powers or the rare ability to spot objects far away, but having binocular vision simply means having two eyes with which to see.

Sep 26th, 2019
All About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious disorder that can damage the optic nerves of your eyes if left untreated. The optic nerve carries images from your eyes to your brain. If the nerve is damaged, full or partial vision loss can occur.

Sep 26th, 2019
All About Amblyopia

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a visual disorder caused by abnormal vision development, often occurring during infancy.

Sep 26th, 2019
How to Clean Your Eyeglasses

Are your eyeglasses streaky and smudged no matter how often you clean them? Try these tips to help keep them clear and smudge-free.

Sep 26th, 2019
What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Health?

Although your eye care provider is looking for diseases or conditions that can affect your vision during eye exams, he or she is also searching for signs that may indicate that you have a general health problem.

Sep 26th, 2019
Premature Babies and Vision Problems

Being born too early can have a profound effect on your child's health. In addition to early concerns about lung development and intestinal issues, prematurity may also cause vision problems.

Sep 26th, 2019
Does Outside Playtime Improve Children's Eyesight?

Do you see many children playing outside when you drive home from work? Although kids once spent long periods of time outdoors in previous generations, today's youth are less likely to enjoy spontaneous games of hide and seek or kickball.

Sep 26th, 2019
Makeup Tips for Sensitive Eyes

Do your eyes itch, burn and turn red when you wear makeup? Although cosmetics are supposed to enhance your appearance, you may feel anything but attractive as your eyes water and your makeup runs.

Sep 26th, 2019
Reading and Writing

For many adults, reading and writing come so naturally that they seem almost effortless. However, reading and writing are actually complicated skills that take significant effort to learn.

Sep 26th, 2019
Wandering Eye

A wandering eye is a type of eye condition known as strabismus or tropia, and it may be caused by damage to the retina or muscles that control the eye, stroke or brain injury, or an uncorrected refractive error like farsightedness.

Sep 26th, 2019
Protecting Your Eyes

Of our five senses, humans rely on vision most strongly. Our everyday experience of the world is colored by our ability to see, our memory draws heavily upon visual information, and many activities of daily living are challenging without sight.

Sep 26th, 2019
Stress and Vision

Did you know that your eyes are an extension of your brain? There are six muscles connected to each eye, and they receive signals from the brain. These signals direct the eyes movements and, thus, control their ability to focus.

Sep 26th, 2019
Pain Management

We take a lot of aspects of our vision for granted. We expect to see nearby and faraway objects clearly, even if we require our eye care provider to prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to do so.

Sep 26th, 2019
Eye Movement

Eye movement refers to the voluntary and involuntary movements of the eyes that assist with obtaining, fixating and following visual stimuli.

Sep 26th, 2019
Lazy Eye

Lazy eye, also referred to as amblyopia, is a condition that develops in infancy or early childhood, and it typically starts when the focus in one eye is more enhanced than the other.

Sep 26th, 2019
Nutrition for Eye Health

Eating right is essential for keeping your body healthy. This is as true for your eyes as it is for your heart. A diet that is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and is low in saturated fat, can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Sep 26th, 2019
Eye Coordination

Each eye picks up a slightly different image, but through a process called fusion, the brain blends the images together to make one three-dimensional picture.

Sep 26th, 2019
Lifestyle Practices for Eye Health

Protecting your eyesight is an important part of staying healthy overall. Maintaining sound eye health will also help you preserve your quality of life as you age. To keep your eyes as healthy as possible, follow these simple lifestyle practices.

Sep 26th, 2019
Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder in which the person has difficulty processing and reacting to information received from their senses.

Sep 26th, 2019
Crossed Eyes

Crossed eyes, also known as strabismus, refer to a condition in which both eyes do not look at the same place at the same time. Often times they both turn in, but may also turn out.

Sep 26th, 2019
Eye Focusing

The eyes have a focusing system called accommodation; it allows for visual clarity. The system is rested when you look at an object that is far away and is not forced to strain like it would if the target were close.

Sep 26th, 2019
Dyslexia

When a child has difficulty reading due to problems recognizing speech sounds and learning how they connect to words and letters, the condition is known as dyslexia, a learning disorder caused by genetic traits that disturb how the brain works.

Sep 26th, 2019
How the Eyes Work

Every morning, we open our eyes and become immersed in a wealth of visual information. The eyes and related brain structures are a complex system that allows us to experience visual information from the surrounding world.

Sep 26th, 2019
Technology and Vision

As people’s reliance on technology grows, so does the incidence of eyestrain. Keep reading to learn more about digital eyestrain and how you can protect your eyes in the digital age.

Sep 26th, 2019
Macular Degeneration

One of the most important reasons for regular examinations by your eye care provider is evaluated for the development of macular degeneration.

Sep 26th, 2019
Eye Anatomy 101

The eye has many parts that work together to create vision. The eyes themselves are only part of “seeing.” The brain is also involved.

Sep 26th, 2019
Pinguecula and Pterygium (Surfer's Eye)

Characterized by a yellowish raised part of the scleral conjunctiva (the lining of the white part of the eye), a pinguecula usually develops near the cornea (colored part of the eye), but does not extend past it.

Sep 26th, 2019
Glare and Halos

Glare and halos are both eye symptoms that some people experience around bright lights. Halos show up as bright circles around a light source.

