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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 multiple 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)...

Our Staff

Our two opticians, Stephanie and Amy, have over 20 years of combined experience helping patients select well-fitting, stylish eyewear for patients of all ages.  They are also experts with recommending the best lens materials, designs and coatings to provide you with the best vision possible. Our front desk is masterfully...

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...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

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

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

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

Kennett Square, PA Eye Exams: Exploring the Vision Chart

Ever question why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it truly represents? The term 20/20 vision describes a normal level of sharpness of eyesight (visual acuity) calculated from 20 feet away from the object. In other words an individual with such visual acuity will be able to...

All You Need to Know About Lazy Eye. Treatment in Kennett Square, PA

Amblyopia or lazy eye is the deficiency in central vision development caused by the failure of the two eyes to function together. In the majority of instances of ambylopia the actual eyes are typically healthy however the condition is not correctable by just eyeglasses. If not treated appropriately lazy eye...

A Look Inside Women’s Eye Health and Safety

This month, Prevent Blindness America is focusing on Women's Eye Health and Safety. It's no surprise that the various stages of a woman's life often have a strong impact on her eye health and vision. Eye disease among women is becoming more common, particularly in older women. Actually, studies indicate...

Knowing When to Get Your Vision Checked

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be caused by several possible conditions such as changes in the body or abnormalities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects due to medicine or eye injuries. Commonly, people also experience visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye...

Email us Your Appointment Request

You can now request your next appointment online. Find out how...

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...

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...

Dr. Ganly on Disposable Daily Contact Lenses

In my practice, the majority of our patients are being fit with single use lenses. The reason is that it boils down to compliance.

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you might 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...

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...

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...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

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

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the sunny season. While many people are aware of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, how many recognize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well? Actually, the UV rays...

It’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month

To create awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading source of preventable permanent vision loss, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of total vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Since glaucoma is...

This Month is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month

This month is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading source of vision loss for seniors. AMD is one of the causes of low vision, a term eye care professionals use to refer to substantial visual impairment that is also known...

Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… No Need to Suffer

While you may think of winter as the rainy time of year due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually a lot dryer in the colder months, causing your eyes to become more sensitive. Our optometry staff is available to assist you in selecting the best ways to...

Reasons You Should Think Twice Before Buying Eyeglasses on the Web

Though most of us are used to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, glasses are an item that you are better off buying in person. Here's why. Even though you may encounter reduced rates on the Internet, the benefits of going to an optical store far outweigh the...

Eye Allergy Season is on the Way – Are You Prepared?

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to seasonal eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are often a result of...

Rigid Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?

  Although soft contact lenses are most often used, another lesser-known type of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also called oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, GP lenses involve more modern technology than soft contacts, which last longer, are often more effective in improving vision, and provide enhanced...

Are You Caring for Your Contacts Safely?

  Contact lenses require proper treatment and care to be considered a safe and sensible choice for those needing corrective eye wear. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn lenses, or even worse, eye infections or scratches, which occasionally results in vision loss. Any individuals that are not capable...

UV Awareness Month – The Sun and Your Eyes

  Thanks to efforts to create awareness of the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer), most know about the importance of applying UV blocking sunscreen and using other forms of sun protection particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is...

Truth or Myth: Can Carrots Really Improve your Eyesight?

Are carrots really good for your eyesight? While optometrists admit that the orange root vegetables contain significant amounts of a beta-carotene which is known to be beneficial for your eyes, carrots can not replace suitable corrective eye care. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange pigment that converts into vitamin A...

Protective Eyewear for Kids

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. This is equal to an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that the vast majority of those accidents would have been simply avoided by wearing proper eye protection. More often than not injuries...

Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun: Make sure your glasses offer 100% protection from UV rays. If your glasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to...

The Importance of Early Eye Disease Detection

For those of us blessed with eyes that are in good condition, we might overlook the importance of a routine eye examination. However, early detection of eye disease is necessary to keeping your eyes healthy. And all it takes is an annual eye exam. A significant number of optical diseases...

Handling Common Eye Injuries

There are many kinds of eye accidents that can take place, some more serious than others. Some might require emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be taken care of at home. Read this guide to routine eye injuries, to decide your next step...

