Each year, World Glaucoma Week raises awareness of glaucoma, a chronic, degenerative disorder of the optic nerve. It’s essential to stay informed about this topic because glaucoma can cause people to lose vision.
Also known as the “silent blinding disease,” glaucoma’s early symptoms are often unnoticeable. 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” glaucomas. “Primary” glaucomas 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 94 million people globally have blindness caused by glaucoma. Continue Reading A Concise Guide to Glaucoma
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.
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.
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.
As we age, our eyes go through a number of natural changes. Some of these changes – namely the development of cataracts – unfortunately cause vision loss. In fact, cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss in people over age 40, according to vision insurer VSP.
The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to prevent cataracts from forming or slow their progression.
If you do happen to be suffering from cataract symptoms today, however, a simple surgical procedure can often restore your clear vision. Today’s blog post will share more about how Campus Eye Center can help with all of your eye health concerns, including diagnosing and correcting cataracts.
As a parent, you may wonder whether your preschooler has a vision problem or when you should schedule your child’s first eye exam.
Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. The most common eye disorders found in children are refractive error (the need for glasses), amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus (eye turn). Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early and if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.
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What is macular Degeneration? You have heard about it and may know someone who has it; but, what are the risk factors for macular degeneration and are you at risk?
MACULAR DEGENERATION or age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye disease and a leading cause of blindness, affecting more than 9 million people in the U.S. alone. It impacts the macula, an area of the retina where detailed central vision occurs. Numerous clinical studies have shown that dark adaptation – the recovery of vision when going from daylight to darkness – is dramatically impaired from the earliest stages of AMD and increases as the diseases progress.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.
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