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Eyelids act as protective covers for your eyes. Proper closure and blinking of your eyelids is essential for normal ocular health and functionality. Lagophthalmos is the inability to fully close the upper eyelid. It is a form of facial paralysis affecting the obicularis muscle in the eyelid and it usually affects only one side of the face. With incomplete lid closure your eye is constantly exposed to the drying effects of outside air as well as to dust particles and debris. This may result in ch...Read More

Lagophthalmos: Incomplete Eye Closure
Our eyelids act as protective covers for the eyes, especially during sleep; during the day they are important for spreading the tears evenly over the ocular surface, keeping it moist and comfortable. During a blink, a thin film of tears is spread evenly over the surface of the eyes, which helps maintain a very smooth surface for clear and undistorted vision. The tear film is also a source of necessary nutrients and protects the cornea from infections; a full and complete blink is necessa...Read More

Laser Capsulotomy
Laser Capsulotomy A laser is a high-tech device that produces very high-energy light beams that can cut tissues in certain types of surgery. Most cataracts are removed surgically by a method called extra-capsular cataract extraction. In this procedure the front part of the capsule – the membrane enclosing the cataract – is opened and the cloudy lens is removed; the back part of the capsule is left in place to support a plastic intraocular lens (IOL). Many months or even years after ...Read More

Laser Surgery Expectations
Laser Surgery Expectations What kind of results can I expect? Although no one can promise patients "perfect" or 20/20 vision most laser patients no longer need glasses or contacts to drive play sports watch TV or participate in careers requiring excellent vision such as police and fire fighters. Even those who are severely nearsighted farsighted and astigmatic can be treated - and achieve outstanding results. The goal of laser vision correction is to achieve the best visual result in the safe...Read More

The time before the procedure will give you a chance to visit with your ophthalmologist and ask any last minute questions... How long does the procedure take? The actual laser procedure itself usually takes less than a minute per eye. It can take a little longer or a little less depending on the correction done. Including preparation time you can expect LASIK will take approximately 10-15 minutes per eye. Your office visit on the day of the procedure should take about an hour and a hal...Read More

LASIK Surgery: Am I a Good Candidate?
LASIK Surgery: Am I a Good Candidate? Refractive surgery has made great strides during these last few years, both in the accuracy of its results and in its overall safety. It has become extremely popular with people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism because it greatly reduces their dependence on their eyewear, either contact lenses or glasses. However, it is still surgery, and must be treated as such, not as if it is merely a cosmetic issue. LASIK (an ac...Read More

LASIK Surgery: Which Type is Best for You?
Different Types of LASIK Surgery A device called a wavefront analyzer measures the way light travels through your eye and compares it to the way light travels through an eye with perfect vision. 1. LASIK LASIK an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis (kerah-to-mih-lu-sis) is currently the most common type of laser vision correction. It can correct nearsightedness farsightedness and astigmatism. Light is properly focused on the retina by permanently reshaping the central area of the ...Read More

LASIK: Choosing a Surgeon
Refractive surgery in general and LASIK in particular have received a lot of attention over the past several years, with more and more people electing to seek out more permanent ways to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses Two of the most difficult variables for potential LASIK candidates to evaluate when they are searching for the best place to have their surgery done are the cost of the procedure and the skill of the surgeon who will perform this intrica...Read More

Latent Hyperopia
Farsightedness medically termed as hyperopia (hi-per-O-pe-ah) is a common condition that affects approximately 25 per cent of the adult population. It refers to a vision problem in which the focusing power of the eye is too weak. This type of refractive error usually results in difficulty when focusing on close objects but depending on the severity can also affect distance vision as well. Farsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too short as measured from front to back or if the curvature o...Read More

Latisse is the first approved prescription eye drop found to be effective to treat inadequate or not long enough eyelashes. This treatment has the capability to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker. Latisse is actually a version of a glaucoma drug called bimatoprost (brand name Lumigan, manufacturer Allergan, Inc.). It has been in use as a glaucoma drug since 2001 and during that period, eye doctors and their glaucoma patients noticed a hair growth side effect, with longer, thicker ey...Read More

Lattice Degeneration
Lesions appear as criss-crossing lines and may run around the circumference of the eye. Often the thinning becomes profound that some patients develop retinal holes. Lattice degeneration is the thinning and weakening of the retina the light-sensitive inner layer of the eye that receives visual images. The retina is quite thin and fragile and its stability depends on interaction with other ocular structures. Although the exact cause is still unknown lattice degeneration may result from poo...Read More

Lead Exposure May Cause Cataracts
Common sources of lead include leaded gasoline paint water contamination and air pollution. A study has found a link between lead exposure and the development of cataracts in older men adding to the list of harmful effects blamed on the heavy metal. To measure the men s long-term cumulative exposure to lead the researchers analyzed their shin bones where lead is believed to remain for up to 20 years. The men with the highest lead levels were found to be 2.7 times more likely to have cataracts ...Read More

Leafy Green Vegetables Help Prevent Cataracts
Lutein and zeaxanthin were nearly 10 times more powerful than vitamin E in protecting the cells from UV-induced damage. A new study from Ohio State University provides the first laboratory evidence that certain antioxidants found in dark leafy green vegetables can indeed help prevent cataracts. Vitamin manufacturers often add the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin to their products but until now there has been no biochemical evidence to support the claim that these substances help protect the ey...Read More

Learn How Smoking Can Be Damaging To Your Eyesight
"The chemicals from cigarettes can cause inflammation of the conjunctiva causing your eyes to be irritated and turning red" Most people are not aware of this fact or choose to ignore it but smoking can be very damaging to your eyes. The chemicals from cigarettes can cause inflammation of the conjunctiva causing your eyes to be irritated and turning red. Studies have indicated that a correlation between smoking and a development of cataracts. Smoking is also found to be related to eye dise...Read More

Lens Enhancements
Lens Enhancements New advances in lens treatments have resulted in features that can prolong the life of lenses and make spectacles more comfortable. Their functions include visual comfort protecting your eyes from the sun increasing lens durability and improving lens appearance. It is best to add lens enhancements during the fabrication of the lenses rather than to add it to older lenses. Scratch-Resistant Coatings Anti-scratch coatings act like a shield to make plastic and polycar...Read More

Lens Materials and Designs
New advances in lens technology have made it possible for spectacles to have better optics be thinner lighter and more comfortable. When choosing a new pair of spectacles most time is spent selecting the right frame – but available lens options should be of equal importance. New advances in lens technology have made it possible for spectacles to have better optics be thinner lighter and more comfortable. Lenses have also become more fashionable and fun. There are many different types...Read More

Lid Hygiene
Lid Hygiene Consider the amount of dirt debris and foreign matter that accumulates on our eyelids and lashes. Where does it all go?... Most people don’t know how important it is to practice proper eyelid hygiene. In fact many people may scoff at such an idea. But consider the amount of dirt debris and foreign matter that accumulates on our eyelids and lashes. Where does it all go? It remains there embedded and nothing gets it out except a careful cleaning around your eye. It is especi...Read More

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