New Technology to Improve the Lives of People with AMD

You may have seen our previous post about the OrCam. For patients with central vision loss due to AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) or other causes, the OrCam can really help regain a sense of independence. Especially when the ability to read has been lost.

Genetics and Macular Degeneration

Did you know that ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) is largely drive by genetics?  Although our genes do not absolutely dictate whether we get the disease or not, they do heavily influence our chances of developing ARMD.  At Grin Eye Care we have the option to use genetic testing to help to see the likelihood of progression of your ARMD if you already have been diagnosed.

Nutrition's Role in Macular Degeneration

Did you know that the foods you eat can help to prevent macular degeneration?  In particular, brighter foods and green leafy vegetables can help to protect your eyes.  In our Leawood office, we have the potential to check your macular pigment optical density.

National Age Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is National Age Related Macular Degeneration awareness month. Most of us know a friend or family member with ARMD.  It is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults in the US.  Although there is no great cure, there are treatments, and these treatments definitely work better when the disease is caught early.

National Women Physician Day

Join us as we celebrate National Women Physician Day in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school and receive a medical degree in the United States. Dr. Blackwell paved the way and opened the door for women to pursue adoctorate degree--and a career--in medicine, a path that had been previously accessible to men alone. 

Five Tips for Healthy Contact Lens Wear

Rubbing the lens helps to clean it and remove any protein or bacteria that has built up throughout the day. Even if your solution says "No Rub" on the bottle, you should still gently rub the lens in your palm before putting them back in the case.

OrCam - a Device that Allows the Blind to "See" Again

Are you looking for possible solutions for you, a family member or friend with visual impairment? The OrCam, availabe at Grin Eye Care, may be your answer. OrCam is a compact device that attaches to the side of your glasses that recognizes faces, reads text aloud to you, and identifies supermarket products and money notes.

Don't Be Blind Sided By Glaucoma

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, making this a great time to spread the word about this leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma and 50% of them don’t even know it! Glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages and by the time symptoms do arise, the vision that is lost cannot be restored.

Cataracts - a Problem or an Opportunity?

Is this how you see the world? You may have cataracts. There is no getting around it; anyone who lives long enough will eventually have some degree of cataract. Cataracts aren't always bad news - today's cataract surgery is  a quick and painless outpatient procedure that can often reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and leave you seeing better than you have in years.

Understanding Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes affects almost 26 million Americans. In diabetics over age 40, 4.4 million have some form of diabetic retinopathy (bleeding or leaking in the back of the eye). In fact, since the year 2000, there has been an 88% increase in diabetic eye disease. We also know that uncontrolled diabetes is the most common cause of blindness in the United States.

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