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Keep up to date on the latest vision related news and events from Dr. Donald Knapp's Eye Clinics in Herkimer and West Winfield, NY.

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

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...

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...

MEETING CHILDREN

All parents want their children to be healthy and happy, and the same applies to anyone fitting a child for prescription eyeglasses.

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...

LESS THAN ACCOMMODATING

The inability to focus sharply on objects positioned close to the eyes, known as “presbyopia,” is caused by age-related changes that compromise the ability of the eye lens to flex and change shape (called “accommodation”). 

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...

CATARACT FORMATION

As we age, our eyes’ lenses become less flexible, less transparent, and thicker.

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...

ONE PAIR, DUAL FUNCTION

If you have grown tired of switching back and forth between prescription sunglasses and indoor prescription eyeglasses, consider making the switch to “photochromic” lenses.

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...

EYE SAFETY AT WORK

Each day, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment.

DRIVING CONSIDERATIONS

Waning driving skills place older drivers at risk for automobile crashes.

SCRATCH-RESISTANT LENSES

While plastic eyeglass lenses offer a weight advantage over glass lenses, they are susceptible to scratches during everyday use.

ALL EYES AND EARS

The bridge on your eyeglass frames transfers most of the frames’ weight to your nose, but it’s the side pieces (“temples”) that hold your frames in place on top of the ears.

THE PILL LINKED TO GLAUCOMA

It is very important that anyone at high risk for glaucoma be screened for the disease

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...

WIDER-RANGING VIEW

One of the most important aspects of an eye exam is an inspection of the retina, which is the layer of light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye.

SERIOUS SUNGLASSES

If you are going to invest in a serious set of sunglasses (prescription or not) for the upcoming season, you may want to think boldly.

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...

Clean Contact Lenses

It is important for contact lens wearers to bear in mind that they are wearing medical devices that must be scrupulously cleaned on a regular basis.

Stay Focused…

An easy visual trick may help runners achieve faster times.

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...

OPTIMIZING YOUR REMAINING SIGHT

“Low vision” is the term used to describe any visual distortion that cannot be corrected to (near) normal with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery.

MAKING EYE CONTACT

            The advice to “look people straight in the eye” may not be as good and straightforward as it seems.

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...

ADAPTING TO NEW LENSES

Older adults who are getting new eyeglasses with significant increases in prescription strength should take their time getting used to their new lenses.

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...

20/20/20

As many of us spend more time looking at computer screens these days, eyestrain is becoming more prevalent. 

MORE REASON NOT TO SMOKE

If smokers ever needed more reason to give up their unhealthy habits, they should take note of new research showing that cigarette smoking damages the eyes in a way that resembles the early stages of glaucoma.

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...

DOUBLE VISION

There are two types of “diplopia” (double vision).

MERELY AN ERROR

When corrective lenses are needed for a person to achieve clear vision, the condition should not be thought of as a disease. “Refraction” is the term that refers to the bending of light as it passes through one object to another.

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

While the most often used plastic eyeglass material, called “CR-39,” is relatively inexpensive and easy to tint, it is not very impact resistant.

JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE

There are a number of lens materials available to consumers that fit a variety of needs. While most provide wearers of eyeglasses all that they may be looking for, some require add-on coatings that make them even more perfect choices.

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...

WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF VISION LOSS?

Most people would probably name glaucoma and cataracts as the most common causes of vision impairment.

NOT A MATTER OF TIMING

If you wear prescription lenses, rely on your vision, not just the calendar, to dictate when you might need a new prescription.

SUNGLASSES IN WINTER

Sunglasses are designed to protect the eyes from the sun’s rays year-round.

A FRAME FOR EVERY FACE

Eyeglasses should look good while they help you to see well.

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?

A GLIMMER OF HOPE

The key to preventing glaucoma from permanently robbing people of their sight is early detection and treatment.

DRY EYE

“Dry eye” is a condition that may be caused by anything from minor eye fatigue to Sjögren’s syndrome, a disorder caused by abnormal immune function.

HANDLE EYEWEAR WITH CARE

It only makes sense to take good care of quality eyeglasses that play such a critical role in your life.

GLARING OMISSION

While any sunglass lens that meets the standards set by the American National Standards Institute will protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, polarized sunglass lenses also block the annoying glare produced by reflected sunlight

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...

FLOATING IN MIDAIR

The term “floater” refers to the specks, threads, or cobweb-like images that occasionally drift across one’s field of vision.

EXACTLY WHAT IS A CATARACT ANYWAY?

Most people are familiar with the term “cataract,” but not everyone can explain exactly what it is.

SEXIER IN SUNGLASSES

According to Vanessa Brown, a university senior lecturer who studies the relationship between everyday objects and the meaning we assign to them, sunglasses are “cool” for good reasons.

FACE-FLATTERING FRAMES

When selecting a new pair of eyeglass frames, there are a number of ways to be sure that they flatter your face to the best extent possible.

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.

WHAT YOUR EYE COLOR SAYS ABOUT YOU

What, if anything, does eye color say about you other than its obvious cosmetic statement?

WHY MYOPIC?

While eyeglasses have often been associated with educated, nerdy types, scientists have long believed that genetics (not education) was a more important factor in determining whether a person was nearsighted (myopic) or not.

