Refractive Errors and Vision

Eyesight is the most precious gift we have. It allows us to perceive the surrounding world like no other of our senses. Unfortunately, there are quite a lot of eye disorders that can permanently affect the quality of vision. Early recognition and treatment are the keys to preserving eyesight. Here are some of the most

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Ptosis – drooping eyelids

Ptosis is also called “drooping eyelid.” It is caused by weakness of the muscle responsible for raising the eyelid, damage to the nerves that control those muscles, or looseness of the skin of the upper eyelids. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Drooping eyelid can be caused by the normal aging process, a congenital abnormality (present

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Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known as intraocular pressure (IOP). Causes, incidence, and risk factors

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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is when the eye is unable to maintain a healthy layer of tears to coat it. See also: Conjunctivitis Decreased tearing Sjogren syndrome Vitamin A deficiency Causes, incidence, and risk factors Dry eye syndrome often occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. It is more common with older age, because you produce

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Aging Eyes

Many eye-vitamin formulations currently on the market are based on research conducted by the National Institutes of Health in a project called Age-Related Eye Disease Study, or AREDS. The first phase of the clinical trial, completed in 2001, found that a specific combination of vitamins C and E, along with beta-carotene and zinc, reduced the

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High Blood Pressure and Your Eyes

May is National Blood Pressure Education Month. Did you know that high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the leading cause of strokes? The American Heart Association cites stroke as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, meaning one in every 20 deaths, as well as the “leading cause of long-term

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Melanoma – Are your Eyes Safe?

In honor of May being Melanoma Awareness Month, we’d like to remind you that melanoma can also develop in the eye and that with all forms of melanoma, early detection is vital. Unlike skin melanoma, the only way to detect ocular melanoma (unless it’s on the lids – which is extremely rare), is by dilated

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Julian’s Story

Whether it’s a new haircut or a different clothing style, teenagers try all sorts of things to change their appearance. It’s all part of growing up and finding yourself. Unfortunately for one boy, his attempts at changing his appearance went too far. 17-year-old Julian Hamlin purchased colored contacts from his local gas station for just

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Chemicals in Contacts

With Halloween around the corner, it is important to pay attention to where your costume pieces come from and what they’re made of. Even though it’s just for one night, some costumes can cause serious injury–in particular, colored costume contacts. Recent studies have shown that colored contacts can contain chemicals that can seriously damage the

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