Getting Help From An Eye Doctor

Planning For Your Cataract Surgery: Tips For You

When you have been experiencing blurred vision and other such issues, you may come to find that you are suffering from cataracts. If this is the case, you likely are in the process of scheduling and planning for a cataract surgery to get the issue taken care of as quickly as possible. Because this is your first experience with cataracts and cataract surgery, you may not know what you should do to get yourself ready and what to expect once the surgery has taken place. Get to know some of the ways that you can plan for your cataract surgery so that you can be sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Know That You Will Need To Take At Least A Few Days To Recover

The first thing to understand when you are planning for your cataract surgery is that, while it is an outpatient procedure (meaning that …

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Taking Care Of Business: Caring For Glasses And Contacts

If you have just got a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses to correct certain vision problems, then you want to learn how to properly care for them. While it may seem as if they require no maintenance, there are actually some things you should do and others you should avoid in order to keep them in great shape for as long as possible. The information offered here will educate you on the best ways to ensure you get the most out of your prescription eyewear.

Always store them properly

Glasses: When you take off your glasses, you should always put them in their storage case. For one thing, this makes it easy for you to find them, especially if you have a very hard time seeing without them. It will also help to keep them from getting dust on them. It also helps ensure they don’t get knocked …

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Do You Need An Optometrist Or An Opthalmologist?

Optometrist or ophthalmologist? Which one’s right for you? You won’t see a surgeon for your yearly physical. Right? Likewise, you probably wouldn’t call up your family doctor’s practice if you knew that you needed to have your appendix out.

Why choose an optometrist vs. an ophthalmologist? Keep in mind, optometrists have graduate-level training and receive a doctor of optometry (D.O.) degree. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, and receive an M.D. Before scheduling your next eye doctor appointment, consider:

The need for specialized care. If you have a very specific problem that requires more than general medical advice, an ophthalmologist may be the way to go. Ophthalmologists may have special training in a more focused area, notes the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). Known as sub-specialists, these professionals complete additional training on top of what is required to become an M.D.

Whether you might need a medication or not.

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Cataract Surgery

As your sight begins to grow cloudy, you have been handed the news by your optometrist that you have cataracts. The typical treatment for cataracts is surgery, something which most people would prefer to avoid. However, you may want to rethink any decision about not having cataract surgery. Here is what happens to your eyes and your sight if you do not have the surgery, why surgery is the only real treatment option, and how the surgical procedure that can restore your sight is now done with minimal pain.

What Happens When You Avoid the Surgery

Cataracts are a progressive disease, meaning that the problem progressively gets worse until you are legally blind and may only be able to see shadows or shifting, colorless shapes. You lose the ability to drive and the ability to do most things that require a reasonable amount of sight. Glasses will not fix this problem …

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Ocular Migraine: It’s Not All In Your Head

If you suffer from migraines, you are all too familiar with the extreme headache, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, more than 12 percent of the United States population is afflicted with migraines. As common as these debilitating headaches are, one specific type of migraine affects only one in every 200 individuals who suffer from migraines, and its symptoms can be frightening. Find out if you experience the distinguishing symptoms of this rare type so that your optometrist or ophthalmologist can rule out other problems to confirm a diagnosis and discuss how you can cope when an attack strikes.

Migraine Symptom Review

Approximately 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience the classic migraine with aura. The aura most commonly precedes, and can also accompany, the headache and nausea. Migraine auras can feel like numbness or a stinging sensation. Weakness, diminished language and motors …

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Tips For People Who Wear Contact Lenses In Winter

The tears your body produces helps to clean the surface of your eyes and protect your eyes from infection. Tears also help prevent your contact lenses from irritating your eyes. In winter, the air is dryer and your tears evaporate more quickly. This quick evaporation can cause pain, itchiness and infection. Knowing how to protect your eyes while wearing contact lenses in winter can help you avoid problems and discomfort. 

Humidify Your Home

The weather outside might be extra dry, but it doesn’t have to be dry in your home. Run a humidifier in the parts of your home where you spend the most time, like in your kitchen, bedroom and living room. This will help you avoid the negative effects of the dry air and prevent your tears from drying so quickly.

Wear Sunglasses

Prolonged exposure to UV rays from sunshine bouncing off of snow can lead to conditions …

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