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Worsening Glaucoma could be related to your sleep position

Created on: Monday, April 14, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: glaucoma, sleep position, eye condition, kaufman eye institute

Researchers have suggested that worsening of glaucoma in your left or right eye could be related to sleeping on your left or right side. Studies have shown that sleeping on your side versus sleeping on your back can cause the eye pressure to be elevated up to 2mmHg in the downward facing eye. Further studies showed that subjects tended to sleep with their worst eye downward. Sleeping on your back may help prevent furthering glaucomatous eye damage.

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Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Created on: Monday, January 20, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: smartphones, tablets, computers, eye strain, fatigue, vision, eye health, kaufman eye institute

We probably all heard this one as a kid: "Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll strain your eyes!" Now fast forward to the age of smartphones, and everyone is constantly looking at a screen that's only a few inches away from their eyes.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, January 13, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: glaucoma, vision loss, eye exams, optic nerve, intraocular pressure, prevention, treatment

This month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. January is an important time to raise awareness and spread the word about glaucoma, its symptoms and its treatment. The disease is considered the "silent thief of sight" as there are virtually no symptoms associated with it and once vision is lost, it's gone for good. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before any sort of change is noticed. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but with early detection and treatment, its effects can be slowed down and further vision loss can be prevented. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of these individuals don't even know that they have the disease. With these numbers growing, it is very important to not only receive regular eye examinations, but to help raise awareness about the disease as well.

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Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Created on: Monday, December 23, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: uv light, protection, dry eye, sunglasses, kaufman eye institute

Most of us associate sunglasses with warm weather, hanging out at the beach, and other fun summertime activities, and while sunglasses are important for preventing UV damage to our eyes, most of us make the mistake of forgetting to wear our favorite shades during the cold, and sometimes snowy, winter months. Here are some important reasons why it is important to always remember to wear your sunglasses – any time of the year.

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December is National Safe Toy and Gifts Month

Created on: Monday, December 02, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: children vision, safety, eye injuries, toys, prevention, kaufman eye institute

Children's bright eyes epitomize the spirit of the holiday season, but those same bright eyes can become weary and even injured without proper supervision during the holiday gift-giving season as toys and computer games can prove hazardous to children's vision. The Consumer Products and Safety Commission reports that more than 230,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms annually. Of those injured, approximately one third under the age of five and more than 45% of those injuries are to the head and face. Most eye injuries caused by toys are completely preventable. Many parents are simply unaware of what to look for to maximize children's eye safety when purchasing toys.

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Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Created on: Monday, November 18, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: stress, myokymia, dry eyes, vision, kaufman eye institute

Have you ever experienced an irritating eye twitch that just won't seem to end? How about dry eyes or blurred vision? Have you ever thought that these issues could be caused by stress? It's true, our eyes are an extension of our brain so whatever affects the various parts of our brain can actually interfere with our vision.

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Eye Health in the Office

Created on: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: eye fatigue, dry eye, healthy vision, office environments, kaufman eye institute

Experiencing red or watery eyes, blurred vision or difficulty focusing after a day at work can often be the result of staring at a computer screen for eight or more hours. Office environments can certainly take their toll on your eyes. Here are some common symptoms and simple solutions to help maintain healthy vision during your work day.

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World Sight Day

Created on: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: vision impairment, blindness, rehabilitation, awareness, world sight day, kaufman eye center

World Sight Day takes place Thursday, October 10th. It is a global event that focuses on raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment as well as rehabilitation for those living with visual impairments. This event happens every year on the second Thursday in October.

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Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: comprehensive eye exams, driving, nighttime, eyes, pupils, vision, kaufman eye institute

Our days are about to become darker even earlier with the fall season officially upon us, which means more nighttime driving. According to a national survey, 32% of drivers reported that they have trouble seeing in the dark. Most of these drivers have difficulty judging distance, identifying signs or exits, and struggle to see animals and pedestrians in roadways.

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Glaucoma and Why You Should Have Your Eyes Examined

Created on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: glaucoma, prevention, vision, eye examinations, kaufman eye institute

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of fluid inside your eye. There are two main types of glaucoma. One is primary open-angle glaucoma and the other is angle-closure glaucoma. These types of glaucoma are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure, or pressure inside of the eye. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease contributes to or causes increased eye pressure.

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