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Is it Time for You to Get an Eye Exam?
Posted on Friday November 10, 2017

  Life gets busy and sometimes we forgot about appointments, it happens. So, if you are sitting there trying to remember when the last time you had your eyes checked - you aren’t alone. Your health is important, and it is crucial to take care of your eyes. So, when do you know it’s time to get your eyes checked?   There are several reasons why you should schedule an appointment to get your eyes examined. The first reason being the amount of time since your last appointment. Depending on your age and eye history the number of times you need to see the eye doctor will vary. Ideally, for someone under the age of 40, we suggest that you get at least one eye exam every 1-2 years if you have no previous eye complications. It is also suggested that people under the age of 50 who have eye health history such as infections, diabetes, glasses/contacts, surgery etc. to get their eyes checked at least once every year if not more frequently.   If you have any health conditions that affect your vision such as diabetes, family history, smoking, etc.  it is important to attend eye exams in order to make sure that you are not at risk at any complications. By doing this you can stay on top of your eye health and make sure you are getting the proper care you need. If you are over the age of 50 and have a history of eye health problems it may be important for you to visit the eye doctor more than once a year.   Another reason why you may need to get an eye exam is if you are experiencing unusual symptoms or signs. Some of these symptoms could include:   Itchy, Dry Eyes Seeing Spots, Floaters, or flashes of light If you are experiencing eye strain, headaches from prolonged computer/device use You think your prescription may have changed (blurry vision, trouble reading/seeing) Possible Infection   Any of these symptoms are important to be looked at to rule out any possible infections. Your eyes serve an important purpose to your overall well-being so it is vital to stay on top of your eye health and schedule an appointment today!  :

Everything you need to know about Open-Angle Glaucoma
Posted on Thursday October 26, 2017

As we get older we start thinking more and more about health and conditions we may be prone to getting. This is something you think about a lot when thinking about your eye health in particular. One condition that can start to develop as you get older is Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma. This is the most common type of glaucoma and it occurs gradually over time. When you have this condition, your eye does not drain fluid as well as it should, similar to a clogged drain. Because of this the eye pressure continuously builds up and this starts to cause damage to your optic nerve. This type of glaucoma is painless and causes no vision changes at first which is why it is commonly overlooked and not detected immediately.   Since Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma starts out with minimal to no warning signs or symptoms it is vital that you are having your eyes regularly examined.  Eye exams are always important but become increasingly important as you age and could start developing these sometimes silent conditions. A regular eye exam will allow you to detect Glaucoma sooner and give you time to protect your vision. This is important to keep in mind because in the United States alone Glaucoma has left 120,000 blind.   Now that you know what Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma is and how severe it can be if it goes unrecognized it is important to take the next steps to protect yourself from this condition that could leave you blind.  You can do this by scheduling an eye exam regularly to detect any warning signs of this condition as well as numerous other conditions that can negatively impact your eye health. :

Common Eye Injuries: What Are They and How Can You Prevent Them
Posted on Thursday October 19, 2017

  There are many scenarios you may find yourself in where you are at risk for an eye injury. Whether you are playing a sport, handling chemicals, or in the way of any foreign objects you could find yourself dealing with an eye injury. Don’t worry - they are common and with the right information and care they are usually manageable and easily taken care of. Here are 4 of the most common eye injuries and how you can prevent them!   Scratched Eye: There are many things that occur that can leave you with an irritated, scratched eye. Whether its dirt particles that got into your eye, an accidental slip of a makeup brush to your eye or even a paper cut there are endless possibilities of what's to blame for your irritated eye. To prevent scratching your eye it is important to be extremely careful when handling anything around your eye and to protect yourself from an object that can cause damage to your eyes. If you think something may have gotten in your eye it is important not to rub or dig at your eyes. Instead try blinking or washing your eye with saline solution or clean water in an effort to get out what is scratching your eye. If you have scratched your eye it is important to call your eye doctor to get it taken care of safely and quickly.   Chemical Exposure: The next common eye injury involves substances or chemicals getting into your eyes and causing discomfort and damage. When you are surrounded by chemicals there is a chance that some of the substance could get splashed or sprayed in your eyes. It is important to protect yourself from chemicals and be cautious but if find yourself in this situation don’t panic. You should immediately rest your head under a stream of water (slightly warm) to try and wash the chemicals away from your eye. It is also very important to call your eye doctor or an urgent care center to see what they recommend as the next steps, make sure to tell them as much detail about the incident as possible including what chemical you’ve been exposed, how it entered your eye and how long ago it occurred.   Sports-Related Injuries: When playing sports, you are putting yourself at risk on many injuries. Especially injuries related to your eyes. It is important to take steps to reduce your chances of an injury by wearing the protective gear necessary. It is estimated that 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by wearing the correct protective gear. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have injured your eyes while playing a sport it is important to call your eye doctor to get an over the phone evaluation and figure out what the next steps are to treating your injury. Each sports-related eye injury is going to vary in steps to take and seriousness that’s why it is very important to treat every eye injury as an emergency at first.   Now that you have learned more about different types of common eye injuries we hope that this will help you further protect your eyes and vision down the road. Some injuries are unavoidable and when you do find yourself in a situation like that give us a call so we can help you take the next steps towards healthy eyes!   :