What Causes Pterygium?

What causes pterygium Reading PAPterygium or “surfer’s eye” is an elevated, wedge-shaped growth on the eyeball that begins on the white of the eye (sclera) and can extend to the cornea. Although benign, pterygium can become quite bothersome if left untreated.

The eye doctors at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons have years of experience treating patients with pterygium. Here, we explain what causes the eye condition. Continue reading “What Causes Pterygium?”

Fall-Related Eye Injuries on the Rise: Tips to Protect Yourself

Fall-Related Eye Injuries On the RiseThe number of people hospitalized with an eye injury, regardless of whether it was the primary or secondary injury, is on the rise. According to a cohort study, the number rose by 18 percent over 13 years and researchers believe the majority of the increase is due to falls among adults age 65 and older.

The good news is that there are several things you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here, Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons shares more information on the study and how you can avoid fall-induced injuries. Continue reading “Fall-Related Eye Injuries on the Rise: Tips to Protect Yourself”

Treatment Options for Astigmatism

Astigmatism TreatmentAstigmatism is a refractive error in which light entering the eye fails to come to a single focus on the retina to produce clear vision. Instead, light is focused onto multiple focus points, either in front of the retina, behind it or both, causing blurry or distorted vision.

If you have astigmatism, you have several treatment options to restore sharp eyesight. The team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons can help you find the best option based on your vision needs and goals. Continue reading “Treatment Options for Astigmatism”

What Makes Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light & Eye SensitivityDo you find yourself closing your eyes, squinting or shielding your eyes when exposed to light? You may have light sensitivity or photophobia, a common and usually benign symptom that causes slight and momentary discomfort. Most light-sensitive people are only bothered by bright lights, whether it be sunlight or harsh indoor lighting. But in severe cases any light can irritate the eyes.

Although photophobia is not an eye disease, it can be a sign of a serious underlying problem. Here, the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons discusses the causes of and treatment options for light sensitivity. Continue reading “What Makes Eyes Sensitive to Light?”

How Do Hormones Affect Vision?

Hormones are chemical messengers created in the endocrine glands that control and coordinate most of the body’s functions, including sleep, mood, hunger and reproduction. Increased or insufficient hormone levels can affect nearly every part of the body, including the eyes.

Here, the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons reveals some of the surprising ways hormonal fluctuations that occur throughout life can affect the eyes and vision. Continue reading “How Do Hormones Affect Vision?”

Can Maintaining Good Vision Stave Off Cognitive Decline?

Vision Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older AdultsThere are many factors that influence the aging process, including diet, physical activity and other lifestyle choices. Based on the results of a new study, it appears that visual acuity can also play a part in how quickly our minds decline with age.

A research team sponsored by the National Eye Institute and the National Institute on Aging found a link between worsening vision and the loss of mental capacity in older adults. Their findings hint that preserving good vision could help stave off cognitive decline.

In this post, the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons shares more details about this compelling research. Continue reading “Can Maintaining Good Vision Stave Off Cognitive Decline?”

Are You Having Trouble Driving at Night?

Tips for Safe Driving at NightWith the end of daylight savings time this month, you might find yourself driving home from work in less light. The approaching winter weather may create additional concerns about safe driving.

Navigating the roads safely can be especially difficult if you have dry eye, cataracts or other eye conditions that affect night vision, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons cares deeply about your safety and well-being. In this post, we want to share some tips to help you navigate the roads safely and confidently at night. Continue reading “Are You Having Trouble Driving at Night?”

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”

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”

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”