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What Does 20/20 Vision Mean?

Eyeglasses or contacts help you have 20/20 vision. But what does that really mean? The phrase “20/20 vision” refers to normal vision, explains J. Kevin McKinney, MD. “A person with 20/20 vision can see what an average individual can see on an eye chart when they are standing 20 feet away,” says Dr. McKinney, an ophthalmologist and […]

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All About the Eye Chart

When you visit the eye doctor for a checkup, you may be asked to read an eye chart. The chart measures your visual acuity, or sharpness of vision. If you don’t wear glasses or contacts, your eye doctor will use the results to find out whether you need them. If you already wear corrective lenses, the […]

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Visual Field Test

What Is Visual Field Testing? Your visual field is how wide of an area your eye can see when you focus on a central point. Visual field testing is one way your ophthalmologist measures how much vision you have in either eye, and how much vision loss may have occurred over time. A visual field test can […]

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What Is Gonioscopy?

Gonioscopy is a painless exam your ophthalmologist uses to check a part of your eye called the drainage angle. This area is at the front of your eye between the iris and the cornea. It is where fluid called aqueous humor naturally drains out of your eye. Your ophthalmologist will perform a gonioscopy to check […]

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Are Bright Lights Damaging to the Eye?

Explore the latest research regarding bright lights and retina damage, and how to properly protect your eyes. Parents will often tell children not to stare at the sun. This is good advice, since permanent retinal damage occurs after staring for just a few minutes! This is called solar retinopathy. Lasers and very bright industrial lights […]

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What You Should Know About Latisse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of a prescription drug, Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, 0.03%), to help lengthen, thicken and darken eyelashes. It has the same active ingredient (called a prostaglandin analog) as a drug called Lumigan used for treating glaucoma. It was discovered that some people using Lumigan to […]

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Using Eye Makeup

Follow these tips to keep your eyes healthy as well as beautiful: Throw away eye makeup after three months. Infection-causing bacteria grow easily in creamy or liquid eye makeup. If you develop an eye infection, immediately toss all of your eye makeup. Never share eye makeup, and when sampling makeup in stores use only fresh […]

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Eyelash Extension Facts and Safety

People are going to new lengths to make their eyes look special. Eyelash extensions, professionally applied on natural lashes with a semi-permanent glue, are growing in popularity. Ophthalmologists say this cosmetic treatment can be safe, as long as consumers take precautions to protect themselves. What Are Eyelash Extensions? There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. […]

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CBD Oil May Worsen Glaucoma

If you were hoping that CBD, or cannabidiol, would offer a natural glaucomaremedy, the latest research is a downer. A new study suggests that CBD doesn’t lower eye pressure, it raises it. That’s bad because high eye pressure is the primary risk factor for glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma is […]

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Rosacea and Ocular Rosacea

Rosacea (pronounced Rose-Ay-Shah) is a chronic disease that affects both the skin and the eyelids. People with rosacea of the skin have redness or acne-like changes in the mid-facial area.  Approximately half of the patients with rosacea will have ocular symptoms, manifesting primarily of both the antierior and posterior blepharitis.  More than half of people […]

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