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Ask Me a Question

I’ve joined the ranks on Quora so if you have any questions about the eyes, vision, etc please just ask and I will do my best to answer.

I just answered my first question and that was about eyelid twitching.

Via the internet, people have more knowledge at their fingertips than ever before. Not only can they read about the eye and various illnesses, they can see pictures, listen  to podcasts or watch videos.

Sure one can definitely learn a lot this way, but to be a true expert that administers advice that a patient can truly rely on, one needs to be subjected to expert teaching and then has to pass strict rigorous testing.

Whether you’re a lawyer, mechanic, plumber or surgeon, people are relying on you and you can never stop learning.

I couldn’t use the techniques I first used 30 years ago as they have been superseded many times over! Technology changes and we have to stay on top of it so our patients receive the latest practices.

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Having an annual eye exam should be as regular as seeing the dentist.

Once we hit a certain age, we become more and more susceptible to ailments and having an eye exam can reveal things not just about the eyes, but about the state of the rest of our body.

Diabetes, Lyme Disease an even Metastatic Breast Cancer can be discovered via an eye exam.

Read my latest blog post to find out the other 6 things we can find out via an eye checkup.

When it comes to treatment, catching it as early as possible is key.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

It may not be as well known as cataracts or glaucoma but the damage that can be caused to the eye as result of Macular Degeneration is just as damaging.

It is the most common cause of blindness in people older than 50.

As we get older and our body doesn’t respond as it used to, the last thing we want is a loss of, or any sort of damage to our eyesight.

This is why it’s absolutely critical that once a person reaches this age, they have regular eye tests, especially for those people who don’t wear glasses.

If you want to find out more about this debilitating ailment you can do so at my website.


What is Conjunctivitis?

Question: What is conjunctivitis?
Answer: More commonly called pinkeye, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the thin tissue that covers the eye and inner eyelid. This inflammation can have a variety of causes, including viruses, bacteria, irritants, and allergens.

Question: How do people get conjunctivitis?
Answer: Conjunctivitis is commonly spread from one person to another in the form of a bacteria or virus. Pinkeye is not contagious when brought on by allergens or irritation.

Question: How can conjunctivitis be avoided?
Answer: Like most contagious conditions, conjunctivitis can be avoided by washing hands frequently, keeping hands away from the face and mouth, and refraining from sharing makeup and personal grooming items.

Question: Is conjunctivitis dangerous?
Answer: In most cases, conjunctivitis is merely annoying. However, it can also be a sign of an STI. Conjunctivitis in newborns should always be taken seriously, as it can cause permanent damage or loss of sight.


Recovering After Glaucoma Surgery

Most glaucoma surgeries are done to relieve pressure inside the eye and, on average, they take 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You can normally return home a few hours after the operation, but you will not be able to drive yourself due to the effects of the medications used in the procedure. For at least one day, you will have to rely on your vision in one eye only, because your surgeon will place a patch over the operated eye to protect it. Although this patch is typically removed during a follow-up visit the next day, your vision in the affected eye will be blurred for several days or a few weeks.

During the recovery process, you should wear a form of eye protection at all times. Most of your regular activities can be resumed shortly after the procedure, but significant exertion such as running or jumping must be avoided. Further, you should not lift anything heavy for at least the first week after your surgery. While bathing, make sure you wear a shield to protect your eye and do not bend forward for any prolonged period of time. Avoid washing your face. Rather, gently remove matter from around your eye with a warm washcloth. In most cases, you will be able to return to work within a few weeks.

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First Blog Post

Welcome to my new website.

It is an exciting time to be in the ophthalmological world.

Technology is changing the way we see – there are now solutions to problems where previously there weren’t any.

There is increased knowledge not only how to prevent eye diseases but how to treat them.

What this means is that people who previously had to live with impaired vision and all the issues that come along with it are now able to live a life with no vision problems at all.

As there happens to be any new related to vision or eyesight, I’m going to post about it here.

Vision is our most critical sense and as such, something we have to take very good care of. Staying informed is a big part of this.