William S Goldstein, MD Blog

Contact Lenses and Dry Eyes

April 9, 2019 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Contact Lenses Dry Eyes

Contact lenses are a common cause of dry eyes. Dr. William Goldstein explains what dry eyes symptoms are, along with possible treatment options.

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Good Candidates for Contact Lenses

January 6, 2017 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Contact Lenses Eye Care Corrective Lenses

Contact lenses are great for improving vision if you want to avoid wearing glasses and undergoing laser eye surgery. Let's see who are ideal candidates.

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Contact Lens Eye Damage

September 16, 2016 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Contact Lenses Contact Lens Risk Eye Damage

Blindness can occur with improper contact lens wear and care. Read the Men's Journal article to learn more about contact lens eye damage that can occur in Michigan

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Contact Lenses Damage Eyes

August 26, 2016 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Contact Lenses Contact Lens Risk Eye Damage

Contact lenses damage eyes, most often when patients choose to sleep in them. Contact lens users can minimize risk in Michigan by limiting wear time.

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LASIK vs Contact Lenses

July 25, 2016 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Lasik Bladeless Lasik Contact Lenses Michigan

Comparing LASIK vs contact lenses in the long run shows that LASIK is superior on several fronts; safety and cost are 2 of the many benefits of lasik

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How Can You Prepare for LASIK Eye Surgery?

December 2, 2013 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Lasik Michigan Lasik Surgery Lasik Eye Surgery Lasik Surgeon Contact Lenses

LASIK, the acronym for LASer In-situ Keratomileusis is an extremely popular surgery done to correct the vision of people who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

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Why are blue eyes blue?

June 27, 2011 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Contact Lenses Blue Eyes Colored Contacts Dr William Goldstein Brown Eyes

The sappy 70's song "Don't it make my brown eyes blue" inevitibly leads us to think about whether brown eyes can be turned blue. Maybe the song was inspired by colored contact lenses! But why are there variations in eye color? Why are there so few blue-eyed people?

An article in the journal Human Genetics from 2008, indicates that blue eyes are the result of a single gene mutation that occurred between 6000 and 10000 years ago. The article was written by a cellular molecular biologist, Hans Eiberg.

"A genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes," Eiberg said.
The genetic switch is located in the gene adjacent to OCA2 and rather than completely turning off the gene, the switch limits its action, which reduces the production of melanin in the iris. In effect, the turned-down switch diluted brown eyes to blue.
In some patients, this switch

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Astigmatism, a Common Cause of Blurry Vision

June 20, 2011 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Astigmatism Contact Lenses Lasik Farsightedness Nearsightedness

Astigmatism is one of the most mistunderstood terms in eye care. In fact, it almost sounds like a life-threatening disease when some patients talk about it! "How can I have LASIK, Dr. Goldstein? I have....ASTIGMATISM!". And really, it's just another common cause of blurry vision.

In most cases, astigmatism is actually a very benign condition, and one that can be treated very successfully. The first step is to understand what astigmatism really is. Actually, astigmatism is similar to near and farsightedness. It is merely a problem in the way that the eye focuses light. Astigmatism occurs when the eye has unequal curvature, and is shaped like a football instead of round in all directions like a basketball. This difference in curve causes two points of focus in side the eye. Nearsighted, or myopic patients have eyes that are too long, and farsighted, or hyperopic patients have shorter than ideal eyes. The treatment of astigmatism is similar to treating nearsightedness and fars

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