Why You Should Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Rubbing your eyes after an exhausting day or because a speck of dust got in your eyes is probably nothing to be concerned about. It can feel therapeutic and satisfying. But according to the eye doctors at Laser Eye Center of Miami, chronic eye rubbing is not good for your eyes. In fact, it can put your ocular health and vision at risk.
Here, our doctors share five reasons why you should avoid repeatedly rubbing your eyes:
Why It Is So Important to Remove Eye Makeup Properly
If the prospect of acne breakouts and clogged pores is not enough to deter you from sleeping in your makeup, there are other, more important reasons to avoid this harmful habit. According to eye doctors, not removing your eye makeup before bed could lead to serious problems and possibly even blindness.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently published a study of a 50-year-old woman in Australia, who went to a doctor complaining about eye pain and swollen, heavy eyelids. When the doctor looked under her eyelids, she discovered a number of calcified lumps, which turned out to be 25 years’ worth of built-up mascara particles. The deposits were scratching the patient’s eyeball and cornea, and she had developed a chronic infection called follicular conjunctivitis. Had the woman not seen a doctor, the infection could have worsened and the woman could have lost her eyesight permanently.
Luckily, doctors were able to perform an emergency operation to safely remove these masses (although the woman had permanent scarring on her eyelid and corneal surface). Continue reading
Protect Yourself from Computer Vision Syndrome with These Steps
Computer vision syndrome is a group of problems affecting the eyes that result from extended use of computers, smartphones and other digital devices. Also called digital eye strain, computer vision syndrome is becoming more prevalent as people spend so much time looking at digital screens, which make the eyes work much harder than they do with other types of reading or writing tasks.
The entire team at Laser Eye Center of Miami cares about the eye health and vision of our patients. In this post, we share a few ways to protect yourself from developing computer vision syndrome problems. Continue reading
Understanding “Surfer’s Eye”
A pterygium is a triangle-shaped growth of tissue that forms on the white part of the eyeball, called the sclera. Usually benign, pterygia can grow, eventually extending over the cornea and, depending on their size, interfere with vision.
As you will learn, pterygium growths are common in sunny climates such as Miami. The team at Laser Eye Center of Miami offers complete care for pterygium. If you have noticed a growth on your eye that matches the description of a pterygium, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at our office to have it checked out. Continue reading
4 Ways Diabetes Affects Vision
The effects of diabetes on many areas of health, including ocular health, are well-documented. Below, the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami discusses four specific ways diabetes can affect vision. We encourage people with diabetes to be very attuned to their eyes and even slight changes in vision, which could indicate a potential problem. Continue reading