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Did you know that you could be going blind and not even know it? That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you very slowly over time. It's a leading cause of blindness in all adults over 60. But some people are especially at risk. If you're Black and over 40, you're up to five times more likely to get glaucoma. Or if you have a family history of glaucoma, you're also at high risk. Glaucoma can't be cured, but it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced-if glaucoma is detected and treated in time. That's why it's so important for people with an increased risk to have regular eye exams. Seattle glaucoma specialist, Howard Barnebey, MD is one of a very small group of local eye doctors dedicated to glaucoma and helping patients with this terrible eye disease.

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Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery. Our Seattle cataract surgeons welcome you to come into our office for a consultation regarding Advanced Technology Lens cataract surgery.

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If you are experiencing sagging eyelids and eyelids that are obstructing your vision please contact us for an eye exam. Depending on your specific condition there is a possibility that insurance may cover a surgery that can improve your vision dramatically. If you are seeking an Oculoplastic surgeon in Seattle for eyelid surgery we are Seattles Eyelid Surgery experts. Call us us today! For more information on eyelid surgery please visit our web page dedicated to this topic.

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Winter

5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Winter

Created on: Thursday, February 09, 2017
Author: Specialty Eyecare Centre

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During winter, it can seem impossible to keep every part of your body covered and protected from the elements. Just like your hands need gloves, and you need snow boots to keep your feet toasty, there are things that you can do to keep your eyes healthy during the winter as well. Whether you’re living in a humid climate, or dealing with snowstorms, check out these 5 easy things you can do this winter.

Stay Hydrated

It may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. When the temperatures are dropping and winds are blowing hard, it’s easy for your eyes to lose moisture. Without proper hydration, your eyes may feel dry, sandy, or just plain uncomfortable. Drinking at least eight ounces of water every few hours is an easy way to keep hydration at the front of your mind. Pick up a water bottle that you like, and make sure to fill it up when it’s getting low. It may seem difficult at first, but drinking water will soon become a habit you may even enjoy.

Stock up on sunglasses and eyewear protection

There’s a lot of incredibly fun activities to indulge in when it’s cold and snowy outside. Ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are just some of the activities we all love. If you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, make sure you have proper eyewear protection. It may not feel like it, but the sun is still beating down on you during the winter, and harmful UV rays could be bouncing off the snow into your eyes. If you wear contacts, make sure you’re using sunglasses that protect against 100% of all UV rays. For those that wear eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses are an easy way to stay protected, and still look great.

Apply Eye Drops When Needed

Chronic dry eye is nothing to joke about, but for those that suffer from seasonally dry eyes, artificial tears and eye drops are great tools to have in your arsenal. In the winter, it’s normal for everything from your hair to your skin to get drier, and that includes your eyes. If they start feeling too dry, eye drops are a really easy way to add some extra moisture. Combining liberal use of eye drops and extra hydration through drinking water can make an immense difference during dry winters.

Stay Away From Direct Heat Sources

Staying warm all winter is important, but there are smart ways to do it. If you’re staying inside, make sure to stay away from fire places. You can stay warm even if you’re not directly in front of a fireplace inside. Fireplaces can dry out your eyes and skin, so keeping some distance is a smart way to stay toasty. The same goes for outdoor fires. Don’t stand too close, as the smoke from the fire can aggravate delicate eyes and dry them out if you’re not at a safe distance.

Talk To Your Doctor If Dry Eye Becomes A Problem

If you’re following these tips and your eyes still feel dryer than the Sahara, it may be time to talk to your eye doctor. Dry eye is an incredibly common condition that millions of Americans are diagnosed with each year. Although there’s no cure, dry eye can be managed with prescription medications and artificial tear drops. Don’t let winter get the best of you this season; make the smart choice and schedule a time to talk about your eye health instead.



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