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Everything You Need to Know About Pink Eye

Viral conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections. This typically results in a red, watery, but not painful eye that may switch to the other eye or be spread among family members.

Astigmatism: Glasses vs Contact Lenses

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that causes blurry vision since the eye is not perfectly round on the front. This creates blur and distortion which can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses

Do Glaucoma Drops Improve Vision?

The most common treatment for glaucoma is using eye drops daily. However, these eye drops are not used to improve vision or restore any lost vision. Instead, glaucoma drops are used to lower the eye pressure inside the eye and help reduce the risk of more vision loss.

5 Things You Need To Know About a CHRPE

A CHRPE, or congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigmented epithelium, is a common finding in the retina on dilated eye exams.

5 Things to Know About Your Eyes as they Age

As we age, various changes naturally occur throughout the body. Among these changes are several in the eyes and regarding vision. These aging changes are not considered diseases but are rather a normal part of the aging process. Depending on the change, treatment may be needed to help return the eyes and vision to the quality it was before the changes occurred.

The 20-20-20 Rule: How Does it Help Reduce Eye Strain?

The 20-20-20 rule is designed to reduce the effects of long durations of near work on the eyes. When working at a close distance, the eyes must work to focus and maintain a single, clear image. The effort it takes to focus at near work becomes greater the longer the near task is performed.

How is Convergence Insufficiency Treated?

Convergence is the ability to cross or turn the eyes inward. Convergence insufficiency is a binocular vision condition that occurs when the eyes cannot turn inward to focus on a near target while keeping the target clear and single. This can cause issues with near tasks such as reading or writing as well as lead to headaches and fatigue by the end of the day. Treatment options include vision therapy, prism glasses, and special reading glasses.

What is the Difference Between Ocular Hypertension and Glaucoma?

Ocular hypertension is a condition in which the eye pressure is higher than usual. Increased eye pressure is also a sign of glaucoma, but ocular hypertension is notably different.

What Instruments Does an Eye Doctor Use During an Exam

If you have ever been to the eye doctor, you have undoubtedly noticed the many pieces of equipment and various tools, instruments, and devices that are used. Each of these pieces of equipment serve an important role in performing a comprehensive eye examination. Below are some of the most common instruments used by eye doctors in an eye examination.

What is a Corneal Ulcer and How is it Treated?

A corneal ulcer is a bacterial infection in the front of the eye. An ulcer can form in the center or periphery of the cornea depending on where there is damage to the eye. A corneal ulcer will be treated with urgency to attempt to prevent scarring and further infection in the eye.