Archive of: Optometrist

  • Eyelid Surgery

    Posted on December 18 2014

    Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. Upper eyelid excess skin can create a heavy looking eyelid and block vision. Only surgery can help restore vision. The term “eyelift” is a misconception because they eyelid is not lifted during surgery. Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses incisions on the skin to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for a creation of an eyelid crease. Lower eyelid surgery may involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid. Sometimes tightening the eyelid is needed to correct droopiness or sagging. As with any surgery, there are potential risks of having blepharoplasty. Risks may include infection, bleeding, scarring, dry eyes, double vision or loss of vision. Individuals with realistic expectations who are in good health are suitable candidates for eyelid surgery.

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  • Double Vision

    Posted on December 04 2014

    Double vision is the observation of two images of a single object seen adjacent to each other, or overlapping. The medical term for double vision is diplopia. Polyplopia is the perception of three or more images of a single object. There are several causes of double vision, therefore it is important for your eye doctor to carefully review your history and examination to determine the cause and initiate appropriate treatment. A thorough evaluation of double vision begins with a detailed history of the diplopia; including with it was a gradual or sudden onset. Duration, frequency and noting any associated symptoms also should be noted during the evaluation.

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  • Diabetic Eye Diseases Projected to Increase

    Posted on December 01 2014

    According to the National Eye Institute, 7.7 million people age 40 and older have been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. This number is projected to increase to 11 million in the next 15 years. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States, which is almost 10 percent of the population. In addition, more than one out of three individuals has pre diabetes, a condition that puts people at and increased risk for developing diabetes. All patients with diabetes are at risk for diabetic eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. All diabetic patients should have a dilated eye exam at least once per year to detect vision problems early.

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  • The Expanding World of OCT Applications

    Posted on September 29 2014

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  • Summer is peak season for environmental dry eye triggers

    Posted on September 19 2014

    Ophthalmologists have more tools than ever to manage the millions of patients who reportedly suffer from dry eye but one of the most basic causes is many times overlooked: environmental triggers. Dry eye is hugely impacted by the environment, so that’s the first thing doctors can address before even discussing medications or other types of treatment. Patients should be conscious of the fact that they may have to change their lifestyle. Patients should be made aware the importance of wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses are very protective to the eyes. One should also take frequent breaks when reading or using computers or tablets.

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  • Two different perspectives of the posterior segment SD-OCT and Cameras

    Posted on August 25 2014

    he use of the camera to document the condition of the eye dates back to the earliest days of photography. Today we commonly use two different, but complementary, technologies to document the ocular fundus: fundus photography and optical coherence tomography (OCT). In imaging the fundus, our goal is to document anatomic structures that can be measured in microns, with enough detail for physicians to make diagnostic decisions. All this must be done through the pupil. Each of these instruments provides a different perspective of the posterior segment. Fundus Cameras The fundus camera is a horizontally mounted instrument with an internal electronic flash and an attached camera or digital sensor.

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  • Researchers Progress Toward Eye Drops For Retinal Disease

    Posted on July 29 2014

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  • A Quick Guide To Dry Eye

    Posted on July 11 2014

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