Good News For Tired, Irritated Eyes

Our own Dr. Mary Boname was recently asked to write about a remarkable product called Avenova. Here is that article.

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Anatomy Trivia

dreamstime_3506934Did you know there is living tissue in the human body that does NOT contain any blood vessels?  Since your are reading this on our site, you can pretty much guess it has something to do with the eye and you would be correct.

The cornea of your eyes do not have any blood vessels. The cornea is the transparent front part of our eyes that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber of of our eyes.  Because transparency is of prime importance the cornea does not have blood vessels. Instead, it receives nutrients via diffusion from the tear fluid at the outside and the aqueous humour at the inside and also from neurotrophins supplied by nerve fibers that connect to it.

Your Child’s Eyes

Did you know that 80% of the UV exposure you will ever receive through your eyes occurs before you are 18 years of age? Children’s eyes are much more sensitive to Ultra Violet Light from the sun as well as blue light from LCD TV’s, mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers and tablets. That’s why protecting their eyes at an early age is so important. Here is an infographic from the folks at Essilor showing the dangers of certain lights to our children’s eyes.  As we move into nice weather, now is the time to consider a good pair of sunglasses for your children and a pair for you too. 

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Your Eyes & Alzheimer’s

DrMary_examA recent article in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, reported that a clinical trial of Sapphire II eye testing system, was successful in aiding the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The test utilized a fluorescent ligand eye scanning technique that demonstrated a 95% specificity by differentiating patients via the detection of a beta-amyloid signature in their eyes. Early detection of Alzheimer’s can mean a lot to the patient and their family. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s early treatment can mean a much richer life with the disease.

A number of other diseases can be detected by eye tests as well, such as inflammatory rheumatic diseases, high blood pressure, certain cancers, sickle cell anemia, Jaundice, Multiple Sclerosis, Leukemia, brain tumors and even diabetes. That is why we suggest having an annual eye exam by our own Dr. Mary Boname.  Schedule your appointment today.

 

Blink!

The average persons blink their eyes about 11,500 times per day and about 4.2 million times per years.

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Are You Left Or Right Eyed?

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You might be right handed. You might be left handed. You might also be right or left eyed. Just as you prefer one hand over another, so too might you prefer one eye over another. While most people show a corresponding hand and eye dominance on one specific side, a little over a third of the population are “crossed”, meaning they might be right handed while being left eyed. There is certainly nothing to worry about having one eye dominant over another, unless one of your eyes is giving you trouble. Researchers however have looked into eye dominance as it applies to sports. As baseball’s Spring Training is now underway, we thought this a fun fact to bring up. When the effects of ocular dominance on college baseball players were studied, it was found that the best hitters had crossed eye/hand dominance. The best pitchers had uncrossed dominance. Which is your dominant eye and are you crossed or uncrossed?

A Twitch In Time

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Do your eyes ever twitch? Most of us experience that occasional twitch of our eyelids that can last a day or two. Sometimes however, that twitch can last for weeks and that’s the time to make a call to our own Doctor Mary Boname for a complete eye exam.

A twitching can be caused by a number of factors.

  • Too much stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Eye strain
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Too much caffeine
  • Dry Eyes
  • Too much alcohol
  • Allergies

If you find your eye twitching take a quick assessment of these factors in your life and everyone in the office still thinks you are winking at them, please call us to schedule an appointment.

U.S. 1 PrincetonInfo Article

Did you see out own Dr. Mary Boname in the new U.S. 1 this week? Here is a copy for those of you who didn’t yet pick up your copy.

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A History Of Eyeglasses

We have a proud and long history here in the Princeton area. There was a University before there was a country. We love taking a look back as much as we love looking forward.  Did you know that the first eyeglasses available in the US (about the time Princeton was founded) cost about $200? That would be equivalent to $6,000 in today’s dollars, so keep that in mind next time you look at all the great styles in eyewear we sell in the $250 to $500 range. Here is an infographic from the folks at Unity Lenses that gives us nice short history of eyeglasses and a compelling reason for all eyeglass wearers to consider the technological advances of digital lenses available today.

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On The Lookout For Cataracts

11840310_mlA “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present, it may be an indication that a cataract is forming and that an eye exam should be scheduled: hazy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions; the feeling of having a film over the eyes; changes in the color of the pupil, which is ordinarily black; experiencing problems with light, such as difficulty with night driving due to the cloudy part of the lens scattering the light of oncoming headlights; or, “second sight,” which is the temporary improvement in reading vision experienced when cataracts reach a certain stage of development. Call us today and make an appointment with Dr. Mary Boname and let her give your eyes a thorough examination including a search for early signs of cataracts.