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Is Surgery The Only Way To Treat Cataracts?

Is Surgery The Only Way To Treat Cataracts?

Created on: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

Cataracts are a common eye condition. Almost everyone who lives to a certain age will get a cataract at some point. As we age, the crystalline lens in our eyes naturally becomes more and more cloudy over time. This is what causes age-related cataracts. It is possible to develop...

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Common Eye Problems After LASIK

Common Eye Problems After LASIK

Created on: Monday, October 15, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK is usually an effective and safe procedure. For those who want to be able to see without glasses or contacts, LASIK surgery is a dream come true. But even those who consider LASIK sometimes worry about potential complications after surgery. It's common to worry about these kinds of...

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How Do Cataracts Cause Blindness?

How Do Cataracts Cause Blindness?

Created on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

Cataracts are a common cause of visual impairment. They occur because of aging. When you develop a cataract, the crystalline lens becomes cloudy. Certain factors can speed up this process, but in general, it's a natural side effect of aging. Cataracts can make it diffic...

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Advantages Of Wavefront-Guided LASIK

Advantages Of Wavefront-Guided LASIK

Created on: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK surgery is a common procedure that can change your life with the gift of visual freedom. Anyone with glasses or contacts has probably considered LASIK. Did you know that there are multiple LASIK procedures? If you are not a good candidate for one kind of LASIK, you may be a bet...

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Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

Created on: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

If you're thinking about having cataract surgery, it's important to know what to expect from the surgery, as well as the recovery period. One question you may be considering is if you are able to drive yourself home after cataract surgery. While cataract surgery is a simple procedure that only ...

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Why Is PRK Different From LASIK?

Why Is PRK Different From LASIK?

Created on: Friday, August 17, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

By now, you've heard of LASIK surgery, which uses a laser to permanently correct your vision. However, you may not have heard of PRK. PRK was the first kind of laser corrective surgery that was invented, and it is still used today. You may be wondering what is PRK and why is it different from L...

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How To Calm Anxiety Before LASIK

How To Calm Anxiety Before LASIK

Created on: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

Any surgery can be a little nerve-wracking— even a relatively minor elective procedure like LASIK. Many people are nervous before LASIK surgery as they know they will be awake, and will have surgery on their eyes using a laser. During surgery, you will be awake, but your eyes will be comp...

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4 Facts About Chronic Dry Eye

4 Facts About Chronic Dry Eye

Created on: Monday, July 23, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

Did you know that July is Dry Eye Awareness Month? You may not have even heard about dry eye before, at least not as a medical condition. Not only is dry eye a real condition, but it's also extremely common and affects 30 million people a year in the US. So what exactly is dry ...

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7 Summer Activities To Enjoy After LASIK

7 Summer Activities To Enjoy After LASIK

Created on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK surgery may seem like a daunting prospect even if you want to have perfect vision without glasses or contacts. Any surgery can be scary, and the price of LASIK may make you think twice. But there are many reasons to consider LASIK, and the benefits tend to outway any negatives. If you hav...

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4 Reasons You Could Be A Good LASIK Candidate

4 Reasons You Could Be A Good LASIK Candidate

Created on: Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK surgery can be a huge improvement in your life. Imagine not having to use glasses or contacts to see anymore, and having the freedom of perfect vision. However, before you consider LASIK, you should know that not everyone is qualified. Many people are, and if you aren't, there are a...

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Is LASIK Safe For Pregnant Women?

Is LASIK Safe For Pregnant Women?

Created on: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

If you are thinking about LASIK and are pregnant, you may have questions that you need answered. LASIK surgery is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. Having the procedure now may lead to less-than-ideal results for you and unnecessary health risks for your baby. Shifting Vis...

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Common Misconceptions About Cataracts

Common Misconceptions About Cataracts

Created on: Thursday, May 03, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

When it comes to cataracts, there are many common misconceptions that come up. Learn what to expect if you have cataracts and how to get your vision back! What Is A Cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. The term comes from a Latin word meaning “portcullis”: ...

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5 Ways To Know If You Have A Cataract

5 Ways To Know If You Have A Cataract

Created on: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

Chances are, you know someone with cataracts. The age-related eye condition is the most common cause of vision loss in the world. Here in the United States, nearly half of the population will develop cataracts by age 75. Plus, the number of Americans with cataracts is expected to double by the ...

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3 Benefits Of Custom LASIK Surgery

3 Benefits Of Custom LASIK Surgery

Created on: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

From shoes to bicycles, most things can be customized to fit the size and shape of your body. LASIK surgery is no exception — vision problems that are unique to your eyes can be corrected through a sophisticated procedure called custom LASIK. Custom LASIK surgery, also known as wavef...

