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What is a Vitreoretinal disease?

A vitreoretinal disease is a general term referring to a group of diseases affecting the vitreous and retina in the back part of the eye. These diseases can have various causes ranging from aging to diabetes complications. Ignoring the symptoms of these diseases may lead to the loss of your sight.

Vitreoretinal Diseases may include but not limited to:

Diabetic retinopathy
Macular degeneration
Retinal Detachments
Retinal Tears
Malar holes
Uveitis
Eye Cancer
Flashes and floaters
Retinitis pigmentosa

Understanding Vitreoretinal Diseases
In order to understand vitreoretinal diseases, you must first understand the parts of the eye affected by these diseases. Vitreous is a gel-like substance that is clear and fills the space between the lens of an eye and the retina. Your retina is the interior lining of your eye which sends signals to your brain tell it what you see. The […]

The Month of March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

The Month of March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Too often, we see patients who have injuries that are a result of a workplace incident. Whether is it dry eye from spending too much time each day looking at a monitor, a piece of debris stuck in an eye, or a detached retina caused by an extraneous activity, there are lots of dangers that could present themselves at work.

Top Causes of Workplace Eye Injuries and Illnesses

Uncorrected vision problems leading to accidents
Masonry or carpentry work
UV light given off by welding torches
Wearing the wrong eye protection
Not wearing any eye protection
Hazardous conditions such as wind
Cleaning or chemical products
Too much time looking at screens

Preventing Workplace Eye Injuries
Preventing eye injuries is not hard to do. First off, OSHA rules should always be followed on any job […]

Early Detection for Glaucoma: Preserve Your Vision

January is National Glaucoma Month, and it’s important to raise awareness about this irreversible eye disease. Over 3 million Americans in the United States have Glaucoma and many are unaware that they have it. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” as it’s one of the leading causes of blindness, and it typically does not have symptoms such as pain.

There isn’t a cure for Glaucoma. With an aging population, the epidemic of blindness caused by Glaucoma will continue to increase. Individuals who are over the age of 40 should have an eye examination, as symptoms of Glaucoma are difficult to detect. In addition, Glaucoma is more prevalent in the African-American and Latino population, especially for those over the age of 60. People of Japanese descent are particularly at risk.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye […]

What Is RPE (Retinal Pigment Epithelium) Dropout?

With there being several types of eye conditions and problems, it can be hard to know what type of issue you are dealing with. Although there’s nothing like meeting with a professional eye care specialist and no better way to get the most accurate information than from a ophthalmologist, it can still benefit you to learn about different types of eye conditions, like Retinal Pigment Epithelium dropout.
Retinal Pigment Epithelium
The Retinal Pigment Epithelium, or RPE, is a specific layer for the retina of the eye. The RPE plays a critical role in the care of cells in the retina. When the RPE is enlarged in thickness, it can have a dark colored appearance.
Causes of RPE Hypertrophy
There are different types of RPE hypertrophy. Congenital retinal pigment epithelial hypertrophy can be present since as early as birth. Like a mole in […]

What Causes Ocular Migraines?

If you’ve ever had an ocular migraine, then you know it’s not a pleasant experience. Not only this but ocular migraines can lead to vision loss and in some cases, total blindness. This is why it is vital to gain an understanding of ocular migraines, learning the causes of ocular migraines, and the best course of treatment to follow.
Ocular Migraines
Ocular migraines can occur during a traditional headache or appear after one forms. Although not too common, ocular migraines do happen to people and can be bothersome. Issues with your vision or vision loss can happen when you have ocular migraines. You may feel your eyes becoming sensitive toward the light too. Headaches that last for long periods of time, such as up to several days, can signify that you are suffering from ocular migraines as well. You may even […]

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

A subconjunctival hemorrhage affects the conjunctiva, which is a thin, clear part of the eye that covers the white area of the eye. This layer is crucial for optimal eye protection. There are tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva, which are not typically noticeable but can become more visible due to pressure and intensity. When blood vessels break, it is typically due to a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is when there is bleeding beneath the conjunctiva. These hemorrhages can occur randomly and sometimes even without notice.
Causes of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
The causes for subconjunctival hemorrhage include pressure from a sneeze or cough, vomiting, rubbing the eyes, or eye injury. Depending on what the cause of the subconjunctival hemorrhage was, the eye condition can vary in its severity. A subconjunctival hemorrhage can get better over the course of several days, but if it […]

What is Blepharitis And How Do You Treat It?

When it comes to eye conditions like blepharitis, it’s important to know the symptoms for what it looks like and the proper treatment for relief. Precautions and proper diagnosis play a critical role to minimizing and controlling the onset of the condition.
What Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid margin. Symptoms of Blepharitis may include irritation, red eyes, itchy eyelids and more frequent blinking. Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, leading to red eyes, irritation and crusted eyelashes upon awakening.
How Common Is Blepharitis?
This bothersome eye condition is very common with varying degrees of severity. It can occur most frequently in people with dry or irritated eyes and oily skin. Suffering from blepharitis is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but it’s not rare.
Treatment for Blepharitis
As a common eye condition, blepharitis has […]