MIGRAINE RELIEF FROM TINTED GLASSES?

It is well known that many migraine sufferers are hypersensitive to visual stimuli that can cause or prolong their headaches.

COLORED CONTACT DANGERS

Looking ahead to Halloween, some partygoers may look to spice up their costumes with colored contacts, fashion lenses, and “circle” lenses that add decorative touches to the iris

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...

REVIEWING REFRACTIONS

A routine eye exam includes a “refraction test” (or vision test), which can determine what lens prescription (if any) is needed to bring vision to optimum levels.

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

Despite warnings issued by concerned mothers to their children, sitting too close to the television or computer screen does not harm vision.

WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT?

High-tech glasses are becoming available that enable users to glance at the Internet through a screen placed at the top right of the user’s field of vision.

MAKE A SPECTACLE OF YOURSELF!

Isn’t it ironic that people wearing eyeglasses were once subjected to ridicule, but that spectacles have now become the most sought-after fashion accessory?

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...

COLORING YOUR PERCEPTION

While blue light plays an important role in helping regulate our bodies’ internal biological clocks, some research suggests that this portion of the visible light spectrum may also harm the retina and lead to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

CLOUDY DISPOSITION

If you’re approaching middle age and notice that your vision has become somewhat blurry, you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

HOW LIFESTYLE CHOICES AFFECT VISION

The choices that people make about how they want to live their lives can have an impact on their vision.

SINGLE VISION LENSES

Bifocals, multifocals, and progressive lenses are popular with individuals who want lenses that combine a distance prescription with magnification that enables them to overcome the limitations imposed by “presbyopia” (age-related inability to focus on reading material).

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...

DOUBLE TROUBLE?

As the term implies, “double vision” (diplopia) is the simultaneous perception of two images of a single object all or some of the time.

IN THE NON-BLINKING OF AN EYE

Those spending extended periods of time squinting at their computer screens run a greater risk of developing “dry eye.”

GIVE YOURSELF A SPORTING CHANCE

If you think that regular eyeglasses or sunglasses will offer the protection your eyes need when you play sports, you are sorely mistaken.

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 DO YOUR GLASSES MEASURE UP?

To ensure that your eyeglasses will fit correctly, it is necessary to take four measurements (all in millimeters)  into account

COLOR DEFICIENCY

While people with normal vision can differentiate between more than 100 different hues, 1 person in 100 has the severe form of color blindness known as “dichromacy,” which restricts the number of colors seen to two—yellow and blue.

CLOUDED OUTLOOK FOR STATIN USERS?

There is little question that drugs such as atorvastatin, cerivastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, mevastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin cut the risk of heart disease  by lowering levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood.

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...

UP-CLOSE LOOK AT NEARSIGHTEDNESS

The myopic (nearsighted) eye actually has too much focusing power. Either because the cornea is too curved, the eye is too long, or the eye lens focuses excessively, the incoming light is brought to focus in front of the retina.

HELP FOR CHILDREN

Even though children may have passed school vision screenings and do not complain about their eyes, it may be that they are deficient in any of a number of vision skills required to read well.

SUNGLASSES: BEYOND UV PROTECTION

In order to provide your eyes with adequate protection against potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, sunglasses should say “99-100% UV absorbent” or “UV 400” on their labels.

LOOKING GOOD WHILE SEEING BETTER

When selecting eyeglass frames, choose a shape that complements your eyes, face, eyebrow contour, and hairstyle.

LOOKING BEYOND VISUAL ACUITY

Those with 20/20 vision can see a letter of the same size on the eye chart that most people without refractive errors can see.

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...

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CATARACTS

A “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present,

SEEING THROUGH HIGH-DEFINITION LENSES

One of the most significant advances in the manufacturing of eyeglass lenses involves the introduction of “free form” technology.

CURBING YOUR INSTINCTS

Whenever we descend stairs, step down from curbs, or step onto an escalator, we instinctively look downward to see where we are going.

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...

GLAUCOMA

Because those with the most common form of glaucoma (open-angle) usually do not begin to recognize symptoms of the eye disease until they have already begun to lose vision, their hopes of arresting vision loss largely rest with comprehensive eye exams.

GETTING INTO ALIGNMENT

The visual defect known as “strabismus” is characterized by eyes that are misaligned and point in different directions.

STICKING TO THE SCRIPT

If you are curious what your eyeglass prescription means, begin with the headings “OS” and “OD.”

UPON FURTHER REFLECTION

When ordering your prescription eyeglasses, give careful consideration to having them treated with an anti-reflective (AR) coating.

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...

HOW VISION AFFECTS THINKING

If you have ever heard the phrases “I can’t see straight” and “I can’t think straight,” you may be interested to know that they might be related.

ARE YOU 65 YEARS OLD OR OLDER?

If you are 65 years old or older, you should know that the most common cause of vision loss for Americans your age is “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD), of which there are two forms, wet and dry.

PLASTIC LENSES WITH THE GREATEST IMPACT

When selecting eyeglass lenses for children and adults facing eye-safety issues, polycarbonate is a fine choice.

COLOR CORRECT EYEGLASSES

When choosing a color for eyeglass frames, the Vision Council recommends considering skin, hair, and eye hues.

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...

