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Back to School

The new school year is coming up fast, and parents and students are getting ready to embark on new adventures and experiences. But this is also a reminder to parents that good eyesight is possibly the most important school supply your child may not have. A good education for children...

The Importance of Good Sunglasses

Finding the right pair of sunglasses to fit your personal style is often an important part of making your summer outfit picture perfect. But beyond “picture perfect,” a carefully chosen pair of sunglasses can grant you great health advantages and help safeguard your eyes against the elements. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Be Aware During National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that being diabetic puts you at risk for vision loss? The NIH reports that in individuals between 20 and 74, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. One of the risks of diabetes is retinal damage caused by an increase in pressure in the blood vessels of...

Glasses Can Help With Computer Strain

 Did you know that a pair of prescription glasses that are fitted specifically for you can help with computer related eye strain? Even if you don’t experience other vision problems wearing a specifically made pair of glasses while working on the computer can significantly change how you work. If you...

Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Have you ever thought about contact lenses as an option to correct astigmatism? Firstly, what is astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea (football-shaped, unlike a normal cornea, which is round), which means that light entering your eye through the cornea struggles to come to a single...

How Retinoscopy Works

There are a few tests that you have seen at an eye exam and wondered how they work. Having beams of light shined into your eye could be one of them. This test is a retinoscopy examination, and if you struggle with accurate vision, this is a preliminary way the...

Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Technologically speaking, we've come far in the last couple of years and now, it seems difficult to find someone not on a smartphone. In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they let us be in touch with whoever we want whenever we need to be. However as handheld devices are...

Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

If you're middled-aged and having some difficulty reading books and newspapers, you may have developed presbyopia, a common age-related condition that prevents you from clearly seeing near objects. Fortunately, this doesn't mean that people who already have prescription eyeglasses for nearsightedness need to carry around two pairs of glasses and...

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lazy eyes are seen in many kids, and are also not difficult to rectify. A lazy eye forms when vision in one eye is suppressed. This might happen if a child can't see as well with one of their eyes due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases,...

Come Prepared

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? If you want to guarantee that your exam is beneficial and productive, there are several facts we'll need to know. It's important to keep us updated on any current health conditions or problems you are experiencing because your eyes...

Focusing on Night Vision

Sometimes you get ready for bed and turn off the light, but you just can't seem to doze off. You open your eyes and all you see is black. You notice that it is almost impossible to see anything for a couple of moments before your sight gradually improves. This...

What is Presbyopia?

Ever wonder why many people over 40 usually wear glasses? With age, the lens of your eye is likely to become more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on handheld objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. It's something that happens to everyone. Those with undiagnosed presbyopia...

Playing Safe: Kids and Eye Safety

Choosing the right toys with eye safety in mind is a concern for all parents. How do parents choose toys that keep their kids' eyes safe? Children are born with an only partially developed visual system. Few things stimulate a child's visual development better than play, which involves hand-eye coordination...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

A huge percentage of school-based learning is accomplished visually. But even with this strong correlation between eyesight and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined frequently enough. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye...

Focusing on Convergence Insufficiency

Does your son or daughter do well in all sorts of challenging activities, but have a tough time when it comes to school? He or she may have a particular vision problem, which creates an obstacle in the way of learning at school. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is...

So What IS 20/20 Vision?

It's safe to say that everyone has stumbled upon the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. Yet, do people understand what these terms really mean? The term 20/20 vision is used to indicate the clarity and sharpness of eyesight from 20 feet away. If you've been told you have 20/20...

See The World With A Fresh Look

How would you like an updated look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a vast palette of colored contact lenses, allowing you to just boost or noticeably alter your eye color. This cutting edge collection of lenses includes such a large number of options, that you'll be sure to find just...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms. Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the...

Focusing on Contact Lens Care

Have you ever left your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? It's a pretty accepted fact that things are a whole lot better when they are fresh. Guess what? The same principle can be used to understand the importance of changing your...

Have You Been Examined For Cataracts?

Every June, optometrists in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Have you been informed that cataracts are the leading reason behind deteriorating vision among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than fifty percent of all people who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development....

Keeping Eyes Safe from UV Rays

It's a fact: almost everybody is regularly exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the possible dangers related to many years of exposure to these harmful rays are not often thought about, and most people barely take enough action to shield their eyes, even when they're expecting...

How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes annually is one of the best things you can do to be sure that your vision remains in top form. During the session, your eye care...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has launched a new addition to their popular range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has increased the features of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight reflecting off...

Keeping An Eye On Poor Vision

A decline in strong vision is usually due to a few factors including changes in the body or defects in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects due to medication or injuries to the eye. Commonly, people also report visual disturbances associated with age or eye stress. Aging and...

Women and Eye Care

It's April, which 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 increasingly common, particularly in older women. In fact, studies show that most women going through middle age experience...

