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Cataracts: Why They Occur and When You Should Call Your Eye Doctor

Cataracts: Why They Occur and When You Should Call Your Eye Doctor

Created on: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Cataracts occur when the eyes natural lens becomes clouded with clumped up proteins. These proteins block light as it enters your eye which causes your vision to become gradually more blurry and if left unchecked could result in complete loss of vision.

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July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month

July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month

Created on: Friday, July 01, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Tissue already weakened by injury or illness can be invaded by Group B strep (GBS). The eyes are frequently affected, as well as the bones, ears, joints, or intestines. The infection can travel from affected tissues to lymph glands, enter the bloodstream, and spread throughout the body. The bacteria can be passed from pregnant women to their newborns during childbirth.

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Eating Healthier? Improve Your Eye Health with These Diet Tips

Eating Healthier? Improve Your Eye Health with These Diet Tips

Created on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

More and more people are making the decision to make healthier food choices every day. Generally, the goal is to improve heart health and lose weight, which are both valid and great goals, but certain foods can also actually help your eye health and reduce your risks of developing certain eye diseases. Studies have shown that your risks of developing cataracts, macular degeneration and dry eye can be reduced if you make healthier food choices.

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3 Non-Hygienic Habits Most Contact Lens Users Develop

3 Non-Hygienic Habits Most Contact Lens Users Develop

Created on: Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Chance are, if you are one of 35+ million contact lens users in America, you were taught all the basics of proper contact lens hygiene when you first received your prescription. There are probably even better odds that you currently aren’t following those contact lens hygiene basics you were taught every single day.

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Beyond The Cool: How Sunglasses Protect Your Vision

Beyond The Cool: How Sunglasses Protect Your Vision

Created on: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Sunglasses have been synonymous with the idea of “cool” for a long time and it isn’t hard to imagine why. It is hard to picture sunglasses without thinking about Tom Cruise rocking aviators while riding on a motorcycle. Sunglasses have been an important fashion accessory in our society for a long time now, but it is important to make sure your sunglasses aren’t just form and have some function as well.

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Spring Allergies: The Cause and How You Can Reduce Your Exposure.

Spring Allergies: The Cause and How You Can Reduce Your Exposure.

Created on: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Well it is officially Spring, a time of beauty where plants spring into life and also a time of season allergies. Ocular allergies, commonly referred to as “eye allergies” are one of these Spring frustrations that millions of people deal with every year. If you suffer from Spring allergies, then you might end up having to deal with watery and/or irritated red eyes.

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May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

Created on: Monday, May 02, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Eye melanoma is a type of cancer that is difficult to detect. It may not cause signs and symptoms and is found more often in men than in women.

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5 Tips to Help Protect Your Vision in a Digital World

5 Tips to Help Protect Your Vision in a Digital World

Created on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

In an increasingly digital world issues such as digital eye strain are becoming more prevalent than ever before. The use of digital devices has become so ingrained in our day-to-day lives that we would have trouble surviving without them both professionally and personally. Every year that goes by we become even more dependent on these devices, so digital eye strain can only grow as an issue.

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Styes: Should You Be Concerned?

Styes: Should You Be Concerned?

Created on: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

I'm sure at some point you've felt the nagging discomfort of having a stye on your eyelid. Styes are similar to a pimple, but they form on your upper or lower eyelid. The stye inflammation of the eyelid can be caused by a couple things—either an oil duct is blocked up on your eyelid, or germs such as a staphylococcal bacterium have been trapped with dead skin cells on the eyelid. Usually, styes are never more than a superficial frustration, but they can form deeper in the eyelid.

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3 Ways To Protect Your Vision In The Office

3 Ways To Protect Your Vision In The Office

Created on: Monday, March 14, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Digital eye strain is a rapidly growing issue in today's computer reliant world. If you work in an office, chances are you will be spending quite some time in front of a computer screen which can cause your eyes to strain. In fact, 70 percent of Americans who work with computers on a daily basis deal with symptoms of digital eye strain. Luckily, there are some precautions you can take to help prevent digital eye strain and protect your vision.

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March is Eye Health in the Workplace Month

March is Eye Health in the Workplace Month

Created on: Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Eye injuries at work are an alarmingly common problem. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur every year. These injuries cause people to miss work for recovery purposes and cost thousands of dollars per incident. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the total cost of workplace eye injuries is approximately $300 million a year—this figure is generated by the combined cost of lost productivity, medical treatments and worker compensations.

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Food For Thought: Smoothies For Healthier Eyes

Food For Thought: Smoothies For Healthier Eyes

Created on: Monday, February 29, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Many people are beginning to think about what they eat in an effort to have a healthier diet. Most people will choose to eat more fish for its omega 3s, and leafy greens that are high in lutein, but there is another delicious option that many don’t think of—Fruit smoothies!