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Your Guide to Premium IOLs

Your Guide to Premium IOLs

Created on: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

When going through cataract surgery there are many decisions you will have to make. When will you schedule the surgery? If you have cataracts in both eyes, which eye will you fix first? How will you get home from the clinic? Perhaps the most important decision you will have to make, however...

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As Summer Approaches, Is It Time to Ditch Your Glasses?

As Summer Approaches, Is It Time to Ditch Your Glasses?

Created on: Friday, March 09, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

There’s no doubt that glasses are a big problem. They are uncomfortable, you may not like how they look, and it can be a huge hassle to deal with if they are broken. Even if you try to get around their appearance by using contacts, you have to deal with a whole other set of issues!

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Choosing the Right LASIK Surgeon: What to Look For

Choosing the Right LASIK Surgeon: What to Look For

Created on: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

When considering LASIK, there are many things you will have to think about. You will need to know and understand your financing options, inform the doctor of any risk factors that you have such as eye diseases or previous eye injuries, and consider alternative procedures should LASIK not suit your specific needs. Perhaps the most important decision you will have to make is what surgeon to choose. However, choosing a LASIK surgeon isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here are some things to look for, and why New England Eye Center in Boston, MA is your best choice!

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5 Ways to Improve Your Vision This Year

5 Ways to Improve Your Vision This Year

Created on: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

Seeing clearly is important to just about every aspect of your life, so it makes perfect sense to want to improve your vision by any means possible. Luckily, there are many ways to help you achieve this goal. Here are 5 easy, safe, and effective methods to enhance your eyesight!

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Does My Life Stage and Lifestyle Impact My LASIK Candidacy?

Does My Life Stage and Lifestyle Impact My LASIK Candidacy?

Created on: Friday, January 19, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK has helped millions of people see clearly and comfortably, without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. New England Eye Center itself has a plethora of incredible reviews for its many locations all over Massachusetts! The benefits of LASIK to one’s quality of life is clear, but unfortunately, not everyone can receive the procedure. Certain limitations exist in order to protect you and your sight. Luckily, many of these factors have workarounds or simple solutions. Some of them just require being patient and waiting for things to change. Here’s a quick list of some things that may prevent you from receiving LASIK, why they affect your candidacy, and what can be done.

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Combating Dry Eyes This Winter

Combating Dry Eyes This Winter

Created on: Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Author: New England Eye Center

If you’ve lived in New England through winter, you know how harsh it can be. Here in Boston, Massachusetts, we are no stranger to Nor’easters, which are powerful winter storms that can bury us in ice and snow. But you don’t have to be in a state that sees a lot of snowfall to know one of the most aggravating parts of winter: dry eyes.

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Can LASIK Make Your Winter Easier?

Can LASIK Make Your Winter Easier?

Created on: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

With Christmas nearly upon us and the New Year just around the corner, the stress can be overwhelming. People are looking for every way to make their lives a little easier, so that they can spend some much needed time with their loved ones after running around shopping for presents. Well over half of the U.S. population is all too aware of one of the biggest causes of stress - poor eyesight.

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Using Your Flex Spending Account to Pay for LASIK

Using Your Flex Spending Account to Pay for LASIK

Created on: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

Plenty of people know about and love the benefits of LASIK. It allows you to see clearly with your own eyes, and enjoy life with less stress and more fun. However, one of the biggest concerns most folks have is with the intimidating price tag it can come with. With up to a few grand per eye, it’s no wonder many people believe it is completely unaffordable. However, what if you were told that there is a way to save hundreds of dollars on your LASIK? What if this miracle procedure is actually more affordable than you thought?

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3 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Will Help You Save for Lasik

3 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Will Help You Save for Lasik

Created on: Friday, September 22, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

One thing about LASIK that can turn people away is the intimidating price tag. While LASIK can be very cost effective long term, at around $2,000 dollars per eye many, many people just don’t have the ability to handle the upfront cost. Not to worry, there’s plenty of ways out there to help you save money - and here’s three to get you started!

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LASIK and Dry Eye: What You Need to Know

LASIK and Dry Eye: What You Need to Know

Created on: Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK has been a miracle for many people, but it’s not a perfect process. It is, after all, surgery. In order to improve your eyesight permanently, you will need to go through the recovery process. One of the most common side effects of LASIK is post-LASIK dry eye. Luckily the problem is usually short lived. However, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the odds of contracting post-LASIK dry eye, and ways to treat it if you do.

