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  • The Gift of Sight Is How These Key-Whitman Eye Surgeons Give Back

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 5-Dec-2017

    A few years ago, Key-Whitman Eye Center’s eye surgeons Faisal Haq and Kimberly Warren were looking for an opportunity to do surgical mission work for underserved people. After speaking with colleagues who were performing cataract surgeries in Central America through the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI ), Dr. Haq and Dr. Warren were intrigued. According to Dr. Haq, “We ...
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  • What Can Cause Early Cataracts?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 18-May-2017

    Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 40. In simple terms, a cataract is the clouding of the lens over the eye, a thin layer found just behind the iris and the pupil. How common is this problem? To put it simply, more people suffer from cataracts than glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy combined. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in ...
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  • Two Positive Changes the Sandwich Generation Should Make Now

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 6-Jan-2017

    In a recent survey of the Sandwich Generation (adults 40 to 60 years of age), one quarter of the 2,000 survey respondents acknowledged they spend more time managing the health of their parents and/or children than their own health needs. Seventeen percent also acknowledged that caring for others has had a negative impact on their health – including eye health. This comes as no surprise to ...
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  • Have Cataracts? New Technology Improves Near, Middle and Distance Vision, Minimizes Side Effects

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 31-Oct-2016

    In July, the FDA approved the Symfony ® intraocular lens, the first lens of its kind to offer extended depth of focus for cataract patients. During clinical trials, researchers found the new lens typically provided better visual acuity at near, intermediate and far distances, than previous multifocal lens technology. Key-Whitman Eye Center’s President and Chief Surgeon Jeffrey Whitman, ...
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  • More 40- and 50-Somethings Are Getting Cataract Surgery: What Gives?

    Posted By Key Whitman || 28-Sep-2015

    Until she entered her 40s, Leslie Lingle passed her vision tests with flying colors, seeing 20/20 for years. However, like most people in their 40s, Leslie found herself relying more and more on reading glasses to get by. Then something strange happened. She noticed her vision was getting progressively blurrier, and while watching T.V. or working at her computer, she found there were little chunks ...
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  • How YAG Capsulotomy Can Help After Cataract Surgery

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 24-Jun-2015

    One of the most common occurrences following cataract surgery is the reappearance of cloudy vision. Many patients experience a condition known as Posterior Capsule Opacity (PCO) weeks, months or even years after surgery. The condition is also referred to as “secondary cataract” and impairs your vision. It is most effectively treated with a quick, painless YAG laser treatment. What is ...
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  • Why Do I Still Have Cloudy Vision After Cataract Surgery?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 19-Jun-2015

    About three million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States every year, making cataract surgery the most frequently performed surgery in the country. Cataract surgery is also a highly successful procedure—at least 98 percent of cataract patients regain very good vision post-surgery—with few complications. Most complications from cataract surgery are minor and treatable. ...
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  • All About Limbal Relaxing Incisions

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 26-May-2015

    If you have cataracts and astigmatism, limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) may be used to treat your astigmatism during your cataract surgery. LRI are the most common surgical technique used to correct minor astigmatism as part of cataract surgery. Astigmatism is an eye condition in which the shape of the cornea or lens of the eye is abnormally curved. Due to the irregular curvature, light does not ...
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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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  • 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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  • Cataract Surgery: What to Know About Your Recovery

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 18-Mar-2015

    If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are preparing to have surgery, you’re probably wondering what to expect during the recovery process. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you will be able to go home very soon after surgery. Here are a few things you should ...
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  • Concerned About Statin Use and Cataracts? 4 Things You Need to Know

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

    A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology suggests that there may be a link between the use of certain cholesterol-reducing drugs known as statins and an increased risk for cataracts. The researchers say that “further assessment of this relationship is recommended, especially because of increased statin use and the importance of acceptable vision in old age when ...
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  • The Five Most Common Eye Conditions and How They Are Treated

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-Dec-2014

    Many Americans will experience some form of eye condition or vision problems at some point in their lives. The most common: refractive errors requiring prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other common eye conditions can have more serious implications, and may even result in permanent vision loss when not properly diagnosed and treated. Here are the five most common eye conditions and how ...
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  • Is It Time for The Talk€?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 17-Sep-2014

    How to talk to elderly parents about giving up driving Are you concerned about your elderly parent having a car accident? Telling mom or dad that it’s time to relinquish their car keys and give up driving can be one of the most difficult conversations for adult children. At the same time, avoiding “the talk” can be a matter of life or death. Statistics from the Insurance ...
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  • Healthy Aging Month: Understanding and Preventing Age-Related Vision Loss

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 9-Sep-2014

    September is Healthy Aging Month, a month set aside to encourage people to take personal responsibility for their health and wellbeing. Vision problems are common with age, and many people over age 40 will experience some age-related vision loss due to presbyopia, which can make it difficult to see to read and perform other simple tasks. Presbyopia is not dangerous, and is typically corrected with ...
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  • Early 50s, Dependent on Readers and Afraid to Drive at Night? You May Need Cataract Surgery

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 27-Aug-2014

    If you're in your late 40s or early 50s, your odds of needing cataract surgery are greater than ever before. According to Key-Whitman President and Chief Surgeon Jeffery Whitman, M.D. , "We've noticed over the past 10 or 15 years that people are getting cataracts at a younger age. It's now very common to see people in their early 50s or even late 40s with cataracts." Dr. ...
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  • What is a Cataract?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Aug-2014

    What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding over the focusing lens of the eye which is located just behind the pupil. A cataract is not a growth or film. It may be that all you need is a change in glasses, but these symptoms can be a sign of cataracts. Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs, and freeway exits Difficulty seeing traffic lights and halos or glare around lights Difficulty seeing TV, ...
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  • Understanding Cataract Treatment Options

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 12-Jun-2014

    Contrary to what many believe, cataracts are not a growth or film on the eye—they are a clouding of the focusing lens of the eye caused by protein deposits on the lens. The progression of cataracts cannot be slowed or reversed. Once cataracts begin to develop, there is no way to make the lens clear again. Cataracts will steadily limit a person’s ability to perform simple tasks such as ...
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  • 10 FAQs About Cataracts

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 5-Jun-2014

    Cataracts are an eye condition affecting more than 25 million Americans. Though cataracts are common, you may not know much about them. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or you are an adult over age 40, you may have questions about this common eye condition. 10 Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts What are cataracts? Contrary to popular belief, cataracts are not a growth or film on ...
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  • Cataract Awareness Month: What You Need to Know About Cataracts

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 3-Jun-2014

    There are more than 24 million Americans aged 40 and older who have cataracts, according to Prevent Blindness America. The condition, which affects primarily aging adults, is the leading cause of blindness in America. In order to educate the public and raise awareness about cataracts, symptoms and cataract treatment options, Prevent Blindness America declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. What ...
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  • Treating Cataracts with High Technology Lenses

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-May-2014

    Cataracts are one of two common eye conditions that cause decreased vision quality in aging adults. Approximately 22 million Americans over age 40 and about 60 percent of people over age 60 will develop cataracts, resulting in more than 1.5 million cataract surgeries performed each year in the United States. Patients with cataracts have more than one treatment option available. Although a lens ...
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  • Understanding Cataracts

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 6-May-2014

    Cataracts are a common eye condition affecting nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and over. Cataracts are often mistaken as a growth or film on the eye, but in reality they are the result of clouding on the focusing lens of the eye, which is located behind the pupil. Cataracts occur when protein builds up on the lens of the eye. Mild clouding caused by the protein may not affect vision, but more ...
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  • Eliminating Cloudy Vision after Cataract Surgery

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 12-Mar-2014

    Cataract surgery is a common procedure with a success rate of 98 percent or higher and few complications. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery every year. Most of these patients will experience no severe medical fallout from the procedure, and the majority of cataract complications are minor and treatable. Posterior ...
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  • Cataract Treatment Options for Every Lifestyle

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 10-Mar-2014

    Cataracts are a common eye condition affecting the lens portion of the eye. They are not a growth or film on the eye, but rather a clouding of the focusing lens, which is located behind the pupil. Cataracts are especially common in aging adults, though some younger patients can develop the condition. In a healthy eye, light travels through the pupil where it is focused through the clear lens onto ...
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  • Implantable Lens Options: Trulign & Crystalens®

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 6-Mar-2014

    Adults over age 45 often complain of losing the ability to focus on items close up. This vision loss is due to a condition called presbyopia or “aging eyes.” It is an inevitable, gradual progression that weakens the ability of the lens of the eye to focus in the field of vision. Presbyopia is a natural part of aging and a frustrating one at that. Though it cannot be prevented, aging ...
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