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Reading and Cheater Glasses – Dr. Steve Explains

Dr. Steven Reinders, owner and optometrist of Complete Family Eyecare explains how to choose "cheater" eyeglasses.   As long as your eyes are healthy (your eye doctor will give you a thorough eye exam once a year), it is ok to buy some...

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Crossed Eyes and Strabismus

Strabismus is a condition in which one eye does not track with the other eye. It may be constant or intermittent and may alternate between the eyes. The most common symptom of strabismus is one eye turning in a different direction than the other eye.

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Crusty Eyelids and Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common condition in which the eyelids become chronically inflamed and irritated. Blepharitis can cause corneal scarring and vision loss if left untreated.

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Diabetic Eye Disease

With the recent increased incidence of diabetes in the general population, the potential for serious vision loss due to diabetes has increased also. Diabetes can cause several ocular complications and the most vision threatening complication is diabetic retinopathy.

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Dry Eye and Restasis

Restasis is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drop used for treatment of chronic dry eye which cannot be controlled by lubrication drops or other dry eye therapies.

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Eyestrain at the Computer

With millions of people using computers on a regular basis, many patients are experiencing eye problems associated with extended computer use. Computers do not hurt your eyes but they are definitely work for your eyes to do.

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Night Driving Problems

The inability to see properly at night or in lowlight conditions affects everyone to some extent. This can be particularly noticeable while driving in the winter season with short days and long evening hours.

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Sunglasses and UV Protection

Sunglasses protect not only your eyes from the sun but also protect your eyelids and surrounding skin tissue. The sun emits massive amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation which causes premature skin cell death as well as damage to skin cell DNA.

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What is Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common refractive error (glasses need) and is often associated with other refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and presbyopia. Astigmatism is not a disease process and we all have it in varying amounts.

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What is a Cataract

Inside of your eye, directly by the pupil, sits a small lens about the size of a plain M&M. This lens is responsible for focusing light on the retina in the back of the eye. Any clouding of this lens is called a cataract.

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What is Farsightedness

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a common refractive error such as myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. As the name implies, patients with hyperopia are sighted more for far than they are for things up close.

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What is Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve that transmits the eye’s image to the brain is under pressure greater than what is can withstand. This pressure damages the nerve causing permanent vision loss.

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What is Iritis

The Iris is the colored part of the eye and its primary function is to control the amount of light entering the eye by regulating the size of the pupil. Iritis is a condition in which our body’s immune system gets confused and attacks the iris.

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What is Keratoconus

The cornea is the clear skin tissue that composes the outermost layer of the eye. It is responsible for bending the light that enters the eye. Keratoconus is a slow, progressive, thinning of the cornea which causes blurred vision.

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What is LASIK surgery

LASIK is a “refractive surgery” procedure which means that its purpose is to reduce a patient’s refractive error or glasses need. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a similar type of refractive surgery but is not as common as LASIK surgery.

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What is a Lazy Eye

Lazy Eye or Amblyopia is a condition in which one or both eyes cannot achieve 20/20 vision even with glasses. It occurs in children and requires prompt treatment as soon as it is diagnosed or the vision loss will be permanent.

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What is Macular Degeneration

Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Advancements in medical technology and health awareness have significantly lengthened the average lifespans of Americans and others living in developed countries.

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What is an Ocular Migraine

Ocular migraines can be a nuisance but usually no treatment is required. Often a patient’s first ocular migraine can be very alarming causing anxiety which can trigger further ocular migraines.

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What are Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses are lineless, invisible, multifocal eyeglass lenses which allow patients to see distance, midrange, and near vision without having to constantly change eyeglasses to see different ranges.

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What is a Retinal Detachment

A retinal detachment is a separation of the retinal tissue from the back of the eye and is an ocular emergency. The primary symptoms of retinal detachment is a sudden onset of lightning streaks in the peripheral vision followed by a shower of hundreds of new floaters

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What is a Stye

A Stye is an inflamed or infected or clogged eyelid gland. The most common symptom of a sty is a red painful bump on the inside or the outside of the eyelid. Crusting of the eyelashes and conjunctivitis are often associated signs of a stye.

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