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Eyes: The Window to Your Health

Eyes: The Window to Your Health

What Are Your Eyes Telling You About Your Health? There's a saying that your eyes are the windows to your soul. While that may be harder to prove, your eyes are actually a window to your body that doctors use to get an idea of your overall health. The eyes are the only place in the body where one can directly visualize blood vessels and nerves without making any incisions. This provides lots of important information about your health. Much of this can be seen in the retina, located on the inside surface at the back of the eye. When...

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You Need To Start Cleaning Your Eyes

You Need To Start Cleaning Your Eyes

By not removing your eye makeup before bed you can be putting yourself at risk for several unhygienic consequences.  Styes - (bacterial infection) Cysts - sac of membrane growth Blepharitis - inflammation of the eyelids Swelling and puffiness of the eyelids or glands around the eye If makeup is not properly cleaned, it can build up under the eyelid, resulting in something similar to this:    Eye Makeup Tips - Preventative measures Don’t share cosmetics: this is a very easy way to spread bacteria, due to all the membranes around the eye. Because of the moisture and lack of disruption, bacteria...

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4 Reasons Why Eye Exams Are Important

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4 Reasons Why Eye Exams Are Important

Eye exams are important because they help detect eye problems at their earliest stage. This would be when problems are most treatable and optometrists and opticians could help you more easily correct or adapt to your vision changes. With that said, here are four reasons why you should get eye exams regularly! 1. Myopia is an increasing trend in the world Evidence is growing that myopia (nearsightedness) is growing around the world.  Based on recent studies it is estimated that on average, 30% of the world is currently myopic and by 2050, almost 50% will be myopic; that’s equivalent to 5 billion people. 2. Eye...

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Blue Light: Is It A Threat?

Blue Light: Is It A Threat?

The Advent of Digital Devices In the new age of smartphones, computer monitors, and tablets, we are spending more time than ever in front of digital screens; Psychology Today has hypothesized around 11 hours per day. With information, communication, and entertainment all at our fingertips, there are more and more reasons to expose ourselves to these devices. The technology in these new digital screens emit a by-product; high energy visible light (HEV) which affects our eyes. This HEV is comprised of blue light, which is at the highest end of the visible UV spectrum. This means that blue light is comprised of...

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What is an OCT screening?

What is an OCT screening?

We just upgraded our eye examination technology! While we previously did retinal imaging as part of our comprehensive eye health examinations, we now offer OCT scans in addition! Patients may have heard this term OCT while doing an eye exam; sometimes it can be a little overwhelming when some more in-depth tests are being conducted. Dr. Natalia Nowakowska explains in more detail about our new scan and the benefits of doing them.  OCT, or Optical Coherence Tomography, is an advanced screening procedure which, analogous to an ultrasound, creates a cross sectional image of your eye. It uses non-invasive light technology allowing for a...

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