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Do I Need to See an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist?

Submitted by salandvision on May 25, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Choosing an eye doctor is an important health care decision. After all, you will be trusting your eye doctor to safeguard your precious sense of sight and help you maintain a lifetime of good vision.  The first step in your decision is to understand that there are two types of eye doctors: optometrists and ophthalmologists….

How Quickly Does Glaucoma Progress?

Submitted by salandvision on May 18, 2020 - 2:45 pm

Glaucoma is defined as a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve usually due to excessively high intraocular pressure (IOP). If untreated, this increased pressure within the eye can lead to optic nerve damage resulting in progressive, permanent vision loss, starting with unnoticeable blind spots at the edges of the field…

Should I Get Blue Light Lenses?

Submitted by salandvision on May 11, 2020 - 2:43 pm

Most of us spend several hours a day on laptops, smartphones or iPads. These electronic devices emit blue light rays that can be harmful to our eyes. With so much of our day involving staring at a brightly lit screen, imagine the effect it is having on your eye health.  Excessive use of brightly lit…

Is Glaucoma Inherited?

Submitted by salandvision on May 4, 2020 - 2:41 pm

Glaucoma is a term used for a group of diseases that irreversibly damage the optic nerve, potentially causing vision loss and blindness. Commonly thought to be a sign of aging, in fact, glaucoma can strike anyone at any age. Glaucoma can be inherited; genetic and hereditary factors are considered to play a key role in…

How Can You Protect Your Child’s Vision?

Submitted by salandvision on April 25, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of a child’s development. The best way to protect your child’s vision is to watch for eye problems and to schedule regular vision exams. With regular vision care, many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early. Be sure to make vision care and…

How Do You Permanently Treat Dry Eye?

Submitted by salandvision on April 18, 2020 - 7:08 pm

Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Fortunately, there are…

How Does the Eye Work?

Submitted by salandvision on April 11, 2020 - 7:03 pm

Your eye works in a similar way to a camera. When you look at an object, light reflected from the object enters the eyes through the pupil and is focused through the optical components within the eye. The front of the eye is made of the cornea, iris, pupil and lens, and focuses the image…

Does Diabetes Hurt Your Eyes?

Submitted by salandvision on April 4, 2020 - 7:01 pm

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is the result of a body not producing or not responding to the hormone insulin. Insulin is needed to regulate our blood glucose levels and takes the sugar out of the blood and into cells where it can…

What Causes Light Flashes in Eyes?

Submitted by salandvision on March 25, 2020 - 6:58 pm

Many conditions can cause photopsia – flashes of light in the eye. Light flashes in eyes can be harmless, or 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 eyes. Seek immediate…

What Does OD Sphere Mean?

Submitted by salandvision on March 18, 2020 - 6:46 pm

OD sphere is a term used for an eyeglass prescription. OD is an abbreviation for Oculus Dexter which is the Latin term for right eye. The term “sphere” means that the correction for nearsightedness or farsightedness is spherical, meaning equal in all meridians of the eye. On your eyeglass prescription, the value under the column…