Blog Posts in October, 2014

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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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  • Halloween Health Horror Story: Why Decorative Contact Lenses Are Scarier than Jason, Chucky and Michael Myers

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 21-Oct-2014

    Halloween is just around the corner, and that means amazing costumes are in order! But be warned: Every year around this spooky time, eye doctors see an uptick in eye injuries, irritations and infections caused by decorative, over-the-counter (OTC) contact lenses. So, if you’re thinking about enhancing your Halloween zombie or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume with ghoulish or colored ...
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  • Protecting Your Eyes in the Digital Age

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 20-Oct-2014

    We live in a technology-driven world in which the average American spends over seven hours per day looking at a screen. Whether it’s a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone, how is all that time spent on digital devices affecting our eye health ? Computer Vision Syndrome is the most common eye condition associated with the use of digital technology. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to dry ...
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  • Fall Foods to Protect Your Eyes from Macular Degeneration

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

    Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 55. Conventional wisdom says that age-related vision problems are inevitable, but research suggests otherwise. Macular degeneration is the degeneration of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision. When the macula is compromised, vision loss can occur in the center of one’s field of ...
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  • Macular Degeneration FAQs

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

    Age-related vision problems are not uncommon, and in most cases, vision changes are nothing to be concerned about. In some cases, however, changes in your vision may be a sign of a more serious eye condition. Macular degeneration is one such eye condition that primarily affects adults over age 60. It is also the leading cause of vision loss in this age group. What is macular degeneration? Macular ...
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  • Tips for Reducing Fall Allergy Eye Irritation

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

    Autumn is now in full swing, and that means many North Texans are dealing with itchy, watery eyes and other symptoms of fall allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re not alone. Did you know that The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has ranked Dallas the number 23 worst city in the nation for allergies? Some of the most common allergens that might be irritating your eyes this ...
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  • Eye Injury Prevention Month

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

    According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries every year in the United States, and about one million people will lose at least partial vision as a result. Nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home. October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, and we want to be sure you know how you can prevent common eye injuries. Common eye injury risks in and ...
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  • October Events for the Whole Family

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 2-Oct-2014

    Now that the sweltering summer temps are behind us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some outdoor events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here are a few exciting local events you and your family may enjoy this month. Autumn at the Arboretum The transition from summer to fall is the most colorful time of the year at the Dallas Arboretum. Autumn at the Arboretum features Cinderella’s ...
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  • Why Contacts Are More Risky than LASIK: 4 Serious Contact Lens Complications That Jeopardize Eye Health

    Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 2-Oct-2014

    Recently, a horror story about microscopic bugs (the ancanthamoeba) eating through the corneas of a Taiwanese student made headlines. The young woman, who is now blind in both eyes, unwisely wore limited-wear, disposable contacts for several months, and even went swimming during this period. While this story should give contact lens wearers pause – the acanthamoeba can survive in tap water, ...
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