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How Old Do You Have to be to Wear Contacts?

As adults, we often take our choice to wear contact lenses or glasses for granted. However, an increasing number of kids are now also wanting to choose contacts for their prescription eyewear. While we most often think of children as wearing glasses, there are actually very few barriers to them reaping the same benefits of contact lenses.


Do You Need Vision Therapy?

Children and adults alike can benefit from vision therapy. It's a term commonly used by optometrists to describe the science of achieving a clear, comfortable vision. Vision therapy aims to develop your visual skills and abilities, as well as improve your visual comfort, ease, and efficiency. The process also attempts to change the processing and interpretation of visual information. Do you think vision therapy can help you? Here are the common signs of functional vision problems:


Diagnosing and Treating Keratoconus

Around one in every 2000 people in the United States suffer from an eye condition called keratoconus. Unlike other eye conditions that cause blurred vision, keratoconus isn’t well known. However, this progressive condition can quickly start to affect your vision so significantly that it has an impact on your quality of life. Here’s what you need to know about keratoconus, including how it is diagnosed and treated.


Preventing and Treating Eye Allergies

Lots of people suffer from allergies. Some people find that it is their eyes that are most affected by their allergies. This is sometimes known as allergic conjunctivitis and occurs when a usually harmless substance comes into contact with the eyes, but the body perceives the substance to be harmful and sets off defenses, called histamines, against it. It is these histamines that are responsible for the symptoms that we associated with having an allergic reaction. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of eye allergies and to treat them if they do occur. Here’s what you need to know.


Diagnosing and Care for Cataracts

Like many other parts of the body, the eyes naturally change over time. However, some changes can affect your quality of life if left untreated. Proteins in the lens clump together in larger and larger areas and eventually obstruct vision. Cataracts are the number one cause of blindness worldwide.


Does Myopia Worsen With Age?

Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness. When a person has myopia, he or she can see things up close but will struggle to see things in the distance. This is a very common condition and ranges from mild to severe.


Candidates for Hard to Fit Contacts

If you’ve visited the optometrist for contact lenses and had trouble getting a pair, the doctor may have said that your eyes are hard-to-fit. This is not to say that contacts are not an option for you. It means that you need some specially designed fitting contact lenses. The lenses are called hard-to-fit contacts.


Diagnosing and Care for Glaucoma

Eyes are forever busy in making aqueous humor. A clear liquid covers the front of the eyes and leaves the cornea and iris using channels. These channels may get blocked due to medications, high blood pressure, or reduction of blood flow to the optic nerve and cause glaucoma.


Digital Screen Protection: Blue Light Lenses

Do you find your eyes dry, sore, and tired after a long day working on your computer, attending your online classes, or having fun with a video game session? If so, you may have an ocular discomfort known as digital eye strain. This condition consists of a range of visual symptoms that, according to The Vision Council, about 60 percent of Americans experience.


Importance of a Routine Eye Exam

The National Eye Institute always stresses the importance of routine eye exams in children and adults. Getting your eyes checked regularly by a professional eye care provider (ECP) is necessary for your overall health. With a good eye and vision health, you and your family can have a good quality of life. If you want to take the road to better optical health, here’s what you should know about the importance of routine eye exams.


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