As We See It

>As We See It

The Foresight of a Backward Glance

By | February 1, 2017|

Radio and TV ads of late frequently tout the benefits of refractive surgery and how it has improved people’s lives. Refractive surgery is the general term for surgical correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness etc. In fact one such ad in our area says that refractive surgery eases human encumbrance. These ads are true. LASIK is wonderful […]

Winter Dry Eyes

By | November 28, 2016|

If you suffer from dry eyes, it’s about to get worse as winter creeps in.

The thing about cold air is that even at 100% humidity it doesn’t hold much water.  For example, if it’s 20º F. outside and the humidity is 100%, and you warm that air up to 70º F. in your home – […]

Scleral Contact Lenses

By | October 28, 2016|

Let’s consider the comfort of firm vs. soft contact lenses. A significant number find both firm and soft contact lenses uncomfortable, a few find firm contact lenses more comfortable, and a greater number find soft contact lenses more comfortable. Some of the comfort experienced by soft lens wearers is because soft lenses are larger.

Let’s consider […]

Streaming the Blues

By | August 11, 2016|

Your eyes, in combination with your brain, can see and understand light waves by interpreting them as color. Reds are longer wavelengths while blue and violet are shorter. Light is energy emanated in electromagnetic waves which are measured in nanometers (nm) or billionths of a meter. The longest electromagnetic wavelength that a human can see […]

Optometrists Diagnose Rare Disorder

By | May 30, 2016|

Fabry disease is a rare genetic disorder, but one of its hallmark signs is easily visible in the cornea during a routine exam. Doctors of optometry who are able to diagnose this often overlooked disease can help patients receive critical treatment.

Fabry disease, which is estimated to occur in 1 in 40,000 live births, is a […]

Zika Linked to Infant Eye Damage

By | May 30, 2016|

Infants infected with the Zika virus may be born not only with unusually small heads, but also with eye abnormalities that threaten vision, researchers reported on Tuesday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

The study described damage to the retina or optic nerve in 10 of 29 newborns examined at Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil. […]

Myopia Epidemic, Worldwide

By | October 15, 2015|

Throughout the world there is an epidemic of myopia (nearsightedness).

According to Dr. Jeffery Cooper, a myopia researcher, in the early 1970s there was about 25% myopia among U.S. young adults. Compare that to 41% in 2004. Genetics cannot explain such a change!

Taiwan is now 80% myopic. In South Korea in 1955 myopia affected 18%. In […]

Dry Eye Syndrome: Introduction

By | April 20, 2015|

At one time we eye people worried about making thinner lenses for high prescription glasses. Later we fretted over the rising incidents of cataracts and eye disease in our aging American population. Then we agonized over LASIK. Currently the nagging conundrum is chronically uncomfortable eyes – inappropriately labeled dry eye when what’s really meant is […]

Macular Pucker

By | February 2, 2015|

Macular pucker is a protracted visceral stress condition common to bungee jumpers.

Sorry, just kidding.

Macular pucker is actually an eye disorder – an anomalous facet of a normal happening.

When we are born the inside filling of our eyes is a clear but firm jelly called the vitreous. The vitreous is contained in a membrane which adheres […]

Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) 2

By | June 16, 2014|

Just as with AREDS, I believe AREDS 2 has a multitude of problems. Instead of studying just one or two variables the study has as many as six. Then it is stated over and over again within the abstract, methods and results that there is no true placebo group. Why not simplify the project so […]

Migraines and Vision

By | February 10, 2014|

You’re feeling a little strange, and something is funny about your vision. Well, funny only if you have a bad sense of humor.

At ten minutes you postpone a run for groceries because … well you’re just not seeing well. Maybe you should take a break. You reach for the morning paper. You can’t quite catch […]

Sunglasses, Part 2

By | June 26, 2013|

The American sunglass industry has done a good job of regulating itself, although some of their advertising is a bit grandiose. Still the sunglass industry has not stepped beyond those claims made by plenty of other industries.

In this article I address how sunglasses can help with reflections. Some sunglass producers tout elimination of 100% of […]