Spring foods for optimum eye health

Wednesday, April 23 2014 - 0 comments

Spring foods for optimum eye health

What you eat plays a key role not only in your overall health, but in the health of your eyes, as well. Eating a healthy, nutritious diet and plenty of fruits and vegetables keeps your eyes healthy, prevents vision loss and may help prevent some eye conditions such as night vision problems, macular degeneration, dry eyes and eye infections. Must-haves nutrients for healthy eyes Vitamin A — Helps prevent night vision problems, dry eyes, eye infections, cataracts and macular degeneration. Carotenoids — Help protect the retina from damage by the sun’s rays and prevent macular degeneration...

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Gardening tips for allergy sufferers

Thursday, April 17 2014 - 0 comments

Gardening tips for allergy sufferers

Are your allergies keeping you from enjoying time working in your garden? It’s no secret that North Texas is full of allergy-causing pollen in the springtime, causing sniffling, sneezing, coughing, headaches and itching, burning, watery or dry eyes. This spring allergy season is expected to be no better than recent years. In fact, this year’s allergy season started earlier and is expected to last longer than past years. Don’t let allergies prevent you from spending time in your garden. Here are some allergy-friendly gardening tips to help reduce your symptoms of spring allergies...

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Dry eye and allergy treatment at Key-Whitman

Monday, April 14 2014 - 0 comments

Dry eye and allergy treatment at Key-Whitman

Do you suffer from itching, scratchy or burning eyes? It may be caused by dry eye syndrome, an irritating and sometimes even painful eye condition. Dry eye syndrome is caused by a lack of tear production or by tears’ improper chemical balance. If your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to keep them moist and lubricated, you will begin to notice minor symptoms such as an itching, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes. Blurred vision is another more serious symptom of dry eyes. Treating dry eyes depends on the patient’s symptoms and the type of dry eye. Treatment options include...

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10 tips to reduce symptoms of spring allergies

Wednesday, April 09 2014 - 0 comments

10 tips to reduce symptoms of spring allergies

Spring allergies hit many areas in the country earlier than usual this year – and they’re forecasted to last longer, too, due to the warm, mild winter many areas experienced. And Dallas allergy-sufferers get hit especially hard — in 2013, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ranked Dallas the 23rd worst big city in the country for spring allergies, even worse than San Antonio, Houston and Austin. And if you think allergies in North Texas are getting worse, it’s not all in your head – the year before, Dallas was 24 th on the list. The cities were ranked...

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Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Monday, April 07 2014 - 0 comments

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Two-thirds of Americans over age 40 who suffer from vision problems, including blindness, are women. Why? According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), this is likely due to the fact that a woman’s life expectancy is longer than that of a man’s, and therefore, women are susceptible to age-related eye conditions . When it comes to your eye health , there are a number of things you can do to take care of your eyes and help prevent any eye conditions that may result in vision impairment or vision loss. See your eye doctor regularly....

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The link between LASIK eye surgery and dry eyes

Monday, March 31 2014 - 0 comments

The link between LASIK eye surgery and dry eyes

Every year, more than a million people get LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision. Of those, about eight in 10 LASIK patients will experience dry eyes following the procedure. Dry eyes is a condition that causes the eyes to itch, burn and produce excessive tearing. It is a common side effect of LASIK and may persist for a few days or weeks following surgery. Does LASIK cause dry eyes? Dry eyes are a common yet temporary result of LASIK surgery. During LASIK, the surface of the eye is penetrated and corneal nerve sensitivity can be reduced. The severity of myopia determines how deep the laser...

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How to protect your eyes from UV rays

Thursday, March 27 2014 - 0 comments

How to protect your eyes from UV rays

Growing up, were you told looking directly into the sun would make you go blind? That’s somewhat of an extreme outcome, but it is true the sun can cause serious damage to your eyes. The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, both of which are commonly associated with skin conditions, melanoma and even immunity suppression. These UV rays can also increase your chances of developing eye conditions such as cataracts , macular degeneration , corneal burns and even cancer of the eye. As Texas weather starts to warm up, more people are spending time outdoors. But before you step outside to enjoy the...

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The relationship between sleep apnea and glaucoma

Monday, March 24 2014 - 0 comments

The relationship between sleep apnea and glaucoma

If you suffer from the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, your vision may be at risk. A recent study led by Ching-Chun Lin, M.A., from the College of Medical Science and Technology at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, found that people with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma . Glaucoma is an eye condition in which fluid in the eye does not flow normally, causing damage to the optic nerve and potentially resulting in vision loss. Do you have glaucoma? Click here to review signs and symptoms. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder in which...

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The effects of spring allergies on your eyes

Wednesday, March 19 2014 - 0 comments

The effects of spring allergies on your eyes

Do itching, burning, puffy or watery eyes plague you? You are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from allergies that affect the eyes. With spring comes the season for allergies , and many North Texans are already experiencing the effects of an increased amount of allergens in the air. As plants begin to bloom, pollen from grass, weeds, trees and mold is released into the Texas air. It is these tiny particles that irritate the eyes by interacting with the conjunctiva—the tissue lining covering the white surface of the eye. The reaction causes a release of histamine, which may result in...

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Eliminating cloudy vision after cataract surgery

Wednesday, March 12 2014 - 0 comments

Eliminating cloudy vision after cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a common procedure with a success rate of 98 percent or higher and few complications. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery every year. Most of these patients will experience no severe medical fallout from the procedure, and the majority of cataract complications are minor and treatable. Posterior Capsule Opacity (PCO) is one potential condition following cataract surgery. It is commonly referred to as a “secondary cataract,” though this is a misnomer. Once your eye doctor removes your cataracts...

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