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Super Bowl MVP Tackles Vision Problems in the Community

Von Miller's willingness to help the vision impaired youth of Denver stems from his own problems as a child

The NFL season kicked off this past weekend, which is good news for fans of football. In the first game of the year, the Denver Broncos squeaked by the Carolina Panthers (21 – 20) in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. A big part of Denver’s victory came through the efforts of star linebacker, Von Miller. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s only 27 years old and he’s earned a lifetime’s worth of athletic honors. To start, he was a two time All-American in college at Texas A&M, then drafted 2nd overall by the Broncos in 2011. After […]

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How Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Affects the Eyes

Blood pressure rises & falls throughout the day, but it can damage the heart AND the eyes if it stays high for a long time

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries which carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. It normally rises & falls throughout the day, but can damage the heart and cause health problems if high for a long time.” Since a vast amount of American adults have high blood pressure (or hypertension), it’s easily the most common systemic disease in the United States. The condition occurs when blood pressure reads 140/90 mmHg or higher (normal resting state is 120/80 mmHg). […]

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Women’s Tennis Legend Battles Sjogren’s Syndrome

Venus Williams has long battled Sjögren's Syndrome, a systemic auto-immune disease that affects the entire body

It’s almost the end of August in New York, which means the US Open is right around the corner. For those who don’t know, the US Open is one of four major tennis events (or Grand Slams), and the only one that takes place on US soil. Action begins on August 29th and runs through September 11th. Novak Djokovic is the smart money on the men’s side, while Serena Williams has a chance to make history on the women’s. Speaking of Serena, as of right now, she’s tied for the most career US Open titles (6). If she takes the […]

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Avoiding Eyelid Infections (Styes) by Reducing Blepharitis

Patients who consistently suffer from eyelid infections are relieved to find out that pain can be minimized

Outside of the eye care world, the term blepharitis doesn’t get much use. Let’s face it, it’s a long/funny word. And you’ve probably never even heard of it. However, you should be aware of blepharitis (inflammation of eyelid margins) because untreated it can lead to a hordeolum (fancy name for stye). If you’ve experienced a stye firsthand, chances are your experience wasn’t pleasant. If you’ve never had a stye before, consider yourself lucky. The onset of a stye can be unexpected, annoying, and painful, all at the same time. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a stye (infected oil […]

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Emotional Reactions to a Glaucoma Diagnosis

Glaucoma may very well affect your vision, but you can still keep other aspects of your health intact

We’ve all heard of glaucoma. It’s the harmful eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. If it goes untreated, it can lead to many surprises including peripheral vision loss, and even blindness. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent glaucoma, which is all the more reason to be mindful of your annual eye exam. I covered the disease extensively in Part One and Part Two of my Preventing Vision Loss From Glaucoma series. As an eye care provider, I’ve seen the entire spectrum of glaucoma presentations. I can equip myself with as much information as […]

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Healthy Travel Tips – Flexibility is the Biggest Key to Success

If you keep the following advice handy, an eye problem should be the last thing on your itinerary

Need to get away? We all do. Sometimes. Like many people, I love to travel. But my travel needs may be slightly different. This could be a result of living in an extremely stimulating environment . Things move fast in New York. It’s a place where your senses fire on all cylinders, all the time. It’s almost like a rush. When I’m here, I never want to leave. When I leave, I don’t want to be gone for too long (3 or 4 days tops). I don’t know, maybe I’ve become fascinated. Or dependent. It all varies by perspective. I […]

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Xiidra (Lifitegrast) Approved for Dry Eye Relief

Xiidra (Lifitegrast) is the first eye drop to be developed for chronic dry eye in well over a decade

Earlier this week, the FDA approved Xiidra (Lifitegrast), a new treatment for dry eye. According to its press release, “Xiidra is the first medication in a new class of drugs, called lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) antagonist, approved by the FDA for dry eye disease.” This is big news to me because Xiidra is the first eye drop to be developed for chronic dry eye in well over a decade. As of right now, Restasis (released by Allergan in 2003) is the only dry eye medication (in eye drop form) on the market. The approval of Xiidra paves the way […]

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Dealing with Irritation and/or Redness of the Eyes

An irritated eyes situation can be painful and/or inconvenient to say the least, but treatment is quite simple in most cases

It’s safe to assume that most of us have woken up to a mysterious “redness” of the eyes at one point or another. Either we felt it coming on before we went to bed the previous night, or we noticed it first thing in the morning. Redness and/or irritation can be painful and inconvenient to say the least, but treatment is quite simple in most cases. However, some symptoms are more intense than others and should be treated accordingly. Conjunctivitis (also known as “pink eye”) means inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva, which is the outer most layer of the […]