June is Cataract Awareness Month

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Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated, it can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. During Cataract Awareness Month in June, we join the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that early …

Can you prevent or slow the development of a mild cataract?

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Question: I am 67 years old and have had a diagnosis of mild cataracts. Is there any way to prevent or slow its development? Answer: Cataracts are a normal function of aging. If you live long enough, you will develop cataracts. That being said, there are a few things that can be done to delay some forms of cataract. Ultraviolet …

Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses: Do’s and Don’ts

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Pepose Vision offers advanced testing and treatments for dry eyes and eye allergies. Contact us to learn more. Wearing contact lenses is a risk factor for dry eye problems. Dry eyes, in turn, can make contacts much less comfortable. It’s a situation that causes a lot of frustration for many contact lens wearers. In fact, this combination of dryness and …

Allergy season is here

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Eye allergies — red, itchy, watery eyes that are bothered by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers — are very common in the midwest. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies, and its prevalence is increasing — affecting up …

Exciting New Research in the Attempt to Cure Macular Degeneration

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Macular degeneration: ‘I’ve been given my sight back’ Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK – age-related macular degeneration. Douglas Waters, 86, could not see out of his right eye, but “I can now read the newspaper” with it, he says. He was one of two patients given pioneering stem …

Why Excellent Vision Matters for Winter Athletes

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For winter sports athletes with Olympic-sized dreams, it’s easy to see why competitive athletes choose vision correction procedures to boost their competitive edge. However, athletes – especially those training in sports such as hockey, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and more – need more than talent to perform: they have to move fast, efficiently, and with confidence and they rely on their …

Night Driving Glasses May Hurt, Not Help

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If you search the internet for help with night driving, you’ll probably get numerous links to specialized night vision glasses, ranging in price from around $10 to near $100. Most have a tinted yellowish hue, and are marketed to reduce glare from headlights, streetlights and neon signs. But do night driving glasses work? Ophthalmologist Andrew Iwach, MD, isn’t so certain. …

Smoking and Eye Health

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As if you needed another reason … Avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke — or quitting if you are a smoker — are some of the best investments you can make in your long-term eye health. Smoking — even in your teens or twenties when your senior years seem far away – increases your future risks for cataract and age-related macular …

New Laser Treatment Can Help Get Rid of Eye Floaters

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Millions of Americans who live with annoying spots in their field of vision may soon have a remedy: a laser treatment called YAG vitreolysis. A new study followed 680 patients who underwent this procedure to reduce the symptoms of eye floaters. Ninety-three percent reported significant improvement in their vision. Inder Paul Singh, MD, an ophthalmologist with the Eye Centers of …

Intel Introduces Smart Glasses That Look Normal

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Verge.com wrote about new Smart Glasses from Intel … Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out. There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no …

What is an Ophthalmologist?

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Ever wonder the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? OphthalmologistAn ophthalmologist is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists complete 12 to 13 years of training and education, and are licensed to practice medicine and surgery. This advanced training allows ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat a wider range of conditions than optometrists and …

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 You Tell 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 …