If you wake up one morning with one pair of eyelids stuck together and an itchy, red, watery, possibly painful eye, the first thing you should do is call your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Chances are good that you have conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye. Sometimes, your eye doctor will prescribe you eye drops, but other times, you may be sent home without medication; the reason is that there are several different types of pink eye, and different drops work on different types.
3 December 2015
Diabetes affects your eyes in subtle ways. You may not realize that you have a problem until you suddenly develop severe eyesight issues. Frequent diabetic eye exams by your vision center are needed to stay ahead of this damaging disease. Here is what you need to know about how diabetes affects your eyes and how to keep it from stealing your vision. Damage to Blood Vessels is the Problem Diabetes causes the blood vessels in your eyes to become weak.
11 November 2015
If you think that being colorblind is a rare phenomena in humans, then you may not catch the warning signs that your child is colorblind. As many as 8-percent of all men and .5-percent of women today suffer from color vision deficiency, which is the clinical name for being colorblind. While most cases are inherited, many hereditary disorders skip generations, and you may not be aware that you had a color-blind great-grandparent or other ancestor.
20 October 2015
Failing eyesight can be an incredibly scary prospect. Cataracts affect a huge number of people every year, but thankfully, they can be treated with surgery. Whether you suspect that you might have cataracts or your doctor has told you that you have cataracts, you might be confused, worried, or just curious about how cataracts work. To help you out, here is an overview of what cataracts are and how they are treated.
1 September 2015
Hypothyroidism is known to be a condition that affects your body's ability to produce and regulate thyroid hormone levels. What many people don't understand until a visit with an optometrist is that hypothyroidism can also affect the condition of your eyes. Understanding your underlying condition and treating your poor thyroid function is essential to treating any side effects that may affect your eyes. Here's a look at some of the things that your optometrist may notice if you have hypothyroidism.
17 August 2015
Advanced cataract surgery usually restores vision in most people who undergo the procedure. The recovery time can take up to a month. During that time period, it is important that you take every precaution you can to protect your eye health. Here are some tips to help keep your recovery on track. Use the antibiotic eye drops prescribed for you. It is customary for patients to be given antibiotic eye drops after surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
14 August 2015
There are certain medical conditions and diseases of the eye that require you to get a new cornea. This procedure is called a corneal transplant. It is performed by removing your damaged cornea and replacing it with new cornea, in order to improve your eyesight. Here are some different reasons you might need the corneal transplant. Does your cornea look like a cone? Another reason you might need a corneal transplant is if your cornea is shaped like a cone.
13 August 2015