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WHAT IS A STYE?

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 […]

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENS COLOR FOR YOUR SPORT

A quality pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful glare by blocking 99 to 100 percent of the ultraviolet rays aimed at your eyes (In fact, a cheap pair of sunglasses can work just fine, too, but be sure to check for the sticker). Aside from blocking ultraviolet (UV) radiation, sunglasses […]

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VISION IMBALANCE: WHEN BOTH EYES REQUIRE A DIFFERENT PRESCRIPTION

Anisometropia is a vision condition in which the refractive power of both eyes is unequal by a difference of of 2 diopters or more). A person affected by anisometropia will usually see a smaller image in one eye and a larger image in another. In many cases, anisometropia is present from birth, which can be […]

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HOW OBESITY CAN AFFECT YOUR EYESIGHT
(HINT: IT DOESN’T HELP)

A breathtaking 68.8 percent of American adults are considered obese. That’s over two-thirds of our nation’s population over the age of 18. Furthermore, three out of every four men are obese. Because of its high rates, and its health risks, obesity is a major concern of health care providers in the United States. The health […]

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(HINT: IT DOESN’T HELP)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BURNING SENSATION IN YOUR EYES

We’re all familiar with that burning feeling you can sometimes get in your eyes. Maybe it’s because you spent the day at the swimming pool, maybe it’s because you got smoke in your eyes from a firepit, or maybe you have been staring at a screen for too long–in fact, if you’re reading this and […]

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HOW STRESS AND ANXIETY CAN AFFECT YOUR VISION

Ahh, stress. We all have different thoughts that come to mind when we hear the word. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” For some people, this stress piles on in high-pressure situations. For others, stress is accumulated […]

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

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 […]

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WHAT LIGHT SENSITIVITY IS AND HOW TO COPE WITH IT

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.

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THE FUTURE: THE POSSIBILITY OF EYE TRANSPLANTS MAY BECOME A REALITY

One of the biggest challenges doctors face with transplanting organs is the host’s body rejecting the new organ. That’s one reason people may have to wait a long time for transplants: finding a matching host is difficult. Furthermore, it’s much more challenging to transplant the human eye, so much more that it’s never been done […]

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HOW VIDEO GAMES CAN HELP AND HARM YOUR VISION

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 […]

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INHERITED VISION PROBLEMS:
HOW GENETICS CAN AFFECT YOUR EYES

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 […]

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HOW GENETICS CAN AFFECT YOUR EYES

WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMETHING GETS STUCK IN YOUR EYE

Oh no! You got something stuck in your eye! An eyelash? Some dirt? No matter what it is, you know it’s one of the most irritating and uncomfortable experiences you can endure. We’ll discuss in depth what to do when you have an object stuck in your eye, but first let’s get this important announcement […]

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POLLUTION MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON YOUR EYES

In December 2015, the city of Beijing, China issued its first “Red Alert” warning to its citizens because of the extreme levels of toxic smog in the air. In the United States, pollution has been a problem (not on par with Beijing) in some cities, and it got us thinking about the public’s awareness of […]

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

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 […]

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PROTECTING YOUR EYES FROM DRYNESS THIS WINTER

Winter winds and temperatures can be harsh on the human body. Your ears endure a stinging tingle as the chilling air whistles through your exterior. Your fingers will begin to feel uncomfortably numb as you reluctantly trudge from the desolate parking lot to the inviting shelter of your office. Sometimes the prospect of venturing out […]

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