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Five Tips for Healthy Vision

Regular eye exams are the cornerstone of good optical health. Photo: Mt. Tam Optometric Center (2017)

Whether or not you wear eyeglasses, you shouldn’t take your vision for granted. Here are five tips to maximize eye health and comfort:

1. Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV light, which lead to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration and other vision problems. To ensure protection from an early age, young children should start wearing sunglasses as soon as they’re able.

2. Treat dry eyes. This condition can be instigated by numerous causes (including a sustained lack of sleep) and may even come as a symptom of aging. In addition to getting an eye drop prescription from your doctor, consider taking omega-3 supplements, which can further help alleviate this condition. Continue reading “Five Tips for Healthy Vision” »

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Industry Overview: Optometry 101

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If you’re concerned about maintaining healthy vision, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with the basics of vision care.

Due to its characteristic complexity, the vision care field can be confusing for the uninitiated, so it’s a good idea to gain some familiarity prior to seeking professional services. In this article, we cover some of the basics, from key industry terms to frequently asked questions.

Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, Optician: Differentiating Designations

Optometrists are doctors of optometry who can examine eyes for diseases and vision problems, fit people with glasses and contact lenses, prescribe medications, and provide pre- and post-operative eye surgery care. Continue reading “Industry Overview: Optometry 101” »

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Eye Floaters: The Basics

Many of us experience eye floaters—they’re those tiny moving specks that occasionally appear in your field of vision. Manifested in a variety of shapes (from dots to squiggly lines to tiny rings), these particles can be a minor nuisance, particularly for those who work on computers or in the sunlight. However, there are rare instances in which this seemingly benign phenomenon can indicate a more serious condition.

While eye floaters are typically benign, in rare cases they can pose a greater concern. Photo: Optimus Vision Care (2014)

While eye floaters are typically benign, in rare cases they can pose a greater concern. Photo: Optimus Vision Care (2014)

Eye floaters are actually small flecks of a protein called collagen that break off and become suspended in the vitreous humor (the gel-like substance that fills the back of the eye). Continue reading “Eye Floaters: The Basics” »

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