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5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce The Symptoms Of Dry Eye

5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce The Symptoms Of Dry Eye

Created on: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

When your eyes stop producing enough tears needed to nourish your eyes, you could start having to deal with a condition known as Dry Eye.

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Sunglasses: Is Your Vision Being Protected?

Sunglasses: Is Your Vision Being Protected?

Created on: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Everyone knows sunglasses are cool, but what you may not know is that they can protect your vision. You might be saying “I thought sunglasses were just an accessory?” Well, they are an accessory! but they are also a utility. Sunglasses have been a fashion accessory for a very long time, but they can also block harmful rays from the sun.

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What are Cataracts? When Should You Contact an Eye Doctor?

What are Cataracts? When Should You Contact an Eye Doctor?

Created on: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

When the eyes natural lens becomes clouded with clumped up proteins then you are developing cataracts. These clumped proteins block light from entering the eye, which causes your vision to become increasingly blurrier over time and if left unresolved will result in the complete loss of your vision.

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Learn How to Protect Your Eyesight

Learn How to Protect Your Eyesight

Created on: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

We always try out best when it comes to protecting our skin, but not enough of us take the same care to protect our eyesight. Protecting your eyesight is very important and essential if you hope to have good quality vision by the time you are in your 40s.

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4 Things You Can Do To Avoid Severe Vision Loss

4 Things You Can Do To Avoid Severe Vision Loss

Created on: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Over 20 million people in North America alone suffer from severe vision loss. Not all of these eye diseases can be prevented or cured, but there are some things you can do to help your eyes remain healthy and possibly lower your risks of developing serious vision loss.

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Williamson Eye Center’s Dr. Blake Williamson Becomes First Ophthalmologist in Louisiana to Perform the New Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Stent Procedure

Williamson Eye Center’s Dr. Blake Williamson Becomes First Ophthalmologist in Louisiana to Perform the New Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Stent Procedure

Created on: Thursday, April 06, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Dr. Blake Williamson of the Williamson Eye Center in Baton Rouge becomes the first eye surgeon in Louisiana to perform a revolutionary new micro-invasive glaucoma stent procedure using the Xen Gel Stent from Allergan Surgical for treatment of patients who have glaucoma and are currently being managed with medication.

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3 Things You Can Do To Reduce Irritation From Allergies This Spring

3 Things You Can Do To Reduce Irritation From Allergies This Spring

Created on: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

So it is Spring! The beautiful season of blooming flowers and life, but wait isn't there something else about Spring that isn't so great? Right! The allergies! How could we forget about the allergies? Runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, irritated skin—all the good stuff! Spring is certainly a beautiful season, but the itchy eyes can be a real drag! So what can you do to protect your eyes during the Spring time to reduce irritation?

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3 Simple Ways To Protect Your Vision

3 Simple Ways To Protect Your Vision

Created on: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

We value our eyesight above many things, but not a lot of us think about how to best protect our vision as we get older. Every day we are faced with decisions that can have an effect on our vision over time. It is important that we take the time to think about our eye health and do what we can do help maintain good vision.

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Winter

5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Winter

Created on: Monday, February 13, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

During winter, it can seem impossible to keep every part of your body covered and protected from the elements. Just like your hands need gloves, and you need snow boots to keep your feet toasty, there are things that you can do to keep your eyes healthy during the winter as well. Whether you’re living in a humid climate, or dealing with snowstorms, check out these 5 easy things you can do this winter.

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3 Common Eye Conditions To Watch Out For

3 Common Eye Conditions To Watch Out For

Created on: Thursday, February 09, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

With age comes many amazing things, like wisdom and experience from the world around you. But what many people don’t expect is for their eyesight to change. Eye health is important no matter what age you are, but older, aging eyes require a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Before your next eye exam, make sure you know about these common eye condition

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Nutrients in Food and How They Affect Your Eye Health

Nutrients in Food and How They Affect Your Eye Health

Created on: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

When it comes to nutrition, we have a lot of options available for us when we go to the grocery store every day. What we eat can have an effect on our health and ultimately that effects every part of our body. Even our eyes can be effected by our diet, so making smart choices with what we eat could possibly be the difference between clear or blurry as we get older.

