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, June 30, 2016
It's almost that time of year again, our nation's birthday, the 4th of July! What a great time of year! It's summer time so people are out being active, floating the river, having barbecues, watching parades, riding their bikes, and enjoying fireworks. Fireworks are a unique blend of danger, beauty and excitement. Fortunately and unfortunately, your eyes can be on the receiving end of both the beauty and the danger.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/30/2016 6:46:00 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
There is a phantom in the world of eye-care. It presents itself in a variety of ways and can appear at any time. Making it even more elusive – the symptoms are not always obvious. The phantom's name you ask? Dry Eye. So put down those artificial tears that aren't working all that well and learn about dry eye.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/29/2016 6:29:00 PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Threshold visual fields are a unique test that gives insight to the neurologic function of the eye and brain . A visual field can help detect abnormalities within the eye, within the optic nerve, at the optic chiasm (where the optic nerves cross), and lesions after the chiasm. Threshold visual fields can also help narrow down the location of a brain lesion.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/28/2016 4:30:00 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) may not be a vision condition everyone is familiar with. If you have a family member who had a complicated pregnancy (such as a hypoxic event) or complicated birth, this is a vision condition you will want to know more about. Believe it or not, CVI is one of the most common causes of visual impairment for children in developed countries.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/25/2016 7:23:00 PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a remarkable piece of instrumentation that allows your eye care provider to asses the layers of the retina, macula, and the anterior chamber. This non-invasive procedure can give information that can help diagnose sight threatening conditions. During your comprehensive examination your optometrist may recommend additional testing in the form of an OCT. For some people they may not see the need for additional testing but when it comes to vision, early diagnosis is the key to saving vision.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/22/2016 11:00:00 PM
Monday, June 20, 2016
For most of us, as we think about LASIK the first thing that comes to mind is being able to see clearly without using glasses or contact lenses. We think about waking up in the morning and being able to see our alarm clock; or the joy of being able to see when swimming; or perhaps the thought of being able to wear any style of sunglass we choose. While all of this is very exciting, it is important to remember that proper preparation is the first step to having the vision we hope for after LASIK.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/20/2016 4:08:00 PM
Friday, June 17, 2016
'Pink eye' is a term used by many people to describe an eye condition called 'conjunctivitis'. Conjunctivitis is a general term that encompasses a variety of etiologies. It is like saying that you are sick; it does not tell you why you are sick (the cause) or how to get better (the treatment). So if your eye is pink, red, rose, burgandy, mauve or any other shade of red you can think of... you need to find out why your eye is not happy and work with an eye doctor to fix the problem.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/17/2016 6:27:00 PM
Friday, June 10, 2016
Adults 40 years of age and older are more active than ever before, and enjoying outdoor activities in record numbers. These lifestyle changes also bring about changes in attitudes and expectations. As they say, 60 is the new 40 and it has never been more true than it is today.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/10/2016 8:57:00 PM
Thursday, June 9, 2016
When should you take your child in for their first eye exam? Unsure of the answer? Many parents are. Some children, such as those who are born premature, require an eye exam before they leave the hospital. But what about those children who do not require an eye exam in the hospital, when should they visit their pediatric eye doctor? One month, one year, ten years old, when they complain about their vision? Let's clear up this question for all new parents.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/9/2016 7:15:00 PM
Monday, June 6, 2016
Life always seems to be getting busier and busier, and when life gets busy we often sacrifice ourselves to meet deadlines. As the months fly by it is easy to get behind on your preventative health care routine. It is easy to say “well, I'm fine so I don't need to go in” and it is amazing how quickly 12 months can go by. There are several reasons to maintain your schedule of annual eye exams and some of them may surprise you.
Posted by Artisan Optics at 6/6/2016 4:42:00 PM