A new eye test may detect Alzheimer's disease decades before its onset

A new eye test may detect Alzheimer's disease decades before its onset

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

A simple eye test could soon reveal whether patients have Alzheimer's disease, or if they are likely to develop the disease in the future. Researchers recently announced promising results associated with a study focused on a new test that can pick up on the disease years - if not decades - before the appearance of clinical signals.

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Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Monday, August 11, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

August has arrived and that means that many parents are preparing their children for another school year. August is also Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. When 80% of learning occurs through the eyes, healthy vision is essential to a child's success in the classroom. In addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, don't forget to add scheduling a comprehensive eye exam as part of your back to school to-do list.

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What are the most common causes of eye injuries?

What are the most common causes of eye injuries?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Whether you're playing an action-packed sport or just cleaning around the house, eye injuries can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reported that more than 2.5 million eye injuries happen every year across the world with 100,000 of those injuries taking place in the U.S. Of those eye injuries 90% could have been prevented with protective eyewear. Ask your eye doctor about protective eyewear and take proper measures to better protect you and your family from eye injuries.

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Exercise May Help Protect Your Eyes

Exercise May Help Protect Your Eyes

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Exercise can seem like a daily chore to some, but it actually may help our body in more ways than we think. A recent study suggests that exercise could protect our eyes as we age.

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What is Low Vision?

What is Low Vision?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Low vision refers to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, prescription drugs, glasses or contacts. It's often characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision. Low vision can impact people of any age, but it is primarily associated with adults over the age of 60.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Monday, June 09, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and affect more than 22 million Americans aged 40 and older. Palmer Eye Center wants you to be informed about the ways you can help protect yourself.

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Foods to Help You Get More Shut Eye

Foods to Help You Get More Shut Eye

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

In today's fast-paced world it is very common to miss out on getting enough restful sleep each night. The challenge of balancing proper rest with everything else that needs to get done in a day can be very tricky. However, many are not aware that not getting enough rest can wreak havoc on your eyesight. While it's obvious that lack of sleep can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes, not getting enough rest can interfere with your eye health.

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5 Tips to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

5 Tips to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Monday, May 05, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

As the weather warms up, visions of sandy beaches, family picnics, and outdoor adventures become reality, but with all that time outside, don't forget to keep your peepers protected from the serious dangers associated with UV rays. Just as we make the effort to protect our skin from sunburns, we should also make sure that our eyes are safeguarded as well so that we can maintain healthy vision for many summers to come.

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Women's Eye Health & Safety Month

Women's Eye Health & Safety Month

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Did you know that more women suffer from visual impairments than men? Two thirds of blindness occurs in women, fortunately 75% of visual impairment is preventable and/or treatable.

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Foods to help fight AMD

Foods to help fight AMD

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans. Age-related macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records images and send them via the optic nerve from the eye to brain. The retina's central portion, known as the macular is in charge of focusing central vision in the eye. It controls our ability to read, recognize faces and colors, drive a car, and see objects in fine detail.

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Important tips for contact lens wearers

Important tips for contact lens wearers

Monday, March 17, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Are you one of the approximately 36 million Americans who wear contact lenses? Chances are that you went through a mini-course in proper hygiene with your eye doctor when you first obtained your prescription, but if you're being completely honest, any typical morning might involve waking up, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, throwing in your contact lenses and quickly drinking some coffee before heading out the door to greet the day. That all-too-quick minute used to put in your contact lenses may seem as insignificant and routine as choosing a travel mug for your morning coffee, but think about it, those lenses you are hastily placing in your eyes are custom-fitted, doctor-prescribed medical devices that should be given a whole lot more consideration.

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Monday, March 03, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Whether you spend hours in front of a computer or use power tools at your day job, it is always important to keep eye health and safety in mind as the gift of sight is irreplaceable.

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Tips to protect your eyes this winter

Tips to protect your eyes this winter

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Our eyes are extremely delicate organs, and while most of us often think more about staying warm in the winter months rather than taking care of our eyes, eye injuries and irritation can just as easily occur in February as in June. Whether you're hitting the slopes, heading to work or just getting cozy by the fire, you should be aware of your surroundings when it comes to protecting your vision. Here are some easy tips to keep your eyes healthy this winter.

