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Wet vs. Dry Macular Degeneration: What's the Difference?

Macular degeneration is a common eye condition that affects your center of vision. It makes it difficult to recognize faces, drive, or do work that requires detail. It usually affects people over the age of 60, making it one of the most prevalent causes of loss of eyesight in that demographic.

Warning Signs of Glaucoma

One of the main factors contributing to permanent blindness in the U.S. is glaucoma. Over 3 million Americans, including 2.7 million people over 40, suffer from glaucoma. While it can strike anyone, older people are more likely to develop glaucoma. Most glaucoma variants show no symptoms at all.

What Is Orthokeratology (Ortho-k)?

Prescription glasses and contact lenses help correct refractive errors like nearsightedness and farsightedness. However, most people suffering from these problems prefer to improve their vision without such corrective devices. Fortunately, this is possible through orthokeratology. Read on to learn more.

Can Diabetes Affect the Eyes?

The answer to this question is yes! Why? Diabetes puts you at risk of developing several complications in your eyes. Without treatment, the disease can affect your eyes over time, causing vision loss or blindness in severe cases. Early diagnosis can help avoid most eye conditions resulting from diabetes. Some of these vision diseases include:

Process of Getting Glasses From Start to Finish

General statistics claim that three out of four people require some degree of vision correction. A large population is either born with poor eyesight or experiences it as a by-product of aging. People need a 20/20 vision to help recognize people and things and maneuver through daily activities. If you have issues with your vision, here are a few steps to guide you toward getting glasses.

How Does Nutrition Affect Eye Health?

Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is essential for your overall health. Like the rest of the body, the eyes also benefit from what you eat. Research shows that a poor diet can increase your risk for some health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Such diseases can affect your eyes and lead to vision loss if untreated.

Why to Take Your Child for a Back-to-School Eye Exam

A yearly eye exam for your child is essential to ensure that their vision is strong and their eyes are developing normally. Because they are growing, children may have vision issues that are still in the early stages. It is of great benefit to your child to have an eye doctor check their eyes regularly to correct any issues early.

How Can UV Rays Damage Vision Permanently?

Extended exposure to Ultraviolet rays is related to eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, photokeratitis, and pterygia. Wearing sunglasses can help block UV rays. Given that it is summer and that July is UV Safety Month, it is an excellent time to find out whether UV rays can damage vision permanently, and how best to protect your eyes.

Who Is a Candidate for Ortho-k?

Ortho-k or orthokeratology is a non-invasive form of corneal refractive therapy. It involves wearing a contact lens overnight that gradually reshapes your cornea while sleeping. The reshaping of your cornea is not permanent. It can revert to its former shape once you stop wearing the contact lenses. Ortho-k is only ideal if you fall within the following categories.

Macula Mondays: Helping Eyes Thrive and Catching Disease Early

Our eyes are complex structures with many different components. The macula is a specific part of the retina – the area of light-sensitive cells found at the back of the eye. The macula is only around 5mm in diameter, but it is extremely important. It is responsible for our central vision, most of our color vision, and our ability to see fine details. This makes it essential for good eyesight and in supporting most of our day-to-day activities.

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