Archive for January, 2013

Eyes Water?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Watery eyes are an annoying symptom commonly caused by allergies or dry eye.

Although the symptom is the same, the cause is very different. With allergies, allergens such as pollen, mold, dander, or dust cause the release of histamine which in turn produces itchy, red, watery eyes.  Dry eye, on the other hand, is caused by poor tear film stability which triggers the eyes to make reflex, watery tears.  Poor tear film stability can be caused by many factors such as advancing age, tear gland problems, systemic disease, and certain medications.

Allergies or dry eye rarely cause serious problems.  The symptoms however can overlap with more serious infections and inflammatory conditions that can seriously affect vision so an examination with your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Can Contact Lenses Get Stuck Behind The Eye?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Ever wonder if a contact lens can travel up behind the eye.  The simple answer is no, but it is a common misconception.  The inner lining of the eyelid is called the conjunctiva and at the back it folds back on itself and becomes the white of your eye. It is this continuous nature of the conjunctiva that does not allow a contact lens to go behind your eye.

Do you have a question about your contact lenses?  Call or schedule an eye examination at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

FDA Alert: Foreign Glasses May Be Substandard

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Glasses imported into the United States must meet minimum impact resistant standards.    A recent sample of children’s sunglasses found that nearly every lens failed impact testing and another sample of adult glasses had a 38% rate of failure.  This data mirrors a study published in September 2012 issue of Optometry: Journal of the American Optometic Association that found that 45% of internet glasses failed to meet prescription or safety standards.  A complete list of the companies in question can be found here.

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What You Should Know About Glaucoma

Monday, January 7th, 2013

What is glaucoma

Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss.  Nearly half of your vision can be lost before one becomes aware of the vision loss.

Glaucoma facts

2.7 million Americans have glaucoma, although nearly half don’t know it-yet.  Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness.

Glaucoma risk factors

  • being of African, Asian, or Hispanic decent
  • being over 40 years of age
  • being highly nearsighted
  • having diabetes
  • having a family member with glaucoma

Although there is no cure for glaucoma currently, treatment can slow or prevent future vision loss. Routine eye exams can assess your risk of developing glaucoma.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.