Eyecare is a broad and diverse part of your healthcare routine. The Eyecare Corner is a place to learn about your eyes, your vision and what you should be doing to take care of your most important sense. From preventative care to unusual conditions or symptoms, this blog discusses it all.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
As optometrists we know that everyone hates being dilated and it seems like a huge inconvenience to have dilated pupils for about 4 hours. However, we don't just do it to torture you (that's what the air puff is for...just kidding) or make it impossible to see your smart phone. Dilation is an important tool that allows us to evaluate the health of the inside of the eye. Without dilation a practitioner is only able to view about 15% of the inside of the eye. Yes, there are some technologies that are marketed saying it replaces dilation with just a photo of the inside of the eye. Does this technology replace dilation? No. The Optos, while impressive, actually distorts the
Posted by Artisan Optics at 12/8/2016 11:52:00 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Iritis is the inflammation of the iris, the colored part of the eye. Iritis affects people of all ages. The condition can be acute or chronic. Acute iritis happens suddenly (sudden onset) and typical symptoms include a painful, red eye with light sensitivity. Chronic iritis can last several weeks, months or even years. Individuals with chronic iritis are at higher risk for developing visual impairments such as scarring or vision loss.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 11/23/2016 3:39:00 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
They are said to be windows to the soul, and one of the first things we notice about someone. Eyes...with eye color that is as unique as fingerprints. Two people can have brown eyes, yet they won't be identical. There will be variations of color; determined by genetics and unique to each of us.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 11/15/2016 8:11:00 PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of impaired central vision. Macular degeneration is most commonly associated with the natural aging process. Over time, the retinal tissues break down and thin. This deterioration causes a loss of function of the macula. Occasionally, macular degeneration is caused by underlying medical conditions, injury, infection, or inflammation.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 11/8/2016 3:23:00 PM
Monday, October 24, 2016
Diabetes is a major health concern that is taking over the United States. Despite the major advancements in research and public awareness the number of Americans being diagnosed is staggering. According to the American Diabetes Association 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 10/24/2016 4:11:00 PM
Friday, September 16, 2016
Vision screenings, we have all had them and if we pass a vision screening it is great because it means our eyes are doing well and we don't need an eye exam. Right? Guess again. While vision screenings are intended to catch people who need comprehensive examinations, it has been found that they can actually miss 25% - 60% of eye conditions!
Posted by Artisan Optics at 9/16/2016 5:34:00 PM
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Affordable Care Act brought about changes in health care coverage beginning in 2010; and on January 1, 2014 even more changes rolled out across America. Those changes included pediatric vision care, with requirements to include access to an annual, dilated eye exam and glasses or contact lenses for all children under the age of 19.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 8/31/2016 10:04:00 PM
Thursday, August 11, 2016
In the early days of LASIK there was a higher incidence of night vision problems (also referred to as night vision disturbances), especially among patients with larger pupils. This led many people to expect night glare and halos following LASIK. Fortunately, technology has improved and there are not ways to eliminate night disturbances rather than cause them.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 8/12/2016 12:34:00 AM
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Can you believe it is already time to start thinking about back to school? Time to get new school supplies, school clothes, and get those eyes checked! 1 in 4 children has a vision condition significant enough to impact learning. So before you send your child to school, make sure they are visually ready to learn.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 8/7/2016 9:47:00 PM
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The changing demographics in the United States is effecting all areas of healthcare, including LASIK. People are living longer. They are healthier and more active than previous generations. The numbers of both plastic surgery and LASIK procedures are on the increase, and especially popular among people over 50.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 8/4/2016 12:31:00 AM