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Thyroid Disease

Eye Doctor Helps Uncover Thyroid Disease

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“I went through a year of being very sick and nobody could figure out what was happening.” Alexis, a 35-year-old teacher, remembers 2012 as the year she was hospitalized for three weeks for tremors, rapid heartbeat, and dehydration. No one could figure out what was wrong. When she returned to work, her health had deteriorated Read More »

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Serious Diseases Detected Through an Eye Exam

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“You’re an eye doctor? I’d come see you except I have really good vision.” “I don’t need to check my vision. My glasses I got 10 years ago are still working fine.” “My kids don’t need eye exams. They get a vision screening at school every year.” In my 18 years of practicing optometry, I’ve Read More »

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Do Halloween Costume Contacts Affect Your Vision?

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Costume contacts can transform your Halloween look, but there are several things to consider before you take your costume to the next level. Can costume contacts affect my vision? According to Meghan Riegel, OD, costume contacts can affect your vision because they change the shape of your pupil. “Let’s say you have cat eye contacts Read More »

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What Are the Benefits of a Retinal Screening?

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Getting an annual eye exam is about more than checking your vision. An eye doctor will examine everything from visual acuity to the pressure of your eyes to signs of any infections or diseases. They are looking at the overall health of your eyes. That’s why it’s so important they look at not just what’s Read More »

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We See You Mom: Yesenia’s Story

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“It’s not easy to take care of myself while also taking care of others, but if I don’t, who will?” Born with two heart conditions and a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, Yesenia is acutely aware of what could happen if self-care isn’t a priority.  “As a mom of two Read More »

Hurricane Maria Anniversary

Hurricane Maria: Dr. Santiago’s Story

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It had been eighty years since the last major hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico. When notice of Hurricane Maria came through, many on the island didn’t know what to expect, including Dr. Hector Santiago, a practicing optometrist and professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. “The main problem was the inability to Read More »

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“An Eye Exam Saved My Life”

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Most people dream of sleeping for days on end, but for Belen this reality became a nightmare several years ago. She came home on a Thursday afternoon from work and went to bed. She didn’t wake up until Sunday, three days later. Belen had also been suffering from a headache that wouldn’t go away. She Read More »

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Surprising Eye Health Stats

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Do you remember when you had your last eye exam? If you can’t, know you’re not alone. According to a recent study conducted by VSP Vision Care and market research agency YouGov, most people rate vision as their most important sense but only half reported getting an eye exam in the last year. So why Read More »

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#WeSeeYouMom: Jodi’s Story

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“This is how I used to see, mommy.” As five-year-old Carly handed her mom a pair of old goggles, foggy and worn out, Jodi Burgess’ heart sank. “How could I not have known?” she thought to herself. Jodi had no idea that her daughter was having extraordinary vision issues. In preparation for Kindergarten, Jodi had Read More »