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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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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Common Eye Disorders In Children

Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye," occurs in 2% to 3% of babies and, in the US, in 75,000 3-year-olds per year. In this condition, poor vision in one or both eyes may result in the eyes not pointing in the same direction (misalignment) or in the eyes becoming crossed (strabismus). Amblyopia may be inherited or caused by uncorrected refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatis...
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Vision, Learning and Dyslexia

To clarify organized optometry's position on the use of vision therapy for the treatment of reading problems, the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association (AOA) released the following joint organizational policy statement in 1997: IntroductionA joint organizational policy statement of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association.  ...
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Low Vision – Overview

Low vision is reduced vision and/or visual field loss that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses, contact lenses, medical treatment or surgical procedures.In terms of visual acuity, low vision usually means a person's best attainable eyesight is 20/70 or worse.  (The smallest letters they can read at a distance of 20 feet can be seen by a person with normal vision at a distance of 70...
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New Glaucoma Surgery Approved

On October 1, 2004, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new surgical procedure for glaucoma that is faster, less invasive and safer than current surgical procedures.   The new procedure - called transciliary filtration (TCF) - reduced pressure inside the eye by creating a tiny opening, or micropore, in the sclera and underlying ciliary body to allowintraocular fluid to escape t...
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