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When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Polarized Lenses

All About Polarized Eye Wear Everyone wants to drive safer, see more comfortably and protect the long term health of their eyes. What many don't know is the advantages that polarized eyewear can give when trying to accomplish these goals, and more.   Polarized lenses aren't new. For many years...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

The Importance of Proper Contact Lens Fitting

Many times in life, One-size-fits-all can be really great! It takes the stress out of finding the right fit and is often quick, easy and convenient. But when it comes to contact lenses, one-size-fits-all is not only an uncomfortable, but also a potentially damaging, concept that can result in serious...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Computer Vision Syndrome

Sitting in front of a computer the entire day is not optimal for your health, yet it is often unavoidable in today's workplace in the digital era. If you work on a computer all day long, you may experience headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, fatigue and eyestrain in addition to...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

Top Ways To Diagnose & Treat Dry Eye With Dr. James Williams

Interview: Top Ways To Diagnose & Treat Dry Eye with Dr. James Williams Q: Can you describe the symptoms of dry eye and what a person is experiencing that would bring them to make an appointment with their optometrist? When should they come into the office to see you? A:...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

UV Protective Sunglasses: Winter Sports and UV Rays

Sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe, even in the winter. While many people associate the need for 100% UV protective sunglasses with warm weather and glaring sun like you find on the beach, harmful UV radiation is present even on a gloomy, cloudy day. No matter where you...

November is National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that having diabetes increases your chances of vision threatening eye damage? According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in adults between 20 and 74. One of the risks of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by excessive...

Toric Contact Lenses: A Great Way To Correct Astigmatism

So many people with astigmatism are under the impression that they can't use contact lenses due to their condition. It may come as a surprise to know that there's actually a special type of contact lens that corrects astigmatism. An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea (it's shaped...

Retino-what? What Happens During your Eye Exam

There may be a few tests that you have experienced at an eye exam and questioned what they measure. Having beams of light shined into your eye could be an example. This is one way eye doctors test the refractive error of your eye, and it's called retinoscopy. By just...

Focusing on Smartphones

Have you ever thought about the toll your smartphone might be taking on your sight? We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they let us stay connected no matter where we are. However because handheld devices are made with small screens, most people often hold their smartphones much...

What are Multifocal Lenses?

Presbyopia, or far-sightedness, is a common condition that often begins to affect those who are 40 or older. It's comforting to know that developing presbyopia when you already wear glasses for distance vision doesn't mean you now need two pairs of specs. Multifocal lenses let you have good vision always,...

Eye Patches: A Simple Solution to a Common Problem

Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is a condition commonly seen in many of our younger patients. A lazy eye comes about when sight in one eye is suppressed. This might happen if a child can't see well through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in...

How much do you know about your eyes?

Do you have an eye exam coming up in the near future? There are several things you should tell our eye doctors so that we can guarantee you are examined proficiently and thoroughly. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, you'll need to let us know...

Turn Out the Lights: How Does Night Vision Work?

  Sometimes you get ready for bed and turn off the light, but you can't sleep. You open your eyes and find yourself enveloped in darkness. It takes a couple of minutes for your vision to return. We call this ''dark adaptation'' and it's what lets our eyes adjust to...

Let’s Play Safe: Eye Safety and Children

Sometimes it's challenging to choose toys that will be safe for our kids' eyes. Children don't have an entirely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that encourage a child's visual development better than toys and activities that encourage hand-eye coordination...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

It's hard to believe it's already August, right? Boys and girls throughout the country are preparing for the next academic year, with their new bags, textbooks and of course, plenty of energy and excitement. It's also the perfect time to take your child in for a proper eye exam. Proper...

Convergence Insufficiency: Not As Simple As It Seems

Is your child bright when it comes to lots of things, but cannot cope well with school? It's important to be aware that the child may have a hidden but very real vision problem, which effects learning, that eye doctors call Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a condition that gets...

Understanding 20/20 Vision

Everyone has run into the terms visual acuity and 20/20 vision. Yet, do people understand what these terms actually mean? The term 20/20 indicates the clarity and sharpness of sight measured at a distance of 20 feet. When you have 20/20 vision, that basically means that from a distance of...

