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    Understanding Cataracts

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Cataracts are the number one cause of blindness in the world. They are particularly common in older people. Although untreated cataracts can cause total vision loss, they can be easily removed during a simple surgical procedure.

    Watch this video to find out more about what cataracts are and what causes them. When you have a cataract, your vision becomes cloudy and spotty. Age is the number one risk factor, but other things, like diabetes and poor nutrition, can also contribute to your cataract risk.

    Cataracts get progressively worse, but with cataract removal surgery, Lerner Eye Center can restore your vision. Learn more about all of our procedures by calling (866) 938-3029.

    What Is Color Blindness?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Color blindness is a chronic condition that obstructs the ability of the eyes to view the full color spectrum. The retina is the part of the eye that contains tiny sensors, which can detect different colors. In the eyes of people with color blindness, some of these sensors lack the necessary pigment to distinguish between various shades, namely blue, red, and green. As a result, they may consider each of these colors to be matching hues. Individuals who suspect that they have color blindness can undergo an ophthalmologic exam consisting of several sensory tests to see if they suffer from this condition.

    Are you worried that you or a loved one might suffer from color blindness? Lerner Eye Center can help. Schedule a consultation at our San Ramon office, and one of our qualified optometrists can administer the requisite tests to assess your condition. Call (866) 938-3029 today to make your appointment.

    What Is Involved In a Dilated Eye Exam?

    Last updated 18 days ago

    When you visit the ophthalmologist, your eyes will be tested for much more than the quality of your vision. In a comprehensive eye exam, your eyes will be dilated so that the doctor can see what is happening inside of your eyes.

    As this video explains, it is important to dilate the eyes to detect potentially serious diseases of the eye. Conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration do not show symptoms early on, so you may have significant vision loss by the time you notice these diseases without a preventive eye exam.

    To have a complete eye exam in the East Bay Area, visit Lerner Eye Center at one of our three convenient locations. You can reach us through our website or call us directly at (866) 938-3029.

    What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Eye Health

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Diabetes is a condition that can impact sensory function, including eyesight. When you take the necessary precautions to keep your eyes as healthy as possible, though, you can largely avoid the vision problems that diabetes can produce. The following information highlights how this disease can affect different parts of the eye and contribute to their impaired performance.

    Risk of Retinopathy

    A major complication of diabetes is compromised vascular function. When the body cannot move blood glucose from the blood stream into the cells, the buildup of this substance can damage blood vessel walls, such as those found in the retinas of the eyes. These small blood vessels can swell and leak blood into the retina, which can reduce eyesight and bring on blindness. This complication of diabetes is called retinopathy.

    Danger of Glaucoma

    The retina may suffer injury as well if fluid pressure inside the eye becomes too great. Ophthalmologists refer to this condition as glaucoma. Glaucoma can affect diabetics and non-diabetics alike. However, research indicates that may happen more frequently in individuals with this health problem. Glaucoma can develop for months or even years before a sufferer realizes that his vision has been impacted by it, which points to the importance of regular eyesight examinations for all adults.

    Threat of Cataracts

    Cataracts are one of the most common vision problems in the United States. In fact, this condition necessitates millions of cataract surgeries each year. Yet studies have found that people with diabetes are more susceptible to this vision complication than individuals without this disease. Cataracts form when small proteins proliferate in the eye lens and cause eyesight to become blurry.

    Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Let Lerner Eye Center be your source for all of your vision needs. Our San Francisco Bay area optometrists can see to it that you receive comprehensive care to identify any potential eyesight problems before they become more serious issues. For more information on our full array of vision services, call (866) 938-3029.

    How Presbyopia Impacts Your Sight

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Are you finding it increasingly difficult to read your favorite books or magazines? Do you have to continually adjust the distance of your computer monitor at work? These developments might point to a growing presbyopia problem. This condition, which typically occurs in older age, can challenge your reading needs.

    Stiffened Eye Lenses

    When light enters your eyes, it goes through several structures that direct it to your retinas, where its energy is converted into electrical signals. The eye lenses aid in the processing of light conversion, but to do so, they must bend to adjust for varying distances. As your eyes age, this function of the eye lens deteriorates. The lenses become stiffer, which makes it more difficult for your retina to interpret light signals at close distances.

    Reduced Close Vision

    If light rays at a close distance cannot properly converge at the retina, objects at this range may lack definition. That is why you may encounter problems with reading materials, as your eye lenses cannot bend sufficiently to direct light as needed to the retina. To compensate for this deterioration of vision, you may have to reposition your books, magazines, and other periodicals at farther distances.

    Increased Eye Weariness

    Regardless of your presbyopia, your eyes will keep working to achieve clear eyesight when you use them to observe images at close distances. However, this type of repetitive activity can eventually strain the eyes, which may cause vision discomfort and even head pain. You don’t have to simply tolerate your faltering vision, though. Optometrists offer treatment for presbyopia that can restore the ability to see clearly even at the closest distances.

    Don’t let presbyopia compromise your quality of life. If you are experiencing vision difficulties when you read or compute, call Lerner Eye Center in San Ramon at (866) 938-3029. Our vision professionals can administer a comprehensive eye exam to see if you suffer from this condition. In the event that you have presbyopia, we can address it with a variety of treatment measures, including eyeglasses, contact lenses, lens implants, and LASIK surgery.

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