When Red and Itchy Eyes May Be a Sign of Conjunctivitis

Red and itchy eyes may or may not be a sign of conjunctivitis – sometimes called “pink eye.” Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the thin tissue that covers the white portion of the eye (the “conjunctiva”) and lining of the eyelids. There are three types of conjunctivitis: viral, bacterial, and allergic. Viral conjunctivitis […]

Certain Lens Technology Allows Advantages with Outdoor Activities

This beautiful spring weather has provided many of our patients with extra opportunities to enjoy (and sometimes become frustrated) by their favorite outdoor activities. Current lens technology allows multiple solutions for these challenges.  We find that golf enthusiasts, especially those with decreasing midrange and near vision, need special progressive lenses. Those lenses maximize their peripheral […]

What is a “refraction,” and why is it important?

When your eye doctor does an exam, the primary thing he/she is trying to determine is whether or not your eye is healthy. The easiest way to tell is to find out how well you see. In other words, is your vision 20/20? If your vision is 20/20 with your glasses or without any glasses, […]

Types of Glaucoma and the Risk Factors

Glaucoma is a “multifactorial chronic disease of the eye leading to a characteristic optic neuropathy which results in permanent loss of vision.” Wow, that’s a mouthful! Basically, there are two main types of glaucoma. The common kind is called chronic open angle glaucoma which makes up about 98% of the glaucoma we see. The other […]

Who Needs Cornea Transplants & Why?

When the cornea has lost its transparency due to scarring from previous injury or infection, abnormal corneal shape (keratoconus), or an inheritable swelling called Fuch’s Dystrophy, a corneal transplant is needed. Corneal transplants are the most successful form of transplant. Traditionally, the surgeon completely removes the cloudy cornea and sutures a donated clear cornea into […]

Macular Degeneration Can Be Hereditary

Macular degeneration has a very strong genetic risk factor, accounting for about 70 percent of the lifetime risk for developing vision loss. Risk factors include older age, female, overweight, fair coloring, smoking, lifetime sun exposure and, most important, nutrition. Most people don’t need genetic testing; however, in some cases it may be desirable to know […]