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If you suffer from Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that produces small red, pus-filled bumps and makes your cheeks blush, it is easy to focus solely on the skin condition since it is front and center with every interaction you have on a daily basis.

It is important, however, not to ignore eye symptoms that can occur as a result of this chronic condition. Did you know that Rosacea has an eye component? For example, if you have experienced fits of tearing where your eyes look watery or bloodshot, suffer from recurrent styes, have noticed feeling dry, scratchy or foreign body sensation with every blink, or are bothered by eyelids that are swollen or red you may have eye involvement, namely ocular rosacea.

The best way to investigate your particular situation is to see an ophthalmologist as not all people diagnosed with Rosacea will have eye involvement. If left untreated you will open yourself to flare ups and may eventually experience vision loss from corneal damage. It is not something to take lightly or brush off because you are too busy to make a doctor’s appointment. If diagnosed, you will have to adopt a regimen to keep the condition under control, since it is chronic. Check out Blepharitis/Meibomitis (Lid Margin Disease) to learn more.

Feel free to schedule an appointment at 732-774-5566 to determine if your Rosacea is wreaking havoc with your eye health and fight back.

Journalist Eun Kyung Kim recently reported in a Today Health article that she had cataract surgery after experiencing a dip in her visual clarity when relaxing on the beach, playing with her children, and driving them to activities in bright light. Ms. Kim is 43 years old.

In her article, Kim discusses the growing trend for baby boomers to opt for cataract surgery sooner rather than later. She cites a recent study by the Mayo Clinic that “indicates an increasing number of people are having cataract surgery – and are doing it at ‘younger’ ages. The study, which examined cataract surgeries done from 2005 to 2011 in Minnesota’s Olmstead County, found that about 20 percent of those surgeries were in patients younger than 65.”

Waiting until a cataract becomes “ripe” is no longer the standard. Cataracts are now removed when they begin to impede on a persons’ everyday lifestyle. It is a very subjective phenomenon because not everyone has the same threshold for the amount of haziness, glare, trouble reading, or problems with night driving they are willing tolerate. Furthermore, because we rely so heavily on smartphones, tablets, and/or computers for personal and business communication, younger generations are apt to notice a slight dip in visual acuity because they constantly call on their vision to complete daily tasks, much more than in previous generations.

To the younger members of the baby boomer generation, the notion of fixing the issue so they can continue to work and produce at the level to which they have been accustomed does not seem like an extraordinary request. Essentially, these self-sufficient and self-reliant younger-than-65 year olds want to hold onto their independence for a very, very long time.

Check out Kim’s article and contact us at 732-774-5566 if your vision is preventing you from enjoying your daily lifestyle. Take advantage of Laser Custom Cataract Surgery with Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates. Get the customized treatment options you deserve, and seize the opportunity to see the rest of your life clearly.

On December 1st, NHL Sharks captain Joe Thornton took a puck above his right eye during the team’s hard fought win over the Anaheim Ducks. Thornton was immediately whisked off the ice and given stitches. Not long after, to the surprise and excitement of the crowd, he re-emerged without a visor. As the cameras documented the stoic scene, Thornton’s eyelid started to swell shut and the surrounding skin began to develop into a purple and brown backdrop, highlighting the nasty injury.

Saturday night’s injury raises an interesting question about eye protection and major sports. For hockey specifically, veteran players like Thornton are grandfathered into the new ruling that players must wear a visor. This means that new players are required to wear visors, while vets are given a choice. Although it may not prevent every injury to the face, a visor provides added protection critical to safety and peace of mind.

Unexpected situations like this, especially those animated on the television screen, force us to consider how precious our eyesight is to us. If given the benefit of hindsight, wouldn’t we all chose to wear eye protection? Unfortunately, eye injuries can occur anytime, anywhere. If you are not wearing proper protection, you could be risking permanent vision loss or blindness.

Our optical shop offers a wide selection of eye protection to keep your vision healthy and safe as you enjoy your favorite activities. This season, visit our Optical Shop’s RX Sport Zone to check out stylish, functional offerings that work with every active lifestyle. Make sure your family is protected, and take advantage of our holiday special!

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, watch football, and enjoy a bountiful meal prepared by the designated cook. Here’s some fun facts you can share with as you sit down to gobble up your Thanksgiving Day feast.

8 Things you didn’t know about a Turkey’s Vision:

  1. They have color vision.
  2. They have poor night vision.
  3. They have excellent visual acuity during daylight hours.
  4. They lack 3D vision, but compensate by bobbing their heads up and down to gather information about their surroundings.
  5. They have excellent peripheral vision to alert them of nearby predators.
  6. Their eyes are set apart on opposite sides of their heads, but the fact that they can rotate their necks 360° proves to be a great asset because they can survey their area from all angles.
  7. Single cone photoreceptors found in a turkey’s retina detect light to wavelengths near 400 nanometers, which is in the UVA light range. The ability to see UVA light helps birds when they are detecting prey, selecting a mate, and foraging for food.
  8. Hunters should be cautious of washing their clothes with phosphates and other chemicals that whiten or brighten clothes. These artificial brighteners glow a bright blue to turkeys, who can see the ultraviolet light as part of the color spectrum.

Happy Thanksgiving!