May 05, 2015

The Vision Council, a nonprofit trade organization focused on ophthalmological services and products, reports that more than 39 million Americans are currently living with a severe vision impairment. Of those, the council reports, only 20 percent are utilizing services that could make daily activities less strenuous. The reason for this small percentage? A lack of awareness about the importance of treating or controlling vision disorders such as:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy

At Northeastern Eye Institute, our ophthalmologists...

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April 28, 2015

Sunglasses protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, allowing them to reduce risks for:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Pterygium
  • Retinal cancer

Some research has even found that limiting direct sun exposure can reduce risks for exfoliation syndrome, the most common cause of glaucoma.

As the weather warms and we begin to spend more time outdoors, protecting our eyes with high quality sunglasses becomes increasingly important. However, not just any sunglasses will provide the broad-spectrum UV...

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April 14, 2015

Lattice degeneration is an eye disease marked by peripheral retinal degeneration in a lattice pattern. Approximately six percent of the population develops lattice degeneration, but it is a factor in over 30 percent of phakic retinal detachments.

Lattice degeneration is asymptomatic and most commonly noticed during your routine eye examinations. Particularly if you are myopic, our NEPA eye doctors may want to perform additional tests to detect lattice degeneration and monitor its progress if it is diagnosed.

To schedule your next appointment at one of our 15 Northeastern...

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March 24, 2015

A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye that most often occurs with age. Not everyone will develop cataracts, but more than 22 million Americans over the age of 40 are currently experiencing this eye disease. It is estimated that this number will increase to 30 million within the next five years.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy, blurry, or dim vision
  • Halos and glare around light
  • Increased nighttime vision difficulties
  • Fading color intensity
  • Double vision in a single eye

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms,...

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March 11, 2015

According to a study published in last month’s Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of Optometry, a majority of contact wearers may be failing to properly clean their lenses. The study included 119 contact lens wearers and found that 66 percent of lenses tested positive for bacterial and fungal contamination. Multiple organisms were isolated in over 35 percent of these cases.

Does this mean that contact lenses are not safe? Certainly not. It just means proper care must be taken to avoid potential bacterial and fungal exposure.

If you are...

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February 26, 2015

How frequently you should visit your NEPA eye doctor for general exams depends greatly on factors unique to you. As a general rule, we recommend you visit one of our Northeastern Pennsylvania offices once every one to three years. However, if you experience acute vision disruptions, we recommend you call us at 800-334-2233 to schedule an appointment right away.

Factors that impact how frequently you should come in for a screening include:

  • Age – visits should become more frequent after the age of 65
  • Prescription – people who wear glasses or contact lenses should plan...
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February 13, 2015

Blepharoplasty, more often called eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic treatment that often has significant functional benefits as well. Sagging or droopy eyelids can cover the eyes, producing a tired and more aged look. This same issue can interfere with vision, obscuring clear sight and making daily tasks more difficult. All of these problems can be dealt with through cosmetic eyelid surgery at Northeaster Eye Institute.

What Eyelid Surgery Addresses

Eyelid surgery is used to create a more youthful and alert look by gently removing superfluous tissue around the eyes. This procedure...

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January 29, 2015

LASIK remains the most popular vision correction procedure performed in the world. This has much to do with the remarkable success rate of LASIK surgery and its ability to permanently address refractive errors such as hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. However, LASIK is not the best solution for every patient.

If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, but are still interested in permanent vision correction, the experienced ophthalmologists at Northeastern Eye Institute would be happy to discuss your options. We offer a number of alternatives to...

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January 15, 2015

It has long been believed that high blood pressure helps reduce pressure in the eye which, theoretically, can help reduce risks of glaucoma. A new study however, has found that this is not the case. In fact, this new study suggests chronic high blood pressure actually increases the risk of glaucoma – particularly in older patients.

There is significant evidence to support the theory that diets recommended for the control of blood pressure are also good for visual health. The eye doctors at Northeastern Eye Institute strongly encourage patients both with and without high blood pressure to choose foods...

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December 19, 2014

Cataracts cannot be treated. To prevent vision loss caused by this common disorder, the clouded lens must be removed and replaced with a synthetic alternative.

Traditionally metal instruments have been used to create a small incision through which the cataract can be removed and replaced. At Northeastern Eye Institute, we provide our patients with the option of bladeless cataract surgery to eliminate the need for incision making with metal instruments.

The biggest advantage of using a laser for cataract surgery is the precision offered by this technology. Lasers allow our...

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