Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. Many forms of glaucoma have no warning signs. The effect is so gradual that you may not notice a change in vision until the condition is at an advanced stage. Because vision loss due to glaucoma can't be recovered, it's important to have regular eye exams that include measurements of your eye pressure so a diagnosis can be made in its early stages and treated appropriately. If…
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What causes eye twitching

What causes eye twitching

Most of us know what eye twitching is about; in fact, we’ve all dealt with it at some point in our lives. Eye twitching occurs quite unexpectedly – you can be watching TV, reading or cooking when you feel a sudden unexpected movement of your eyelid normally. What you feel is a muscle spasm or nerve jump in the area around your eye. Eye twitching is not life-threatening, but it can point to some serious health issues. Also, it can be really irritating. Science defines eye twitching as ‘a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of the eyelid, usually on the upper lid.’ This eye muscle spasm can affect one or both eyes and can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. Rarely, the eye twitch can…
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What Can Be Done to Reduce Exposure to Blue Light

What Can Be Done to Reduce Exposure to Blue Light

Eyewear is available with lenses featuring blue light-filtering capabilities – that reduce the negative effects of blue light – as well as anti-reflective or anti-glare properties. This technology can help minimize the negative effects blue light has on the body’s circadian rhythm, which can hinder a good night’s sleep. This technology also reduces the symptoms of digital eye strain. However, individuals don’t have to sacrifice style for function when it comes to eyewear. These specialized lenses can be incorporated into virtually any pair of frames, so individuals can choose eyewear that complements their personal look, while meeting their eye health needs.
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Eye Safety At Work Procedures

Eye Safety At Work Procedures

Employers are required to assess eye safety hazards in the workplace and take measures to ensure employee safety through compliance with government regulations for eyewear and emergency eyewash stations.   In research with manufacturing, construction, service and retail workers, 100 percent of participants cited fogging as a factor for not wearing personal protective eyewear, and over 55 percent suggested an antifogging solution to increase usage of personal protective eyewear.8 By taking the necessary measures to reduce the fogging of protective eyewear, employers will likely see an increase in compliance with eye protection recommendations, and increased worker safety.   JOBS AND ACTIVITIES THAT POSE A DANGER TO YOUR EYES Many job activities have the potential to cause eye injury; some are more obvious than others. Common causes of eye injuries include:…
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7 Bizarre eye conditions

7 Bizarre eye conditions

Step right up and see the amazingly weird eye conditions–hairy eyes, red eyes, cat eyes, and eyes that cry blood!” They may sound like carnival acts, but these truly bizarre eye conditions really do exist. 1–Hairy Eyeball Body hair can certainly develop in odd places, but did you know it’s possible for it to sprout on the eyes? A 19-year-old Iranian man developed a rare cyst called a limbal dermoid on his right eyeball that grew hairs. The tumor was basically made up of skin cells that got misplaced in the eye while the man was still a baby in the womb. 2–Red Eyes You may have seen rabbits with red eyes, but have you ever seen a person with red eyes? Both are caused by albinism, a condition caused…
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Strabismus

Strabismus

What is Strabismus? Strabismus is a visual problem in which the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions. One eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward or downward. The eye turn may be constant, or it may come and go. Which eye is straight (and which is misaligned) may switch or alternate. Strabismus is a common condition among children. About 4 percent of all children in the United States have strabismus. It can also occur later in life. Strabismus occurs equally in males and females. It may run in families; however, many people with strabismus have no relatives with the problem. The exact cause of strabismus is not fully understood. In some cases, strabismus may be due to problems with the…
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Ocular Allergies

Ocular Allergies

Allergies affect over 20% of the general population and are on the rise in many developed countries. The specific reason for the increasing prevalence of allergies has not been determined; some believe it is due to the effects of pollution in urban areas while others consider that modern lifestyles don't allow for enough childhood exposure to allergens to become acclimated to them.
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Low Vision

Low Vision

"Low vision" is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by surgery, medical treatments, or conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Low vision is not blindness. You are not alone; over 15 million Americans have some form of visual impairment. We are here to help. You can do something about low vision. Our goal is to help you make the most of the eyesight you have so you can do more of the things you need and want to do whether it's reading a book, writing a letter, shopping, watching television or doing crafts. When an individual's eyesight can not be corrected to better than 20/200 with lenses, then he/she is diagnosed as having low vision. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and genetic diseases are just some of the causes of this…
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Floaters & Flashes

