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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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Did you know Botox® can be used for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis otherwise known as excessive underarm sweating? An estimated 2%-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, and it complicates business and social interactions. .

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Visit our eye education section! At Specialty Eyecarè Centre we believe better patient education leads to superior patient experiences. Regardless if you are visiting us for a general eye exam, looking at treatment options, seeking surgery or just looking to review your pre and post surgical instructions, we have an extensive selection of diverse educational videos just for you!

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See Better After Cataract Surgery!

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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Eyelid Surgery

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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Helpful Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Helpful Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Created on: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Author: Specialty Eyecare Centre

Growing up in today’s day and age it’s not if you will use technology throughout the day - it’s about how long your day will be consumed behind a screen. Whether you’re sitting at work behind a computer for 8 hours or lounging on the couch scrolling through your newsfeed you could be experiencing the side effects of Digital Eye Strain. 

Digital Eye strain is also known as computer vision syndrome and is the physical discomfort you may experience from looking at a screen for too long throughout your day. As technology has become increasingly popular over the years there has been an increase in the number of people who experience the side effects of this condition. Luckily for you, there are many steps you can take to help relieve and reduce your symptoms of digital eye strain. 

Some symptoms of digital eye strain that you may experience include: 

  • Dry eyes
  • Squinting 
  • Headache
  • Neck, shoulder, or back stiffness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Feeling like you cannot keep your eyes open    

Tip 1: The first suggestion we have to give you in an effort to reduce your symptoms is to try and follow the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule states that if you are working behind a screen for an extended amount of time it is important to take a break after 20 minutes for 20 seconds to look at something that is at least 20 feet away from you. In doing this you are giving your eyes a chance to completely relax and to focus on something other than your device.

Tip 2: Blink. This is a very important step to follow when looking at a screen for a long time because it's something people often forget to do. As natural and easy as it is to blink a lot of times when using a computer, smartphone, or tablet our blinks are incomplete. Incomplete blinks can result in a number of the symptoms listed above. In order to reduce dryness in your eyes, it is important to keep blinking and keep your eyes hydrated. 

Tip 3: Adjust your work area. It is important to make sure that you are reducing the amount of overhead lighting in your work area which will decrease the glare that reflects off your screen. This is a big advantage for your eyes. Another crucial step to take is to make sure that you are not sitting too close to your screen which can cause additional eye damage. To reduce eye strain make sure you are positioned slightly above your screen when doing this you cut down on the amount of stress that you are putting on your eyes throughout the day.

Tip 4: Schedule an eye exam. It is important to regularly get your eyes examined. At your next appointment talk with us about how much digital use you are having so, we can discuss viable solutions and alternative steps you can take to reduce your symptoms of digital eye strain. 



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