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Myopia Control in Children and Teenagers

Myopia Control in Children and Teenagers

Myopia is an eye condition in which the eyeball gains length, leading to nearsightedness. Eye health exams help doctors determine if you have myopia. When you have myopia, you need eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your eyesight. Myopia Myopia or nearsightedness is the most common cause of impaired vision among people under the age of 40. The prevalence of this eyesight problem has grown steadily at alarming rates. Around the world, up to 25% of the population in 2000 had problems with myopia. Estimates suggest that by 2050, those numbers will grow to almost half the entire population...

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Visual Acuity, Eyesight and Vision

Visual Acuity, Eyesight and Vision

While undergoing a simple eye exam, or being prepared for vision therapy, you’ve probably heard the term 20/20 vision. Actually, though it’s more commonly known by that term, what people should be saying is 20/20 visual acuity. But what’s the difference between vision and visual acuity? Is vision the same as eyesight? Visual Acuity  The sharpness of vision is called visual acuity. Your ability to identify the letters on a Snellen eye chart from a specific viewing distance helps a professional determine your visual acuity.  The Snellen eye chart has lines of letters of varying...

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Red Eyes: Causes, Short and Long Term Solutions

Red Eyes: Causes, Short and Long Term Solutions

Eye redness can happen to anyone and it’s often temporary. While not all cases of eye redness necessitate a visit to an eye doctor, it’s a good idea to get eye health exams for redness that does not quickly clear up, as in the case of an infection. There are a variety of factors that may cause red eyes. Here are a few of them: Irritation Irritants in the form of foreign objects or substances can cause your eyes to turn red. Redness in your eyes means the blood vessels on the surface are expanding or dilating. Most cases of red eyes due to irritation go away on their own after some time....

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Tips for Choosing an Eye Doctor Who Can Meet Your Needs

Tips for Choosing an Eye Doctor Who Can Meet Your Needs

By taking good care of your eyes, you can maintain good vision and eye health. Doing so involves regular eye health exams. Also, as soon as you notice changes in your eyesight, you must immediately contact a specialist. However, choosing one you’re comfortable with can be a challenge. Check out these tips to help you select an eye doctor who can meet your needs.  Do Your Research It helps to know the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist when looking for an eye doctor. An optometrist conducts eye exams and prescribes you with glasses or contacts while an ophthalmologist...

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What Can You Expect During a Medical Eye Exam?

What Can You Expect During a Medical Eye Exam?

Many often visit their eye doctor to get new eyeglass frames or when they feel something different from their vision. However, you shouldn’t only visit an eye specialist when you’re already feeling discomfort. Regular eye exams are key when it comes to preventative health care. Did you know that not all eye and vision conditions manifest symptoms until in their later stages?   Medical eye exams involve a series of tests. Here’s what you can expect. Taking Note of Your Family History Before the actual tests begin, your eye doctor will ask about any eye or vision issues you’re currently...

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Eye Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Eye Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Detecting early signs of vision problems is key in preserving your eyesight and preventing vision loss. Experts recommend getting a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, even if you feel like you don’t need eyeglasses or contacts. Keep in mind that some eye conditions don’t show symptoms until they have progressed. A LASIK eye surgery provider shares eye symptoms that you shouldn’t take lightly.  Burning Sensation Irritation or inflammation is the most common reason your eyes burn. Blepharitis is an eye condition characterized by itching and burning sensation. It’s caused by a...

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Preparing For Presbyopia Awareness Month in April

Symptoms and Treatments for Age-Related Presbyopia   Did your parents or grandparents joke that they couldn't read the type in a book or on the back of a medicine bottle because their arms were suddenly too short? Once you pass age 40, you just may find yourself complaining about the same problem. Called "presbyopia," the condition affects your ability to see near objects clearly. How Presbyopia Affects Your Vision Aging causes many changes in your body, from gray hairs to stiffening of the lenses inside your eyes. Located behind the iris inside your eye, the clear, disc-shaped lens...

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The Development of Your Child’s Eyes (Each stage outlined from infancy to adulthood)

How Your Child's Eyes Develop   Vision changes drastically in the first months of your child's life. Although the world looks a little hazy to a newborn, a baby's eyesight begins to sharpen in just a few weeks. As your child grows, improvements in visual ability continue to occur. The First Two Months Although your newborn can focus on your face when you hold him or her close to you, people and objects more than a foot away will look blurry. Color vision isn't fully developed at birth but will improve in just a few weeks. Black and white objects or deeply contrasting color combinations...

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How Digital Eye Strain Can Lead To Irritated Eyes

Irritated, Dry Eyes May Be Signs That You Have Digital Eye Strain   Digital eye strain, also called computer vision syndrome, is a condition that often affects people who work or play on laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, and other digital devices. Whether you use a laptop or tablet at work, or your screen time is limited to texting and playing games on your phone or TV in the evenings, you may be at risk for developing the condition. What Are the Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain? Digital eye strain causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including: Pain In Your Eyes and Eye...

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Protecting Your Vision While At Work

Protecting Your Vision While at Work   Work-related eye injuries affect more than 2,000 people every day and cause temporary or permanent vision loss in 10 to 20 percent of all cases, according to Prevent Blindness. Unfortunately, injuries aren't the only eye problems you may experience on the job. In today's digital world, prolonged exposure to digital screens may also affect your eyes. Luckily, it's easy to safeguard your vision by following a few of these tips. Use Eye Protection Every Day Do you avoid wearing goggles or safety glasses because you find them inconvenient or...

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