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Ultraviolet light from the sun causes damage, especially to the eye. Cases of cataracts and macular degeneration are complications that come with exposure to UV light over time. The longer you expose yourself to UV light, the higher the chances of developing adverse effects. So how can you protect your eyes and still be able to enjoy the outdoors?
Glaucoma is a condition that affects many Americans, the leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. It has various forms that damage the optic nerve, which is crucial for sight. The condition is hard to detect because its symptoms seem like mild issues that do not need immediate medical attention.
Many people are understandably confused about the difference between different types of eye doctor and what they mean for their care. The simplest explanation is that they all differ in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat.
Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions in the world and a leading cause of blindness. They occur when advancing age causes changes to the proteins that are found in the natural lens of the eye. These are usually evenly-dispersed across the lens so that they don’t obstruct your vision. However, as you get older they start to clump together, causing the cloudy patches that characterize cataracts. These get increasingly larger until your vision is significantly obscured.
Did you know that the cornea filters out some of the sun's UV rays? The cornea is the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye. It is transparent to allow light to pass through to the inner part of the eye. It comprises three primary layers: the epithelium, the outer layer; the stroma, the middle layer; and the endothelium, the inner layer. The cornea is curved and focuses the light rays that come through it. It is a tough and clear tissue that protects your eyes from foreign materials and is a barrier to infection.
At a minimum, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests getting a comprehensive eye exam once every year. This is even if you have never experienced any eye problems. A comprehensive eye exam is not just for fixing eyesight problems. It can help assess the general health of your eyes and help you understand how well your eyes work. Besides, the exam can help alert you to potential problems your eyes may develop in the future.
Most patients with dry eye have been going for treatments that do not deal with the root cause. Currently, ophthalmologists prefer not to send their patients home with remedies they may not follow. LipiFlow® presents a drug-free, safe, and effective method of treating dry eyes.
Dry eye, a very uncomfortable disease, is one of the most common eye conditions among Americans. There are several treatments available for managing it, but the challenge is finding the best option that works for you. One treatment that is FDA-approved for dry eye therapy is Lipiflow®. Lipiflow can provide a long-term solution for people who have been living with dry eye syndrome.