If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, you know that vision loss is part of this condition. Deterioration of the retina’s central portion, the macula, is the culprit that accounts for the name of the disorder. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in individuals who are 50 and(Read More)
Your eyes are expressive. They share emotion – happiness, sorrow, surprise – and they can also share information about your health. For instance, if the whites of the eyes are yellow, liver disease may be the culprit. If they’re red and watery, it could be a sign of an allergic reaction, hay-fever or symptoms of(Read More)
Contact lenses are a popular way to correct vision – approximately 45 million people in the U.S. wear them, according to the Center for Disease Control. There are two basic types of lenses, soft lenses made from soft, flexible plastic and gas permeable rigid lenses that are commonly used by individuals who require complex vision(Read More)
Age is just a number – especially when it comes to refractive eye surgery If you wear corrective lenses, LASIK has probably crossed your mind. You may have imagined the convenience of reducing or eliminating the need for contacts or eyeglasses – especially those glasses. Wouldn’t it be great to stop wasting time searching for(Read More)
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a permanent refractive eye surgery that is used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea. Successful LASIK procedures reduce, and often eliminate, the need for glasses and contact lenses. However, LASIK is not the(Read More)
Cloudy Vision After Surgery May be a “Secondary Cataract” Although cataracts cannot return once they are removed, it is possible to develop posterior capsular opacification (PCO), otherwise known as “secondary cataract” or “after-cataract.” There is no way to predict exactly which patients will develop PCO, but it is one of the most common complications of(Read More)
Health care’s focus is changing – it’s becoming more preventive. Doctors advocate that patients adopt behaviors to reduce the risk of illnesses and age-related conditions, like healthy eating and exercise. This trend extends to eye health. People who care about their vision are purchasing sunglasses with protective UV lenses and committing to regular checkups with(Read More)
If you’re thinking about switching to contact lenses, you’re not alone. According to the American Optometric Association, an estimated 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. People wear contact lenses to correct a range of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Contact lenses may also be used to treat eye diseases such as keratoconus(Read More)
When a person goes to their yearly eye exam, they may find out they need glasses or a new prescription. They are never prepared for anything worse, like finding out that they have cancer. However, that is exactly what happened to Alice Walker in October of 2012.
From medical records and correspondence, we know that the well-renowned artist Claude Monet (1840-1926) had cataracts. While he could read and write, his visual acuity gradually worsened over the years and was estimated to be at 20/100 in 1918.
While many people have considered getting LASIK eye surgery, but with busy schedules and the general need to continue working a job, the question often arises: How long does LASIK surgery last, and how long does it take to fully recover?
Many eye diseases don’t give early warning signs that tell you it’s time to go see a doctor. The following preventative steps can help you save your eyesight, and detect any potential problems as early as possible.
There are a number of eye diseases and conditions that can lead to blindness if left untreated. This makes early detection, regular eye exams and an accurate diagnosis crucial to ongoing vision and eye health.
If you are considering this procedure or already have an appointment scheduled, you may be curious how long it takes. Here are a few of the steps involved in this eye surgery and how long each step takes.
As people age, it’s not uncommon for them to develop vision problems such as cataracts. Cataracts cause the lens of a person’s eyes to cloud over resulting in blurred or foggy vision. Cataract surgery can help restore loss of vision due to cataracts so people can continue to enjoy a high quality of life.
You do not need a fashion expert to help you find eyeglasses that look good on you. At Southwestern Eye Center, we can help you find the right glasses. Here are a few considerations on how to choose the right pair.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that some 3.3 million people over the age of 40 are legally blind in the United States, most of which is the result of eye disease.
Macular degeneration is a medical term that not many people are familiar with. If a loved one was recently diagnosed or if you are experiencing problems with your eye, this is a term that you may hear.
Preparing for an eye exam is not a daunting task if you know what is expected. Here is a guide to help you prepare for your upcoming eye exam.
Millions of people are using computers either for work, school or entertainment. This means that one can be glued to the computer almost the entire day. So much time on a screen leads to strain on the eyes and this may result to serious eye problems if necessary steps are not taken.
The history of sunglasses is longer than most people realize, dating back to prehistoric times. While the flattened walrus ivory glasses worn by Inuit people to block the sun’s rays may have looked much different, the concept was the same. Precious stones were often used and those worn by Roman emperor Nero were said to be made of polished emeralds.
