Why Santa Claus Wears Glasses
Santa’s eyes get a workout every year, focusing up close to check lists twice and make sure all those toys are up to design specs. No wonder he needs those glasses perched on the tip of his nose! The magical old elf is not alone, since most of us will experience changes in vision, known […]
Raise a Glass to the Holidays – A Little Wine May Help Your Eyes!
Cataracts and Alcohol As you may know, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens. Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t affect vision early on. But over time, cataracts eventually make it more difficult to read, drive a car or see people’s faces. Treatment includes surgery, where the cataract is removed and replaced with […]
Take a Deep Breath & Close Your Eyes: National Stress Awareness Day is November 3
We’ve all heard about how elevated levels of daily stress, such as many are experiencing related to the Covid-19 crisis, can impact physical and mental health. Being in a prolonged and constant feeling of stress can contribute to serious problems such as hypertension, heart disease, decreased immunity, loss of sociability, and decreased mental resilience. But […]
There’s More to a Sagging Eyelid than Meets the Eye
In our September 8th blog, we shared the story of how Atlantic Eye’s Dr. Ronald Kristan made a lifesaving decision for patient Lisa Economou (September blog). In this season of giving thanks, we remember Lisa’s gratitude for Dr. Kristan’s care. Let’s explore the common eye disorder that brought Lisa to us just in time: droopy […]
Eye Makeup Hazards – Be Afraid!
Halloween is coming, and many costume kits for children and adults alike will come with makeup designed to create special spooky or spectacular effects. A word of caution, however, from your Atlantic Eye ophthalmologists: makeups are largely unregulated and may not be sufficiently tested for safety, especially for use around sensitive eye areas. According to […]
Dr. Ronald Kristan Makes a Lifesaving Call
When Atlantic Eye patient Lisa Economou noticed in a photo that one of her eyelids was drooping lower than the other, she was not particularly concerned. “I thought nothing of it. My grandmother had a droopy eye, and it was fixed. I assume it runs in my family,” explains Lisa, a 40-something wife, and mother. […]
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) Lipiflow® to the Rescue!
First, what is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction? MGD is common, but you may not realize you have it. Meibomian glands are tiny glands in the edges of your eyelids that make an oil called meibum. The combination of meibum, water, and mucus make up the tear film that keeps our eyes moist. Having less oil or […]
Seeing Red – What Causes Bloodshot Eyes?
We’re all familiar with bloodshot eyes, a condition where the white of the eye (the sclera) has become reddened or “bloodshot.” One or both eyes may look pink or red in some or all or the sclera. This happens because of the dilation of tiny blood vessels of the eye that become swollen because of environmental […]
What Causes Heterochromia – And is it a Concern?
First of all, what is it? Heterochromia is when a person’s irises (the colored area around the pupil) are different colors. It is relatively uncommon among humans and is most often a harmless condition. A number of celebrities have heterochromia, among them Kate Bosworth, Jane Seymour, and Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. Color differences between […]
Twitches & Spasms – when your eyelid muscles do their own thing
From time to time, most of us have probably felt our eyelids twitch, which means they move slightly and rapidly. This tends to happen more in your upper eyelid. The lid moves every few seconds, usually just for a minute or two. These movements also called “tics,” are involuntary and do not affect vision. Even […]
A Quick Peek at Eyeglass Lenses
Vision Basics: Refractive Errors In a healthy eye, the cornea is a clear dome-shaped window that allows light rays to pass through and focus on the retina behind it. Distortions in the cornea can cause light rays to bend (or refract) at odd angles and fail to achieve sharp focus; this is called refractive error. Eyeglass […]
Make April 2021 Your Month for Sports Eye Safety!
Do you know which sport is the leading cause of sports-related eye injuries in the United States? Answer: Basketball. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye injuries have cost the NBA $2.4 million in a single season! Eye injuries can – and do – happen when playing any sport. In fact, in 2018 more […]
In the Workplace: An Ounce of Prevention Keeps Eyes Safe!
March is Workplace Eye Safety Month, and your doctors at Atlantic Eye want to remind you that protecting your eyes from injury is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace each […]
Eating healthier in 2021? Your eyes will thank you!
If your New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier, here’s another reason to put that at the top of your list: eating the right foods can help protect your vision as well as benefit your overall health. Research says that a vitamin-rich diet is linked to a lower risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and […]
See the New Year with Fresh Eyes!
If you’ve been putting off routine health screening exams due to Covid-19 restrictions, you’re not alone. But as we go into a new year, your Atlantic Eye ophthalmologists want to remind you that regular eye exams are vital to maintaining vision and reducing the chances of vision loss due to disease. A comprehensive eye exam […]