Everyone has cried, whether as a baby or just last night. Our eyes are amazingly in tune to our emotions and our thoughts, and they do so much without us even blinking an eye (pun intended). We often think of tears related only to crying, to times of emotional distress or extreme happiness (or while cutting up an onion). But what we don’t think of as often is that tears are always necessary for the nourishment of our eyes. There may not be tears streaming down our cheeks, but there should always be tears and water in our eye sockets to keep them lubricated and for you to have clear vision. And, unfortunately, there are times when this isn’t the case, when something called dry eye develops.
Did you know that one in five Americans suffer from eye allergies? We’re used to treating nasal allergies with nasal spray and decongestants, but sometimes we forget that allergies can affect our eyes, too. While itchy, red, watery eyes can be harmless, they can also harbor infections, so you should, well, keep an eye on them. Fortunately, many over-the-counter solutions and self-help strategies exist to keep your eye allergies at bay.
For people who suffer from chronic issues of itchy or dry eyes, the winter months can be especially difficult. And even if you don’t suffer from eye pain during the majority of the year, the cold and snow can bring on new problems that may hinder your sight and make your eyes uncomfortable.
Fortunately, however, there are several easy techniques you can use to combat dry eyes and keep your sight healthy during the winter months. Use the tips below to keep your eyes happy and healthy this winter.
Our vision is important to our everyday life and, unfortunately, it’s something that’s very hard to regain once lost. That’s why it is essential to recognize and treat eye disorders early on, before irreversible damage occurs. Glaucoma is an eye disorder that affects about 2.2 million people in the United States. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, this number is expected to increase to 3.3 million by 2020. But because few know how to recognize it, about half of those who have it do not even know.
Your eyes are important to everything you do. But they’re often taken for granted. It’s regular and expected to meet with a physician whenever anything doesn’t feel right with our bodies, so why don’t we take this precaution with our eyes? Eye check-ups are important for everyone! We want to help you understand when to get an eye checkup, whether it’s routine or for a special scenario:
When we consider vision and how we see and interpret the world around us, we rarely consider how our eyes function as a resource to our brain. How exactly are our eyes capable of sending those electrical pulses to the brain so we can understand and interpret what we are seeing?
The retina plays a big role in that. This blog will tackle what the retina is, how it helps us see, and common vision problems that can arise from the retina.
Most of us don’t anticipate developing cataracts. However, because cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness and because more than 20 million Americans over age 40 have cataracts in one or both eyes, it’s important to be aware of cataract symptoms and to know that cataracts are treatable.
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness in patients over age 65 in the United States. It is estimated that, during the next five years, over one million Americans will go on to central blindness from macular degeneration.