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.
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.
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.
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
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:
When giving an annual eye exam, ophthalmologists check many aspects of vision and eye health, including intraocular eye pressure. Eye doctors measure eye pressure because elevated pressure—aka ocular hypertension—can damage the optic nerve and cause permanent vision loss.
There are several methods for testing eye pressure; each is a form of tonometry. Tonometry tools and techniques vary. The most well known may be the one involving a puff of air being blown at the eye, called non-contact or air-puff tonometry.
No matter which tool an ophthalmologist uses, the important thing is that they measure eye pressure.
Contact lenses have been around since 1887, when they were made of glass. Luckily, contact lenses have evolved a lot since then. Modern lenses are safer, more comfortable, and better at correcting a variety of vision challenges.
Today, contact lenses can be made from different materials, and which ones are best for the wearer depends upon the vision challenges to be corrected. This post focuses on what patients considering contacts for the first time need to know.
Did you know that macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among Americans over age 50? Today, cases of this progressive eye disease that are related to aging number about 9 million, but with the rapidly maturing population in the United States, research suggests that number will balloon to 17.8 million cases by 2050.
The good news is, with patient education and promotion of routine eye care to more adults, we can potentially reduce that number, or at least prevent natural macular degeneration from progressing to blindness for more people.
With World Glaucoma Week just wrapping up a little earlier this March, we wanted to keep the awareness-building going in our latest post here on the blog.
Glaucoma is sometimes called the “silent blinding disease” because early symptoms are often unnoticeable, and without comprehensive routine vision care, many individuals do not know they have it until after potentially irreversible vision damage has occurred.
There are also multiple types of glaucoma, some of which are related to other eyesight disorders and diseases (known as “secondary” glaucoma. “Primary” glaucoma develops unrelated to other conditions). These facts make it clear that glaucoma is still not a widely enough recognized disease even though the World Health Organization estimates that about 12% of all blindness globally is caused by glaucoma.
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can cause a host of vision-related complications for patients, especially if blood sugar is not well controlled. As we introduced in a previous post here on the blog, the most common of these diabetic eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy—up to 45% of Americans with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to significant vision loss or blindness over time.