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Seeing Spots?

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

After a long day of work looking at the computer or reading small print, do you ever experience spots or floating black dots, or possibly even shadows in your field of vision? Do you think you are going crazy or possibly have a vision issue? Chances are that these spots, called floaters, are not harmful but should be mentioned to your eye doctor if they are happening more regularly or are accompanied by light flashes. Let’s take a closer look at floaters and what you should know to tell your doctor during your visit.

 

Floaters come in all shapes and sizes. They may appear as black dots, cobwebs, cloud-shaped, or just tiny specks. They may move or be stationary in your line of vision. They may seem to be grey or black but are hard to tell as when you look to figure out what these are, they may move or disappear altogether. Floaters become more common as people age and are usually harmless, if not a little bit annoying.

 

Floaters are caused when the “gel-like” vitreous part of the eye breaks free within the inner back portion of the eye itself. As we age this vitreous gel naturally begins to dissolve and become less “gel-like”. This, in turn, causes specks or flecks to break off and “float” into our field of vision. Most people will notice eye floaters are particularly pronounced if gazing at a clear or overcast sky or a computer screen with a white or light-colored background.

 

While floaters are not usually a cause for concern, there are times that they should be considered a medical emergency. If floaters come pouring in, or if they are accompanied by flashes of light, you should seek medical attention immediately from an eye care professional.The sudden appearance of these symptoms could mean that the vitreous is pulling away from your retina, a condition called posterior vitreous detachment. Or it could mean that the retina itself is becoming dislodged from the back of the eye’s inner lining, called a retinal detachment. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or if your floaters have changed from random to more common. Call Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons at 617-232-9600 if you have questions about your vision, or visit our website here.

 

Best Way to Protect your Eyesight

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

We love our eyes. We dress them up with makeup, adorn them with sunglasses, and even wear certain color clothing to bring out the unique shades of our eyes. But how many of us can claim that we are protecting our eyesight on a daily basis? Sure, we eat our carrots but what else can we do to protect our vision that we cherish so dearly? Let’s take a closer look at some simple things that we all can do to protect our eyesight for years to come.

 

  • Wear Sunglasses, a Visor, or a Hat – Ultraviolet light can damage the eyes. The reflective power of snow, sand, and water can exacerbate these effects. The right sunglasses, visor or hat should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB (two bands of ultraviolet light).

 

  • Exercise Regularly – Regular physical activity such as walking, gardening, swimming, or any other aerobic exercise can help stave off cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which are two risk factors for chronic eye diseases.

 

  • Eat for your Eyes – A variety of fruits and veggies can help protect your eyes from disease and eye disorders. Green, leafy veggies provide fiber, which slows the absorption of cholesterol and sugar. In addition, berries are potent antioxidants and blood-vessel strengtheners. The omega-3s in fish may decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration in those at high genetic risk.

 

  • Avoid Smoke – The chemicals in smoking products can damage the eyes as well as escalate the risk of arterial disease. Steer clear of second hand smoke or, if you smoke, stay away from family members and loved ones.

 

  • Regular Exams – Whether you are having eye issues or not, everyone should have regular eye exams for early diagnosis.

 

  • Know Family History – Since many eye disorders run in families it is important to understand family history. Talk to relatives about eye issues that they have experienced.

Protect those peepers daily with a few of these suggestions. Call Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons at 617-232-9600 if you have questions about your vision or visit our website here.