Did you know that there are many types of glaucoma? This fact may be surprising to many because when people think of glaucoma, they typically think of a condition that causes high pressure in the eye. However, there is more than one type of glaucoma. Each is different. All of them pose the risk of sight loss. This article reviews several types of glaucoma and their causes. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that is one of the leading causes of blindness. All types of glaucoma have the potential to damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the eye to the brain, sending information that lets us see. Damage to the optic nerve causes sight loss that may lead to total blindness. When an optic nerve is [...]
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Tips for Choosing Eye-Safe Toys this Holiday Around this time of year, you will no doubt run across a broadcast of the holiday film “A Christmas Story.” The film is told through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy named Ralphie who wants a BB gun for Christmas. As he tries to convince the adults in his life that the toy is safe, he is always met with the response, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” While the refrain is played for comedy, toy safety is not a laughing matter. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that emergency rooms treat over 251,000 toy-related injuries a year. Forty-four percent of those injuries are to the head or the face. A 2016 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology  reported that basketball, baseball, and air guns [...]
Considering Novelty Contact Lenses This Halloween? Visit Your Optometrist First. Halloween is around the corner. If you’re considering purchasing novelty or special effect contact lenses to perfect your cat, devil or zombie look, keep your eyes safe and plan a trip to your optometrist first. Why should I go to an optometrist before I order novelty contact lenses? While novelty contact lenses are easily accessible from online retailers and other sources, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns not to buy novelty contact lenses that don't require prescriptions. Purchasing novelty contact lenses without a prescription can result in infections or even significant damage to the eye, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. What damage can non-prescription special effects contact lenses cause? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, [...]
Why Comprehensive Exams are a Better Method for Early Glaucoma Detection. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Called the “silent thief of sight,” the disease can reach an advanced stage long before visible changes in vision occur. Unfortunately, many people believe that they do not have the disease because they had a normal “air puff” screening. An estimated three million Americans have glaucoma, but only half know it. Glaucoma is a complex disease caused by damage to the optic nerve. There are many types of glaucoma. The most common type of glaucoma is narrow-angle glaucoma, which accounts for 70% of all adult cases of the disease. In early stages, patients do not experience symptoms. Because of this, [...]