What is “Lazy Eye” and How Do I Prevent It?

What is “Lazy Eye” and How Do I Prevent It?

Many people have heard of a “lazy eye”, but aren’t exactly sure what it is, how to avoid it or how to get rid of it. The medical term for a “lazy eye” is amblyopia, which refers to a person who has reduced vision in one eye that is not associated with eye damage or disease. Amblyopia occurs during childhood and is usually due to either an eye that turns in or out (also known as strabismus), or a person who has a very strong glasses prescription in one eye only. While amblyopia is preventable, it is also the most common visual impairment among children and occurs in ~2% of the population¹. The most significant word of that previous sentence is preventable. So what can you do? Continue reading

Prosthetic Eyes

Prosthetic Eyes

Do you know someone with an artificial eye? You might be surprised. Prosthetic eyes are far more common than you would expect because they can now be created to match the person’s other eye almost exactly. Many people think that an artificial eye is just a “round glass ball” that someone uses to improve their appearance after an eye is lost due to accident or disease. However, these devices have become pieces of art in addition to serving a medical and cosmetic purpose. Continue reading

5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer

5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer

1. Wear sunglasses with UV protection outdoors

Did you know that it is actually possible for your eyes to get sunburned?! Just like your skin, your eyes need protection from the sun. Wearing sunglasses outdoors is very important in protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. Excessive exposure to UV light can also increase your risk for developing early cataracts and macular degeneration. Continue reading