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Kids at Play and Eye Safety!

All parents want their children to be safe growing up. But one serious issue that flies under the radar is the potential risk of children’s toys pose to their eyes. Between toy guns, wands, lightsabers, swords, and countless other toys on the market today there is always a risk when our children act out their favorite fantasies or pretend to be their favorite heroes. Anything toy with a sharp or pointed edge can be a hazard for any child’s eyes. Here are a few simple steps to help them stay safe during playtime. 

New Year, New Look

With 2019 in full swing, it’s the perfect time to update your look with a new set of frames. Whether you are looking to replace an old, worn out a set of frames or even try a fresh look here are tips to remember when you search for a new set. 

The Basics: Contact Lenses

If you currently wear contact lenses or are considering them, there are several things you need to know in order to properly take care of them. 

Safe and clean handling of your contact lenses is the most important way you can protect your contacts and your eyes. 

Everything You Need to Know About Sunglasses and Protecting Your Eyes

Sunglasses come in a variety of styles and incorporate different tools to help protect your eyesight from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays. 

Depending on your exposure to UV rays, you may experience temporary or permanent vision issues. For example, if you experience excessive UV exposure over a short period of time you can get photokeratitis, or “sunburn of the eye.” This disorder can be painful, but the effects are temporary. 

Under Eye Care & Beauty

Proper eye care doesn’t merely extend to your physical eyeball but also includes the skin surrounding your eyes. We have all experienced dark circles, or “bags” under our eyes at some point. But what exactly do dark circles indicate and how can we fix them? 

The History of Contact Lenses

The contact lens is a simple device where a lens is placed directly on the eye ball, and helps people see properly without requiring eye glasses. Today, an estimated 30 million Americans wear contacts. 

But how did contact lenses come about? Who invented them? And how did they evolve? 

Contact lenses were developed in 1888 by a German ophthalmologist named Adolph Frick. The first contact lens was made out of glass and were rather thick. They covered the iris and the whites of the eyes. And these early lenses could only be worn for about 4 hours at a time. 

The Difference Between a School-Administered Eye Exam and a Comprehensive Eye Exam

You may have already received a notice from your child’s school regarding the results of their school-administered eye exam.

And while those exams are great tools in helping identify issues in your child’s vision, it’s important to remember they are vastly different exams from ones performed by your family eye care provider. School-administered vision screenings are indeed important. But their evaluation is limited and they cannot pick up on many common eye issues. 

What You Need to Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of permanent central vision loss for adults over the age of 65. But what exactly is AMD, and how can you take steps to prevent it? AMD is developed naturally in the aging process and affects the macula, a tiny spot on the retina of your eyes. The macula is the most sensitive spot of your retina and contains millions of light-sensing cells. The macula is responsible for providing clear, sharp vision at the center of your field of vision.