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What to Expect During a Contact Lens Fitting

Contact lenses are a simple and convenient option to improve eyesight without eyeglasses. If you are thinking of getting your first pair of contact lenses or renewing your prescription, the contacts must fit your eyes correctly. It is important to see your doctor for a proper contact lens fitting to go over the best options for you and your lifestyle needs.

6 Tips to Protect Eyes From UV Rays

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?

What Are the First Signs That Glaucoma Is Developing?

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. 

How Can I Prevent Dry Eyes in Summer?

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when the eyes fail to produce enough or good quality tears. Tears help provide moisture and lubricate the eyes. They help wash the eyes of the dust, pollen, bacteria, and anything that can cause harm. 

Choosing Designer Frames to Suit Your Face Shape

With many individuals wearing eyeglasses, there is a wide array of frames to choose from. Choosing the best frames for your face can be daunting owing to the options available. It can also be expensive if you do not know what to look for. 

Can Glaucoma be Treated by an Optometrist?

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.

What is a Cataract Evaluation?

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.

Common Types of Cornea Disease

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.

How Often Do I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

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.

How Does LipiFlow® Treat Dry Eye?

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.

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