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Vision screenings only test your ability to see clearly in the distance. This is called visual acuity and is just one factor in your overall vision. Others include color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The screening also doesn’t evaluate how well the eyes focus up close or work together. Most importantly, it doesn’t give any information about the health of the eyes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, you’re probably already familiar with the typical options in glaucoma treatment – eye drops, laser treatment or traditional surgery. While these are certainly effective, especially when glaucoma is diagnosed early, researchers have been working hard to offer new glaucoma treatments. Their goal is not only to improve outcomes but also reduce the treatment’s side effects and frequency of use.
Macular degeneration, commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the single largest cause of sight loss in the developed world and affects more than 10 million Americans. It usually affects people over the age of 60, but has been known to affect those who are younger. It is a painless condition that usually affects both eyes with the loss being experienced in the central vision. It does not affect the peripheral vision, meaning that it does not cause total blindness.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, you may wonder if cataract surgery is right around the corner. Not to worry. There are many preventive steps you can take to slow the progression of cataracts and preserve your vision. That doesn’t mean you won’t eventually need surgery, but you can at least delay the need for quite a while.
Eye emergencies cover a range of incidents and conditions such as; trauma, cuts, scratches, foreign objects in the eye, burns, chemical exposure, photic retinopathy, and blunt injuries to the eye or eyelid. Since the eye is easily damaged, serious complications can occur from an eye injury thus, any of these conditions without proper treatment can lead to a partial loss of vision or even permanent blindness. Likewise, certain eye infections, other medical conditions, such as blood clots or glaucoma, and eye problems such as a painful red eye or vision loss that are not due to injury also need urgent medical attention.
Dry eye is a very common and often chronic problem. It can be found in people of all ages but typically worsens as we age. It is condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Good quality tears are absolutely necessary for maintaining the health of the cornea (the front surface of the eye) and for providing clear vision. Dry eye symptoms can include eye discomfort and sensitivity to light as well as red, burning, tearing, gritty, and/or itchy eyes.
Myopia is a very common issue throughout the world. Approximately 1/3 of the population in the United States have the condition and over 90% of several East Asian countries suffer from myopia. While myopia may seem like such a common condition that it shouldn’t be cause for concern, it is actually associated with several very serious conditions that can threaten one’s ability to see.
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Like retainers for teeth, the CRT lenses are worn while sleeping so as to "retain" and maintain unrestricted, clear vision without daytime eyeglasses or contact lenses. The limited time required to wear the CRT lenses allows the patient to spend their waking hours eyeglass and contact lens free.
Online vision tests often give inaccurate or misleading information, and can misinform consumers that can delay essential, sight-saving treatment. Comprehensive eye exams with your doctor of optometry are one of the most important, preventive ways to preserve vision, and the only way to accurately assess eye health, diagnose an eye disorder or disease, and determine the need for corrective lenses.
Dry eye is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases, and yet it is the most common reason why patients go see their eye care professional in the United States. Dry eye occurs when the eyes produce poor quality or low quantity of tears.
Neurotrophic keratitis is a degenerative corneal disease that is characterized by decreased corneal sensitivity as well as poor corneal healing. Left untreated this disorder worsens over time, leaving the cornea susceptible to injury along with desensitized corneal nerves that cause a decrease in reflex tearing. Along with progressively worsening vision, other corneal health conditions can arise such as epithelial breakdown leading to corneal ulceration, corneal infections, corneal melting, and perforations secondary to poor healing.
Chalazion typically result from healed internal styes that are no longer are infected nor painful. These eyelid bumps form around an oil gland causing blockage that does not allow the oil to drain, which then causes red, swollen eyelids.