Entries by Youngwood Eye Care

Children’s Vision FAQ

Q: Our 3-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia. What are the percentages of a cure at her age? A: With proper treatment, the odds are very good. Generally, it is better to treat strabismus and amblyopia in young childhood rather than waiting until after age 10. If your daughter’s eye turn (strabismus) […]

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a group of temporary physical and visual symptoms that many people experience after prolonged computer use. Eye-related symptoms of CVS include eye strain, blurred vision, double vision, focusing problems, eye twitching and dry, irritated eyes. Other physical symptoms include headache, neck strain and backache. These symptoms may occur after a […]

Eye Floaters and Spots

Floaters and spots are harmless tiny clumps of gel or cells embedded the vitreous – the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye. Floaters may look like specks, strands, webs or other shapes. They usually can be seen most easily when looking at a plain background, like a blank wall or overcast […]

Eye Allergies

Eye allergies are overreactions of the body’s immune system when certain substances come in contact with the eyes of sensitive individuals. These allergy-causing substances (called allergens) can include dust, pollen, mold and animal dander. Certain ingredients in cosmetics and eye drops also can cause eye allergies in some individuals. Eye allergy signs and symptoms The […]

Your Infant’s Visual Development

The visual system of a newborn infant takes some time to develop. Knowing the expected milestones of your baby’s vision development during their first year of life can help you ensure your infant son or daughter is seeing properly. During your pregnancy Your child’s vision development begins before birth. How you care for your own […]

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia is reduced vision in an eye caused by abnormal visual development. Commonly called “lazy eye,” amblyopia usually occurs in just one eye, but both eyes can be affected. Left untreated, amblyopia can cause legal blindness in the affected eye. About 2 to 3 percent of the American population has amblyopia. What causes amblyopia? The […]

LASIK: Patient Selection Criteria

Laser eye surgery isn’t for everyone. Here are a few guidelines to help you decide if LASIK is right for you: Are you an adult? You need to be at least 18 years of age to have LASIK. (Younger patients can sometimes be treated as an exception. Discuss this with your surgeon.)   Are your […]

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome (or “dry eye”) is the chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, causing discomfort, contact lens intolerance and increased risk of eye infections. Dry eye is common, with some studies reporting that 10 to 20 million Americans experience some degree of dry eye syndrome. Common risk […]

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye due to Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It is the leading cause of blindness among Americans under the age of 65. Currently more than 5 million Americans age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, and that number will grow to […]

Styes

A stye (or hordeolum) on the eyelid occurs when a gland at the base of an eyelash becomes infected. Resembling a pimple, a stye can grow on the inside or outside of the lid. Styes are not harmful to vision, and they can occur at any age. Signs and symptoms of styes A stye typically […]

Contact Lens Basics

Contact lenses, like eyeglasses or vision surgery, can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. About 20 percent of Americans who need vision correction for these refractive errors wear contact lenses. While some people enjoy making a fashion statement with eyeglasses, others prefer their appearance without them. Contact lenses offer the ability to be glasses-free without expensive […]

Glaucoma

Glaucoma refers to a group of related eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve that transmits visual information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma usually, but not always, is associated with increased pressure inside the eye (called intraocular pressure, or IOP). Glaucoma typically affects your peripheral vision first. There typically is little […]

Lens Options for Eyeglasses

Your options in eyeglass lenses go far beyond the simple choice of conventional glass or plastic lenses. Whatever you desire — thinner, lighter lenses; impact-resistant lenses; or lenses that eliminate reflections and look nearly invisible — there is a lens material and design that fits the bill. Thinner, lighter “high-index” lenses Nearly everyone can benefit […]

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye is an acute, contagious form of conjunctivitis – inflammation of the clear mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and overlies the “white” of the eye (sclera). The underlying cause of most cases of pink eye is a bacterial or viral infection. The term “pink eye” often is used to […]

The Basics of Eyeglasses

For most people, eyeglasses remain the preferred choice for vision correction, despite innovations in contact lenses and vision correction surgery. Eyeglasses are both a means of vision correction and a fashion item, and there are more choices than ever in frame and lens materials and frame styles, shapes and colors. Options abound, including hypoallergenic frame […]