Oversized sunglasses aren't only a must for incognito celebrities. Everyone should be wearing them to help prevent sun damage around the eyes, says Ellen Marmur, MD, associate professor of dermatology and genetics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Believe it or not, eyelids are one of the most common places to find skin cancer. You can even get melanoma in the eyes. Chronic ultraviolet (UV) exposure can cause premature aging around your eyes. Tear-free baby sunscreens can help protect delicate eye skin, but sunglasses and broad-rimmed hats will shield and protect your vision to boot. Wear sunglasses whenever you're outside -- year-round, and even on cloudy days. Look for shades that offer more than 95% UV protection. Lenses that offer 100% UV protection may be labeled "UV400."
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Why are visual field tests important?
Initially, visual field tests help your ophthalmologist diagnose problems with your eyes, optic nerve or brain, including:
- Loss of vision
- Disorders of your retina (layer of cells that lines the back of your eye)
- Other neurologic conditions, including brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and stroke
If you are diagnosed with a particular disorder or disease such as glaucoma, visual field tests become a routine part of your treatment. After a baseline has been established, visual field testing is repeated every six to 12 months to monitor for change.
Visual field tests play a critical role in helping your ophthalmologist follow your condition. If you have any questions about visual field testing or your vision, be sure to talk with your ophthalmologist.
Can uveal coloboma be treated?
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Patients with uveal coloboma should have yearly follow-up exams by an eye care professional. However, there is no medication or surgery currently that can cure or reverse coloboma and make the eye whole again. Treatment consists of helping patients adjust to vision problems and make the most of the vision they have by:Correcting any refractive error with glasses or contact lenses. Maximizing the vision of the most affected eye in asymmetric cases. This may involve patching or using drops to temporarily blur vision in the stronger eye for a limited period of time. Ensuring that amblyopia (lazy eye) does not develop in childhood in case of asymmetry. Sometimes, amblyopia treatment (patching, glasses, and/or drops) can improve vision in eyes even with severe coloboma. Treating any other eye condition that may be present with coloboma, such as cataracts. Treating any complications that might arise later in life from retinal coloboma, such as the growth of new blood vessels at the back of the eye (neovascularization) and/or retinal detachment. Using low-vision devices, as needed. Making use of rehabilitation services, such as early intervention programs. Offering genetic counseling to the patient and family members.
If the eye with the coloboma is very small (microphthalmia), other follow-ups may be needed. Conformers and expanders may be used to help support the face and encourage the eye socket to grow. Children may also be fitted for a prosthetic (artificial) eye to improve appearance. As the face develops, new conformers will need to be made.
For people who wish to alter the appearance of a coloboma affecting the front of the eye, two options are currently available:Colored contact lenses that make the black part of the eye (pupil) round. Surgery to make the pupil rounder. This procedure pulls and sutures together the lower edges of the iris.
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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