How Diet Can Be Used as a Tool to Reduce Risk of Macular Degeneration

The macula is the area of the eye responsible for our sharp, central vision.  Everything we look directly at, be it a face or print on a written page is identified by the macula of the eye.  The macula consists of densely packed cells called photoreceptors. When light hits these photoreceptors, the signal is transmitted […]

Why Close Work Can Cause Vision Change

Difficulty attempting to view distance objects is cause for most visits to the eye doctor. Road signs may seem a little blurry at first, then it becomes difficult to see the TV set or the jersey numbers on the basketball players at the arena. Examination by an eyecare professional usually results in a prescription change […]

Nutrition and Eye Health

Lycopene May Protect Against Eye Disorders University of Maryland researchers suggest that carotenoids, particularly lycopene may protect the eye against oxidative damage and play a critical role in visual function. The identification of lycopene and a diverse range of dietary carotenoids in ocular tissues suggest that these carotenoids, as well as other nutrients found in […]

Red, Dry Eyes – causes and treatments

Patients with dry eye, either from decreased tear production or increased evaporation of tears, most frequently complain of chronic sandy-gritty irritation in their eyes. Also, patients with dry eye typically note that their symptoms get worse as the day goes on. This is because eye closure during sleep forms a watertight seal over the tear […]

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Research Shows Sunlight Prevents Myopia

A recent study from Australia shows that around 10-14 hours of sunlight can reduce the risk of nearsightedness in children. Previous belief had held that the risk of myopia (nearsightedness) increased the more a child played with video games but research has never conclusively backed that up. Instead an indirect link may be found because […]

FDA Recommends Sunglasses With 100% UVA/UVB Rating.

The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal (7/28, Carter) reported that the Food and Drug Administration “recommends selecting sunglasses that are labeled with a UVA/UVB rating of 100 percent to get the most protection” from the sun’s harmful rays. The agency said consumers should also “try to find a wraparound style” that covers the eye socket completely. Children […]

With My Family History, What Can I Do to Protect My Eyes?

Several blinding eye diseases have strong genetic ties. Knowing your family history is an advantage as there are several things one can do to reduce risk from an inherited eye disease. A common eye diseases with serious consequences that may be prevented to some degree by lifestyle changes is Macular Degeneration. Here are lifestyle changes […]

Refractive Errors Most Common Vision Problems In Children

Medscape (10/11, Waknine) reports, “About 4% of preschoolers have myopia, 21% have hyperopia, and 10% have astigmatism, according to data from two studies supported by the National Institutes of Health and published in the October issue of Ophthalmology.” According to the studies, “refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, are the most common vision […]

How The Eye Works – A Fantastic Voyage Through The Eye

Vision is the product of sight. It is our interpretation of the world around us as seen through the eyes. Sight occurs when light reflected off an object travels through the various refractive elements of our eye and reaches cells of the retina which covers the back of the eye. The optics of the eye […]

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