SMOKING AND EYE HEALTH

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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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MAY IS HEALTHY VISION MONTH

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Did you know May is healthy vision month? It’s an annual event organized by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to help educate the public and help promote awareness of eye health issues.

Because so many serious eye conditions present with little to no warning, it’s important to do everything you can to keep your eyes healthy. Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your eye health: Read More: Healthy Vision Month

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BEST WAYS TO PREVENT CATARACTS

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Almost 40 million people are predicted to have cataracts by 2030, and the number is only going to rise after that. A cataract creates a cloud in the lens of your eye, and without a clear lens, your vision becomes blurry. In some cases, you can also develop a brown or yellow tint. Cataracts can get in the way of your everyday life, and your risk of getting one goes up after you reach 40 years of age. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but you have a few ways to improve your chances of preventing cataracts completely. Read More: Best Ways To Prevent Cataracts
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SLEEPING WITH CONTACTS CAN HARM YOUR EYES – DID YOU KNOW?

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Your Kansas City eye doctor has urged you time and time again not to fall asleep without removing your contact lenses. You listened patiently and fully intended to take his advice. However, you were bone-tired one night, completely forgot you were wearing them, and the next morning realized you’d made a terrible mistake. Sound familiar?

Contacts are a savior for many people who engage in active lifestyles or those who simply do not like the look of glasses. While these corrective lenses come with many advantages, they can be detrimental to the health of your eyes if not used properly. Although it may seem harmless to sleep with your contacts in, you should heed your doctor’s warning and use your contact lenses exactly as prescribed. Read More: Why Sleeping With Contacts Can Harm Your Eyes

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HOW OLD SHOULD KIDS BE BEFORE WEARING CONTACT LENSES?

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“Mom! But I don’t want to wear glasses! The kids at school call me four-eyes!” Many parents have heard this argument, or a similar one, when debating with their kids about whether or not they’re old enough for contact lenses. Kids have various reasons to prefer them, but one of the most common is that they just don’t think eyeglasses look cool. They want to improve their appearance and not stand out so much from their peers.
Whether your child is interested in getting contact lenses because of schoolyard teasing or to improve athletic performance, there are a few things you should consider first: Read More: How Old Should Kids Be Before Wearing Contact Lenses?
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ARE YOU COMPROMISING YOUR EYE HEALTH? 6 MAKEUP TIPS YOU CAN’T IGNORE

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Women have been using makeup to improve their appearance since ancient times. You may prefer to apply makeup to make your eyes pop, cover up imperfections or achieve a more youthful look. But if you regularly wear eye makeup, you may not be aware of the potential risks to your eyesight. Wearing makeup should be fun. It helps you express your unique style and makes a statement. This is entirely achievable if you follow safe and correct precautions when using and applying makeup. Ignoring these six makeup tips can compromise your eye health and cost you an unexpected visit to the eye doctor.  Read More: 6 Makeup Tips Your Can’t Ignore for Eye Health
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HOW TO CHOOSE A LASER EYE SURGEON IN KANSAS CITY

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Laser eye surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the United States, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of providers offering laser eye treatment here in Kansas City. However, you should be aware that not every laser eye surgery provider offers the same level of treatment and care. So how do you determine the best doctor or clinic to meet your needs? Beyond insurance approval or office location, how do you choose which one to use?  Read More: How to Choose a Kansas City Laser Surgeon
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WHAT ARE THE BEST DRY EYE TREATMENT OPTIONS?

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WHAT IS DRY EYE?

Dry Eye is an extremely uncomfortable condition in which one or both of your eyes feel extremely irritated for extended periods of time. Literally millions of people have experienced “dry eye syndrome” (DES), as there are a number of common causes. Read More: Best Dry Eye Treatment Options

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CAN LASER EYE SURGERY CORRECT FARSIGHTED VISION?

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What is Farsightedness?

Far sightedness, also known as hyperopia, is a very common condition among adults over 40 years of age. It’s so common, in fact, that patients ask us almost every day about the various treatment options to help improve their vision. And more often than not, they’re interested in more permanent solutions than reading glasses can offer. Read More: How To Correct Farsighted Vision

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CHILDHOOD MYOPIA IS GETTING WORSE …

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Studies suggest the rate of childhood myopia has doubled in the past 50 years … could screens be to blame?

Over a period of eight years, researchers involved in the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study examined the eyes of more than 9,000 children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years in a Los Angeles eye care clinic. This massive study — the largest ever conducted — discovered an alarming trend: In the past 50 years, rates of myopia in children have more than doubled. These findings are consistent with other studies that examined increases in myopia among adolescents and adults. Read More: Childhood Myopia Rates Have Doubled

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