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April 15, 2019

As you get older, your eyes undergo certain changes. Some of these result in the development of age-related vision conditions, such as cataracts. While cataract surgery can be performed to restore clear vision, there are also certain steps you can take on a daily basis to reduce your risk of this condition.

One of the easiest things you can do is eat a healthy diet. Several studies have found that eating a diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins that promote eye health can reduce your risk of cataracts or stem the progression of the condition.

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March 28, 2019

Cataracts are one of the most common age-related vision conditions impacting Americans. More than 25 million individuals over the age of 40 have cataracts, and it is expected that approximately 45 million Americans will develop this condition by 2050. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of cataracts.

The following infographic provides six easy things you can do every day to help reduce your risk of cataracts. If you currently have this condition, Dr. Kirk can perform cataract surgery to help you restore clear vision.

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February 05, 2019

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States, impacting more than 25 million people. Fortunately, cataracts don’t have to result in blindness. You can safely and effectively restore clear vision with cataract surgery.

During cataract surgery, your eye’s clouded natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This will ensure light is focusing properly on your retina. At Kirk Eye Center, we have made cataract surgery a primary focus of our practice, and we offer a variety of premium IOL options that will help...

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January 14, 2019

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition impacting roughly 30% of Americans. This condition, which develops when you fail to produce an adequate quantity or quality of tear film, can result in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. At Kirk Eye Center, we offer a wide range of dry eye treatment options in order to alleviate these painful symptoms. You can learn more about your options by speaking with our doctors in person.

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December 28, 2018

The dangers of smoking have been widely documented. It damages just about every organ in your body, including your eyes. In fact, smoking is the largest preventable causal factor of disease. If you’re looking for a great New Year’s resolution this holiday season, consider making a concerted effort to quit smoking once and for all.

Below are six vision problems that are more likely to occur if you smoke.

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woman smoking, which may increase her risk of serious eye conditionsSmokers are twice as...

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December 21, 2018

Winter is almost here. The cold temperatures, along with Colorado’s dry climate, can combine to wreak havoc on your eyes. It’s common for dry eye symptoms to be more severe during the winter months, resulting in considerable discomfort. This is particularly true if you suffer from dry eye syndrome, a condition that occurs when your eyes fail to produce a sufficient quality of tear film.

Whether you suffer from chronic dry eye syndrome or you simply experience an increase in dry eye symptoms due to the cold, dry winter weather, there are certain steps you can take to minimize the discomfort associated...

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December 18, 2018

Flex Spending illustrationMany employers offer generous health insurance benefits that include an eye insurance plan and/or a flexible spending account (FSA), which allows you to put aside pre-tax dollars to use on qualified healthcare expenses. It’s important to check the terms of your plans because these benefits often expire at the end of the year.

Most eye insurance plans will cover an annual eye exam (or provide you with a discounted rate for this exam). Make sure you take advantage of this. Getting your eyes...

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October 23, 2018

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when your tear glands fail to produce a sufficient quality or quantity of tear film. Millions of Americans suffer from dry eyes every year, and the condition can result in a great deal of discomfort.

You may be surprised to find out that dry eye syndrome is extremely common, and factors such as gender and age play a significant role in whether you may develop the condition.

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September 19, 2018

Loveland optometrist Dr. Dustin AsayKirk Eye Center is proud to announce that we have added a new optometrist, Dr. Dustin Asay, OD, to our team. Dr. Asay came to us from a private practice he started back in 2014, and he brings a wealth of experience to our team.

The primary focus of Dr. Asay’s practice involves dry eye testing and treatment. Dr. Asay shares our commitment to providing highly personalized care that improves the quality of your vision. Dr. Kirk and the rest of our team...

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September 18, 2018

Cataracts are one of the most common age-related vision conditions. Currently, more than 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts, and this figure is expected to rise significantly over the next 20-30 years.

A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s lens. It develops when protein fibers in the lens become damaged. Over time as your lens becomes increasingly clouded with cataracts, the condition will result in a gradual deterioration of vision. Without treatment, cataracts can eventually result in blindness.

Cataract surgery can be performed to remove your eye’s clouded natural...

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