Entries by The Eye Associates

Blue-U Light Therapy Treatment for AKs

The Blu-U Treatment is a convenient and effective way to treat pre-cancerous AKs (actinic keratosis). It is less invasive than previous treatments and with much less down time. Aks are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) such as sunlight. More then 10 million Americans…

Remember the ABCDEs of Melanoma!

(A)Asymmetry: One half of the area does not match the other half. (B)Border: The edges are uneven or ragged. (C)Color: The color is not the same all over and may have more than one shade or color present. (D)Diameter: The size is larger than a pencil eraser (6 millimeters). (E)Evolving: Changing If you are worried…

Nail Problems

Nail problems make up about 10 percent of all dermatological conditions, and can signal health problems. Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of senior citizens. Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders and are more common in toenails. Even though rare, melanomas can grow under the nail and…

Some Important Considerations Before Having LASIK

Some important considerations when about having LASIK: Make sure you are examined by your surgeon BEFORE LASIK surgery. It’s important for you to get all your questions answered by the person that is going to be performing your surgery. Ask the surgeon about his/her enhancement rate. It is important to know the skill level of…

What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia, often called ‘lazy eye’ and occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. The brain will “shut off” the image from the turned in or blurry eye. When left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision…

Acne in Adults

You thought you were long over the teen days of having to worry about acne. Well think again. Adult acne usually begins with “blackheads”. Blackheads may look like dirt, but they’re actually the result of oil and dead cells getting trapped in a pore where they block the duct and mix with bacteria. They then…

Kids and Eye Exams

Did you know that 80% of all learning in a child’s first 12 years is through their visual system? While most parents recognize the value of routine visits to the dentist, they often underestimate the importance of testing their children’s eyes. Studies find that 1 in 4 children, ages 5 to 12, have an undiagnosed vision…

SLT For Glaucoma Treatment

Are you tired of taking expensive drops for your glaucoma? Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) may be the answer. SLT is a fast, effective & painless ‘cold’ laser treatment that is used to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients. It may reduce the need and the expense of eye drop medication. The outpatient procedure is…

Your Dry Eye Coach – Dr. Richard Hector

It always bothers me when a patient says “Well, you are the expert, tell me what I need to do”. The truth is every patient knows more about how they feel, what parts work and what needs help, than I will ever know. As much as I try, I cannot feel or see how someone…