eye diseases

wearing glasses

Helping Kids Adjust to Eyeglasses and Contacts

The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first eye exam by age 1, the next one at 3 years old and another before starting kindergarten. After that, students should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to evaluate their total vision—not just a screening to check their ability to see.

eye infections

Diagnosing and Curing Pink Eye

The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis, and it’s an infection that affects the inside of the eyelid and the thin, clear covering of the white part of the eye (called the conjunctiva). When the tissue becomes inflamed, the blood vessels swell and turn red, making the white area of the eye look pink.

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Eye Diseases Can Impact Your Vision

As people age, they are more likely to experience a serious eye problem that can result in diminished or permanent vision loss. The National Eye Institute reports that visual impairment often is caused by eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

eye issues

10 Warning Signs of Vision Problems

Many people believe that vision problems occur mostly as you age. Although older individuals are at increased risk for several eye diseases, vision problems can occur at any age.

eye care

New Treatment Solutions for Eye Cancer

For individuals diagnosed with cancer, one of the nagging concerns is whether it will spread to other parts of the body. Although body scans can be performed to identify cancer cells, most tests can only show active growth areas.

Cataracts

New Hope for Individuals with Macular Degeneration

There is new hope for individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that impacts the lives of more than 1.75 million Americans. By 2020, medical professionals predict this number to climb to more than 3 million.

glaucoma and statins

Statin Drugs May Lower Glaucoma Risk

Glaucoma is a silent killer of sight. It is an eye disease that attacks the eye’s optic nerve – a vital nerve that sends signals to the retina, where they are interpreted as the images we see.

Cell Phone Hearing

Smartphones Improve Life for Visually Impaired

In 2000, the world as we knew it changed with the introduction of smartphone technology. Cell phone users quickly became addicted to their smartphones, which offered instant information, games, and a variety of helpful applications (apps) designed to enhance and improve life.

Skipping Dr visits

Americans Reduce Visits to Doctors to Save Money

According to a survey conducted earlier this year by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), more than half of the respondents indicated they had skipped or reduced the number of visits to their doctor’s offices in order to save money.

cataracts

Focusing on Cataracts

Medical professionals describe cataracts as a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that cataracts are forming on their eyes because they develop gradually over time without causing any pain or discomfort.