Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month! Prevent Blindness America wants to educate the public about diabetes and how it effects vision through its new campaign called “Live Right, Save Sight!” The message is simple: Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States for those 20 years of age and older. Maintaining […]

What Does “Refractive” Mean?

Even if you know all about myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, you may not know what “refractive” means. These vision problems are called refractive errors, meaning that an irregularity in the shape of the eye or the curvature of the cornea is preventing light entering the eye from focusing on a single point on […]

What Is “Astigmatism”?

The cornea is the curved, clear covering of the colored part of the eye that light passes through.  The term astigmatism usually describes a common problem that results when the cornea is not evenly curved. Normally, the cornea’s surface has a spherical curve (like the shape of a basketball) and the light rays passing through […]

When Pink Eye Gives You the Blues

Little Johnny comes home from school with itchy, red eyes, parents’ first thought is usually “pink eye.” Although a nuisance pink eye – technically called “conjunctivitis,” is actually very common and easily treatable among children and adults. According to the CDC, pink eye is an “inflammation of the thin, clear lining of the white of […]

Near Or Far?

Two common eye conditions are nearsightedness and farsightedness. In the case of nearsightedness, a person sees close objects clearly but distant objects are blurry. Farsightedness is the opposite so objects at a distance are clear and those close up are blurry. Both are common types of refractive errors – situations in which the shape of […]

A Blurry Baby Bump

Aside from the obvious physical changes that occur during pregnancy, women experience some more subtle changes too that, on the surface, can leave them wondering, “What does this have to do with pregnancy?” Blurry vision and dry, irritated eyes are common pregnancy symptoms caused by those pesky pregnancy hormones that, according to WhatToExpect.com, decrease the […]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Fight Off Leading Vision Problem

Eat your fish, ladies! A recent study has found women who consume larger amounts of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce their chances of getting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among older Americans. According to AllAboutVision.com, AMD is the degeneration of the macula, the part of the retina responsible […]

Is Your Arm Too Short for Reading?

Next week, our own Dr. Kerry Solomon heads to Hawaii for the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting. He’ll join hundreds of doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators for a week of lectures and workshops on the new techniques in ophthalmology. Dr. Solomon will be speaking on a variety of topics, including presbyopia. What’s that? Have you ever […]