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Your child has recently complained about her vision being fuzzy, or you notice your son is struggling to read comfortably, holding books close to his face and squinting. You think about taking your child to the eye doctor, then remember that the elementary school sometimes does some sort of eye exam. Some research on the internet pulls up various eye charts and self-diagnosis exercises for vision. You perform the exercises with your child and see the school nurse, who has your child look at an eye chart from a certain distance. Yes, your child needs some reading glasses, but you are fairly certain you can find a pair at your local big-box store that will work well. This may be a fictitious scenario, but some parents may believe that saving a little money and looking for substitutes for a comprehensive eye exam for their child is good enough, at least in the short term. Are there any acceptable substitutes? Children’s Comprehensive Eye Exams A comprehensive eye exam, recommended for children each year before school starts by the American Optometric Association, is the only vision examination that can diagnose vision problems before symptoms become obvious. It is the only vision examination […]
With snow falling and slopes beckoning, are you also sensitive to eye safety while skiing or snowboarding? Winter eye protection is just as important as summer eye protection, and winter sports goggles are often even more stylish than summer sports goggles. We will break down the various types of snow goggles below. Before looking at goggles themselves, why bother with eye protection while participating in downhill winter sports? First, since you are outside, UV protection is very important. If you are skiing or snowboarding at a high altitude, it becomes even more important to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, as there is less atmosphere to block the UV rays. Second, skiers and snowboarders are often going at a good clip down the slopes, as well as coming relatively close to trees. Speed mixed with obstacles often result in injury, and eye protection prevents eye injuries, such as twigs to the eye or a knock to the eyes by a ski pole while falling. As an added bonus, snow goggles also help skiers and snowboarders to see better since cold air and snow are not flying into their eyes and causing them to squint. What to look for in […]
This New Year, you may have a long list of resolutions including ones revolving around health, relationships, religion, hobbies, and bucket list items. But have you ever thought about throwing improving your eye health in among your New Year resolutions? Perhaps you haven’t realized that some of your resolutions may actually affect your eyes’ health in a positive way! Following are some resolutions that may help your vision out in 2016; you may have already listed some of them, and others you may want to consider adding! 5 New Year Resolutions for Your Eyes: 1. Quit smoking: Smoking affects your health in so many ways, but it also affects your eye health. Some of the problems your eyes could face if you continue to smoke include higher risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), damage to eye cells, damage to the retina leading to vision loss, cataracts, and dry eyes that are not able to respond as effectively to allergies. 2. Eat right: You may have losing weight or dieting on your resolutions list, but consider simply eating well – including little to no processed foods and lots of fruits and veggies. Eating the right foods will help you lose […]
Source: American Academy of Ophtalmology Eye Health News Researchers are testing a new method for treating presbyopia with electrostimulation to help delay the need for reading glasses. This painless technique uses electric signals to “exercise” the eye muscle that controls your close-up vision. The eye’s ciliary muscle, located behind the lens of the eye, is what controls our near vision. When this muscle contracts, it changes the shape of the lens to allow us to see up close. As we age, our lens loses flexibility, making it harder to change shape effectively and making near vision blurry. Italian researchers wanted to find out whether using electrostimulation to strengthen the ciliary muscle could correct early presbyopia in people who are not yet dependent on reading glasses. Electrostimulation is used already to treat certain health issues, including other eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. One of the benefits of this technique is that it does not require surgery. This is a distinct advantage over invasive refractive surgery for treating presbyopia. READ MORE…
Source: The Week Imagine throwing away your glasses or contact lenses and still having perfect vision — without getting eye surgery. Right now, that probably sounds too good to be true. But innovative new eye drops could soon do the trick, restoring your eyesight to 20/20 without any invasive procedures. Researchers have created eye drops, called Nano-Drops, that correct eyesight problems using something called nanotechnology. The field of nanotechnology involves creating and manipulating materials that are miniscule in size — usually between one and 100 nanometers (nm) in width. For comparison, a human hair is usually 60,000 to 80,000 nm in width. Nano-Drops, which were created by a team at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), address three of the most common eyesight problems: hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), and presbyopia (age-related blurriness). Each of these disorders causes refractive errors, which means the light entering the eye doesn’t bend the right way, and the image is disrupted. Usually, this is rooted in physical problems with the eyeball or lens; the eyeball may be too short or too long, the cornea too curved, the lens too thick. Nano-Drops are filled with synthetic nanoparticles, which are designed to fix the refractive errors that cause […]
This machine provides us with an objective measurement of a person’s refractive error and prescription by measuring light is changed as it enters the person’s eye.
Optical Coherence Tomography Scan
This machine provides cross-section pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
The optomap ultra-widefield digital retinal imaging device helps the doctor determine your eye health.
This machine blows a puff of air into the person’s eye and calculates the intraocular pressure (IOP) based on the eye’s resistance to the puff.