This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as more opportunity to be involved in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the prevalence of eye injuries related to sports. Each season, many children and adults sustain sports related eye injuries that could be averted with proper safety measures and information. Protecting your eyes...

Eye Care on The Go

Excellent eyesight is essential for road safety. Actually, safe driving relies on a combination of a number of different visual abilities - for example, the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name a few. Being able...

Vision and Health at Work

In order to enlighten companies and their employees about the necessity of eye wellness, and to spread advice on how to avoid vision-impairing eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, employees sustain job related eye injuries that need...

Astigmatism: Facts and Answers

Around your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under usual circumstances, spherical. When light enters your eye, the cornea's job is to focus that light, directing it toward the retina, right in the rear part of your eye. What happens when the cornea is not exactly round? The...

Red, Itchy Eyes? It Could Be Conjunctivitis

Pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye infections, particularly in children. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus or allergies to chlorine in swimming pools, ingredients found in cosmetics, and pollen, or other chemicals that touch your eyes. Certain types of conjunctivitis are...

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

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

The Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Solution

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August showed that many adults are using dangerous lubricants instead of contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Everything from baby oil, to fruit juice to petroleum jelly was reportedly used as a substitute to proper contact lens solution by one...

Don’t Let Winter Dry Eyes Get You Down

Dry eyes can be common during the cold season due to cold and dry air conditions.

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some locations stinging winds and freezing rain, snow and sleet aren't far behind. You would never even conceive of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in cooler conditions, but surprisingly, far too many people leave their sunglasses at home....

Heighten Your Glaucoma Awareness this Month

As January has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we are here to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is the term for a category of eye diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which can cause irreversible blindness....

Presbyopia and Aging

Contact your Bloomington, IL Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with aging in which the ability to focus on close objects becomes significantly impaired. With the increasing international population reaching older ages, a larger number of individuals are developing presbyopia, which...

Presents, Toys, and Eye Safety Awareness

Holiday season is rapidly approaching which means new toys for the kiddies. Adoring relatives love surprising the young ones with the ''in'' toys for the holidays. The American Optometric Association advises that parents instruct others about some restrictions when it comes to eye-safe toys. Injuries involving toys can take place,...

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All About Color Blindness

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Diabetes and Eyesight

Are you aware that diabetes is the main cause of blindness among men and women aged 20-74 years? If not, you are not alone. Since 2008, over four million people in North America suffering from diabetes were found to have blindness caused by diabetes. Out of those tested, seventy thousand...

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye is the lack of central vision development caused by the inability of the eyes to work in unison. With most instances of lazy eye the actual eyes are usually healthy but good vision cannot be achieved by just the use of prescription glasses. If...

Bloomington, IL Eye Exams: What 20/20 Vision Actually Means

  Have you ever asked yourself why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it actually stands for? 20/20 vision is a phrase to express normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. In other words an individual with such visual acuity will be able to see an object...

Bloomington, IL Treatment for Fall Eye Allergies

  While eye allergies are more commonly talked about in the spring, a large number of people suffer during the fall months as well. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impede one's ability to go about one's normal functions....

Halloween Eye Safety: Beware of Special Effect Lenses!

  Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't lead to some scary damage to your eyes. Over the past few years, decorative contacts have been increasingly becoming a popular item for costumes particularly with teenagers and young adults...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Bloomington, IL

  The American Optometric Association (AOA) reports that above seven out of 10 of employed persons that work each day at a computer screen (close to 143 million ) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye strain. Prolonged computer use can cause eye fatigue and impact typical...

Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home

  As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to highlight ways to keep your home eye safe specifically when purchasing eye safe toys. It's important to be proactive to ensure your home environment is an eye-safe zone. Naturally, babies enter the world with an immature visual...

Contacts and Makeup: Tips from your Bloomington, IL Eye Care Practitioner

If you use contacts there are some precautions that should be taken when it comes to using makeup. Here are a few pointers for how to ensure your eyes stay lovely and healthy. Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes? Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye...

Sunscreen and your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you know firsthand how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time before the victim...

Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Booked Your next Eye Examination in Bloomington, IL?

Many people don't know that cataracts are the primary cause of sight loss amongst people 55 and over. In fact, over 50% of senior citizens have some degree of cataracts. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. The clouding prohibits the transmission of light...

Back to the Classroom Eye Care Tips: Schedule Children’s Eye Exam in Bloomington

Children across the country are gearing up for a new school year. It's also the time to make sure your kids' vision is okay. Proper vision is crucial to the developmental processes and success in the classroom. There are many subjects that depend on visual skills, such as reading, writing...

Choose Contacts: The Benefits of Lenses for Teens

Requiring glasses is often difficult for a adolescent. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who use contact lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, a newly published study demonstrates. The research report suggests that starting at the...

A How-to Guide to Treating Common Eye Injuries

There are a variety of kinds of eye accidents that can occur, some more serious than others. Some may require emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be dealt with at home. Follow this guide to typical eye injuries, to decide the next move...

