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What You Should Know About Eyelid Cysts | Allied Eye
Posted on Saturday July 15, 2017

Have you ever had a bump on your eyelid? The team at Allied Eye wants you to know that you are not alone—these eyelid cysts, also called chalazions, are common.

A chalazion can occur at any time and happen at any age. Some people may be able to feel the cyst forming, but aren’t quite sure what’s happening. Read on for a look at some signs that you might have a chalazion.

Regain Your Vision

A chalazion is a harmless bump on the upper or lower eyelid that occurs when the eyelid’s oil glands are blocked. While chalazion is the medical term used for the condition, these bumps are often simply called eyelid cysts. The inside of the cyst is filled with pus and lipids that usually lubricate the eye but have formed a bump because they can no longer drain out.

Although having one of these cysts can cause worry, there’s no harm associated with a chalazion, especially since it’s a temporary condition. The medical condition is actually more common than you might think, and it can usually be treated without the need of surgery.

Symptoms of a chalazion include:

  • A painless bump on the upper or lower eyelid
  • Blurred vision, especially if the chalazion is pressing against the cornea
  • Redness, swelling or tenderness of the eyelid

Fortunately, most chalazions will go away on their own and can be treated at home. Your ophthalmologist may recommended placing a warm compress on your eyelid several times a day to help the blocked oil gland open and drain. Gently massaging the area with a clean finger may also help.

For more severe cases where the eyelid cyst is impacting your vision, your eye doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic drop or ointment to help the healing process. In the most severe cases, where the chalazion doesn’t go away on its own, a surgical procedure to drain the cyst may be necessary.

If you think you’ve developed a chalazion, visit Allied Eye so that our knowledgeable and experienced ophthalmologist can make a diagnosis and provide you with a plan for healing.

Attention, Diabetics—Maintain a Healthy Weight for Better Vision | Allied Eye
Posted on Saturday July 01, 2017

The team at Allied Eye wants those who are living with diabetes to enjoy a life that includes great vision! Unfortunately, sometimes in those with diabetes, elevated blood sugar can lead to blood vessels being restricted, which can cause vision loss.

But by taking steps to keep blood sugar levels in check—such as with a healthy weight—diabetes symptoms can be lessened and vision can be protected. Read on for a look at how to maintain a healthy weight—even if you don’t have diabetes.

How to Reach—and Keep—a Healthy Weight

First, add regular exercise into your routine. The best part? Exercise can be any type of physical activity you want to do. If you don’t like running, don’t go running. Instead, choose an activity you enjoy, such as walking your dog around the neighborhood, going for a bike ride with friends or attending a yoga class. Now that it’s summer, take advantage of the pool and swim some laps. Remember, the important part is making exercise a part of your daily routine.

Second, try to reduce screen time as much as you can throughout the day. Let’s face it—our smartphones have basically become an extension of our fingertips. Wouldn’t you agree? Now’s a great time to start cutting back your use of the smartphone—and all electronic devices for that matter. This isn’t to say you can’t use them at all, but you should try to limit your time with them. You can’t control the number of hours you spend sitting in a front of a computer at work, but you can limit your time with devices at home. And you can take regular breaks at work to walk around.

Finally, don’t skip breakfast. Just don’t do it. You need breakfast in order to wake your body up, kickstart your metabolism and keep your energy going throughout the day. Plus, by eating breakfast, you are setting yourself up for better eating habits throughout the day.

Did you know that systemic diseases like diabetes may manifest in the eye? That’s one reason why regular eye exams are so important. Make an appointment at Allied Eye so that our knowledgeable ophthalmologist can help ensure your vision and your health are in a good place.

The Ultimate Nighttime Routine for Your Eyes | Allied Eye
Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017

The team at Allied Eye understands the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. However, do you know how vital adequate sleep is to your eyes? Give this nighttime routine a try to get a decent night’s sleep—and protect your eye health.

Good Night!

Take a moment to think about your nighttime routine. Does it involve reading a bedtime story to your kids? Packing a lunch for work tomorrow? Setting out your clothes that you are going to wear the next day? Brushing your teeth? Chances are that it involves all these things. However, you might be neglecting something that needs to be added to your nightly routine, which is making sure your eyes are protected.

First, if you wear contacts, it’s vitally important that you take out your contacts before going to sleep. While some contact lenses are marketed as being safe to sleep in, it’s still best to take them out. When you sleep in your contacts, you are preventing your eyes from getting enough oxygen. As a result, you increase your risk of infection, inflammation and even permanent eye damage. Therefore, it’s important that you take your contacts out every night before bed!

Second—and this is going to be a hard one for most of us—you need to put away your smartphone. You may already know that smartphones emit a “blue light” that throws off our sleep cycle by making our bodies think it is time to be awake and not sleep. However, smartphones pose a different risk to our eye health. Ever rolled over during the night and while unable to sleep grabbed your phone and started scrolling? You could risk damaging your vision. A phenomenon called “transient smartphone blindness,” which was discussed in the New England Journal of Medicine, can occur when you squint one eye closed and keep the other eye open while reading in the dark. The best option? When it’s time for bed, put your smartphone on the charger across the room or in another room altogether.

Is your eyesight giving you problems? Make an appointment at Allied Eye so that our knowledgeable ophthalmologist can examine your eyes to find the root of the problem and prescribe a treatment plan.

June Is Cataract Awareness Month | Allied Eye
Posted on Thursday June 01, 2017

In recognition of Cataract Awareness Month this June, the team at Allied Eye wants to give you the facts on this common condition that affects more than 24 million Americans.

Get the 411 on Cataracts

According to the National Eye Institute, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye become cloudy. Due to the fact that cataracts can form slowly, some people may not even realize they suffer from the condition, which is why yearly eye exams are so important, especially for those age 65 and older.

Other signs of cataracts include:

  • Frequent changes in contact or glasses prescriptions (particularly more than once within a year)
  • Colors that appear faded or washed out
  • Sensitivity to light and glare

Typically, cataracts occur in both eyes. However, there can be worsening symptoms in one eye compared to the other. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms.

While there are some risk factors you can’t control when it comes to cataracts, such as your age and family history, there are some ways to help lower your risk, including:

  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

If you are diagnosed with cataracts, our ophthalmologist is able to perform cataract surgery that will allow you to see things more clearly. Dr. Matzin performs cataract surgery on a regular basis using the Alcon LenSx Laser System and selects implants that will help provide the best vision and safety for your eyes.

If you feel like you might be experiencing cataracts, visit Allied Eye for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eye health is where it needs to be.

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