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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 »


Contact Lens Comfort

For many patients, contact lenses offer independence from glasses. Most patients wear their contact lenses without issue. Dry eye, sleeping in contacts, and improper care can make contact lenses irritating and potentially harmful (remember, don’t sleep in your contacts!) Let’s review some ways to make contact lenses as comfortable as possible. One of the most helpful and easiest… Read More »


Can My Cataract Regrow?

We occasionally get this question from patients who have cataract surgery, which is when their cloudy natural lens is replaced with a new clear artificial lens. To best answer this question, we must understand anatomy. Both natural and clear artificial lenses are suspended in a capsule or bag-like structure. During surgery, a small incision is made in the bag,… Read More »


Two Types of Dry Eye

Did you know there are two primary types of dry eye?  Distinguishing between the two helps patients achieve comfort more quickly. If your eyes feel gritty, tired, or have a burning sensation, you may have dry eye. The first type of dry eye is evaporative dry eye. Simply, the water component of tears evaporates, leaving the… Read More »


Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know January is glaucoma awareness month?  Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it lacks obvious symptoms, until late stages of the disease. Around 3 million Americans have glaucoma; unfortunately around half are unaware they have it.   Glaucoma is when the optic nerve is damaged, usually but not always, from… Read More »


Restasis

Since its approval in 2002, many people have seen commercials or at least heard of Restasis, a drop used to help patients with dry eye. How does this drop work? Restasis works by increasing tear production by suppressing inflammation on the ocular surface. When patients have more tears hydrating the front of their eyes (cornea… Read More »


“Bloodshot” Eye

Not uncommonly, patients call in noting a “bloody” eye that seemed to come out of nowhere. Either they look in the mirror and are surprised, or a friend/family member notices the new redness.  While vision is not changed and the eye remains painless, the sight of blood consistently alarms patients. What is going on? For the… Read More »


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