What are the Best Eye Supplements to Prevent Eye Disease?

Smiling woman preparing to take her nutritional eye supplements

As we prepare to celebrate Cataract Awareness Month in June, our eye healthcare team here at Campus Eye Center has been thinking about the advantages that proper nutrition has on our eye health. It has been proven that better nutrition and lifestyle habits—not smoking, wearing sunglasses, keeping up with routine eye exams—can prevent or slow the progression of many eye diseases and conditions.

Whether it’s cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, or rarer eye health issues, eating right is a smart move in keeping these sight-robbing conditions at bay over time.

But what about eye supplements? Unfortunately, eating a balanced diet in these challenging times can be, well, a challenge! And that means nutritional eye supplements may be necessary to ensure you’re getting all the best vitamins and minerals in your diet to protect your good vision.

Today’s blog post reviews some of the specific vitamins and other recommended dietary supplements for eye health, which have been studied by researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) and other healthcare experts for their effectiveness and safety.

While there is no substitute for eating a healthy diet, of course, the following minerals, elements, and more may be helpful additions to your daily diet. Note: Always consult your doctor before beginning any nutritional supplement regimen. Continue Reading What are the Best Eye Supplements to Prevent Eye Disease?

Get the Answers to Your FAQs About Macular Degeneration

Image illustrating what macular degeneration looks like from the inside

In an earlier post here on the blog, we shared the basics of what everyone should know about age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD). That article introduced the signs and symptoms of macular degeneration, as well as all the ways your eye doctor can test for and treat this serious eye disease. (If you’re a subscriber to our Campus Eye Center newsletters, you may also recall that we highlighted AMD in our February 2020 issue to mark age-related macular degeneration awareness month, too.)

It’s true that macular degeneration usually occurs in mature adults as a consequence of our eyes’ natural aging process. And this means macular degeneration is generally discussed with the qualifier “age-related.” For the purposes of today’s article, we will answer some of the most common questions patients have about macular degeneration from the standpoint of it being age-related, as well. Read on to learn more. Continue Reading Get the Answers to Your FAQs About Macular Degeneration

What is Strabismus Surgery?

girl with eye patchIf your child has been diagnosed with strabismus—a relatively common eye condition in children in which the eyes are not aligned—you likely have a lot of questions about treatment options. Your child’s ophthalmologist has probably mentioned patching or trying out glasses in an attempt to straighten the eyes before resorting to surgical treatment. However, sometimes strabismus surgery will be necessary to entirely correct strabismus.

Today’s post offers a closer look at strabismus, which may be related to amblyopia (aka “lazy eye”) or occurs separately. Children with certain disorders or health conditions related to the brain will be more likely to experience strabismus. Continue Reading What is Strabismus Surgery?

When to See an Eye Doctor About Pink Eye

Young boy with pink eye-related symptoms

For many parents, pink eye is a common occurrence in daycare or school environments. While there are several causes and symptoms to watch out for, not every case is the same. At Campus Eye Center in Lancaster, Pa., we take your eye health seriously and know how frustrating any eye condition can be. Please continue reading to learn more about pink eye, what causes it, and treatment options. Continue Reading When to See an Eye Doctor About Pink Eye

Learn How a Pituitary Tumor is Diagnosed and Treated

The words pituitary tumors displayed on a screen next to a stethoscope

Did you know that regular eye exams, even if you do not wear glasses or contacts, can help discover eye conditions like a pituitary tumor (adenoma) before you even start to have symptoms? While many people only visit their eye doctor when they are experiencing vision problems, an annual eye exam could save your eyesight for the future.

Here at Campus Eye Center, we encourage everyone to see your optometrist or ophthalmologist annually. If you are in the Lancaster, Pa. area, we are here to help with annual exams, sudden vision problems, or eye disease management. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to see one of our experienced doctors.

