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Matthew Wilkening, O.D.

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Peripheral Vision Loss Can Have Many Causes – None of Them Good

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Apr 7, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Maybe you notice yourself bumping into things a little more often, or having trouble seeing in dim light. Or maybe it seems as if you're looking at the world through a narrow tube. This is what is referred to as tunnel vision.  If you're noticing these, you might be experiencing peripheral vision loss. While some vision loss is common as you age, peripheral vision loss is often a side effect of conditions that need to be taken seriously. 

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Topics: vision, peripheral vision

Myopia: Clearly on the rise

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Jul 26, 2017 8:22:00 AM

I’m seeing (sorry for the pun) more patients with myopia, or nearsightedness, lately. And it’s not just me. Actually, it’s a worldwide phenomenon. 

According to a recent article in the journal Nature, about half of young people in the United States and Europe have myopia. That’s almost twice the level of 50 years ago. And the myopia epidemic is really raging in Asia. Up to 90 percent of teenagers and young adults in China are nearsighted. In Seoul, South Korea, more than 96 percent of 19-year-old men have myopia.

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Topics: myopia, nearsighted

Presbyopia Appearing at Younger Ages

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Jun 10, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Getting older is something most of us don’t want to address. Not only does your body begin to slowly betray you, but often times, other things start to go as well – like your eye sight. New research has suggested that in addition to age-related presbyopia, an eye problem that makes it difficult to see things up close, the condition might be spurred on faster by an object you use every day – your smartphone. 

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Topics: eye condition, presbyopia

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