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.
A fallen eyelash, a piece of sand, a stubborn fiber on your contact lens, a speck of dust – Though tiny, these objects can become majorly frustrating and potentially dangerous if they reach your eye. Luckily, you can typically remove them yourself, but it’s important to proceed with caution to prevent permanent eye damage. Scroll down to learn how to get something out of your eye safely.
Vision loss isn’t anything to mess around with. If you are experiencing sudden vision loss in one eye, it’s important to stop what you’re doing, call your eye doctor, and head to the emergency room ASAP. While you’re passing time in the waiting room, you might want to familiarize yourself with some of the common causes behind this eye emergency.
We’ve seen it in cartoons, GIFs, and even sitcoms. Eye twitching certainly gets a bad rep and is often incorrectly interpreted as a sign of anger. However, if you’re dealing with this eye issue, you probably know that it is actually quite involuntary. With help from your doctor or optometrist, you can get down to the root cause of the issue and learn how to get rid of an eye twitch. You might need to make lifestyle changes or address another health issue, but in most cases, it is possible to find a solution.
Did you know the average American spends more than 11 hours a day staring at a screen? Between working a desk job, answering text messages, and unwinding with a Netflix binge session, we expose our eyes to a lot of bright lights without even realizing. In addition to making it a goal to reduce your screen time, you can implement other changes to avoid further eye damage and discomfort. We encourage you to learn how to relieve eye strain and prevent it from becoming a problem.
Has your optometrist recommended an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan? If you’re hesitant or uncertain, we completely understand. After all, you might not be familiar with OCT scans – what they are, how they work, and why you could benefit from a scan. As it turns out, this advancement in technology is enhancing the way doctors diagnose and treat serious eye issues like glaucoma and retinal diseases. [Read more…] about What Is an OCT Scan?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 94 percent of Americans age 12 and older have good vision, but the remaining six percent, or 14 million, are visually impaired. Are you one of those 14 million? When you go to your optometrist’s office for the first time to receive an eye exam, you might hear words like myopia and hyperopia. Keep reading to learn more about myopia vs. hyperopia so you can better understand your eyes.
Your eyes contain some of the hardest-working muscles in your body. You might take your eye health for granted, but keeping those muscles in good shape is key to maintaining your quality of life. That’s why regular eye examinations are an important part of your annual health routine. If you’ve never had an eye exam before, the idea can be intimidating – after all, no one wants a doctor poking around in the sensitive area around their eyes. However, eye exams typically make for a quick, completely painless, and very informative visit. If you’ve never had your eyes examined – or it’s been a few years since your last appointment – learn more about what happens during an eye exam so that you can go into your check-up with peace of mind.
Although it’s true that you might not see as well at age 70 as you did at age 7, you shouldn’t write off vision problems as just a normal part of aging. According to the National Eye Institute, cataracts affect more than half of American adults over 80 years old. Keep scrolling to learn about the symptoms of a cataract, and contact your optometrist today if you have trouble seeing.
If you’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism, you’re not alone. According to the American Optometric Association, most people have some degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism is an irregular curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens that disrupts the refraction of light rays. A healthy eye should have a round shape similar to a basketball, while an eye with astigmatism has a shape more like a football. Slight astigmatism usually doesn’t affect your vision, but in more severe cases you might experience blurred or distorted vision and need corrective lenses or surgery. So what causes astigmatism?
Chances are, it’s nothing you’ve done, so be wary of anyone who tries to convince you that it’s because you sit too close to the TV or read in dim light for too long. We’ve broken down two of the common causes of astigmatism so you can better understand the condition.