eye health

What is Glaucoma?

More than 2 million Americans suffer from a disease known as glaucoma. You may have heard about this eye disease, and you may even remember being tested for it at your last visit to your eye doctor. But what does this disease do to your eyesight?

Summertime tip: Contact Lenses

When we think of summertime, we are instantly reminded of pools, green grass, heat, spending time outside, barbecues, and whatever our family traditions may be.

But if you wear contact lenses, summer may not be a time of fun with constantly itchy or dry eyes. Here are a few eye care tips for the whole family to make summer more enjoyable for contact users.

Did You Know You Can Suffer From Vision Problems After a Concussion?

Concussions are serious injuries to your head and brain that can occur any time there is trauma, such as a car accident, a fall, or a sports accident.

But concussions are also an eye care issue for adults and children alike.

A vast majority of our brain tissue is directly or indirectly related to our vision. This is the reason why concussions lead to vision issues so frequently.

Protecting Your Eyes in the Swimming Pool!

Now that summer is finally upon us, that means it’s time to go swimming!

Whether you head to your own pool, a local swimming pool, or head to a resort for a family vacation there are several ways to practice safe family eye care while swimming in the pool for everyone in your family.

Your eyes can become irritated by swimming in pools in a variety of different ways such as becoming itchy, red, or sting.

Eye Drop: Prescription vs. Over-the-Counter

When it comes to eye care options for your family, eye drops have a vital role to play. They can help provide relief for itchy or dry eyes, as well as for times your eyes feel uncomfortable when wearing contacts.

But is it possible based on the symptoms you are experiencing you might be using the wrong eye drops? This question depends on when you should use prescription eye drops or over-the-counter eye drops.

Spotting the Symptoms of Cataracts

Many people may have heard the term cataract, or even know someone with cataracts. But many do not understand exactly what they are, nor know the symptoms of cataracts.

Cataracts, simply stated, are cloudy areas on the lenses of our eyes where our eyesight appears dimmed or blurry. This is a common eye problem as we age. Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate more than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from cataracts.

Is Your Child’s Eyesight Interfering With His/Her Learning?

When it comes to our children, their education is a top priority for any parent. But can your child’s eyesight actually hinder his or her ability to learn? And when is an appropriate point to take action?

Since vision issues in children can directly affect your education, or discourage them from learning, it’s important to stay on top of your child’s vision care needs. Some estimates show 1 in 4 students suffer from vision problems that can hinder their learning.

So what are some signs to tell if your child struggles with their vision?

Near-Sighted vs. Far-Sighted

It’s often a confusing part of eye care issues — deciphering the difference between near-sightedness and far-sightedness, and which you may suffer from. Both are actually refractive eye conditions, meaning they are problems related to how the light is focused as it enters the eyes. Ideally, as light enters the eye the light would be perfectly focused onto the inside lining of the eye which detects light. This part of the eye is called the retina. If this occurred, the brain would see a clear view of the world and people would not need glasses to correct these types of issues.

Always Protect Your Eyes; Tips for Around the House

Our house is considered by many a safe space and a spot where we can relax at the end of a hard day at work. Yet many eye injuries occur around the house performing common chores, hobbies or other activities. It’s important to protect your eyes with protective eye wear as a part of practicing eye care for the whole family when performing these tasks, such as mowing the grass, edging, or trimming trees. Anytime you spread fertilizer, operate power tools, or use hazardous chemicals it’s a recommended that you wear some form of eye protection.