Eye Diseases

Drastic increase in US prevalence of myopia over 30 years

A study in 2009 compared similar data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for both the time periods of 1971-72 and 1999-2004, as it relates to the prevalence of myopia (near-sightedness, or distance blur) in this country. The methods of data gathering were slightly different in the two time frames, but the 1999-2004 data was […]

A Cure for Presbyopia???

Presbyopia is the natural loss of the eye’s ability to focus on near objects, and onset usually occurs in the early to mid-forties. This change forces patients into reading glasses or bifocals. In our younger years, the human lens is quite elastic and easily able to change shape – it flattens out to allow distance focus, and […]

Preventative Eye Care Should Involve Lid and Lash Hygiene

When practicing good hygiene, many people forget about their eyes. If you have good eyesight, you might not even know when your last eye doctor appointment was. But eyes should receive the same care and consideration that we give to other parts of the body. After all, eyes are one of the most important connections we have to […]

Smoking and Eye Disease

For at least the past 30-40 years, it has been common knowledge that smoking is hazardous to your health. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking also causes specific dangers as far as the eyes are concerned: (1) double the risk of cataract formation in later life; (2) three times the risk for […]

Disruptive blue light

Blue light is emitted from a number of sources, some of which include sunlight, tablets, cell phones, televisions, laptops, and fluorescent lights. With the excessive amount of electronic devices available to the public it is important to express the potential harms of blue light. Recent studies have shown that blue light can disturb the sleep cycle and may cause […]

Carrots and the Eyes

Over the years, patients have continued to wonder if eating carrots could improve their vision.  In certain cases, carrots can indeed have a positive impact on eyesight (specifically in low light conditions).  Carrots are rich in a red-orange pigment known as beta carotene.  This pigment is used in the production of vitamin A throughout the body.  In the eye, […]

Alzheimer’s and the Eye

An enormous amount of information regarding a patient’s health can be obtained through an eye exam, most commonly are chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  More recently it has been studied that Alzheimer’s disease could be another condition assessed through changes within the eye.Alzheimer’s disease is a condition in which neurons (brain nerve cells) progressively degenerate […]

Kale is good for my eyes?

Yes, your mother was right when she said green vegetables are good for you!Kale is a dark, leafy green cruciferous vegetable and is said to be one of the healthiest vegetables you can find.  It is extremely rich in potassium, iron, copper, phosphorus, and manganese.  In just one cup of this leafy green you can obtain 134 percent of […]

Pink Eye at the Olympics

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, recently hit the headlines when NBC’s Bob Costas came down with a raging case of it in both eyes during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Pink eye is an inflammation “itis” of the conjunctiva (clear membrane which lines the white part of the eye) and has a variety of causes.  Blood […]