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The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses

2018-10-16T12:44:27+00:00

  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, [...]

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses 2018-10-16T12:44:27+00:00

Glaucoma: The Puff is Not Enough

2018-09-24T18:05:25+00:00

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. In early stages, patients do not experience symptoms. Because of this, researchers estimate that up to 40% of vision loss occurs before patients notice any sight impairment. Vision loss begins peripherally and eventually begins to close in [...]

Glaucoma: The Puff is Not Enough 2018-09-24T18:05:25+00:00

What Does My Eye Prescription Mean?

2018-01-06T00:55:12+00:00

You go to your optometrist or ophthalmologist and they test your eyesight. Unless you have perfect vision, they hand you a slip of paper (or send an electronic file) that has all these numbers and words that probably mean nothing to you. But they’re your eyes, and you want to know what your prescription means.   I’m going to break down each aspect of your eye prescription, so you can fully understand what’s going on with your sight.   OD, OS, and OU   One of the first things you’ll probably notice are the rows starting with either OD or OS (and sometimes OU). These codes are much simpler than you might realize.   OD stands for oculus dexter, which means your right eye OS stands for oculus sinster, which [...]

What Does My Eye Prescription Mean? 2018-01-06T00:55:12+00:00

Why Primary Eye Care Is So Important

2018-01-06T00:54:05+00:00

We’re sure you already know what primary health care is – it is that basic level of care from a family doctor that encompasses a broad range of potential issues. Primary eye care follows that same idea. It’s the basic, general, and regular health care for your entire eye.   This isn’t just about checking for 20/20 vision or getting a new prescription. Primary eye care runs all sorts of tests like pupil dilation, computerized tests, and that infamous air puff test.   Remember: this is about your whole eye health – and as you will soon see, the health of your entire body.   Here are 4 reasons why primary eye care is so important:   See Clearly   Let’s start with the obvious answer first. Regularly visiting your [...]

Why Primary Eye Care Is So Important 2018-01-06T00:54:05+00:00

What You Need To Know About The HEDIS Health Care Rating

2017-12-23T00:44:46+00:00

What You Need To Know About The HEDIS Health Care Rating · Every American needs health insurance – but other than cost, how do they know which one to choose? · Doctors work alongside health plans – but how do they know more about these companies they are working with? · And health plans may be experts in their own care and services – but how do they know whether they are better or worse than the next health plan? The answer to all of these questions is HEDIS, or the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set. Here’s everything you need to know about this health care rating system. What Is HEDIS? HEDIS is a rating system that uses many different specific measures or standards to compare the performance and [...]

What You Need To Know About The HEDIS Health Care Rating 2017-12-23T00:44:46+00:00

These Common Medications May Give You Vision Problems

2017-12-14T19:19:38+00:00

In the world of health and medicine, we recognize that medications often come with a trade-off. You fix one problem, but experience X, Y, or Z side effects. So we weigh the pros and cons, together with our doctors, and make the best choice we can.   The biggest issue normally arises when we do not realize what potential side effects can come from our prescription or over-the-counter medications. That lack of knowledge can leave us with annoying consequences at best and life-threating consequences at worst.   Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes lands our eyesight. Many different medications can affect the eyes.   Some just make them dry or irritated Others can cause blurriness, double vision, or visual disturbances (like floaters) And others get more serious – [...]

These Common Medications May Give You Vision Problems 2017-12-14T19:19:38+00:00

These Common Meds May Hurt Your Eyes

2017-12-07T19:48:38+00:00

When we go on a new medication, we are hopeful that our health problem will go away – or at least be better managed. We are not hoping for a whole new set of health issues. But sometimes, that’s exactly what we get all thanks to side effects.   Here is a list of common medications that have been shown to negatively affect the retina (in some cases). This list is not comprehensive, nor will every person taking these drugs have negative eye-related side effects.   If problems do pop up, it is often related to inappropriate dosing. Sometimes any visual impairment will go away once you stop using it; other times the retinal damage can be permanent.   So no matter what, it is imperative to make sure you [...]

These Common Meds May Hurt Your Eyes 2017-12-07T19:48:38+00:00

How To Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

2017-12-01T16:00:38+00:00

When we think about diabetes, we often think about one isolated problem: managing blood sugar. But the ripple effects of this disease can cause problems with all sorts of body systems and organs – including your eyes.   Diabetic retinopathy (DR) can occur when high blood sugar damages the retina’s blood vessels. And it just so happens to be the leading cause of blindness in America, though some people with DR have no symptoms or mild symptoms.   Fortunately, we have 5 action steps for you to take in order to prevent diabetic retinopathy:   Watch Your Diet   Remember this: what you eat today could affect your eyesight tomorrow. Make a healthy diet your #1 priority. Limit salts and sugars. Boost up nutrient-rich produce, low-glycemic grains, and lean proteins. [...]

How To Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy 2017-12-01T16:00:38+00:00

What You Need To Know About HEDIS Health Care Ratings

2017-11-14T17:54:01+00:00

Individuals. Families. Doctors. Insurance companies. Many different people are interested in the quality of America’s health care plans. The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) gives you the answers you are seeking. How good are different plans in providing preventative care? What about treatment options? And how many do it so well that customers feel satisfied about their overall experience? Do these plans offer great physician and hospital choices? What Is HEDIS? HEDIS is a tool for better understanding health care plans. Created by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), HEDIS has a standardized set of performance measures that show the different health plans’ levels of service and care toward members. There are 81 performance measures broken down into 5 large care domains. Here are some examples of HEDIS [...]

What You Need To Know About HEDIS Health Care Ratings 2017-11-14T17:54:01+00:00

What Diseases Can Your Eyes Predict?

2017-10-18T18:45:17+00:00

In poetic writing, you will find authors often say things like “her eyes told the story” or “his eyes said it all.” It’s a beautiful picture. We can all relate to a look that seems to speak sentences. What if we told you that your eyes tell the story of your body in a more literal sense too – in a life-saving sort of way? When you go see your optometrist or ophthalmologist and get a complete eye exam (more than just checking your vision and adjusting a prescription), you will be given a series of tests. Some of these tests, obviously, tell you about potential eye conditions. But some of these tests can actually predict other diseases too. Eye Disease Prediction Let’s start out with the obvious – a [...]

What Diseases Can Your Eyes Predict? 2017-10-18T18:45:17+00:00