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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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What Are Eye Allergies? Symptoms and Treatments

Red, Itchy Eyes? You Might Have Eye Allergies   Sneezing, congestion, post-nasal drip, and hives aren't the only symptoms of allergies. Your allergies can also affect your eyes, causing a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Eye Allergy Symptoms Eye allergy symptoms can vary from person to person but often include: A Change in Appearance. Have you noticed that your eyes are red and irritated or that your eyelids look a little puffy or swollen? Eye allergies often cause very noticeable symptoms and may even be responsible for the dark circles under your eyes. Commonly called "allergic...

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New Year, New Vision in 2020

Embrace 20/20 Vision in 2020   Some New Year's resolutions are easier to fulfill than others. Even if you aren't able to add a checkmark to "soar over the Italian countryside in a hot air balloon" this year, but you can certainly improve your vision with a visit to the optometrist in 2020. How Poor Vision Can Affect Your Life Even small changes in your vision can have an impact on your life. When you can't see words, images, and objects clearly, you may: Develop Uncomfortable Physical Symptoms. Eyestrain, eye pain, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness can occur if you must squint to read...

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How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription

Understanding Your Eyeglass Prescription   Have you ever tried to decipher your eyeglass prescription? Although the numbers and abbreviations written on the script may be meaningless to you, your prescription provides valuable information for the type of corrective lenses you'll need. What O.D. and O.S Mean No one may speak Latin anymore, but the language is still used in the medical field. In fact, the first things you'll notice on your prescription are abbreviations for two Latin terms in the column labeled "Rx." Oculus dexter (O.D.) translates to "right eye," while oculus sinister...

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Are Floaters A Sign Of Something Bigger?

Are Floaters a Sign of a Serious Eye Problem?   Have you noticed shadowy shapes drifting in and out of your field of vision lately? You may have floaters. Although floaters are usually harmless, they can be a sign of a serious eye condition in some cases. What Are Floaters? Floaters occur when the vitreous in the center of your eye begins to shrink. The clear, gel-like vitreous gives your eyeball its shape and helps hold the retina in place. The retina is the light-sensing layer of cells at the back of your eye. Light impulses reflected on your retina travel to the brain through the...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to see an eye care provider? Many “silent” diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetes, can only be detected through regular eye exams. When these conditions are discovered earlier rather than later, they become easier to treat or manage, allowing for better long-term preservation of eyesight. In addition, reading glasses from the drugstore often do not work well because most people have astigmatism and/or different prescriptions in each eye. As a result, many of these individuals experience persistent eye fatigue and headaches. Forgoing the eye exam also sacrifices the opportunity...

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