Blog Posts in April, 2015

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  • Tips for Dealing with Spring Allergies

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 27-Apr-2015

    Spring in North Texas can be especially brutal for allergy sufferers. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Dallas ranks 19 th in the nation for the most challenging places to live with spring allergies, although this year’s ranking is an improvement from last year’s no. 7 rank. Spring allergies can cause sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion, as well as dry, ...
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  • Why You Are Not Too Young for Cataracts

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 27-Apr-2015

    Cataracts are a common age-related eye condition that affects millions of Americans. By age 80, most Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, according to the National Eye Institute. The term “age-related” can be misleading, however. Senior adults aren’t the only ones who can get cataracts. Many middle-aged adults develop cataracts, and even youth and young ...
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  • Why Roseanne Barr Is Just Blowing Smoke: Pot and Glaucoma Don't Mix

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 23-Apr-2015

    In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Roseanne Barr revealed she is going blind, because she suffers from glaucoma and macular degeneration. She is also a known advocate of marijuana legalization and claims, “It’s a good medicine, you know. I have macular degeneration and glaucoma, so it’s good for me for that, because I have pressure in my eyes.” Don’t listen ...
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  • Why Is My Eye Twitching?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 21-Apr-2015

    Though they’re annoying, eye or eyelid twitches are very common and typically harmless. An eyelid twitch is a repetitive, involuntary spasm in the eyelid muscles known as blepharospasm. In most cases, twitches or spasms in the eyelid occur off and on, though some people may experience them for several days or weeks. Eyelid twitching is usually benign and not the sign of a medical problem; ...
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  • Your Guide to Eye Drops

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 17-Apr-2015

    Dry eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes, sore eyes, swollen eyes, pink eye—there’s an eye drop for that! The type of eye drops or ointment you need depends on what eye condition you are trying to treat. Note: If you are experiencing dryness, redness, infection, itching, soreness, swelling or discharge in your eyes, it’s best to consult with your eye doctor. The following is a general ...
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  • 7 Green Spring Recipes for Healthy Eyes

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 16-Apr-2015

    Leafy green veggies are some of the best foods for your eyes. Dark, leafy greens—like spinach, kale, collard greens, chard and beet greens—are rich in two antioxidants stored in the macula: lutein and zeaxanthin. The macula is responsible for protecting the eye from damaging light. Lutein and zeaxanthin help the macula absorb blue light, which can damage the retina. Technological ...
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  • Color Blindness and "The Dress"

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 15-Apr-2015

    The infamous dress that divided the Internet for days—is it white and gold, or is it blue and black? Turns out, the actual dress in the photograph is blue and black, but if you see white and gold in the picture, you’re not necessarily wrong. If you see the dress as white and gold, should you be concerned about color blindness? No. Key-Whitman’s Dr. Amanda Hoelscher recently ...
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  • Why Major League Baseball Players Can Hit 95 Mph Fastballs and You Can't

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 9-Apr-2015

    Just imagine … you’ve scored tickets for Opening Day, your favorite major league baseball player is positioned in the batter’s box, it’s the ninth inning, and relief pitcher Cincinnati Reds ace Arnoldis Chapman launches a 95 mph fastball that passes the plate in four-tenths of a second. What does the batter see? He typically sees much more than the average baseball fan. ...
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  • Causes, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-Apr-2015

    Diabetic retinopathy, also known as diabetic eye disease, is a common eye condition affecting an estimated 40 to 45 percent of all Americans who have diabetes. When left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can result in permanent vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood glucose levels cause the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina to swell, leak or become blocked. As the blood ...
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  • Cataract Treatment Options at Key-Whitman

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 7-Apr-2015

    Cataracts are a common eye condition affecting approximately 22 million Americans over age 40. About 60 percent of people over age 60 will develop cataracts. Although your chances of eventually developing cataracts may be high, it’s important to know that you have options when it comes to treatment. Cataracts are a clouding of the focusing lens of the eye caused by protein deposits on the ...
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  • New Research Reveals Why Young Adults Are Losing Their Vision at an Alarming Rate

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 2-Apr-2015

    According to the journal Nature, the incidence of nearsightedness (or myopia) is reaching epidemic proportions in young adults and teens in Southeast Asia and across the globe. In China, the prevalence of the condition has grown from between 10 percent and 20 percent sixty years ago to 90 percent today. At the same time, the incidence of myopia has doubled for young adults in the U.S. and Europe ...
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