What is Photokeratitis — Including Snow Blindness?

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This time of year a lot of us head to the mountains to ski and snowboard.  If you do go, please protect your eyes, and those of your family. Photokeratitis is a painful eye condition that occurs when your eye is exposed to invisible rays of energy called ultraviolet (UV) rays, either from the sun or from a man-made source. …

Can wearing eyeglasses for myopia (nearsightedness) causes vision to get worse?

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No. Although the causes of progressive myopia are many and not completely understood, using glasses to correct myopia is not a cause. To the contrary, it is necessary for normal distance vision. If you have trouble seeing things in the distance clearly, you might need glasses. Or be a candidate for LASIK or other eye treatments.  

Should you apply an ice pack to an injured eye?

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Cold applications to the structures around the eye may reduce pain and swelling due to injuries or some disease processes. However, before using an ice pack, wrap it in a small wet towel so that a few layers of cloth are between the ice pack and the skin. Applying the ice pack directly onto the closed eyelids could cause localized …

Eye Makeup Safety Tips

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Keep Your Eyes Safe and Beautiful Eye injuries and infections from using makeup improperly happen all too often. Department store and drugstore makeup aisles are filled with a tempting array of makeup colors and products for the eyes. But knowing how to apply and remove eye makeup properly will not only make your eyes beautiful, like those of the models …

Ever wake up with blurry vision? Wonder why?

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The most common reason for blurry vision after waking up from sleep (assuming this gets better after a few minutes) is having some dried out tear secretions floating around on the surface of the eye. This happens in most people, and is part of the reason that many people “rub their eyes” when they wake up; they are trying (unconsciously …

December is Safe Toys & Celebrations Month – Please Be Careful

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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 recommend avoiding those that launch projectiles. Here’s to the start of a great – …

How does high blood pressure affect vision?

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High Blood Pressure and Eye Disease Along with causing heart and kidney problems, untreated high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. Hypertension can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the area at the back of the eye where images focus. This eye disease is known as hypertensive retinopathy. The damage can …

Tattoos may be harmful to your eyes

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Uveitis May Be Linked with Tattoos More Than Previously Thought People receiving tattoos – especially black-ink tattoos – may be associated with uveitis more often than previously thought, according to research from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye – between the white of the eye (sclera) and retina. This layer includes …

November is Diabetic eye disease awareness month

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Another good reason to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam … 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 …

Interesting info about Dyslexia and eyesight

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Dyslexia is not connected to bad eyesight, according to a study which found that many patients had near-perfect vision at the same rates as people who are not dyslexic. Researchers reviewed eye tests for 5,822 children between age 7 and 9, comparing the results from 172 severely dyslexic children to 5,650 who either were mildly dyslexic or not dyslexic at …

September is Healthy Aging Month

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Aging is a process that brings many changes. Vision loss and blindness, however, do not have to be one of them. There are several simple steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy for the rest of your life. Visiting us regularly for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk …

Healthy eyes during pregnancy

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Eyes may change somewhat during pregnancy due to fluid retention, increased blood volume, hormonal fluctuations and other physical shifts that are part of pregnancy. Usually these changes are temporary and resolve after the baby is born, or after weaning a breast-fed child. Vision changes tend to be minor and don’t require a new eyeglass prescription. LASIK surgery should not be …

Parents’ Quick Guide to Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

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According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed annually in US public schools due to the spread of infectious diseases. An astonishing 3 million of those school days are lost as a result of acute conjunctivitis . . . also known as pink eye. Pepose Vision, along with …

Tomorrow is National Sunglasses Day! Remember to protect your eyes.

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Pepose Vision and the Vision Council are working to educate patients on the negative eye health effects of UV rays. Join us in spreading the message of UV protection. Please wear UV protective eyewear when outdoors.  And use National Sunglasses Day – June 27, 2015 –  as a time to not only commit to taking care of your eyes when outdoors, but …

Can Certain Foods Improve Eyesight?

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One expert explains why kale is important to vision and how people really are what they eat. Mom always said to eat those carrots—they’ll improve your eyesight. Some people attribute that old belief to World War II propaganda that claimed munching on carrots was the reason British pilots had perfect night vision (they were actually using radar). Is there a …

May is Healthy Vision Month

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May is Healthy Vision Month, a great time for you and your family to make eye health a priority and remember the following tips from the National Eye Institute: • Get an annual eye exam: You might think your vision is in good shape or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated …

Seven Sight-Saving Habits for Older Adults to Help Maintain Independence

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Here’s some great information from The American Academy of Ophthalmology … In the United States, one in six Americans over age 65 has a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. This is often caused by common eye conditions and diseases. Among older Americans, visual impairment is one of the most significant contributors to loss of …

April is sports eye safety month

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As millions take to the playing field this spring, the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons warns the public that thousands of people are blinded by sports-related eye injuries. In support of Sports Eye Safety Month this April, Pepose Vision joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding coaches, parents and athletes of the importance of wearing eye protection …