Vision Articles

Advances in eye surgery

Cataract surgery can now be done without the use of surgical blades and instead with bladeless lasers, thanks to 3D imaging, which enables surgeons to give the lasers precise instructions. Ophthalmologists place a special device on the eye, which sends a 3D image to a screen. The surgeon looks at the image and tells a computer where the laser will make incisions. The laser then executes the cuts and also breaks up the cataract. When the laser procedure is finished, a matter of minutes, the surgeon uses surgical instruments to remove the fractured cataract and position the new lens implant. Risks are the same for laser cataract surgery as they are for traditional cataract surgery, including a slight chance of detachment of the retina, infection, and bleeding. However, laser surgery proponents suggest the procedure reduces those risks by providing a higher level of precision. (Locked) More »

Common vision problems in women

Cataracts, dry eyes, and presbyopia are several eye conditions that become more common as women get older. Impaired vision can affect the ability to drive and lead to falls. Having an eye exam every year or two can pick up eye problems early, when they’re most treatable and before they can cause vision loss. Simple steps, such as wearing sunglasses and not smoking, can also help preserve sight. (Locked) More »

The popular fix for droopy eyes

Droopy upper and lower eyelids change a person’s appearance, and they can block peripheral vision. The fix is blepharoplasty, which is surgery that removes the drooping excess skin and fat around the eye. Recovery can take up to two weeks. One risk is dry eye syndrome. Doctors advise that patients have eye exams before and after surgery. The best surgeon for the job is someone who performs blepharoplasties frequently, such as every week. (Locked) More »

What causes dry eyes?

Symptoms of dry eye include burning, redness, excessive tearing, and the sensation that you have something stuck in your eye. First try treating it with over-the-counter artificial tears. If that fails, prescription medications may be necessary. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: How can I treat dry eyes?

Dry eye becomes more common with age, and it can cause corneal irritation or inflammation, which may even lead to vision changes. Eye drops can keep eyes moist, while avoiding irritants in the air can reduce the dry feeling. In some cases, surgery is needed to block the tear ducts. (Locked) More »

Soothing dry eyes

It appears caffeine may help people produce more tears. This may help people with dry eye syndrome, which causes a reduction in tear production and tear ingredients. Dry eyes can lead to tear film inflammation, eye damage, vision problems, and extreme discomfort. Doctors don’t recommend caffeine as a treatment for dry eyes, but do recommend artificial tears, topical anti-inflammatory treatments, and sometimes procedures to plug tear ducts to slow the tear drainage away from the eye surface. (Locked) More »

Dilated eye exams are critical

If you’re not getting regular dilated eye exams, you may be risking vision loss. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is urging everyone to have these exams, which allow physicians to see clearly into the back of the eye. This is critical to prevent vision loss, which can be irreversible. The AAO recommends that by age 65 you have a dilated eye exam every one to two years, or as directed by an ophthalmologist. You can also protect your eye health by taking care of your overall health—for example, by eating a well-balanced diet and watching your cholesterol and blood sugar. (Locked) More »