FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is nearsightedness?
People with nearsightedness have difficulty seeing at distance but usually can read fairly well at close. This is an eye that is a little too strong.
What is farsightedness?
Minimal farsightedness is diagnosed in people who have to focus a little bit to see at distance and focus more to read. This is a normal situation in small children. Extreme farsightedness can cause crossed eyes. Adults who are farsighted tend to need reading glasses earlier.
What is astigmatism?
Irregularity In the curvature of the eye causing decreased sharpness of vision.
Why do my eyes water if they are dry?
When the eyes dry out, they get irritated and irritation causes secondary epiphora or tearing.
What are floaters?
Floaters are spots in the interior jelly part of the eye that are moving around. The floaters themselves do not need therapy, but they can be a sign of a retinal tear which requires treatment
What can I do to slow down or prevent macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is not preventable. A recent study did show vitamins including zinc are protective regarding progressive macular degenerative pathology.
Macular Degeneration (ARMD) Recommendations
Wear 100% UV-protection sunglasses and hats when out in the sun for extended periods of time. In moderate to severe ARMD, if sun glasses significantly degrades clarity, do not wear them.
Do not smoke.
Control high-blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.
Check the Amsler grid through your reading glasses with each eye daily.
Be sure that your eye glass prescription is optimal, and know that low vision reading aids are available.
Eat a balanced diet rich in the beneficial vitamins and minerals such as, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, blueberries and strawberries, and cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines.
Take a daily multivitamin with 2 mg lutein if 'at-risk' of early ARMD.
For intermediate and advanced ARMD take a daily multivitamin, plus 2 tablets of Bausch & Lomb Ocuvite Preservision in the morning and 1 tablet of Ocuvite Preservision and 1 tablet of Ocuvite Lutein in the evening with meals. Note (if a smoker DO NOT take Preservision but only take Ocuvite Lutein once a day plus your multivitamin.)
Have regular, dilated eye exams by an eye-care provider trained in the diagnosis and treatment of ARMD.
Always have evaluated any changes in your vision as soon as possible.
IOP: What is the normal range and is it the same and/or related to my blood pressure?
The normal range is somewhere between 12 and 20. It is not normally related to blood pressure. Occasionally people with glaucoma and hypertension have progression of their glaucomatous damage with better control of the blood pressure secondary to a smaller head of blood pressure in the eye.
What is a cataract? Can it be treated with laser?
A cataract is an opacity of the normal lens of the eye precluding or distorting visual function. The cataract is usually removed with a machine called a phaco-emulsifier. A laser could indeed cut or partially absorb a cataract, but you still have to put an intraocular lens implant in the eye to correct the visual function of the normal crystalline lens.