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Health Topics - Ophthalmology

Clearer Future: Minimally invasive options are slowing the progression of glaucoma

Judith Smith, now 71, was at a routine appointment several years ago with her longtime ophthalmologist when the doctor made a comment that her right eye looked a little suspicious for glaucoma, an incurable disease that occurs when the optic nerve is damaged by pressure building inside the eye. Smith didn’t think she needed to worry about it since her doctor had just mentioned it in passing, so she put it out of her mind. A year later, when Smith returned for her checkup, her doctor was shocked to find that the optic nerve in her eye was already compromised and possibly permanently damaged....

Summer Eye Safety: Safety glasses, sunglasses help protect vision

Eduardo Ortiz didn’t think twice when friends started shooting off fireworks. After all, he was 25 feet or so away and thought he was at a safe distance. Yet minutes later, an errant rocket would rob the Texan of the vision in his left eye. ...

Vision Quest: An experimental treatment for blindness in premature babies takes one medical pioneer on a journey from ‘Grace’ to gratitude

Kelly and Brad Henry have two daughters. Both were born prematurely and like many babies born very early, both needed treatment for the same serious eye condition. But, there the parallels end....

Low Vision: What happens when eyeglasses don’t work?

Many Americans with vision issues see just fine thanks to eyeglasses, corrective surgery or medication. But what happens when these remedial measures don’t work? ...

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