WE ARE A HUMANA GOLD-APPROVED PROVIDER

Posted by on July 2, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Silverstein Eye Centers is pleased to announce that we now accept Humana Gold insurance plans.

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65, many of whom are also enrolled in Medicare. Silverstein Eye Centers has partnered with Humana to support the Humana Gold insurance programs — Medicare supplement plans with benefits that can help cover the cost of medically-necessary vision correction procedures like cataract surgery.

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WHY DO I HAVE EYE FLOATERS?

Posted by on August 7, 2017 · 2 Comments 

On a bright day, you might look into the sky and see squiggles, dots, sparks and strands. These shadows moving inside your eye are called “floaters” and, in most cases, indicate that your eyes are getting older. Just like gray hair, wrinkles and aching joints, floaters might subtly show up one day and accumulate over time. If you have floaters, you are certainly not alone. They are one of the most common eye conditions, especially among the nearsighted. Although the likelihood of floaters increases with age, they can appear at any time in your life. If you’ve never had floaters and suddenly see them, go to your eye care clinic for a checkup. You’ll probably be told the floaters are harmless, but that doesn’t mean your questions about them should go unanswered. Here are some basics to know ahead of time. Read more: Why do I have eye floaters?

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SMOKING AND EYE HEALTH

Posted by on May 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. There are countless reminders on television, billboards, and of course, the internet. We’re all aware of how much it can damage our bodies – that it affects the heart, lungs and other organs, that it can cause cancer, and even that it’s the leading preventable cause of death in the United States – and yet still, cigarettes fly off the shelves in convenience stores all across the country every single day.

What many people who smoke don’t realize how terrible it is for their eyes too. Read More: Smoking and Eye Health

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IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE MY EYES DILATED AT EVERY EXAM?

Posted by on December 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

At just about every eye exam, the optometrist or ophthalmologist administers some sort of yellow gel-like fluid directly onto your eyes with a pipette. The solution feels somewhat unctuous and uncomfortable, and it might distort your close-range vision for an hour or two, but other than that, you might not know much about it. Your doctor might tell you that the substance helps to dilate your pupils, but he may not have elaborated further. For all of you who may be curious as to why your pupils require dilation during an eye exam, read on! Read more: Is it necessary to have my eyes dilated at every exam?

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BLUE LIGHT AND YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM

Posted by on November 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

You’ve probably been told at some point in your life that being in the presence of light during the night will agitate your body’s circadian rhythm (your natural internal clock). Exposure to light during nighttime hours will reduce the amount of melatonin (a hormone that helps you to sleep) that your body produces. What many people don’t realize, however, is that blue light is usually the largest culprit of melatonin suppression, and is therefore heavily linked to sleep deprivation. Read more: Blue light and your circadian rhythm

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HOW A CONCUSSION CAN AFFECT YOUR VISION

Posted by on November 12, 2015 · 2 Comments 

It has been estimated that the American population suffers four to five million concussions every year. A concussion is usually the result of a traumatic cerebral injury that alters the way your brain functions, and is often caused by blunt-force trauma or a blow to the head. Concussions are a common injury in contact sports such as hockey, (American) football, and rugby, but can also develop after experiencing an automobile accident, or simply a bad fall. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of concussions are not accompanied by a loss of consciousness. Read more: How a concussion can affect your vision

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READ IT AND WEEP: HOW OUR EYES PRODUCE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEARS

Posted by on October 22, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Even when you’re not crying out of sadness, crying from pain, or laughing so hard that you start to cry, your tear ducts are constantly producing moisture to keep your eyes wet. Tears are necessary to sharpen your vision and protect your eyes from your environment at all times. What many people don’t realize, however, is that the human body can produce multiple types of tears for different purposes. Below, we’ve listed the different types of tears and the functions they serve. Read more: Read it and weep: how our eyes produce different types of tears

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TRAVELING THROUGH SPACE CAN CHANGE YOUR VISION

Posted by on October 13, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

As the majority of humans on planet Earth, we spend all of our time with the same physical and atmospheric conditions. So it makes sense that the human body has been biologically engineered through adaptation and evolution to function optimally under the Earth’s gravity, and not, for instance, the weightlessness of outer space. When astronauts boldly venture into the depths of our solar system, the absence of gravity takes a serious toll on their bodies: decompression of the spinal cord can make space travelers grow taller, bones and muscles become weaker, and the heart can even become smaller in certain cases. Now that astronauts are spending more and more time on extended space missions, many of them come home to find that they cannot focus their eyes as well as before. Read more: Traveling through space can change your vision

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ARE 3D MOVIES BAD FOR YOUR EYES?

Posted by on August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments 

Scores of Hollywood’s latest blockbusters were released in theaters showing both a standard version (2D) and a 3D version. If you’ve ever been to one of the 3D showings, you know that you have to wear special glasses to experience the 3D effect of the movie. When 3D films were gaining popularity, many people were skeptical about the effects a 3D film might have on your vision. Today, some are still concerned. Read more: Are 3D movies bad for your eyes?

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THE POWER OF THE MUSCLES IN YOUR EYES

Posted by on August 6, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

The muscles of your eye are the fastest in the human body. Their ability to react to external behavior and commands sent from the brain takes .01 percent of a second! This movement is controlled by six muscles located around your eye that expand and contract with intricate coordination for smooth, quick eye control. Even now, as you read, healthy eyes will perfectly scan left to right and down the page, rapidly transmitting information to your brain. Read more: The power of the muscles in your eyes

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