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Did you know that children's vision can develop all the way until they are 10 years of age? The eyes are ever changing and children’s eyes are no exception. We take special care with infant vision, pre-school vision and school-aged vision for children. The eyes are continually developing at all of these stages, as good vision is not something your child is initially born with.
There are dozens of conditions and diseases that could affect the eyes. How do you prevent eye diseases from forming? And how do you combat or slow the progression of eye conditions that you already have? According to the American Macular Degeneration Association, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. Certain actions can help prevent and slow the progression of macular and many other eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. Knowledge and prevention always key when it comes to eye health though.
How often should you see your eye doctor? How often should you with glasses or contact lenses? What about when it comes to children? These are questions we frequently receive when it comes to eye exams. An eye examination is vitally important to your health, as the exam can provide early detection for many eye conditions, diseases and changes in vision.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 40.9 million Americans over 18 wear contact lenses. Even children can trade in their glasses for a pair of lenses. In the past few decades, contact lenses have become highly versatile and there are many options available to the wearers. At Optical Masters, we offer options such as daily disposable lenses, reusable lenses, astigmatic lenses for those with astigmatism, and multifocal lenses.
Nobody plans for an eye emergency, but they happen, and usually not at a time that is convenient. Eye emergencies can be caused by any number of reasons such as allergic reaction, trauma, chemical injuries, injuries to the cornea or foreign object in the eye, and eyelid lacerations. The good news is that many eye emergencies can be treated without permanent damage.
How often do you think about your eyes when you go outside in the sun? Unless you’re sensitive to bright light, you might not think twice about eye protection from UV rays. Many know the dangers of skin cancer and protecting themselves with sunblock. It’s just as important to protect the eyes though as the same UV rays can sunburn your eyes and even lead to problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium (white tissue growth) on the eyes.
Optimum eye health throughout your life can be achieved by ensuring you are doing your part. Vision is one of--if not the--most important of the five senses. It doesn’t take much to damage your vision, but it also doesn’t take much to preserve it. Learn what you can be doing to ensure your eye health stays stable throughout your life.
LASIK eye surgery was first introduced more than 20 years ago. Since that time, millions of Americans have undergone LASIK surgery to improve their vision and live free of glasses and contacts. It is most widely used to correct vision such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. During the procedure the eye is anesthetized with eye drops.
Why is a healthy retina so important for overall vision and wellness? Unhealthy retinas are not capable of sending clear signals to your brain which can result in vision loss or impairment. There are many retinal conditions and diseases, but most can be treated when they are found early. Comprehensive eye exams are able to detect problems with the retina early-on to help you avoid serious diseases and complications. We recommend you visit your eye doctor annually or biannually to keep your eyes healthy. With retinal problems, you may not notice any symptoms even when a retina is threatened.
Neurological eye screenings conducted at our Optical Masters’ office provide you and your medical provider with important information about the state of your vision. Evaluating how your eyes and pupils work together and separately can tell your medical provider if the nerves and muscles controlling your eyes are functioning properly or suffering from a dangerous condition or disease.