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What is a Macular Hole?
What is a Macular Hole? A macular hole is a small break in the macula located in the center of the eye s light-sensitive tissue called the retina. The macula provides the sharp central vision we need for reading driving and seeing fine detail. A macular hole can cause blurred and distorted central vision. Macular holes are related to aging and usually occur in people over age 60. IS A MACULAR HOLE THE SAME AS AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION? No. Macular holes and age-related macular degen...

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What is Accommodative Esotropia
When you were young, your mother probably told you to stop crossing your eyes because if didn t, they might get stuck that way. While there is no truth at all to this myth, it is possible that infants and young children can develop misaligned eyes, a condition that is called strabismus. There are several types of strabismus. If one eye turns inward it is called esotropia, while if an eye turns outward it is called exotropia. Strabismus can be constant, meaning that it is present ...

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What is Myopia? What Causes it?
Myopia is a refractive error also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness. (Refractive errors are named for where the uncorrected vision is better; in this case, nearsightedness gives good vision up close, but blurriness for things in the distance.) In an eye that is myopic, light rays entering the eye are brought to a focus in front of the retina instead of exactly on it, so images are blurry instead of being sharp and clear. When the myopic person gazes at something ...

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What is Rheopheresis?
Rheopheresis blood filtration (RHEO) is an innovative application of an established method of plasma therapy to treat Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Clinical research has been developing the technology for the past 10 years. The treatment works by removing excess amounts of certain macro-proteins and fatty components associated with various diseases. How does RHEO work? RHEO works to treat the most common form of AMD, known as Dry AMD. Dry AMD reveals itself as a gradual and...

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What to Expect from an Optos Retinal Exam
We are pleased to inform you that during your next clinic visit, you can experience the benefits of the latest technology in eye exams - the Optomap Retinal Exam. The Optomap Retinal Exam is the first and only ultra wide field retinal imaging system. It allows our clinic to view most of the retina in one comprehensive image. This makes detecting any abnormalities much easier, since previously the retina could only be viewed in small segments. The result is that we can better prevent or re...

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What's Your Vision "Eye-Q?"
According to a survey done by the American Optometric Association, the first American Eye-Q ™ parents lack important knowledge about eye health and vision care for their children and themselves. Want to see how you do against the original participants in the survey? Answer these questions, True or False: Children with no complaints about their vision don’t really need an eye exam. Behavioral problems have nothing to do with vision. No one needs an eye exam until they are at lea...

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Whats New in Contact Lenses
Have you ever considered contact lenses but thought you were not a suitable candidate? Were you previously wearing contact lenses but gave up because of problems with them? Today s state-of-the-art contact lenses may be the answer for you! They are safer more comfortable and convenient and fit more people than ever before. Virtually every kind of contact lens is available in a disposable or planned replacement format that makes lenses healthy affordable and simple to care for. Daily Disp...

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When can Children Begin to Wear Contact Lenses?
There is no “magic age” when all kids can begin to wear contacts. Instead, parents should begin to think about contact lenses for their children when parents notice that: The child expresses an interest in wearing contacts instead of glasses all the time. The prospective contact lens wearer has the manual dexterity and is responsible enough to care for his or her lenses properly. If there is an optical or treatment reason, such as a large amount of astigmatism, o...

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Why I recommend Optos® Retinal Exam
The Optomap Retinal Exam is the first ophthalmic device capable of producing a single, high-resolution ultra-widefield image of the retina without the need for dilation of the pupil. The Optomap captures a retinal image of up to 200 degrees which can then be analyzed by our clinic. In comparison, conventional retinal imaging is only able to capture a small area of the retina at a time, generally 30-45 degrees. Incorporating the latest in scanning technology and using low-powered red and g...

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Why Should You Consider Laser Cataract Surgery vs Traditional Cataract Surgery
Laser Cataract Surgery offers a number of unique advantages over traditional cataract surgery. More precise incisions that enhance post-operative healing. In cataract surgery, like most types of surgery, the secret to better outcomes and greater reproducibility is precision. The laser can create the necessary incisions in the cornea with extreme precision. The incisions created by the laser have a unique architecture and a more precise width which allows the incisions to seal better and t...

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