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  • Devouring Kale and Eye Health Supplements? That May Be Too Much of a Good Thing

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 22-Feb-2017

    Eye doctors regularly prescribe AREDS-2 (age-related eye disease study) eye health supplements to slow the progression of macular degeneration. However, a recent case report published in JAMA Ophthalmology revealed what happened to one woman who took supplementation too far. Yes, you can overdose on nutritional supplements. According to Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Arlington eye doctor Ronald ...
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  • Buyer Beware: Why Price Shouldn't Come First When Shopping for LASIK

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-Feb-2017

    Key-Whitman Eye Center patient Tommy Hardeman recently stopped by our Dallas eye center for his annual eye health exam. Tommy has been enjoying 20/20 vision for the past eight years, thanks to successful vision correction surgery at Key-Whitman. While you may assume Tommy had LASIK eye surgery at Key-Whitman, he actually underwent an Implantable Collamer ® Lens (ICL) procedure – commonly ...
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  • VR Headsets Top Holiday Wish Lists But Pose Surprising Eye Health Risks

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 14-Dec-2016

    While Hatchimals are topping most 2016 toy lists, many teens and tweens are coveting virtual reality (VR) headsets this holiday season. VR technology is fun and more affordable than ever, but excessive use and sharing of VR headsets may pose short- and long-term eye health risks. We asked Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Dallas optometrist Amanda Hoelscher, O.D., to explain the risks and share some ...
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  • From Eeewwww to Uh Oh, 7 Beauty Mistakes You Should Stop Making Now

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 10-Oct-2016

    Your mom may have told you that sharing makeup is a bad idea, but according to a report by Optegra Eye Health Care, 18 percent of 16- to 24-year-old women disregard this advice. So what’s the big deal? We asked Key-Whitman Eye Center's Dallas eye doctor Amy Hong, M.D. , to weigh in on the risks associated with this common beauty mistake and several others. No. 1: Sharing eye cosmetics, ...
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  • 4 Ways Millennials Unknowingly Increase Their Risk for Vision Loss

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 22-Aug-2016

    Millennials – or adults ages 18 to 35 in 2016 – get a lot of kudos for their independent spirits, being stellar multitaskers and savvy digital natives. A handful have even made millions with their startups (Hello Mark Zuckerberg!). But when it comes to taking care of their eyes, not so much. Unfortunately, the current generation of young adults (like earlier generations of young ...
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  • Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 11-Aug-2016

    Wearing contact lenses is a rite of passage and confidence booster for many kids and teens. For others, it may be a matter of necessity. According to Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Dallas Optometrist Amanda Hoelscher, O.D., “Some children with high prescriptions see better with contact lenses. They can also be a real difference-maker for young athletes looking for that competitive ...
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  • 1 in 5 Drivers Can't See Well Enough to Drive Safely - Is That You?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 27-Jul-2016

    You may think driving without your contact lenses or glasses isn’t a big deal, but trust us, it is. As Key-Whitman Eye Center’s President and Chief Surgeon Jeffrey Whitman, M.D. explains, “ Recent research on car accidents shows people who drive without vision correction are four times more likely to get into an accident. Even more concerning is that at least 20 percent of ...
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  • Overcoming the Challenges of Losing Vision and Losing Hope: 5 Steps to Take

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Jun-2016

    Research studies link vision loss to depression. This may seem inevitable, because loss of vision is directly linked to lower quality of life scores, but there is another way to look at this issue. Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Plano eye doctor Sadaf Razi, O.D. , believes it’s important to shift the focus from the negative to positive and offers five proactive steps people with vision loss ...
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  • Why Your Eye Doctor May Be the First Line of Defense Against MS

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 3-May-2016

    Numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and paralysis are symptoms commonly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). What many people don’t realize is people who suffer from MS, often experience vision problems as well. In fact, when a patient comes to Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Dallas eye doctor Faisal Haq, M.D. complaining of sudden vision loss, he’s often the first physician to ...
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  • Your Eyes Say a Lot about Heart Health, Here's Why You Should Listen Up

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 29-Feb-2016

    As another February comes to a close, so does another Heart Month. What you may not know is the important roles vision problems and eye doctors play in identifying heart health issues. Taking vision problems seriously and having regular eye exams can make the difference between a healthy heart and a life threatening health condition. Key-Whitman patient avoids a stroke by taking visual symptoms ...
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  • Don't Let Your "Christmas Story" Go Awry - 5 Things Parents Need to Know About Dangerous Toys

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

    In the 1983 movie classic “A Christmas Story,” youngster Ralphie Parker’s plea for an “Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle” is rebuffed by both his mom and a department store Santa Claus. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid,” Santa warned. As it turns out, Santa and Ralphie’s mom weren’t blowing smoke. Toy ...
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  • Looking for Lush Lashes Like Katy Perry and Beyoncé? Read These 7 Lash Extension Tips First

