An unusual spot

The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is the pigmented cell layer just outside the neurosensory retina that nourishes retinal visual cells, and is attached to the choroid beneath and the retina above.   The 7 functions of the RPE are:    1.   light absorption essential   2.   epithelial transport   3.   spatial buffering of ions.   4.  visual cycle.  … Continue Reading


Blepharitis

Blepharitis symptoms and signs include: Watery eyes Red eyes A gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes Eyelids that appear greasy Itchy eyelids Red, swollen eyelids Flaking of the skin around the eyes Crusted eyelashes upon awakening Eyelid sticking More frequent blinking Sensitivity to light Eyelashes that grow abnormally (misdirected eyelashes) Loss of eyelashes… Continue Reading


When You Have a Cataract

A cataract is a clouding and yellowing of the the lens inside the eye.  Symptoms of cataract include: Blurry vision. Faded colors. Glare and halo around lights. Night vision problems. Double vision Many people can have an age-related cataract in their 40s and 50s, but it doesn’t affect vision.   After age 60, cataracts often affect vision and require… Continue Reading


How to Prevent Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older.  Here are some steps you can take to prevent vision loss from macular degeneration. Here are steps you can take to prevent or slow the progression of AMD: Eat plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables, such as raw spinach.… Continue Reading


What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean

By Dr. Yvonne Alomia Recently, I saw a 16 year old girl for a routine eye examination.  Last exam had been 2-3 years ago.   Her medical history was negative for everything.  Picture of her right eye’s retina is above.   Blood work by primary care physician shows she has HIGH LIVER ENZYMES but they don’t… Continue Reading