Crud on the Eyelids!

If you have blepharitis, which results in sore, red eyelids, with crusty debris, Demodex mite infestation could be the cause!   The incidence of Demodex infestation increases with age, occurring in 84 percent of the population at age 60 and in 100 percent of the population older than 70 years of age.  One way to preventContinue reading “Crud on the Eyelids!”

Cheap and Convenient is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

from The Los Alamos Daily Post Online shopping has truly revolutionized the way we purchase things. Indeed, many of us prefer online shopping to in-store shopping. Now, coming to a theater near you, the first online eye exam that gives you a prescription! This is where the lure of “cheap and convenient” is a disasterContinue reading “Cheap and Convenient is a Disaster Waiting to Happen”

Corneal Edema After Cataract Surgery

This is a common complication of cataract surgery, which usually resolves after 1 week.  Those who have more advanced cataracts pre-existing corneal disease are more likely to have corneal edema.   The primary treatment is typically steroid drops and hyperosmotic agents such as Muro 128 (a hypertonic saline agent) which pulls the edema fluid outContinue reading “Corneal Edema After Cataract Surgery”

Neovascular Membrane

Did you know that bleeding underneath your retina can cause devastating vision loss?  Choroidal neovascular membranes are new blood vessels that grow beneath the retina in an area called the choroid.   These membranes are associated with many serious eye diseases, most commonly wet age-related macular degeneration. CNVM are also found in patients with histoplasmosis, eye injury, and myopicContinue reading “Neovascular Membrane”

When Contacts Cause Bumps in the Eye

Giant papillary conjunctivitis is a common complication of contact lens wear.   This condition requires anti-inflammatory and/or anti-histamine eye drops.  Contact lens wear should be temporarily discontinued.  Daily disposable contact lenses are recommended. The inner eyelids usually return to normal appearance following the resolution of giant papillary conjunctivitis.  However, sometimes, there can be permanent, small, white,Continue reading “When Contacts Cause Bumps in the Eye”

Preserving Macular Health

by Damon Dierker, OD, FAAO Can We Eat Our Way to a Healthy Macula?   The answer is YES! You are what you eat — we’ve heard it since we were children. Not surprisingly, what we eat today is simply not as nutritious as a generation or two ago. Industrial farming techniques have caused many ofContinue reading “Preserving Macular Health”

Glaucoma: the Importance of Early Intervention

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, an estimated 2.2 million individuals in the United States have glaucoma.   More than half of those who have glaucoma are unaware because there are NO SYMPTOMS, especially in the early stages.  Studies show that the risk of blindness related to glaucoma 20 years after diagnosis has decreased byContinue reading “Glaucoma: the Importance of Early Intervention”

Central Retinal Vein Occlsion

The retina is nourished by blood flow, which provides nutrients and oxygen that nerve cells need. When there is a blockage in the veins into the retina, retinal vein occlusion may occur.  Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) is a blockage of the main vein in the retina. Blockage of the small veins in the retinaContinue reading “Central Retinal Vein Occlsion”

Corneal Pannus

Corneal pannus is the growth of fine blood vessels onto the clear corneal surface. The treatment depends on the cause. For instance, a common cause of corneal pannus is a poorly fit contact lens.   Also, pannus can occur if the contact lens does not allow enough oxygen to the eye.  Contact lens may need toContinue reading “Corneal Pannus”

Air Optix Multifocal Contact Lenses

Are you having difficulty focusing on your Ipad and computer monitor?   Is the morning newspaper becoming more difficult to read?    No worries!   Multifocal contact lenses may be the perfect solution for you.   The AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal contact lenses allows for a range of prescription strengths to blend across the lens. It works with yourContinue reading “Air Optix Multifocal Contact Lenses”

Blepharitis

If you are diagnosed with chronic blepharitis, an ongoing regimen of eyelid hygiene is recommended.   We often prescribe over-the-counter lid scrubs such as Ocusoft.   Eyelid hygiene is the cornerstone of treatment for most cases of blepharitis. Besides a program of eyelid hygiene, supplemental treatment with topical and oral medicine can be helpful. We alsoContinue reading “Blepharitis”

Bad Eye Burn

Chemical alkali burns of the cornea, are the most severe and painful.   Treatment requires medical intervention, sometimes surgery, acutely and in the long term, for maximal visual rehabilitation.  Common goals of management include:   (1) removing the offending agent, (2) promoting ocular surface healing, (3) eliminating inflammation, (4) preventing infection, and (5) controlling intraocular pressure. ImmediateContinue reading “Bad Eye Burn”

Confluent Drusen in Macular Degeneration

Small, yellowish deposits known as drusen, can have discrete or indistinct margins.    Macular degeneration can be classified according to the number and size of drusen, amount of geographic atrophy, and pigmentary changes.    This patient has dry macular degeneration, which is being carefully monitored with photos, as well as daily Lutein supplements.

A Film Over My Eye

If you do not properly disinfect and clean your contact lenses or over wear them, you can develop bacterial keratitis. This is a serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss and damage to your eye.  It must be treated aggressively with antibiotics.