Vision Health News

Post-LASIK Refraction and Pregnancy – Much Ado About Nothing?

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

During pregnancy, women experience a drastic shift in their hormonal balance that has a ripple effect throughout the body. The spike in hormones like progesterone, estrogen, prolactin, oxytocin and relaxin are all important for a healthy pregnancy, but these increased levels can also impact gastrointestinal processes, blood pressure, skin pigmentation and, you guessed it, ocular […]

Contoura Topography-guided LASIK – Are You a Candidate?

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

LASIK is a procedure that uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea to correct for myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. New technology advancements over the last 30 years have focused primarily on better ways to measure the corneal curvature, or topography, and then direct the laser to correct these topographical variations. Contoura Topography-guided […]

God Save the Queen…’s Vision

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

For those of you out there suffering with Royal Wedding withdrawal, there’s some news about Queen Elizabeth that ties in nicely with Better Vision Guide. If you were wondering why the Queen has been spotted wearing sunglasses lately — an accessory she’s not typically seen wearing in public — it’s because she recently underwent cataract […]

The Rise of Eye Allergies

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on August 6, 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 August 6, 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 August 6, 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 […]

Diabetes and LASIK – Is the Condition Disqualifying?

Written by David Evans, PhD, MBA   Last modified on August 6, 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 August 6, 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 August 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 August 6, 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 […]

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