Astigmatism 101

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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

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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

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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

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?