Eyecare and Eyewear Blog

The Official Blog of Dr. Richard Sterling, OD & Associates

Macular Degeneration

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD or macular degeneration) takes on two basic forms dry and wet. ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in elderly patients around the world. The wet form accounts for 10% of patients with the disease but these patients make up 90% of the patients who suffer severe visual loss. The […]


The old adage is that “the eyes are the windows to the soul”. Developments in modern scientific technology have revealed that the eye is also a window to the body. The innermost region of the eye (retina) provides the key that allows my office to open the door to the diagnosis and management of many […]

Children and Diabetes

Children and Diabetes According to a paper published by Transitions Optical, Inc. comprehensive eye care and sight-enhancing eyewear are two ways to protect the eyes of children who have diabetes. The percentage of children who have newly diagnosed type diabetes has increased from below 5% prior to 1994 to 30-50% in subsequent years. Childhood obesity is […]

Link of beta blockers

Link of beta blockers and the increased risk of cataracts.Researchers in Australia found that taking beta-blockers in tablets to reduce hypertension or intraocular pressure (glaucoma) accelerated cataract formation. The researchers tracked almost 3,700 people aged 49 or older for 10 years looking at a variety of risk factors.      

AOA recommends sunglasses

AOA recommends sunglasses to shield eyes from damaging UV rays. According to researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) can damage various parts of the eye. In addition, extreme UV exposure can cause growths on and around the eyes and increase the risk of cancer around the eye itself. […]

LASIK and patient satisfaction

LASIK (laser assisted intrastromal keratomileusis) or Laser Vision Correction is a very popular surgery to reduce the dependence on vision correction devices (glasses or contact lenses). The Storm Eye Institute did a comprehensive search of the worldwide clinical literature and identified 19 peer-reviewed studies. The studies covered the period of 1995 (first approved in the […]

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca) is a condition that can occur when the tear glands production is not sufficient to support the structures of the eye resulting in discomfort, redness and in some cases increased infection and reduced vision. Symptoms include itchy dry eyes, stinging or burning eyes, foreign body sensation, redness and excessive tearing. […]

Eyelash Enhancement and Make-A-Wish

As mentioned in previous blogs my office has been using Lumigan (bimatoprost) to enhance the growth of eyelashes. Allergan, the manufacturer of Lumigan (marketed under the name Latisse (includes eyelash liner), has begun a national campaign to generate $1 million to support the foundation. This foundation is dedicated to granting the wishes of children who […]

Similarities Between Glaucoma and Alzheimers or Parkinson’s

Researchers reveal similarities between glaucoma and Alzheimers or Parkinson’s diseaseA new understanding of glaucoma has emerged. “Glaucoma isn’t simply an eye disease but rather a degenerative nerve disorder, not unlike Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.” Glaucoma begins with injury to the optic nerve as it exits the back of the eye the damage then spreading from […]

What are signs and symptoms of glaucoma?

There are 2 major types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and acute closed-angle (also called narrow angle) glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma (about 90% of all glaucoma) usually has no signs or symptoms in its early stages, the first sign is usually loss of peripheral (side) vision. This is why it is so difficult because the vision loss […]

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