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Eyes on Health

Read up on caring for your eyesight and common eye issues such as allergies, pink eye, glaucoma, etc.

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Six Health Issues Detected by an Eye Exam

Getting a comprehensive eye exam can not only detect a change in vision, but determine your overall health as well. The eye is the only place in the body where a doctor has a clear view of…

What is Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50 years old. AMD occurs when the macula (an area of the retina) is damaged, which blurs the central vision, making it difficult for those affected to…

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COVID-19 and Eye Care

The COVID-19 situation has us all asking questions. We are here to help answer some of those questions as it relates to NVA and your eye care.

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Daily Cup of Tea May Lower Risk of Glaucoma

Coffee or tea? Personal tastes aside, we may all benefit from adding a cup of hot tea to our daily routine. While coffee consumption has been linked in the past to an increased risk of glaucoma (due to an increase in intraocular pressure), a recent study has found that drinking hot tea every day may…

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Pink Eye

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, or conjunctiva is an inflammation or infection of the membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and part of your eyeball…

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Eye Allergies

Allergic Conjunctivis, also called eye allergies, occurs when allergens irritate the eyes causing certain cells in the eyes to release histamine, as well as other substances. This reaction causes the blood vessels in the eyes to swell producing red, watery, itchy eyes…

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Vitamin A Deficiency and Eyesight

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and fat-soluble vitamin that helps maintain proper body functions like immune function, reproduction, growth and development, organ function, and vision. You become vitamin A-deficient when your diet is poor…

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Diabetes and the Eyes

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults. It causes damage to the eyes by affecting the small blood vessels, sometimes causing them to leak fluid into the eye, which can lead to vision loss. The good news is that with proper care, vision can often be preserved.

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A Bad Mix: The Sun and Common Medications

It’s true: taking common medications and being out in the sun can affect your eyes. This combination can cause damage to the eyes as well as photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight). These common drugs are also referred to as sun-sensitive drugs, and include, but are not limited to:

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Vision Problem Warning Signs in Children

In between routine eye exams, keep an eye out for the following warning signs provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If your child has any of these signs, contact your healthcare professional to schedule an appointment…

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Glaucoma is a group of diseases where fluid builds up at the front of the eye, putting pressure on the optic nerve and damaging it. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss or blindness. There are two types…

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Dry Eye Syndrome (Keratoconjunctivitis)

Dry Eye is a condition in which a person does not have enough tears to lubricate the eye. This can result from either a poor quantity of tears, or if tears are of a poor quality…

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How to Treat an Eye Stye

A stye usually looks like a pimple or a boil that forms around the edge of the eyelid, but sometimes can form on the inner portion of the eyelid. It is painful…

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Snowblindness and its Effects on Your Eyes

Ultraviolet (UV) damage is more than just a warm weather danger; the snow actually reflects 80% of the sun’s rays thereby increasing the risk of sunburn and skin cancer in colder months as well. This is not only a problem for our skin…