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Managing Diabetic Retinopathy: Strategies for Optimal Eye Care

Diabetic retinopathy is a significant concern for individuals living with diabetes, as it can lead to vision loss if not managed properly. This article will provide an in-depth look at diabetic retinopathy, its stages, and the various treatment and management options available.

Glaucoma Prevention: Lifestyle Habits and Tips to Reduce Risk

‍Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which is essential for good vision. It is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, especially in older adults. The damage caused by glaucoma is often gradual, and many people may not notice any changes in their vision until the later stages of the disease. This is why it is crucial to learn how to prevent glaucoma and take steps to protect your vision.

How Is Myopia Diagnosed?

Myopia or nearsightedness is a refractive error where patients have difficulties seeing distant objects. The objects are visible but appear out of focus. The condition occurs when the eyeball is too long. Nearsightedness can also develop when the shape of the cornea causes the refractive power to be too strong. 

How Scleral Lenses Treat Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition. It causes your cornea to progressively thin, forming a cone-like bulging shape. It is hard for glasses to offer effective vision correction for keratoconus patients. For this reason, contact lenses are more effective.

When Should My Child Start Myopia Management?

Millions of people in the world suffer from myopia. Also known as nearsightedness, it is the most common refractive eye condition in the world. Refractive eye conditions are those that occur due to a problem with the way that light is refracted by the eyes, causing blurred vision. Someone with myopia can see nearby objects clearly, but those that are middle or further distance away appear increasingly blurred. This means that prescription corrective lenses are needed to improve the clarity of their vision.

How Do Scleral Lenses Differ from Regular Contact Lenses?

Many people are surprised to learn that there are multiple types of contact lenses to choose from. One of these is a type of speciality contact lens called scleral lenses. Speciality contact lenses are a category of contacts which vary from the traditional design in some way – usually to accommodate some ocular abnormality or health condition.

How Long Do Ortho-k Lenses Take to Be Effective?

Orthokeratology is a vision treatment using a contact lens that reshapes your cornea temporarily. Ortho-k lenses work during the night. They improve your vision while you are asleep. People who are unwilling to have laser surgery prefer using ortho-k lenses. 

Can Contact Lenses Correct Irregular Astigmatism?

Many people have heard of astigmatism but may not realize that there are actually several different types. Irregular astigmatism is very similar to regular astigmatism in that the surface of the cornea is not perfectly rounded. However, rather than the cornea being evenly shaped, which occurs mostly in one direction, it is very uneven and/or curved in multiple directions. For example, the top half of the cornea could curve more steeply than the bottom.

Are You a Candidate for Ortho-K?

Ortho-k is a treatment designed to reshape your eyes without surgery and with minimal impact on your everyday life. Imagine not needing to wear lenses during the day. Depending on your vision problems or issues, you may be a good candidate for ortho-k.

Scleral Contact Lenses: Am I a Good Candidate?

If you have issues with your vision, contact lenses are ideal to use while avoiding the need to wear spectacles. Due to some circumstances, you may be unable to wear conventional contacts, but there is good news for you. Scleral lenses are perfect for such situations.

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