The Damage That Diabetes Can Do To Your Eyes

Even if your diabetes is under control, it can affect your eyes in subtle ways. Often there are few or no symptoms until the damage to your vision is severe. A regular eye exam by your optometrist can detect these problems before they reduce your vision. Here are the ways that diabetes can affect your vision and the treatment options that prevent severe vision loss. Glaucoma Your eye is full of a gel-like fluid called the vitreous.

Don't Let Age-Related Macular Degeneration Steal Your Vision

One of the diseases that can erode your eyesight as you get older is age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. This disease is slow to present symptoms as it affects your vision. Here is what you need to know about AMD and how to keep it from robbing you of your vision. The Causes of Vision Loss There are two types of AMD. In each case, your retina is damaged. Light is prevented from hitting the retina, causing vision loss.

Should Your Contacts Have UV Protection?

Many glasses manufacturers provide the option to apply a coating to the lenses of your glasses that will help to protect you from harmful UV rays. You might be surprised to know that this is also an option with contact lenses. UV-shielding contact lenses may be very beneficial to you, but there some things they can and cannot do. This guide will explain how UV-shielding contacts can help to protect your eyes, as well as why you may need additional protection.

5 Things You Need To Know About Ciliary Body Melanoma

Your ciliary body is a ring-shaped tissue within your eye. Its functions include supporting the lens of your eye and producing aqueous humor, the fluid between your lens and your cornea. This lesser-known eye tissue can develop cancer, including melanoma. Here are five things you need to know about ciliary body melanoma. What are the signs of ciliary body melanoma? In the early stages, ciliary body melanoma doesn't cause any symptoms.

Pediatric Cataracts | A Closer Look For Parents

No parent ever wants to learn that their child has something wrong that could hinder their normal development, especially when it comes to something as important as their site. However, it has been speculated that about one in every 250 children born in the United States will either be born with a cataract or develop them in early childhood, according to the Cleveland Children's Clinic. If you happen to the parent of a small child with cataracts, there is no doubt that you will have questions and concerns.

Congenital Cataracts: Treatment Options

There is a common misconception that cataracts are only found in seniors, but it can impact people of all ages. If your newborn has been diagnosed with cataracts, or congenital cataracts, getting treatment as soon as possible is important to avoid future visual problems. Before your newborn undergoes treatment, it is important for you to know what options are available.  Is Surgery Necessary? In some instances, your child's doctor might not recommend surgery to remove the cataracts.

Are You Color Blind? Find Out With These Simple (And Free) Tests

Color blindness is a misunderstood phenomenon. It doesn't mean you see in only black and white: it means certain colors don't register in your visual spectrum. Many people go through life without realizing they even have this condition. If you're concerned you might, try out one of these free online tests. They can help give you a simple diagnosis that can serve as a useful guide for a professional eye care specialist.

Veterans May Be Eligible For Vision Assistance

It isn't always easy getting help with medical issues as a veteran, and vision care is no different. Whether your eyesight was severely limited due to military service or seems to be getting significantly worse now that you're out of the service, an optometrist may be able to help you maintain focus. Consider a few ways that an optometrist can help you with your vision problems as well as related financial issues:

Spray Paint On Your Glasses? You Can Get It Off!

Spray paint is an easy enough product to use, but the paint can easily get away from you. By the time you have completed your project, you could very well have paint all over your hands, arms, face, hair and even your glasses. Removing the paint from your skin and hair can be a challenge, but how do you get the paint off of your glasses? Below, you will find a step-by-step explanation of how to safely remove spray paint from your glasses.

What To Expect When Making The Switch To Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are available to many people regardless of age or health, but if you're trying to make the switch from glasses to contact lenses, you should know that the process and requirements are a little different, even though they both essentially perform the same function. These differences aren't complex, but you should be familiar with them before your first visit to an optometrist so you can come prepared; this can help prevent you from being intimidated by the process or from feeling like contacts aren't for you.