CLOUDY FORECAST

The clouding of the eye lens known as “cataract” occurs when protein fibers in the lens break down and clump together.

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...

HAVING THE BEST OF BOTH

The term “monovision” involves wearing one contact lens to correct for distance vision and the other to correct near vision.

A FITTING TRIBUTE

Nearly everyone selects new eyeglasses on the basis of how good they look and how good they make us look.

ACADEMIC CONCERNS

In some cases, a child labeled as a slow learner in school or as having ADHD may have a problem that stems more from poor vision than any learning disability or behavioral problem.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

School athletes are required to schedule a physical exam  at the start of the season  to ensure that nothing stands in the way of achieving optimal performance. In addition to this exam, it makes sense to undergo a comprehensive eye exam as well.

DOING THE WHITE THING

When it comes to sheer eye-melting elegance, women can hardly do better than the looks of two enduring fashion icons: Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn

CLOSE, MEDIUM, AND LONG-RANGE VIEWS

Those who wear bifocals may find that the reading portion of their lenses does not provide good focusing ability for medium-range tasks.

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...

WHO SAW THIS COMING?

The real tragedy behind vision-stealing glaucoma is that most people afflicted with this eye disease do not even realize they have it.

A WORKING RELATIONSHIP

There is a persistent misconception that reliance on prescription lenses causes the eyes to become weak and lazy based on the mistaken belief that glasses and contact lenses do the work of the eyes.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

When selecting eyeglass frames, the shape of your face and your skin tone should help guide your decisions.

RETRO SPECS

Virtually any current celebrity you can name, from Johnny Depp to Spike Lee to Scarlett Johansson to Mandy Moore, can be seen sporting retro eyeglasses made famous by Buddy Holly and Woody Allen.

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...

PATCHING THINGS UP

Children with amblyopia (“lazy eye”) will be happy to know that they don’t have to wear an eye patch for as long as was once thought necessary.

HAVE TROUBLE SEEING AT NIGHT?

Anyone experiencing vision problems while driving at night should schedule an eye exam to diagnose the cause.

SPORT TINTS

Many professional athletes favor colored contact lenses known as “Sport Tints” because they improve vision without clouding up or falling off.

AT ARM

Beginning at approximately age 40, most people find themselves holding reading material further from their eyes in order to see the print clearly.

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...

SECOND SIGHT

There is a stage during the development of a cataract when farsighted patients may perceive a temporary improvement in their near (reading) vision.

EYE PROTECTION AT HOME

Perhaps the most important statistic surrounding vision-robbing injuries is that 90  percent of them are preventable.

GLASSES THAT GO RIGHT TO WORK

While reading glasses may be fine for reading books and papers at distances up to 18 inches away from the eyes, they may not be well-suited to computer work.

AVOIDING AGE-RELATED VISION LOSS

The National Eye Institute reports that 15 million people in the United States have “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD), with more than 1.7 million having the more advanced form of the disease that causes progressive blindness.

FLOATING IMAGES

Older individuals sometimes notice spots and specks floating across their fields of vision, particularly when looking up at the sky or other solid-hued backgrounds.

SUNNY OUTLOOK HELPS MYOPIA

Myopia, or “nearsightedness,” is the refractive error caused by the eye being slightly too long (from front to back).

FASHION FRAMES FOR WOMEN

One of the strongest current trends in eyeglass frames for women involves matching frame and lens colors to produce a striking look.

DON

Glaucoma is an insidious eye disease because it does not produce noticeable symptoms that would lead those afflicted with it to know that they even have a problem.

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...

PRESERVING HEALTHY VISION

There is no time like the present to focus awareness on eye health and undetected vision problems.

IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER

Does eye color engender emotion?

CONTACT INFORMATION

FDA-approved extended wear contact lenses are safe for as many as seven days to a month of continuous wear.

A TABLET INCREASES READING SPEED

People with “low vision” must rely on magnifiers and a variety of other vision aids  in order to make the most of their remaining vision.

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...

ARE YOUR EYES OUT OF SHAPE?

Along with nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a “refractive error” that results from a misshapen cornea, the clear front covering of the eye.

STICKING WITH EYE PROTECTION

As anyone might expect, a sport that involves charging up and down a grass field with a stick that has webbing for catching and throwing a hard ball has great potential for injury.

THROW YOUR EYE SOME CURVES

Conventional lenses with “plus” corrections for farsightedness are thicker at the center, which makes them protrude from the eyeglass frame.

ACCOMMODATIVE INSUFFICIENCY

The term “accommodation” refers to the ability of an eye’s lens to quickly change its focus

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,...

TREATING RARE FORM OF LAZY EYE

Amblyopia (“lazy eye”), the most common cause of vision problems among children, occurs when the brain receives a blurred image from one eye and responds by disregarding this weaker eye’s image.

MAKING ACCOMMODATION

The focusing mechanism of the eye is a constant source of fascination.

HOW YOUR GLASSES REFLECT ON YOUR IMAGE

One of the most popular options among people being fitted with new eyeglass lenses is the “anti-reflective” (AR) coating

GEEK OR CHIC?

In case you haven’t noticed, retro vintage eyeglasses have crossed the fashion line that separates professorial types from chic fashion models.

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...

