patient education

Pinguecu-WHAT? If you look closely enough, you will notice that lots of people have small growths on their eyes. Two of the most common growths are pterygia and pingueculae. Both occur more frequently in people with a long history of exposure to sun or windy environments and both increase in frequency as we age. For this reason, we recommend that anyone diagnosed with a pinguecula or pterygium wear sunglass or hats when outdoors. What is  [ Read More ]

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD or AMD) is the number one cause of vision loss in people over age 65. About 10% of people 66-74 years of age will have findings of macular degeneration. In those ages 75-85, this percentage jumps to 30%.* AMD is a degeneration of the central part of the retina called the macula, which is responsible for the crisp central vision we use every day to see faces, read a book and  [ Read More ]

What is it? Glaucoma is a very complex group of eye disease that can lead to permanent loss of vision. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the world; in African Americans, it is the number one cause of blindness. It is estimated that, in the United States, over 2.2 million people have glaucoma but only half are aware that they have it. This is largely due to the fact that the most  [ Read More ]

Our eyes are filled with a gel-like substance called the vitreous. When we are born and in our younger years, the vitreous has the consistency of a formed gel, but as we get older, the gel begins to liquefy. When vitreous particles which are not yet dissolved float around in the liquefied portions of vitreous, we perceive them as “floaters.” Floaters typically appear as little dots, strings or “cobwebs” that float and drift around in  [ Read More ]

Dry eyes result from either inadequate production of tears or poor-quality tears. The tear film on your eye is extremely important because, in addition to nourishing the front of your eye, the tear film plays a big part in the task of focusing the light that enters your eye onto the retina. Symptoms Some common symptoms of dry eyes include burning, stinging, scratchiness, sensitivity to light, and contact lens intolerance. Blurred vision is a very  [ Read More ]

Diabetes is an ever-increasing epidemic in America, and our eyes are one of the first places that the deleterious effects of diabetes can be detected. It is for this reason that your primary care doctor encourages you to see an eye physician for regular examinations. Diabetic retinopathy is a spectrum of eye disorders that are seen in patients with diabetes. Both insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy. In general, the poorer your  [ Read More ]

Blepharitis is a common and often chronic inflammation of the eyelids caused by the overgrowth of bacteria that normally live on our skin. In eyelids affected by blepharitis, too much oil is produced by the oil glands of the lid; the oil glands get plugged up and this further exacerbates the inflammation. Symptoms Common symptoms of blepharitis include red, itchy, swollen lids, crusting around the lashes (especially upon awakening), and a gritty sensation in the  [ Read More ]