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Aging Eyes? Here are 5 Things to Look Out For

Aging Eyes? Here are 5 Things to Look Out For

Created on: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Aging is an inescapable reality for us adults. Age affects us all, and it affects every part of our bodies as well—this includes your eyes. It is easy for us to forget that our eyes are affected by age just like our skin and our hair. As we get older our eyes became more susceptible to certain eye diseases, particularly if we have other health conditions, such as diabetes.

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Cataracts Affect More Than Just The Elderly

Cataracts Affect More Than Just The Elderly

Created on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Cataracts are the number one causes of blindness in the world. The first thing you probably think of when you hear the word “cataracts” is the elderly. It is understandable why that would be the case, because cataracts are most commonly seen in the elderly, but you don't need to be elderly to develop them—in fact, babies can be born with cataracts.

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Plan Ahead, Prepare For Summer Travel With LASIK

Plan Ahead, Prepare For Summer Travel With LASIK

Created on: Friday, January 29, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

We don't think it too early to start planning ahead for future summer travel. Traveling with corrective lenses like eyeglasses or contacts can be a real pain! You always have to pack an extra pair, just in case something happens to your current pair, and you are always concerned about losing them—after all, your travel plans would be ruined if you couldn't see anything clearly. So why not ditch the lenses and experience the freedom of living with clear vision with LASIK?

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5 Things You Should Avoid Doing If You Are A Contact Lens User

5 Things You Should Avoid Doing If You Are A Contact Lens User

Created on: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

The human eye is very sensitive to bacteria and debris, which makes contact lens use a liability for many people. It is easy to not take the necessary precautions with contact lenses, because we assume that nothing bad will happen if we cut corners just a little bit in regards to lens hygiene. Of course, this is not the case, our eyes are not as invincible as we like to think they are, and because of this misunderstanding many people end up having to deal with eye infections every year.

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Vision: A Look At All The Moving Parts

Vision: A Look At All The Moving Parts

Created on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Vision is a beautiful thing, thanks to your eyes you are able to see colors and perceive depth. You can focus your vision up close or looks far off into the horizon. All of these functions of the eye happen automatically when you open up your eyes similarly to how your camera can autofocus on your phone.

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Preventative Medicine: Myth, or Legend?

Preventative Medicine: Myth, or Legend?

Created on: Monday, November 30, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Just because modern medicine is becoming increasingly fantastic, doesn't mean you should stop taking care of yourself. In fact, despite the constant advances in medical research, more and more doctors are looking at preventative medicine as a means of decreasing medical risk. Although preventative medical techniques won't be able to stop health complications caused by genetics, age, or uncontrollable environmental factors—it can help to slow the affects.

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5 Signs it Might be Time for Vision Correction

5 Signs it Might be Time for Vision Correction

Created on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

A large percentage of what we do in our life is dependent on our ability to see clearly. 4.2 billion People around the globe suffer from some level of visual impairment, a staggering 80% of these cases of vision impairment can be avoided and/or cured. Visual impairment can negatively affect your work productivity and cost you a lot of time throughout the day. The population of the U.S. alone collectively lost 283,000 years of time in 2013 due to vision related problems. Imagine everything that could have been accomplished during this time?

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Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes

Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes

Created on: Monday, October 26, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about our eyes. I'm sure you've heard of the old myth where if someone hits you in the back of the head while you are crossing your eyes they will get stuck. Well, that is just one of the many silly myths that have come up over the years. The American Academy of Ophthalmology publishes a list of these myths on their website, but here is our “Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes.”

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The 5 Primary Types of Eye Allergies

The 5 Primary Types of Eye Allergies

Created on: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

When your body's immune system becomes sensitive and overreacts to something you begin to develop allergies. Allergic reactions can occur when the allergen comes in contact with antibodies in the mast cells of your eyes. At the point of contact, your cells release histamine, other substances and chemicals that cause tiny blood vessels to leak, when this happens your eyes become itchy, red, and watery.

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The Importance of Blinking

The Importance of Blinking

Created on: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Blinking is something that we all do, but did you know about the importance of blinking? The truth is, blinking helps to clean the surface of the eye. The eye is very easily infected, and if we didn’t have the eyelid there to help keep it clean we would develop eye infections much more often. Blinking also helps to flush fresh tears and nutrients across the surface of the eye, this helps to keep it from getting dry.

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The Three Types of Cataracts and What you should be on the Lookout For

The Three Types of Cataracts and What you should be on the Lookout For

Created on: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Most people over the age of 40 that suffer vision loss are developing cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness throughout the entire world. The number of cases of cataracts far eclipse the amount of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy cases combined!

