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What to Expect at Your Child’s First Eye Exam

Submitted by salandvision on January 16, 2018 - 3:23 am

The American Optometric Association (AOA) says 25 percent of all school-age children have vision problems. It is best to have your child see an eye doctor for an eye exam no later than age three and again before entering school, assuming the eye exam that took place as a newborn was fine. Schedule your child’s…

Treatment of Floaters

Submitted by salandvision on January 9, 2018 - 3:19 am

Most eye floaters occur as part of the natural aging process. Floaters are rarely troublesome enough to cause additional problems – unless they are a symptom of a more serious condition. Though they will never fully disappear, they often improve over the course of a few weeks or months. Most eye floaters don’t require any…

Dry Eye Syndrome

Submitted by salandvision on January 2, 2018 - 2:59 am

A healthy eye is hydrated by a film of tears. However, those who suffer from dry eye syndrome do not produce enough quality tears to keep the surface of the eye sufficiently moist throughout the day. The result is an irritated eye that may affect vision, and if left untreated, can cause damage to the…

What Causes Retinal Tears and Detachments?

Submitted by salandvision on December 24, 2017 - 2:55 am

Retinal tears and detachments occur when the retina (the inner lining of the eye) is damaged. The retina is the thin layer of light-sensing nerve cells lining the inside back of your eye. It converts light rays into signals which are sent through the optic nerve to your brain where they are recognized as images….

Blepharitis

Submitted by salandvision on December 17, 2017 - 8:53 pm

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. If you suffer from blepharitis, you may experience any of the following symptoms: Watery eyes Eyes are red Sensations in the eye of grittiness and burning Eyelids look greasy Itchy eyelids Swollen, red eyelids Skin around the eyes is flaking Crusted eyelashes Light sensitivity Eyelashes that grow abnormally…

Four Dry Eye Symptoms

Submitted by salandvision on December 10, 2017 - 2:14 am

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a common disorder of the tear film.  The syndrome affects a significant percentage of the population, especially those older than 40 years of age. It is more common in women than in men.  DES results from one of the following: Decreased tear production Excessive tear evaporation An abnormality in the…

Light Flashes in Eyes

Submitted by salandvision on December 3, 2017 - 2:09 am

Many conditions can cause photopsia – flashes of light in the eye. Light flashes in eyes can be harmless or they can be an indicator of a serious problem that needs immediate treatment. It is important to be evaluated by an eye doctor for an accurate diagnosis of the cause of light flashes in your…

Eye Protection for Sports Enthusiasts

Submitted by salandvision on November 26, 2017 - 4:29 am

Sports enthusiasts know how important vision is to competitive play.  Safety glasses, therefore, are vital for eye protection when playing sports or engaging in vigorous outdoor activities.  Forty percent of all eye injuries in kids ages 11-14 come from sports, according to the National Eye Institute.  Sports is the leading cause of blindness in all…

The Effects of High Blood Pressure on Your Eyes

Submitted by salandvision on November 19, 2017 - 4:17 am

High blood pressure can be very harmful to the body, causing heart and kidney problems among others. If untreated, high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the retina. The retina is the layer of tissue at the back part of the…

Black Floating Spots in Vision

Submitted by salandvision on November 12, 2017 - 3:19 am

If you notice small black floating spots drifting across your field of vision – known as eye floaters – you might be concerned. Most of the time, these tiny specks and squiggly strands are harmless, but they can occasionally be cause for concern. Here’s what you need to know about black floating spots in your…