Sep 26th, 2019
Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

Similar to a bruise under the skin, a subconjunctival hemorrhage happens when a small blood vessel located between the sclera (white portion of an eye) and the conjunctiva (lining on the surface of an eye) breaks and covers the sclera with blood.

Sep 26th, 2019
Cataracts

Many body parts begin to change as you age, and your eyes are no exception. One of the most common age-related eye changes is the development of cataracts.

Sep 26th, 2019
ADD/ADHD

Approximately 11% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to recent studies.

Sep 26th, 2019
Strabismus

Commonly called crossed eyes, strabismus is a condition in which eyes do not work together, failing to maintain proper alignment.

Sep 26th, 2019
Computer Vision Syndrome

Almost everyone uses computers in the modern world, whether for recreation, employment, education or any combination of the three.

Sep 26th, 2019
Uveitis

Uveitis refers to the inflammation of the eye's middle layer, which consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid.

Sep 26th, 2019
Binocular Vision

This ability to converge information from both eyes is called binocular vision. In some cases, the eyes fail to seamlessly meld visual information into a coherent image.

Sep 26th, 2019
Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, making it an important public health priority. Although there are several factors that cause glaucoma, all types of glaucoma are characterized by damage to the optic nerve.

Sep 26th, 2019
Sjogren's Syndrome

Pronounced SHOW-grins, Sjogren's syndrome is a disorder of the immune system, or an autoimmune disease, which causes the body's immune system to attack and harm the body's glands.

Sep 26th, 2019
Optic Neuritis

Also known as demyelinating optic neuritis, optic neuritis refers to the inflammation of the optic nerve due to the loss of or damage to a protective covering called myelin, which surrounds the optic nerve.

Sep 26th, 2019
Eye Perception

Visual perception refers to a set of skills used to collect and interpret visual information taken in from our environment. The visual information gathered is combined with our other senses, allowing us to derive meaning from what we see.

Sep 26th, 2019
Eye Occlusions

An eye occlusion is a blockage in one of the arteries or veins supplying blood to the retina and/or optic nerve. These blockages can cause severe and sudden vision loss.

Sep 26th, 2019
Chalazion

A chalazion is the medical term for a slowly developing lump on the eyelid that occurs due to an oil gland blockage. At first, the eyelid may appear to be red, tender and swollen.

Sep 26th, 2019
Bell's Palsy

If you suffer from Bell's palsy, a paralysis of one side of the face caused by nerve inflammation, you may lose control over your eyelids.

Sep 26th, 2019
Blepharitis

Stinging, irritated eyes, and blurred vision may indicate nothing more than a case of blepharitis -- an unpleasant but, in most cases, relatively harmless condition.

Sep 26th, 2019
Detached Retina

A retina becomes detached when separated from underlying layers of support tissue. Detached retinas will lead to a permanent loss of vision if they are not quickly corrected.

Sep 26th, 2019
Ocular Rosacea

Ocular rosacea, an inflammation of the eye and/or eyelid, occurs in conjunction with rosacea of the skin.

Sep 26th, 2019
Corneal Ulcer

The cornea is present as a clear tissue that is located at the front of the eye. A corneal ulcer occurs when there is a sore in the layer of the cornea.

Sep 26th, 2019
Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a common eye problem that can afflict children and adults alike.

Sep 26th, 2019
Acanthamoeba Keratitis

Acanthamoeba keratitis is a relatively rare type of eye infection, but it can become quite serious. If left untreated, Acanthamoeba eventually leads to vision loss, requiring a corneal transplant to restore sight.

Sep 26th, 2019
Low Vision

Most people classified as blind still retain some ability to see. They often have significantly impaired vision but can discern light, shapes, or other figures.

Sep 26th, 2019
Colored Contacts

Colored contact lenses allow you to temporarily change your eye color whether or not you need to correct impaired vision. In this way, you can create a more subtle eye appearance, wear a crazy design for special occasions, or just enjoy a new eye color.

Sep 26th, 2019
Contact Lens FAQ

Most people are able to wear contact lenses safely and comfortably. There are contact lenses that correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other vision problems.

Sep 26th, 2019
Color Blindness

Color blindness, also known as color vision deficiency, occurs when an individual cannot distinguish between certain colors like red and green or, less commonly, blue and yellow.

Sep 26th, 2019
Retinitis Pigmentosa

The term retinitis pigmentosa (RP) refers to a set of degenerative genetic diseases that gradually kill off the light-sensing cells (rods and cones) of the retina, eventually causing blindness.

Sep 26th, 2019
Stargardt Disease

Loss of eyesight and macular degeneration are typically associated with aging. Stargardt disease, however, an inherited form of macular degeneration, commonly affects children and young adults.

Sep 26th, 2019
Macular Dystrophy

You may have heard of macular degeneration, an age-related condition in which people suffer permanent vision loss due to damage in a part of the retina called macula.

Sep 26th, 2019
Bifocal Contacts

Bifocal contact lenses are a type of contact lens that combine two different prescriptions in the same lens.

Sep 26th, 2019
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Retinitis

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis is a serious disease causing compromised vision and ultimately a total loss of vision.

Sep 26th, 2019
Swollen Eyelids

Swollen eyelids are a fairly common eye condition caused by inflammation or excess fluid in the connective tissues surrounding the eye.

Sep 26th, 2019