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Battling Winter Dry Eye: What Steps Can You Take?

Between the harsh winter winds outside and the dry heat inside, our eyes can quickly become irritated and dried out in the winter months. Being exposed to either of these atmospheres can trigger a sudden onset of moisture evaporation inside of our eyes. Tear glands can’t produce fluid quick enough to maintain the protective, liquid coating that our eyes need to stay hydrated.


Is LASIK for You?

Want to see clearly in 2018? You have options for better vision that include glasses, contact lenses, and especially LASIK eye surgery. However, some options are better for others if they want a permanent vision fix. You can find that permanent fix through LASIK eye surgery. While LASIK eye surgery may allow you to say goodbye to corrective lenses, it's not right for everybody. Discover if you are a good candidate and what to consider as you weigh your decision.


Before You Hit the Slopes, Check Your Sunglasses

Sunglasses aren’t just the go-to summertime accessory. Winter demands that you wear your sunglasses too! Protecting your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun can decrease your likelihood of developing cataracts, macular degeneration and cornea sunburns. Exposure to the sun during the winter can also increase your risk vision problems due to snow glare, snow blindness, or dry eye.


Putting in Contacts When Your Eyes Are Small

Don’t miss out on the amazing benefits of wearing contact lenses just because you have small eyes! Learning to effortlessly put in contact lenses takes some practice. Small eyes may require a little bit more time before contact placement is smooth and easy, but will be worth the effort. Consider these tips for how to put in contact lenses when your eyes are small!


Protecting Your Eyes During the Winter Months

Many people know that it’s important to protect their eyes during the summer months. This is a time when the sun is out most days and UV damage to the eyes and skin is high. However, many people aren’t aware that the sun can cause just as much damage on an overcast day or during the wintertime.


What You May Not Know About Eye Cancer

The American Cancer Society provides community education about eye cancer to help you diagnose symptoms and discover treatments. Two types of cancers can be found in the eye. The first category of eye cancer starts inside your eyeball itself. These are known as primary intraocular cancers with melanoma being the most common form in adults.


How Can Vision Surgery Help You?

Millions of Americans suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Some studies show that Americans are becoming more and more nearsighted. Glasses and contacts are a great way to help temporarily correct these problems. However, there is a more permanent solution. LASIK refractive surgery are options for patients who want to experience better vision all the time. LASIK is the most popular vision surgery performed in the United States and focuses on fixing the conditions we listed above as well as presbyopia.


Protect Yourself Against Macular Degeneration

According to the American Macular Degeneration Association, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans. This makes it even more common than cataracts and glaucoma combined. All of these conditions can lead to blindness, but not all of their progression can be reversed. Macular degeneration causes vision loss in the center of your field of vision. Once it’s gone, there’s no getting that vision back. This is a painless disorder that can affect either eye.


What Is Color Blindness?

Color blindness affects more than 3 million Americans each year. Men are more prone to this condition than women. Even though millions of Americans are affected by it, not many know what it actually is. This condition is also known as “specific color vision deficiency (CVD)”, because there are different types of blindness when it comes to seeing colors.


How Your Eyes See Light

Your eyes are amazing tools for viewing the environment around you. They are made up of countless nerves and parts that all work together to make vision possible. Did you know that the brain is actually the organ that does the “seeing”? Light rays reflect off what you are looking at and enter the eyes through the cornea.


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