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Nov 08, 2021

Can Reading In Low Light Harm Your Eyes? Top 10 Eye Health Myths Debunked

As with most complicated subjects, myths about vision and eye health abound. John A. Moran Eye Center optometrist Gabriel Hulewsky, OD, has heard them all, and he's here to debunk 10 of the most common misunderstandings.

Oct 19, 2021

What Is Myopia, And Why Does It Affect So Many Children? Screen Time Is A Growing Concern

Ophthalmologists say they’re seeing myopia, or nearsightedness, affect growing numbers of children and young people. John A. Moran Eye Center optometrist Shandi Beckwith, OD, specializes in myopia correction, specifically for children ages 8 to 12. Here she answers key questions and shares the latest treatment options.

Sep 28, 2021

Don’t Sleep in Your Contact Lenses and Other Vision-Saving Tips From a Pro

Professionals from the CDC to your local eye doctor caution that wearing contact lenses may increase your chance of getting an eye infection if you don't practice strict safety precautions. Whether you're new to contact lenses or have been wearing them for a while, it's always good to double-check your hygiene practices.

Sep 07, 2021

What Is Thyroid Eye Disease, and When Does It Require Surgery?

When thyroid disorders result in eye disease, things can get complicated. In extreme cases, a highly specialized surgery can offer life-changing relief.

Jul 15, 2021

Eyes Irritated by Summer Smoke? Here’s What to Do

Smoke from summer wildfires raging throughout the west can travel hundreds of miles. And with it comes invisible micron-size particles that wreak havoc on our health and float in the atmosphere long after the smoke has cleared. Here are some tips to help you deal with the smoke.

Jun 03, 2021

Eye Whitening Drops: What You Need to Know

Looking to reduce eye redness? Just how effective are those eye-whitening drops? Even though fashion decrees it, you may want to carefully consider the side effects. And what about eye-brightening drops? Find out everything you need to know here.

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S5E4: Lina - Strength from Community

Nov 19, 2021

There's a skewed mindset that we need to give 100% all the time. But there's strength in admitting you're not at full capacity—even momentarily—and a break is needed. That's when community matters. Concluding the comeback of our IDENTITY SERIES—a three-parter exploring who we are as human beings—in S5E4, Lina talks to Noor Mashal about the strengths and struggles of their shared identity as Palestinians, and how the Israel–Palestine conflict impacts their personal and professional lives in medicine.

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Sideshow: How Prepared is Your Car for Winter Survival?

Nov 17, 2021

Winter driving can be dangerous—especially in the isolated highways in the western states. If you were to break down in the middle of nowhere in freezing temperatures, could you survive? Mountain medicine specialist, Dr. Graham BZ shares what he has in his trunk to keep safe and warm in the worst case scenario.

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S5E3: Mariam - Living Beyond Assimilation

Nov 12, 2021

Living as a minority in America, there can be pressures to conform and fit in with the majority. Continuing our IDENTITY SERIES—a three-parter exploring who we are as human beings—in S5E3, Mariam and Harjit talk about the complexities of being first-generation/immigrants in America, and how assimilation has impacted their experiences in both their personal and professional lives.

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How Do I Know if My Child Has Craniosynostosis?

Nov 10, 2021

A condition that causes a newborn’s skull to be misshapen, craniosynostosis occurs in about 1 in 2,000 births—and it should be treated. Plastic surgeon Dr. Faizi Siddiqi and neurosurgeon Dr. John R. Kestle discuss how to identify the condition, how it’s treated, and why it’s so important for your infant to have the procedure sooner rather than later.

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