8 SMALL WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR EYE HEALTH

Posted by on April 9, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

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When you pay a visit to your Kansas City ophthalmologist, you’re no doubt hoping to hear good news. Perhaps you’d love to hear, “You’ve got great vision” or at the very least, “Your vision hasn’t changed remarkably.” This is perfectly understandable. We all want to keep our vision healthy, for as long as we can.

Many people are surprised to learn that they do have some control over their eye health — it’s not totally influenced by genetics. In fact, there are some simple practices you can incorporate into your everyday life to prevent common eye problems and maintain, or even strengthen, your vision. Read More: Ways to Improve Your Eye Health

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ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE)?

Posted by on March 29, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Pink Eye

When you have conjunctivitis, it’s common to think you just have minor eye irritation – that is, until your eye gets incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. Knowing what the common signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis are can save you a lot of discomfort, and help you decide when you should see the doctor for treatment. Read more about Pink Eye Signs, Symptoms and Treatment Options
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WHAT IS CENTRAL SEROUS RETINOPATHY?

Posted by on March 14, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Located at the back of the eye, the retina is responsible for converting light into electrical signals that the brain interprets as images. The light-sensitive retina consists of many layers of tissue inside the eye, including the retinal pigment epithelium. The RPE separates the sensory part of the retina from the choroid, the layer that supplies the retina with nourishment.

The RPE prevents fluid and blood from entering the retina. If there is a small break in this layer, a fluid-filled, or serous, detachment forms under the retina and causes swelling in the macula. Since the macula — the central part of the retina — helps you see images in fine detail, too much fluid against it results in blurred or distorted vision, a condition known as central serous retinopathy (CSR). Read more about Central Serous Retinopathy

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WHAT IS CORNEAL EROSION?

Posted by on February 2, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

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Often called the “front window” of the eye, the sphere-shaped cornea is crucial to clear vision. You may not know the cornea is made of five different layers that work together to protect your eyes and help you focus on objects near and far. When the topmost layer, the epithelium, separates from the layer beneath (called the Bowman’s membrane) or any of the other layers, a condition known as corneal erosion can develop and cause pain, blurred vision or excessive watering. Because episodes of corneal erosion usually occur more than once, the problem is often referred to as recurrent corneal erosion syndrome (RCES). Read more about Corneal Erosion
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CORNEAL ABRASION vs. CORNEAL LACERATION

Posted by on January 29, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Sports Eye Injury

Corneal Abrasion vs. Corneal Laceration: What’s the Difference?

Among the most common eye conditions treated by eye doctors are preventable injuries. Most eye injuries occur because the person wasn’t adequately protecting their eyes. Corneal abrasions and corneal lacerations are two types of eye injuries that can impact your vision. Keep reading to learn the difference between the two and to find out how you can better protect your eyes from injuries. Read more about Corneal Abrasions and Lacerations

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MYOPIA: SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, and TREATMENT OPTIONS

Posted by on January 4, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

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When’s the last time you made an appointment to see your Kansas City ophthalmologist? If it’s been a while, you should come in to get examined for myopia and other common eye problems. According to the National Eye Institute, myopia is incredibly common, occurring in approximately 42 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 12 and 54. Read more about Myopia Signs, Symptoms and Treatment Options
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BLOCKED TEAR DUCTS: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES and TREATMENT OPTIONS

Posted by on December 15, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Though tears are most often associated with sadness, the truth is that your eyes produce them constantly. When everything is operating normally, the lacrimal glands above each eye release a flow of lubrication to wash away debris and keep you comfortable. The liquid moves across your eyes and drains into small holes where the upper and lower lids meet near your nose. From there, tears make their way to the nasal passages.

Strong emotions often bring tears in such quantity that they spill out of your eyes. However, when tears spill over frequently with no connection to how you are feeling, there may be a drainage problem. This condition is known as blocked tear duct. Unfortunately, if not treated right away, an overflow of tears is not the only symptom you will notice. Bacteria often become trapped in blocked tear ducts, leading to infection. As a result, you may experience redness, tenderness and swelling in the area, along with fever, blurred vision and excessive eye mucus. Read more about Blocked Tear Ducts

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NIGHT DRIVING AND YOUR VISION

Posted by on November 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Night Driving

As the days get shorter and we head into another Kansas City winter, we spend a lot more time driving at night. It’s unavoidable when the sun sets by 5 pm! Unfortunately, however, night time is the most dangerous time to find yourself behind the wheel – particularly if you have any vision issues. Read more about Night Driving and Your Vision
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MACULAR PUCKER: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS and TREATMENT

Posted by on November 8, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Macular pucker is a kind of scar tissue that has formed over the eye’s macula. This condition is also referred to as epiretinal membrane, premacular fibrosis and retina wrinkle, among other names. Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatment for macular pucker below. Read more about Macular Pucker
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NARROW ANGLE GLAUCOMA: SIGNS, SYMPTOMS and TREATMENT OPTIONS

Posted by on October 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Narrow angle glaucoma

Most people don’t know that glaucoma isn’t a unique condition; it can manifest in a variety of ways, each with different presentations. A small percentage of glaucoma patients are at risk of, or already have, what’s known as narrow angle glaucoma, a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to a more serious form of eye deterioration called angle-closure glaucoma. Read more about Narrow Angle Glaucoma
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