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Protecting Your Eyesight

Your eyes are valuable and worth protecting! Failure to follow proper eye protection practices can result in injury, infection, eye disease and even loss of sight.

To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, consider these simple guidelines:

Protect your Eyes from Harmful UV Light. When outdoors during the daytime, always wear sunglasses that shield your eyes from 100% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This may help reduce your risk of cataracts, pinguecula and other eye problems.

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. These antioxidants are obtained from eating a diet containing generous amounts of […]

What are the Best Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes?

If your eyes look red and feel sore and itchy, you may have dry eyes. Dry eyes are a common problem and a major reason for visits to the eye doctor. Some cases are congenital, where the eyes fail to naturally lubricate themselves enough. Other times dry eyes are caused by environmental factors like living or working in dry climates, or being exposed to lots of dust, pollen, pet dander or any other airborne matter.

Keeping eyes well hydrated and lubricated is important for keeping eyes healthy. For anyone prone to dry eyes, wearing contact lenses may make their eyes feel dry more often. There are many different types of contact […]

Why are Eye Exams Important?

Eye exams aren’t just for those with vision problems. A regular eye exam is important for everyone—no matter age or physical health—to maintain healthy eyes, prevent vision problems and diagnose diseases early.

During a comprehensive eye exam in Medford, your doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. In addition to evaluating whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your eyes will be checked for eye diseases […]

Myopia Treatment

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, which is caused by a refractive error many people are born with or develop as they age. Myopia is the most common refractive error of the eye. If you are nearsighted, you typically will have difficulty reading road signs and seeing distant objects clearly, but will be able to see well for close-up tasks such as reading and computer use. Other signs and symptoms of myopia include squinting, eye strain and headaches. Feeling fatigued when driving or playing sports also can be a symptom of uncorrected nearsightedness. Myopia is not a disease, but rather a condition.

What Causes Myopia?

Unlike farsighted individuals who have a […]

Corneal Topography

Corneal topography is a computer assisted diagnostic tool that creates a three-dimensional map of the surface curvature of the cornea. The cornea (the front window of the eye) is responsible for about 70 percent of the eye’s focusing power. An eye with normal vision has an evenly rounded cornea, but if the cornea is too flat, too steep or unevenly curved, less than perfect vision results. The greatest advantage of corneal topography is its ability to detect irregular conditions invisible to most conventional testing.

Corneal topography can be beneficial in the evaluation of certain diseases and injuries of the cornea including:

  • Corneal abrasions
  • Corneal deformities
  • Irregular astigmatism following corneal transplants
  • Postoperative […]

What is the Difference Between Nearsighted and Farsighted?

For vision to work properly, both your distance and near vision should be clear. Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are refractive conditions — they refer to how light is focused in relation to the eye. Below, learn what farsightedness and nearsightedness mean as well as the differences between the two.

Farsightedness

The technical term for farsightedness is hyperopia. If you are farsighted, you can see distant objects well, but reading or looking at items close up is blurry for you. With hyperopia, the eyeball is either too short or there is not enough curvature of the lens for objects to focus properly. Light will focus at a point beyond the retina instead of […]

What Causes Cataracts?

A cataract is a common condition in which a normally clear eye lens becomes cloudy, causing blurry vision similar to looking through a foggy window. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens, creating protein clumps. These clumps, or deposits, prevent light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision.

There are several reasons why a cataract may form, including:

Aging – The eyes mainly consist of water and protein. As we grow older, some of the protein may form chunks and cloud a certain area of the eye’s lens. This phenomenon is called a cataract. It may grow over time and cause partial or […]

What to Know About Contact Lenses

People with vision impairment may choose contact lenses over eyeglasses for a variety of reasons. For some occupations and activities, contacts are simply easier to manage. Many contact wearers also find they see better with contacts due to the reduction in glare and distortions. And some people simply prefer the look.

Here are a few things to know if you’re considering contact lenses to correct your vision:

Soft Lenses vs Hard Lenses – There are two main types of contact lenses, hard and soft. Soft contacts are made out of light, flexible plastic infused with water to allow oxygen to flow through the lens. This helps keep your eye healthy and makes […]

How Do You Know if You Have Dry Eyes?

Dry, itchy eyes is a common complaint that eye doctors hear from their patients. People of all ages experience mild to severe dry eyes. Common dry eye symptoms include:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Grittiness
  • Scratchy Sensation
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Excessive Tearing
  • Stringy Discharge
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Tired Eyes
  • Heavy Eyelids
  • Contact Lens Discomfort
  • Blurred Vision

Dry eyes occur when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. Tears are needed to cleanse your eyes – washing out debris and dust, protecting your eyes from bacteria and lubricating your eyes. In some cases, your lacrimal glands simply cannot produce enough fluids to keep your eyes […]

Treatments for Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision.

People with dry eyes may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.

Treatment Options:

Although dry eyes can be a […]