A Fresh Look Just For You

Do you want a new look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a large palette of color contact lenses, so you can just boost or noticeably alter your natural eye color. This great collection of contact lenses boasts such a large number of choices, that you'll be sure to...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Do you ever experience inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms. Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in your eye, tearing...

A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

Have you ever left your soft contact lenses in for more time than recommended? It's a fact of life that so many things are at their best when they haven't been used too much. It's helpful to know that the same principle is also applicable to your contacts. There are...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Did you know that cataracts are the most common source of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than fifty percent of the population who are 65 and older have at...

How To Protect Yourself from UV Rays

It's a fact that basically everybody is exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the potential dangers of years of exposure to these unsafe rays aren't really thought about, to a point where most people barely take enough action to protect their eyes, even if they're expecting...

When Did You Last Have a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

This month is Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes periodically is one of the most important things you can do to be sure that your vision remains in top form. During the procedure, your eye care professional thoroughly examines your eyes,...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

We're excited to tell you that one of our favorite lens makers, Transitions® Optical, have just launched an exciting product as part of their comprehensive range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has added a great new feature to their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary...

Keeping An Eye On Poor Vision

Poor vision in adults or children can be caused by a number of conditions including changes in the body or in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects caused by medication or injury. Many people also experience visual abnormalities resulting from aging or eye strain. This can lead...

Women’s Eye and Vision Health

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease among the female population is being diagnosed in growing numbers, particularly in middle-aged women. In fact, studies indicate that large numbers of women aged 40...

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime arrives, as well as often warmer weather, comes an increase in the prevalence of sports related eye injuries. Each year, far too many children and adults incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be prevented with the right defense and information. Wearing proper...

Eye Care on The Go

Proper vision is required for road safety. Actually, driving safely requires several different visual abilities like the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, plus many others. Being able to see well into the distance is crucial because it allows...

Vision Wellness in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this directive is to teach businesses and their workers about the necessity of eye health, including advice on how to avoid vision-impairing eye accidents. Each day, employees suffer from job related eye injuries that...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The part of the eye that surrounds your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under usual circumstances, round. As light enters your eye from all angles, the cornea's job is to focus that light, directing it at the retina, right in the anterior portion of your eye. But...

Conjunctivitis: Don’t Let it Go Untreated

Pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most frequently encountered eye diseases, particularly when it comes to kids. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses or allergies to chlorine in swimming pools, pollen, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants that touch the eyes. Certain types of...

All About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to spreading knowledge about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary causes of loss of vision in those aged 65 and above. AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the macula...

Contact Solution Only!

Research performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many individuals regularly use potentially harmful substances instead of lens solution to moisten their lenses. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, lemonade, fruit juice, butter and others were all mentioned as occasional substitutes, by 20% of the 2,000 adults...

Safeguard Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

The winter leads to an increase in patients suffering from dry eyes because of the presence of cold, dry air.

Winter UV Exposure and Your Eyes

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some parts of the country bitter cold winds and cold rain, snow and sleet are also on the horizon. The majority of us wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a jacket in icy weather, however surprisingly, many people don't think...

This Month Heighten Your Glaucoma Awareness

Since this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of being aware of the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the term for a group of progressive ocular disorders that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which may lead to blindness. If not...

How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

Visit your Frisco, TX Optometrist to Learn More About Treatment Options Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with age in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. With the increasing international population of older adults, a significant number of people are developing...

A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are rapidly approaching which means dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well intentioned parents enjoy surprising the young children with the latest toys for the holidays. It is crucial that family members instruct others about the restrictions about eye safety and choosing toys. Mishaps involving toys and...

Don’t Throw Away Your FSA Credit!

Need a new pair of glasses for the kids? Time for an eye examination? Considering refractive surgery? The season has arrived to take care of all of your eye care needs. The end of the year is fast approaching which means that your annual flex plan will soon run out...

Color Blindness: An In-depth Look

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November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the main precursor to vision loss among adults between age twenty and seventy-four. In the past four years alone, over 4 million adults in North America living with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Of this number, 70,000 suffered from advanced diabetic retinopathy, which, if...