SENIORS NOW HAVE FEWER EYESIGHT PROBLEMS

It seems that the word is getting through to seniors about how a comprehensive eye exam can help reduce the risk of functional visual impairment later in life.

EYES ON THE ROAD

In order to ensure the driving safety of everyone on the road, it is important to evaluate four visual factors that are critical to driving safely.

MAKING THE MOST OF THE VISION YOU HAVE LEFT

The term “low vision” refers to partial sight that cannot be corrected with surgery, drugs, eyeglasses, or contact lenses.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAN CONTACTS

People wearing contact lenses should never lose sight of the fact that they are “medical devices” that warrant careful use.

VISION LOSS WITHOUT WARNING

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steals sight without warning and often without symptoms.

SENIORS

More than 5,000 elderly individuals involved in a recent study were found to have age-related degenerative changes in their eyes, which could lead to blindness but also may be preventable.

SHIELDING DRY EYES FROM WIND

When you think of the word “windshield,” you probably focus on automobiles.

LESS IS MORE

Are you a very nearsighted or very farsighted person who has such a strong lens prescription that the thickness and weight of your prescription lenses limit your selection of eyeglass frames?

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

Control Your Diabetes, Preserve Your Vision

Diabetes is a complicated condition which can lead to a multitude of health problems. A lot of people aren't aware of how it can put you at risk of developing several eye-related diseases. Often, these include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and also several other conditions that, even when seemingly unrelated...

DIABETES-RELATED EYE CONCERNS

Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes, occurs when the tiny blood vessels that supply the retina are damaged.

A NOTICEABLE SHIFT

As we age and the eyes are exposed to sunlight and other factors, the proteins in the eye lenses begin to clump together. This clouding of the eye lens is known as a “cataract.”

CUSTOM FIT

To ensure that your eyeglasses will fit you like a custom suit, four basic frame measurements must be taken into account.

HOLD THE PHONE!

Cell phones are everywhere these days, and there seems to be no end to their popularity in sight.

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Although the majority of the population has heard of diabetes, fewer are aware of the eye-related complications. The increased levels of glucose that are the essence of the disease can harm your eyes in a couple of ways. The threat of damage to your eyes is increased when diabetes is...

What is Retinoscopy?

There may be various tests that you have experienced during an eye exam and asked yourself what they are for. Having beams of light shined into your eyes may be one of them. Such as test is used to help determine the refractive error of your eye, and it's known...

LIKE DAY AND NIGHT

For wearers of prescription eyeglasses, the development of “photochromic” lenses may seem like an answer to a fervent wish.

READING GLASSES

While researchers have found no difference in men’s and women’s ability to focus on near objects, they have wondered why women seem to need reading glasses earlier than men.

How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Have you ever thought about the toll your smartphone might be taking on your sight? Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our access to our friends, family and work no matter where we find ourselves. However many people tend to hold their handheld devices right in front of their...

CAN BANGS INFRINGE UPON EYESIGHT?

If you are not a young devotee of the current music scene, you may not be aware of the hair trend that calls for wearing a heavy layer of bangs that cover one side of the face.

Challenges Faced by Older Drivers

Doing one’s best to preserve visual acuity at an advanced age not only increases enjoyment of life, it is also a matter of safety.

Retaining Good Vision in Middle Age

Are you over 40 and finding it more of a challenge to read small print? You might be developing presbyopia, a common condition affecting those reaching middle age. But, this doesn't mean that those who already wear prescription eyeglasses for nearsightedness need to own two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses...

THE SERIOUS SIDE OF COSMETIC CONTACTS

Whether you want to create an especially spooky look for Halloween, produce your own special “emo” look, or create the Asian anime effect, you should know that there is a federal ban on the use of cosmetic contact lenses without prescriptions.

DON’T START FROM SCRATCH

If your prescription eyeglass lenses are made of plastic, they are vulnerable to scratching. To avoid the tiny scratches that accumulate over time to obscure vision, resist wiping glasses when they are dry.

Helping Lazy Eyes Get Active

Are you concerned that your child has a lazy eye? It comes about when vision in one eye is suppressed. Vision might be suppressed if a child struggles to see as well with one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that...

What To Tell Our Eye Doctor

What do you know about your own eyes? There are a few things you should inform us of so that we can make sure you are analyzed adeptly and thoroughly. Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, you'll need to inform us of any differences you are...

PREGNANCY-RELATED VISION CHANGES

Along with the obvious transformation that pregnant women undergo, changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation also can affect their eyesight and vision.

WHEN WAS YOUR LAST GLAUCOMA SCREENING?

If you have not been screened for glaucoma in the past two years, you are overdue, especially if you’re at high risk.

Turn Out the Lights: How Does Night Vision Work?

Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, or maybe you're trying to find a light switch or door handle or phone in a dark room. It's happened to all of us. You notice that it's difficult to see for a couple of moments before your vision returns....

CAN THE WRONG SUNGLASSES BE WORSE THAN NONE?

When selecting sunglasses, do not allow yourself to be misled into thinking that darker lenses necessarily filter out sunlight and protect your eyes better than lighter lenses.

FRAMES AFFECT HOW YOU SEE AND LOOK!

When being fitted with eyeglass frames, it is important that your eyes are centered in the frame, particularly if you have a strong prescription.

