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Why Are My Eyes Crusty?

It’s the same thing every morning: As soon as you’re awake and ready to start your day, you reach up and rub your eyes. Whether you consider it cleaning out gunk or something more pleasant like “sweeping the sleep from your eyes,” you’re wiping away a sort of crust that’s formed in your eyes while…

Why Do We Cry? The Truth Behind Your Tears

Why do we cry even when we’re not sad? What are tears good for anyway? According to wellness expert Michael Roizen, MD, tears are extremely useful. They help you see clearly. They wash debris from your eyes. And they communicate all kinds of feelings. But did you know that not every tear is made up of the same material?…

Non-Prescription ‘Cheaters’ vs. Prescription Glasses

Q: If you need assistance clearly seeing text, are “cheater” glasses just as good as prescription readers? A: Aging can take a toll on your eyes, a reality obvious to anyone who has held a restaurant menu at arm’s length or up to their nose to clearly read the list of entrées. If this describes you,…

Is Posterior Vitreous Detachment a Serious Eye Problem?

Posterior vitreous detachment is quite a mouthful (and sounds a bit scary). Fortunately, this eye condition usually won’t threaten your vision or require treatment. But it can sometimes signal a more serious, sight-threatening problem. So it’s best to be checked by an ophthalmologist (a specialist who treats eyes) right away. How can you tell that your…

Can Cholesterol Affect Your Eyes?

When we think about cholesterol, we often think about our heart. And while there’s good reason for that, higher levels of cholesterol can also have an effect on your body that goes beyond your cardiovascular system. It might surprise you to learn that higher levels of cholesterol can actually lead to issues with your eyes, including…

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