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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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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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Have A Lot Of Headaches? Get Your Eyes Checked

Have A Lot Of Headaches? Get Your Eyes Checked

Created on: Monday, February 29, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Having routine eye exams is important for more reasons than to just make sure your eye prescription is up to date. Only eye doctors are equipped with the knowledge to detect vision problems early. If you find you are suffering from recurring headaches, then there might be something wrong with your vision. While not all headaches are caused by a problem with your vision, they have been known to be a common cause. It is important to have routine eye exams to ensure your eyes are in tip top shape.

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Aging Eyes? Here are 5 Things to Look Out For

Aging Eyes? Here are 5 Things to Look Out For

Created on: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Aging is an inescapable reality for us adults. Age affects us all, and it affects every part of our bodies as well—this includes your eyes. It is easy for us to forget that our eyes are affected by age just like our skin and our hair. As we get older our eyes became more susceptible to certain eye diseases, particularly if we have other health conditions, such as diabetes.

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3 Reasons Why It Is Time To Ditch Your Glasses For LASIK

3 Reasons Why It Is Time To Ditch Your Glasses For LASIK

Created on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Think back to the moment when your eye doctor first told you that your vision was not 20/20 and you needed glasses. For most people, this moment was not a happy moment, but a moment of panic. For years’ glasses have carried with them an unfortunate social stigma—phrases like “four eyes” come to mind. If you use glasses today, then you might be due for an upgrade. Thanks to many advances in technology LASIK has become safer and more accessible than ever. Here are 3 reasons you should consider ditching your glasses

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Coastal Vision Is A Proud Supporter Of The USA Paralympics Paracycling Event

Coastal Vision Is A Proud Supporter Of The USA Paralympics Paracycling Event

Created on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Coastal Vision Is A Proud Supporter Of The USA Paralympics Paracycling Event!

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Plan Ahead, Prepare For Summer Travel With LASIK

Plan Ahead, Prepare For Summer Travel With LASIK

Created on: Friday, January 29, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

We don't think it too early to start planning ahead for future summer travel. Traveling with corrective lenses like eyeglasses or contacts can be a real pain! You always have to pack an extra pair, just in case something happens to your current pair, and you are always concerned about losing them—after all, your travel plans would be ruined if you couldn't see anything clearly. So why not ditch the lenses and experience the freedom of living with clear vision with LASIK?

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5 Reasons Why Having LASIK Surgery Is The Right Decision For You

5 Reasons Why Having LASIK Surgery Is The Right Decision For You

Created on: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

As technology advances, LASIK eye surgery is becoming increasingly more common and accessible for people who are interested in having clear vision without the use of corrective lenses. If you have yet to hear about LASIK eye surgery, it is a permanent solution to correcting your vision. Using lasers, the shape of your eye is changed so that it corrects the way light enters your eye in the same way that glasses and contacts do.

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Coastal Vision Is Now Offering The KAMRA Inlay To Treat Presbyopic Patients

Coastal Vision Is Now Offering The KAMRA Inlay To Treat Presbyopic Patients

Created on: Thursday, January 07, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Coastal Vision is now offering the KAMRA inlay to treat presbyopic patients. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA inlay is a 3.8mm film-like ring with a 1.6mm aperture. By focusing light coming into the eye, near vision is restored while maintaining distance vision.

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Coastal Vision Participates in First USA FDA Trial of the VisAbility Implant System

Coastal Vision Participates in First USA FDA Trial of the VisAbility Implant System

Created on: Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Coastal Vision Announces Participation in First US FDA Trials for the VisAbility Implant System, World’s Only Presbyopia Solution to Work Outside of the Visual Axis. Clinical research study to test safety and efficacy of a new medical implant device system designed to naturally eliminate or reduce the need for reading glasses.

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Refractive Surgeons Getting Refractive Surgery: A Positive Sign For Potential Patients

Refractive Surgeons Getting Refractive Surgery: A Positive Sign For Potential Patients

Created on: Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

A study was recently conducted by the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA), that looked at Refractive Surgeons who were candidates for refractive surgery. In the study 62.6% of refractive surgeons underwent some type of laser vision correction, and 91% of study participants would recommend laser vision correction to family or a loved one!