Contact lenses can provide you with greater freedom than eyeglasses as you go about your day. However, they do require more maintenance than glasses, which only require a soft cloth to clean.
The visual acuity of an eagle’s eyes is often used as a standard for comparison when referring to great vision. In fact, this bird is so well-known for being able to perceive tiny things at great distances that it has been studied by NASA. The space agency used the results of its investigations to devise(Read More)
Your eyesight is one of the most important things you need to protect and maintain in order to sustain your quality of life. It is common that as you age, eye problems and vision loss become apparent because of one reason or another. In most cases, some life-threatening eye problem affects 1 in every 6 adults aged 50 and above.
Have you ever thought about why humans cry or weep? Physiologically, it’s been well established that the process of lacrimation, tears produced through tiny, almond shaped glands located above the eye, help clear the eyes of debris and other irritants, as well as keep eyes moist and lubricated.
The Museum of Vision houses a number of exhibits that demonstrate the many changes in eyeglasses since the first pair were documented in Italy sometime between 1268 and 1289.
You’ve probably felt it before after a long day looking at your computer or spending too much time on Facebook – digital eye strain. However, did you know that your kids could be dealing with digital eye strain too?
Although a majority of people wears sunglasses as a fashion statement, the right ones are a sure defense against UV (Ultraviolet) rays, which has been linked to eye damage that causes temporary vision loss. However, before choosing your desired glasses, it’s recommended you first contact a qualified eye doctor.
One of the most common eye problems is dry eyes. Patients may wonder why their eyes feel dry and itchy. Fortunately, many doctors today are fully aware of this condition and exactly how to treat it.
Just about all of us rub our eyes when we wake up in the morning; we might also rub them after we’ve been reading a book or newspaper, or following an extended period of time at the computer. However, despite the seemingly innocuous nature of this act, there are several reasons why it is advisable to stop.
Almost all parts of the pumpkin are edible, and that includes the seeds, leaves, and flowers, as well as the fleshy shell we all know and love. Besides being delectable, pumpkins can be beneficial to the health of your eyes.
Lens coatings help protect your vision by offering different benefits, and can also prolong the life of your eyewear. Let’s review different lens coatings, so you can make the right choices for your next pair of glasses.
Our eyesight is an incredible sense. We can gather more about our surroundings in one minute than we could in an hour with our other senses combined, helping us to avoid danger, locate things we want, and entertain ourselves. Seeing is extremely important for communication as well, cluing us in on social cues and other nonverbal(Read More)
Most of us have seen eye floaters in the shape of cobwebs and worm-like structures moving across our field of vision. Do not panic if you see an occasional eye floater. Though eye floaters might seem a little disturbing, they are not uncommon and most are not a sign that there is something seriously wrong with your(Read More)
We all know that having a proper diet leads to greater physical health and emotional well-being. But do we also know whether our diet affects our eyes? It has been well attributed that carrots can greatly improve eyesight. While its effects may be exaggerated a bit, we do know that this veggie produces beta-carotene, which(Read More)
Low vision refers to visual impairment that cannot be corrected through pharmaceuticals, surgery, contact lenses or glasses. In most cases, it is characterized by partial sight, such as tunnel vision, blurred vision and blind spots. It can affect people of all ages, but is mostly prevalent in older adults. It should not be confused with(Read More)
Low vision is a medical term that refers to vision that is 20/70 or worse. In most cases, patients cannot correct low vision completely by using prescription glasses or contact lenses. Patients with this condition are either partially sighted (20/70 to 20/200 vision with corrective lenses) or legally blind (20/200 vision or worse with corrective lenses). Fortunately,(Read More)
Dry eye is a common eye condition that occurs when the tear ducts aren’t able to provide adequate moisture for the eyes. This lack of moisture leads to inflammation of the tissue in the eyes. As a result, it common for patients with dry eyes to suffer discomfort. Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter and prescription drugs(Read More)
When you were a teenager, the possibility of not being able to cry tears may have seemed as likely as building a bridge to Hawaii. In other words, nearly impossible. As time passes, however, having dry eyes becomes a reality for many people. Whether you suffer from occasional dry eyes or a chronic case of(Read More)
The transparent cornea is the outermost layer of the eye. The function of the cornea is to hone the vision for better visual acuity and clarity. A unique characteristic of the cornea tissue is that it does not contain blood vessels for nourishment or protection from infections. Due to the lack of blood vessels, the(Read More)