Investigación y Publicaciones

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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Can a Pterygium Cause Dizziness?

Can a Pterygium Cause Dizziness?

Sun, wind, surf, and… a pterygium. Depending on where you live in the world, the prevalence of pterygia sits anywhere between 1% of the population to over 30%. This fleshy wing-shaped overgrowth of tissue from the whites of the eye to the cornea (the transparent dome over the colored iris) is typically dismissed as a slightly unsightly cosmetic issue for most people. As it’s also nicknamed «surfer’s eye», you can imagine how it might relate to sun, wind, and surf. In some cases, a pterygium can progress so far over the cornea that it becomes more than a slightly unsightly cosmetic issue.
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Young woman with monkeypox rash holding her arms crossed

How Human Monkeypox Affects the Eyes

In May 2022, the World Health Organization declared (yet another) international public health emergency. While still reeling from COVID-19, planet Earth now also has to deal with a global monkeypox outbreak. Although much less sensationalized (and deadly) compared to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19, the monkeypox virus is still causing some disruption with over 30,000 cases and 32 deaths in the US as of mid-February 2023. And at the time of writing, in the lead for the highest case count of monkeypox is the state of California.
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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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How does LASIK work?

How Does LASIK Work?

The idea of getting rid of your eyeglasses or contact lenses can be pretty appealing, especially if you’ve been dependent on these optical aids for a number of years. Who wouldn’t want to be able to open their eyes in the morning and be able to see clearly out the window immediately? Or not have their glasses steaming up in the kitchen or whenever you wear a facemask? Or not have to constantly clean and disinfect their contacts and then remember when they’re about to run out and need to order more?
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Older woman with nearsightedness reading a newspaper

Is Short-Sightedness Really That Bad?

Short-sightedness, or near-sightedness, is a type of refractive error. It’s that type of refractive error that makes you squint as you try to figure out whether that person over there is your wife or someone different entirely. It’s the type of refractive error that makes children sit at the front of the class or end up copying from their friends’ books if they end up in a seat at the back of the room. It’s also the type of refractive error that can cause permanent legal blindness.
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Doctor assessing man hit in the eye with a ball

You’ve Just Been Hit in the Eye with a Ball – Now What?

It’s estimated that 100,000 people suffer a sports-related eye injury each year with 30,000 of them being treated in emergency rooms.

When it comes to contact sports and sports involving projectiles (such as baseballs), eyes can often end up taking the hit. In fact, baseball is one of the top causes of eye injuries amongst children 14 years and under. Even among professional athletes, baseball is right up there on the list of causing serious eye injuries in sport. Other infamous sports for eye injuries are hockey and basketball.
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Cup of coffee being poured

Managing Myopia with a Cup of Coffee

Depending on where you live, the coffee culture can be a big part of life. Whether you source and grind your own beans or delight in a Starbucks grande apple crisp oatmilk macchiato, once you’re hooked, that caffeinated zing is hard to pass over. In addition to helping humans wake up in the mornings for centuries, caffeine has been used for:
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Fruits and vegetables that can prevent the development of glaucoma

How Your Lifestyle Can Impact the Development of Glaucoma

It’s no secret that a lot of diseases are influenced by lifestyle factors. For example, your risk of cardiovascular disease can be reduced through physical exercise. Avoiding cigarette smoke, whether that cigarette is dangling from your own lips or you’re inhaling second-hand smoke, is good for, well, pretty much everything. Research into a number of eye conditions has also demonstrated that the risk of developing the disease or the disease progressing can be modified through changing some of your daily habits. Here’s how glaucoma is influenced by your lifestyle factors.
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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 …