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Exercise and How it can Positively Impact Your IOP

Exercise and How it can Positively Impact Your IOP

Created on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Recent studies suggest that exercise can help to alleviate some eye pressure, which can potentially help if you have glaucoma. Now you might be thinking, “well, how much do I need to work out to get results?” The great thing is, you don't need to work out rigorously to see results.

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Conjunctivitis: What is Pink Eye and How Can I Avoid It?

Conjunctivitis: What is Pink Eye and How Can I Avoid It?

Created on: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Conjunctivitis, or “Pink Eye” as it is more commonly known, is a common eye problem that can be treated relatively easily and avoided using a few simple precautions.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

5 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Created on: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Like the rest of our bodies, our eyes are affected by our health, so it is important that we keep our health in our consideration if we want to maintain good vision. Here are a few easy ways you can help to maintain the health of your eyes as you get older.

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5 Vitamins and Nutrients that Should be a Part of Your Diet

5 Vitamins and Nutrients that Should be a Part of Your Diet

Created on: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Everyone has heard that they should be eating more carrots to improve their eyesight. This is because of the high levels of beta-carotene that is found in carrots which is said to be essential in maintaining healthy eyes. There are actually quite a few different vitamins and nutrients that are considered to be good for your eye health.

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Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes

Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about our eyes. I'm sure you've heard of the old myth where if someone hits you in the back of the head while you are crossing your eyes they will get stuck. Well, that is just one of the many silly myths that have come up over the years. The American Academy of Ophthalmology publishes a list of these myths on their website, but here is our “Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes.”

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4 Quick Fixes for Your Eye Nutrition

4 Quick Fixes for Your Eye Nutrition

Created on: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Most people try to eat healthy and take their daily vitamins, but it is easy to forget and cut corners when you’ve had a busy week. It is easy to take our eyes for granted, but they are the second most physiologically active part of our bodies—second only to the brain! This means our eyes required approximately 25% of the nutrients we take in daily to remain healthy. With this blog, we are going to talk about some easy things that can be done to your daily diet to help boost your eyes nutrition.

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Five Frightening Risks of Wearing Contact Lenses Without a Prescription

Five Frightening Risks of Wearing Contact Lenses Without a Prescription

Created on: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. The Williamson Eye Center joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses.

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3 Ways To Reduce Your Symptoms Of Digital Eye Strain

3 Ways To Reduce Your Symptoms Of Digital Eye Strain

Created on: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Pretty much everyone uses computers or digital devices for something today. We are constantly exposed to digital screens either at work or in our personal lives and this constant exposure can lead to some eye strain over time. Not a lot of people are familiar with the issues of digital eye strain, even though they could be suffering from it on a daily basis.

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Researchers Identify 3 New Eye Complications Related to the Zika Virus

Researchers Identify 3 New Eye Complications Related to the Zika Virus

Created on: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Research conducted by scientists studying infants with the Zika virus in Brazil have discovered new dangerous eye complications that can be linked to the virus. These eye complications can lead to possible severe vision loss and even possibly complete vision loss. Three Brazilian infants that have microcephaly—a birth defect caused by Zika that causes shrunken heads and brains in newborns—have been observed of also having hemorrhaging, abnormal blood vessel development and retinal lesions. This has never been observed before by researchers.

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How You Should Be Protecting Yourself from the Sun

How You Should Be Protecting Yourself from the Sun

Created on: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Do you like to spend a lot of time outdoors? Spending time in the sun, camping, hiking—these are all things that are great outdoors activities, but it is important to make sure you are taking the right steps to protecting yourself from the sun’s rays. Most people know to protect their skin from the sun, but the dangers the suns ultraviolent (UV) rays pose to your eyes are much less common knowledge.

