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4 Things to Know About Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that can cause severely blurred and distorted vision. In mild cases, specialty contact lenses may provide clear vision but in more advanced cases, surgical intervention can be required.


6 Things to Know About Ocular Albinism

Unlike oculocutaneous albinism, ocular albinism does not have any associated pigment changes in the skin or hair. However, ocular albinism can result in changes in the eyes that lead to nystagmus, reduced vision, and severe light sensitivity.


4 Things to Know Your Health Savings Account and Your Eyes

An FSA, or flexible spending account, and HSA, or health savings account, are special savings options that are provided either by an employer or through medical insurance.


3 Things to Know About Intraocular Pressure (IOP)

Intraocular pressure (IOP) is a measurement that is made at every comprehensive eye examination and is a key risk factor for conditions such as glaucoma. Intraocular pressure is typically high in glaucoma and can lead to damage to the nerve in the back of the eye. If the eye pressure is too low, it can lead to problems with keeping the eyes healthy and intact including having a choroidal detachment. 


Can AREDS Vitamins Help Treat Macular Degeneration?

There are special vitamins called AREDS or AREDS 2 which are formulated to help treat age-related macular degeneration. The AREDS vitamins contain a specific set of vitamins and minerals which were tested and shown to reduce the risk of additional vision loss in moderate to severe macular degeneration. An eye doctor can recommend whether the AREDS or AREDS 2 vitamins would be of benefit to you based on your individual health and eyes.


How is Anterior Uveitis Treated?

If the eye becomes inflamed, it can cause anterior uveitis in the front of the eye. This condition is a result of damage to the normal barrier between the blood and the fluid in the front of the eye. Anterior uveitis can cause intense pain and light sensitivity but is usually able to be treated with no long-lasting impacts on vision.


What are Blue Light Glasses and Are They Beneficial?

Blue light blocking glasses, or blue light blockers, are glasses that have a filter on the lenses that reflects wavelengths of blue and violet light. These glasses can be bought over the counter or have a prescription lens made with the blue light blocking filter.


What is a Hordeolum (Stye) and How is it Treated?

A hordeolum is a bacterial infection of the eyelid oil glands which causes a small, painful bump to form on the eyelid. A hordeolum is sometimes referred to as a stye. With treatment, a hordeolum can resolve in a few days to a week and have no long-term effects.


Why Do You Need Special Glasses for 3D Movies?

Many movies are created to be viewed in 3-D with the help of special glasses with colored filters. These glasses are either red and blue colored or have polarized gray lenses. When watching a special 3-D movie with these glasses, the movie appears to have depth which comes out from the screen.


What is Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy and How is it Treated?

Fuch’s corneal dystrophy is an inherited eye condition which affects the front of the eye and can cause symptoms that range from very mild to very severe. Fuch’s corneal dystrophy is uncommon but is not considered a rare disease.


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