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 the relief is only temporary. Little did anyone know but the basic idea of warm compresses led to a significant discovery and a revolution in the way dry eye is diagnosed and treated.

A recent article from TearScience, manufacturer of the revolutionary LipiFlow thermal pulsation system, tells the story of the discovery of meibomian glands and the critical role they play in Evaporative Dry Eye. Click here to read more about their revolutionary dry eye treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), the root cause of 86% of dry eye cases.

Sunglasses protect eyes and more

Wearing sunglasses when outdoors can block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and wrinkles around your eyes.

With Maui Jims, it’s all about the optics! Check out their website for more details on the difference between Maui Jim and other brands.

Likewise, be sure your eyes are getting enough moisture — just as you would protect them from dryness in winter, check on the chlorine level in the pool and add some artificial tears to your eye care routine.

And it’s not just about squinting, according to one Harvard expert.

Sunglasses are essential in protecting the delicate tissue around the eye, says W. Lee Ball Jr., OD, an optometrist at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “This skin, including the eyelid itself, is very thin and vulnerable to skin cancer, and that’s especially troubling since dermatologists are reporting an epidemic in all types of skin cancer,” he said.

Sunglasses protect against basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma as well as the formation of wrinkles like crow’s feet and the thickening of the skin caused by UV exposure. 

Fish Oil–Who can you trust?

There has been a lot of momentum in the health care industry lately concerning fish oil.  Drs. Gropper and Davis both promote the positive health effects that fish oil can have for both our eyes and the rest of our bodies.  The issue of greatest concern is the trustworthiness of some the fish oil supplements.

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Healthy Diet, Healthy Eyes!

Your grandmother wouldn’t find too much news in the notion that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is good for you. Now, she has science to back her up!

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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.

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Keeping an Eye on Your Diabetes

What is diabetic eye disease?

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. Read More »

Why Do I Need My Eyes Dilated?

Having your pupils dilated during an eye exam can make vision blurry for part of the day, but it is critical for a complete eye exam. Dilating your eyes allows the optometrist to fully examine the retina. Most eye exams start with tests to determine what prescription you’ll need to correct your vision, either with glasses or contact lenses. (This is called “the “refractive state” of your eyes) A comprehensive exam does not stop there.

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Can I Swim in Contacts?

no swimming

Our quick answer is a definite maybe!

You shouldn’t swim while wearing contact lenses because bacteria and other micro-organisms that live in the water can attach to your lenses, increasing your risk of serious infection. This includes chlorinated pools and hot tubs.

So … really? Never? If you can’t swim without the correction your contacts provide, ask one of our doctors about daily disposable contacts for swimming or recreation. You can wear them once and throw them away.