A: It is wonderful that you are thinking about glaucoma prevention! Glaucoma is actually the second-leading cause of blindness in the entire world. Glaucoma is often referred to as a “silent thief of sight” because it is estimated that the disease affects over 4 million Americans, yet only about half realize that they have it. Glaucoma, however, can be treated effectively if it is caught early on. This is why prevention is crucial! Glaucoma is

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red-eye-a-sign-of-uveitis

A: Uveitis is a rather general term used to describe the inflammation of the uvea, or the middle layer of the eye that consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. The eye is made up of three layers surrounding the gel-filled vitreous. The innermost layer is the retina, the outermost layer is the sclera, and the layer in between is the uvea. Uveitis simply refers to the inflammatory processes that take place inside the

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Headaches

A: If you suffer from frequent headaches, it could indeed be caused by your vision. Patients that work on computers for an extended period of time or that work in poor lighting (overly bright or too dim) could suffer from eyestrain, which could develop into a headache. It is important to take a break every hour or so to give your eyes a rest. Other common eye conditions that could cause headaches include poor uncorrected

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Example of a Sty

What is a Sty?

Q: I think I might have a sty. What exactly is that and how can I treat it? A: A sty, known by eye doctors as hordeolum, is an infected oil gland which forms a red and painful bump near the edge of the eyelid. They eyelid’s oil glands can become infected from a buildup of oil, dead skin cells, dirt, or even eye cosmetics. This allows bacteria to grow inside which then causes the

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Entropion Example

  Q: I’m 57 and my lower eyelid keeps turning inward and my eyelashes keep rubbing against my eye, what could be causing this? A: It sounds like you have a condition called an Entropion. A healthy eyelid hugs the eye to keep the eye moist and healthy, but as we age, the tissue holding the eyelid tightly in place can become weak and turn outward or inward. When the eyelid turns outward, this condition

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Understanding Blepharoplasty in Southern California

As we grow older, the skin around our eyes has begins to droop, sometimes to the point of limiting vision. We get asked all the time, “Can anything be done?” Our answer is that while this is part of aging, there are successful, elective oculoplastic procedures you can seek out to correct the issue. What’s known as a Blepharoplasty, is the third most commonly performed elective surgical procedure in the United States and refers to

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