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Traditional LASIK vs. Custom LASIK: Deciding Which is Best For You

Traditional LASIK vs. Custom LASIK: Deciding Which is Best For You

Created on: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

Eye care technology is ever-changing, so it’s important to keep up with what your options are when it comes to treatment, and how to discern which plan will work for you. LASIK, in particular, is a rapidly evolving operation and continues to become safer and more effective every year.

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The 3 Stages of LASIK

The 3 Stages of LASIK

Created on: Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK is a fairly straightforward procedure. It only takes about 15 minutes overall and the recovery time is quick and virtually painless. However, it’s still important to have a well-rounded understanding of what you’re getting yourself into. Here’s what to expect before, during, and after your LASIK procedure.

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5 Ways LASIK Can Improve Your Life

5 Ways LASIK Can Improve Your Life

Created on: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

Having difficulty seeing? Then you are one of the millions of Americans that have some kind of refractive error. Glasses and contact lenses are useful and help a great many people to see clearly, but they come with their own problems.

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Can Athletes Get LASIK?

Can Athletes Get LASIK?

Created on: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK is an amazing procedure that changes lives by making it possible to see clearly, but not everyone knows this or trusts that LASIK is even safe. While the procedure can seem scary and is not right for every person, it is absolutely one of the safest procedures performed today. It is among the most performed elective surgeries, and has been FDA approved for over a decade.

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LASIK is Better and Safer than Ever - Thanks to Topography-Guided Technology

LASIK is Better and Safer than Ever - Thanks to Topography-Guided Technology

Created on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

LASIK eye surgery is a far cry from what it used to be. In the 1950s, surgically repairing vision was a new concept. A Spanish ophthalmologist by the name of Jose Barraquer invented an instrument called the “microkeratome” - a blade thin enough to make the corneal flaps needed for LASIK. Traditional LASIK surgery with a microkeratome is safe and is still performed today, but some believe it makes the procedure less precise. This is where topography-guided LASIK procedures come in.

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Keratoconus Treatments: Corneal-Crosslinking Explained

Keratoconus Treatments: Corneal-Crosslinking Explained

Created on: Monday, May 08, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

Keratoconus is a disease that affects 1 in 2,000 Americans. The specific cause is currently uncertain. What is known is that it specifically targets the cornea, making it thin and bulging. This can distort vision greatly, leading to nearsightedness, astigmatism, and sometimes, light sensitivity. There are several treatments for keratoconus including custom contact lenses, corneal ring implants (Intacs), corneal transplant, and keratoplasty, but one of the most effective treatments is called corneal cross-linking.

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Is Wearing Contact Lenses a Safer Alternative To Having LASIK Eye Surgery?

Is Wearing Contact Lenses a Safer Alternative To Having LASIK Eye Surgery?

Created on: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

Complications from wearing contact lenses usually occur over a longer period  of time while complications from LASIK surgery appear immediately or soon after the procedure. Truth be told, the safest way to correct your vision is to simply wear glasses.

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Life With an Implantable Contact Lens

Life With an Implantable Contact Lens

Created on: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

So, if someone told you there was a procedure available in Boston, other than LASIK, that would allow you to see clearly without depending on those visual aids, would you consider having it?

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Created on: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Author: New England Eye Center

You may think glaucoma is an “old person’s” disease. If so, you are wrong. Everyone is at risk for glaucoma, from babies to senior citizens.

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New Year Tips for Eye Makeup and Eye Safety

New Year Tips for Eye Makeup and Eye Safety

Created on: Thursday, December 29, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Everyone wants to look great on New Year's Eve. A little extra eye liner and mascara can go a long way-but-if you are not careful you can easily harm your eyes and your vision. Don't start your new year off in the emergency room or the Ophthalmology office.

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Read The Fine Print - Corneal Inlays Are Here!

Read The Fine Print - Corneal Inlays Are Here!

Created on: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Like many Americans age forty and up, reaching for reading glasses seems to come at the most inconvenient times. And if it’s not bad enough that the fine print seems to be getting smaller and smaller, you probably find yourself switching between different readers with different “lens power” for different tasks. You might even be in progressive lenses. You are not alone. While reading vision will deteriorate for everyone as we age, advancements in ophthalmology are providing some viable solutions.

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day

Created on: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Many people believe an eye exam is for someone who needs glasses. Some people only go to the eye doctor when they have an eye infection.

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Oh My Dry Eyes, They Cry All The Time!

Oh My Dry Eyes, They Cry All The Time!

Created on: Saturday, October 01, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

You might think it strange to be diagnosed with “dry eye” when your eyes water all the time, but watery eyes can be a symptom of chronic dry eye.

