Category Archives: Eye Care

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?

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

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

A Brief Guide to Children’s Eye Care

Child with glasses

With Children’s Eye Health/Safety Month coming up in August, we wanted to take a moment to discuss eye care needs for kids.

It’s true that 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems, which can lead to a host of other developmental and behavioral issues if not identified and corrected. These can include:

Continue Reading A Brief Guide to Children’s Eye Care