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The Rise of Eye Allergies

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on June 11, 2018

Once up on a time, allergies were a seasonal issue. The start of spring would bring with it some nasal congestion, respiratory stress and itchy, red eyes. The increased pollen count associated with spring and the source of the allergic reaction typically lasts through summer. After which you could rest easy until the start of […]

I Spy a Stye in Your Eye

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on May 31, 2018

What’s that small, red, pimple-like bump on your eyelid that’s causing so much discomfort? It’s probably a stye (sometimes referred to as a sty or hordeolum). Besides being difficult to say 5 times quickly, an eye stye is a type of localized infection that can occur along the base of your eyelashes or underneath your […]

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on May 21, 2018

I like the simple pleasures in life. An early morning run in the summer sun. The smell of charcoal as it warms up a barbeque. Sunday brunch with my family is always a great event. And I’m quite partial to the occasional cigar. I stress “occasional” because I don’t consider myself a smoker. I’m too […]

May the 4th Be With You This Healthy Vision Month

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on May 4, 2018

Can you believe we’re already into May? Time really does fly. Speaking of which, I’m writing this post about 39,000 feet in the air over the Pacific Ocean on my way back to San Diego from the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) meeting in Honolulu. I’ll be posting this on the 4th […]

Brandon Williams Tackles Keratoconus

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on April 27, 2018

Corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) is an advanced procedure used to strengthen the collagen bonds in the stroma of the eye. Weakening of the stroma interferes with the structural support needed to maintain its uniform, curved shape. When the stroma weakens, it can result in bulging of the cornea, a condition known as keratoconus. Although it […]

Diabetes and LASIK – Is the Condition Disqualifying?

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on April 23, 2018

Diabetes is a common group of metabolic diseases marked by abnormally high blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause all sorts of health-related problems, including doubling the risk of heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can also wreak havoc on vision health in the form of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness among […]

Can Botox Help Treat Light Sensitivity?

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on April 13, 2018

Last month I wrote about an interesting new potential application for Botox as a treatment for light sensitivity (photophobia). At that time, we didn’t have any information on Better Vision Guide about photophobia, so I made the decision to first describe light sensitivity in general. With that background now in place, let’s talk about the […]

Hot Tea, Exercise and the Glaucoma Connection

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on April 6, 2018

Being from the Deep South, I’m a bit of an iced tea fanatic. For the record, McDonald’s and Popeyes have great iced tea, followed by Jack-in-the-Box. All of these are better than Starbucks (and less expensive). Much as I enjoy a tall glass of iced tea, I’ve never been much of a hot tea drinker. […]

Antidepressants, Anti-anxiety Meds & Your Eyes

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on March 29, 2018

One in five Americans use some type of antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. These powerful drugs can have numerous side effects, many related to your eyes and vision. I wanted to use this weekly blog update to describe these potential side effects and the implications for your quality of vision and eye health. How are the […]

What’s Causing my Double Vision? What’s Causing my Double Vision?

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on March 23, 2018

Have you been experiencing episodes of double vision — seeing multiple images of a single object — and wondering what is behind the issue? Also called diplopia, double vision is often temporary and not related to any serious underlying condition. However it should never be ignored and if it occurs with regularity, you should discuss […]

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