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 […]

Who Does Eye Exams?

Even if you are not experiencing vision problems, it is important to get regular eye exams. Children and adults should regularly consult an eye care professional and have their vision checked in order to diagnose any vision related problems early and treat them effectively. If you are thinking about seeing an eye care professional, but don’t know where to begin, the following may be helpful in finding the right one for you.

Referrals are often helpful in finding an eye care professional. Ask trusted friends, family, colleagues or your regular physician for recommendations. You can even consult your insurance provider to offer you a list of eye care professionals that are […]

Types of Prescription Eyeglasses

Prescription lenses are the heart of what makes a pair of glasses provide the sharp, clear vision you want to have. There are several types of prescription eyeglasses to address your visual needs, whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or need multiple prescriptions in one lens:

Single Vision – Single vision prescription lenses are used to correct a single vision problem such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism. They contain the same amount of vision correction throughout the entire lens. In terms of single vision reading glasses, full frame readers are the most common. You’ll also find single vision lenses in half frame reading glasses which are narrower and sit at the end of […]

Do I Have to Get Fitted for Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing eyeglasses. If you choose contact lens wear for your vision correction, it is very important that the lenses fit properly and comfortably and that you understand contact lens safety and hygiene. A contact lens exam will include both a comprehensive eye exam to check your overall eye health and general vision prescription and then a contact lens fitting.

The Contact Lens Fitting

One size does not fit all when it comes to contact lenses. Your doctor will need to take some measurements to properly fit your contact lenses. Contact lenses that do not fit properly could cause discomfort, blurry vision or even damage to […]

Tips for Better Eye Health

Few things in life are more precious than your eyesight. Protecting your eyes and maintaining good vision is important as we age. So, what can you do to protect your eye health? Following these simple tips will give you the best chance to maintain great vision throughout your life:

Eat Well – One of the ways to maintain your eye health is through eating a balanced and healthy diet. A balanced diet is best created with a variety of proteins, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Try to eat a rainbow during the day, incorporating many types of foods in many different colors. Leafy greens like kale and spinach provide antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. […]

How to Know if you have Dry Eyes

A healthy eye is one that is hydrated by a film of tears. However, those who suffer from dry eyes do not produce enough quality tears to keep the surface of the eye sufficiently moist throughout the day. The result is an irritated eye that may affect vision, and if left untreated, can cause damage to the cornea.

Dry eye is one of the most common ocular problems affecting adults today and can cause problems that range in severity from mildly irritating to debilitating. Dry eye is a general term that describes the state of the front of the eye in response to a breakdown in the natural layer of tears […]

Uveitis Treatment

When the inside of your eye gets irritated and inflamed, this is called uveitis (pronounced you-vee-EYE-tis). It involves the middle layers of your eye, also called the uveal tract or uvea. It also includes the iris (colored part of your eye), choroid (a thin membrane that contains many blood vessels) and the ciliary body (the part of the eye that joins these together). The uvea is an important part of your eye because its many veins and arteries take blood to the parts of the eye that play a major role in your vision.

Treatment Option for Uveitis

There are multiple treatments for uveitis depending on the severity of the situation. Eye […]