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? Treatment in Frisco, TX

In order to have adequate vision, the eyes and the brain must operate as a team. When this system breaks down, a condition called amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, can result. With most occurrences of ambylopia the actual eyes are typically in good health yet visual acuity cannot be...

Frisco, TX Eye Tests: What 20/20 Eyesight Actually Means

  Have you ever wondered why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' vision and what it actually stands for? The term 20/20 vision represents a normal level of clarity of vision (visual acuity) assessed from 20 feet away from the object. In other words an individual with such eyesight can...

Autumn Ocular Allergy Relief in Frisco, TX

  Toward the end of the summer, many people start to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can severely impair one's ability to function as desired. Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and...

This Halloween Beware of Decorative Contacts

  Halloween is a time for fun, parties and getting dressed up but you don't want the fun to end in some scary damage to your eyes. A popular costume addition as of late has been special effect contact lenses and the trend is causing serious concern amongst eye doctors....

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Frisco, TX

  Findings from the American Optometric Association show that over seven out of 10 of employed persons that work for the majority of the day at a computer monitor (which is over 140 million people) suffer from computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged computer use can cause eye fatigue...

Eye Safety in the Home

  As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home eye safe specifically in purchasing eye safe toys. It's important to take the earliest opportunity to guarantee your home doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. Naturally, babies...

Cosmetics Tips for Lens Wearers from your Frisco, TX Eye Doctor

For those who wear contact lenses a number of precautions should be taken when applying makeup. Here are some pointers for how to be sure your eyes remain lovely and safe. Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes? Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, we strongly suggest...

Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand how excruciating it can be. A very strong spray in the eye can often cause burning that lasts for hours. It can take a long time until the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun....

Schedule A Yearly Eye Examination in Frisco, TX, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

Many don't know that cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss among people 55 and over. In truth, more than 50% of senior citizens have some amount of cataract development. What is a cataract? Cataracts occur when the ocular lens, the portion of the eye that focuses light...

Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready for School? Don’t Forget to Book Frisco Kids’ Eye Exams

Children across the country are gearing up for a new school year. Before getting back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a check-up with the eye doctor. Proper vision is crucial to the thinking processes and performance in the classroom. There are numerous subjects that depend on...

Young Adults and Contact Lenses

No teenager likes to be caught in something that makes them stand out, and for some teens, glasses can sometimes feel that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teenager go to pieces. As opposed to glasses, children and teens who use contact lenses feel a significant...

A Resource for Handling Frequently Seen Eye Injuries

There are a variety of different types of eye accidents that can take place, with varying degrees of severity. Some might require emergency action and immediate care by an optician, while others can be dealt with at home. Read this guide to routine eye injuries, to determine the next step...

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late – Book Your Eye Exam!

For those of us blessed with eyes that are in good condition, it's common to forget about the importance of taking preventative action namely, an optical examination. Nevertheless, early detection of any eye or vision problems is crucial to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. This can easily be done with...

Optometrist Insight: Carrots and Eyesight

We have all been told that carrots improve your vision, but is it the truth? Eye care professionals will tell you that regardless of how many carrots you eat, they can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, they are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for...

This May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month

  As a result of ongoing education to increase knowledge of the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer), most are familiar with the necessity of using sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. What is less known is that...

Contact Lens Care

  Contact lens wearers must be sure to care for their contacts properly. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or or even serious eye infections or abrasions, which on occasion can lead to blindness. Any individuals that are not ready to take care of their contact lenses probably want...

The Benefits of Gas Permeable Contacts

  While you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, a second, less familiar kind of contact lenses exists: gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, sometimes called oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, RGP lenses are a newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, offer finer vision quality, and provide...

Don’t Let Eye Allergies Get You Down

Do you have red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, you may be suffering from pollen-induced eye allergies. For many of us, spring is eye allergy season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are often a...

Why You Should Think Twice About Purchasing Eyeglasses on the Internet

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Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… No Need to Suffer

While you may think of winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is really a lot dryer in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to become irritated more quickly. Our Optometrist Plano TX is here to help you find the best ways...

This Month Pronounced Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the number one source of blindness for seniors. AMD often results in low vision, a term eye doctors use to describe major visual impairment that is also called “legal blindness” or almost total blindness....