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Treating Keratoconus with Scleral Lenses

In the early days, the ultimate treatment for poor vision and corneal steepening was corneal transplant surgery. The surgery improved vision but carried its risks. They would also need a lifetime of maintenance using multiple procedures. But, with scleral lenses, patients can enjoy improved vision and long-term stability. Even the most severe keratoconus patients have improved vision and avoid a corneal transplant. Unless there’s severe scarring in the central part of the eye, scleral lenses do just fine.


Diagnosing and Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

According to the 2020 data published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10.5 percent of the people in the United States have diabetes. One of its complications is diabetic retinopathy. It’s a sight-threatening condition that causes progressive retinal damage due to high blood sugar. Diabetic retinopathy has little to no symptoms at first. But over time, the condition can result in blindness. Do you want to learn more about diagnosing and treating diabetic retinopathy? Read on to find out.


Treating Strabismus

Despite being referred to as a squint, strabismus is an eye condition characterized by the eyes pointing in different directions. It most often affects young children but can occur at any age. People who are affected find that the problem is constant, or that it comes and goes. Unfortunately, strabismus rarely gets better on its own and so medical intervention is recommended. Exactly what causes strabismus can vary significantly. In childhood, strabismus often has no known cause, although it is more common in children who also have a parent or grandparent who has had the condition. However, in adults, strabismus is often the result of the eyes trying to compensate for other vision problems, such as cataracts and farsightedness. Living with strabismus can cause some people to become self-conscious about their appearance. However, ignoring it can also lead to further problems with your vision, including persistent blurred or double vision, or a lazy eye. A lazy eye can permanently affect the development of your child’s vision.


Importance of Geriatric Eye Care

As aging happens, you experience various disorders. Eye conditions are usually the most noticeable. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, visual impairment is connected to numerous effects of natural aging. If you or your elderly family members need consistent eye and vision attention, you need to understand the importance of geriatric eye care. Here’s what you should know.


Diagnosing Glaucoma

The best way to protect your vision from glaucoma damage is to diagnose it early enough. Persons susceptible to glaucoma should have a comprehensive eye examination every one or two years.


Preventing Computer Vision Dysfunction

The use of the computer at home and in every workplace has made life easier and helped increase productivity. However, computer usage seems to cause various health-related concerns. The most common symptoms are visual problems, such as eye strain and dry eyes. Other issues involve musculoskeletal-related complaints. These include backache, neck and shoulder pain, and tingling sensation and numbness of the fingers. This cluster of symptoms is called computer vision syndrome (CVS). This is an umbrella term for conditions resulting from staring at digital screens for too long.


Value of Routine Pediatric Eye Exams

Children who have good eyesight always have an edge in their development. They also accomplish more physically, academically, and socially. That is why the American Optometric Association (AOA) established guidelines for extensive pediatric vision and eye examinations. If you want your child to have optimal vision care and eye health, here’s what you need to know about the value of routine pediatric eye exams.


Preventing and Treating Dry Eyes

According to the American Optometric Association, dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not manufacture ample quality tears. To compensate, your tear glands work harder to battle the dryness. Studies show that anyone can have dry eyes at any time. If you are concerned about developing dry eyes syndrome, here’s what you should know about its prevention and treatment.


Benefits of Contact Lenses

Here’s what you need to know about the different types of contact lenses and their benefits.


Importance of Routine Eye Exams

Can you remember when you last had an eye checkup? If you are counting years, you are long overdue, and you need to see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Eye exams help more than just your eyes because your eye doctor can tell whether you have other diseases like cancer or diabetes just by looking at your eyes.


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