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Eye Floaters and Flashes

For most individuals, the cause of eye floaters and flashes in the eyes is age-related. As you age, the vitreous gel can liquefy and separate from the retina. The vitreous is the transparent gel-like substance that fills the inside of your eyeball behind the lens; this can lead to traction and “pull” on the retina. This pulling is often perceived as a flash of light known as “flashes”.

Floaters are small specks or strands in the vitreous gel that move into your field of vision. The floaters present in different shapes very similar to small dots, circles, clouds, lines, and even cobwebs. Floaters move as your eyes move; If you try to look at them directly, they may seem to dart away.

The primary difference between flashes and floaters is that floaters are usually seen during daylight or in lightened areas, […]

Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month

June is “Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month”.  In this article we are going to address cataract awareness.  As you may already know, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that affects vision.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in aging adults and incidence increases in each decade of life beginning around age 40.  Cataracts affect nearly 25.7 million Americans over age 40 and is projected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050.  Factors that increase your risk of developing cataracts include obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of cataracts, radiation, previous eye surgery, extensive exposure to sunlight, previous injury or inflammation in the eye, long-term use of steroid medication, and aging.

There are two ways cataracts affect your vision:

Clumps of protein reduce the sharpness of the image that reaches the retina, making that […]

Avoiding Eye Injuries while Grilling

11 Summer Grilling Safety Tips to prevent eye injuries and more:

With summer right around the corner, many of us will be spending a lot of time outside with family and friends enjoying such activities as swimming, biking, fishing, boating, surfing and more.  Most family reunions are held during the summer and many of us will be grilling outside at home, in parks, or at company events.  Grilling is fun and food from the grill tastes great.  However, grilling can also be dangerous and lead to accidents that can either send you to hospital or cause you to lose or damage your eyesight.

Here are a few tips to prevent bodily injury, fires, and eye injuries associated with grilling:

Eye protection – It is important to wear eye protection when grilling or barbecuing. Smoke, grease, and even small sparks of fire can […]

Diabetic Retinopathy Causes and Diagnosis

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness in adults with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and is caused by microvascular damage to the retina. Other diabetic eye diseases includes diabetic macular edema, cataract, and glaucoma.

The number of people affected by diabetes, both worldwide and in the United States, is increasing along with the occurrences of diabetic retinopathy.  Although these numbers are steadily increasing, only about 60% of people with diabetes have yearly screenings for diabetic retinopathy.

Early detection is paramount to successfully treating patients with diabetic retinopathy to prevent loss of vision and can reduce the risks of blindness by up to 95%.  Diabetic retinopathy typically lacks early symptoms.  Follow these recommendations to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy if you have diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes: Get annual screenings beginning five years after the […]

Premium Intraocular Lenses

If you are having cataract surgery, your cataract surgeon will replace your clouded lens with a clear artificial lens.  There are several different types of premium intraocular lenses:

Aspheric Lens Implants

Specifically designed to reduce the visual disturbances caused by the optical aberrations found in ordinary lens implants, aspheric lens implants reduce the tendency to see “glare”. Aspheric lens implants are primarily used to correct distance vision and reading glasses will still be needed following cataract surgery.

Toric Lens Implants

As discussed in a previous article, toric lens implants are a type of intraocular lens implant that provide a safe and predictable alternative to reduce or eliminate refractive astigmatism following cataract surgery.

Near Vision Presbyopia Correcting Multifocal Lens Implants

Near vision presbyopia correction premium intraocular lenses may result in excellent vision at both distance, intermediate, and near and may entirely eliminate the need for glasses. Types […]

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

April is “Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month,” an extremely important date for the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

Unfortunately, women are more likely to have eye health issues than men, especially when it comes to eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  As a matter-of-fact, two-thirds of blindness and other forms of visual impairments occur in women. The National Eye Institute documents that more than 3 million women have dry eye compared to 1.5 million men – one of the reasons dry eye is more common in women is because it occurs after menopause or in women who experience menopause prematurely which can lead to eye surface damage. Women also experience more eye-related problems because they generally live longer than men and many vision problems are related to age.

If you are pregnant, you definitely want to see […]

What is Ptosis of the Eye?

What is Ptosis? Drooping of the upper eyelids is known as ptosis.  It can affect one or both eyelids, be inherited and be present at birth or occur later in life.  The cause of congenital ptosis is typically due to a lack of development of eyelid muscles known as levators.  The function of the levator muscle is to raise the eyelid.  With children born with ptosis, it is important for them to be treated at a young age to avoid interference with vision development.

Causes of Ptosis

With the exception of congenital ptosis, this condition is more common in the elderly due to deterioration of the muscles that raise the eyelids or their nerve supply.  Acquired ptosis is the most common type.  Certain drugs have been known to cause ptosis.  There are numerous other causes of droopy eyelids:

Tumors
Systemic diseases
Neurological disorders

There are […]