Early 50s, Dependent on Readers and Afraid to Drive at Night? You May Need Cataract Surgery

Wednesday, August 27 2014 - 0 comments

Early 50s, Dependent on Readers and Afraid to Drive at Night? You May Need Cataract Surgery

If you’re in your late 40s or early 50s, your odds of needing cataract surgery are greater than ever before. According to Key-Whitman President and Chief Surgeon Jeffery Whitman, M.D., “We’ve noticed over the past 10 or 15 years that people are getting cataracts at a younger age. It’s now very common to see people in their early 50s or even late 40s with cataracts.” Dr. Whitman adds, “Part of the reason cataract surgeons are seeing younger people with cataracts could be that we’re exposed to more UV light, or possibly changes in nutrition or other environmental...

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Can an annual eye exam save your life?

Wednesday, August 20 2014 - 0 comments

Can an annual eye exam save your life?

7 Surprising Ways Eye Doctors Use Technology to Elevate Patient Care. Do you think an eye exam is simply something you should do to improve your vision? Not any more. With today’s technology, your eye doctor could also spot life-threatening health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers and more. That’s a great reason not to wait until you notice vision changes or need new glasses or contact lenses to schedule an eye appointment. What many people don’t realize is that eye care professionals are equipped with a growing number of helpful technological advances...

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The Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment at Key-Whitman

Tuesday, August 19 2014 - 0 comments

The Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment at Key-Whitman

Not every type of eye surgery is used to correct vision. Sometimes, cosmetic surgery and treatments are needed to correct conditions affecting the tissue surrounding the eye. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is one form of cosmetic treatment offered at Key-Whitman. What is BOTOX Cosmetic? BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX Cosmetic are injected...

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Four Common Eye Injuries and What to Do About Them

Friday, August 15 2014 - 0 comments

Four Common Eye Injuries and What to Do About Them

At some point, we will all experience the stinging and burning associated with getting something in our eyes, or the pain that comes from an eye injury . Knowing what to do when your eyes are injured can help prevent serious damage to the eye. Here are some of the most common eye injuries and what you can do about them: Foreign object in the eye: If you get something in your eye, such as an eyelash or a piece of dirt, do not rub the eye. Doing so may scratch your cornea. Instead, use a dampened cotton swab to gently remove the foreign object or rinse your eye with an eye rinse or water to flush...

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Keeping your eyes safe on the playing field

Wednesday, August 13 2014 - 0 comments

Keeping your eyes safe on the playing field

Sports are the cause of more than 40,000 eye injuries each year, and those injuries can do serious damage to the eye. Blunt trauma and impact injuries, penetrating or piercing injuries and radiation injuries are the most common eye injuries among athletes, depending on the sport they play. Baseball ranks among the top sports for eye injuries . Basketball, hockey, and racquet sports also pose a serious risk to the eye. To understand the risk of eye injury in these sports, consider these facts: Professional baseball players throw at speeds topping 95 mph. A hockey puck travels at 90 to 100 mph. In...

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What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Thursday, August 07 2014 - 0 comments

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Diabetes affects the body in numerous ways, and it can even affect the eyes. Diabetic eye disease, or diabetic retinopathy , is an eye condition that may result from diabetes. The disease occurs when blood vessels in the back of the eye weaken and leak fluid, or when abnormal blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These abnormal blood vessels can hemorrhage. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in people ages 20 to 64. The National Eye Institute estimates that 40 to 45 percent of all Americans with diabetes have some form of this eye condition. What causes diabetic eye...

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Five Family-Friendly DFW Events in August

Tuesday, August 05 2014 - 0 comments

Five Family-Friendly DFW Events in August

The Texas summer heat may be at its peak, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of fun to be had in Dallas this month! Here are a few upcoming events you and your family might enjoy, indoors or out. Dallas Arboretum August Dollar Days The dog days of summer mean Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum. During the whole month of August, you can visit the Dallas Arboretum for only $1. Pack a picnic and bring the kids to experience the new eight-acre Children’s Adventure Garden. Fridays at the Arboretum are Family Fun Fridays, which include face painting, a petting zoo, nature art...

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Got headaches? See your eye doctor

Monday, August 04 2014 - 0 comments

Got headaches? See your eye doctor

Headaches are common, and in most cases, a small headache is nothing to worry about. However, persistent headaches may have a serious cause and shouldn’t be ignored. Common, non-threatening headaches are often caused by lifestyle factors like alcohol, processed foods, lack of sleep, poor posture, stress and vision changes. Headaches can also have more serious causes, such as dehydration, brain aneurysm, brain tumor, meningitis, concussion and stroke. Although you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that a bad or persistent headache is caused by a life-threatening problem, it is wise to...

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Vitamin Eye: Can vitamin supplements improve eye health?

Thursday, July 31 2014 - 0 comments

Vitamin Eye: Can vitamin supplements improve eye health?

The business of dietary supplements is no small affair. It’s so big in fact, that Americans spent an estimated $30 billion on vitamins and supplements in 2011. Recently, vitamin supplements to promote eye health have become increasingly popular – but do they really work? Major research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did reveal that a specific combination of nutrients (vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin) can slow the progression of macular degeneration. Some smaller studies also suggest that omega-3 fatty acids can relieve certain dry eye symptoms...

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How to protect your eyes from aging

Tuesday, July 29 2014 - 0 comments

How to protect your eyes from aging

As we age, our bodies change. Weight gain, graying hair, wrinkles—each of these can be a sign of aging. Vision changes can also be a normal part of the aging process. Most adults will begin to notice changes in vision by the time they reach 40. Many will require new prescription lenses or reading glasses. Presbyopia is the name given to this natural decline in vision that affects the ability to see and read at a close distance. While presbyopia is completely natural and can be remedied with prescription lenses or reading glasses, as we age, we also become more vulnerable to other, more serious...

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