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Do I Need to Have My Eyes Dilated?

Submitted by salandvision on October 25, 2020 - 3:47 pm

Eye dilation is a key component of a comprehensive eye exam. Dilating eye drops contain medication to enlarge (dilate) the pupil of the eye. There are two types of drops: one type stimulates contraction of the muscles that enlarge the pupil (phenylephrine); the other type relaxes the muscles that make the pupil constrict and also…

Can You Prevent Glaucoma?

Submitted by salandvision on October 18, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting around 2% of the population. Glaucoma is the result of progressive damage to the optic nerve due to high pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure). This causes progressive visual field loss and if untreated, eventual blindness. Unfortunately, once vision is lost from optic nerve damage, it…

What is the Iris of the Eye?

Submitted by salandvision on October 11, 2020 - 3:44 pm

The iris is the most noticeable part of the eye: the pigmented, circular portion. It is the part that makes your eye blue, brown, green or hazel and is caused by the amount of pigment melanin that is present. Melanin is also the pigment that gives color to our skin and hair.  The iris lies…

Can Lazy Eye Be Treated?

Submitted by salandvision on October 4, 2020 - 3:38 pm

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, occurs when there is a lack of vision in one eye because the eye and the brain are not working together. Amblyopia normally only affects one eye – resulting in the amblyopic eye pointing away from the other appearing lazy. A lazy eye may result from a strabismus (crossed-eyes),…

Does Diabetes Cause Vision Problems?

Submitted by salandvision on September 25, 2020 - 4:33 pm

If you have diabetes, regular visits to your eye doctor are important to avoid diabetic eye problems. High blood sugar (glucose) increases the risk of diabetic eye problems. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 74.   High blood sugar in diabetes causes the lens of the eye…

How Do I Choose an Eye Doctor?

Submitted by salandvision on September 18, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Choosing an eye doctor is an important step toward taking care of your eyes and vision. Eye doctors help to protect your precious sense of sight and help you to have the best vision possible. When choosing an eye doctor, it is important to understand the different types of eye doctors and the skills each…

What is the Difference Between Myopia and Hyperopia?

Submitted by salandvision on September 11, 2020 - 4:27 pm

For vision to work properly, both your distance and near vision should be clear. Both myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are refractive conditions — they refer to how light is focused in relation to the eye. Below, learn what myopia and hyperopia mean, as well as the differences between the two. Hyperopia The technical term…

Temporary vs. Chronic Dry Eye

Submitted by salandvision on September 4, 2020 - 4:20 pm

If you suffer from dry eye, then you are most likely familiar with the uncomfortable symptoms of burning, itching and grittiness.  Temporary dry eyes are often a result of an environmental factor such as a dry climate or over wearing contact lenses. On the other hand, chronic dry eye is a medical condition that, over…

How Do Eye Doctors Know if You Need Glasses?

Submitted by salandvision on August 25, 2020 - 3:54 am

Doctors use several tests to determine whether or not you need glasses. These tests are performed during a comprehensive eye exam. Comprehensive eye exams are recommended at least once every year. A comprehensive eye exam involves a careful and thorough evaluation of the different aspects of your visual health. We will assess your eye structures…

What is the Pupil of the Eye?

Submitted by salandvision on August 18, 2020 - 3:53 am

The pupil of the eye is the black circle in the center of the iris. The iris is the colored portion of the eye with a structure and color unique to each person.  The pupil of the eye is a portal which admits and regulates the flow of light to the retina. This is part…