Causes and Symptoms of Detached Retinas

7 Possible Causes of a Detached Retina Approximately 1 out of every 7 people experience retinal tears or detachments, according the Journal of the American Medical Association. Up to 50 percent of people who experience a retinal tear will have a following detachment. There are 7 common causes for retinal detachment: A blow or injury to the face or eyes High level of Near-sightedness (Myopia) Genetic predisposition Age: Over 40 years old Had a complicated cataract surgery Have previously had a detached retina Diabetes   3 most common symptoms of a detached retina A detached retina causes no pain so it is important to be vigilant of the symptoms. Seeing spots, floaters and/or flashes of light Blurry vision Shadows or darkness from the top or across the side of the eye If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, consult your … Read More

Fall Means Shorter Days and Longer Nights

  Autumn is here! And that means leaves are turning beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown colors and baseball season is coming to an end and football is on. We feel a crisp in the air, wind on our face and we yearn to indulge in pumpkin pie, hot chocolate and apple crumble. There will be Halloween and Thanksgiving parties and gatherings to attend and gifts to buy for the winter holidays yet to come.    And with shorter days and longer nights comes more night driving, which is something many of us avoid and dislike.  It gets darker earlier in autumn and that means many of us will be driving to and from work in the dark, running errands and shopping in the dark and driving to and from gatherings and parties in the dark.     Why the … Read More

Afraid to Drive at Night? Night Driving Glasses with Anti Glare are the Solution!

If there were only night driving glasses to reduce glare! A recent study of Americans 18+ with vision correction, found that all of them had experienced some type of issue while driving at night.  Among the most common problems they reported were: feeling uncomfortable driving at night, being blinded by glare, experienced light sensitivity, saw halos, experienced blurred distance vision and had trouble seeing signs and judging distances. They also reported, seeing starbursts, having dry or tired eyes, inability to focus, double vision and headaches. There is no question that driving at night can be dangerous due to compromised vision from to limited light and blinding glare from headlights and streetlights. Unfortunately, almost 50% of all fatal car crashes happen at night and some are the result of poor night vision. Fortunately, there is something we can do to help us alleviate … Read More

What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist and an Optician?

An ophthalmologist is a doctor who has completed college and has at least eight years of additional medical training. He is an M.D. with experience or specializes in eye problems and is trained to perform eye surgeries. An optometrist is trained to help improve patient’s vision by prescribing eyeglasses or contacts. They are also able to diagnose and treat some eye diseases. Optometrists are health care professionals who provide vision care such as sight testing and correction. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. An optician is a specialized … Read More

Bono’s Cool Look More than a Fashion Statement – due to Glaucoma

One can hardly think of Bono, lead singer of U2, without thinking of his iconic orange or violet sunglasses.  I can’t remember seeing an image of Bono without his cool sunglasses.  Ultra trendy wraparound sunglasses have become Bono’s signature accessory, although he’s worn sunglasses primarily for eye-health reasons. It turns out Bono has Glaucoma. “I have glaucoma,” he told British talk show host Graham Norton in November 2014. It appears he’s had it for two decades. Bono confessed that he noticed his eyes were always red, his vision was becoming blurry and he saw halos around lights. And these symptoms were not being caused by drug use, mind you. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a comprehensive eye exam for all adults starting at age 40, and every three to five years after that. There are many causes of glaucoma. … Read More