Eye Health Care

Ergonomics for the Eyes

February 11th, 2016|Eye Health Care|

Long touted as good for backs and necks, proper desk ergonomics are also important for the health and comfort of the eyes. In support of Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is offering tips to desk workers everywhere whose eyes may need relief from too much screen time. Many people who spend long hours reading or working on a computer for their jobs experience eye discomfort. Focusing on tiny type for hours on end can cause eye strain, fatigue and headaches. Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched, red and [...]

iStent – Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

December 2nd, 2015|Eye Health Care|

The Eye Surgeons at Garden Route Eye Clinic use various options for Micro (Minimally) Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, including iStent Implantations. iStent is the first MIGS device that improves your eye’s natural fluid outflow to safely lower eye pressure by creating a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork. For patients with combined cataract and open-angle glaucoma, iStent reduces introcular pressure (IOP) by improving aqueous humor outflow. Inserted through a 1.5-mm corneal incision, iStent is the only FDA-approved device for the treatment of mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma. iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA. It is [...]

Amblyopia – “Lazy Eye”

December 1st, 2015|Eye Health Care|

Children with amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye," may have impaired ocular motor function. This can result in difficulties in activities for which sequential eye movements are important, such as reading. A new study conducted at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest determined that children with amblyopia read more slowly than children with normal vision or with strabismus alone. Their findings are published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). "This study marks the first time that amblyopia, not strabismus, has been identified as the key factor in poorer reading in school-age [...]

Does UV protection matter when choosing sunglasses?

November 30th, 2015|Eye Health Care|

Yes, ultraviolet (UV) eye protection matters! UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. Studies have shown that accumulated ultraviolet exposure from the sun can heighten the risk of cataracts, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, growths such as pterygium, and several kinds of eye cancer. Even just a few hours of intense UV exposure can cause temporary blindness known as photokeratitis. While everyone can potentially suffer these conditions, children and people with light-coloured eyes should be especially careful since their eyes [...]

LASIK : What you need to consider

November 30th, 2015|Eye Health Care|

Every now and then you will see an advert about LASIK that promises to rid you of your glasses or contacts, but how sure can you be you are not gambling with your eyes? How informed are you about the alternative options available for your problem ( PRK, Advanced Surface Ablation also known as ASA, etc?). WebMD Health professional Bill Lloyd MD, helps you wade through the hype. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist qualified to perform laser refractive surgery and has spent more than 2 decades practicing and teaching medicine. Lloyd outlines ten important things to know before considering [...]

Remember Your Eyes When it Comes to Fighting the Signs of Aging

November 23rd, 2015|Eye Health Care|

It’s commonplace for many people to take steps to fight common signs of aging. Americans spend billions of dollars each year to improve the way they look. Far too many, however, forget about the steps they should take to protect how they see. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding adults to start the fight against age-related vision loss early – long before they reach the golden years. An estimated 43 million Americans will face vision loss or blindness from age-related eye diseases by 2020.Ophthalmologists, the medical doctors who treat eye diseases and conditions, recommend that adults following these [...]

MIGS – the new “sexy” in Glaucoma Surgery

October 23rd, 2015|Eye Health Care|

What is Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) - an Introduction This field of new devices and procedures designed to be less invasive, is great news for glaucoma patients who are considering cataract surgery. One such microstent, roughly the size of an eyelash, can be placed into the eye’s drainage system during cataract surgery. It acts as a kind of scaffolding that helps to open and enlarge the drainage system. In so doing, the stent helps to lower intraocular pressure. This innovative device is similar in form and fashion to the stents used for heart conditions such as coronary artery disease. [...]

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