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Glaucoma Screenings: Why They’re Important

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Glaucoma is one of the conditions that doesn’t always show symptoms, which is why glaucoma screenings are important.

Glaucoma is a chronic illness that is sometimes hard to diagnose. Patients usually do not feel any symptoms, therefor they do not seek medical attention. This is why it is so important to get regular glaucoma screenings! It can progress rapidly without the appropriate treatment.

Glaucoma is the most common optic neuropathy in adults. Is it defined as an optic condition that can cause abnormal pressure in the eyes. If you go without treatment, the damage is irreversible.

Age by itself is a major risk factor. In a recent study, we found that patients in their 70’s had an almost x4 the risk for developing glaucoma than patents in their 40’s.
Race is also a risk factor. Black individuals have a 3-4x higher risk than white people to develop glaucoma.
Family history is a risk factor as well. People with first degree relatives with glaucoma are at a higher risk of developing it.
The thickness of your cornea also has to do with glaucoma. Patients with thinner inner corneas have a higher chance of developing glaucoma.
Myopia and Diabetes Mellitus are thought to be related, but no hard evidence is present to show relation.

There has been emphasis on glaucoma screenings since most of the times there isn’t a clear sign or symptom for when it is beginning.

The main purpose of the screening is to catch glaucoma in the early stages, so it can be treated and the condition of your eyes doesn’t worsen.
Progression can be slow and the patient may not realize anything is happening, but in some cases it can rapidly worsen.

There are many reasons why you should get regular glaucoma screenings. Please call us or visit our website to learn more!


Cataracts: Why Exams Are Important

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As you get older, your vision may get worse and cataracts could be to blame. Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults ages 40 and up and are currently affecting 22 million Americans. Cataracts are also the leading cause of blindness world wide. Regardless of what people have said previously, they are not a film that develops over your eyes. They are actually the clouding and thickening of the intraocular lens in your eye. They are more common world wide than any other eye conditions…glaucoma, macular degeneration, & diabetic retinopathy COMBINED!
As the U.S. population ages, 30 million people are expected to be diagnosed with this condition by the year 2020.

There are many symptoms and signs you can look for.

At first, your vision will only be a little blurry.
You may start to see more glares from the sun than before and colors may not appear as bright as they were before.

There are different types of cataracts and they will all affect how you may see things differently.

Now you may be wondering, what causes them?
The lens in your eye is very similar to the lens in a camera. The lens in your eye is made mostly of protein and water and it is arranged in a way that keeps the lens clear, in return your vision being clear.
However, as you age, some of the proteins may begin to stick together in the eye. Over time, this will become a cataract. It may grow bigger and cloud the lens, which is what makes it hard to see.

Nobody really knows why your eyes change as you age, but different studies have shown that a few things may be associated with the development of cataracts.

Examples:
Diabetes
Obesity
Smoking
Previous eye surgery
Alcohol consumption
Family history


7 Foods that Improve and Maintain Eye Health

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Overall eye and vision health is a concern to the aging population. Over half of the population over age of 80 has cataract formations. More serious diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma and other eye problems can rob people of their sight as time progresses. Before reaching this stage, it is prudent to take steps to maintain eye health. Exercise, eating right, and sleep are crucial to eye care. Exercise helps with the blood flow to capillaries of the eye and sleep provides the eye’s photoreceptors with needed rest. Eating right will provide the necessary vitamins and nutrients proven to be beneficial for overall eye health.
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Eye Glasses to make you easy on the eye

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The majority of us know how important it is to our overall health and well being to have regular eye tests, no matter how old or young we are. What the majority of us don’t know though is how to choose the right eye glasses for our faces.

The secret to choosing eye glasses that suit is all down to defining your face shape and then selecting the glasses for that shape. Here is a guide to help you.

Oblong face shape – this face shape is longer than it is wide with a long straight cheek line and longish nose. If you have this face shape you should opt for aviator framed glasses that will make your face appear shorter and wider.

Diamond face shape – this face is narrow at the eye line and jawline with broad high cheek bones. The best glasses for this shaped face are top heavy frames such as semi-rimless. These draw attention to the eye area creating more width and balance to your face.

Square – this face shape has a broad deep forehead with wide jaw line and square chin. Oval or round frame glasses will suit this shape face best as they soften the jaw line.

Heart – this face shape has a broad forehead with wide cheek bones that narrow to a small chin. Rectangular or oval glasses suit this face shape as they emphasize it.

Triangle – this face shape has a broad forehead and wide cheek bones that narrow to a small chin. Frames that are wider at the bottom and lighter in color will suit this face shape. Try trimless frame styles for example.

Oval – this face shape is well balanced being softly rounded with a forehead that is slightly wider than the jaw line. This face curves softly and cheek bones are high. This lucky face shape should suit any style glasses they care to choose.

Round – this face shape is fairly short with a wide forehead, full cheeks and a rounded chin. A rectangular frame will make this face slimmer and longer.

Now you have all the face shapes and glasses to suit- all you need to do is look in the mirror and decide which face shape you have. Done that? Well get yourself across to Eye Wear Unlimited and choose your perfect pair.