Protecting Your Vision as You Age

Learning More About Secondary Cataracts And What You Can Do About It

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learning More About Secondary Cataracts And What You Can Do About It

For patients that have had surgery for cataracts, experiencing cloudy vision afterwards can be frightening and frustrating. Many people develop a condition referred to as secondary cataracts after cataract surgery. If you are one of these people and are worried you are having vision trouble despite surgical intervention, you should know that secondary cataracts are a common occurrence and can be treated. Learn more about secondary cataracts and the steps you can take to getting back clear vision. About Posterior Capsule Opacity Secondary cataracts is actually a condition called posterior capsule opacity. Bear in mind that after cataracts are removed from your eyes, they cannot return. The condition posterior capsule opacity is commonly called secondary cataracts because of the same cloudy vision it causes. The posterior capsule in your eye is responsible for holding the lens in place, both the one you’re born with and the artificial ones placed in your eyes during cataract surgery. The front part of the capsule is removed when an artificial lens is put into place, but the back part (posterior) of the capsule is left to hold the new lens in. When an artificial lens is in place, the posterior capsule begins to grow cells over it for holding it place. This is a natural process. The new cell growth is what clouds your artificial lens, causing unclear, hazy vision. In addition to cloudy vision, secondary cataracts can also cause some of the following symptoms: You may see a glare when in bright lights. Some patients have double vision. If the vision in one of your eyes is worse than in the other. Your Treatment Options For Secondary Cataracts If you are experiencing the cloudy vision caused by posterior capsule opacity, you can have another surgery done to fix it. The procedure called Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy is performed with a specially design laser and is painless and will correct your cloudy vision. Using the laser, a small hole is take out of the thickened cells growing over your artificial lens, allowing light to flow through it. Once the light is able to come through, your cloudy vision goes away. Some patients experience clearer vision right away, but in some others, clearer vision will develop over a few days after the procedure. Caring for your vision is easier when you make sure to visit your eye doctor for exams on a regular basis. By having regular eye exams, your eye doctor can catch problems early, giving him or her greater chances of providing you with effective treatment. To learn more, get some eye exams done by Polar Vision...

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If Your Child Has Pink Eye, Here’s How To Keep It From Spreading

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on If Your Child Has Pink Eye, Here’s How To Keep It From Spreading

Conjunctivitis is a very irritating problem, and one of the most irritating things about it is how easily it spreads. When one person in a family has conjunctivitis, it’s often not long before everyone does – especially if there are children in the household. So if you have a child with pink eye, what can you do to keep it from spreading to the rest of your family – or even beyond? Try To Keep Them From Touching Their Eyes The younger your child is, the more difficult it will be – after all, conjunctivitis can make your eyes very itchy, so it’s natural to want to rub at them. However, if your child rubs at their eyes, they are then spreading germs to everything they touch after that. The best way to minimize this problem is to give them alternative ways to relieve the itching or burning sensations in their eyes. Wet compresses are a good way to do this; take a clean washcloth, soak it in either cold or warm water, and let your child apply this to their eyes to relieve the irritation. Be sure to clean the washcloth between uses; running it through a hot laundry cycle is best, but you can hand-wash it with hot water and detergent as well. Also have your child wash their hands frequently; when they dry their hands after washing, make sure they use a separate hand towel (or disposable paper towels) in case some germs still remain on their hands. Launder Linens That Come In Contact With The Face In addition to the washcloths for compresses, there are other linens that can easily come in contact with your child’s face or eyes. Pillowcases, sheets, and towels should be laundered in hot water with detergent. Daily laundering is best – even though you might not think a pillowcase could spread conjunctivitis (since only the child who already has it will come in contact with the pillowcase), this laundering can shorten the length of the conjunctivitis by preventing re-infection. Keep Your Child At Home Since conjunctivitis spreads so easily, it’s a very good idea to keep your child home while they have it. Even if they feel otherwise healthy, if they go to school or out to play, they can easily start pink eye making the rounds of their friends and classmates; the parents and teachers won’t thank you. And since keeping your child at home doesn’t protect their siblings, make sure that other children in your household are washing their hands well. Contact an optometrist like one from St. John’s for more...

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