Conjunctivitis – Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an irritation of the thin, normally transparent lining (called the conjunctiva) that covers the inner surface of the eyelids and the outer surface of the white of the eye (the sclera). The symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, itchiness, irritation, and sensitivity to light.Conjunctivitis is commonly called "pink eye" because of the pale red appearance of the inf...
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Therapy and the Treatment of Reading Problems

Therapy and the Treatment of Reading Problems
Optometrist who specialize in vision therapy contend that vision therapy can be beneficial for some children suffering from reading problems and learning disabilities.  Critics concede that vision therapy may help correct certain binocular vision disorders, but they say no scientific evidence exists that proves vision therapy can correct the developmental and neurological conditions that cause man...
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Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Macular degeneration is a disease of the central retina (called the macula) that affects central vision.  It is the leading cause of vision loss among people over age 65.  Because it affects only central vision, macular degeneration does not cause total blindness.  But it can make most daily activities like driving and reading difficult or impossible. What causes it? The exact cause of macul...
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Developmental Milestones In Your Baby’s Vision

Babies touch their hands together at 2 months.         Babies' eyes begin to move with less movement of the head ("doll's eyes" appearance begins to fade).         Babies inspect their surroundings.         Babies' eyes begin to follow moving objects and people.         When spoken to, babies watch the speaker's face and hold eye contact (at 3 to 4 months).         Both e...
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Eye Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements

Eye Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements
The key to all nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals and supplements) is not the amount that you take, but the amount that your body absorbs. Taking most nutraceuticals on an empty stomach limits the amount that your body can absorb. Some vitamins are fat-soluble, so you must ingest some fat with them. Others are water soluble, so water is an important catalyst for absorption. How the manufacturer pu...
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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a tax-advantaged financial account set up through the cafeteria plan of an employer in the United States. An FSA allows an employee to set aside a portion of his or her earnings to pay for qualified expenses as established in the cafeteria plan, most commonly for medical expenses but often for dependent care or other expenses. Money deducted from an employ...
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Smoking – Yet Another Reason to Quit the Habit

There is soon to be another health warning message on cigarette packets urging people to give up the habit - blindness. Whilst we have been aware for years that smoking can clog up the blood vessels, including those of the eyes, new evidence now shows that smoking significantly increases the chance of the two commonest causes of blindness in the elderly-cataracts and degeneration of the macula...
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Anisometropia

A majority of people who wear contacts and glasses have some degree of anisometropia. Anisometropia is a condition where the refractive errors differ between eyes. Most eye care professionals often reserve the use of this term for cases in which the difference is significant, around 2.00 diopters or more. Another form of anisometropia is called anitmetropia and this is a condition in which the pow...
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How does monovision work?

When an emerging presbyope is confronted with the reality that their near vision is not what it used to be they often ask their eye care professional what choices they have. For those early presbyopic patients the idea of giving up their contacts for progressive lenses or bi-focals is just not an option. Hence the need for multi-focal contacts. Traditionally multi-focal lenses require the eye to l...
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Options for todays Presbyopes

As time goes on and we get older we try harder and harder to maintain our youthful appearance. One inevitable fact that must be faced by all is the need for reading glasses. As we get older the lens inside our eye that can increase or decrease its refractive power allowing the eye to focus on objects both far and near loses some of its elasticity making the viewing of near objects difficult. This ...
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