Category Archives: Educational Information

Happy Independence Day!

Barbeques, pool parties, fireworks, and freedom. July 4th’s celebration of our country’s independence is an enjoyable holiday for family and friends. While most folks enjoy fireworks from a safe distance, firework-related eye injuries become a concern for those launching their own patriotic firework display. In 2014, an estimated 7,000 firework injuries occurred between June 20th and… Read More »


Allergy season, just around the corner

For many, allergy season begins in the spring and can last through the summer and fall. Allergies cause sinus congestion, runny noses, as well as itchy and watery eyes. Over-the-counter options, like oral anti-histamines (Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, or Xyzal) can help general symptoms. Over-the-counter eyes drops (Alaway and Zaditor) help patients who have itchiness, redness, and tearing in… Read More »


What are scleral contact lenses?

Scleral contact lenses are larger than standard gas permeable (GP) contact lenses. The smallest sclerals are approximately 14.5 mm in diameter, and the largest can be up to 24 mm. Lenses that are 18 mm or smaller are subcategorized as mini-sclerals. The average human cornea is approximately 11.8 mm in diameter so even the smallest… Read More »


Have you been checking your grid??

At-home Amsler grid monitoring is an important part of managing age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration affects patients’ central vision over time. While most changes are gradual, some patients can experience rapid changes in vision. The damage that macular degeneration causes can be irreversible. This makes detection of any damage important so patients can receive care… Read More »


Diabetic Eye Exams

Yearly eye examinations are important for patients diagnosed with diabetes. The longer one has diabetes, the greater likelihood of visual complications . Vision can fluctuate for patients with poor blood sugar control. If bleeding occurs in the back of the eye, the patient’s visual ability could be negatively impacted-making reading or driving very difficult. For severe… 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 »


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 »


“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 »


Five tips to limit damage from Macular Degeneration

Most commonly affecting patients over the age of 55, age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease that affects central vision over time.  While patients with early stages of the disease may not notice any change, those with advanced macular degeneration have profound visual deficiencies.  If you have macular degeneration, consider these tips to help limit… Read More »


Tricky lashes. . .trichiasis

When eyelashes function normally, they help to protect our eyes from the environment. Eyelashes help to deflect debris from entering our eyes. Lashes also help us sense if something is very close to our eyes-causing us to blink. Blinking refreshes our eyes with tears. Most days, we don’t even think about our eyelashes. For some patients, instead… Read More »


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