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Process of Contact Lenses Exam

Several options are effective for providing vision correction. Contact lenses are an increasingly popular alternative to wearing glasses. Some patients choose to wear contact lenses alongside glasses, while others choose contacts as their primary solution for vision correction.

What Are Cataracts and How Do They Develop?

Cataracts are dense cloudy layers that form in the lens of the eye. They result from abnormal proteins clumping together in the eye over time. They form a cloud that hinders the lens from sending clear images to the retina, blocking light from passing through clearly. They potentially result in vision loss. Cataracts are fairly common among older people, but the good news is they are treatable. 

Preventing and Treating Eye Allergies

Allergies are extremely common and can affect people in many different ways. Some allergy sufferers find that it is their eyes that are most affected. When you have allergies, your body sees a usually harmless something as a potentially hostile invader and sets off defenses against it. These defenses are called histamines and it’s these that cause the symptoms that are associated with having an allergic creation. 

Importance of UV Protection

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation naturally comes from the sun. Other artificial sources can also produce UV, such as fluorescent lighting or a welder’s flash. But for a lot of people, the sun is its primary source. While everyone knows that UV light is harmful to the skin, some don’t realize the damage it can have on the eyes. Overexposure to sunlight can cause temporary problems. These include eye swelling, excessive watering, burning sensation, and photophobia. But long-term overexposure can have severe effects. That’s why you must use UV protection.

Common Vision Issues in Kids and Treating Them

Vision issues affecting people of all ages. However, there are some vision issues in children that are more common than others. Here’s what you need to know about them, including how they are treated.

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.

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