Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when there’s an increase in the number of free radicals in your eyes. These unstable molecules may damage your macula, which is responsible for providing your central vision. To lower your risk of developing AMD, it’s important to educate yourself on what causes the disease.
Cataracts develop when protein fragments build up on your eyes’ natural lenses. They may cloud your vision and limit light entry, resulting in blurry vision. This eye problem is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.
Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic proudly offers Latisse™, an innovative eyelash treatment. This groundbreaking treatment lengthens your eyelashes and enhances their appearance. It’s also an effective solution for people with hypotrichosis. Read on as your trusted optometrist explains how it works.
In this digital age, it’s rare to come across someone who’s not hooked to their smartphone. While smartphones, tablets and laptops have become integral to our daily lives, excessive use of these devices can have harmful effects on your eyes. You may develop computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain. This refers to the visual discomfort you feel after using an electronic device for long hours.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause both short- and long-term damage to your eyes, especially during the summer. One of the most effective ways to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses. Read on as your eye doctor from Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic discusses key factors to consider when investing in new sunglasses. [Read more…]
According to the National Eye Institute, cataracts affect more than 50 percent of elderly US citizens at 80 years of age. However, cataracts present unmistakable symptoms, which make early detection and treatment possible to prevent the impairment of vision.
Signs of cataracts
At the early-stage of a cataract, the eyes develop some fuzzy spots in the field of vision. While the spots may form as negligible aberrations at the beginning, your vision will deteriorate over time. As a result, your ability to see clearly will be limited. In case of a persistent blurred vision, consult with a qualified optometrist for treatment options.
Hypersensitivity to Light
Since a cataract impairs the ability of the lens of your eye, focusing images on the retina is compromised as the path of light is blocked. Thus, you will have difficulties tolerating exposure to light.
If you have trouble with bright lights, it is time to visit an eye clinic for an eye exam. With the proper diagnosis, you can rule out or confirm the presence of a cataract.
Loss of Night Vision
The presence of cataracts inhibits the clarity of vision. They cause the vision to grow dim. You will also experience tinges of yellow or brown, and difficulties in sighting objects in low light. Poor night vision is a safety hazard especially if you work at night and should be addressed immediately.
Presence of Halos around Sources of Light
The growth of cataracts in the eye causes the lens to harden, which cause halos to form in the field of vision. The light passing through the lens is diffracted and result in glares and halos around the source of light. Although the glares may not be noticeable during the day, they are evident at night.
While cataract surgery can treat most cataracts, mild cases may be treated with other modalities. If you have cataracts, contact us now to learn more about treatment options.
Orthokeratology is the use of specialized gas permeable contact lenses to correct eyesight impairment without surgical intervention. The process is designed to reshape the contour of the cornea to treat myopia. The vision reshaping process is also applied to correct presbyopia.
Both farsightedness and nearsightedness can be corrected through cornea reshaping.
The treatment is approved for both children from the age of 8 through 12, adults below the age of 40, and adolescents. It is also applied in the treatment of astigmatism.
Unlike contact lenses and eyeglasses, the treatment does not require you to wear GP contact lenses for life. Besides, the process is low-risk since the cornea reshaping lasts a few weeks. However, the treatment is not ideal for persons with a large pupil size, dry eye syndrome, and severe myopia.
Here are the major benefits of orthokeratology:
Better Vision improvement
In comparison to other vision improvement interventions, ortho-k is completely reversible and more secure. Candidates who go through the treatment face no risk in either short-term or long-term. Overall, they improve eye vision to a greater degree than contact lenses and glasses.
The problem with contact lenses is that they require active maintenance routine, which involves the application of eye drops and constant blinking to keep them from falling from the eyes; these hassles of daily lens care are eliminated. In addition, unlike contact lenses ortho-k effectively corrects vision without the risk of allergies or any other eye infection.
User-friendly and normalcy
The inconvenience caused by other lenses is a bother, especially for athletes because of constant and fast movements from day to day. However, with GP lenses, there is the comfort and normalcy that eliminates the worry of the lenses moving out of position. Besides, they eliminate the need to wear eyeglasses and set you free to enjoy the normalcy of vision without the use of eyewear.
Better Quality of Life
Since orthokeratology contact lenses work on the correction of refractive errors, they reshape your cornea for better vision and give you excellent visual acuity. As a result, you can enjoy visual clarity when performing your day-to-day activities.
With the help of Alderwood Optical, your an optometrist specialist in Lynwood , you can benefit from orthokerathology if you are suffering from refractive errors.
The Eye Injury Snapshot is a recurring survey about eye injuries conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The survey revealed that more than 40% of all eye trauma cases are related to sports and other recreational activities.
Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic offer LASIK co-management services. Your optical care specialist at our office can evaluate whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure. We will also provide pre-operative advice and take care of your post-procedure needs to ensure a quick recovery.