Colorado Vision Source News

Women Are Three Times More Likely To Suffer Dry Eye Syndrome Than Men

Everyone experiences these symptoms from time to time: Burning, irritable eyes and/or sensation that something is actually scratching the eye. But for some 3 million American women the symptoms are chronic, according to your Colorado Vision Source Optometrists. These women suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.Tears are essential for good eye health. They lubricate the eye, protect it from infections and wash away allergens. With Dry Eye Syndrome, the eyes produce too few tears or tears of such poor quality that they don’t stay on the eye. Ironically, some people with Dry Eye Syndrome may actually experience tears running down their cheeks.Everyone experiences reduced tear production as they age, but women are more prone to Dry Eye Syndrome than men by a 3 to 1 margin. Studies have shown that hormone therapy may increase the incidence of Dry Eye Syndrome, as can birth control pills, blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and certain anti-depressants.“April is Women’s Eye Health Awareness Month and we want women to know there are several options for managing Dry Eye Syndrome” as stated by your Colorado Vision Source Optometrists.Those options include lubricating drops that can minimize the dry, scratchy sensation, prescription eye drops that can actually improve tear production and inserts place under the eyelid that slowly release lubrication throughout the day.“Through a procedure called lacrimal occlusion, we can also temporarily or permanently close the tear ducts to prevent tears from draining away too quickly.”Read More about Dry Eyes here.


Medical Breakthrough: Restoring Sight to the Blind

Stem cells from one’s own eye can bring new sight to those blinded by burns.> See Video from ABC news


New Synthetic Cornea Replacement offers hope…

Donor corneas are extremely rare, but for 40,000 people in Europe corneal transplantation from donors offer the only hope of addressing blindness in one or both eyes. Dr. Joachim Storsberg of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm is the creator of the first artificial cornea, which has been successfully trialed and has been in use in Europe since 2009.> Read More of this Article


Scientists Discover Cure for Color Blindness

Genetic scientists have discovered a cure for color blindness, offering hope to millions of sufferers. Scientists at the University of Washington, in Seattle, and the University of Florida restored normal vision to two color-blind monkeys. The technique could prove to be a safe and effective cure for color blindness and other visual disorders related to the cones in the retina.> Read More of this Article


Retinal Implant Trial Helps Blind People See Shapes

Scientists have developed an eye implant that allowed three blind patients to see shapes and objects within days of treatment in a trial and say the device could become routine for some kinds of blindness in five years. Experts described the study results as phenomenal and said the device, developed by German researchers, could eventually change the lives of up to 200,000 people worldwide who suffer from blindness due to a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.> Read More of this Article

Recent Colorado Vision Source Doctors Awards and Accolades

Vision Source is proud to honor and recognize these top flight members

Dr. Randy Hertneky – COA Keyperson of the Year

Dr. Jacquie Bowen – Optometrist of the Year

Dr. Jon Pederson – Young Optometrist of the Year

Dr. Mitchell Munson – became President-elect of the American Optometric Association

Dr. Steven Loomis – elected Secretary-Treasurer of the American Optometric Association.

Back to school To Do List

Make your child’s vision a priority

Every year, 20 million children go back to school with a vision problem that may interfere with the ability to learn or contribute to discipline problems.

This year, make your child’s vision a priority. Schedule their eye exam today.

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