Blog Posts in March, 2012

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  • Genetic Eye Diseases and the Importance of Knowing Your Family's Medical History

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 30-Mar-2012

    Did you know that age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma (among other eye diseases) could be hereditary eye diseases that are passed down genetically? Knowing your family history of eye diseases can be as crucial to your overall health as knowing your family history of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. This knowledge could save your vision. If you have a family history of ...
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  • Eye Health at Every Age

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 30-Mar-2012

    Eye conditions don’t only affect older adults. Many vision problems and eye conditions can show up in childhood, teenage and early adult years. From childhood years, where our eyes are developing through adulthood, there are particular things to look for, and ways to protect eye health. Children and teenagers - The eyes are typically fully developed by the time a person reaches their early ...
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  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Early Detection to Prevent Vision Loss

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 28-Mar-2012

    Diabetic retinopathy, the most common eye disease caused by diabetes, is the leading cause of blindness in adults who are 20-64 years old. It is also one of the most common causes of retinal blindness in the world. 25 percent of diabetics have some form of diabetic retinopathy. This common eye disease occurs when blood vessels in the retina change. Changes to the blood vessels can cause ...
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  • Ophthalmologists and Optometrists: Do You Know the Difference?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 28-Mar-2012

    In more detail, here are the differences between the two. It’s surprising how many people don’t know the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist. These are the two main types of eye doctors, and there are more differences between the two than most people realize. Typically, an optometrist is whom you might see for your annual eye exam and eyeglasses or contact lens ...
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  • Eye Conditions and Nutrition: A Guide to Shopping the Local Farmers' Markets to Feed Your Eyes

    Posted By Ryan Kuhn || 21-Mar-2012

    Growing up your mom may have told you to eat your carrots because they are good for your eyes. Whether you believed her or not, your mom was onto something. Nutrients found in fresh produce and even those found in some nuts are in fact good for the health of your eyes. What you eat can help prevent eye conditions like macular degeneration and dry eyes. If you want to maintain healthy eyes and ...
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  • Vision Loss As We Age

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 16-Mar-2012

    Vision loss is, unfortunately, a natural part of the aging process. Most adults over age 40 experience a decline in their vision called presbyopia. As we mature, the crystalline lens of the eye loses its elasticity and begins to harden, making it difficult to see up close. While presbyopia is not considered a disease of the eye, there are several eye diseases that also affect many people as they ...
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  • Seasonal Allergy Alert: Red Eyes

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-Mar-2012

    Seasonal allergy symptoms are a constant nuisance for many individuals, and with the recent weather in North Texas, many are experiencing them more than usual. Red eyes are one common and irritating symptom of seasonal allergies. Many times, allergies can make the eyes dry, itchy, red or even appear swollen. While there’s little to be done to cure allergies, LASIK vision correction surgery ...
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  • Laser Eye Surgery Technology at Key-Whitman Eye Center

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-Mar-2012

    Your eyes, and specifically, your corneas are as unique as you are. Therefore, when undergoing LASIK surgery to correct your vision, it’s important that the technology used during your eye surgery is tailored to the specific shape of your eyes. Like any medical surgery or procedure, advancements in laser eye surgery technology are continually improving the processes and increasing results. ...
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  • LASIK Surgery: Blade Versus Blade Free

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 7-Mar-2012

    The terms associated with laser eye surgery, such as bladeless, blade free, all laser and IntraLase®, can be confusing to a potential LASIK surgery patient. What does “bladeless” or “blade free” really mean? Do eye doctors in 2012 still use blades during LASIK eye surgery? Let us break it down for you and answer some of these questions. LASIK surgery is performed by ...
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  • BOTOX Cosmetic Injections and Oculoplastic Eye Surgery

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 2-Mar-2012

    In addition to LASIK and cataract eye surgery, Key-Whitman specializes in oculoplastic eye surgery and BOTOX cosmetic injections. Oculoplastic eye surgery consists of constructive and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear ducts and orbit, the bony socket surrounding the eye. What is the difference between an oculoplastic surgeon and a plastic surgeon? Well, oculoplastic surgeons are ...
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  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery to Restore Vision Loss Caused by Cataracts

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Mar-2012

    Dr. Whitman and his team of experienced ophthalmologists at Key-Whitman specialize in intraocular lens implant surgery to help restore vision loss caused by cataracts. Cataracts are one of the most common eye disorders among elderly people. As we age, the lens portion of the eye can become cloudy. A cataract is a clouding of the focusing lens of the eye located just behind the pupil. Once the lens ...
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