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Outer Space Challenges Ophthalmologists To Think Out Of This Orbit

Outer Space Challenges Ophthalmologists To Think Out Of This Orbit

Created on: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Outer space is full of dangers that astronauts must trust in technology to overcome. As it stands right now though, astronauts remain vulnerable to the many of the dangers of outer space. Traveling in space for extended periods of time causes the human body to change; for instance, bones lose minerals and muscles begin to atrophy. Evidence even suggests that long durations of spaceflight can also have an effect on astronauts’ ocular health and brain health.

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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: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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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Top 5 Signs You Need Vision Correction

Top 5 Signs You Need Vision Correction

Created on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

A vast amount of the activities we do in our daily lives is dependent on our ability to see clearly. Approximately 4.2 billion people around the globe suffer from some type of visual affliction, 80% of which could be avoided and/or cured with proper vision correction. Being visually impaired affects your work productivity and makes simple tasks take more time to complete. In the United States alone 283,000 years of time were collectively lost in 2013 due to visual impairment. It is hard to fathom what might have been accomplished during that lost time.

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Just How Serious Are Eye Floaters?

Just How Serious Are Eye Floaters?

Created on: Monday, October 26, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Eye floaters are most commonly caused by the separation of the vitreous body from the inner walls of the eye. As you age, the vitreous gel in your eye liquefies and shrinks, thus weakening the inner wall. When the vitreous detaches it begins to condense—this causes the floaters the average person notices in their vision.

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Top 5 Interesting Facts About Your Eyes

Top 5 Interesting Facts About Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

The human eye is an incredibly complex piece of biological engineering, it allows us to see by translating light into electrical signals and sending them to our brains. Due to the complexity of the human eye there are some things you might not know.

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Blinking is Something We All Do, but Did You Know it Plays an Integral Role in Maintaining Good Eye Health?

Blinking is Something We All Do, but Did You Know it Plays an Integral Role in Maintaining Good Eye Health?

Created on: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

For many of us, blinking is just something humans do, but it actually plays a major role in maintaining good eye health. Due to the liquid nature of our eyes, debris frequently gets stuck on the ocular surface of the eye quite easily. The eyelids help to clean this ocular surface every time we blink, meanwhile supplying fresh tears and nutrients across the surface of the eye helping to prevent dry eye symptoms.

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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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Runny nose? Scratchy throat? Sneezing? These can all be caused by allergies, but allergies can effect a lot more than your nose and throat. The eyes are subject to many different allergens as well, and unfortunately many people are susceptible to these allergies.

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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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

In most cases, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of virtual reality headsets is their function in the wonderful world of entertainment. Virtual reality is considered 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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Diabetes is an issue throughout the world. An estimated 382 million people suffered from diabetes in 2013, and the number of those inflicted only continues to grow. 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: Coastal Vision Medical Group

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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Common Misconceptions Regarding UV Safety

Common Misconceptions Regarding UV Safety

Created on: Monday, June 08, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Most people know to protect themselves from Ultraviolet (UV) rays using traditional sunblock because of increasing skin cancer awareness. It is a less common understanding when it comes to the dangers UV radiation poses to your eyes, but like skin cancer awareness, it is becoming a growing concern around the world. It is good to see a raised level of awareness surrounding these issues, but in regards to how and when you should protect yourself from the dangers of UV radiation, there are some common misconceptions. In this article you will learn some of these misconceptions.

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Things to Look for when Purchasing New Sunglasses

Things to Look for when Purchasing New Sunglasses

Created on: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool or Audrey Hepburn glamour, but they're much more than just a fashion accessory. Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes. Sunglasses provide critical protection from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Long term exposure to UV rays can damage the surface of your eye as well as its internal structures -- sometimes contributing to macular degeneration and cataracts.

