From our hair and eye color to the shape of our nose, there are several characteristics that we inherit from our parents. Things indeed run in families, but are vision problems one of them? It might seem like a simple question, but the answer is quite complicated.
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You may need reading glasses if your eyes are already having a hard time focusing on small text and items held within arms’ length. When purchasing a pair, you might be wondering if it is worth purchasing the type prescribed by an eye doctor, or will the more affordable, over-the-counter (OTC) ones do?
Even if you don’t need new contact lenses or if your eyes seem fine, you should still make it a point to regularly visit an eye doctor. But how often is “regularly”?
Astigmatism is an eye condition where a person suffers blurred or distorted vision. But what are the causes of this issue?
Different types of contacts can be used depending on the specific needs of a person. These requirements can range from purely cosmetic to vision correction. Your local eye care center will likely suggest the most appropriate lenses for your needs. But just to give you an idea of the considerations you need to make when buying […]
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that causes your central vision, which is typically used for activities like reading and driving, to blur. It often happens in older people and affects a particular part of the eye called the macula. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people aged 50 and […]
We usually tear up because a foreign body got into our eyes. Whether it’s a speck of dirt, dust or an eyelash – anything that lodges into them triggers the body to produce more tears until it’s flushed out. But sometimes, watery eyes are an indication of a more serious issue.
Scleral contact lenses refer to large, gas-permeable lenses that lie on the sclera or the white outer layer of the eye. They offer a simple and effective way to treat a number of cornea conditions, allowing for clearer and healthier vision. But to get the most of these advanced lenses, and ensure your safety and […]
Eye freckles are more common than you think, and they are usually not a cause for concern. Genetics and sun exposure are their usual causes. However, your eye doctor may still need to keep an eye out for it. While rare, they can become a type of cancer or melanoma. Whether you’ve always had them […]
While 1 in 20 children ages 3 to 5 have a vision problem that can lead to vision loss, 80% of preschoolers don’t undergo eye exams. This Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, we encourage parents to do their part in taking care of and protecting their children’s eyesight.
Close to five million Americans have problems with dry eye syndrome, which causes the eyes to stop producing enough tears or lubrication necessary to maintain comfort. As more than 30 million people in the country wear contact lenses, having dry eye syndrome is bad news for sufferers. Dry eye syndrome can be present whether you wear […]
There are different possible reasons for a headache; some more serious than others. Many people believe one of the leading causes of headaches is eye strain. It’s always a good idea to see a professional if you have recurring headaches to find out about any possible underlying causes. If you suspect it has something to […]
Eye allergies typically result in eye redness, itching, burning and clear, watery discharge. They can also accompany other allergic symptoms like sneezing, stuffy nose and sniffling. So, it’s important to take steps to relieve eye allergy symptoms.
Cataracts occur when the clear, natural lenses of the eye begin to harden and yellow, creating a cloudy and opaque spot over the lenses. This condition prevents light rays from passing through the lens, making it difficult for a person to see. It is common in older people, and it’s the leading cause of blindness […]
Wearing prescription eyeglasses isn’t always an option for athletes or active adolescents, particularly those who play contact sports. That’s why LASIK eye surgery and contact lenses are quite popular among athletes. However, these aren’t the only options available to athletes. A lesser-known but equally effective option is orthokeratology (ortho-k) or corneal refractive therapy. What […]
Healthy vision is essential to a child’s development because children learn by watching. As such, vision problems, which are quite common, can be detrimental to their learning. Vision problems are the single most widespread disabling condition that affects American kids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By the time American children […]
Keeping your vision clear can come with a hefty price tag. However, know that there is a vision insurance plan that can help you meet your eye care needs affordably. It usually covers the cost of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses as well as eye exam visits. You can either get coverage through your employer […]
Despite the prevalence of contact lenses as the medical device of choice for correcting refractive errors, many are still experiencing discomfort while wearing them. So, what are the possible causes and remedies for this issue?
Are you experiencing dry eyes and migraines at the same time? This may not be an odd coincidence. In fact, there have been recent studies revealing a possible connection between the two.
A study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that about 20,000 eye injuries happen in the workplace every year. It can be alarming just how common these cases can be, and they may range from simple eye strain to serious trauma that can lead to vision loss. That’s why it pays to take […]
Playtime is a critical part of your child’s physical and mental development. Furthermore, toys and games can be used to stimulate and sharpen their visual skills. To assist you with ensuring your child’s eye health, here are some toys and games that are perfect for every stage of your child’s vision development.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) has been around for decades, and it’s one of the safest treatments that you can try to help delay the progression of nearsightedness. Of course, a critical part of its effectiveness is the skills and knowledge of your eye doctor so it’s important to select the right one.
Some medications may come with a variety of effects on your eyes. If you’re older, and you have been using medication at a high dose for a long period, your risk of experiencing side effects may be higher. While these are usually minor and temporary issues, you also have to be wary of any permanent […]
Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve, which links the eye to the brain. It’s one of the leading causes of visual disability, but experts say that such diseases can be prevented with early diagnosis and proper treatment.