RETINAL DETACHMENT – AN EYESIGHT EMERGENCY!

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The retina is a thin, light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. When a retinal detachment occurs, this layer is lifted up and peeled away from the back of the eye. It can occur in the whole eye (or eyes), or just part of the eye, so it appears as if someone has pulled a curtain over part of your vision. A detached retina does not cause any pain. However, it is considered a medical emergency requiring urgent treatment, because a detached retina can cause sudden blindness and must be treated quickly to thwart permanent damage or permanent vision loss. Read more: Retinal Detachment – An Eyesight Emergency!

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WHAT IS A PINGUECULA?

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Now that summer has officially arrived, it’s important to pay particular attention to the risks of ultraviolet (UV) light. While it is true that most people routinely use sunblock to reduce the risks of skin cancer, not too many realize that your eyes are also susceptible to similar damage from UV rays … and very few realize you can actually see the damage! Read more about the Pinguecula

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DIABETES AND DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

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Did you know diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States? The disease weakens blood vessels, causing them to leak fluid into the retina. The resulting damage causes blurry, distorted vision and, in some cases, blindness. Read more about Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

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WHAT IS A STYE?

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A stye (also known as a hordeolum) is simply an infection or inflammation of one of the glands that lies along the edge of the eyelid. Eye styes appear as painful red lumps. They are not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. Usually, they clear up on their own in about a week. Read more about Eye Styes

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT NIGHT BLINDNESS (OR DIFFICULTY SEEING IN THE DARK)

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Have you ever had trouble seeing while driving at night? Do you strain to see what’s happening on the big screen in a movie theater? You may be suffering from night blindness, also known as nyctalopia. Night blindness, simply put, is the inability or reduced ability to see clearly at night and in low light situations. Even if you can see clearly in the dark, you may have nyctalopia if your eyes take extra long to adjust to the low light. Read more

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WHAT LIGHT SENSITIVITY IS AND HOW TO COPE WITH IT

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Some people (you may be one of them) find it difficult to keep their eyes open in brightly lit settings, including sunlight, fluorescent light, and incandescent light. The uncontrollable desire to squint or close your eyes, often accompanied by headaches, is known as photophobia — sensitivity to light. Read more

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HOW VIDEO GAMES CAN HELP AND HARM YOUR VISION

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This time, you’ve done it. You bought the perfect gift for your daughter or son. This holiday season, you’re going to win the “Parent of the Year” award, because you’ve kept up with the latest trends in the electronic gaming industry and bought your child that one video game he or she has wanted for the last two months. You’re so hip.

You’re delighted that your loved one will be absolutely ecstatic to play his newest gift, but you might be concerned about your child’s vision after he or she spends roughly 80 hours in front of the new Fallout 4 (or your own vision, if you’re the avid gamer in the family). You’ve heard it somewhere before, but can video games really damage your vision? Read more

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INHERITED VISION PROBLEMS:
HOW GENETICS CAN AFFECT YOUR EYES

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A lot of what makes a person a person (or arguably ALL of what makes a person a person) can be attributed to one’s DNA. Your genes are how you inherited your widow’s peak, your eye color, your charming smile, and to an extent, your cunning wit. But in many cases, you can also blame genetics for your shortcomings, such as your abominable vision. Read more

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HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM SNOW BLINDNESS THIS WINTER!

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While folks further north in the country may think we have it easy, midwest winters can be harsh. If you’ve lived here for a while, you know the weather can be unpredictable with heavy snow on days calling for light snow, and light snow falling on days that were supposed to be clear! Whether you’re staying here for the winter or going somewhere else with even more snow, you should learn about snow blindness and how to protect yourself from it. Read more: How to stay safe from snow blindness this winter!

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DOES DRINKING COFFEE HARM YOUR EYESIGHT?

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It’s estimated that more than 50 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. Experts have performed numerous studies on the effects of coffee — and, consequently, caffeine — on the human body. As a result, one question that has been raised is, “Is the caffeine in coffee linked to blindness?”

You might be thinking that’s a silly question to ask, but when you explore the reasons why, it’s actually not such a strange concern. Read more: Does drinking coffee harm your eyesight?

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