Around 64% of American adults are wearing eyeglasses for vision correction purposes. Like contact lenses, this eyewear has helped millions see the world better. Despite what they can do, there are still various misconceptions surrounding them. Movies, TV shows and the media are responsible for many of these.
Both eyeglasses and contact lenses can help you see clearer and sharper. If you prefer the latter option, you can either go for daily disposable or monthly lenses. When deciding between the two types of contact lenses, you’ll need to consider various factors, such as your lifestyle and how frequently you will use them.
Toric contact lenses are formed differently than conventional contact lenses with a spherical shape. It has a shape that is similar to a side of a donut. Often, specialists prescribe them to people with astigmatism or an eye condition where the eye is not perfectly round.
High blood pressure or hypertension can be detrimental to your organs. It can cause problems with your heart, kidneys and also your eyes. When not treated, it can damage the retina’s blood vessels, resulting in hypertensive retinopathy and other eye conditions. Moreover, getting an eye exam regularly can help with early detection and treatment of this eye […]
Your eyes may be considered “hard to fit” if your eye doctor has determined you’re not a good candidate to wear contact lenses or you have had trouble wearing them. However, that doesn’t mean you can no longer wear them. Read on as we discuss eye-related issues that can make contact lenses difficult to fit. We will […]
If you have blue or green eyes, you need to wear a pair of sunglasses every time you go out on a bright day. That’s because light-colored eyes are associated with a higher risk for sun damage and certain eye diseases, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis or “eye sunburn,” and certain cancers.
Some people find it harder to drive at night due to reduced low light vision. This issue is more common in older individuals. You may need at least twice the light to see clearly at 50 than when you were younger. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to developing eye conditions, such […]
Hormonal changes are normal for women who are going through the menopause transition. During this stage of your life, your body will make less reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. When the levels of these hormones are low, your health can be affected, and you may experience issues like hot flashes and even dry […]
When going out on a sunny day, make sure that your eyes are protected from the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun. Much like your skin, your eyes could also get sunburned due to overexposure to the sun’s UV rays – a condition called photokeratitis or ultraviolet keratitis.
Eyeglasses are available in a wide range of styles and materials. While you are probably most concerned about what frame style best suits your face, make sure to consider the frame material as well when you are shopping for new specs. Guilford Eye Center discusses some of the most popular eyeglass frame materials below:
Sleep is restorative for immune and cognitive functions. In order to stay healthy and alert, it is essential to get enough good-quality sleep. But did you know that it is also important for your eyesight?
For people with cataracts, seeing with clouded vision is sort of like looking through a hazy, fogged-up window. In the United States alone, over 24 million people aged 40 and older have been affected by cataracts. One of the most effective ways to prevent cataracts and other degenerative eye diseases is by following a healthy […]
As part of your eye care, you should go to a trusted eye doctor at least once a year to check on your vision and eye health. This is especially important for individuals who are wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses because stronger prescriptions may be given over time, depending on your specific eye condition. In this case, […]
Nowadays, a lot of work and school requirements are done online. So, even if you want to, it can be difficult – almost impossible – to limit the time you spend in front of a computer. As you may have probably heard many times, prolonged or improper use of the computer can have a negative […]
Also commonly called “lazy eye”, amblyopia is a condition that causes one eye to have reduced visual acuity even when appropriate glasses are worn. This occurs when the brain suppresses or ignores information from one eye. Statistics show that the condition affects about 2 to 3 out of every 100 children, making it one of […]
The beauty of spring can’t be denied; that’s why it is generally loved by people. However, the blooming flowers and thriving greeneries often come at a price – for those with allergies at least.
Wearing contact lenses isn’t as simple as putting them in your eyes. There are precautions that you have to take to make sure your eyes stay safe when you’re wearing them. Here are the ten commandments of contact lens safety.
There are other kinds of eye problems aside from vision-related conditions. One of the most common problems that you may have to deal with is a blocked tear duct. What exactly is this kind of issue, and when should you see an eye doctor about it? Read on to find out.
There are three main reasons to replace your eyeglasses or contact lenses. One, if your prescription has changed, resulting in headaches and dizziness when you’re wearing them. Two, if they are too old or damaged for continued use. And, while it may not be as pressing as the first two, the third reason is when you […]
Whether you wear eyeglasses or not, it’s perfectly normal for individuals to have some slight differences in the refractive power of their eyes. There is no such thing as perfect 20-20 vision as most eyes can differ in refraction by about 5%. This doesn’t usually pose any problems as the differences are too small to notice. However, […]
Also called computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain refers to a group of eye- and vision-related problems caused by extended use of computers, cell phones or tablets. It’s usually characterized by headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain. Poor lighting, uncorrected vision problems, poor sitting posture and incorrect viewing distances typically trigger […]
Millions of Americans have glaucoma, which is a group of diseases that harms the optic nerve. This eye condition can lead to vision loss and even blindness. If you are at risk of glaucoma, you must see your eye doctor regularly. It is because it does not show signs until it is in its later stages.
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.
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.
Contact lenses are a reliable vision correction option – that is when they are used properly. Contact lens-related eye problems are becoming a major concern because many don’t follow or are unaware of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to handling their contact lenses.
When it comes to keeping your eyes in good health, it involves a lot of steps. Apart from having an eye exam regularly and eating eye-friendly foods, you must be able to perform basic eye hygiene, too – starting with some of the most underrated parts of your eyes: the eyelids.
Not a lot of parents worry about their kids getting sports-related eye injuries since they’re not a risk anyone would immediately tie to sports. However, they’re a lot more common than you think. Statistics say every 13 minutes, the emergency room treats a sports-related injury. And, one in three of these cases involves kids.
To get your new pair of eyeglasses, all you need to do is to hand over your prescription to your local optical shop. However, it wouldn’t hurt to know about what your eye doctor wrote. Here’s what certain terms on the prescription mean.
Coming to the eye care center to pick eyewear for your child is a different experience from getting a pair for yourself. Kids usually have different needs, and you have to consider those things to ensure they’re comfortable wearing eyeglasses.
Having a 20/20 vision is often attributed to having a “perfect” vision – but is this really the case? Guilford Eye Center discusses a few vision-related terms that would help clarify this common perception about 20/20 vision.
Red eyes are usually the product of mild irritation that will quickly go away. If, however, this problem keeps happening, red eyes may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. Guilford Eye Center, your local eye doctor, list the common causes of red eyes as well as their short- and long-term solutions for […]
Vision problems can hamper a child’s development significantly. That’s because, in the early stages of childhood, children learn primarily learn through touching and seeing. One of the most common vision problems in childhood is myopia or nearsightedness.
People with autism experience difficulty in processing and responding to information from their senses, making visual problems really common. Visual dysfunction is typically characterized by poor eye contact, staring at spinning objects or light, sudden peripheral glances and difficulties attending visually.