Have questions about a pituitary tumor? Continue reading to learn more about what a pituitary tumor is and how your eye care professional will diagnose and treat it if found. Continue Reading Learn How a Pituitary Tumor is Diagnosed and Treated

What You Need to Know About Amblyopia: AKA Lazy Eye

Young boy wearing an eyepatch and glasses to help with an eye problem

Amblyopia is an eye condition—commonly known as lazy eye—that generally affects young children. However, if untreated, amblyopia will continue to affect a person into adulthood and can cause vision problems or even total vision loss in the amblyopic eye.

Since young children rely on eyesight and visual development as they grow to learn about the world around them, it is essential to maintain a regular eye exam routine. Once they start attending school, eyesight and proper visual development become even more crucial in getting a proper education.

This blog article will discuss the signs, symptoms, and treatments of amblyopia, as well as how we at Campus Eye Center can help protect your child from developing a lazy eye. Continue Reading What You Need to Know About Amblyopia: AKA Lazy Eye

8 Questions You Have About Posterior Vitreous Detachment

Senior man getting a regular eye exam

Your eyesight is essential in just about every aspect of your life. Regular eye care and eye exams can detect and help correct many eye problems early on. Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) is a naturally occurring and detectable condition that usually happens after the age of 50 or alongside an eye injury.

Continue reading for information about Posterior Vitreous Detachment and what to do if you are experiencing symptoms of PVD. Continue Reading 8 Questions You Have About Posterior Vitreous Detachment

When to See Your Ophthalmologist vs. Your Optometrist

An optometrist or ophthalmologist giving a routine eye exam

Here at Campus Eye Center, our practice includes both ophthalmologists and optometrists who comprehensively address the eye health needs and vision concerns of our valued Lancaster-area patients. But, what is the difference between these two distinct vision care fields?

It’s true that because the words “ophthalmologist” and “optometrist” sound somewhat similar, people sometimes do not realize that they are actually different eye-focused healthcare specialist roles.

Additionally, this also means that confusion sometimes surrounds the fact that many people need to see both types of eye care professionals regularly. So, when should you see an ophthalmologist versus an optometrist? Today’s blog post gives you some background on both fields, as well as how to know when to consult each.

The good news is that when you work with our highly experienced team here at Campus Eye Center, we will take the lead on helping you decide the best eye doctor for your needs at any given time. And, our entire staff of board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, technicians, and other professionals works closely together to coordinate patient care to achieve the best results. Continue Reading When to See Your Ophthalmologist vs. Your Optometrist

Smart Contact Lenses: Where Science Fiction Meets Modern Medicine

Smart Contact Lenses

In his famous 1970’s science fiction TV show, the Six Million Dollar Man sported many fanciful technological enhancements, including a bionic eye that worked like a telephoto lens. At the time, that type of “upgrade” to our natural human sight abilities seemed a little absurd.

However, medical science today is catching up with science fiction as several companies are developing so-called “smart” contact lenses for a variety of practical, as well as entertainment uses.

Today’s post offers a little look into where the future of contact lenses may be headed. Continue Reading Smart Contact Lenses: Where Science Fiction Meets Modern Medicine

The Truth About Eye Exercises

Have you seen online ads promising that you’ll be able to throw out your glasses if you pay for a “medically proven” eye exercise program? Don’t fall for the sales pitch.

While there are legitimately helpful vision therapy programs that your optometrist or ophthalmologist may prescribe to help correct particular issues—especially for children—self-help eye exercises are not the same thing at all. And you need to be wary of the claims made by the marketers of these programs.

Unfortunately, at worst, eye exercises can actually harm your eye health or vision by causing strain or injury. Also dangerous, though, is people believing they do not need routine vision care because they’ve subscribed to a self-help program.

Today’s post explores a few questions that our patients often have about eye exercise programs they’ve seen advertised, as well as how these compare to vision therapy supervised by an eye care professional. We’ll also take a look at some simple things you can do to keep your eyes healthy over time—no eye exercises required. Continue Reading The Truth About Eye Exercises