FDA approves gene therapy for rare form of blindness

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WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials approved the nation’s first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness. It marks another major advance for the emerging field of genetic medicine. The approval for Spark Therapeutics offers a life-changing intervention for a small group of patients with a vision-destroying genetic mutation and …

It’s the new year. Ready to get rid of your glasses or contacts?

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The new year is a great time to finally get the freedom from glasses and contacts with LASIK Vision Correction. As you likely know, LASIK is a popular eye treatment used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. What you may not know is our patients achieve incredible results and to a person, immediately after surgery …

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and …

How Can YouTell What’s Causing Your Dry Eye?

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The feeling of dry eyes is often caused by a problem in the eye’s tears. The tear problems can be caused by the environment, drugs or health conditions. Low humidity, wind (sleeping with a fan or sleep apnea mask), allergens and smoke are environmental factors that can cause problems with your tears. Low humidity indoors is usually caused by extremes …

Yes, people tattoo their eyes. And no, it isn’t safe.

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A woman from Ontario, Canada, had the white of her right eye tattooed purple in September. The eye tattoo, however, went horribly wrong. Following is an article that tells the story.   Eye Tattoo Gone Wrong Places Model At Risk Of Losing Her Eyeball: Will The Procedure Be Banned? A model is at risk of losing her eyeball after an …

December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

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Roughly 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries that end up in the ER are caused by toys. In support of Safe Toys and Celebrations Month this December, we join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in advising parents to be cautious when choosing holiday gifts for young people and recommends avoiding those that launch projectiles, such as crossbows and BB guns. …

Over 65? We highly recommend a complete eye exam every year

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We agree with The American Academy of Ophthalmology is saying it’s important to have a complete eye exam every year after age 65 to check for age-related eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract and other eye conditions. We actually recommend a complete eye exam every year or two regardless of your age. If you haven’t had …

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

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Diabetes can lead to a wide variety health complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, stroke, kidney disease, and vision loss. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans. Diabetes is a risk factor for developing glaucoma, as well as for developing cataracts, but the most common and debilitating vision problem experienced by diabetics is diabetic retinopathy. …

This is a great time to consider LASIK Vision Correction

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You are likely familiar with LASIK – a popular eye treatment used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. What you may not know is our patients achieve incredible results and to a person, immediately after surgery wonder out loud why they waited so long. This is a perfect time for LASIK – start the new …

A good story about the importance of sports eye safety

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The following article was written and published by The American Academy of Ophthalmology Sight-Threatening Injury Turns Teenager into Sports Eye Safety Advocate When 15-year-old Angellia Lilomaiava got poked in the eye as she went up for a two-foot shot during a basketball tournament, she fell to the court in excruciating pain. But as she made her way back to the bench, …

October is Home Eye Safety Month

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Each year, nearly 50 percent of eye injuries occur at home; that’s more injuries than occur in school and at the workplace – combined. From cleaning and cooking to mowing and repairing, eye injuries occur every day while performing routine activities. When completing these daily tasks in and around the home, we often become complacent and do not take proper …

What Causes Cataracts?

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In the normal human eye, light rays travel into the eye through the pupil. They pass through the clear lens and focus onto the retina. In an eye with a cataract, light scatters throughout the eye instead of focusing precisely on the retina. Cataract as part of aging Though there are other risk factors for cataracts, aging is the most common cause. This is due …

Should You Be Worried About Blue Light?

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When you stare at a screen for hours at a time, whether it is a computer, TV, phone or tablet, you are exposed to blue light from the device. But there is no scientific evidence that blue light from digital devices causes damage to your eye. The discomfort some people have after looking at screens is most likely digital eyestrain. …

Please welcome our newest Doctor

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We are pleased to introduce Dr. Jonathan Crews, who is joining our staff today. Dr. Crews specializes in primary eye care, cornea, external disease and refractive surgery. He is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating from Midwestern University, (2012). He did his internship and residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He earned his bachelors degree at University of Missouri-Columbia …