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Dr. Blake Williamson pioneers new cataract technology in Louisiana

Dr. Blake Williamson pioneers new cataract technology in Louisiana

Created on: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Undaunted by the recent destruction of the Denham Springs clinic, Dr. Blake Williamson of the Williamson Eye Center became the first eye physician and cataract surgeon in Louisiana to surgically implant the Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lens by Abbott Med Optics. This technology is a new proven treatment for cataracts that has been used in 50 countries throughout the world but only recently approved by the FDA. Dr. Williamson is the first surgeon to bring this revolutionary lens to Louisiana, after visiting with surgeons in London and Greece that are considered global authorities on this new technology.

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Study Suggests Women Are More at Risk of Developing Serious Myopic Complications

Study Suggests Women Are More at Risk of Developing Serious Myopic Complications

Created on: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

A recent study was conducted that determined a large number of adults in America suffered from extreme nearsightedness (myopia)—9.6 million adults to be exact. Of that staggering number, 820,000 of those people suffer from degenerative eye disease and another 41,000 people deal with a serious vision complication which is called myopic choroidal neovascularization—which can cause permanent vision loss, women in particular seem to be more susceptible.

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Four Back-to-School Eye Health Recommendations

Four Back-to-School Eye Health Recommendations

Created on: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

It is that time of year again! Back-to-School! Millions of parents around the country are rushing to stores to buy all the newest school supplies and outfits. While you are going through your list of school supplies make sure to not skip your child’s eye health.

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Colorblindness: What it Means to be “Colorblind”

Colorblindness: What it Means to be “Colorblind”

Created on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Having poor color vision is a problem that is more common than you would think. Most people refer to having poor color vision as suffering from “colorblindness,” however, there are different levels at which you can be “colorblind.” People who only see in black and white and experience true “colorblindness” are incredibly rare.

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Cataracts: Why They Occur and When You Should Call Your Eye Doctor

Cataracts: Why They Occur and When You Should Call Your Eye Doctor

Created on: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Cataracts occur when the eyes natural lens becomes clouded with clumped up proteins. These proteins block light as it enters your eye which causes your vision to become gradually more blurry and if left unchecked could result in complete loss of vision.

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Glare and Halos: Cause, Effect and Solution

Glare and Halos: Cause, Effect and Solution

Created on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Our ability to see anything is dependent on light, so it is only natural to assume when light is disrupted by a defect on our retina that it would affect our vision. The two most common vision defects people experience are glare and halos. Halos appear as bright circles around sources of light, you will notice this the most at night time—particularly as you are driving and oncoming cars headlights come zooming by. Glare occurs in your vision when light enters your eye and actually obstructs your vision.

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3 Non-Hygienic Habits Most Contact Lens Users Develop

3 Non-Hygienic Habits Most Contact Lens Users Develop

Created on: Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Chance are, if you are one of 35+ million contact lens users in America, you were taught all the basics of proper contact lens hygiene when you first received your prescription. There are probably even better odds that you currently aren’t following those contact lens hygiene basics you were taught every single day.

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Beyond The Cool: How Sunglasses Protect Your Vision

Beyond The Cool: How Sunglasses Protect Your Vision

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Sunglasses have been synonymous with the idea of “cool” for a long time and it isn’t hard to imagine why. It is hard to picture sunglasses without thinking about Tom Cruise rocking aviators while riding on a motorcycle. Sunglasses have been an important fashion accessory in our society for a long time now, but it is important to make sure your sunglasses aren’t just form and have some function as well.

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Spring Allergies: The Cause and How You Can Reduce Your Exposure.

Spring Allergies: The Cause and How You Can Reduce Your Exposure.

Created on: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Well it is officially Spring, a time of beauty where plants spring into life and also a time of season allergies. Ocular allergies, commonly referred to as “eye allergies” are one of these Spring frustrations that millions of people deal with every year. If you suffer from Spring allergies, then you might end up having to deal with watery and/or irritated red eyes.

