It’s important to consider keeping your eyes in tip-top-shape when evaluating your overall health. Aging eyes can often bring decreased vision, cataracts, dry eyes and glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eyes optic nerves caused by increased pressure in your eye. It’s important to take preventive action now so that your eyes are healthy in the future. To help, here are seven helpful tips to help prevent glaucoma.
Did you know that blindness affects women more than men? The National Institutes of Health reports that 2/3rds of the people with blindness or visual impairments are women. Often, hormones, and especially life changes such as pregnancy and menopause, cause changes in women’s eyes. Preventing blindness and vision problems requires keeping a healthy lifestyle, avoiding certain habits, and seeing the eye doctor regularly. April is Women’s Eye Health month. Find out why Women’s Eye Health month is important and how you can protect your vision through the years!
During the golden age of cigarettes—sometime between the roaring twenties and early sixties, vintage ads featured doctors touting the many “health benefits” of smoking. Most of us now know enough about the harms of cigarette smoking to roll our eyes at that. It’s well known that smoking causes lung cancer. Not many people realize, however, that smoking can also damage vision and even cause blindness. If you’re on the fence about giving up smoking, these additional risk factors may help you see the light.
The colored part of your eye is called the “iris”. This part of your eye is pigmented depending on your genetics, which will determine what eye color you have. Many babies have blue eyes when they are born and for most of their first year of life. However, that might not be the eye color that they will always have, as pigmentation in the eye can change over time. There are only certain eye colors that people have such as green and blue instead of pink or red. Find out why that is and why you have the eye color that you do!
Low vision generally means impaired vision, and it can happen whether you are young or old. Many people have low vision (meaning they can’t see well) due to hereditary conditions, eye diseases or eye injuries. Some people don’t see well at sunset with changing light and others have vision that deteriorates slowly as they age. Patients can possibly see better with glasses, contact lenses or vision surgery, but others will have permanently impaired vision. Find out what to do about low vision, if we can help you see better, and how you can get through your day easier if you don’t see well.
You may have had a stye (sty) at some point in your life and not realized it. Styes can happen easily if you wear makeup around your eyes or if you don’t wash your face often. A stye is an infection along your eyelid caused by bacteria. You may notice a small, red bump near the edge of your eyelid that may even look like a pimple. This infection happens right at the base of an eyelash or in one of the small oil glands you have. Studies show that most people have the bacteria that causes styes. Changing one simple habit may stop you from getting styes or prevent them from happening at all. Find out what that habit is and what treatments there are to help a stye go away!
Did you know that the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) estimates that more than 43 million Americans will eventually develop eye diseases? The most common eye problems are either refractive errors of the eyes or are age-related diseases. However, your daily habits can determine if you are at risk for developing eye diseases or not. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases can be avoided or controlled with the right help. See your eye doctor today to have your eyes checked and learn more about how you can prevent the most common eye diseases.
Have you noticed vision changes lately? This could be caused by a refractive error of the eye. Refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are some of the most common visual problems affecting both adults and children. There is a difference between blurry vision and cloudy vision, as cloudy vision could signal an eye disease such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Learn how to detect certain vision changes and how to correct them with proper glasses, contact lenses or eye surgery!
The childhood years are a time of crucial eye development. A child’s eyes continue developing up through their pre-teen years. This is a critical period for eye problems to manifest and for vision problems to be corrected. You can correct a child’s vision problems by choosing glasses for them. Choosing glasses for your child will not only help them see clearer, but will help them excel in school and at home. Find out how your child’s eyes develop and what options are available to them if vision problems are present!
Your retina is one of the most important parts of your eye and one that is vital for clear vision. The seeing process is very complex and involves many parts of the eyes working together correctly. The retina is key for interpreting light and telling your brain what you are seeing. When problems with your retina occur, you can develop refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. There are also more serious eye conditions—such as macular degeneration—that affect your iris. See why having a healthy retina is so important to your vision!