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  • Eye Exams for Adults-Topic Overview

    Use the guidelines below to schedule routine vision checks and eye exams with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. If you know that you are not at risk for eye disease and you don’t have signs of vision problems, have a completeeye exam to check for eye disease and vision problems:1 Every 5 to 10 years if […]

  • Blepharitis-Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about blepharitis: What is blepharitis? Do I need to see a doctor?

  • Color Blindness-Topic Overview

    What is color blindness? Color blindness means that you have trouble seeing red, green, or blue or a mix of these colors. It’s rare that a person sees no color at all. Color blindness is also called a color vision problem. A color vision problem can change your life. It may make it harder to […]

  • Retinal Detachment-Cause

    Causes of retinal detachment are: Tears or holes in the retina. These may lead to retinal detachment by allowing fluid from the middle of the eye (vitreous gel) to collect under the retina. A common cause of retinal tears is posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). An eye or head injury or other eye disorders, such as […]

  • Glaucoma-Treatment Overview

    Most treatment for glaucoma is aimed at lowering the pressure in the eyes (intraocular pressure, or IOP). This helps save your eyesight by slowing the damage to the optic nerve. In adults, treatment can’t restore eyesight that has already been lost as a result of glaucoma. But in certain children, some of the damage caused […]

  • Laser Trabeculoplasty for Glaucoma

    Surgery Overview Laser trabeculoplasty uses a very focused beam of light to treat the drainage angle of the eye. This surgery makes it easier for fluid to flow out of the front part of the eye, decreasing pressure in the eye. There are two types of laser trabeculoplasty: Argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT). Selective laser trabeculoplasty […]

  • Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Ever wonder why your eyes fill with tears when you chop an onion? One eye doctor pinpoints the culprit. Onions use sulfur in the soil to create amino acid sulfoxides, which are sulfur compounds that readily turn into a gas. When an onion […]

  • Nearsightedness: Questions to Ask About Surgery-Topic Overview

    Look for an eye doctor who has done a lot of refractive surgeries. Doctors who are affiliated with a medical school or major eye clinic may have better access to the latest procedures and technology. In most cases, an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist, will do the eye surgery. If you are thinking about having surgery: […]

  • Cornea, Lens, and Iris

    Cornea, Lens, and Iris The iris is the colored part of the eye. A circular muscle in the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye through the pupil, the black area in the center of the iris. The cornea is the outer clear, round structure that covers the iris and the pupil. The […]

  • Misaligned Eyes

    Misaligned Eyes Eyes that do not move in the same direction at the same time are called misaligned eyes. Misaligned eyes may be either present at birth or caused by disease or injury. Babies’ eyes are sometimes slightly misaligned until about age 3 to 4 months, when they usually begin to track normally. Misaligned eyes […]

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