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Proper nutrition promotes good eye health

Proper nutrition promotes good eye health

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

We all know that proper nutrition is crucial in maintaining long-term wellness, and as more and more Americans tackle issues associated with obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even premature death, it is becoming more evident that poor nutrition has a negative effect on health. Proper nutrition isn't just essential for your overall health, it's also important for the health of your eyes.

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Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Monday, January 20, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

We probably all heard this one as a kid: "Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll strain your eyes!" Now fast forward to the age of smartphones, and everyone is constantly looking at a screen that's only a few inches away from their eyes.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Monday, January 13, 2014
Author: Palmer Eye Center

This month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. January is an important time to raise awareness and spread the word about glaucoma, its symptoms and its treatment. The disease is considered the "silent thief of sight" as there are virtually no symptoms associated with it and once vision is lost, it's gone for good. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before any sort of change is noticed. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but with early detection and treatment, its effects can be slowed down and further vision loss can be prevented. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of these individuals don't even know that they have the disease. With these numbers growing, it is very important to not only receive regular eye examinations, but to help raise awareness about the disease as well.

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Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Monday, December 23, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Most of us associate sunglasses with warm weather, hanging out at the beach, and other fun summertime activities, and while sunglasses are important for preventing UV damage to our eyes, most of us make the mistake of forgetting to wear our favorite shades during the cold, and sometimes snowy, winter months. Here are some important reasons why it is important to always remember to wear your sunglasses – any time of the year.

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December is National Safe Toy and Gifts Month

December is National Safe Toy and Gifts Month

Monday, December 02, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Children's bright eyes epitomize the spirit of the holiday season, but those same bright eyes can become weary and even injured without proper supervision during the holiday gift-giving season as toys and computer games can prove hazardous to children's vision. The Consumer Products and Safety Commission reports that more than 230,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms annually. Of those injured, approximately one third under the age of five and more than 45% of those injuries are to the head and face. Most eye injuries caused by toys are completely preventable. Many parents are simply unaware of what to look for to maximize children's eye safety when purchasing toys.

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Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Monday, November 18, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Have you ever experienced an irritating eye twitch that just won't seem to end? How about dry eyes or blurred vision? Have you ever thought that these issues could be caused by stress? It's true, our eyes are an extension of our brain so whatever affects the various parts of our brain can actually interfere with our vision.

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Eye Health in the Office

Eye Health in the Office

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Experiencing red or watery eyes, blurred vision or difficulty focusing after a day at work can often be the result of staring at a computer screen for eight or more hours. Office environments can certainly take their toll on your eyes. Here are some common symptoms and simple solutions to help maintain healthy vision during your work day.

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

World Sight Day takes place Thursday, October 10th. It is a global event that focuses on raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment as well as rehabilitation for those living with visual impairments. This event happens every year on the second Thursday in October.

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Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Our days are about to become darker even earlier with the fall season officially upon us, which means more nighttime driving. According to a national survey, 32% of drivers reported that they have trouble seeing in the dark. Most of these drivers have difficulty judging distance, identifying signs or exits, and struggle to see animals and pedestrians in roadways.

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Glaucoma and Why You Should Have Your Eyes Examined

Glaucoma and Why You Should Have Your Eyes Examined

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of fluid inside your eye. There are two main types of glaucoma. One is primary open-angle glaucoma and the other is angle-closure glaucoma. These types of glaucoma are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure, or pressure inside of the eye. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease contributes to or causes increased eye pressure.

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August is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month

Monday, August 26, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

August can often be hectic as we rush to fit in the last bits of summer vacation before the school year starts and the weather cools down, but before you get too wrapped up in back-to-school or final summer plans, don't forget about planning ahead for healthy vision by scheduling an eye exam for you and your family.

