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Under normal circumstances each blink provides a fresh film of tears and a clean refractive surface to the eye while washing away debris. Over time debris from our environment builds up on the eyelids, creating inflammation, which in turn leads to a compromised, unstable tear film. Ocular Surface Disease (OSD), also known as Dry Eye Syndrome, is due to an imbalance in the tear film. Inflammation on the ocular surface leads to symptoms of fluctuating vision between blinks, burning, foreign body sensation, excessive tearing, redness, and itching.
As your eyesight starts to deteriorate, you may become more aware of needing an eye doctor. However, you may not know where to start. You may try ignoring the problem, until you realize it is getting worse. The more you delay your appointment with an optometrist, the more your eyesight deteriorates. Avoid the temptation to postpone this decision. Choose an eye doctor whose opinion you can trust and book an appointment.
Irritation, scratchiness, or a burning sensation in our eyes are some feelings that most of us are familiar with. Either dry eye or seasonal allergies can cause these. These two are some of the most common conditions affecting our eyes. The main problem is learning how to distinguish the two since their symptoms are similar.
Your eyes are among the heavy casualties of aging. You might have great vision, and maybe you have never had glasses or contacts, but aging might deliver some surprises to you. That’s why it is advisable that once you turn 40, you should get a comprehensive eye exam.
More than four million Americans over the age of 40 have low vision or are legally blind. Age-related eye diseases are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Among the top age-related eye diseases are cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive scan used to aid in the diagnosis of specific diseases of the eye and retina. This procedure uses light waves to take cross-sectional images of the structure being scanned. We often use this technology to evaluate change within the optic nerve in glaucoma and changes within the macula for many macular conditions.
For people that require vision correction, the options include glasses, contact lenses, and in some cases, surgical intervention is an option. Correcting refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism requires a refraction to be performed to determine how light best focuses onto the retina. This is your eyeglass prescription.