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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 »


“Do I have to get dilated?”

“Do I have to get dilated?” This is one question we hear on a regular basis. As patients have experienced, dilation temporarily causes increased sensitivity to light as well as blurry vision when trying to read.  These side-effects typically last 4-6 hours.   Fortunately, distance vision is hardly affected. We recommend patients bring a driver to assist… Read More »


Do I have a stye?

A stye (or “hordeolum”) occurs when oil glands along eyelids become infected. This infection is due to bacteria that naturally live along our eyelids. Typically these bacteria are harmless and do not create problems. Problems arise from clogged oil glands near the eyelid’s edge. Bacteria replicate easily in a clogged gland. Swelling, redness, and pain occur… Read More »


November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetes affects around 22 million Americans. Millions more are borderline diabetic, or simply unaware they have the disease.  Essentially, elevated blood sugar levels cause damage to small blood vessels. The longer one has diabetes, the greater likelihood of complications. As small blood vessels are found in nearly every part of the body, diabetes can be devastating to … Read More »


Allergy testing. . .could you benefit?

Do your eyes itch, tear up, feel swollen, and look red regularly? Do you have nasal congestion, a sore throat, or a runny nose frequently? We’re here to help! Advanced Eye Care Center offers allergy skin testing to help patients identify what they are allergic to.  We use Doctor’s Allergy Formula to objectively determine our patients’… Read More »


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