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Allergies and What it Might Mean For Your Eyes

Allergies and What it Might Mean For Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Runny nose? Scratchy throat? Sneezing? These can all be caused by allergies, but allergies can effect a lot more than your nose and throat. The eyes are subject to many different allergens as well, and unfortunately many people are susceptible to these allergies.

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The Dangers Smoke Poses to Your Eyes

The Dangers Smoke Poses to Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

If you live in California, then you are probably familiar with the dangers of wildfires. Wildfires spread quickly and cause a lot of damage to the ecosystem and neighboring towns. Setting aside the obvious danger from the spread of fire, the smoke can be equally as detrimental to your health. Massive plumes of smoke created by wildfire can damage your lungs, but were you aware that the smoke can cause damage to your eyes as well?

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Virtual Reality Headsets: Toys? Or Future Medical Tools?

Virtual Reality Headsets: Toys? Or Future Medical Tools?

Created on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

In most cases, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of virtual reality headsets is their function in the wonderful world of entertainment. Virtual reality is considered the new frontier of the entertainment world, but could there be more to the technology than meets the eye?

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The Danger Diabetes Presents to the Health of your Eyes

The Danger Diabetes Presents to the Health of your Eyes

Created on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Diabetes is a growing issue throughout the world, with an estimated 382 million people suffering from it in 2013. If not treated, diabetes can lead to other serious medical complications such as: ischemic heart disease, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke—but did you know that diabetes can also affect your eyes?

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7 Different Foods That Are Good For Your Eyes

7 Different Foods That Are Good For Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Carrots are generally toted as the go-to vegetable for the eyes, but did you know that there are quite a few different foods out there that are said to promote good eye health? In this article we talk about some of these foods and how they can be beneficial to your daily diet.

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Common Misconceptions Regarding UV Safety

Common Misconceptions Regarding UV Safety

Created on: Monday, June 08, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Most people know to protect themselves from Ultraviolet (UV) rays using traditional sunblock because of increasing skin cancer awareness. It is a less common understanding when it comes to the dangers UV radiation poses to your eyes, but like skin cancer awareness, it is becoming a growing concern around the world. It is good to see a raised level of awareness surrounding these issues, but in regards to how and when you should protect yourself from the dangers of UV radiation, there are some common misconceptions. In this article you will learn some of these misconceptions.

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Things to Look for when Purchasing New Sunglasses

Things to Look for when Purchasing New Sunglasses

Created on: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool or Audrey Hepburn glamour, but they're much more than just a fashion accessory. Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes. Sunglasses provide critical protection from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Long term exposure to UV rays can damage the surface of your eye as well as its internal structures -- sometimes contributing to macular degeneration and cataracts.

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Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision Month

Created on: Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Taking care of your eyes should be a priority just like eating healthy and exercising regularly. When it comes to our health, we often visit our physician to ensure that our bodies are healthy. But what about when it comes to the health of our eyes? They're not always top of mind, but they're definitely just as important.

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7 Bad Habits That Harm Your Vision

7 Bad Habits That Harm Your Vision

Created on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Some eye conditions are hereditary, but many are a result of poor vision care and bad habits. You may be surprised to find that things you do each and every day might actually be damaging your eye sight.

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What is 20/20 Vision?

What is 20/20 Vision?

Created on: Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

20/20 vision a term used to describe normal visual acuity -- the sharpness of a person's vision -- measured at a distance of 20 feet. If a person has 20/20 vision it means that they can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at a distance. If someone has 20/100 vision it means that they must be as close to 20 feet as possible to see what a person with normal vision could see at 100 feet.

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Allergies and Your Eyes

Allergies and Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

March 20th marks the first official day of spring -- a day that many of us look forward to throughout the long winter months, but with spring's beautiful weather and blooming flowers comes seasonal allergies. High levels of pollen, dust and other irritants can leave eyes feeling less than stellar. Approximately one fifth of all Americans suffer from eye allergies leaving them with itchy, swollen, watery, and red eyes.

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March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month

March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month

Created on: Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Over 2,000 eye injuries occur each day on job sites across the U.S. and one in ten of those injuries required missed days of works to recover. Of the total amount of work-related eye injuries that occur, 10 to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. While many think that eye injuries only occur in construction, trade or manufacturing jobs, nearly 40% of work-related eye injuries happen in healthcare facilities, offices, laboratories and other similar work environments. Safety experts and eye care providers agree that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity of these injuries or even prevented 90% of them.

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February is Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Created on: Friday, February 13, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

The month of February is Low Vision Awareness Month. What exactly is low vision? Low vision describes significant visual impairment that isn't correctable through glasses, medication, eye surgery or contact lenses. It's often characterized by partial sight such as blind spots, tunnel vision or blurred vision. The most common causes of low vision in the United States are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. There are several other causes of low vision as well such as strokes, traumatic brain injury and other diseases.

