Friday, February 17, 2017
February is American Heart Month. Sadly, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, making heart health something that all of us need to prioritize. Your heart impacts many other systems in your body. What you might not know, however, is that high blood pressure or hypertension, can also have a major affect on your eyes.
When the pressure in your eyes is too high, often due to high blood pressure, this is called Ocular...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Dr. Audrey Farnsworth
People with all forms of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational) are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, and should have annual dilated eye exams. Risk of diabetic retinopathy increases the longer a person has diabetes. Many Americans with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy in the eyes, but only half of them are aware of it. Early stages of diabetic retinopathy have little to no symptoms, which is why it is very important to have...
Monday, May 04, 2015
When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor or nurse regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They’re not always top of mind, but they’re just as important.
During Healthy Vision Month, held each May, the National Eye Institute (NEI) reminds you to make your eye health a priority and encourages you to take important steps to protect your sight.
Get a dilated eye exam. Getting a dilated eye exam is the only way to detect eye...
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Glaucoma Frequently Asked Questions
Sherah Eavey O.D.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease caused by elevated eye pressure which results in damage to the optic nerve inside the eye. The optic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers which makes vision possible. If the optic nerve sustains damage from elevated eye pressure, permanent vision loss and blindness may occur. In the most common form of glaucoma, vision loss is gradual and it may take many years for...
Monday, July 28, 2014
In the past several years, there has been an increasing awareness of the damage from the sun and more directly, UV rays. Putting sun block for our skin has become a “must have” on the way to the beach, but how often do you think about sun block for your eyes (sunglasses)?
Some of the risks of UV rays to the eyes, which is higher in lighter colored eyes, is, cancer of the eyes or eyelids, the eventual development of cataracts or macular degeneration (the leading cause of...
Monday, July 07, 2014
Headaches are never fun. We all experience them and, depending on the severity and length, they can have a real negative affect on our quality of life. Causes of headaches range from simple “self-inflicted” over-consumption of alcohol to severe systemic problems. Amongst this wide range of causes in the all too often over-looked cause that is triggered by disorders of the visual system. This can vary from such issues as your glasses or contact lens prescription being off, to eye...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Many patients have mentioned a fear or distaste for the "eye puff" test. This is an important test to check eye pressure and screen for glaucoma. Another way to check eye pressure is to use a yellow drop that temporarily anesthetizes the eye. Often times patients say it makes their eyes feel sticky and thick. Have no fear, the iCare tonometer is coming! The iCare tonometer is a small handheld piece of equipment that allows us to check your eye pressure in seconds without the use of drops and...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The cornea can be thought of as the “windshield” of the eye. This clear, multilayered surface, like many other areas within an eye has the potential to develop a wide variety of disorders; some are called corneal dystrophies, many of which are inherited. However, new research is looking promising for some possible advanced treatment options to these potentially visually devastating dystrophies.
Endothelial cell restoration is a new technique being investigated that could replace...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
As an optometrist there are very few things more defeating than having to tell a patient they are losing their vision and there is nothing I can do about it. Unfortunately this happens more than one might think. Conditions that can blind a patient have a large range. In the young it’s typically congenital conditions for example Stargardts disease, these are rare but I think most of us have had the unfortunate experience of telling a child and their concerned parent to prepare for the...