Floaters & Flashes

As we get older we expect to have problems with our eyes, so we tend to ignore them. One minor symptom that can cause a bigger problem, if not treated, is the occurrence of floaters and flashes. These are those tiny lights that seem to blink through your vision and that you can never catch when you direct your focus toward them. Almost everyone sees floaters at some time, but they can occur more frequently and become more noticeable as we get older. Floaters caused by posterior vitreous detachment are more common in people who: Are nearsighted Have undergone cataract surgery Have had certain types of laser surgery Have had inflammation of the eye Because floaters or flashes can be an indication of a serious problem, you should contact our…
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Dry Eye

Dry Eye

What is a Dry Eye? Many times in our lifetime, we will experience a "foreign body sensation" in our eye. That usually happens if the wind blows dust, an allergen or a foreign body into our eye or under an eyelid. This should not be dismissed as just an uncomfortable feeling. It needs to be remedied. It cannot be allowed to linger or fester. For many, the feeling of grittiness, dryness, burning or stinging or even excessive tearing cannot be relieved simply, or with over the counter methods. It may be the sign of a chronic condition known as dry eye syndrome. Yes, even tearing eyes are a sign of dry eye. The tears your eyes produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye means that…
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is the medical term for the most common diabetic eye problem. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. It damages the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive nerve tissue in your eye that sends visual images to your brain. Blurred vision or temporary blindness can occur when blood vessels weaken, bulge and leak fluid into surrounding tissue, causing swelling - a condition called macular edema. Abnormal new blood vessels may often, grow on the retina, where they can bleed into the eye and block vision. As the disease progresses, the retina can detach from the eye, resulting in permanent blindness. Irreversible vision loss can be prevented with early detection and treatment. This is just one of the reasons it is so important to…
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Detached Retina

Detached Retina

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that sends images to the brain. Normally, the retina lies against the back of the eye where blood vessels furnish it with oxygen and nutrients. Tears in the retina may impair vision and lead to a detached retina. A detached retina occurs when the retina pulls away from the inside wall of the eye. When this happens vision becomes blurred, shaded or distorted. Left untreated, retinal detachment almost always causes permanent vision loss in the affected eye. Retinal detachment and tears may be caused by eye injury, the aging process, tumors, cataract surgery, eye disease or extreme nearsightedness. Several early symptoms may indicate a detached or torn retina: Light flashes in one eye. Floaters. A dark shadow over…
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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is complex eye and vision problems related to near work which are experienced during, or related to computer use. CVS is characterized by visual symptoms which result from interaction with a computer display or its environment. In most cases, symptoms occur because the visual demands of the task exceed the visual abilities of the individual to comfortably perform the task. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) affects three out of four computer users. It is a series of symptoms related to extended periods of computer usage. Although it is no cause for panic, measures can be taken to relieve symptoms of CVS. CVS can appear as a variety of symptoms. Headaches, eye strain, neck and back aches, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, double vision, and dry or irritated…
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ARMD

ARMD

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease causing clear vision to fail in millions of older People. When electrical signals from the retina (the inner layer of the eye that captures light and turns it into electrical signal) are received by the brain through the optic nerve, they are translated into images Age related Macular Degeneration is traditionally described as a form of the disease which affects individuals over the age of 55 years. However, we have recently discovered that a significant number of these individuals may have a major genetic component that contributes to the disease. There are 2 types of AMD, dry and wet. Dry AMD is more common, causing about 90% of AMD. It can develop so gradually that in the beginning stages you might not…
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Amblyopia

Amblyopia

Lazy Eye It occurs when, for one of several reasons, one eye is used less than the other. If one eye is crossed or turns out, the individual sees double, so he or she learns to shut off or ignore that eye. If the two eyes are very different, one nearsighted and the other farsighted, the same thing can occur. After a while, vision in the unused eye is reduced. For many years it was thought that amblyopia, or lazy eye when one eye sees poorly and cannot be helped with corrective lenses was a permanent condition unless it was detected and treated before the age of six. Many optometrists no longer accept this, believing that even adults can improve their sight - if not completely correct their lazy eye…
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How to prevent the spread of pink eye

How to prevent the spread of pink eye

Because children are in close contact in day care centers and classrooms, its difficult to avoid the spread of bacteria and viruses causing pink eye. Teachers,school nurses and day care supervisors should encourage parents to notify them if a child has a pink eye so classroom and other shared environments can be sanitized. Parents should minimize exposure by keeping their child with pink eye home until the contagious stage has passed. the child's doctor can advise when the contagious stage has passed,usually three to five days a diagnosis. Tips to prevent a pink eye outbreak: Wash your hands frequently, and encourage children to do the same. soap should always be available. Never allow personal items, including hand towels, to be shared at school or at home. Encourage children to use…
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