Essential Tips for Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is very common, with approximately 48 percent of adults in the U.S. regularly experiencing symptoms such as dry, scratchy irritation, and burning sensations in the eyes. Fortunately, most cases of dry eye can be cured. The vision experts at Laser Eye Center™ offer the following tips to help you relieve dry eye symptoms and keep your vision healthy. Use Artificial Tears Artificial tears can alleviate the dry, scratchy feeling that often accompanies dry eyes by bringing much-needed moisture to the eyes. There are many brands of artificial tears available without a prescription. Check with your eye doctor to see which eye drops are best for you based…


How to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

According to The Vision Council, nearly 70 percent of American adults experience some form of digital eye strain, discomfort felt in the eyes after staring at a computer, or other digital device screen for two or more hours at a time. Common symptoms include red eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and headaches. If this sounds familiar, try the following eye safety tips from Laser Eye Center™ to help protect your vision from digital eye strain. Adjust the Light Around You Simple modifications to your work environment can drastically help your computer eye vision. When possible, close the curtains or blinds to avoid screen glare caused by sunlight. Avoid working underneath…


Summer Eye Safety Tips

Summer is a fun and exciting season, especially for children. However, typical summer weather and popular outdoor activities present unique threats to your eyes and visual health. Follow these tips from Laser Eye Center™ to keep your eyes safe through Labor Day. Regularly Wear Sunglasses Without the proper sun protection, your eyes are at risk of a host of problems: sunburn of the eyes (called photokeratitis), surfer’s eye, cataracts and cancer of the eye or eyelid. Sunglasses also protect the delicate skin around the eyes from prematurely aging and wrinkling. Look for sunglasses labeled “100 percent UV protection” or “UV 400,” which indicates the glasses protect against both UVA and…


Why Exercise Is Important to Your Eye Health

The benefits of exercise are indisputable. Consistent physical activity is great for your cardiovascular health, your mental health and the health of your eyes! Here, Laser Eye Center™ shares a few reasons that walking, running, swimming, dancing and other physical activities can help keep your eyes healthy and prevent disease. Control Health Problems Many eye diseases are linked to systemic health problems — for example, diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Working out can help control diabetes and other conditions (such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol), and limit eye-related complications. Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Studies have shown that exercise can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)….


Eye Diseases that May Be Hereditary

It has been well established that certain diseases like colon cancer seem to run in some families. But did you know that the same is true of eye diseases? Families may pass along abnormal genes that cause eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa or strabismus. In serious cases, inherited eye diseases can completely rob a person of their vision. Here, the Laser Eye Center™ team identifies several eye diseases that are known to be hereditary. Albinism Though we tend to think of albinism as a lack of pigment in the skin or hair, it can also affect the eyes. People with albinism may have white or pinkish irises, be sensitive to…


Vision Related Resolutions for the New Year

January is an excellent time to work on resolutions for the upcoming year, and health-related resolutions are common. Laser Eye Center™ encourages you to consider your visual health as you set your 2015 resolutions. Here are some ideas: Achieve Clear, Crisp Vision with All Laser LASIK If you’re tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses to perform simple, everyday tasks, it’s time to think about having laser vision correction. All Laser LASIK corrects the refractive error that causes nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Most of our All Laser LASIK patients are able to enjoy independence from visual aids after surgery. Make 2015 the year that you finally go glasses-free! Schedule…


How to Treat Surfer’s Eye

Surfer’s Eye – Symptoms and Treatment “Surfer’s eye” is a slang term for an eye growth called pterygium. Pterygium grows on the conjunctiva, which is the clear mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids. Pterygium is noncancerous, but may cause eye irritation, discoloration and excessive tearing. The growth may remain small or enlarge until it interferes with vision. Depending on the case, pterygium may be red, swollen, thick or large enough to affect the shape of the cornea (leading to astigmatism). It is believed that pterygium is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun, as well as excessive exposure to wind and dirt. Since surfers are frequently…


Bad Habits that Could Harm Your Eyes

There are bad habits that can inadvertently harm your eyes. The eye doctors at Laser Eye Center™ have compiled a list of these habits, which include: 1.     Not Wearing Sunglasses Sunglasses are essential to protecting your eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Excessive sun exposure may lead to a host of unpleasant conditions, including sunburn on the surface of the eye, cataracts, pterygium (growths on the eye), macular degeneration and more. What’s more — sun exposure may also cause premature signs of aging to crop up around your eyes. Solution: Select a pair of wraparound sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and HEV (high-energy visible) rays. Wear…


Bad Habits that Could Harm Your Eyes

There are bad habits that can inadvertently harm your eyes. The eye doctors at Laser Eye Center™ have compiled a list of these habits, which include: 1.     Not Wearing Sunglasses Sunglasses are essential to protecting your eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Excessive sun exposure may lead to a host of unpleasant conditions, including sunburn on the surface of the eye, cataracts, pterygium (growths on the eye), macular degeneration and more. What’s more — sun exposure may also cause premature signs of aging to crop up around your eyes. Solution: Select a pair of wraparound sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and HEV (high-energy visible) rays. Wear…


What to Expect During an Eye Exam

Why are regular eye examinations important? Firstly, they help our Laser Eye Center™ doctors catch eye problems in their earliest stage when they are easily treatable. Also, eye exams give our doctors the opportunity to adjust your prescription (if you already wear glasses or contacts) and are a good time to discuss helpful tips for eye care. How Often Should I Have My Eyes Checked? This depends on several factors, including your age, health status and risk of developing an eye disease/disorder. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease have a baseline eye disease screening at the age of 40…