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Doc, my eyes are tired.

March 31st, 2011

If you are experiencing

-Foreign body sensation

-Burning

-Tearing

-Achy tired eyes

Please contact your eye doctor…you may have dry eyes!  You ask, how can your eyes be tearing if they’re dry?  That is one of the symptoms as your body produces tears to heal your eyes. However, these tears that are produced are merely an annoyance, and does not help with your dry eyes.

There are many ways to treat dry eyes as there are many different causes.  Restasis is a great prescription eyedrop that can help restore healthy tears. Please let your eye doctor know if you have any of the above symptoms and get treated properly.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

October 8th, 2009

If you are among the 10 million people in the United States who have diabetes – or if someone close to you has this disease – you should know that diabetes can affect the eyes and cause visual impairment.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent or lessen the eye damage caused by diabetes. That is why it is so important for people with this disease to have a professional eye examination as soon as their diabetes is diagnosed, and at least once a year thereafter.Regular eye examinations are especially important for people who have had diabetes 5 years or longer, for those who have difficulty controlling the level of sugar in their blood, and for diabetic women who are pregnant. All of these people are at increased risk for diabetes-associated eye problems.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially serious eye disease caused by diabetes. It affects the retina – the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that transmits visual messages to the brain. Damage to this delicate tissue may result in visual impairment or blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy begins with a slight deterioration in the small blood vessels of the retina. Portions of the vessel walls balloon outward and fluid starts to leak from the vessels into the surrounding retinal tissue. Generally, these initial changes in the retina cause no visual symptoms. However, they can be detected by an eye specialist who is trained to recognize subtle signs of retinal disease.

In many people with diabetic retinopathy, the disease remains mild and never causes visual problems. But in some individuals, continued leakage from the retinal blood vessels leads to MACULAR EDEMA. This is a build-up of fluid in the macula – the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, clear vision used in reading and driving. When critical areas of the macula become swollen with excess fluid, vision may be so badly blurred that these activities become difficult or impossible.

Some people with diabetes develop an even more sight-threatening condition called PROLIFERATIVE RETINOPATHY. It may occur in people who have macular edema, but also can develop in those who don’t. In proliferative retinopathy, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These fragile new vessels can easily rupture and bleed into the middle of the eye, blocking vision. Scar tissue also may form near the retina, ultimately detaching it from the back of the eye. Severe visual loss, even permanent blindness, may result. But this happens in only a small minority of people with diabetes.

How many diabetics are affected?

Approximately 40 percent of all people with diabetes have at least mild signs of diabetic retinopathy. About 3 percent have suffered severe visual loss because of this disease.

In general, the longer one has had diabetes, the greater one’s chances of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Please schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Laura to make sure you are checked for this sight-threatening disease!


Certain frame shapes will balance and complement your facial features. But others can result in an unattractive, awkward look. The following guidelines will help you choose the most flattering frame shape for your facial features.

General Frame Selection Guidelines

Though frame styles frequently change, these general guidelines for selecting frames always apply:

Eye position
Regardless of the shape of the frame, your eyes should be centered within the lens openings of the frame.

Width
The frame should be wide enough so there is just slight clearance between the frame temples and the sides of your head.

Brow
The top of the frame Eyewire should follow (but not cross) your brow line, and should not be noticeably higher or lower than the brow line. If you have thick eyebrows, consider a thicker, darker frame for balance.

Proportion
The size and weight of your eyeglasses should be in proportion to your body size and weight. If you have a slim or petite build, choose thinner, more delicate frames for a balanced look.

Lenses
Thinner, lighter, reflection-free lenses are always the best choice. Choose high index plastic lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating for the most flattering appearance. If you have a bifocal prescription, choose Progressive lenses to avoid old-fashioned bifocal lines.

Frame Selection According to Face Shape

In general, the most attractive frames gently counterbalance your face shape and features.

For example, if you have a round face, frames with angular shapes will counterbalance the roundness of your face for a more attractive look. Round frames will do the opposite – they will exaggerate the roundness of your face (and possibly make your head look like a basketball – sorry).

For an Oval Face
An oval face gives you the greatest freedom in selecting a frame shape – you can wear nearly any frame style.
Select a frame that is just slightly wider than the broadest part of your face.
Keep the size and weight of the frame proportional to your body size and weight.

For a Diamond-Shaped Face
The goal is to add width to your forehead and jaw, and make your cheekbones appear narrower.
Choose softly curved frames that are no wider than your cheekbones.
Square frames or frames with a straight top and rounded bottom are also good choices.
Avoid decorative temples, which will exaggerate the width of your cheekbones.

For a Round Face
The goal is to make your face appear longer and thinner.
Choose low, wide rectangles and other short geometric shapes.
Frames with hinges located above eye level can help lengthen the face.
A Bridge located near the top of the frame can also add length.

For a Square Face
The goal is to make your face appear longer, with softer curves.
Choose oval or slightly angular frame styles with curved corners.
Frames with hinges located above eye level can help lengthen the face.
A bridge located near the top of the frame can also add length.

For a Triangle-Shaped Face
The goal is to add width to your forehead and make your jaw line appear softer and narrower.
Choose frame styles that angle up and outward at the top corners.
For women, cat’s-eye shapes are flattering.
For men, square frames are attractive.
Frames with rimless bottoms are also good for both men and women.
Frames with temples and bridge located near the top of the frame are best.

For an Inverted Triangle Face
The goal is to make your forehead looker narrower and add width to your jaw line.
Choose frame styles that angle outward at the bottom.
Aviator and “bow tie” shapes are good choices.
Rectangular styles are also good.
Frames with temples and bridge located near the middle of the frame help balance facial features.

For an Oblong-Shaped Face
The goal is to make your face appear wider and shorter.
Choose round styles or geometric shapes with generous vertical dimensions.
Decorative temples or temples with contrasting colors can help add width.
Frames with temples and bridge located near the middle of the frame are best.

Good luck and have fun with your frame choices!