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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December 12, 2014

A 10-year study conducted by the British Columbia Health Ministry has found patients taking statins are 27 percent more likely to develop cataracts than those who are not. However, researchers were quick to point out that few classes of drugs have proven as effective at reducing risks for heart disease as statins, and discontinuation of these medications – regardless of potential cataract risk – is discouraged.

Cataracts are most commonly age-related, but some lifestyle choices can help reduce risks. These include eating a well-balanced diet, refraining from smoking, and even being sure to wear...

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November 21, 2014

New developments in vision therapy may offer patients with lazy eye and poor depth perception a fun and entertaining way to perform repetitive training exercises necessary for vision improvement. Using two new video games – a Pac-Man style cat and mouse game and a search for the oddball game – researchers have seen weak-eye vision improve greatly in study participants.

Unlike patches, which cover the dominant eye to force the weak eye to perform more efficiently, these games provide stimulation for both eyes. However, the weaker eye is exposed to more complex images, ultimately strengthening it...

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November 11, 2014

If you have ever considered laser vision correction, now is the time to act. Many flexible spending accounts will turn over at the beginning of the year, making any unused portion unavailable. To prevent this from occurring while simultaneously permanently improving your vision, we encourage you to contact one of our 16 Northeastern Pennsylvania offices to schedule your free LASIK consultation today.

The experienced eye surgeons at Northeastern Eye Institute utilize the latest technology and offer the safest, most effective laser vision correction techniques. Placing...

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