A Strong School Year Starts With Good Vision

Well, here we are again. Parents all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their kids have everything they need to ensure a good upcoming school year. It's also a wonderful time to take your child in for a proper eye exam. As you might have guessed,...

EYE DISEASE MAY EXPLAIN FORGETFULNESS

It is important that everyone with diabetes get an annual comprehensive dilated eye examination, according to the American Optometric Association.

SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON MYOPIA

As the incidence of nearsightedness increases worldwide, researchers are looking for possible reasons.

BIFOCALS FOR KIDS

Although bifocals are most often associated with middle age and beyond, there is evidence that younger people can also benefit from bifocals.

THE ASPHERIC BENEFIT

If you wear eyeglasses with a strong prescription, you may want to consider “aspheric lenses.”

Focusing on Convergence Insufficiency

So often, we hear about really bright children who really enjoy camp and extracurricular activities, but just don't feel the same way about school. It's important to be aware that the child may be one of many kids who have a particular condition that impacts learning. It's called Convergence Insufficiency...

DON’T BE BLINDSIDED

Few people realize that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among those aged 55 and older in the United States.

A WEAK ARGUMENT

It is a popular misconception that wearing eyeglasses on a regular basis creates a dependency that will further weaken eyes.

20/20 Vision: What Does it Mean?

Everyone has stumbled upon the expressions 20/20 vision and visual acuity. Yet, what do these terms truly mean? Understanding what they imply will help you appreciate how an eye specialist determines the state of your vision in an eye exam. The term 20/20 vision indicates the accuracy of your eyesight...

A Fresh Look At Contact Lenses

This year, how about trying a new look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a large assortment of color contact lenses, allowing you to subtly boost or totally alter the color of your eyes. This cutting edge line of contact lenses includes such a large number of options, that...

Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes. Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling...

The Importance of Changing Your Contact Lenses

Are there ever days when you leave your disposable contact lenses in for too long? It goes without saying that generally, things are just plain better when they haven't been used too much. You won't be surprised to hear that the same rule can be used to understand the importance...

PROJECTING AN IMAGE

It hardly comes as news that people have been known to don a pair of glasses to change the way people perceive them.

LO(W) AND BEHOLD!

Individuals suffering from “low vision” (defined as 20/70 vision or worse that cannot be corrected by conventional lenses) must make the most of the vision they have left.

Treating Cataracts

June is Cataract Awareness month. Are you aware that cataracts are the most commonly occurring source of loss of vision among adults aged 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all people aged 65 and older have some degree of cataract development. A cataract is a clouding of...

INSIGHT INTO REFRACTIVE ERRORS

While “astigmatism” is a type of refractive error along with “farsightedness” and “nearsightedness,” it is not as well understood.

IS YOUR FUTURE CLOUDY?

As we age, it is important to get regular eye exams, during which the optometrist can diagnose a cataract.

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

It's a fact: almost everybody is regularly exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the risks related to many years of exposure to these harmful rays aren't really thought about, and many barely take enough action to protect their eyes, even if they're planning to be outside...

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your eyesight remains healthy. During the procedure, your optometrist thoroughly examines your eyes, looking...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

One of the most reputable lens manufacturers, Transitions® Optical, have just announced the newest addition to their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has created an even better version of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Glare that shines off...

TWO EYES WITH DIFFERENT FOCUSING ABILITY

On occasion, an eye exam will reveal that a person has a significant difference between the refractive power of each eye.

NOT TAKING TEARS FOR GRANTED

As we go through life, there are some things that we just take for granted. It therefore often comes as an eye-opening experience to “dry eye” sufferers that they are no longer producing enough tears (or tears of sufficient quality) to lubricate and nourish their eyes.

SPECIAL LENSES FOR COMPUTER USE

With 31 percent of people over the age of 18 saying that they spend an average of five hours daily on a computer, tablet, or cell phone, it is no wonder that eyestrain has become an even greater problem.

RUBBING THE RIGHT WAY

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises contact-lens wearers to rub (and rinse) their contacts clean.

Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be due to a few conditions such as anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects caused by medication or injury. Many people also report visual abnormalities due to aging or eye strain. This...

RECOMMENDED STEPS FOR GLAUCOMA PATIENTS

In the first place, it is very necessary to point out that glaucoma does not often come with symptoms that are readily noticeable to those with eye disease. It is therefore essential to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams.

MORE THAN MISMATCHED SOCKS

At first glance, “color blindness” (more accurately described as “color vision deficiency”) is more of a quirky happenstance than a real problem.

UPON CLOSER INSPECTION

As middle age approaches, the eye lens becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on near objects.

Women’s Eye and Vision Health

It's April, which is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Women go through various stages throughout their lives, and each can impact vision differently. Eye disease among women is becoming more common, particularly in older women. In fact, studies indicate that the majority of women going through middle age have...

April is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with more opportunity to participate in a new set of sports, comes an increase in the risk of eye injuries related to sports. Each year, many people, both young and old suffer eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be avoided with suitable...

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OPENING UP TO A DILATED EXAM

Seniors over the age of 65  who enroll for Medicare  are supposed to receive visual acuity screening (using the familiar Snellen “E” chart) as part of a preventive health check.

