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Are You at Risk of Eye Damage From Sun Exposure?

Excessive sun exposure not only damages the skin, but it can also damage the eyes. In fact, studies have shown that the ultraviolet light from the sun can raise the risk of cataracts. It can also cause benign ocular growths such as Pterygium, also known as Surfer’s Eye, to develop in the eyes. Additionally, excessive exposure to …

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Eye Health: Are Carrots Good for Your Eyes?

If you are of a certain age, you were probably told as a child that carrots were good for your eyes. And like many kids, you took that knowledge at face value, just as you did the other things your parents said, like if you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way, or sitting too …

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10 Tips for Healthy Eyes

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), more than “20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss.” That’s a staggering number. Here’s another eye-opening stat: more than 40% of Americans (or approximately 60 million of us) make New Year’s resolutions (this according to an estimate cited in a recent Forbes article, which goes on to …

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Choose Wisely When It Comes to Eye Care

How Do You Make Healthy Eye Care Choices? The health benefits of conversation between two or more people extend to the doctor-patient relationship. Establishing a healthy relationship with your doctor starts with trust and being comfortable having medical conversations with your doctor engenders that trust in many intangible ways. Most importantly, comfort in conversation allows …

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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

The American Academy of Ophthalmology sets aside the month of October for a public health awareness campaign aimed at preventing eye injuries. According to the AAO nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries each year in the United States and nearly half of all those types of injuries occur in the home, and nearly one …

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Should You See an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist?

Differences Between an O.D. and an M.D. Knowing who to see for the eye care you need is important when you have an eye health concern. Ophthalmologists and optometrists do overlap professionally in certain areas of service, such as eye exams and vision tests, leaving some patients confused over which eye care professional they need …

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Sports and Eye Protection

A patient’s visit for an eye exam serves as a cautionary tale on the importance of eye protection in sports. Retired now, the patient was a former standout college basketball star who went on to play ball overseas for a number of years. He made the eye appointment because he felt his vision was declining more …

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Regular Eye Exams Important to Overall Eye Health

Recently, an elderly patient visited the Eye Care Institute concerned about eye discomfort and vision difficulties. After running a series of tests, one of our ECI ophthalmologists determined the patient had age-related cataracts in both eyes. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that can be associated with aging. According to the …

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Eye Care Institute Expands to Petaluma

Comprehensive Eye Care The Eye Care Institute (known in Santa Rosa as ECI) has expanded its eye care services to Petaluma. At the tail end of 2013, the Eye Care Institute opened an eye care center in the former offices of Petaluma ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Campion on North McDowell Boulevard. For many years ECI had …

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Travel Costs Impede Eye Care Treatment

How Local Eye Care Access Could Have Helped Save a Grandmother’s Sight Sadly, cases of blindness and truly unnecessary suffering go hand in hand with the double blight of being poor and living in India, a country without adequate eye care nearby. On a recent trip to Nepal I saw a much too frequent, sorrowful …

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