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Dry Eye or Just Allergies?

There are many different conditions that can affect our eyes and it probably comes as no surprise to know what many of them share similar symptoms. This can sometimes make it difficult to determine which issue is affecting us and, more importantly, what treatments will help to overcome the symptoms that are affecting our day-to-day lives. Two of the eye conditions that are most confused are dry eye and eye allergies.


Diagnosing and Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is common in diabetic people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. During its onset, the disease is asymptomatic and may go undetected for some time before it develops.


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.


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