Retinal Health Education Part 2

In part 1 we gave an overview of how damage to our retinas can increase the chances of developing macular degeneration (MD). What Is Macular Degeneration?In our maculas, we have pigment cells, similar to in our skin. Pigment absorbs the harmful radiation that can...

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Retinal Health Education Part 3

When it comes to macular degeneration, there is not a lot we can do to prevent it, but certain lifestyle habits can reduce our risk. Let’s start with exposure to radiation. Limiting your exposure to the sun, and for sure wearing quality sunglasses when outdoors is the...

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Retinal Health Education Part 4

Macular Degeneration can have a devastating effect on our central vision, and we don’t have effective treatments once damage has been done. That makes it crucial to do what we can early on to prevent and reduce the risk of the disease, similar to protecting your skin...

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Retinal Health Education Part 1

Hey everyone it’s Dr. B back with another health and wellness tip. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about the health of the retina, specifically the macula, which is responsible for central vision. So whenever we’re staring at something – like if...

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Dry Eye Treatments Part 5: Moist Heat

Dry eye symptoms are often caused by an eyelid disease called Meibomitis or Blepharitis. The oil glands in your eyelids, called meibomian glands, can become inflamed due to a build up of hardened oils, dead skin, bacteria and make up, among other causes. These glands...

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Dry Eye Treatments Part 1: Artificial Tears

The first thing we think of when we have dry eye symptoms is hydrate the eyes.  There are lots of artificial tears on the market.  Some are good, and some not so good.   The key is to use a drop that is preservative-free. Preservatives are chemicals that can...

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Dry Eye Treatments Part 4: Fish Oil

Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) are a treatment we prescribe for dry eyes.  The reason fish oils can help with dry eye symptoms is because our tears are made up an oily layer that is produced by oil glands that line our eyelids (meibomian glands). Fish oil improves the...

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Dry Eye Treatments Part 2: Eyelid Wipes

One of the causes of dry eye symptoms, eyelid redness and itching, is called blepharitis.  This is a common an eyelid disease that can worsen dry eyes.  The cause can be an overgrowth of bacteria.  We normally have bacteria in our eyelashes, but if they grow out of...

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Dry Eye Treatments Part 3: Eyelid Cleansers

Home therapies and remedies are a key part of the success of a dry eye treatment plan, so you have to do your part for it to work well.  I prescribe foams, gels and sprays as part of our dry eye treatment program.   Eyelid Foam Instead of using harsh soaps or...

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