The Importance of Early Eye Disease Detection

For those of us with healthy eyes, it's easy to forget about the importance of taking preventative action namely, an optical exam. However, timely detection of eye disease is necessary to maintaining healthy eyes. This can easily be done with a yearly eye test. A significant number of eye and...

Guarding Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun: Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every...

Children’s Safety Eyewear – A Necessity!

Did you know that every year around 40,000 sports-related eye injuries are severe enough to require emergency room care? This is the equivalent of one accident every 13 minutes! Eye Care professionals believe that 90% of the injuries would have been simply prevented by wearing proper eye protection. The majority...

The Eye Doctor Says: Eat Carrots for Healthy Eyes

We have all heard that carrots help you see better, but is it the truth? Optometrists know that carrots can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, they are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for the health of your eyes and therefore ingesting carrots and other beta-carotene...

Know the Dangers of Ultraviolet Rays for Your Eyes

  Due to efforts to create awareness of the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) rays to your skin, (which include sunburn and skin cancer), most know about the need for applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. But how many are aware that ultraviolet rays and...

A Guide to Caring for Contact Lenses

  It can be fairly confusing shopping in the contact lens care section of some drug stores. But as daunting as this experience can be, it's essential to learn correct contact lens care. Failure to tend to your contact lenses can cause a variety of eye infections including some that...

Rigid Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?

  While soft contacts are more common, another less familiar kind of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also known as oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, RGP lenses are a newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, offer better vision quality, and offer increased durability and...

Eye Allergy Season is Coming – Are You Ready?

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For some of us, March begins eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are caused by an...

Reasons You Should Stop and Think About Purchasing Glasses on the Internet

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers are accustomed to shopping for more and more products online, glasses are one item that should be carefully considered prior to clicking that purchase button. Why? Although you may find reduced rates on the Web, the advantages of purchasing glasses at...

Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… No Need to Suffer

Even though it is common to think of winter as the wet season due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive. Our optometry team is here to assist you in choosing the best options...

In February Spread Awareness About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision

February is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading source of vision loss for individuals age 65 and over. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a phrase eye care professionals use to describe major visual impairment that cannot be improved...

Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition Can-A-Thon

Visit our Facebook page to see how you can help stock the Peoria Area Foodbank's shelves and save up to $5 on your eye exam!...

This Month Help Create Awareness About Glaucoma

In an effort to spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable permanent vision loss, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people worldwide....

Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just an important accessory in the summer. Although most of us are aware of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, we don't all realize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well. Actually, the UV rays...

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Rates of Myopia Increasing

By: Roan, Los Angeles Times  The Los Angeles Times (12/15, Roan) reports that, according to a study published in the Dec. issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, "17% more Americans aged 12 to 54 are afflicted with mild to severe distance vision problems than 30 years ago." In their study,...

AMD Risk Lower If You Consume Yellow Plant Pigment Lutein And Zeaxanthin

If you consume high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, types of yellow plant pigments, your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are significantly lower, according to an article published in Archives of Ophthalmology (JAMA/Archives), September issue. AMD happens when the area at the back of the retina, the macula,...

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AMD and reduced cognitive function linked, according to study

By: Ophthalmology Times   Source: Ophthalmology Times Houston—Dementia and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could have a similar pathogenesis because of an association between AMD and reduced cognitive function in older people, according to a study. A low score on a test of cognitive function increased the risk of AMD by...

Drug for Urination Difficulties Linked with Complications After Cataract Surgery

Use of the medication tamsulosin to treat male urination difficulties within two weeks of cataract surgery is associated with an increased risk of serious postoperative ophthalmic adverse events such as retinal detachment or lost lens, according to a study in the May 20 issue of JAMA. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH;...

Vigorous Exercise May Help Prevent Vision Loss

By: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   Berkeley, CA — There's another reason to dust off those running shoes. Vigorous exercise may help prevent vision loss, according to a pair of studies from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The studies tracked approximately 41,000 runners for more than...

More Effective Treatment Identified for Common Childhood Vision Disorder

By: Posted by ALLDocs Admin from NEI    Scientists have found a more effective treatment for a common childhood eye muscle coordination problem called convergence insufficiency (CI). For words on a page to appear in focus a child's eyes must turn inward, or converge. In CI, the eyes do not...

Older Treatment May Be More Effective in Preserving Sight for Some Patients with Diabetes

By: Posted by ALLDocs Admin from NEI    A promising new drug therapy used to treat abnormal swelling in the eye-a condition called diabetic macular edema-proved less effective than traditional laser treatments in a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)....

Diets High In Lutein, Zeaxanthin And Vitamin E Associated With Decreased Risk Of Cataracts

By: JAMA Women who have higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin—compounds found in yellow or dark, leafy vegetables—as well as more vitamin E from food and supplements appear to have a lower risk for developing cataracts, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one...