Eye Health

Eclipse 2017: How to view safely

Monday, August 14, 2017
We have had quite a few questions recently regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. The first, best (and simplest) piece of advice I can give you is this: Do not look directly at the sun. Here is why: Solar retinopathy. That’s the technical name for when you burn a hole through a layer of the back of your eye. Looking directly at the sun without the correct eye protection - even for a short time - can cause permanent damage to your retina, the light-sensitive part of ..

Our New Building: Top 5 Questions Answered!

Friday, January 29, 2016
As many of you are probably already aware, our office will soon be moving up the road to 425 St. Mary Street, at the corner of St. Mary and Ridgefield Rd. With the renovation of this old house comes many questions from our patients and others in the community. We've noticed a few questions that come up more often than others, so I will try to answer them here. #1: Where are we going to park? Answer: Yes, this is probably the most important question. One of our biggest co ..

Specialty Contact Lenses

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Okay-- can I brag about my wife for a minute? Dr. Lisa Mitchell has the most advanced training and expertise in contact lens fittings that I know of, and she has been specializing in difficult to fit and medically necessary contact lenses for nearly 12 years now. Fitting contact lenses on irregular corneas is no easy task, especially if an eye care practitioner has little to no experience fitting such patients. I know— I have done more fits in these types of lenses than most  ..

Cataract Surgery

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Last time I talked about what a cataract is, and how it forms. (/blog/cataracts-mitchell-family-eye-care) This post will discuss the process of cataract extraction(surgery). Cataract surgery is currently the most common surgery performed in the United States, and it boasts one of the lowest complication rates of any surgery currently performed. Cataract surgery involves the removal of the crystalline lens inside the eye (where the cataract (/blog/cataracts-mitchell-family-eye-care)  ..

Cataracts - Mitchell Family Eye Care

Friday, January 16, 2015
During an examination the other day, a patient joked with me, "Doc, I hope I don't have any Cadillacs in there-- I only drive Fords." I assured him that not only did he not have any signs of cataracts, I also saw no evidence that anyone had parked their car in his eye. Most people have at least heard of cataracts, but many perhaps don't understand exactly what they are. We all have a small lens within our eye, that sits just behind the iris (the colored part of your eye). This len ..

Why Is My Eye Twitching?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I've had several people ask this question in the past few weeks, so thought it warranted addressing it here. That annoying lid twitch, that may feel like a rippling or vibration in your eyelid, is called myokymia. It actually feels much more dramatic than it looks, and while you may feel like others will see it, the spasm is usually much too subtle to be noticed. These twitches, tics, and spasms are actually pretty common, and can last for weeks or even months. So the real ques ..

Presbyopia and How the Eyes Autofocus: I am A __________

Thursday, October 30, 2014
16 Across, 6 letters, I Am A ______. If you've done enough crossword puzzles, you're bound to have come across this clue. I've struggled through enough puzzles to figure out the answer is "camera," but I've never understood the intertextuality of it. It does always make me think of the eye, and it's amazing ability to autofocus quickly from distance to near and back again. When the eye is focused on a distant target, the pupil is wider and the muscles within the eye are relaxed. ..

Amblyopia: Treating Lazy Eye with Tetris

Friday, October 24, 2014
The classic addictive video game Tetris is being used in research to treat amblyopia, or "lazy eye," with optimistic initial results. Amblyopia is the condition where one eye has reduced vision, not due to any structural problem with the eye, but due to a less than optimal connection between the eye and the visual centers in the brain. Amblyopia typically occurs when the image in one eye is blurry but the other is clear. The problem occurs because during a critical period of br ..

Psychogenic Lacrimation: Why We Cry

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Psychogenic lacrimation is the term that describes tearing up or crying as an emotional response. This type of tears is typically associated with anger, sadness, or even extreme happiness or relief. But what is the underlying reason that we tear up when we are sad? To answer that, let’s first examine how our tears are made. The bulk of our tears is produced by the lacrimal glands. We have one of these glands in each eye, and they sit just under the temporal (outer) aspect of our ..

Blepharitis: Crusty eyelashes in the morning. "Sleepy" is not just a dwarf

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
"Sleepy" is not just a dwarf. You may have referred to it as "sleep," "crust," or even "eye boogers." My earliest memory of waking up with crusty eyelashes is as a very small child, and my mom telling me I had "sleepy" in my eyes. I'm not sure why she added the "y" to the end-- maybe to make it a little cuter-sounding to a 4 year old. So what is that crust that forms in the eyelashes, usually evident upon waking in the morning? Most likely, it is due to a chronic infectious condit ..