As a young student in the U.K., Andrew Bastawrous was curious and bright, but to the surprise of his teachers, he struggled with schoolwork. The mystery was solved when, at age 12, an optometrist tested his eyesight and found that he was severely visually impaired. Andrew remembers his first moments wearing glasses: “For the first time, I saw that trees had leaves on them, and that night, I saw stars in the sky that took my breath away.”
Worldwide, 36 million people are unable to see, with 80-90% living in developing countries. What's more, 80% are blind from causes that are curable or preventable. Andrew realized early on that for many people, eyesight treatment was not easily available and he desperately wanted to help.
I’ve had foggy vision, headaches, and jaw pain for years but it never occurred to me that it was because of my eyes. So I asked some experts.
There is no cure, just misery and distraction.
According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is happening in the brain but may also influence how we remember things and make decisions.
But, while such surgery has a relatively high success rate, it is an invasive procedure and thus subject to post-surgical complications. In addition, laser-assisted vision correction surgeries such as LASIK still use technology that can thin and in some cases weaken the cornea. And then there's always the fears faced by the patient in having their eye ball messed around with.
However, a Columbia Engineering researcher has developed a new non-invasive way to permanently correct vision that could prove a great alternative for traditional eye surgery.
A systematic approach to the eye examination is described with particular attention to important maneuvers such as the swinging flashlight test. The utility of ED ultrasound of the eye is debated, and a discussion around systemic diseases that cause eye problems provides fodder for many clinical pearls.
Blue-light blockers won’t save your poor, tired retinas.
Despite its presence as an increasingly popular fashion trend in the US, the Evil Eye is taken extremely seriously in cultures across the globe where belief in the curse is alive and well.
Algorithms can reveal when patients are going blind—but that’s just the beginning.
THE EYES ARE unwell. Their childhood suppleness is lost. The lenses, as we log hours on this earth, thicken, stiffen, even calcify. The eyes are no longer windows on souls. They’re closer to teeth.
To see if your own eyes are hardening, look no further than your phone, which should require no exertion; you’re probably already there.
A professor of ophthalmology explains those moving specks of light, geometric shapes, flashes and colors.
Patients should know about choices to be made about the procedure and postsurgery adjustments that may be unexpected.
To understand how animals see, look through their eyes.
Muscle spasms are a symptom for all kinds of serious disorders, but they’re more often just caused by stress and fatigue.
While we can't win against Mother Nature, some strategies can minimize the damage. Avoid self-prescribing with, say, off-the-shelf reading glasses sold at drugstores, says Gary Etting, an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy in Los Angeles. People often select glasses that appear to make things clearest, he said. But this may be a stronger prescription than they need, which can encourage their loss of focus to go faster.
Some patients who undergo the eye surgery report a variety of side effects. They may persist for years, studies show.
READING in poor light, sitting too close to the TV, wearing the wrong prescription glasses and crossing your eyes — things your mother warned you would ruin your vision — are actually generally harmless. But a truly dangerous false belief is that there is nothing you can do to prevent the loss of vision.
It's so hard to look away. But you really should, at least occasionally. And "remind yourself to blink."
It’s hard to say for sure, but based on what we do know, parents would be wise to take precautions. “We just don’t have a lot of hard evidence,” says Christopher Quinn, president of the American Optometric Association. But eye problems do arise frequently in kids who are glued to screens. “We know from a lot of anecdotal reports that prolonged screen times and exposure to these different kinds of light sources are creating some problems,” he says.
A new game app had supernatural effects on athletes' eyesight. Brain training is coming for everyone.
Users should 're-immerse themselves back in the real world' by taking frequent breaks to rest their eyes.
The popular inhalant is more dangerous than you may think.
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you spend much of your working day and leisure time staring at a computer screen.
You probably spend less time thinking about what it's doing to your eyes.
EVERYTHING seems to stiffen up as people age, and our eyes are no exception. As the years go by, the lens of the eye becomes harder and less elastic. The result is a gradual worsening of the ability to focus on objects up close, called presbyopia.
Usually these fasciculations happen in clusters, he adds. And they can continue for hours or sometimes days, and then they disappear for an unknown period of time. "And then they come back. They have no pathological significance at all." Basically, no one knows why my eye twitches. No one knows why yours twitches. But experts agree that it's no big deal. Patel says, "I spend most of my time with these patients just reassuring them that it's benign."
STARING AT THE computer all day is horrible for your eyes. All those brightly colored pixels clashing with the lighting around you while you stare at your screen for hours on end—it's a recipe for eye fatigue, muscle strain, and headaches.
By adhering to a few simple guidelines and by making some physical adjustments to your workspace, you can avoid putting too much strain on your eyes. Here are some tips to make your workday healthier.
Although antibacterial drugs have been a boon for treating ocular infections, the downside—resistance—always looms in the shadows.
Sudden vision loss is a common complaint in eye care practices. Often, such a situation requires urgent attention. It can represent something relatively benign such as dry eye, or be a warning sign of a stroke. Depending on the etiology, vision loss can be permanent. Other times, however, it is transient--lasting for seconds to hours.
Knowing which antibiotic to choose and how to use it are critical when treating and beating ocular infection.
There is a long history of scientists and clinicians arguing particular artists were affected by vision disorders, based on signs in their works. Some argued the leaders of the Impressionist movement were short-sighted, for instance, and that their blurry distance vision when not using spectacles may explain their broad, impetuous style.
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