‘Epidemic’ of Dry Eyes: Blink More, Stare Less

For the past year, my eye doctor has been giving me samples of different over-the-counter drops to help me with the dry, irritated eyeballs I have first thing in the morning and again at night. I assumed it was just me with this annoying problem, but evidently there are some 25 million other Americans with the same condition, according to a recent story in the  Wall Street Journal. At least one ophthalmologist said she’s seen an “epidemic” of irritated, dry …

Look Into My Eyes: Dilation Exam Can Spot 7 Diseases

Do you really need to have your eyes dilated with eyedrops at your annual eye exam?  Short answer: Yes, you should – especially as you get older or if you are at risk for eye problems. May is Healthy Vision Month, and the National Eye Institute is encouraging Americans to take the necessary steps to protect their vision. According to the institute, about 38 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. And that number is …