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Is It Seasonal Allergies or Dry Eye?

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.

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy As You Age

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.

What Are the Most Common Eye Diseases?

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. 

Pink Eye Symptoms and Treatment

A “pink eye” is often associated with an eye infection but from a clinical standpoint it doesn't provide any further information other than the eye being “pink.”

What Is an Optical Coherence Tomography Scan?

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.

Are Contact Lens and Eyeglass Prescriptions the Same?

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.

Importance of Annual Eye Exam for Diabetics

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness among adults in the United States, making annual eye examinations evermore important for determining the risk of vision loss.

How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?

Eye examinations should be part of regular healthcare to ensure optimal vision, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of issues that arise. Making this evermore critical is the fact that many eye diseases and conditions are painless and reduce vision gradually, often making it difficult to detect individually. Vision loss can severely impact an individual’s quality of life.

What Age to Start Myopia Control Treatment?

As more children develop myopia, eye experts constantly look for safe and effective solutions for myopia control. The goal of the control strategies is to stop myopia in children from getting worse. Myopia control treatments aim to help millions of children who are facing a future of eye problems. Starting the treatment early is important for preventing lifelong issues.

What Is LipiFlow® and How Does it Treat Dry Eye?

Meibomian gland dysfunction is the most common cause of dry eye. LipiFlow® is a special treatment created to help with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Several factors can cause dry eyes, but one of the most common ones is clogged oil glands. LipiFlow treatment helps remove the blockages using heat technology.  

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