Gestational diabetes, or pregnancy induced glucose intolerance, affects about 4% of pregnancies. The first indication of onset may be vision changes, which may be overlooked because vision changes are so common during pregnancy. However, it is a good idea to discuss any vision changes with your eye doctor, as the cause may be more serious.
Our eyes are an incredible part of the human body, and just like any other part they are susceptible to disease, infection, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Unfortunately, most damage to eyes can’t be reversed so preventing damage is the key. Here are some dangers you should avoid, along with some preventative measures that should be taken.
Since 2000, the incidence of cataracts in the U.S. has risen 19 percent, impacting 25 million Americans age 40 and older. More than half of all Americans will develop cataracts by age 80 according to Prevent Blindness America’s Vision Problems in the U.S. report. For the full story, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Doctors and health professionals around the globe, have the unanimous decision that smoking causes or links to dozens of harmful and life threatening health conditions. Somehow in a world of "no's" to smoking, cigarettes still appear. Well if you needed even one more reason to kick the habit, we have one for you.
STOP YOUR EYES FROM AGING THIS SUMMER
Only 32 percent of adults consider UV protection an important factor when purchasing sunglasses
Written by Paula Fernandez, O.D. and Judy Powell, Optician
In today’s technology driven world, it is nearly impossible to escape using computer-screened devices for your daily tasks. You can spend hours at work in front of screen, use them at the super market, and then use an e-reader in your leisure. The importance of eye health and computer usage is becoming increasingly popular.
How many times a day are we bombarded with messages about washing our hands? Every type of doctor has hand washing on the top of the list to reduce bacteria transfer. As much as we hear “wash your hands”, there are still one in four patients who choose to skip the soap and water. Did you know, rubbing eyes with soiled hands risks putting 1,500 germs in the eye per centimeter of the hand used?
The verdict is in - allergy season 2012 is set to make record high pollenlevels. Seasonal allergies are expected between early spring through summer and into autumn, yet doctors reported patients experiencing allergy sniffling and sinuses as early as February 2012. The allergies are caused by exposure to allergens in the air, commonly pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds, as well as spores from molds.
Astigmatism is a condition of the eye where light rays are not focused equally on the back (retina) of the eye. It is usually associated with either myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). The eye has two basic components, the optical and the sensory. It is very much like a camera. In a camera there are lenses that focus the light rays onto the film which then converts light energy into chemical energy.
Too often, patients experience discomfort with contacts due to dryness and accept the irritation for the sake of wearing contacts. Fortunately, there are several remedies for contact dryness and you do not have to suffer any longer.
Written by Dr. Charles Simon