Diabetes affects almost ten percent (nearly 30 million people) in the United States to varying degrees. When the condition isn’t properly controlled through exercise, healthy dieting, and regular care, it can become a significant risk factor in several other health conditions, including diminished eyesight. In fact, diabetic retinopathy – or damaged blood vessels in your retinas due to chronically high blood sugar – is one of the most common causes of reduced vision in people under the age of 60 years old. Today, we take a look at how diabetes can impact your eyesight, and how you can do your best to protect it.

Whether it’s a speck of dust or something larger and more impactful that hits your eye, there are many different things that can lead to a potentially serious eye injury. This July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, and to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting your eyesight, we take a look at a few facts you should know about well-known and not so well-known dangers to your eyes.

Millions of people rely on corrective contact lenses to enjoy the benefits of clear, healthy vision. While there are many forms of lenses (i.e., weekly or monthly disposable lenses), patients who choose daily disposable lenses often enjoy the most benefits. In addition to the health and safety advantages of being able to dispose of your contact lenses each day, Dailies Total 1® lenses also offer the benefits of superior comfort and stability, even for patients who enjoy a more active lifestyle. Today, we examine a few of these benefits to help you determine if Dailies Total 1® lenses are right for you.

When it comes to your overall health and quality of life, there isn’t much that regular exercise can’t improve. Yet, you may not realize that includes your eye health. From health-related eye problems to age-related vision impairment, maintaining a routine schedule of exercise (and a healthier lifestyle overall) can help you improve your eye health and reduce your risks of experiencing chronic issues later in life.

Among the many different vision therapies and treatments that we offer, Ortho-K is quickly becoming one of the most popular. Formally known as orthokeratology, which means reshaping the cornea, Ortho-K is a non-surgical treatment that can correct your vision through the use of comfortable, customized lenses that you can wear while you sleep. With over 17 years providing successful orthokeratology treatments, Dr. Brooks examines the procedure by answering a few common questions about Ortho-K lenses.

As the leading cause of blindness around the world, it makes sense to dedicate an entire month to raising awareness and dedication to cataracts. This June, we explore a few important facts about cataracts, including what they are, what may cause them, and what your options for are preserving your eyesight if they develop. If you already have cataracts or are worried that you might develop them, then be sure to stick to a regular schedule of eye exams and follow your optometrist’s recommendations.

For as long as you have it, your eyesight is a vital part of your overall quality of life. Therefore, taking good care of your eyesight and eye health is important to maintaining that quality. Today, we take a look at a few things you can do to make sure you’re taking good care of your eyes, and how doing so could improve your chances of preserving your eyesight for life.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the many potential risk factors of skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure is just one of those many risks, but for many people, the dangers are more subtle than they realize. For instance, even after slathering sunscreen all over your exposed skin, the sensitive skin closest to your eyes could still be vulnerable to UV radiation. That’s why one of the important things to remember this summer (and all year round) is to ensure you have adequate protection in the form of UV-protective sunglasses, such as the Maui Jim’s line of products that are certified by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Warm weather means outside weather, when you can take long walks, ride bikes along the beach, and squint painfully every time you accidentally catch a ray or reflection of sunlight in your eyes. While you’re having fun, it’s important to remember that too much of that light and not enough protection can lead to increased risks of eye disorders like cataracts or, in severe cases, eye cancer. To help you fully enjoy the sun without soaking up too may UV rays, we offer these few tips for keeping your eyes safe this season.

For people with eyesight issues who don’t want to wear glasses but aren’t prepared for refractive surgery, contact lenses are a great alternative. There’s a lens for virtually every type of corrective treatment and all kinds of lifestyles, including specialized contacts that are made for people with chronically dry eyes or allergies. For them to work properly, however, you have to take care of your contact lenses properly, both in and out of your eyes.