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Flashes, floaters, and curtains-oh my!

Each week, we see several patients who suddenly notice new floaters or new flashes in their vision. Usually patients notice one or more translucent or small black dots in their vision and sometimes white, momentary flashes of light–much like a lightning bolt.  Much less frequently, patients notice a grayish curtain falling across a portion of their… Read More »



Contact lens tip: Rub your lenses

Contact lenses afford many patients crisp and clear vision without the mild hassle of wearing glasses.  Because these lenses directly rest on the surface of the eye, they require routine and proper care.  One of the more easily-overlooked details of contact lens care is simply rubbing the lens with a few drops of contact lens solution.… Read More »




Have you been checking your grid?

For patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), we hand out an Amsler grid. Pictured below, this grid has a central dot to focus on with a grid pattern. We ask each patient who has ARMD to check this grid daily. With consistent monitoring at home (which only takes a few seconds for each eye), patients… Read More »


Allergy season

Allergy season is just around the corner! For many patients allergies tend to worsen in the spring months. While we appreciate the warmer weather, pollen from trees, plants, and grasses can cause misery for allergy sufferers. Along with a runny nose, tiredness, and sinus congestion. . .allergies can have a direct impact on eyes. Itchiness,… Read More »


LipiFlow

Characterized by grittiness, burning sensations, fluctuating vision, and “tired” eyes, dry eye syndrome affects patients of all ages. For 85% of dry eye patients, oil glands on their eyelids become clogged and cease to function properly. If these glands are chronically clogged, they atrophy (essentially die off). Gland atrophy is a permanent change which further… Read More »


Fish Oil

Fish Oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 has been shown to decrease inflammation in various parts of the body. Omega-3’s role in eye care involves helping dry eye patients. Oil glands, located in our upper and lower eyelids, can become gradually inflamed over time. This inflammation decreases oil production, and allows the tears on our… Read More »


Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

Continuing our contact lens related posts, contact lenses help many patients see the world without the need for glasses. Technological advancements make these lenses more comfortable than ever.  Some patients report occasionally forgetting they have lenses on their eye at all!  After a busy day, leaving these comfortable contact lenses in overnight becomes tempting. Our corneas need… Read More »


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