Category: <span>Eye Health</span>

The Link Between Dry Eye and Poor Sleep

Easy Home Remedies for Dry Eye

Irritated, sore, burning, scratchy, gritty, watery? No, not an eye infection (though these are also symptoms of infection) – just dry eyes! Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, affects up to 50 million Americans, so if your eyes feel a little like the Mojave Desert, you’re in good company. In recent years, there’s been a boom of interest in dry eye disease, and subsequently, a whole lot of new treatment options have emerged. While some of these can cost you thousands of dollars in treatment fees, for mild or temporary episodes of dry eye flare-ups, some simple home remedies might just do the trick.

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Retinal Detachment

What is a Retinal Detachment?

When it comes to parts of your eyeball, you generally don’t want things to detach. Usually, attached is a better situation. It would be an ideal scenario if your eyelashes were to remain attached to your eyelid, and for your crystalline lens inside the eye to stay attached to the ciliary muscles that control how it focuses on near objects. Likewise, you probably want your retina to be attached to the wall of the eyeball because if it isn’t, it makes it difficult to see.

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What Causes a Cataract?

Grandpa Norman had cataracts, Grandma Joan had cataracts, your mom is booked in for cataract surgery next week, and we all know about Uncle Chester who got struck by lightning and somehow survived but developed cataracts within the month. In all likelihood, you know at least one person who has cataracts, or who had cataracts, so cataracts must be a pretty common occurrence. But what causes them, exactly?

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Know Your Cataract Symptoms

In all likelihood, you’ve heard of cataracts before. Depending on how well-versed you are in the field of ophthalmology, the mention of cataracts may elicit no reaction or may trigger a fear of impending blindness. The good news is that cataracts are not usually associated with permanent blindness. The bad news is that cataracts are a normal part of aging, so if you live long enough, you can probably expect to develop them at some point.

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First Aid Eye Care

What Should I Do If… First Aid for Eye Injuries

The eyes are delicate, sensitive organs. If you’ve ever gotten a single particle of sand in there, you’d know the distress it can cause. More serious injuries to the eye can result in permanent vision loss, whether immediately or later on. Having a basic understanding of what to do for an eye injury is beneficial for both yourself and the other eyeballs you may be responsible for (such as dependent children or others in your workplace). However, if ever in doubt, always remember to call emergency services or refer on to a medical specialist depending on the nature of the injury.

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Digital devices and eyestrain

Can Screen Time Damage My Eyes?

It’s not an uncommon statement, usually from parents to their device-addicted children – “If you’re not careful you’re going to ruin your eyes!” However, is there any real truth to this old wives’ tale? Will watching TV for too long make your eyes square? Will staring at your computer cause you to be short-sighted? Will playing games on your cell phone burn out your retinas?

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Mental health disorder

How Eye Health Affects Mental Wellbeing

If you think about how much you depend on your vision for everyday tasks, it’s not surprising that being confronted with a sight-threatening eye disease can make you feel, well, a little down in the dumps. However, not only is having vision loss linked to an increased risk of mental illness, but the relationship goes in the other direction too – having a mental health issue can make you more likely to develop vision problems.

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Daughter feeding a carrot to her mother

Eating for Eye Health

What goes in is what comes out, they say.

They also say you are what you eat.

It’s not a secret that eating well and healthily offers a multitude of benefits for your body and your mind. And though you can’t eat good vision, research tells us that there are certain foods and nutrients that can keep your eyes shining bright for as long as possible. Here is a list of things to include in your diet for good eye health.
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Drinking Alcohol Can Affect Your Eyes

Six Ways that Drinking Alcohol Affects Your Eyes

You’re feeling a bit blurry, your vision is going in and out of focus… you think you’re getting some double vision… Do you need new glasses? Or could it be that you just had one too many glasses – of wine?

Around the world, about 117 billion gallons of alcoholic beverages are consumed each year. In the US, beer is the drink of choice, followed by spirits and wine. However, while a tipple or two at a party is generally considered socially acceptable, a number of Americans rely on having a bottle in hand for a bit more than just to look cool or to wet their lips. In 2019, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated around 14.5 million US residents were living with an alcohol addiction.

While the full effects of alcoholism are beyond the scope of this particular article, there are some interesting facts to know about the effect alcohol has on eyes.
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Young man with UV protection sunglasses

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Sunglasses are much more than a fashion statement. The earliest record of eyewear used to protect the eyes from the sun dates back to prehistoric Inuit culture, most likely to ward off the glare from the snow and resultant snow blindness. Based on uncovered artifacts, these goggles were made of walrus ivory with narrow slits for the eyes. Soot mixed with oil was rubbed onto the goggles to further cut down the reflected sun glare off the snow.

Fast-forward to the year 2021 where we know a lot more about the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the eyes and are manufacturing sunglasses out of materials more sophisticated than walrus tusks and soot.
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Research & Publications

Tips to Optimize Your LASIK Recovery

Tips to Optimize Your LASIK Recovery

When it comes to laser eye surgery, two things are true: being able to see clearly without eyeglasses or contacts is convenient; …

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Pterygium

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Pterygium

Unsightly but harmless is a pterygium on the eye. These wing-shaped fibrous growths are often called surfer’s eye due to …

The Difference Between LASIK and PRK

The Difference Between LASIK and PRK

If you’re one of the many bespectacled or be-contact-lensed individuals who have considered your options for no longer …