Articles & Papers

Frequently, Wheaton Eye Clinic writes articles for consumer magazines or newspapers. Usually editors ask us to choose eye care topics we know will be interesting and helpful to a large number of people. Because our doctors are dedicated to excellent patient education, we eagerly embrace these opportunities to share information about healthy eyes.

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight ~ November, 2009

In the United States, it is estimated that over four million people have glaucoma but only half of them know it. Many times those who have the disease don’t experience noticeable signs or symptoms until their vision has been irreparably damaged. And, although glaucoma can be controlled once discovered, lost eyesight usually cannot be regained. The key to combating this silent thief of sight is early detection followed by ongoing management of the disease. Learn More ...

Your Eyes Need Sun Protection, Too ~ July, 2010

Sunscreen is great at maintaining healthy skin, but what many people may not realize is just how vulnerable the eyes are to sun damage. Overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays has been shown to contribute to the development of cataracts as well as  more serious eye cancers. Macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, also has been linked to prolonged exposure to the sun.     Learn More ...

Uncovering The Mysteries of LASIK Surgery ~ July, 2010

Are you, or someone you love, tired of dealing with eyeglasses and contact lenses? Do all the articles and ads for LASIK vision correction make you curious but confused about its possibilities? Every day patients come to our clinic wanting to know about LASIK. Despite the barrage of media attention, many people still don't understand what LASIK is, what it can do, what it can't do and how it compares with other corrective techniques. Learn More ...

Making The LASIK Surgery Decision ~ July, 2010

The benefits of laser vision correction, specifically the newest LASIK technique, are being well advertised. In many cases, LASIK seems like the miracle cure for those with anything less than 20/20 vision. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Just as LASIK surgery cannot be safely performed by just anyone in the eye care profession, LASIK surgery is not automatically the right choice for every patient. Learn More ...

Experiencing LASIK Surgery ~ July, 2010

If you've been told you could benefit from LASIK vision correction, you are probably feeling excited about all the ways LASIK can help you and also feeling nervous about the reality of an unfamiliar experience. But if you know what to expect, and follow a few simple guidelines, your surgery day can actually be easy and quite comfortable. Learn More ...

Expectations Following LASIK Surgery ~ July, 2010

Everyone undergoing LASIK surgery expects to have wonderful results; certainly this is what all doctors work to achieve. But there are common side effects which many patients experience for up to 72 hours following surgery. Understanding what they are, and what routine post-operative care is required, will help you achieve the best possible outcome. Learn More ...

Conjunctivitis Is Common, Highly Contagious Eye Infection ~ January, 2010

When the redness in your eye turns itchy, painful, oozy or crusty, you may be the victim of an eye infection commonly known as pink eye. The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis. It occurs when the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent lining that covers the back of the eyelid and loops back to cover the white of the eye, becomes inflamed. Learn More ...

Get Your Eyes Screened at 40 ~ February, 2010

If you recently celebrated your 40th birthday, give yourself a belated gift: the gift of continued good sight. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults get a baseline eye disease screening by an ophthalmologist at age 40. This is the time when early signs of several eye diseases and changes in vision may start to occur, often without any obvious symptoms. Learn More ...

Drooping Eyelids May Signal Serious Underlying Disorder ~ December, 2009

Some people always look sleepy but not because they lack a good night’s sleep. Generally considered nothing more than a cosmetic inconvenience, chronically dropping eyelids may actually be the result of a medical condition called “ptosis.” And ptosis may be the first sign of several other serious medical disorders. Learn More ...