Eye on New Vision Procedures
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It's Healthy Vision Month. Would you like to see what's new in eye care? WebMD vision expert Bill Lloyd, MD, discussed the latest vision procedures on May 18, 2005.
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One way to ensure continued clear eyesight is to make sure you have a periodic eye examination. That way, early detection can prevent/treat the most common causes of vision loss in adults -- cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Let's talk first about those pesky blood vessels. The truth is -- those tiny vessels have always been there! It's just that when the eye is irritated, these tiny vessels enlarge and become very visible. By alleviating the irritation, you can maintain a white and quiet appearance to your eyes.
Now, you've introduced some extra information. You mentioned your eye doctor's suspicion for dry eyes and you still wear contact lenses. It's a great idea to see an ophthalmologist specializing in ocular surface problems, because contact lenses compete with the eye for those moist tears. Contact lenses work because they utilize the tear film to help focus a clear image. However, the eyeball needs that same fluid for oxygen and nutrients. It's a tug of war! In folks with borderline dry eyes or full-fledged dry eyes, you could see how the surface of the eye can really suffer.
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