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Supplements for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration affects patients’ central vision.  Aside from injections, which help to slow changes with wet macular degeneration, no treatment exists to reverse changes due to macular degeneration. Preserving macular function is paramount for patients with dry and wet macular degeneration. The Age Related Eye Disease Studies concluded vitamin supplementation of  lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins C and… Read More »


The dangers of costume contact lenses

With Halloween around the corner, Advanced Eye Care Center would like to highlight the dangers of non-prescription “costume” contact lenses. Non-prescription contacts can usually be purchased online or at Halloween-themed retail stores. While these lenses may provide added realism to a costume, they can have a serious impact on the eye. Blindness, infection, ulceration, pain, and… Read More »


Eyes itchy, tearing, and red? A short-term steroid may help!

Ocular allergies affect many in north-central Ohio. Many patients are still struggling through allergy season. If your eyes are red, itchy, and tear up frequently, you may suffer from allergies. Allergies can exist outdoors-like pollen or indoors-like animal dander. Advanced Eye Care Center can help you with your allergies! Over-the-counter eye drops, like Alaway or Zaditor, and… Read More »


Cliradex

Blepharitis affects nearly all patients older than 70 and can also affect younger patients. Blepharitis causes redness, a burning sensation, and grittiness on a daily basis for patients with this condition. Blepharitis is the accumulation of dead skin cells and oil around eyelashes. This also allows bacteria to grow and reproduce, which irritates our eyelids. Worse… Read More »


Monthly contacts: Buying 6 months versus Annual Supply

Monthly contact lenses offer great vision along with low-hassle maintenance of caring for lenses. Most contact lens brands are available for purchase in 6 month or 12 month increments. Which option is better? There are several advantages in ordering a 12 month supply. Many contact lens brands offer rebates to those who purchase their contact lenses in-person (not online).… Read More »


Diabetes, Hypertension, and Dilated Eye Exams

Diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) affect many people in the US. An estimated 29.1% of all Americans have hypertension and 9.1% have diagnosed diabetes (1-2). These vascular diseases have the potential to permanently impair vision. Patients who know they have diabetes and hypertension can receive proper care to limit visual complications. Unfortunately, many people are not… Read More »


Prokera- “Protect, Repair & Heal”

For patients struggling with recurrent corneal erosions, keratitis, corneal ulcers, or other frustrating corneal conditions, “Prokera” (Bio-Tissue) can help patients recover more quickly and completely than other traditional methods. Prokera is essentially a contact lens constructed with amniotic membrane tissue. Prokera nourishes the corneal surface, allowing for faster healing. Prokera is inserted by Dr. Ballitch… Read More »


Lagging Behind: Lagophthalmos

For patients who wake up with gritty, red, and aching eyes, lagophthalmos may be to blame. Lagophthalmos occurs when patients’ eyes do not fully close during sleep. Patients who have this condition may have been told they “sleep with their eyes half open.” This involuntary process exposes the conjunctiva and cornea to the ambient environment.… Read More »


Multifocal Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a great option for correcting refractive error. Contact lenses allow patients to function with greater versatility without the need for glasses. For patients around ages 40 to 45, near vision tasks like reading a book, working on a computer, and browsing Facebook on a smartphone become difficult due to presbyopia.  Presbyopia is when… Read More »


Over 40? Let’s Talk About Presbyopia

Around age 40 to 45, patients will find their near vision (reading a book or using a smart phone) gradually becoming more blurry. Patients may find they must hold their book further away to clearly read the text.  Reading for long periods of time may become uncomfortable and create eyestrain. This condition is known as presbyopia. Presbyopia is a… Read More »


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