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Albinism and Your Eyes

Albinism and Your Eyes

Albinism is a rare group of genetic disorders that are often characterized by decreased pigment in the skin or eyes. It is caused by a mutation in one’s genes that control production of pigment throughout the body. That amount of pigment in one’s skin determines their...

How Do Tears Work?

How Do Tears Work?

One of the most important components of the eye that our optometrist may assess is your tear film. This layer of fluid that is excreted in response to debris, emotions, or cutting onions has a variety of important functions such as keeping the eye lubricated and...

Iritis, Uveitis, and Eye Inflammation

Iritis, Uveitis, and Eye Inflammation

Uveitis is a common ocular condition that involves inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, otherwise known as the uveal tract. The inflammation may be focused in one part of the uvea (at the front, middle, or back of the eye) or all of them at once. This...

Benign and Malignant Eyelid Lumps

Benign and Malignant Eyelid Lumps

Lumps on our eyelids and around our eyes are common, especially as we grow older. These can be hardly noticeable or quite unsightly, and they can be completely innocent or bode important health issues. This article explains the differences between benign and malignant...

What is “Lazy Eye” and Amblyopia?

What is “Lazy Eye” and Amblyopia?

A “lazy eye”, otherwise known as amblyopia, is a commonly discussed topic among the general public. At times, it is not entirely understood what a lazy eye is referring to or what the causes and symptoms of it are. Below, an introduction to amblyopia is discussed....

Can a Low Vision Exam Help Me?

Can a Low Vision Exam Help Me?

No one wants to lose their vision, and our eye doctors are always taking care to keep you seeing your best. However, for a variety of reasons, sometimes people can permanently lose much of their vision and nothing can be done to prevent it. People very rarely go...

What is Glaucoma?

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that result in gradual and progressive loss of peripheral vision. It is a leading cause of worldwide irreversible vision loss, especially in our older populations. If left untreated, it can progress to take away one’s vision...

What You Need to Know About “Pink Eye”

What You Need to Know About “Pink Eye”

"Pink eye” is an eye problem that results in a pink, or bloodshot, and uncomfortable eyes.  The phrase “pink eye” is commonly used to describe the condition known to eye care providers as conjunctivitis.  Conjunctivitis occurs when the clear membrane that covers the...

Tips for Treating Dry Eyes

Tips for Treating Dry Eyes

There are many different options for treating the symptoms of dry eye disease.  The most common treatment option is lubricating artificial tears.  In moderate or severe cases, prescription eye drops or other medications may be necessary.  Even with these treatment...

Your Guide for Buying New Glasses

Your Guide for Buying New Glasses

Purchasing your next pair of glasses may seem like an overwhelming task.  There are so many factors to consider, from choosing the right frame and lenses, to finding an option that fits your budget.  Here at Nittany Eye Associates, we want to make the experience of...

A Guide to Specialty Contact Lenses 

A Guide to Specialty Contact Lenses 

Soft contact lenses have become one of the most popular options for vision correction.  While they are an excellent alternative to glasses and can provide clear vision to many people, soft contact lenses may not be the perfect fit for everyone.  Some people choose to...

How Sleeping Can Worsen Dry Eyes

How Sleeping Can Worsen Dry Eyes

Do you wake up in the morning with dry eyes?  Do uncomfortable symptoms such as burning or grittiness ever cause you to awaken in the middle of the night?  If you have experienced either of these, you may be affected by nighttime dryness. While you may believe that...

What Is Astigmatism?

What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very common vision condition that can cause blurred vision.  While there are oftentimes misconceptions about this condition, it is a harmless finding that can be easily diagnosed and treated.  Astigmatism is a simple vision condition that has no...

What is Macular Degeneration? 

What is Macular Degeneration? 

Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in the country.  This condition causes progressive damage to the retina and can result in significant changes in central vision.  Because Americans are getting older and living longer, more and...

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