Red eyes and swollen eyelids upon awakening in the morning are common eye problems that many people suffer from with vague diagnoses usually of dry eyes or eye allergies. As you sleep at night the normal tear film is not being pumped out through the tear ducts and spread across the eyes by the wiper like motion that occurs with normal blinking. The eye at night becomes a static environment while you sleep, trapping bacteria on the surface of the ocular tissues. The eye has its own immune system that is ramped up at night to compensate for this increase in bacteria. The result is a state of mild inflammation that occurs in everybody.
Fort Collins Optometrists may have new guidelines for contact lens solutions in the future. The Food and Drug Administration has decided to review the testing procedures for contact lens solutions against the organism acanthamoeba. This type of infection has shown an increasing trend in recent years. None of the most commonly used multipurpose contact lens solutions have the capacity to effectively destroy acanthamoeba cysts. Hopefully the FDA review will help fill this gap for Eye Doctors in the future. In the interim the following guidelines like the FDA suggestions should help prevent most acanthamoeba eye infections.
Visual field testing is done for a number of different reasons but most frequently to test for glaucoma. So just what is this test that your Eye Doctor wants you to have? A visual field test measures the the eyes sensitivty out into the peripheral parts of the retina. Most eye exams only test the small central area of the macula. The visual field test measure not only the peripheral retina but to some extent the pathway of the eye nerves thorugh the brain. Besides glaucoma, a visual field test can be used to diagnose pituitary tumors, neurological problems, and unexplained loss of sight and headaches.