Feb. 5, 2019

AstigmatismAstigmatism is a common vision complains that can be hereditary or acquired. It occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped, which prevents light from focusing properly on the retina. Instead of the cornea having a round shape, it is shaped more like a football, with one meridian being significantly more curved than the other.

Signs and symptoms of astigmatism may include: blurred or distorted vision, eyestrain or discomfort, headaches, difficulty with night vision, and squinting.

Astigmatism often occurs early in life, so it is important to schedule an eye exam for your child to avoid vision problems in school from uncorrected astigmatism. Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Individual lifestyles affect the way astigmatism is treated.

Arcus Senilis

Feb. 14, 2019

Arcus senilis is a common condition of the eyes. It appears as a white, gray or blue ring around the cornea of the eye. Vision will remain unaffected. The majority of people affected by condition are older adults, as the main cause of the condition is aging. It’s caused by lipid deposits deep in the edge of the cornea. It is more likely to occur in men more than women. The condition is generally harmless, although it can sometimes be a sign of high cholesterol in people under 45 years of age. High levels of cholesterol in a person’s blood can cause significant problems, such as coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease. To diagnose arcus senilis, a doctor will perform an eye examination. There is no treatment needed for arcus senilis.

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