How Glaucoma Earned the Nickname “The Silent Thief of Sight”

Effects of GlaucomaGlaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by elevated intraocular pressure, which can damage the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. Although doctors know a lot about glaucoma, in many ways it is a mysterious disease. In fact, it has earned the nickname “The Silent Thief of Sight” based on the way it can cause irreversible eye damage in the absence of any symptoms. Read on as the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons explains more about this puzzling disorder. Continue reading “How Glaucoma Earned the Nickname “The Silent Thief of Sight””

Swimming and Eye Safety

Eye Safety while SwimmingSummertime means spending more time swimming, whether it’s at the beach, lake or even the backyard pool. As enjoyable as swimming is, there are certain precautions to take to protect the eyes from danger. Armed with the right information, you can keep your and your family’s eyes safe from possible hazards.

Below, the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons shares what you should know about swimming and eye safety. Continue reading “Swimming and Eye Safety”

Having Cataract Surgery May Increase Your Life Span

New research suggests that cataract surgery may not only improve quality of life, but also extend a person’s lifespan. This discovery has the potential to affect many people, as more than half of all adults ages 80 and over have cataracts or have had cataract surgery.

Read on as the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons explains what you should know about this research. Continue reading “Having Cataract Surgery May Increase Your Life Span”

Having Trouble Seeing Up Close?

A young, healthy eye has an elastic lens that is able to flex as needed to focus on near objects. In children and young adults, light from a nearby object enters the eye, the cornea refracts the light and the lens and its supporting structures change shape to adapt for the decreased focal length of the object. To visualize this, imagine a camera focusing its lens on a close-by object. Continue reading “Having Trouble Seeing Up Close?”

The Best Ways to Preserve Vision As You Age

Your vision is precious and directly influences your quality of life. Unfortunately, vision problems tend to become more common with age — for reasons that may or may not be under our control.

There are things you can do to lower your risk of vision problem and preserve the health of your eyes. Read on as our team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons shares our best advice. Continue reading “The Best Ways to Preserve Vision As You Age”

Most Commonly Asked Questions about Dry Eye

Millions of Americans are affected by dry eye syndrome, yet there is a lot of confusion about the condition. Below, the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons answers the most commonly asked questions about dry eye. If you need clarification about any of this information, we invite you to call or email our practice. Continue reading “Most Commonly Asked Questions about Dry Eye”

Signs You May Be a Great Candidate for LASIK

Dr. Domenic C. Izzo, Jr., is committed to delivering safe, successful LASIK outcomes. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. Because LASIK is not right for everyone, we screen potential candidates very carefully to ensure they meet the proper qualifications.

In this post, we outline some of the signs that you may be a good candidate for LASIK. Continue reading “Signs You May Be a Great Candidate for LASIK”

Why People with Diabetes Need Routine Eye Exams

Diabetes threatens the health of numerous organs and systems of the body, including the eyes and visual system. It raises the risk of serious eye problems that can lead to blindness. One of the most prominent vision-related threats to people with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, which damages the small blood vessels in the retina. The disease can cause the retina to grow weak, abnormal blood vessels that leak blood and fluid; it can also trigger the growth of scar tissue in the eye.

Routine eye exams can catch problems like diabetic retinopathy in their early stages and keep them at bay. The team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons encourages people with diabetes to be diligent about scheduling regular eye exams to stay ahead of vision problems. Continue reading “Why People with Diabetes Need Routine Eye Exams”