EYE-OPENING PRESCHOOLER STATISTICS

It was once thought that only one in 20 preschool children had a vision problem.

NIGHT VISION

Older individuals may find they are experiencing increasing difficulty seeing at night while driving and even in their own homes.

Eye Care on The Go

Road safety is dependent upon on your ability to see well. Actually, road safety requires a combination of a number of different visual abilities such as being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, plus many...

Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The purpose of this directive is to teach businesses and their employees about the importance of eye health, with advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps. Each day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries that...

What is Astigmatism?

Around your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under perfect circumstances, spherical. When light enters your eye from all angles, the cornea's role is to focus that light, directing it toward the retina, right in the rear part of your eye. But what is the result when the...

HOW HYPERTENSION CAN AFFECT THE EYES

While most people correctly associate high blood pressure with a greater risk of heart problems, hypertension can also exert adverse effects on the eyes.

ON HIGH ALERT!

The common refractive error known as “nearsightedness” (or “myopia”) is caused by an elongated eyeball that focuses incoming light rays in front of the light-sensing retina rather than on it.

ARE YOU READY FOR ELECTRONIC EYEGLASSES?

You needn’t be an “early adopter” (a person who embraces new technology before most other people do) in order to appreciate the latest advance in eyeglasses.

SHIELDING YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN

Protecting your eyes with UV-blocking sunglass lenses is the single most important step you can take to prevent cataracts.

Conjunctivitis: Types and Treatments

Conjunctivitis, colloquially called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially with children. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even allergies to ingredients in cosmetics, pollen, and chlorine in pools, or other substances, which come in contact with the eyes. Many types of...

All About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision month. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost causes of loss of vision in individuals over 65? AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the macula in the eye which is responsible for...

Cleaning Your Contacts

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August showed that an alarming number of people were using potentially harmful substances instead of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all listed as substitutions...

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR GLASSES?

Eighty-eight percent of those responding to a Vision Council of America survey indicated that comfort was the most important factor when choosing eyeglass frames.

BOTH FAR AND NEAR

Anyone affected by presbyopia (age-related difficulty with focusing on near objects) who already wears contact lenses may want to consider a treatment technique known as “monovision.”

DAILY ASPIRIN MAY AFFECT SENIORS

The eye disease known as “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people over age 60.

IS VISION BECOMING A LITTLE HAZY?

The typical age-related cataract undermines the transparency of the eye lens, causing it to become yellowish or greenish in color.

EYE COLOR FACTS

Did you know that all humans had brown eyes up until between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, when a genetic mutation occurred that reduced the production of brown pigment in the iris and blue eyes appeared?

LOOKING BACK

When looking ahead to styles of eyeglass frames toward which men will gravitate, take a look back.

HOW ARE YOUR GLASSES SHAPING UP?

The eyeglass frames that look best on your face are those with shapes that offset your facial shape.

A Tearless Winter

Dry eyes are often more prevalent during the winter as a result of the cold, dry air.

Winter Has Arrived! Don’t Leave Home Without Your Shades

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some areas whipping winds and cold rain, snow and sleet aren't far behind. You would never even think of leaving the house without a jacket in cooler weather, but unfortunately, far too many people leave their sunglasses behind. While the sun isn't...

This Month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we are here to spread the word about the importance of being aware of the threat of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the term for a class of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which can cause loss of central vision...

Presbyopia and Aging

Contact your West Winfield, NY Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults eventually begin to experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things that are close, as they get older. With the growing worldwide population of older adults, a larger number of individuals are developing presbyopia, which...

VISION AT REDUCED LEVELS

If you experience difficulty seeing well enough to accomplish everyday tasks even while wearing updated prescription lenses, you may be suffering from what eye professionals call “low vision.”

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If you wear soft contact lenses, you should know that recent research suggests that rubbing and rinsing your lenses before soaking them overnight is the best way to rid them of germs and avoid eye infections.

NOT SO SMART?

As technology continues to influence behavior, concern has been raised that smartphones are causing users’ eyes to work harder than they would reading ordinary news print.

WHEN PUSH COMES TO PULL

Recent research lends credence to the notion that eye exercises may help individuals overcome a condition called “sensory eye dominance.”

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We all have good reasons to be aware of the potential threat that glaucoma poses to vision. Not only is this eye disease the leading cause of irreversible vision loss worldwide, but its most common form does not initially cause noticeable symptoms.

This Month Be Aware of Toys and Eye Safety

Holiday season is almost here which means toys and presents. Adoring parents enjoy treating the children to the coolest toys to start off the New Year. It is important that family members tell others about the restrictions about eye safety and choosing toys. Injuries with unsafe toys often take place,...

January 1st Is Coming! Don’t Lose Your FSA Dollars

The New Year is coming fast which means that flex spending dollars will soon expire. If flex spending doesn't sound familiar to you, you may not have an FSA (or flex spending account) but you might want to verify your benefits to make sure. If you contribute to an FSA...

How We Perceive Color: All About Color Blindness

Contact our West Winfield, NY Eye Doctor for an evaluation

November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the primary causal agent of blindness of men and women aged 20-74 years. In just the last four years, over 4 million people in North America afflicted with diabetes were found to have diabetes related blindness. Of this group, seventy thousand had advanced diabetic retinopathy, which can result...