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

    Take a close look at today’s top Hollywood stars, and you’ll notice most have one thing in common: Beautiful, long and luxurious eyelashes, often in the form of lash extensions. And they’re not alone! Considering the abundance of lash salons and lash extension artists popping up everywhere, it’s abundantly clear many women are embracing this trend. However, before you hop ...
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  • Beyond the Carrot: 5 Surprising Facts About How Diet And Nutritional Supplements Impact Eye Health

    Posted By Key Whitman || 16-Sep-2015

    You’ve been hearing it for years, “Carrots are great for your vision,” but what does that really mean? (See below!) On the other hand, many people underestimate the role a balanced diet and certain nutrients play in preventing eye discomfort, vision loss and even blindness. The truth is the food and nutritional supplements you consume can have a profound impact on eye health. ...
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  • Are You Guilty of These Four Common Contact Lens Hygiene Mistakes?

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

    An estimated 125,000,000 people across the globe wear contact lenses as an alternative to eyeglasses. While they are a comfortable and convenient way to correct vision, they still require safe handling practices to reduce the risk of eye infections and other complications. Many people are not aware of these risks or of how to prevent them. According to a recent report, nearly 99 percent of contact ...
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  • The Do's and Don'ts of Wearing Contact Lenses

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 11-Aug-2015

    If you want freedom from eyeglasses—whether you're an athlete, live an active lifestyle or simply don’t prefer the look of glasses—and LASIK isn’t an option for you, contact lenses are a simple solution that can give you the freedom you’re looking for. Before you get fitted for your first pair of contacts, here are some dos and don’ts of wearing contact ...
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  • Why Digital Devices are Doing More Than Just Keeping You Awake at Night

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

    By now you’ve probably heard that reading on your phone (or any digital device, for that matter) at night is bad for your sleep. But it goes further. Screen time before bed isn’t just keeping you awake at night. Here are several other reasons you should avoid reading on a digital screen before bed. 1. It makes you less alert during the day. It’s really that simple. If you ...
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  • The Importance of Wearing Swim Goggles this Summer

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

    It has been unseasonably cool (and wet) so far this year, but the hot and sticky summer temps will be here before you know it. When you can’t get away from the Texas heat in the summer, there’s just one thing to do: go for a swim! Swimming is a generally safe activity, but when you do consider the dangers of swimming, you probably immediately think about drowning. Chances are, you ...
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  • What You Don't Know About Sunglasses Could Cost You Big Time

    Posted By Key Whitman || 22-Jul-2015

    Based on a new Harris Poll, The Vision Council reports 25 percent of adults in the U.S. rarely or never wear sunglasses. If you’re like two-thirds of the 2,000 adults surveyed for the poll, you probably don’t realize the high cost associated with forgoing quality sun protection for your eyes either. According to Renee Macdonald, Director of Optical Services at Key-Whitman Eye Center, ...
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  • 10 Amazing Facts About the Human Eye

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

    The human eye is a complex and fascinating organ. The processes that take place between your eyes and your brain to allow you to see images and colors are enough to leave anyone in awe. Here are 10 amazing facts about the human eye you might not know: 1. The human eye contains more than two million operational parts that process up to 35,000 bits of information every hour. It is one of the most ...
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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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  • Is too much screen time damaging your eyes?

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

    We live in a world that is driven by technology, and that technology improves our lives in many ways. But spending too much time in front of the screen—whether that’s a computer screen, tablet, or phone—could be hurting your eyes. It’s a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome, and while it won’t permanently damage your eyes, it can cause serious eyestrain, which ...
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  • Keep Your Eyes Healthy with These Foods This Summer

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

    What you eat has a direct effect on your overall health, including your eyes. A lack of proper nutrition weakens the eyes and can lead to any number of eye conditions, including macular degeneration, dry eyes, eye infections and cataracts. Here’s a quick refresher on the nutrients you need for strong, healthy eyes. Vitamin A A vitamin A deficiency can cause night vision problems, dry eyes ...
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  • Why It's Important to Wear Sunglasses

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 5-Jun-2015

    Another Texas summer is just around the corner! As you’re planning your summer activities, take some time to freshen up your knowledge of proper sun protection. When you hear someone mention sun protection, it’s likely in the context of protecting your skin—and for good reason. Skin cancer is among the most common forms of cancer, but it is also the most preventable. While ...
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  • Polarized Sunglasses: An Extra Layer of Sun Protection

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 4-Jun-2015

    Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement—they're a necessity if you want to protect your eyes from the sun. Basic sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays will do in most cases, but other options, such as polarized lenses, may be worth considering. Depending on your lifestyle, polarized lenses might be a better option for you than basic sunglasses. Polarized ...
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  • If You Could Only Smoke with Needles Stuck in Your Eyes, Would You Quit?

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Jun-2015

    That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are betting on. In its latest round of "Tips from Former Smokers" commercials, the CDC features Marlene, a former smoker, who is losing her eyesight due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In order to slow her vision loss – and near blindness – Marlene sees her ophthalmologist for drug injections in ...
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