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Cataracts

Cataracts

Monday, August 19, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

As we grow older our bodies experience many different changes, and our eyes are no exception to this rule. Usually as we age and our vision becomes more blurred, we assume that we probably need new glasses with a stronger prescription, but in fact, cataracts may be the culprit behind our declined vision.

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Heterochromia

Heterochromia

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

July 12th is Heterochromia Awareness Day. Only 11 our of every 1,000 Americans have heterochromia, a condition that results in two differently colored eyes.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

According to Prevent Blindness America, the founders of Cataract Awareness Month, it is estimated that over 22 million Americans age 40 and over have cataracts. Cataracts are the clouding of the natural lens of the eye which leads to decreased vision. Cataracts make vision comparable to looking through a foggy windshield and are the most common cause of blindness and are conventionally treated with surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and a recent study found that cataract surgery patients had significantly reduced rates of hip fractures due to falls.

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June is UV Safety Month: Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

June is UV Safety Month: Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

Monday, June 03, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

June is here and that means summer is upon us! June also means that it's UV Safety Month - a great time to spread the message of sun, fun and the effects of UV rays. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, but can also damage your eyes if you leave them unprotected. It is always important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but it is especially important during the extended daylight hours of the summer.

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Sports and Eye Safety

Sports and Eye Safety

Monday, May 20, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

With warmer weather upon us, many of us are probably enjoying the sunshine by playing some recreational sports. Tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90% of these serious eye injuries are easily preventable through the use of protective eyewear. The risk of eye injury varies depending on the activity, so make sure the level of eye protection you use is appropriate to the sport. Regular eyeglasses will not offer you proper protection when it comes to the safety of your eyes and vision.

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May is Healthy Vision Month: Keep an Eye on Your Vision

May is Healthy Vision Month: Keep an Eye on Your Vision

Friday, May 03, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

May is Healthy Vision Month and offers up a great opportunity to learn about eye health and to make sure you and your family recognize the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams as a way to maintain healthy vision.

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What Causes Red Eye in Flash Photography?

What Causes Red Eye in Flash Photography?

Friday, April 12, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Have you ever wondered what causes eyes to appear red in photos? Usually this happens indoors or at night when the pupils are more dilated than usual. The light from camera flashes are generally located only a few inches from the camera's lens. When the flash goes off, light goes straight into the pupil and gets reflected off the back of the eye, and straight in to the camera lens. The effect is magnified with dilated pupils - that's why the "red eye" mode of cameras involves a pre-flash before the main flash so that pupils become smaller before the real picture is taken and red eyes are minimized.

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March is National Save Your Vision Month

March is National Save Your Vision Month

Monday, March 25, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

March is National Save Your Vision Month. While many of us think that having good vision simply means that our eyes are healthy, that is not always the case. Regular comprehensive eye exams can ensure that you not only keep your vision in great shape, but that you keep your eyes, and ultimately your body, healthy as well. Scheduling an eye exam is the first step to take in saving your vision.

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy During National Nutrition Month & Beyond

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy During National Nutrition Month & Beyond

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

During the month of March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages individuals to focus their attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits during National Nutrition Month. By eating right, you also increase the opportunity to protect your vision by adding sight-saving nutrients to your daily diet. Fruits, vegetables, and fish make for delicious, healthy meals and snacks that contain nutrients and powerful antioxidants that are essential to maintaining healthy eyes.

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Exercise & Your Eyes

Exercise & Your Eyes

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

With the New Year in full swing, some of those resolutions we made might have gone by the wayside. But if getting into shape was one of your goals for 2013, there are plenty of reasons not to break that resolution, healthy eyesight being one of them.

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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Monday, February 04, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Over 9 million people in the U.S. have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a painless eye disease that is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years of age. That statistic is expected to double over the next decade as baby boomers begin heading into retirement.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Monday, January 21, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. It is an important time to spread the word and raise awareness about glaucoma, which is considered a thief of sight. There are virtually no symptoms associated with the disease and once vision is lost, it is gone for good. As much as 40% of one's vision can be lost before a change is noticed. This condition is considered the leading cause of preventable blindness.

