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). […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

What’s Wrong with Colored Contacts?

With Halloween just around the corner, children and young adults everywhere are preparing their costumes, hoping to outshine their friends with the spookiest, scariest get up they can find. What better way to enhance a vampire costume than with some glowing eyes, or a cat costume with cat-like pupils? These […] Read more »

4 Ways to Reduce the Digital Impact on Your Eyes

If you have ever spent a few solid hours in front of a computer screen, you’ve probably come away with an itching or burning sensation in your eyes. Whether you have a huge assignment due or a notice that your boss needs now, stopping work isn’t an option – so […] Read more »

5 Tips to Maintain Eye Health as You Age

1. Protect your eyes. Covering your eyes against damaging particles and rays is more important than you might think. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that up to 90% of eye injuries could have been prevented by wearing appropriate eyewear. When outdoors, use sunglasses with UV-reducing lenses. When working with […] Read more »