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Top 5 Ways to Help Your Eye Health and Reduce Risks of Vision Loss

Top 5 Ways to Help Your Eye Health and Reduce Risks of Vision Loss

Created on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

rnCurrently, over 20 million Americans are dealing with serious vision loss conditions. While some eye diseases are caused by genetics and family history, many of them can be prevented by simply taking a few steps to protect your vision and improve your overall health. Living a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce your chances of developing future vision loss.

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What is the Cause of Dry Eye?

What is the Cause of Dry Eye?

Created on: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

The human eye relies a lot on tears to supply lubrication and moisture so that you can maintain your vision and comfort. You might be surprised to learn that tears are a combination of quite a few elements: water, oil, mucus, antibodies and proteins. Once these essential components are gathered, the human eyes special glands begin to secrete it evenly across the eye. If there is an imbalance in your tear system, then you may begin to experience dry eye.

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What Does It Mean To Have A Color Vision Deficiency?

What Does It Mean To Have A Color Vision Deficiency?

Created on: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Color vision deficiency or, as it is more commonly known, color blindness, occurs when you are unable to perceive a wide spectrum of colors that the eye should be able to see. Color blindness can affect people at a variety of different levels, some may just only be unable to discern shades of red and green while others might see the world only in shades of grey. The most common color blindness affliction is the inability to discern shades of red and green, but a small percentage of people who suffer from color blindness will only see the world in black and white.

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3 Ways To Ward Off Eye Strain In The Workplace

3 Ways To Ward Off Eye Strain In The Workplace

Created on: Monday, March 14, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Digital eye strain is a rapidly growing issue in today's computer reliant world. If you work in an office, chances are you will be spending quite some time in front of a computer screen which can cause your eyes to strain. In fact, 70 percent of Americans who work with computers on a daily basis deal with symptoms of digital eye strain. Luckily, there are some precautions you can take to help prevent digital eye strain and protect your vision.

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5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Vision From Macular Degeneration

5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Vision From Macular Degeneration

Created on: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a very common eye condition among senior citizens. AMD damages your central vision, which makes it difficult to recognize faces, write, read, paint, and do really anything that involves making out the small details. This makes it a real problem for the older crowd.

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Cataracts Affect More Than Just The Elderly

Cataracts Affect More Than Just The Elderly

Created on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Cataracts are the number one causes of blindness in the world. The first thing you probably think of when you hear the word “cataracts” is the elderly. It is understandable why that would be the case, because cataracts are most commonly seen in the elderly, but you don't need to be elderly to develop them—in fact, babies can be born with cataracts.

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3 Benefits To Having LASIK Surgery You Might Not Expect

3 Benefits To Having LASIK Surgery You Might Not Expect

Created on: Friday, January 29, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

It is a well-known fact that LASIK is an optical surgery designed to permanently correct your vision. In most cases, patients who undergo LASIK experience a drastic improvement in all aspects of their vision.

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Have LASIK Eye Surgery

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Have LASIK Eye Surgery

Created on: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Many moons ago if you had vision problems your only option was to get glasses or contacts. Neither of these options are particularly enjoyable—glasses fall off constantly and contacts are just plain uncomfortable. Luckily, today we have options when it comes to vision correction and if you are like me, you like options!

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Blurred Horizon? Myopia Might Be To Blame

Blurred Horizon? Myopia Might Be To Blame

Created on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Myopia, or as it is commonly called “nearsightedness,” is an eye condition where objects in the distance begin to appear blurry in your vision. This particular eye condition can develop rapidly or slowly, but usually worsens more quickly during childhood and adolescence. Unfortunately, nearsightedness tends to be passed on genetically throughout the family, so if someone in your immediate family has myopia, there is a strong possibility you will develop it at some point as well.

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Eye Injuries and Eye Doctors: To See, or Not To See?

Eye Injuries and Eye Doctors: To See, or Not To See?

Created on: Monday, November 30, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Have you ever scratched your eye on accident? This could easily be done by something like an article of clothing, hairbrush, or even a fingernail and cause what is called, a corneal abrasion. These types of injuries are considered pretty minor and usually cause discomfort for only a few minutes and then go away; however, there are incidents where simple corneal abrasions can cause more serious complications which require medical assistance. Chemical burn on the eye is another common occurrence, as well as penetration of the eye from an object and ocular swelling from being bludgeoned.