A GLARING DIFFERENCE

As any driver or fishing enthusiast knows, the light reflected off the windshield of an oncoming car or the watery surface surrounding a boat can be blinding.

BASIC FACTS

The lens “blanks” used to make prescription lenses have a frontal curvature referred to as the “base curve.”

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? Treatment in West Winfield, NY

To achieve optimal vision, the eyes need to work together with each other and with the brain. In instances when this process doesn’t function properly, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can occur. With the majority of cases of ambylopia the actual eyes are usually in good health but...

West Winfield, NY Vision Tests: Examining the Vision Exam

    Have you ever asked yourself why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it truly represents? 20/20 vision is a term used to express a normal level of sharpness of vision (visual acuity) assessed from a 20 feet distance. In other words an individual with 20/20...

A PAINTER

An interesting example of how cataracts alter vision can be seen in the works of the famous French impressionist Claude Monet, who was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes at age 72.

PERSISTENT LAZINESS?

Amblyopia (“lazy eye”) is characterized by the brain’s inclination not to acknowledge images provided by the affected eye.

Autumn Eye Allergy Treatment in West Winfield, NY

    Although eye allergies are most frequently heard about in the spring, a large number of people experience symptoms during the autumn months as well. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impede one's ability to function normally. Eye allergy symptoms...

FOR THE FASHIONABLE

As any woman knows, eyeglasses have the potential to make as much of a fashion statement as a piece of fine jewelry or a pair of designer footwear.

DRIVING AMBITION

If you are a driver over the age of 50, you have an obligation to make sure that your vision is equal to the task of driving.

Have Halloween Safe Eyes: Special Effect Contacts Can Damage Your Eyes

  Halloween is a night for getting out and getting dressed up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't lead to some scary eye damage. A popular costume addition as of late has been decorative contact lenses and the trend is alarming eye doctors. Contact lenses are an...

3D VISION DIAGNOSIS

Not only are epic 3D movies entertaining, they might also help some viewers recognize that they are suffering from vision problems.

WHAT

To project the image that you want other people to readily see, try selecting eyeglass frames that carry the appropriate connotation.

West Winfield, NY Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Eye Fatigue

  Findings from the American Optometric Association indicate that more than seven out of 10 of employed persons that work every day from a computer (over 140 million individuals) experience computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye fatigue. Prolonged periods of sitting in front of the computer can cause eye stress...

OF SINGULAR IMPORTANCE TO SENIORS

If you are an older individual who frequently spends a lot of time outdoors and regularly wears multifocal lenses, you might want to switch to single-lens eyeglasses for outdoor wear.

CONTACT CAUTION

As the availability of disposable and overnight contacts has risen along with the ease of Internet ordering, researchers have noted a decided increase in the incidence of ulcers of the cornea (the clear outer layer of the eye)

September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your house eye safe specifically for kids. It's important to be proactive to make sure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. In general, babies are born with...

Cosmetics Tips for Lens Wearers from your West Winfield, NY Eye Doctor

For those who use contact lenses a few guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Here are some professional tips for how to be sure your eyes remain beautiful and healthy. Purchasing Cosmetics First and foremost, eye care professionals recommend that you use only brands that are fragrance and oil...

OUT OF A CLEAR BLUE SKY!

When people report that they are seeing “spots” in their fields of vision, they are quite probably referring to “floaters.”

COLOR CODE

Approximately 8% of men experience “color blindness” while the condition only affects about 0.5% of women. The basis for this disparity rests with genetics.

How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how much it can hurt. 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 until the victim...

LOOKING TO GET THINNER?

Farsighted individuals with strong plus corrections are often concerned about the thick profiles of conventional eyeglass lenses with spherical front surfaces, which look bulky.

A NOTICEABLE SLIP

Not only must prescription eyeglass lenses be precisely cut, they must also fit the face correctly. Otherwise, the effectiveness of the prescription will be compromised.

Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Scheduled Your next Eye Exam in West Winfield, NY?

Many people aren't aware that cataracts are the primary culprit for sight loss amongst adults over the age of 54. In fact, more than half of the people over sixty-five have some degree of cataracts. What are cataracts? A cataract is when the lens, the part of the eye that...

SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF DIABETICS

Poor circulation associated with diabetes imposes adverse consequences for various parts of the body, including the eyes.

School’s Coming… Time for a West Winfield Eye Exam

It's that season again, when the days begin to get shorter, the weather a bit cooler, and children across the country return to the classroom. Before heading back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a check-up with the eye doctor. Healthy vision is crucial to the learning...

DOES GLAUCOMA ONLY AFFECT SENIORS?

If you think glaucoma is solely a disease of old age, it is time that you opened your eyes to the facts of this eye disease.

Boosting Your Teen’s Self-Esteem with Contacts

Needing to purchase glasses is often difficult for a teenager. Teenagers balk at the very idea of wearing eyeglasses and looking ''nerdy''. Compared to eyeglasses, kids and teens who use lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, says a recently released study. The study report demonstrates that beginning from...

Treating Frequently Encountered Eye Injuries

There are a variety of types of eye accidents that can occur, some more serious than others. Some may necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an eye doctor, while others can be treated at home. Follow this guide to typical eye injuries, to decide the next move following an...

