What is Vision Therapy, and Is It Right for My Child?

Young child wearing an eye patch while undergoing vision therapyDid you know that each August marks Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in the USA? Our friends at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have set this time aside to raise awareness and arm parents with knowledge about the risk factors their growing kids face so that they can make informed choices about their children’s eye care. Many common childhood eye conditions, including strabismus, amblyopia, and more subtle eye alignment problems and focusing disorders, can benefit from vision therapy techniques.

In our recent article about amblyopia (aka lazy eye), for instance, we touched on vision therapy and the use of eye patches as a treatment option. However, every child’s visual system and experience with eye health and vision issues are unique.

Today’s blog post seeks to give parents and caregivers a little more information about optometric vision therapy for kids. This post will also remind you how important it is for children to visit a pediatric ophthalmologist or doctor of optometry to ensure their good eye health. Especially with screen overuse becoming such a pervasive problem—which can easily aggravate existing issues like strabismus or a binocular vision deficit—regular visits to an experienced eye doctor are perhaps more critical now than ever before. Continue Reading What is Vision Therapy, and Is It Right for My Child?

Making Eye Health a Priority in 2020

eye healthOf the five senses, eyesight may be the most important, as impaired vision or blindness can have the most dramatic negative impact on the quality of life. Sadly, less than half of all Americans get a routine eye exam each year. And, according to a recent survey commissioned by the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology), many Americans wait until it’s too late to seek care for eye problems that lead to vision loss. This is because they lack a basic understanding of all the potential eye diseases that could lead to blindness if not addressed.

In an effort to raise eye health awareness and encourage more people to get their eyes examined, both the AAO and the American Optometric Association (AOA) are heavily promoting routine eye health exams this year. The AOA declared 2020 the Year of the Eye Exam, and their campaign efforts will intensify during AAO Healthy Vision Month.

Originally scheduled to be celebrated in May, as it has been in years past, AAO Healthy Vision Month has been shifted to July 2020, due to COVID-19. And, this summer is the perfect time for everyone—infants, teens, and adults—to get an eye exam to ensure their eye health. Continue Reading Making Eye Health a Priority in 2020

What Parents Should Know About Common Childhood Eye Diseases and Conditions

Young child having an eye exam to check for childhood eye conditionsWhen most parents think about childhood diseases, they think of measles, mumps, and chickenpox. Fortunately, there are vaccines to protect children from those diseases. However, there are currently no vaccines to protect children from the most common childhood eye diseases and conditions. This is why parents need to know more about these diseases and their symptoms. Early detection and treatment can save a child’s vision.

At Campus Eye Center, we are proud to be the Lancaster area’s best resource for helping patients of all ages live better by seeing better. According to the AAO, the ideal age for a child’s first eye exam is six months. Once children reach three years of age, they should have an eye exam every two years—annually if they wear eyeglasses.

If you are a parent or other caregiver for a young child, call us and schedule their first eye exam today! In the meantime, read on to learn more about several of the conditions our pediatric eye doctors see most often. Continue Reading What Parents Should Know About Common Childhood Eye Diseases and Conditions

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