July 21, 2015

A new study has found that both hard and soft contact lenses can contribute to prematurely droopy eyelids. The study, conducted on 96 sets of identical twins, found more ptosis (sagging) in the eyelids of those who wore contact lenses compared to those who did not. This was true even after factors including BMI, sun exposure, stress levels, sleep habits, smoking, and alcohol consumption were taken into account.

Contact lenses will contribute to eyelid dropping, but this is not necessarily a strong enough reason to stop wearing them. However, if potential aesthetic issues add to a growing...

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July 09, 2015

If you’re nearsighted (myopic), chances are you have dealt with the problem by wearing glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, LASIK or PRK may have even been used to address the issue and provide prescription-free vision improvement.

In either case, the problem is over right? Not necessarily.

Myopia is a common refractive error that comes with a host of potential complications. Even mild nearsightedness increases risks for glaucoma, and retinal detachment is four to ten times more likely among myopic patients than those with hyperopia or...

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June 24, 2015

When looking for glasses there are a number of things to keep in mind. Certainly comfort is a factor, as are features such lens type – but the frame is what makes your glasses uniquely you.

At Northeastern Eye Institute our optical department includes eyewear for every lifestyle that can be fitted by specially trained eye care professionals dedicated to helping you find the best fit. Please stop by one of our 15 Northeastern Pennsylvania locations to browse our frame selection or call 800-334-2233 to schedule a visit today.

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June 11, 2015

A new study from NYU Langone Medical Center has found that Staphylococcus bacteria, the bacteria most commonly associated with eye infection, is more prominent in the eyes of people who do not wear contact lenses – even though this group tends to experience fewer eye infections in general. The reason for this, while still not entirely known, is suspected to be the amount of additional bacteria in the microbiome of the eyes of contact lens wearers.

Researchers looked at a small group of nine patients who wear contact lenses and 11 who do not. The team found that the microbiome of contact lens...

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May 21, 2015

It’s an age-old question: How do I know the color blue to me is the same as the color blue to you? And now, to make things even more interesting, how do we know if the color blue, as we see it, has even always been visible? This was a question tackled by researchers at MIT and several other institutions – and their findings may surprise you.

According to researchers, our ancestors had no word for blue, likely because the color doesn’t exist in many places in nature. Certainly water and the sky are blue – to us – but those were described in antiquity as “wine-colored,” or some other variant on existing combinations of words. In fact...

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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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