Have You Had an Eye Exam Recently?

For those of us who have healthy eyes, it's easy to overlook the importance of taking preemptive action namely, an optical exam. However, timely detection of eye disease is critical to keeping your eyes healthy. This can easily be done with a yearly eye exam. Numerous eye and vision diseases...

WHICH SUNGLASSES PROVIDE THE BEST PROTECTION?

Sunglasses provide good protection against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, long-term exposure to which is known to damage the eye’s surface and internal structures.

PRESERVING YOUNG ATHLETES

Children should wear outdoor eyewear that not only shields their eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, but also protects their eyes from sports-related injuries.

CHOCOLATE

The next time someone asks why “everything that tastes good is bad for you,” tell them about chocolate.

Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards. Here are some tips to safe in the sun: Make sure your glasses provide proper UV protection. If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more damage...

MAKING REAL PROGRESS!

Eyeglass wearers entering middle age are likely to find that they experience difficulty reading small print or seeing close range with their regular prescriptions.

CLEAR REASON FOR CATARACTS?

If you live long enough, you will develop a cataract. Therefore, the only remaining question is: How do you delay the onset of cataracts as long as possible?

KEEPING THINGS BOTTLED UP INSIDE

As the country gets set to celebrate Independence Day, the warning goes out to children and adults that fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that can lead to permanent vision loss.

THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES

Three pigments (brown, blue, and yellow) combine to create eye color, which is genetically determined. Pigmentation of the iris, which surrounds the pupil, takes from six months to a year to complete.

All Parents Should Know About Children’s Safety Glasses

Are you aware that each year around 40,000 sports-related eye injuries are severe enough to necessitate emergency room treatment? This is equal to one trauma every 13 minutes! Eye Care professionals report that 90% of the reported accidents would have been simply prevented by using proper eye protection. The majority...

Do Carrots Really Improve your Eye Health?

You may have been told that carrots help you see better, but is it really true? Eye doctors know that regardless of how many carrots you eat, they can't save you from needing eye glasses. However, they do provide significant quantities of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for the...

Do You Know the Dangers of Ultraviolet Light to Your Eyes?

  Thanks to efforts to create awareness of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) rays to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer), most are familiar with the importance of applying UV blocking sunscreen and using other forms of sun protection particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known...

NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT

Obesity is being rightfully blamed for increasing health risks ranging from diabetes to heart problems. However, recent research reveals that there is one serious disease that cannot be blamed on being obese.

WHAT YOUR BABY SEES

As parents watch their child develop, they may wonder just how much their newborn sees.

Do You Know How to Care for Your Contact Lenses Properly?

  Contact lens wearers must be sure to treat their contact lenses properly. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn lenses, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which occasionally results in vision loss. Children and adults that are not capable of properly taking care of their contact...

UV COATING FOR PRESCRIPTION LENSES

It is as important to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays as it is to protect your skin from damaging UV light.

THIN IS IN!

High index” is a term used to refer to any of a number of plastic lens materials that can do the same job as the more common CR-39 plastic material used for the majority of clear prescription lenses, only they are lighter and thinner.

Rigid Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?

  Although soft contacts are more common, a second, lesser-known kind of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also referred to oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, GP lenses are a more modern technology than soft lenses, which last longer, allow better vision quality, and offer enhanced deposit resistance. Further...

EARLY SIGHTING

Without early diagnosis and treatment, many serious eye diseases and conditions that develop in infancy or early childhood may cause needless vision loss and even blindness.

DO READING GLASSES MAKE EYES WORSE?

Middle-aged individuals first start wearing reading glasses when the age-related condition (“presbyopia”) that leads to their increasing inability to read printed material worsens. Consequently, they may blame their glasses for their declining condition.

WHO SAW THIS CURVEBALL COMING?

Difficulty in hitting a curve ball may stem from the eye’s inability to track it properly.

A Guide to Dealing with the Effects of Eye Allergies

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For some, spring is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are caused by the release of tree and...

THE WAY CHILDREN SEE THINGS

In addition to children and adults not seeing eye to eye, kids literally see the world differently from the way that grown-ups do.

GOOD REASONS TO HAVE YOUR EYES EXAMINED

Just because your eyes do not seem to be giving you any trouble doesn’t mean that you should skip your annual visit to the optometrist.

Reasons You Should Stop and Think About Buying Eyeglasses on the Web

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers have become accustomed to shopping for anything and everything through the Internet, glasses are one product that needs to be carefully reviewed before you click that buy button. Why? Although you may encounter cheaper prices on e-commerce sites, the advantages of...

MAKE THE MOST OF THE VISION YOU HAVE LEFT!

            Seniors often suffer from age-related conditions .

How to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Cold Season

Although it is common to refer to winter as the rainy time of year with all the precipitation, the atmosphere is actually more dry in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be irritated quickly. Our staff is here to help you find the best ways to keep...

This February Spread Awareness About AMD and Low Vision

February is dedicated to creating awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of blindness for seniors. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a phrase optometrists use to categorize major visual impairment that is sometimes called “legal blindness” or almost...

Be In the Know About Glaucoma

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

Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Yep, that's correct. Sunglasses aren't just an essential accessory in the sunny season. While many people 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 winter months as well. In reality, those UV...

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