Category Archives: Eye Conditions and Diseases

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is often referred to as a silent visual disease.  What that means is that glaucoma often has no symptoms, causes no pain, and vision stays relatively normal or changes so gradually that most patients don’t notice changes until it has dramatically progressed.

A Revolution in Dry Eye Treatment

Warm compresses have a long history in medicine.  Doctors in many disciplines recommend warm compresses to patients to relieve any number of issues: headaches, acne, sore muscles, etc.  In optometry, many eye doctors recommend warm compresses for soothing tired or dry eyes.  As with other ailments, warm compresses helps dry eye symptoms, but for most …

Flashes, Floaters, and Vitreous Detachment

There is a jelly-like substance called the vitreous that fills the inside of the eye and gradually shrinks with time.  Floaters are little “cobwebs” or condensed spots of vitreous that float around in your field of vision.  They are small, dark, shadowy shapes that can look like spots, thread-like strands, or squiggly lines.

Chronic Dry Eye

Elderly people frequently experience dryness of the eyes, but chronic dry eye can occur at any age.  Nearly five million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye.  Of these, more than three million are women and more than one and a half million are men.  Tens of millions more …