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How safe are decorative contact lenses?

the safety of decorative contact lensesWhether you’re thinking about a cool costume, or you’ve always wondered what you would look like with brilliant blue eyes, you may have considered wearing decorative contact lenses. Decorative contact lenses seem like a neat trick, and they’re used in movies and on television all the time. But, exactly how safe are decorative contact lenses?

If you’re not careful, you can do a lot of damage to your eyes with a pair of decorative contact lenses. Unlike fashion glasses, fashion contacts sit directly on your eye, and can present a lot of issues if they aren’t properly fitted and used. Consider the following factors before you buy a pair.

5 myths about cataracts

common myths about cataractsYou probably first learned about cataracts when you were a child in school. You learned that a cataract is a cloudy film that forms over the lens of the eye, and eventually causes blurred vision and blindness. But, how much more have you learned about cataracts since then?

If you’ve started to develop cataracts, or you’re at high risk for developing cataracts, you may have already started doing research on your own. Unfortunately, with the large amount of information out there, it can be difficult to discern facts from myths. Here are 5 myths about cataracts, debunked, that will help you better understand your treatment options.

4 tips for avoiding macular degeneration

tips for avoiding macular degenerationMacular degeneration (also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD) is one of the most prevalent causes of vision loss and impairment in senior citizens. In AMD, the macula (the central part of the retina) breaks down and deteriorates. The resultant vision loss is almost never complete, but can be severe, and is usually focused in the center of the field of vision, making it incredibly difficult to see or focus clearly.

Because macular degeneration is so widespread, many view it as an inevitability, and don’t see any value in taking preventative measures against the condition. However, with modern eye-care techniques and a growing understanding of the causes of AMD, we know that these measures are, in fact, highly valuable and effective.

How alcohol affects your vision

how alcohol affects visionIf you’ve ever had a little too much to drink, you’ve probably noticed that alcohol consumption can temporarily affect your vision. Your vision may become blurred, you might see double, or the room might look like it’s spinning, with trails following the lights as you turn. These are all common symptoms of drinking too much alcohol, and if you don’t do it too often, these symptoms will eventually pass and your vision will return to normal when you sober up.

Have you ever wondered what’s going on when you start seeing double, or when you walk from a dark room into a well-lit room and the effect is painful and takes adjusting to? Alcohol consumption can have a number of effects on your vision, including:

4 things to know about eye floaters

facts about eye floatersAre you seeing spots? Eye floaters – those black or gray spots and squiggles that seem to float away when you try to look at them directly – occur in patients of all ages. Seeing floaters is not usually cause for alarm. In fact, most people see them, but aren’t really bothered by them. In some cases, the sudden appearance of floaters in your vision can be a signal that something isn’t right with your vision. To know when you should call your ophthalmologist, you should be familiar with the causes and symptoms of floaters, as well as a few other facts.

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