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Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter contact lenses that have a special vaulted design, only touching down on the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. The space that is beneath and that vaults over the top of the cornea plays an important role in the suitability of these lenses for those patients who can't wear regular varieties.
Better known as nearsightedness, myopia is the most common eye condition in the world and currently affects around 30% of the U.S. population, although that number is expected to rise during the first half of this century. While the exact cause of myopia isn’t known, there’s significant evidence to suggest that genetics play a big role and if one of your parents has myopia, you are much more likely to suffer from the condition.
Many people need to rely on prescription eyewear to be able to see clearly. Although glasses remain the most popular choice, an increasing number of people are choosing to wear contact lenses either instead of glasses or as an alternative at times that suit them.
Research suggests that more than three million Americans are living with glaucoma, and more than 80 million people worldwide. This number is expected to increase to more than 111 million by 2040. It is also one of the leading causes of blindness and any vision that is lost as a result of glaucoma is, unfortunately, permanent.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.