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Tips to Help Reduce Eyestrain

Tips to Help Reduce Eyestrain

Created on: Monday, February 09, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Many of us use computers for many, if not all, of our work-related tasks. Constantly staring at a computer screen can cause eyestrain, which has become a major problem for many. Studies show that eyestrain occurs in 50 to 90 percent of those who use a computer for work.

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Dilated Eye Exams

Dilated Eye Exams

Created on: Friday, January 23, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

You might think that because your vision is fine that your eyes are healthy, but visiting Chesen Laser Eye Center for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be absolutely certain. During your visit both of your eyes will be closely examined for any signs of vision problems and eye diseases. The dilation of your eyes is a very important part of your comprehensive eye exam as it helps your doctor to get a clear picture of both your eye health and your overall well-being.

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New Year\'s Resolutions for Your Eyes

New Year's Resolutions for Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Happy New Year to all of you! With the start of 2015 comes resolutions to be the best that we can be in the New Year. Many of us make goals related to health or exercise -- losing weight is one of the most common New Year's resolutions, but one part of our body that tends to get overlooked is our eyes. This year, whether you're looking to eat healthier, lose weight or bulk up; make it a point to get your eyes into the action.

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Stop Rubbing Your Eyes

Stop Rubbing Your Eyes

Created on: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Even though it is a very natural reaction to rub your eyes when they're feeling itchy, watery or otherwise irritated, it is important to keep your hands away from your eyes. Rubbing them can lead to eye injuries, infections or even damaged vision.

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What is Presbyopia?

What is Presbyopia?

Created on: Friday, December 05, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

One of the most common side effects of getting older is the loss of near perfect vision. All of a sudden you find yourself having to squint to see certain things, causing stress, eye strain and an overall feeling of annoyance. This decline in close-up vision is caused by a condition known as presbyopia, which can have a direct impact on your daily life. Without adequate vision correction, you can find yourself struggling to read important text on medicine bottles or on receipts.

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Don\'t Take Your Vision For Granted

Don't Take Your Vision For Granted

Created on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

It's easy for many of us to take our physical health for granted. Running, jumping and even climbing stairs doesn't seem like a task until you've sprained an ankle or even broken a bone or torn an ACL. Similarly, having healthy vision is something so taken for granted by many of us that it tends to recede into the back of our minds until one day our eyesight isn't as crystal clear as we remember.

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It\'s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

It's Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Created on: Friday, November 07, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in Americans aged 20 to 65? Not many people do. Chesen Laser Eye Center is taking advantage of the fact that November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month by helping to generate awareness among our patients and community.

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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Created on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

The month of October is Eye Injury Prevention Month and Chesen Laser Eye Center would like to remind you that nearly half of all eye injuries occur in or around the home.

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day

Created on: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Thursday, October 9th is World Sight Day, a day of awareness created to help focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of those with visual impairments.

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September is Sports Eye Safety Month

September is Sports Eye Safety Month

Created on: Monday, September 22, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

September is Sports Eye Safety awareness month and we encourage anyone who participates in sports - children and adults alike - to remember to protect their eyes. Sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children under the age of 16. Many people are unaware of how serious sports injuries are and that these kind of injuries could lead to irreversible eye damage. Most sports-related eye injuries can be easily avoided by simply wearing proper eye protection.

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Blue Light & Your Vision

Blue Light & Your Vision

Created on: Friday, September 12, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Light is something that is constantly all around us, in our homes and offices, shining from our televisions, smartphones and computer screens. For the most part, nobody really stops to think about light and the effect of different colors of light has on our bodies, moods and overall health. Were you aware that blue light can actually make you feel better? However, it can also cause insomnia as well as affect the health of your eyes and vision.

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A new eye test may detect Alzheimer\'s disease decades before its onset

A new eye test may detect Alzheimer's disease decades before its onset

Created on: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

A simple eye test could soon reveal whether patients have Alzheimer's disease, or if they are likely to develop the disease in the future. Researchers recently announced promising results associated with a study focused on a new test that can pick up on the disease years , if not decades , before the appearance of clinical signals.

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Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Created on: Monday, August 11, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

August has arrived and that means that many parents are preparing their children for another school year. August is also Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. When 80% of learning occurs through the eyes, healthy vision is essential to a child's success in the classroom. In addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, don't forget to add scheduling a comprehensive eye exam as part of your back to school to-do list.

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What are the most common causes of eye injuries?

What are the most common causes of eye injuries?

Created on: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Author: Chesen Laser Eye Center

Whether you're playing an action-packed sport or just cleaning around the house, eye injuries can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reported that more than 2.5 million eye injuries happen every year across the world with 100,000 of those injuries taking place in the U.S. Of those eye injuries 90% could have been prevented with protective eyewear. Ask your eye doctor about protective eyewear and take proper measures to better protect you and your family from eye injuries.

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