Eye-vexing allergies and how to relieve them

Eye Conditions

Vision disorders are the second most prevalent health condition in the United States. Luckily, they’re often either preventable or treatable. Read these articles to find out what you can do to help ward off these conditions.

Simulate common eye diseases

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Eye condition simulator

Ever wonder what your loved one with macular degeneration really sees? Walk through a simulation of common eye conditions and diseases.

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Symptom Checker

This tool can help you understand what your symptoms may mean and how to make the most out of your visit to the eye doctor.

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Color-blind quiz

Take our color blind quiz and check out our comparisons of what people with color blindness see.

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Shocking facts about eyes in the winter

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Shocking winter eye facts

Winter can be rough on eyes. Germs, low temperatures, snowballs, icicles. It’s a winter wonderland of vision hazards.

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Eye-vexing allergies and how to relieve them

Eye-vexing allergies and how to relieve them

From the northwest coast to the southern shores, common allergies can affect our eyes at different times of the year. We’ve got a list of common allergies – by region and season – and simple ways to protect your eyes …

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Regular eye exams can help keep your heart healthy

Just as your primary care physician may listen to your heartbeat and check your blood pressure to monitor your heart rate, your eye doctor examines your eyes to get a clear look into your cardiovascular system. In fact, the eye …

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The silent disease an eye exam can detect

We all know the routine. Every time we go to our primary care doctor, whether it’s for a cold, checkup or something more serious, we’re asked to roll up our sleeve to have our blood pressure checked. It’s a simple, …

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Unblurring the lines to corrected vision: What your symptoms mean

If you’re finding the world a little out of focus, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Roughly 75 percent of Americans experience vision symptoms that require eyeglasses, contact lenses or other care, according to the Vision Council of America.1 …

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How pregnancy affects your eyesight

Pregnancy is often a time of great joy and anticipation, but it can also bring an increase in hormones that may cause temporary changes in your vision. Your eye care professional can help you learn about the following potential vision …

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Warning: smoking may be hazardous to your eyes, too

Most people—even smokers themselves—understand that cigarette smoking puts them at greater risk for cancer, heart disease and life-threatening respiratory problems. But they may not realize the extensive medical research that shows smoking can also be a factor in causing a …

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Are you at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

For most of us, our eyesight is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about diabetes. But actually, diabetes is the number one cause for new cases of blindness among American adults.1 According to the American …

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Are you at risk for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases that develop when increased fluid pressure in the eyes damages the nerve fibers in the optic nerve and retina. This damage can lead to irreversible vision loss. The good news …

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Managing your vision while managing your diabetes

If you’re one of the more than 29 million Americans with diabetes,1 you know how important it is to take good care of yourself—monitoring your blood sugar, watching your diet, taking your medication, exercising. But if you haven’t yet added …

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A Woman’s Guide to Vision Health

Many women know the importance of a regular doctor visit for themselves and their family. However, many of us don’t realize that a regular visit to the eye doctor is just as necessary as a visit to the family doctor. …

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Managing thyroid eye disease

Thyroid eye disease, also called Graves’ eye disease, results from the effect of hyperthyroidism on the structures of the eyes. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroid hormone. As a result, the body’s immune system …

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Dry eyes in the house – causes and treatments for a common vision problem

Dryness may be an asset when telling a funny story or attending a sunny summer party, but when it comes to our eyes, dry can be a serious downer. Almost half of Americans –  48 percent – suffer from dry eyes and …

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Taking your eyes out of the clouds: detecting and treating cataracts

Mr. Magoo may have been an endearing source of laughter, but those who suffer from cataracts are not likely to find humor in blurred vision. Cataracts, often associated with cloudy eyes, represent the most common cause of vision loss among …

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Macular degeneration: detecting and preventing a leading cause of vision loss

Our eyes are cameras to the world, and for many of us the picture may be falling out of focus. Macular degeneration—simply described as blurred vision—is a leading cause of vision loss among people 50 and older, affecting more than …

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Head hurt? The link between migraines and your eyes.

We all know that headaches can signal it’s time for an eye exam. But what is the connection between a migraine and vision care? Sometimes it’s just referred pain to your eyes, but other times it could mean something more. …

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  • 80% of learning in the first 12 years comes through the eyes

    Source: The Discovery Eye Foundation, Learning-related vision problems, July 2014.