Cataracts

This weeks topic…..Cataracts.  What are they? What causes them? How and where are they treated?

Eclipse vs Eyes 

On Monday the United States will witness the first total eclipse to be seen by the entire country in a hundred years.  The A partial eclipse of at least 50% will be seen throughout the country.  A 70 mile wide path of totality will strech from Oregon to South Carolina.

With millions of people viewing the eclipse there is a huge potential for widespread eye damage.  This week’s topic discusses how to keep your eyes safe while viewing the eclipse.

The Three O's of Eyecare

Providing eye care requires a team approach.  This week I will describe the different parts of the eye care team - the people who care for your eyes.  There is often confusion about "The 3 O's" of eye care - Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians.  Along with nurses and technicians, the 3 O's make up the eye care team.  There is overlap in the roles of the "3 O's", but there are important differences as well.

Macular Degeneration

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of blindness that affects people as they get older.  AMD affects the very back of the eye, the retina.  The retina consists of cells that detect light.  If the retina were a dartboard, the macula would be the bullseye.  It has the best vision of the retina and is responsible for the vision that we use to read or to recognize faces. 

Dry Eyes

This week’s topic covers the subject of dry eye.  This is a very common problem with many different causes. The symptoms include burning, watering eyes and a sensation of sand or grit in the eyes. It can be worse when driving, watching television and especially when using the computer or reading.  To understand how dryness affects the eyes, it’s helpful to understand normal tear function.

This week’s topic is diabetic eye disease.

Diabetes is a disease where the blood sugar becomes elevated.  It affects nearly 30 million Americans and nearly of third of  these people don’t know they have the disease. Diabetes can affect every part of the eye. 

Corneal Transplants

I have been asked many times in my career if the eye can be transplanted.  The short answer is no.  However, parts of the eye can be transplanted.  This week we’ll explore cornea transplants.

Phototoxicity

I hope everyone is enjoying the great weather we’re having.  Although we love these sunny days, there are some ways in which the sun and other forms of light can be damaging to the eyes.

One form of damage is called solar retinopathy.  It occurs when someone looks directly into the sun.  This can happen when viewing an eclipse.

Fireworks!

Summer is finally here and it is time to celebrate the birth of our great nation.  That means enjoying fireworks.

Unfortunately, fireworks can be associated with eye injuries.  In 2014 there were 1,300 eye injuries from fireworks that required emergency treatment. That’s double the number from two years earlier.

Congential Eye Disease

This week I will describe some of the conditions that can be present at birth – congenital eye diseases. kids eyes.  The first is a disease called retinoblastoma.  This is a cancer of the retina that is often gentically inherited.