You probably learned from your high school health course that your body stops changing after adolescence. Well, the truth is that your body constantly changes right from birth to old age. Of course, the body changes are not just from a growth perspective but also deterioration.
Keratoconus is an eye condition that results from the thinning and subsequent bulging out of the cornea. Although the main cause of this condition is still unknown, experts believe that environmental and genetic factors play a significant role. People begin to experience the effects of this condition from the age of 10, and it can continue to develop for many years after that. This condition is very common since experts believe that a tenth of the population has it.
For people with mild, moderate, or severe dry eyes, a new form of treatment is available. Until recently, the treatment for dry eye syndrome typically involved artificial tears or eye drops. Other treatments included dietary supplements, meibomian gland expression, punctual plugs, and warm compresses.
It's not always clear why some people develop keratoconus. It's an eye disease that occurs when the cornea becomes much thinner and bulges out in a cone-like shape. But experts believe keratoconus is caused by a weakness in the collagen fibers responsible for maintaining the even dome shape of the cornea. When the cornea is affected by keratoconus, the irregular shape impacts the way light is bent. This causes distorted vision. Many patients don't immediately realize they have the condition until their eye doctor picks it up during one of their routine eye exams. The good news is there are several ways to manage keratoconus. The best treatment options are specialty contact lenses, such as:
One of the leading causes of disability in the United States is loss of vision. Sadly, an estimated 12 million people aged 40 years old and over suffer from vision impairment. Even if about 93 million adults in the country are at an increased risk of severe vision loss, only half have seen their eye doctor in the past year. The good news is there are multiple ways to protect your eye and vision health. The month of May is devoted to raising awareness about the significance of having a healthy vision. Read on to learn more about how you can observe and raise awareness, not just during Healthy Vision Month.
Does your child seem restless and distressed by schoolwork? If so, an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis may be a no-brainer. However, these behaviors might be a result of visual issues. ADHD misdiagnosis can happen since its symptoms can overlap with functional vision problems.
Do you have trouble clearly seeing a television screen or whiteboard in school? If you see close objects clearly, but those farther away appear blurry, then you may have myopia. Commonly known as nearsightedness, myopia is a very common type of refractive error. According to the American Optometric Association, myopia affects about 30 percent of the population in the United States. This condition often occurs when your cornea is too curved, or your eyeball is slightly too long. As a result, they don’t produce a clear image of objects from a distance. It’s not very clear why this happens. Experts believe that it’s caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors that affect the eye’s normal development.
Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is one of the most common vision problems to affect school-aged children. In fact, studies estimate that as many as 9% of children aged 5-17 are currently affected, and this is expected to rise over the coming decade.
TMS Eyecare is proud to announce that on January 1st, 2021, Heidi Ensley, O.D. became a partner in the practice. A native of Florence, KS, Dr. Ensley attended undergrad at Washburn University, she has been a valuable part of the practice since joining in 2012 after graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, and we couldn't be more excited for what the future holds with her on board.