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5 Signs it Might be Time for Vision Correction

5 Signs it Might be Time for Vision Correction

Created on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

A large percentage of what we do in our life is dependent on our ability to see clearly. 4.2 billion People around the globe suffer from some level of visual impairment, a staggering 80% of these cases of vision impairment can be avoided and/or cured. Visual impairment can negatively affect your work productivity and cost you a lot of time throughout the day. The population of the U.S. alone collectively lost 283,000 years of time in 2013 due to vision related problems. Imagine everything that could have been accomplished during this time?

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Eye Protection: Are you taking the Proper Precautions?

Eye Protection: Are you taking the Proper Precautions?

Created on: Monday, October 26, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Every year over 2.5 million eye injuries are documented with 50,000 of them causing permanent vision loss of some level. Over 90% of these yearly eye injuries can be prevented using effective and accessible eye protection. Proper eye protection starts with safety glasses/goggles, always make sure to utilize these when doing anything that could involve floating particles that can get into your eyes.

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The Unseen Dangers on Your Glasses

The Unseen Dangers on Your Glasses

Created on: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

A little known fact about your glasses is that they can harbor bacteria which can irritate your eyes. This is due to bacteria and other eye-irritants making the transition from the environment to your hands and from your hands to your glasses and from your glasses to yo…—well you get the idea! Using your breath to clean your lenses can also expose your eyes to potentially irritating bacteria.

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Could a Cure for Blindness Exist? Scientists Believe so

Could a Cure for Blindness Exist? Scientists Believe so

Created on: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Your ability to see isn’t magic, it is the product of all the rods, cones, and photoreceptors within your eye working together to translate light into electrical signals that are sent to your brain. The brain, then interprets the electrical signals and what you see today is the product of that interpretation. We call that interpretation “vision.”

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The Three Types of Cataracts and What you should be on the Lookout For

The Three Types of Cataracts and What you should be on the Lookout For

Created on: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Most people over the age of 40 that suffer vision loss are developing cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness throughout the entire world. The number of cases of cataracts far eclipse the amount of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy cases combined!

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Allergies and What it Might Mean For Your Eyes

Allergies and What it Might Mean For Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Allergies tend to be associated with a runny nose, scratchy throat, or just an increased level of sneezing, but allergy symptoms come in a lot of different varieties. Unfortunately for many, allergies can cause all types of discomfort for the eyes, ranging from swelling to a persistent itchy feeling.

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The Dangers Smoke Poses to Your Eyes

The Dangers Smoke Poses to Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Wildfires can be an issue anywhere when there isn’t enough rain during the hot summer. If you live in California, then you most likely already know the dangers these wildfires pose to the ecosystem and neighboring towns. A lesser known fact about fire is that the smoke can be equally as detrimental to your health as the fire itself. Exposure to smoke can cause damage to your lungs, but did you that smoke can damage your eyes as well?

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Virtual Reality Headsets: Toys? Or Future Medical Tools?

Virtual Reality Headsets: Toys? Or Future Medical Tools?

Created on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of virtual reality headsets is their function in the entertainment industry. Virtual reality is the new frontier of the entertainment world, but could there be more to the technology than meets the eye?

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The Danger Diabetes Presents to the Health of your Eyes

The Danger Diabetes Presents to the Health of your Eyes

Created on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Diabetes is a growing issue throughout the world, with an estimated 382 million people suffering from it in 2013. If not treated, diabetes can lead to other serious medical complications such as: ischemic heart disease, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke—but did you know that diabetes can also affect your eyes?

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7 Different Foods That Are Good For Your Eyes

7 Different Foods That Are Good For Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Carrots are generally toted as the go-to vegetable for the eyes, but did you know that there are quite a few different foods out there that are said to promote good eye health? In this article we talk about some of these foods and how they can be beneficial to your daily diet.

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