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Reading Skills: Best Bet for Successful Students
In the United States, August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month. Each year, both kids and their parents prepare for the coming school year. As the summer winds down, all across North America, people are shopping for school supplies, new backpacks and new shoes. Parents expect and hope their kids will do well in school; academic success is crucial for a child’s future, both in terms of choices they may be able to make later in life and in psychological and emoti...

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Recurrent Corneal Erosion
It might be helpful in understanding this condition if you were to visualize a freshly tiled kitchen floor...that’s right a kitchen floor the old fashioned kind with 12-inch square tiles fastened to the floor with an adhesive. Hold this thought. Back to the cornea If you were to look at a cross-section of a human cornea under a microscope you’d see that it consists of 5 identifiable layers. In the context of recurrent erosion syndrome we are primarily interested in the top layer...

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Reducing Symptoms of Computer Eyestrain
Nine Ways to Reduce the Symptoms of Computer Eyestrain   Eyestrain is the number one complaint in office jobsbut there are many things you can do to reduce these symptoms. Here are nine tips for ways to reduce eyestrain.   1. GET AND EYE EXAMThis is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems.   According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) computer use...

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Refractive Error
Refractive error is the term given to the blur caused by light entering the eyeball that does not focus perfectly onto the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye). The refractive error is what optometrists or ophthalmologists measure during an eye examination to determine the prescription for spectacles or contact lenses. Light entering the eyeball is refracted or bent mainly by the cornea (clear covering of the eye) and the crystalline lens (natural lens inside the eyeball). The...

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Research Shows That Summer Babies Prone To Myopia
The reason: early-life exposure to natural light Study showed that babies born during June and July have a 24% greater chance of becoming severely shortsighted than those born in the winter. Prof. Michael Belkin a professor at Tel Aviv University s Goldschleger Eye Research Institute makes sure his grandchildren wear sunglasses even as babies. He advises all parents to do the same. He ought to know. Belkin has been researching the eye for over 30 years and is one of the foremost professors in...

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Restasis: Therapy for Dry Eyes
There are many causes of dry eyes, and this very uncomfortable condition can cause long-term damage to the surface of the eye. Because the tears contain not just salt water, but several other ingredients that have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing the growth of bacteria, a lack of adequate tears is a real threat. The sooner this condition is treated, the better. If there are indications that the tear film is inadequate, and especially if the patient suffers from inflammatory dise...

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Retinal Detachment (General)
A retinal detachment is an emergency. If there is no prompt surgical or medical treatment, permanent vision loss could result. You have been identified as being at risk for developing a retinal detachment. The following information is critical, and should be read carefully. Your retina is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye; its main purpose is to send visual impulses from the optic nerve to the brain. Without it, we could not see. A retinal detachment occurs when the retina become...

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RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIAL HYPERTROPHY
The retina is the thin multi-layered inner lining of the back of the eye responsible for capturing light and chemically transforming light into an electronic form so that it can be passed to the brain instantly. The bottom normally pigmented layer of the retina is called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). When the RPE layer of the retina is thicker than normal it presents during routine examination as a darker mole-like area. Any atypical area of our body always requires extra caution and mon...

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Retinitis Pigmentosa
Once signs of Retinitis Pigmentosa appear the condition will progress. The rate of visual decline varies depending on the genetic circumstances of each individual. Everyone has experienced it – you walk into a movie theatre after being in sunlight and you cannot see anything. You stumble around arms outstretched trying to find a seat. Finally you do and after about ten minutes or so your eyes adjust to the darkness. Now imagine your eyes never adjust. This is what it is like when you have ...

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Retinoschisis
Acquired Retinoschisis The retina consists of many neural layers and as we age sometimes these layers can split into two. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eyeball sending visual impulses through the optic nerve to the brain. It acts like film in a camera capturing everything we see and transmitting it to the brain for interpretation. The retina consists of many neural layers and as we age sometimes these layers can split into two. This is known as acquired ret...

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