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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING CATARACTS?

You may have seen people with cataracts; it looks as if their normally clear eyeball has a cloudy white circle covering the center. In simple terms, cataracts are a condition of clouding in the lens of the eye. People with cataracts experience blurry or dim eyesight, sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing at night, or the […]

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FLEX SPENDING FOR EYE CARE EXPENDITURES

A flexible health savings account (FSA) is a benefit commonly offered alongside your employer’s medical insurance plan. The money you deposit in this account is not taxed, and you can use these funds for many out-of-pocket medical expenses. Since the FSA is tax-advantaged, you get more out of these funds. The list of allowable costs […]

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10 REASONS AN EYE EXAM SHOULD TOP YOUR TO-DO LIST

How long has it been since your last eye exam? Don’t think you need one? Considering your eyes allow you to take in information about the world around you, use light to help regulate brain chemicals that hold depression at bay, and let you see and learn, don’t you think you owe it to yourself […]

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5 REASONS YOU COULD DEVELOP CATARACTS

The lens in your eye is composed of transparent tissue that refracts light onto the retina, and it plays a crucial role in your vision. Sometimes, especially in the later years of life, protein molecules in the lens clump together into a cloud – a cataract – that blurs and obscures the world before you. […]

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ARE COLORED CONTACTS SAFE?

From cats’ eyes to clocks, shapes and symbols to spirals, and in any color imaginable, decorative contact lenses entice the costume-oriented and aesthetically-minded alike. Purchased for special occasions or everyday use, these fashion accessories are available as either simply decorative lenses or with additional vision-correction functionality. However, as easy and fun as they may seem, […]

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FALL EYE ALLERGIES: SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS

More than 35 million people are affected by seasonal allergies in the United States, and complaints usually spike in the spring and fall. While trees and grasses are responsible for most allergies in the spring and summer, other plants are the chief cause of suffering once the days grow shorter and the temperatures cool.

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TYPES OF INTRAOCULAR LENSES FOR VISION CORRECTION

Vision correction is much more common than you may think. In fact, three out of every four people in America use some form of vision correction, from glasses to contacts to intraocular eye surgery. For simplicity, nothing has bested a pair of glasses since they were first introduced more than three centuries ago. Clearly, however, […]

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WAKING UP WITH CRUSTY EYES

It’s not unusual to wake up with eye drainage (often called “sleep”) on or around your eyelid. It’s usually caused by a mixture of tears and mucus. However, if you’ve noticed an increase in eye discharge or a “crust” forming over the entire eyelash area, you may need to see a doctor. Here are some […]

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SEEING STARS?

Why Do You See Stars When You Rub Your Eyes? If you have ever rubbed your eyes and started seeing stars, you might have wondered about the underlying cause. This reaction is normal and is known as phosphene phenomenon or photopsia. Phosphenes commonly occur as the result of external stimuli, such as rubbing your eyes, […]

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PROTECT EYES FROM FOREIGN OBJECTS

Eye injuries, particularly eye trauma, happen all the time, and to nearly everyone at least once in their life. However, trauma caused by foreign objects hitting or entering the eye is simply one of the most preventable eye injuries imaginable. When foreign objects hit the eyeball they can cause blunt eye trauma, penetrating and orbital […]

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RETINAL DETACHMENT – AN EYESIGHT EMERGENCY!

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 […]

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GETTING IN SHAPE (EVEN IF YOU’RE A MIDDLE AGED COUCH POTATO)

Even middle-aged couch potatoes can change their ways. Yes, that means you! Don’t become one of those senior citizens who must endure multiple health issues simply because they didn’t take proper care of their bodies. It’s time to get off your tush and get moving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that just […]

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WHAT IS A PINGUECULA?

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 […]

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DIABETES AND DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

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.

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3 WAYS SUGAR CAN HARM YOUR HEALTH

Everyone loves a sweet treat once in awhile. But too much sugar can cause serious health issues that may make you regret those indulgences. The good news is that it can be replaced with healthier alternatives that leave your appetite satisfied and your body healthy.

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