The importance of good lighting for your vision

best-lighting-for-good-visionHave you ever experienced the following phenomenon? You go to the eye doctor to have your eyes examined. While you’re there, you can see perfectly. Your doctor recommends either the same prescription you had before or only a mildly updated one. It all makes sense. Then you get home or back to the office, and your vision is blurred and you start to feel the eyestrain again.

You’re not alone. This is actually a fairly common problem with people who live or work in environments with poor lighting. Because your ophthalmologist or optometrist is an expert in vision and eye care, the office is almost always an example of perfect (or as near perfect as possible) lighting. It’s not too bright or too dark, and you’re never looking at a television or computer screen that’s much brighter or much dimmer than the lighting in the room.

If you’ve experienced this issue, the problem is most likely the lighting in your home or office, not in your eye doctor’s techniques or prescription. Fortunately, you can remedy the situation with just a little bit of observation and a few simple changes to your lighting.

How to protect your vision during allergy season

protecting-vision-from-allergies“Allergy season” means a lot of things to a lot of people. Depending on your sensitivities -- whether you’re susceptible to the pollen from flowering plants, grass, or weeds -- it could be fall, spring, or summer. But no matter what time of the year you’re affected, you know what you can expect from allergy season: stuffiness, sinus drainage, fatigue, and dry, itchy eyes.

While you can often treat other symptoms with anti-histamines and over-the-counter drugs, protecting and treating your eyes is another story. Just coming into contact with pollen and other allergens can trigger puffiness, redness, itching, and pain. If all that wasn’t bad enough, you can actually do damage to your eyes by rubbing them or overusing some medications, like over-the-counter eye drops.

How pregnancy can affect your vision

pregnancy-affects-visionIf you’re pregnant – especially with your first baby – you can expect a lot of things, including advice from friends, relatives, doctors, and even strangers on the street. They’ll tell you how to predict the sex of the baby, what to eat, which exercises you should be doing or not doing, etc. But they can’t warn you about everything, and most people don't know to warn you that pregnancy can affect your eyes and your vision temporarily.

When making plans for the next nine months, you’ve certainly thought of appointments with your OB-GYN and general practitioner, but you may also want to make an appointment with your eye doctor. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist can give you an idea of the changes to expect during your pregnancy -- due to fluid retention, changing hormone levels, circulation, and metabolic changes -- and can help you treat any uncomfortable symptoms you may already be experiencing.

Some vision changes are normal and can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops and a visit to the eye doctor. Other changes may be indicative of a problem with your pregnancy or your general health, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your vision during your pregnancy (no pun intended).

Congratulations Dr. Silverstein!

On September 6th, 2014, over 700 friends of the Truman Heartland foundation gathered together to honor its communities most dedicated volunteers. It was a very special evening with heartfelt remarks made by our honorees on the importance of philanthropy . Congratulations Dr. Silverstein on being named Citizen of the Year!

How glaucoma is diagnosed

diagnosing-glaucomaYou’ve no doubt heard of glaucoma and the resulting partial or total vision loss that it can cause. You may know that scientists believe it is an inherited disease, and that it can be exacerbated by factors such as smoking, blunt trauma, chemical exposure, and high blood pressure. Did you know, though, that if it’s diagnosed and treated early, glaucoma-related vision loss can be prevented?

How does glaucoma damage your vision?

When you have glaucoma, pressure will build up in your eye and do irreversible damage to the delicate fibers of your optic nerve. When too much damage is done, the optic nerve will no longer be able to transmit signals from the retina to the brain. 

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