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Eye Surgery Alternatives to LASIK and PRK

Eye Surgery Alternatives to LASIK and PRK

Created on: Friday, August 19, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

If you have been thinking about LASIK vision correction but have been told you are not a candidate, the Visian ICL™ may be an option for you! The Visian Implantable Collamer Lens: · Treats moderate to high degrees o...

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August is National Immunization Month!

August is National Immunization Month!

Created on: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

August is "National Immunization Month!" Let's talk about vaccines. These are not just for kids anymore! People of all ages now have access to shots that will protect them from serious diseases. We encourage you, your family and friends to learnmore about vaccines that ...

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"Naked and Afraid" Paolo Di Girolamo talks about his new vision!

Created on: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

"Since having PRK my world has literally come into focus. I cannot believe it has already been a year since Dr. Wu and the rest of the team at NEEC performed the painless procedure." Not needing my glasses or contacts has enabled me to travel and work worry free. As a stone mason I work ...

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Free Sunglasses When You Have LASIK by September 30, 2016!

Free Sunglasses When You Have LASIK by September 30, 2016!

Created on: Friday, July 08, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Free Sunglasses When You Have LASIK by September 30, 2016! There is no better way to spend the summer than to be free of the dependence of contact lenses or glasses! Have LASIK with Dr. Helen Wu before September 30, 2016 at New England Eye Center in Boston and enjoy your “renewed&r...

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Let\'s Celebrate! My First Eye Results After Having Visian ICL-Brian\'s Story!

Let's Celebrate! My First Eye Results After Having Visian ICL-Brian's Story!

Created on: Monday, June 20, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Read what Brian Blaquiere had to say about his Visian ICL surgery with Helen Wu, MD! "In my last blog post I was getting ready for my corrective lens surgery. Now it has been one week since I had the Visian ICL lens was placed in my left eye and I wouldn't have believed the results if I hadn...

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Brian\'s Vacation Before Visian ICL-goggles and contacts!

Brian's Vacation Before Visian ICL-goggles and contacts!

Created on: Friday, May 06, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

"This past school vacation I took the family to Florida to visit my parents. I look forward to this trip every year because it is a very low key trip which consists mostly of mornings at the beach and afternoons at the pool. The one thing my kids and I love to do is swim. ...

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Defend Your Vision - April Is Sports Eye Safety Month

Defend Your Vision - April Is Sports Eye Safety Month

Created on: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

April is Sports Eye Safety Month and the team at New England Eye Center in Boston wants you to enjoy the season with some safety tips for "preventing eye injuries" in the office, insports and around your home. Each year over 100,00 people are hurt by sports related injuries. Abo...

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Glasses since 1st Grade-Brian\'s Story

Glasses since 1st Grade-Brian's Story

Created on: Monday, March 07, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Brian'sstory is not unlike many of the stories we hear from patients who live in Boston and have had Dr. Helen Wu perform their vision correction procedure. But we are so lucky he is sharing his story! We hope his story helps you decide if vision correction is right for you! "Ever since I ...

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Brian's Initial Screening For Visian ICL

Created on: Thursday, March 03, 2016

Read about Brian's experience during the vision correction screening process in Boston! Brian, what made your experience during the screening process helpful as a patient? “The technician who I was paired up with was fantastic! She really made my experience that much better. I...

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March Is Workplace Eye Safety Month

March Is Workplace Eye Safety Month

Created on: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Each year, nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month this March, New England Eye Center reminds employers and workers about the importance of wearing certified and approved eye protection. In addition to wearing safety glas...

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Follow Brian's Visian ICl Journey

Follow Brian's Visian ICl Journey

Created on: Friday, February 26, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Our patient"Brian"from Boston Massachusetts came in for his screening at New England Eye Center in Boston and was interested in LASIK. Lucky for Brian he was a candidate for more than one procedure and decided to move forward with the Visian ICL, Implantable Contact Lens. Brian has be...

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

Created on: Friday, February 19, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

February is “Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month.” What is AMD? Most young people do not even know about AMD. When we are young we take our vision for granted and only focus on our need for fashionable glasses and extended wear contact lenses. And for ...

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Winter Weather and Dry Eyes

Winter Weather and Dry Eyes

Created on: Monday, February 08, 2016
Author: New England Eye Center

Winter Weather = Dry Eyes The winter weather in Boston can be especially harsh on your eyes. Low humidity levels in the air can lead to dryness, itching, burning and even the feeling of a foreign object in the eye. The most common complaint of dry itchy eyes is often caused by low humidi...

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