In Our Office, We Wear, Fit and Love Contact Lenses
If you’re new to contacts, your first step is to see and eye doctor. In the U.S., contact lenses are a prescription item, just like prescription medicine. They must be prescribed and properly fitted by and eye care professional (ECP). Your ECP will evaluate your visual needs, your eye structure, and your tears to determine the best type of contact lens for you.
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Why are Eye Exams so Important?
Routine eye exams are important — regardless of your age or your physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determines your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Dr. Wybrow will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. Also, eye doctors often are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
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Eyeglasses may be ancient in their origins.
Eyeglasses may be ancient in their origins. But in many ways, they are more popular than ever, despite recent innovations in contact lenses and vision correction surgery. Frame styles branded with high profile designer names continue to be in demand. The "nerd" factor of wearing eyeglasses is now seriously sought after by what is now hailed “sheek geek”. Boy, how times have changed!
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Latisse for Longer Eyelashes
Is It Safe for Your Eyes?
You have probably heard about Latisse, the eyelash grower that's been on the market since the FDA approved it in December 2008. How do you use it? Is it safe for your eyes? And does it really work as an eyelash lengthener? Latisse is actually a version of a glaucoma drug in eye drop form called bimatoprost (brand name Lumigan, manufacturer Allergan, Inc.), in use since FDA approval in 2001. During that period, eye doctors and their glaucoma patients noticed the hair growth side effect, with longer, lusher eyelashes appearing over time.
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Nutrition for Healthy Eyes
Eye Benefits of Vitamins and Micronutrients
Research suggests that antioxidants and other important nutrients may reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Specific antioxidants can have additional benefits as well; for example, vitamin A protects against blindness, and vitamin C may play a role in preventing or alleviating glaucoma. Omega-3 essential fatty acids appear to help the eye in a variety of ways, from alleviating symptoms of dry eye syndrome to guarding against macular damage.
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Q&A on Sunglasses and UV Light
Let me first define UV light.
Ultraviolet (UV) Light: Invisible electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun that has shorter wavelengths and higher energy than visible light and is damaging to you eyes and skin.
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The Evolution of Corrective Eye Surgery
Until contact lenses were popularized in the 1950s, eyeglasses for at least the past seven centuries had been the only practical way to correct refractive vision errors. Now, several modern approaches to corrective eye surgery range from laser reshaping of the eye's surface in procedures such as LASIK and PRK to surgical insertion of artificial lenses to correct eyesight.
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