Category Archives: Routine Eye Exams

Styes and Chalazia 101

Woman rubs her eye

Do you know the difference between a stye and a chalazion? How about whether either eye condition is severe enough to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist?

If you happened to catch our previous blog post about adult eye infections to watch out for, you probably have an idea. However, in this blog post, we will take a closer look at the differences between a stye and a chalazion, explore what causes them, discuss how they’re diagnosed and treated, and educate you about how they can be prevented. Continue Reading Styes and Chalazia 101

Astigmatism 101

Paper with words astigmatism, glasses and container for lenses. Selective focus.
Have you or someone you know recently been diagnosed with astigmatism by an optometrist in Lancaster, PA? You probably have a lot of questions or concerns about this vision condition. The first of which usually is, “What is astigmatism?”

While you may be under the impression that astigmatism is an ailment or illness, it’s not. Astigmatism is a prevalent eye condition that’s simply a “refractive error.”

When you have astigmatism, it means there is a slight imperfection in the curvature of the cornea of your eye. In other words, it isn’t perfectly round. While a perfectly curved cornea will reflect light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye, astigmatism causes these light rays to refract improperly, resulting in blurred or distorted vision.

In the following article, we’ll go over just what causes astigmatism, how it’s diagnosed, and how to treat it. But above all else, if you’re having vision problems and suspect astigmatism—please schedule an eye exam with your eye doctor today! Continue Reading Astigmatism 101

Macular Degeneration: 4 Important Questions to Ask If You Have Vision Problems

Senior man is holding eyeglasses and rubbing his tired eyes
Have you noticed blurriness in your vision and happened across this article after searching online for an eye exam near me? That’s perfectly understandable. After all, the thought of losing our sight is one of the most unimaginable things that can happen to us.

Unfortunately, it’s surprisingly more imaginable than you might think. As the population matures, macular degeneration will eventually affect 1 in 3 older adults.

Therefore, each February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology spends the month bringing awareness to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD or ARMD), the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. During AMD Awareness Month, Campus Eye Center is doing our part to help educate patients who may have questions about AMD. We believe eye care education—combined with routine eye care—is the best strategy to prevent the process of natural macular degeneration in our patients.

In the following article, we’ll identify some of the most important questions to ask your doctor if you’re having vision problems and suspect AMD or have recently been diagnosed. Continue Reading Macular Degeneration: 4 Important Questions to Ask If You Have Vision Problems

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Glaucoma

man and eye doctor review a graphic that explains glaucoma

Do you know whether you have glaucoma? No? Then it’s time to find a glaucoma specialist near you. If you’re like the nearly 1.5 million other Americans out there—you probably have no idea if you have this common eye condition. Roughly half of the U.S. glaucoma population goes undiagnosed.

Glaucoma symptoms often start slowly, making them unnoticeable. So, the only way to truly find out is for you to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

While there’s no cure for glaucoma, early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.

Was the above information news to you? Read on for seven other facts you probably didn’t know about glaucoma. Continue Reading 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Glaucoma

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Pediatric Eye Exams

Child and parent during a pediatric eye exam
At Campus Eye Center, one of our primary goals is to provide educational and health resources for our valued patients. Children’s eye health and safety is a foundational topic since parents and caregivers of babies, preschoolers, elementary school students, pre-teens, and teens need to be armed with vital eye health information to ensure their kids can thrive.

Central to this is knowing how critical it is to visit a pediatric eye doctor for an initial eye exam before age one. The earlier healthy eye care habits are established, the better. However, if your child is older and hasn’t yet had an eye exam, there’s no time like the present.

Have questions about what a pediatric eye exam entails for the youngest patients? Read on to get our answers to a few of the most significant questions and concerns parents often have about children’s eye exams. Continue Reading Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Pediatric Eye Exams

6 Common Adult Eye Infections You Should Watch For

woman with possible eye infection rubbing her eye in painA little while ago, we published a blog post all about eye infections and other conditions in children that parents need to pay attention to. Did you know that at least three of those infections are ones that adults themselves should be concerned about contracting as well? Pink eye (conjunctivitis), stye/chalazion, and orbital cellulitis may actually occur more frequently in adults than children.

We’ll do a quick review of the symptoms of those infections in today’s article, but we also want to draw attention to a few more bacterial and viral infections that commonly affect adults: keratitis, blepharitis, and uveitis. Continue Reading 6 Common Adult Eye Infections You Should Watch For

What is Optic Neuritis? Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Concept image with a diagnosis for optic neuritis
Not all eye diseases and eye health issues cause pain, which is why keeping up with routine eye exams is crucial to detect conditions that may not be obvious without a close examination of the eyes.

Optic neuritis—the medical name for swelling of the optic nerve—typically announces itself with pain. And anytime you experience eye pain, it is wise to contact an experienced eye care provider to advise you and perform an emergency eye exam. Eye pain is not normal, and eye pain with noticeable vision loss—as can occur with optic neuritis—is an eye health emergency.

Today’s blog post gives you what you need to know about optic neuritis, including how this optic nerve condition can be a sign of certain autoimmune disorders and other diseases. Continue Reading What is Optic Neuritis? Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

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

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