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Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision Month

Created on: Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Taking care of your eyes should be a priority just like eating healthy and exercising regularly. When it comes to our health, we often visit our physician to ensure that our bodies are healthy. But what about when it comes to the health of our eyes? They're not always top of mind, but they're definitely just as important.

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7 Bad Habits That Harm Your Vision

7 Bad Habits That Harm Your Vision

Created on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Some eye conditions are hereditary, but many are a result of poor vision care and bad habits. You may be surprised to find that things you do each and every day might actually be damaging your eye sight.

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What is 20/20 Vision?

What is 20/20 Vision?

Created on: Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

20/20 vision a term used to describe normal visual acuity -- the sharpness of a person's vision -- measured at a distance of 20 feet. If a person has 20/20 vision it means that they can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at a distance. If someone has 20/100 vision it means that they must be as close to 20 feet as possible to see what a person with normal vision could see at 100 feet.

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Allergies and Your Eyes

Allergies and Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

March 20th marks the first official day of spring -- a day that many of us look forward to throughout the long winter months, but with spring's beautiful weather and blooming flowers comes seasonal allergies. High levels of pollen, dust and other irritants can leave eyes feeling less than stellar. Approximately one fifth of all Americans suffer from eye allergies leaving them with itchy, swollen, watery, and red eyes.

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March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month

March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month

Created on: Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Over 2,000 eye injuries occur each day on job sites across the U.S. and one in ten of those injuries required missed days of works to recover. Of the total amount of work-related eye injuries that occur, 10 to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. While many think that eye injuries only occur in construction, trade or manufacturing jobs, nearly 40% of work-related eye injuries happen in healthcare facilities, offices, laboratories and other similar work environments. Safety experts and eye care providers agree that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity of these injuries or even prevented 90% of them.

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February is Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, February 16, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

The month of February is Low Vision Awareness Month. What exactly is low vision? Low vision describes significant visual impairment that isn't correctable through glasses, medication, eye surgery or contact lenses. It's often characterized by partial sight such as blind spots, tunnel vision or blurred vision. The most common causes of low vision in the United States are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. There are several other causes of low vision as well such as strokes, traumatic brain injury and other diseases.

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Tips to Help Reduce Eyestrain

Tips to Help Reduce Eyestrain

Created on: Monday, February 09, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Many of us use computers for many, if not all, of our work-related tasks. Constantly staring at a computer screen can cause eyestrain, which has become a major problem for many. Studies show that eyestrain occurs in 50 to 90 percent of those who use a computer for work.

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Dilated Eye Exams

Dilated Eye Exams

Created on: Friday, January 23, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

You might think that because your vision is fine that your eyes are healthy, but receiving a comprehensive eye exam is the only way to be absolutely certain. During your visit both of your eyes will be closely examined for any signs of vision problems and eye diseases. The dilation of your eyes is a very important part of your comprehensive eye exam as it helps your doctor to get a clear picture of both your eye health and your overall well-being.

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New Year\'s Resolutions for Your Eyes

New Year's Resolutions for Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Happy New Year to all of you! With the start of 2015 comes resolutions to be the best that we can be in the New Year. Many of us make goals related to health or exercise -- losing weight is one of the most common New Year's resolutions, but one part of our body that tends to get overlooked is our eyes. This year, whether you're looking to eat healthier, lose weight or bulk up; make it a point to get your eyes into the action.

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Glaucoma and the Importance of Having Your Eyes Examined

Glaucoma and the Importance of Having Your Eyes Examined

Created on: Monday, January 05, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of fluid inside your eye. There are two main types of glaucoma. One is primary open-angle glaucoma and the other is angle-closure glaucoma. These types of glaucoma are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure, or pressure inside of the eye. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease contributes to or causes increased eye pressure.

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Eye Health in the Office

Eye Health in the Office

Created on: Friday, January 02, 2015
Author: Coastal Vision Medical Group

Experiencing red or watery eyes, blurred vision or difficulty focusing after a day at work can often be the result of staring at a computer screen for eight or more hours. Office environments can certainly take their toll on your eyes. Here are some common symptoms and simple solutions to help maintain healthy vision during your work day.

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