Have you noticed new floating objects in your vision or perhaps flashes of light when you look around the room? You may be dealing with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Checking for posterior vitreous detachment is an important part of assessing your vision. According to the American Society of Retina Specialists, PVD is a change that can occur during adulthood. In some mature eyes, the vitreous gel separates from the retina, which is the light-sensing nerve layer. Below, we’ll discuss the symptoms and treatment options for this condition. [Read more…] about Exploring Posterior Vitreous Detachment
What to Do If You Scratch Your Cornea
Like your skin, your eye is composed of several layers. Located at the front of the eye, the cornea is the clear outer layer that helps your eye focus light – and just like your skin, your cornea is susceptible to scratches and scrapes. A scratched cornea, or corneal abrasion, occurs after a foreign body like a makeup brush, a piece of dust, or a fingernail makes contact with the surface of your eye. Scroll down to find out what to do if you scratch your cornea.
Why Am I Seeing Spots?
Are you wondering, “Why am I seeing spots?” You’re not alone. After all, we’ve all probably stared at a lamp a little too long or accidentally caught a glimpse of the sun. When you close your eyes after one of these episodes, you might notice spots, and these spots usually disappear within a few minutes. But in some cases, seeing spots is actually a sign of a larger health issue.
Can You Put Contacts in Water?
If you’re a wearer of contact lenses, chances are you’ve been in at least one situation where you needed to store or clean your contacts but you didn’t have access to contact lens solution, and you considered water as an alternative. You’ve probably also been tempted to open your eyes underwater while swimming or bathing. Water seems harmless, after all. You drink water, clean yourself in water, and a large portion of your body is composed of water! But can you put contacts in water?
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Smoking and Eyesight
Did you know that smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? Most people are aware that smoking can have an enormous impact on lung health but might be surprised to learn that smoking harms nearly every organ in the body – including the eyes! So if you needed yet another reason to quit smoking, explore the relationship between smoking and eyesight below. [Read more…] about Smoking and Eyesight
Causes of Red Eyes
Sometimes the redness of your eyes may surprise you. One minute you’re washing your hands, and the next minute you barely recognize your own face in the mirror. Other times, red eyes come with irritation. With all that itchiness and aggravation, you know that your eyes will be red before you see your reflection. If the redness persists for more than a day or your eyes feel painful, consult your optometrist. The causes of red eyes vary by case, and while it’s likely nothing to worry about, a professional can help you determine why your eyes are so red and irritated and how you can soothe them.
Parts of Eyeglass Frames
Whether you’re shopping for glasses for the first time or discussing adjustments to your current pair, you may come across some unfamiliar terms, such as temples, bridge, and end piece. If you don’t understand what your optometrist or a sales assistant is referring to with these terms, don’t be afraid to ask for a quick explainer! Or maybe you’d rather learn the parts of eyeglass frames before you go shopping for new glasses? If so, review the diagram and descriptions below.
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How to Properly Clean Contacts
Do you ever skip washing your hands before inserting your contact lenses because you’re in a rush to get to work? Have you ever thrown them in their case before bed because you’re so eager for some well-deserved shut-eye? No matter how busy you are, it’s essential that you take a few moments to clean, disinfect, and safely store your contact lenses each day. Not only does this reduce your risk of eye infections, corneal scratches, and other serious eye conditions, but also your eyes will feel more refreshed and less agitated. Scroll down to learn how to properly clean contacts.
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How to Get Rid of Itchy Eyes
If you’ve ever been tormented by itchy eyes, you know how frustrating it can be. You notice a small itch, give your eye a scratch – but things just get worse from there. Fortunately, most cases of itchy eyes are easy to treat. Ultimately, learning how to get rid of itchy eyes varies depending on the severity of your condition.
How to Read a Glasses Prescription
Did you know that when a person has 20/20 vision, that means they have normal visual acuity measured at a distance of 20 feet? They can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at a distance of 20 feet. Most people are relatively familiar with this method of representing visual clarity or sharpness but don’t fully understand how to read a glasses prescription. If you’ve always wondered what those numbers and abbreviations on your prescription represent, scroll down for a quick guide.
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