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I See Red Print E-mail

Your eye are itchy, red and irritated.  You have what has been termed as “pink eye“.  “Pink Eye” is of course in layman’s term for either viral, bacterial or even allergic conjunctivitis.  Conjunctivitis happens when the conjunctiva, which is a thin membrane that lines the eyelid and part of the eyeball, gets inflamed and irritated then causes a pink or red color to appear on the normally white part of the eye.  Because conjunctivitis can be caused by a number of different factors, it is necessary to be seen by an optometrist.  Only an optometrist can test for which type of “pink eye” you suffer from and ultimately provide proper treatment.  

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Viewing the Colors of the Valentine Season Print E-mail

Rouge, rojo, red…In any language it’s the color can be associated with emotions of anger, passion and of course love.  Imagine not being able to distinguish these vibrant colors.  Some people are unable to, which makes them color deficient.  Color deficiency is often referred to as "color blindness".  Many people think anyone who is "color blind" only sees black and white.  This is a big misconception.  There are many different types of "color blindness".  Color deficiency may vary from not being able to tell certain colors apart to not being able to identify any color.  When our eyes are viewing, the retina is responsible for our viewing.  It is made up of Rods and Cones.  The Rods give us our night vision.  The Cones make up our daytime color viewing.  A person becomes color deficient when any of the three cone pigments are missing.  An estimated 8% of males and 1% of females have a defective gene which give the wrong information to our brain, thus resulting in seeing our world in the wrong colors. 

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Fall Allergies: How to Relieve Your Eyes From the Most Common Allergy Symptoms Print E-mail

More than half of all Americans (54%) test positive to at least one of the top 10 allergens.  While some of these allergens, such as cats, dogs, mites and exhaust fumes haunt their victims year-round, other common allergens such as grass pollen and ragweed pollen thrive in the transitory spring and fall seasons.  As fall rapidly approaches, you may notice that your eyes, now a permeating red color, tear more often and frequently itch.  Or your eyes may be conversely dry and bothered by a grainy, burning sensation.  These symptoms are the result of allergens.  While you cannot rid the Midwest of these allergy-provoking elements, however, there are several ways to lessen the presence of allergens in your home and various methods available to help relieve the discomfort of your fall allergy symptoms.  

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