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What are Pingueculas?

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The sun has started gracing us with its warm presence! Many Idahoans are already anticipating the days to come: of the endless hours basking in the sun’s rays, hiking those mountain trails, roaring across dirt roads on those four-wheelers, and getting those hands dirty with garden soil. Come late August you will be feeling better than ever, right?

What are Pterygiums?

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Previously we introduced you to pinguecula, that little yellowish growth composed of harmless calcium and protein deposits that can develop on the cornea of your eyes. Now let us introduce you to pingucula’s bigger and more attention-seeking sibling: Pterygium.

Dry Eyes? Avoid These 4 Makeup Ingredients

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Ever look at a list of ingredients on a new beauty product and wonder if it’s really safe to put on your face or near your eyes? Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the chemicals used in beauty and cosmetic products? The only thing the FDA monitors is the mislabeling of ingredients. They can’t control whether something is labeled hypoallergenic or organic and they can’t even force a company to remove or recall dangerous chemicals, they only send warning letters!

Allergy Survivial Guide for Your Eyes

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Spring is here and everything is in bloom! It’s beautiful outside and after being cooped up all winter (and quarantine), we can’t help but be drawn to the outdoors! But if you are like the roughly 20% of the population that is affected by allergies, you may have a different view. We all know about the typical symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, but let’s talk a bit about how allergies affect your eyes and more importantly, what to do about it!

Oh No, I Have an Astigmatism!

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We often see patients in the office that either has astigmatism or they have a family history of astigmatism. A lot of these patients are so worried, thinking it is a disease or scary problem of the eye.

Seriously, Keep Your Fingers Out of Your Eyes

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There are a number of very good reasons that you should keep your fingers out of your eyes, especially at a time like this- when the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire. But this concept isn't new. Doctors have encouraged people not to touch their eyes (especially if they haven't washed their hands) for eons.

Caring for Contacts While Traveling

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There are few things worse than traveling somewhere and realizing that your contacts feel uncomfortable in your eyes and you can't get to your eye care supplies. Whenever you travel, if you are a contact lens wearer, you have to plan ahead. As you are preparing for long flights, road trips, or any journey lasting more than a couple of hours, you'll want to make sure you are fully prepared for any eye-related situation you may encounter.

Tips For Keeping Your Eyes Healthy When Applying Makeup

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Because makeup is a fun way to express yourself, it's easy to forget about the impact eye makeup can have on the health of your eyes. We've compiled a list of things to remember to decrease the risks of injury and infections while maintaining a fun way to express yourself and look great.

What To Know About Blue Light

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You may have heard people complain that they need to get special glasses or computer screens because of eye problems. Those people might have mentioned that they are having issues because of the effects of blue light.

Tips For Putting In Your Contact Lenses

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Putting in your contacts is a task that gets quicker and easier over time. However, that doesn't mean that any of the proper steps should be abandoned to make it go faster. Here are some crucial things to remember when it comes to caring for your contacts and your eyes.