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The Scariest Word in Eye Care

Astigmatism – a long, hard to pronounce word that strikes fear to the faces of patients every day.  Follow up questions include, “Am I going to go blind?”

Rest assured, astigmatism is not a disease or pathology, it is simply a condition that causes blurry vision quite similar to nearsightedness or farsightedness.  In fact, astigmatism to […]

By |December 20th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Just In Time For the Holidays!

On this day in December, it’s apropro that a patient presented with what can only be called a grinch – stealing vision from patients both good and bad.

I’m referring to a “christmas tree cataract.”

A christmas tree cataract gets its name from the red and green irridescent refractile crystals that form inside of the natural lens […]

By |December 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using Heat to Cool Down Your Burning Eyes ?!?

Dry and burning eyes, especially as the day goes on, is one of the toughest eye conditions to manage.  Often patients have a problem with their meibomian glands – special glands along your lid margins that produce a lubricating oil which helps prevent evaporation of tears right off of your cornea.

The oils in the glands […]

By |December 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healthy Habits Can Cut Your Risk of Eye Disease

A new study has suggested that women who exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke can possibly cut their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by more than two-thirds.

The authors wrote:
Adopting these healthy habits may markedly lower the prevalence of early AMD, the number of people who develop advanced AMD in their lifetime, and healthcare […]

By |December 15th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emma Thompson’s Mother Fears the Oscar Winner May Go Blind

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From the Herald Scotland:

Phyllida Law, the actress, has spoken about her fear that the blindness that struck her mother in later life will affect her daughters, Oscar-winner Emma Thompson and actress Sophie Thompson.

Glasgow-born Law, who has appeared in many of Emma’s films, including Nanny McPhee and Peter’s Friends, will appear on BBC Radio […]

By |December 13th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do 3-D Movies Cause Motion Sickness?

VSP has partnered with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Dr. Roger Phelps for a series of webisodes debunking popular eye health myths.

In this episode, Bill and Dr. Phelps discuss the truth behind the symptoms of motion sickness some experience while watching 3-D and how to “get your eyes right” to enjoy 3-D movies. For […]

By |December 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Up Close and Blurry

Have you ever found yourself needing to hold books, newspapers or menus at arms length in order to focus properly? Maybe computer work causes you headaches, or staring at your iPhone constantly leaves your eyes fatigued?  You may be experiencing a condition called presbyopia, a normal age-related change in your vision that affects your ability […]

By |December 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can Video Games Actually Improve Your Eyes?

To the dismay to parents everywhere, recent studies have come out showing that video games can actually improve some aspects of vision.

For one, playing fast-moving action games is shown to increase hand-eye coordination. Kids learn to respond quickly to a visual stimulus, thus speeding up their  response time.

Another use for video games is for children […]

By |December 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How I Use Intuition to Prescribe Eye Glasses

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When you think about an Optometrist, it conjures up images of someone standing next to you flipping lenses in those ‘big glasses’ to find your prescription.  And that certainly sums up a lot of my day, but there is much more than meets the proverbial eye.

It’s my belief that intuition […]

By |November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments