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  • "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" Eye Infection - You're More At Risk Than You Know

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 29-Jun-2015

    The shocking case of the 23-year-old Dallas mother who went blind in one eye after contracting “flesh-eating bacteria” has garnered a lot of media attention and gone viral in the past week. The story seems so alarming because she was simply participating in a mud run. However, as heartbreaking as the story is, this type of eye damage is not uncommon. In fact, you may be at greater risk ...
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  • 6 Health Conditions Your Eye Doctor May Detect First

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

    Routine eye exams can save your sight, but they may also save your life. Sometimes, vision loss due to an eye condition may actually be a signal of a more serious health condition. Some of the health conditions that may be detected during a routine eye exam include: Cancer: As cancers spread, they can reach the eye. Brain tumors, breast cancer and even lung cancers have been detected during an eye ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Night Blindness: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 25-Feb-2015

    Do you have difficulty seeing at night? Night blindness is common among older drivers, but trouble seeing at night can also be caused by a number of eye conditions that affect people of all ages. Despite the name “night blindness,” the condition does not mean that someone becomes completely blind at night. Rather, an individual with night blindness may have difficulty distinguishing ...
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  • Pinkeye: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 3-Feb-2015

    Pinkeye is a highly contagious eye infection. Though not necessarily dangerous, pinkeye can be irritating and sometimes painful. Coming in contact with someone who has untreated pinkeye can put others at risk for this downright unpleasant eye infection. Children are especially susceptible to contracting pinkeye from a friend or classmate. Also known as conjunctivitis, pinkeye is inflammation and ...
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  • LipiFlow's Amazing Relief for Misdiagnosed Cause of Dry Eyes - One Pastor's Answered Prayer

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

    Dr. Charles Stewart wholeheartedly admits, he doesn’t have a lot of patience for discomfort. When the symptoms of chronic dry eye syndrome began adversely affecting his daily life by impeding his ability to read, study, counsel parishioners at his church or enjoy the outdoors, Dr. Stewart set out on a journey to find relief. “When you have dry eye syndrome, your eyes seldom stop ...
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  • Astigmatism: What It Is and How It's Treated

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 30-Jan-2015

    Astigmatism is a big word that you may have heard from your eye doctor when discussing your vision or prescription for contact lenses or glasses. What is astigmatism and how is it different from other vision problems? Astigmatism is a common refractive error that affects millions of people. Refractive errors refer to the shape of your eye and how your eye reflects light. If you have astigmatism, ...
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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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  • Glaucoma: Millions of Americans Could Go Blind and Half Don't Know It

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 29-Dec-2014

    After a glaucoma diagnosis in her early 40s, Sanja Allen is grateful that she was diligent about getting regular eye exams. Otherwise, the now 56-year-old Allen could be facing irreversible blindness. Allen feels very fortunate that Key-Whitman Eye Center's Kimberly Warren, M.D. “is in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing my glaucoma.” After a glaucoma diagnosis in her ...
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  • Tips to Prevent Age-Related Eye Diseases

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 15-Dec-2014

    As you age, you may notice a decline in your vision. Many people over age 40 will experience age-related vision loss due to a condition called presbyopia, which can cause difficulty reading and completing daily tasks requiring near vision. Presbyopia is not dangerous and can be corrected with reading glasses or bifocals. Some age-related eye diseases, however, can be more serious, leading to ...
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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 e ye 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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  • Oculoplastic Surgery: Medically Necessary or Cosmetic?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 24-Nov-2014

    Oculoplastic surgery is the corrective and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids; tear ducts and orbit of the eye. This type of eye surgery is performed on patients when there are cosmetic issues that may be affecting the eye or even vision itself. Oculoplastic surgery is not always considered medically necessary, though there are many conditions for which treatment by oculoplastic surgery is ...
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  • Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

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

    November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, and it may be one of the most important awareness months when it comes to eye diseases. Many people do not realize that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 64, so generating awareness of the eye condition is extremely important.November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, and it may be one of the most important ...
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  • Tunnel Vision: VIAGRA® Users Should Weigh the Ups with Potential Downsides of ED Drugs

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 29-Oct-2014

    A new study suggests there may be a link between sildenafil, the active ingredient in VIAGRA, and irreversible vision loss. Researchers at the University of South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science found that sildenafil inhibited an enzyme which helps transmit light signals from the retina to the brain in mice. The research also suggests that patients who carry a common genetic mutation ...
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  • Are You at Risk of Developing Diabetic Eye Disease?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 28-Oct-2014

    Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. As many as 25 to 45 percent of diabetics will develop some form of diabetic eye disease, also known as diabetic retinopathy. November is American Diabetes Month. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, it is important that you educate yourself on the potential health complications associated with the disease and how to prevent ...
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  • Everything You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

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

    Though annoying, eyelid twitches are a common and typically harmless eye condition. An eyelid twitch (called blepharospasm) is a repetitive, involuntary spasm in the eyelid muscles. In most cases, twitches or spasms in the eyelid occur off and on, although some people may experience them for several days or weeks. Although eyelid twitching is usually benign and not a sign of a medical problem, it ...
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  • Four Common Eye Injuries and What to Do About Them

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 15-Aug-2014

    At some point, we will all experience the stinging and burning associated with getting something in our eyes, or the pain that comes from an eye injury. Knowing what to do when your eyes are injured can help prevent serious damage to the eye. Here are some of the most common eye injuries and what you can do about them: Foreign object in the eye: If you get something in your eye, such as an eyelash ...
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  • Warning Signs of Age-Related Eye Conditions

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 24-Jul-2014

    Eye conditions can affect people of all ages, but as we age, our eyes may become more prone to eye conditions that could lead to serious vision loss or even blindness. The best way to protect your vision is to keep up with regular eye exams, but educating yourself on the warning signs of common eye conditions is also important in preventing permanent vision loss. If you experience any of the ...
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  • Importance of Nutrition in Dry Eye Disease

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 16-Jul-2014

    Nutrition is a key ingredient for healthy eyes. Vitamins and minerals found in many whole foods can help prevent a number of health conditions. In recent years, researchers have also made a connection between nutrition and dry eye disease. Dehydration can make dry eye symptoms worse, so staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can also help alleviate symptoms of dry eye syndrome. According to ...
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  • Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month: Treating Dry Eyes

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

    July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness month. If you have been diagnosed with dry eyes or are experiencing the signs of dry eyes, you might be wondering how to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, is a common irritating, uncomfortable and even painful eye condition caused by a lack of tear production or poor quality of tears produced. Tears provide ...
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  • Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month: Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eyes

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 7-Jul-2014

    Dry eye disease affects an estimated 40 million people in the U.S., but only a small fraction of those people have been diagnosed and are receiving treatment. July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month, dedicated to the education about dry eyes, risks of the condition and treatment options available. What is dry eye disease? Dry eye disease, or dry eyes, is a condition in which there is either ...
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