Warning signs of age-related eye conditions

Thursday, July 24 2014 - 0 comments

Warning signs of age-related eye conditions

Eye conditions can affect people of all ages, but as we age, our eyes may become more prone to eye conditions that could lead to serious vision loss or even blindness. The best way to protect your vision is to keep up with regular eye exams , but educating yourself on the warning signs of common eye conditions is also important in preventing permanent vision loss. If you experience any of the following signs, contact your eye doctor immediately. These may be symptoms of a serious, vision-threatening eye condition. 1. Sudden onset of floaters or flashes, or darkness in your field of vision. Spots...

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Summer nutrition for healthy eyes

Tuesday, July 15 2014 - 0 comments

Summer nutrition for healthy eyes

Did you know that the foods you eat can help protect your eyes from many common eye conditions ? Nutrition plays an important role in preventing conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Summer foods that are good for your eyes include strawberries, tomatoes, avocados and peppers. These and many other fresh fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that will help protect your eyes from common eye conditions that can result in vision loss. Essential nutrients for your eyes Vitamin C : Helps to lower the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. Found in most fruits and vegetables...

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Protecting your eyes from UV damage

Tuesday, June 24 2014 - 0 comments

Protecting your eyes from UV damage

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation doesn’t just cause skin cancer—it can also cause serious damage to your eyes. UV rays, whether from natural sunlight or artificial sources like a tanning bed, can affect both surface tissues and internal structures of the eye like the cornea and lens. UV damage to the eyes Short-term excessive UV exposure can burn the surface of the eye, much like a sunburn. Long-term excessive UV exposure can cause a number of more serious eye conditions : • Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. While often associated with age, cataracts can also...

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Healthy eating for your eyes

Friday, June 20 2014 - 1 comments

Healthy eating for your eyes

There are several factors that can contribute to poor eye health, and one of those is your nutrition. Eating a healthy diet is a key component when it comes to preventing many eye conditions such as macular degeneration, dry eyes and night vision problems. Is your diet good for your eyes? Top five nutrients for your eyes There are several nutrients that are essential for good eye health. The “must-haves” for healthy eyes are: Vitamin A: A diet rich in vitamin A can help prevent night vision problems, dry eyes, cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin A is found in colorful fruits...

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Save your vision—get an eye exam

Tuesday, June 17 2014 - 0 comments

Save your vision—get an eye exam

When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Getting your eyes checked regularly should be part of your annual preventative health care routine and is equally as important to your health as your annual physical exam. A dilated, comprehensive eye exam is the most effective method for diagnosing unhealthy eyes and eye conditions. Many eye conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration often have no early symptoms and can only be detected in an eye exam. When detected early, many eye conditions can be treated, which can prevent vision loss. How to know it is time...

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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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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 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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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Tuesday, February 04 2014 - 0 comments

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

As we age, our vision changes. This is normal and expected. Some changes may be an indicator of a more serious eye condition , such as age-related macular degeneration. February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. There are several forms of macular degeneration, but age-related macular degeneration is the fastest-growing form of the disease. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness in adults over 60 in the United States. About Age-Related Macular Degeneration Macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease affecting nearly 15 million...

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Common eye concerns at every age

Thursday, January 30 2014 - 0 comments

Common eye concerns at every age

A natural decline in vision as you age is normal. Known as presbyopia, this condition is characterized by an inability to focus and trouble adjusting to light changes. However, many vision problems do not discriminate based on age. There are some eye conditions that can appear in childhood, but risks for certain eye conditions change with age. From childhood to adulthood, here are some vision concerns and symptoms to watch for at every age. Children and teenagers The human eye is usually fully developed by the time a person reaches his or her early 20s. Children and teenagers should have regular...

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What is diabetic retinopathy?

Monday, January 27 2014 - 0 comments

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetes can lead to numerous health problems. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that may result from diabetes, and the National Eye Institute estimates 40 to 45 percent of all Americans with diabetes suffer from some form of it. What is diabetic retinopathy? High blood glucose levels can cause the tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye to swell, leak or become blocked, cutting off nourishment to the retina. If blood flow to the retina is lost, it can result in vision loss. In some cases, the body responds by signaling the production of more blood vessels. Unfortunately, these new blood...

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Eye Health Tips While Using Your Computer

Thursday, November 01 2012 - 0 comments

Eye Health Tips While Using Your Computer

Staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time can be hard on your eyes. While it won’t cause permanent damage to your eye health , looking at a screen, such as a computer screen, video game, phone, iPad or even TV, can cause dry, irritated eyes. It can also contribute to headaches. Studies show we blink half as often when looking at a computer screen or other digital devices as we would normally. Blinking helps to keep the eyes moisturized. Additionally, spending long periods of time looking at a screen close to your eyes can cause eyestrain. If you spend more than a few minutes...

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Eye Health Tips From the Doctors at Key-Whitman

Friday, June 22 2012 - 0 comments

Eye Health Tips From the Doctors at Key-Whitman

Your eyes and your vision are an important part of your overall health and wellness, and yet many people neglect to care for their eyes, as they would the rest of their body. Many eye conditions and even eye infections can lead to vision loss, which in turn, may impact your quality of life. Keeping your eyes healthy is really fairly simple. Following these eye health tips will help keep your eyes healthy for years to come: See your doctor regularly for eye exams. A comprehensive eye exam in which your eyes are dilated is the most effective method for diagnosing unhealthy eyes and eye conditions...

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What is Pterygium?

Wednesday, June 20 2012 - 0 comments

What is Pterygium?

A pterygium (pronounced tur-ij-ee-um) is an eye condition in which a triangular-shaped white or yellowish growth in the fleshy white tissue of the eye. Occasionally, a pterygium will grow to extend over the cornea, may become red and swollen, or even thick to the point you feel like you have something in your eye. While a pterygium is non-cancerous, it can grow large enough to actually interfere with vision, causing blurred vision or even astigmatism. Symptoms of a pterygium Some people may never experience symptoms after a pterygium growth appears, while others may experience a number of symptoms...

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Eye Drops: What to Know Before You Buy

Friday, June 15 2012 - 0 comments

Eye Drops: What to Know Before You Buy

If you’ve ever browsed the eye care section at your local grocery store, you know the vast selection of eye drops and ointments available. How do you know which are right for you? How do you know when you need to see your eye doctor for an eye drops prescription rather than buying over-the-counter drops? Knowing which eye drops or ointment you need depends on your symptoms and eye condition. Below are several of the common eye conditions requiring over-the-counter or prescription drops or ointments: Dry eyes - Most of the time, dry eyes can be treated with over-the-counter lubricating eye...

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Eye Conditions and Nutrition: A Guide to Shopping the Local Farmers' Markets to Feed Your Eyes

Wednesday, March 14 2012 - 0 comments

Eye Conditions and Nutrition: A Guide to Shopping the Local Farmers' Markets to Feed Your Eyes

Growing up your mom may have told you to eat your carrots because they are good for your eyes. Whether you believed her or not, your mom was onto something. Nutrients found in fresh produce and even those found in some nuts are in fact good for the health of your eyes. What you eat can help prevent eye conditions like macular degeneration and dry eyes. If you want to maintain healthy eyes and prevent eye diseases, we suggest supplementing your diet with the following nutrients. Vitamin A - A lack of vitamin A can cause night vision problems, dry eyes and even leads to some eye infections. Eating...

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