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5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Vertical Heterophoria

Did you know that vertical heterophoria is often misdiagnosed? Vertical heterophoria is a binocular vision disorder where your eyes are vertically misaligned. It is a serious condition that causes severe symptoms if not treated. 

How Is Eye Misalignment Diagnosed?

Eye misalignment, also known as strabismus, is not very common. According to a study, about 13 million people, or four percent of Americans, have strabismus. Eye misalignment, as the name suggests, is a visual disorder where the eyes point in different directions. Usually, one eye will focus on a specific object of interest while the other eye turns. 

Do You Need Scleral Contact Lenses?

Soft contacts have been around for decades, offering benefits for patients requiring vision correction. Technology advancements have led to new contact lens designs and materials that enhance comfort.

Who is a Candidate for Scleral Lenses?

There are many different types of contact lenses, and a type that you may not have heard of before is scleral lenses. Scleral lenses aren’t like ordinary contact lenses. In fact, they have an entirely unique design that puts them firmly in the category of specialty contact lenses. As a result, they are primarily recommended for people suffering from corneal abnormalities, such as keratoconus.

Why You Need a Contact Lens Exam

If you plan to wear contact lenses, you will need a separate eye exam for contact lens wearers. The reason is contact lenses are medical devices. Therefore, the doctor needs to confirm that your eyes fit their use.

Can You Still Wear Contacts With Dry Eyes?

Contact lenses help correct vision, and patients wear them directly on the eye. If you have dry eyes, wearing contacts can be uncomfortable due to the lack of moisture. There is an increased risk of the lenses scratching the cornea. It is helpful to find out if you can still wear contacts with dry eyes.  

How to Read Your Contact Lens Prescription

Your eye doctor should give a prescription when you visit them for an eye test. You can purchase your contacts from anywhere with what your specialist gives you. It is essential to note that your contact lenses and eyeglass prescriptions are different. The tests your optician does for each are different. You cannot convert one for the other. Read below to know how to read your contact lens prescription.

7 Signs You Need New Contact Lenses

Replacing your contact lenses on time is important in keeping your eyes healthy and strong. But with so many contact lenses on the market, it can be hard to know when to change your contact lenses. Here are signs that it may be time to get a new pair of contact lenses.

Is IPL Good for Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes can cause discomfort and difficulty performing normal daily functions, but several treatments can help relieve the condition. If you have been using eye drops or artificial tears with limited success, you can talk to your doctor about IPL. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is good for relieving dry eyes. Doctors use this technology to treat the underlying cause of dry eyes.

Does LipiFlow® Work for Dry Eyes?

People often use warm compresses, prescription eye drops, meibomian gland expression, punctal plugs, and other treatments to treat dry eye. However, a new and even more effective drug-free treatment known as LipiFlow® is also offering a solution to this problem. It is a very effective alternative treatment.

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