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Resolve for Healthier Vision in 2013

Resolve for Healthier Vision in 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Each year most of us resolve to make changes that will result in longer, happier and healthier lives. Most people are determined that with the start of a new year they'll lose weight or kick unhealthy habits. This year why not add eye health to your resolutions? Here's a list of easy tips and simple solutions for healthier eyes and better vision in 2013.

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Keeping Your Eyes Safe This Holiday Season

Keeping Your Eyes Safe This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

The holiday season is in full effect and for most of us it's a time that we all look forward to as it means attending parties, relaxing, and spending time with the people we love most. It is meant to be a time of joy and celebration. Do not let preventable eye injuries ruin your time with family and friends this season. Parents should be especially aware of the potential holiday eye hazards that could affect their children. By simply following a few helpful tips you can ensure that your holidays will be safe, merry, and bright!

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How Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Vision

How Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Vision

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

In today's fast paced and hectic world it is very common to miss out on getting enough restful sleep each night. The challenge of balancing proper rest with everything else that needs to get done in a day can be very tricky. However, many are not aware that not getting enough rest can wreak havoc on your eyesight. While it's obvious that lack of sleep can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes, not getting enough rest can interfere with your eye health.

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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Diabetic eye disease is one of the major causes of vision loss in adults. When the sugar levels in the blood are high, it is very stressful on the blood vessels all over the body, putting individuals at high risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. In the eye, blood vessels can start to leak or bleed in reaction to high blood sugar. This swelling in the retina can decrease vision, so it's best detected and treated early.

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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

In an effort to educate the public about the importance of safe vision, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared October as National Eye Injury Prevention Month. The hope is that by sharing some of the most common vision accidents and causes, as well as helpful tips on how to maintain healthy vision, people can avoid these injuries that happen each and every year.

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October 11th is World Sight Day

October 11th is World Sight Day

Monday, October 08, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness created to help focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of those with visual impairments. Each year the event is held on the second Thursday of October.

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5 Tips to Help You See Better in The Digital World

5 Tips to Help You See Better in The Digital World

Friday, September 21, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

When thinking about how to describe the world we live in one word generally comes to mind: connected. Everywhere we go we're usually carrying around some sort of device that keeps us connected to something important to us. Whether it's a tablet, smart phone or a computer that we're using to stay in touch, we sometimes forget to take into consideration two very important devices that keep us connected to the world better than anything else: our eyes.

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August is Cataract Awareness Month

August is Cataract Awareness Month

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

August is National Cataract Awareness Month. During the month of August be sure to focus on your vision and talk to your doctor if you believe you are at risk for cataracts. Since cataracts develop over years, gradual changes in vision can become the norm for most individuals suffering from the condition and therefore become ignored longer than necessary. Some people even describe cataracts as looking through a “dirty windshield.”

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A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Vision, Here Are Some Tips to Improve Your Summer Snacking

A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Vision, Here Are Some Tips to Improve Your Summer Snacking

Friday, July 20, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

If you want to improve your vision, you had better start with your diet because healthy vision starts with healthy eating habits. Fruits, vegetables, and fish make for healthy, light, delicious meals and snacks during the warm summer months and contain nutrients and powerful antioxidants that are essential to healthy eyes.

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The Effects of Indoor Tanning on Your Eyes

The Effects of Indoor Tanning on Your Eyes

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Have you been thinking about perhaps getting a jump start on your summer tan by heading to your local tanning salon? Most people know that ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage and even cancer, but did you know that indoor tanning can also have harmful effects on your eyes?

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Award Time: The Eyes Have It

Award Time: The Eyes Have It

Friday, February 03, 2012
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Written By: Jim Moore

Occasionally, even in our hurry-up society, some organizations take the time and effort to honor special medical centers with an award for exemplary patient service. Such an award, “Center of Excellence,” has been given to the Palmer Eye Center in Tallahassee. Dr. Palmer, a laser vision specialist, received the award.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Friday, December 09, 2011
Author: Palmer Eye Center

Glaucoma is considered a thief of sight. There are virtually no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's gone for good. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before someone notices what is happening. This condition is considered the leading cause of preventable blindness.

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