Improving Your Teenager’s Self-Image with Contacts

Needing to purchase glasses is often difficult for a adolescent. Teenagers sometimes balk at the idea of being seen in eyeglasses and appearing ''nerdy''. Compared to glasses, children and teens who switch to contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their looks, a newly published report shows. The research report...

Getting Your Child’s Vision Ready for School: Kennett Square Children’s Eye Exams

Many professionals emphasize that approximately 80% of learning comes through a child's eyes. Since a child's eyesight may change often, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Surprisingly, most parents don't make sight tests part of their child's back-to-school doctor's appointment line-up. In addition a...

Book An Annual Eye Examination in Kennett Square, PA, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

A surprising number of aren't aware that cataracts affect over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. In truth, more than half of adults above age 65 have some degree of cataracts. What is a cataract? A cataract is when the ocular lens becomes clouded. This inhibits the passage...

Sunblock and your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand how excruciating 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...

Contact Lenses and Makeup: Suggestions from your Kennett Square, PA Eye Care Practitioner

If you use contacts a few precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Below are some professional pointers for how to be sure your eyes remain looking great and healthy. Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes? To start, we strongly suggest you buy only brands that are oil free...

Maintaining Safety for Your Eyes at Home

  In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically when it comes to children. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home environment is safe for your kids' eyes. Generally, kids enter...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Kennett Square, PA

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) above seventy percent of employed persons that sit every day at a computer (over 140 million individuals) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged periods of sitting in front of the computer can cause eye strain and effect eyesight...

Keep Your Eyes Halloween Safe: Consult With your Optometrist Before Using Special Effect Lenses

With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, costumes. As a consumer, you want to know of some hazards to your eyes and vision that could put a damper on the fun and games. Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become a popular accessory for costumes...

Kennett Square, PA Treatment for Fall Ocular Allergies

While eye allergies are more commonly talked about in springtime, just as many individuals experience symptoms during the autumn months as well. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impede one's ability to go about one's normal functions. Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and...

This Month is National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that diabetes is the main causal agent of impaired vision among men and women aged 20-74 years? Since 2008, over 4 million adults in North America afflicted with diabetes were diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Of this group, seventy thousand had acute diabetic retinopathy, which can...

A Different Perspective: Understanding Color Blindness

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December 31st Is Approaching! Use Your Flex Spending Account Dollars

Need new specs for the kids? Wondering if your prescription has changed? Contemplating laser vision correction? Now is the time to take care of all of your eye care needs. The New Year is coming which means that flex spending credits will soon expire. If flex spending doesn't sound familiar...

Fun and Safe Toys for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us which means toys and presents. Well meaning mothers and fathers delight in surprising the young ones with the newest toys to start off the New Year. Leading optometry specialists advise that family members learn and relay to relatives the rules when it comes to toy...

All About Presbyopia

Visit your Kennett Square, PA Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults at some point begin to experience presbyopia or a diminished ability to focus on things that are close, as they age. As people worldwide are living longer, more and more people are developing presbyopia, which...

Raise Your Glaucoma Awareness this Month

Since this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of early detection of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a class of progressive eye disorders that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which can be a precursor to a permanent loss of...

You Need to Wear Sunglasses in the Wintertime too!

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations stinging winds and cold rains and sometimes snow are also on their way. The majority of us wouldn't ever think of leaving the house without a coat in cooler conditions; nevertheless unfortunately, many people leave their sunglasses behind. While many of...

Winter Dry Eyes

Winter time often causes an increase in instances of dry eye syndrome because of the cold, dry air.

The Best Solution for Your Contact Lenses

A study performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that a large number of people regularly use potentially harmful chemicals rather than contact lens solution to clean their lenses. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, fruit juices, butter and others were all mentioned as occasional substitutes, by 20%...

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness

This month has been designated by Prevent Blindness America to spreading awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. How many individuals are aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of loss of vision in those over 65? AMD is characterized by...

Optometric Insight: Conjunctivitis

Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, is one of the most frequently encountered eye diseases, particularly in kids. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even sensitivities to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other chemicals that penetrate the eyes. Certain types of pink...

Focusing on Astigmatism

Around your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under perfect circumstances, round. As light hits the eye from all angles, the cornea's job is to help focus that light, directing it at the retina, which is in the back of your eye. But what does it mean when...

Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The goal of this directive is to teach companies and their employees about the importance of vision health, including safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps. Each day, workers sustain job related...

How Vision Affects Road Safety

Safety behind the wheel In fact, road safety depends on a combination of a number of different visual capabilities such as the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, plus many others. Being able to see well into the...

This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

As the spring arrives, as well as a greater chance to engage in a new set of sports, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each season, many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with the right...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has put out an exciting product as part of their comprehensive range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. They've added a great new feature to their popular light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization....

Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

May is healthy vision month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined periodically is one of the most effective steps you can take to make sure your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During the procedure, your optometrist checks your eyes, looking for commonly occurring eye diseases...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

It's a fact: almost everybody is regularly exposed to UV rays. But the potential risks related to long-term exposure to these harmful rays are not often considered, to a point where the majority of people barely take enough action to guard their eyes, even when they're planning on being outside...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring source of vision loss among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than 50% of those who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development. So what...

Keeping Your Contacts

Are there ever days when you leave your soft contact lenses in for a little too long? It goes without saying that lots of things are in in top form when they are at their freshest. It's important to know that the same principle also applies to your contacts. As...

Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness,...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

Don't you think it's time for an updated look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a vast assortment of colored contact lenses, which let you slightly intensify or distinctly change the color of your eyes. This line of lenses boasts such an extensive amount of choices, that you're sure to find...

Understanding 20/20 Vision

You have most likely stumbled upon the terms visual acuity and 20/20 vision. As frequently used as these terms may be, do you actually know their meaning? Understanding these terms will enlighten you as to how an optometrist assesses your vision in an eye exam. The term 20/20 vision indicates...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

Too often, we meet smart children who really enjoy camp and extracurricular activities, but just don't enjoy school. He or she may be suffering from a hard-to-detect vision problem, which effects learning at school. It's known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a problem that negatively impacts your capacity to...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

  Approximately 80 percent of school-based learning is achieved visually. But even with this well-known connection between eyesight and learning, a lot of parents don't seem to be aware of how frequently occurring vision problems are, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined regularly. As your kid's...

Playing Safe

Sometimes it's hard to choose toys that will be safe for our children's eyes. Children are born with a partially developed visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct sort of stimulation. Few things stimulate a child's visual development better than toys and activities that involve hand-eye...

What is Presbyopia?

Experiencing some trouble when reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're close to middle age. Having the ability to see things that are up close is a visual function that weakens as you age. Why does this happen? As time passes, your eye's lens is likely to become more...

In the Middle of the Night: Seeing in the Dark

  Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, or perhaps you're searching for a light switch or door handle or phone in a dark room. It's happened to all of us. A number of minutes pass before you begin to recognize familiar things in your surroundings. This...

Helping Lazy Eyes Get Active

Amblyopia, which is also called lazy eye, is a condition commonly seen in lots of the kids we treat. A lazy eye comes about when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child struggles to see well through one eye because...

What To Tell Our Eye Doctor

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? There are a few things you should tell our eye doctors so that we can make sure your vision is analyzed accurately and thoroughly. It is important to keep us updated on any current health problems you are experiencing...

Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

Are you over 40 and finding it more of a challenge to read small print? You might have presbyopia, a common condition affecting those reaching middle age. If you're already a glasses wearer, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you won't need to start carrying and switching between two...

How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Lately, it seems challenging to find someone who doesn't own some sort of smartphone. Tablets and smartphones are super useful when we're on the go. However as these devices have little screens, most users usually hold their iPads and iPhones much closer than they would hold printed materials. This creates...

A Closer Look at Retinoscopy

During your eye exam, you may have had a doctor direct a beam of light into your eye, and hold various lenses in front of it. So what does this do? Firstly, this test is a retinoscopy examination, and if you struggle with accurate vision, this is a preliminary way...

A Closer Look at Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Have you considered contact lenses as a method of correcting astigmatism? The cornea of a normally sighted person is spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it's more elliptical. This ostensibly small detail actually affects the way light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision. Toric contact lenses are used...

Diabetes and Vision

Are you aware that being diabetic puts you at risk for serious eye damage? Research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicates that in individuals between 20 and 74, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is retinal damage caused by...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations are used in both 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 there are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all those back to school supplies. 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...

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...

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....

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,...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

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

“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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...