Eye Care Resource Center
Eye Care Information Pages
Contact Lens Safety / Do’s and Don’ts for preventing infections
The Eye Care Professionals at Family Vision Centers wanted to pass along some important contact lens safety information from a recent national publication that we have found to be very helpful in educating patients on the importance of Contact Lens Safety. Here are a few of the tips on how to properly care for contacts to lower your risk of a contact lens induced eye-infection.
Astigmatism / What is it and Who gets it
Astigmatism occurs when the front of the eye is shaped more oval than round like it should be. Because of this light does not focus on the back of the eye the way it should causing vision problems. Almost everyone has some degree of astigmatism but it is often not prominent enough to require any corrective action. It is important to have routine eye exams in order to detect and properly treat astigmatism.
Cataracts / Who does it affect and How is it Treated
It is difficult to detect a cataract due to the fact that it typically starts out small and may have little or no effect on vision. One of the first symptoms of cataracts which you may experience is blurred or cloudy vision. A cataract typically develops slowly and causes no pain. As a cataract develops further blurry vision will gradually get worse and may spread throughout the lens. If a cataract is untreated the cloudy lens can lead to blindness. In order to detect cataracts at the early stages it is pertinent to have routine eye exams. Contact your Family Vision Center physician today to schedule your eye exam.
Glaucoma / What are they Symptoms and How is it Treated
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that leads to damage of the optic nerve. When the passages that carry fluid in the eye get clogged or blocked it can lead to increased internal eye pressure. The increase in internal eye pressure from glaucoma is usually what causes optic nerve damage. The optic nerves are the nerve fibers that send information from the eye to the brain. When a person gets glaucoma and the optic nerve is damaged it can cause vision loss and if untreated even blindness.
Age-related Macular Degeneration / Types of AMD, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Age-related Macular Degeneration or AMD is a medical condition predominantly found in elderly adults. The center lining of the eye, the macula thins and can bleed in those with age-related macular degeneration. This results in AMD gradually destroying central vision affecting the ability to see fine details thus making it difficult to perform daily tasks. Because AMD causes no pain and can advance slowly it can be difficult to detect and can lead to major changes in vision over time. In people of 60 years of age in the United States age-related macular degeneration is the number one leading cause of central vision loss and blindness. If you are over age 60 it is important to have routine eye exams.
Family Vision Center uses OCT Imaging to detect eye diseases early on
Family Vision Center has always stayed up to date on the latest technologies to provide patients with the best possible vision care. The Stratford Family Vision Center location is upgrading their OCT machine to a new HD-OCT Model. OCT machines can be used to detect eye diseases, but how do they work?
Do you have Dry Eyes?
Dry eye is a condition where the body is unable to make enough of its own tears to protect the outer layer of the eye. The most common symptoms of dry eyes are blurred vision, reddish pigment on the sclera, burning or itching, you may feel as thought you have something in the eye, also it will be uncomfortable to wear your contact lenses and may feel sore.
What is Diabetic Eye Disease?
Diabetic Eye Disease is a complication of diabetes. Diabetic Eye Disease refers to a group of eye problems caused by diabetes that can cause severe vision loss. The groups of eye diseases which make up Diabetic Eye Disease are: Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataract and Glaucoma.
Eye Care Technology
The doctors at Family Vision Center believe that in order to treat and diagnose patients effectively they need access to the latest eye care technology. Because of this, Family Vision Center is always investing in state of the art technology. This state of the art technology allows our doctors to test patients above and beyond the standard eye exam.
Eye Spots and Floaters
Spots, which are often called floaters, are small specks, circles or clouds moving into your field of vision. Floaters are more easily seen when looking at a plain or light colored background. Floaters or Spots are actually tiny clumps of gel located inside the vitreous which is the fluid that fills the inside of the eye.
Laser Vision Correction
Laser Vision Correction has come a long way over the past few years. Most people use laser vision correction surgery as an alternative to wearing eye glasses or contact lenses. Over 90% of people who have had a laser vision correction procedure are satisfied with their results.
If your eyes are tearing constantly and you have no allergies and no cold you have watery eyes. Watery eyes are caused by excessive tear production and occur when there is too much tear production or improper drainage of the tear duct.
Eye Twitching | Eye Spasms
Blepharospasm is the technical term for Eye Twitching also referred to as Eye Spasms. Blepharospasm is defined as abnormal involuntary blinking, eye twitching or eye spasms of the eyelids. The involuntary eye movements are caused by uncontrollable contractions of the muscles around the eyelids.
Color Blindness | Color Deficiencies
Color Blindness is a color vision deficiency in which there is an inability to distinguish between certain colors. Color Blindness is more common in males than females, nearly 5-8% of males and only .5% of females in the world are born colorblind.
Contact lenses for the Presbyopic
After age 40, the single pair of glasses or contact lenses you previously wore may no longer give you clear vision at all distances. This is caused by presbyopia, a vision problem which affects us beginning in middle age and reduces our ability to see at all distances. Many vision correction options are available, such as pesbyopia surgery, eyeglasses and multi-focal or bifocal contact lenses.
The Sun & Your Eyes
You may ask, how do I protect myself from eye damage? That’s easy always wear protective eye wear when you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are the most recommended way to protect yourself against eye damage. Sunglasses paired with a visor or cap provides the ultimate protection for your eyes. For those of us who do our sun tannings in a salon, always remember to wear your protective goggles. The ultraviolet rays from a tanning booth are just a damaging as the sun if not more. And don’t forget your little ones; they need just as much protection as you or me.
Contact Lenses & Your Child
Most parents do not know that the option for contact lenses is available to their child as young as 8 years old. In some cases younger children, even babies (usually to correct for other eye related problems), have been fit with contact lenses. Many parents ask,“What age should my child start to wear contact lenses?” Our answer is when your child is mature enough to handle the responsibility of contact lenses. You will know if your child is mature enough for contact lenses by observing everyday activities. Does your child do chores without being asked? Does your child practice a daily hygiene regiment on their own? Does your child follow through with school and other activities?