Category Archives: Health

Exercise For Your…Eyes?

Photo credit by Scott Pehrson Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably already know that just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help your heart, energy levels, and waistline. But did you know that it can also benefit your eyes? Eye diseases are often times linked to other health problems such as…
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Answers to your vision concerns about kids and video games

With the holiday season in full effect, you can bet that many kids will be receiving a video game or a new system in the next few weeks. In fact, one million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in North America in the first 24 hours of its recent launch. Sadly, I was not one of…
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Are Colored Contacts Dangerous?

Thinking about buying some inexpensive colored contact lenses from the pharmacy, beauty salon or 99 Cent store? You might want to re-think that idea. Sure, they're cheap,  but the sale of contact lenses (even colored lenses) without a valid prescription is prohibited by federal law. Plus, most of these stores don’t have the training or…
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Suffering from Dry Eyes? Flaxseed to the Rescue!

Do your eyes burn, sting or have redness? These are symptoms of dry eyes and they may affect your ability to wear contact lenses or cause twitching of the eyes. Flaxseed oil could be the solution you've been looking for. Many doctors are now recommending a daily supplement of flaxseed oil and fish oil which…
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Can Tetris Help Lazy Eye In Adults?

Lazy eye, amblyopia, is usually treated in children with an eye patch over one eye (to help strengthen the other) or a specially fitted contact lens to block out light in one eye, forcing the other eye to work harder. But what about for adults? Are we stuck looking like pirates? There may be a…
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Pink Eye: What to Look Out For

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the thin membrane lining the inner eyelid or white part of the eye. When inflamed, the eye turns pink or red, hence its name. Treatment of conjunctivitis depends on its root of cause. Possible causes include infections from viruses, bacteria, allergens, pollutants and underlying diseases…
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Styes and Lid Lesions

The most common lesions on the lids are styes. Styes are caused from blocked oil glands on or around the edge of the eyelid that results in bumps that are red, tender to touch and painful. They can be triggered by many factors that include overproduction of oil, bacterial infections or lack of proper hygiene.…
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Happy First Day of Spring: Relief for Eye Allergy Misery

Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes? Light sensitive? You may have allergic conjunctivitis -- inflammation of tissue lining the eyelids. Exposure to allergens releases histamines and the conjunctiva (clear membrane covering the “white” of the eye) swell. Pollen, pet dander, and perfumes can all trigger allergies. Wrap-around sunglasses can prevent allergens from entering the eyes. Artificial…
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What Do You Know About Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is called "The Silent Thief of Sight" because in its early stages, there are no symptoms or pain. According to the National Eye Institute, 2.7 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma but only half of them know it. In honor of World Glaucoma Week, here are some facts about glaucoma from the Optos…
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Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) In Children

3% of children in the U.S. have reduced vision due to amblyopia. Amblyopia is a developmental disorder where one eye sees worse than the other even with glasses. In order to develop good vision both eyes must see clearly and point straight ahead. If a child has a high prescription or an eye that points…
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