Eye Floaters: The Basics

Posted on May 13, 2014 by James Florence

Many of us experience eye floaters—they’re those tiny moving specks that occasionally appear in your field of vision. Manifested in a variety of shapes (from dots to squiggly lines to tiny rings), these particles can be a minor nuisance, particularly for those who work on computers or in the sunlight. However, there are rare instances in which this seemingly benign phenomenon can indicate a more serious condition.

Eye floaters are actually small flecks of a protein called collagen that break off and become suspended in the vitreous humor (the gel-like substance that fills the back of the eye). Read more

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Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted on September 24, 2013 by James Florence

Sunglasses aren’t merely a fashion statement—in fact, a good pair of shades can mean the difference between healthy and unhealthy eyes. While most people know that sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, many don’t realize the extent to which they prevent ocular injury and illness. Quality sunglasses will combat everything from cataracts and glaucoma to macular degeneration and photokeratisis (snow blindness). Here are some factors to consider when shopping for a new pair:

UV protection
The number one thing to look for in a pair of sunglasses is adequate UV protection. Many people don’t know that UV pertains to two types of light rays: UVA (the more prevalent and deeply penetrating) and UVB (the more intense and harmful to the skin). Read more

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