Category Archives: Health Insights


Smoking and Your Eye and Vision Health

  By now, most of us are well aware of how bad smoking is for our health. However, the specific risks that smoking poses for our eyes and vision is not so well known. Dr. Julia Appel, associate clinical professor and a member of the primary care service at the University Eye Center, provides a closer look at […]

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Diet and Eye Health: What You Should Know

Drs. Barbara Pelletier and Laurie Capogna are optometrists who practice separately in Ontario, Canada. Through their daily interactions with patients, both doctors recognized a distinct lack of knowledge among the public about the relationship between diet and eye and vision health and wanted to do something to address it. After years of research and development, […]

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Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

For some people, allergy season can mean red, itchy, irritated eyes.  The University Eye Center’s chief of Advanced Care, Dr. Joseph Stamm, explains what to do if you suffer from seasonal allergies: What are some of the eye issues people get when suffering from seasonal allergies? The classic symptoms of seasonal allergies in the eyes, […]

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Amblyopia in Children

Dr. Jenelle Mallios, an assistant clinical professor at the University Eye Center, discusses amblyopia, or lazy eye, in children and why it is so important for amblyopia to be identified and treated early on in a child’s life. What is amblyopia? Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a common visual disorder in which a person has […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Vision

Our brains play a critical role in our ability to see. Therefore, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from an accident or some other event can often have a major impact on our vision. The members of our Head Trauma Service provide a closer look at the affect that TBI can have on vision and what […]

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A Closer Look at Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious, potentially sight-stealing disease that mainly affects older people. Dr. Richard Soden, executive director of the University Eye Center, provides a closer look at AMD, who’s at risk and how it is treated. What is age-related macular degeneration? AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in adults over […]

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