Health and Beauty

Denver Eye Doctor: Pink Eye or Allergies – How To Spot the Difference

Ah-choo! Excuse me, my allergies are terrible. It’s just that time of year, and local allergists have reported that this is one of Denver’s worst allergy seasons on record. At least I’m not as bad as Jimmy over there; his eyes are redder than a ripe tomato. But is it all allergies? With all this pollen, cotton, and grass floating through the air and into our bodies, it can be hard to tell the difference between the season’s everyday suffering and real sickness. Eyes are especially contentious: as they fight... Read More

Does pink eye itch?

Does pink eye itch?
Worried about pink eye? You’re not alone! Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is likely to be allergic or bacterial. Does Pink Eye Itch? YES – if allergies are the cause. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outer membrane of the “whites of the eyes” and the inner eyelid. As the inflammation increases, the itchy feeling typically does, too. In addition to itchiness, sufferers may have watery eyes along with redness and eyelid swelling. Sometimes, the puffiness becomes so severe it can interfere with vision. However, pink eye is not associated with... Read More

Overuse of Antibiotic Eyedrops to treat Pink Eye

Overuse of Antibiotic Eyedrops to treat Pink Eye
Findings in a recent study published in an eyecare journal confirm the nationwide trend of overprescribing antibiotics for common infections, especially antibiotic eyedrops for pink eye. The cause is most likely due to eyedrop prescriptions being written by a primary care physician, pediatrician, or urgent-care provider.  Eye care providers are most appropriate to diagnose pink eye as allergic, viral or bacterial and to treat accordingly.   Acute conjunctivitis or pink eye affects 6 million Americans annually and tends to clear in a week with treatments of cold compresses and possibly... Read More

Like Yoga for Your Eyes: Five Relaxation Exercises to Help Relieve Pain

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Wondering about the cause of eye strain? Eye strain symptoms like redness, dryness and itchy, burning eyes can make it difficult for you to focus and get things done. The most likely culprit: the screens you use every day at work and home. Many computer and smartphone screens use powerful blue light as part of their backlight system. This light is so intense, long-term exposure can actually damage your eyes. However, even if you are using more eye-friendly technology, you can still experience strain occasionally. Luckily, digital eye strain treatment can be... Read More

The Dark Side of Blue Light: Long-Term Damage Could Lead to Vision Loss and Cataracts

blue light dangers
Today, blue light is all around us. Many conventional computer monitors don’t use a strong blue light, but it’s becoming common in several other ways. It’s part of the display in most mobile devices, and common in flat-screen televisions and other ultra-large displays. What most people don’t realize, however, is that blue light can be hazardous to eye health. Blue light – also known as high-energy visible (HEV) light – has an especially short wavelength compared to other forms of light. As a result, it penetrates more deeply into the structures... Read More

Is Your Child At Risk Of Developing Computer Vision Syndrome?

risks of developing computer vision syndrome for kids
Today, kids spend more time than ever in front of a monitor. This often begins at a very early age with a cell phone or tablet. Throughout school, kids will log thousands of hours of screen time as they work on assignments and chat with friends. As computers become indispensable to the lives of young people, digital eye strain becomes a problem. This condition has multiple effects that grow in intensity over time and can develop into a chronic condition, computer vision syndrome. Symptoms Of Computer Vision Syndrome Blurred vision Eye irritation and redness... Read More

Diet For Your Eyes: Improve Eyesight By Eating These 10 Superfoods

superfoods that help improve eyesight
Wondering how to improve your eyesight? You can support good eyesight throughout your life by eating plenty of food good for eyes. Several powerful superfoods will help you maintain keen, clear eyesight between eye examinations. Let’s meet some of them: Kale: The eyesight benefits of kale are most powerful when eaten raw. It can be used as part of a salad or smoothie. The leaves also can be baked, turning them into tasty kale chips. Corn: When you cook corn, you unleash powerful lutein and zeaxanthin, both good for eyes.... Read More

Misconceptions About Diagnosing Diabetic Eye Problems

Are you concerned about diabetic eye problems? Diabetes and many other eye diseases are correlated with age, so everyone should take precautions to protect their vision. Regular eye examinations are crucial in maintaining the best eyesight possible. Just as many diseases can affect vision, an eye exam can reveal symptoms that might suggest underlying health conditions you aren’t aware of yet. Let’s discuss myths related to two common diseases that affect the eyes: Diabetes and glaucoma. Myth: Good Eye Chart Performance Means Your Eyes Are Healthy It’s better to have... Read More

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

diabetic eye disease
Diabetes is a disease most people are familiar with since almost everyone knows someone who is diabetic. But the complications of diabetes are not as well-known. The first step in preventing or minimizing the effects of a disease is understanding what it is and what causes it. What is Diabetic Eye Disease? If you have diabetes, you may face several eye-related complications, which collectively are known as diabetic eye disease. It is very important to have your eyes checked regularly to screen for these four varieties. Early detection and treatment... Read More

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of age-related vision loss and affects more than 10 million Americans. It is necessary to have regular, comprehensive dilated eye exams after you reach the age of 50 in order to track the health of your retina, the thin, light-sensitive region at the back of your eye, as well as the all-important macula, a small portion of the retina. What is AMD? The macula is a tiny part of the retina, but it is responsible for your central vision. While the entire... Read More