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Cataract Surgery Video

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Many people over 50 years of age are diagnosed with cataracts. The good news is that cataracts can be treated with out-patient surgery. Wondering what to expect during cataract surgery? Watch this short video to find out about a typical procedure to remove cataracts..


Blurry Vision Video

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Blurred vision can be caused by several different factors resulting in farsighted vision, nearsighted vision, or astigmatism. Learn more about what causes objects to appear blurry by watching this short video.


Astigmatism Video

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Have you been told that you have astigmatism in one or both eyes? Watch this short video to learn more about what astigmatism is, how it affects your vision, and how to correct it.


Farsightedness (Hyperopia and Presbyopia)

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There are two different types of farsightedness – hyperopia and presbyopia. The two conditions are not related, however both cause you to see far objects clearly, but objects that are close to you appear blurry. A farsighted prescription begins with a plus symbol, for example, +1.5.

Hyperopia

Hyperopia is a genetic condition. Many children are born with hyperopia. Some outgrow it while others will need to wear corrective lenses for a lifetime. Hyperopia is caused by an eye that is too short. Light rays that enter the eye focus beyond the retina causing near objects to blur.

Hyperopia can be corrected with:

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Conductive Keratoplasty (CK), for the right candidate

 

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is age-related. Adults age 40+ may notice the onset of hyperopia when they try reading a book or use their mobile phone and they have to place the object at arm’s length to see the page or screen clearly. Or they may notice that they squint in order bring an object into focus. They may experience headaches or fatigue after reading for long periods. Presbyopia occurs when the eye’s lens thickens or when the muscle fibers surround the lens loose elasticity.

Presybopia can be corrected with:

  • Bifocal Eyeglasses
  • Reading Glasses
  • Bifocal Contact Lenses
  • Multifocal Contact Lenses
  • Monovision Lenses

 

If you suspect you are experiencing farsightedness, schedule an appointment at our office by calling 609-653-9933 or use our online appointment scheduler. Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl will examine your eyes, and together you will decide what type of correction is best for you. We’ll have you seeing clearly in no time!


October is Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

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safety_glassesYou may realize the importance of eye safety when playing sports and understand the risks of eye injuries in children, but did you know that 125,000 eye injuries occur to adults and children each year due to accidents involving common household products?  Remarkably, 90% of these accidents can be prevented.

To help raise awareness, Prevent Blindness has designated the month of October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month. They’ve provided several tips to decrease your risk of eye injuries in and around the home. Check out their recommendations for adults and safety practices for young children. We recommend that you take a few minutes to review these ideas and implement them in your home. A little prevention can save your eyesight and protect the vision of your loved ones.

 


September is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month

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The cost of sports eye injuriesDid you know that every 13 minutes an emergency room treats an eye injury? Or that water and pool activities are the cause of more eye injuries than any other sport? Or that health club activities caused an estimated 1,278 eye injuries in 2013? Prevent Blindness recently released a chart of sports-related eye injuries by sport, broken down by age groups, and the results may surprise you.

In March 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology published an infographic that explains how dangerous and costly sports injuries to the eye can be, both for adults and children.

These statistics support Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month – both celebrated in the month of September – encouraging adults and kids to wear eye protection during indoor and outdoor activities.

Have fun, be safe! Don’t be a statistic! 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable! Protect your eyes and your vision simply by wearing eye protection! Regular eye glasses don’t provide the protection you need, so in addition to safety glasses, All About Eyes offers prescription safety eyewear so you can enjoy your favorite sport while keeping your eyes safe. Give us a call at (609) 653-9933 or stop by our office to see our line of stylish eyewear designed with safety in mind. 


Do You Have Digital Eye Strain?

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Causes, Symptoms and Solutions for Digital Eye StrainIf you spend more than two hours at a time staring at a computer screen, you just might experience symptoms of digital eye strain. Check out this infographic from the folks at Care2 that quickly explains causes, symptoms and solutions for digital eye strain. (Clicking on the image to the left will bring you to a larger, readable version of the poster).

The 20-20-20 rule is a simple way to remember to help your eyes when you are at a computer. For every 20 minutes of screen time, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 minutes away. Your eyes and your eye doctors will thank you!


August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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Stop by our office for a chance to win a child’s pair of prescription eyeglasses + a back-to-school gift pack!

Prevent BlindnessPrevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month.

Children’s eye health

As parents, we are concerned about our children’s health and safety, but we may forget that our child’s eyes need preventive care to keep them healthy. This month, when you are scheduling back-to-school physicals for your son or daughter, make an appointment with your optometrist. An annual eye exam can diagnose many childhood eye conditions including lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), color blindness, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Early detection leads to early treatment!

Children’s eye safety

Keep your child’s eyes safe while they are having fun! Whether on the court or at the beach, we can help! All About Eyes offers sport glasses from Rec Specs with strong polycarbonate lenses to protect eyes and improve vision during high impact sports. We also offer prescription and non-prescription sunglasses to protect eyes and eyelids from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Win a free pair of prescription eyeglasses + a back-to-school pack!

During the month of August, All About Eyes is holding a contest for kids ages 12 and under to promote the importance of eye health and safety. While in our office, guess the amount of erasers in the jar – whoever guesses closest to the actual number wins a pair of prescription eyeglasses plus a back-to-school gift pack. We are also offering back-to-school coupons on our website including special offers for Rec Specs and children’s eyeglasses including transitions lenses. If you have questions about your child’s vision, call 609-653-9933 to make an appointment with Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl. You may also benefit from the resources provided by The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health


5 Reasons You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Summer

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This month’s post about the importance of wearing sunglasses is written by a guest blogger from the vision insurance professionals at VSP and approved by Dr. Dave and Dr. Cheryl.

Beyond being one of summer’s most trendy accessories, sunglasses are easily the most practical. You may be under the impression that sunglasses are just a fashionable way to keep the sun out of your eyes but they are actually doing much more than just keeping you from squinting or improving your fashion sense.

The following are characteristics of your summer eye wear that you may have never considered your sunglasses capable of.

Prevent eyelid cancer

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, eyelid cancer accounts for about 5% to 10% of all kinds of skin cancer. The two most common forms of eyelid cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are found predominantly in people who have had extensive exposure to the sun throughout their lives.

Protect Your EyesWhen not diagnosed and treated right away, eyelid cancer can spread rapidly and damage vision as well as disfigure the face. Another form of cancer that can affect the eyelids, melanoma, can be deadly if it’s allowed to spread.

Frequent sunburns and sun exposure has been linked to skin cancer. Since the eyelids and skin surrounding the eyes are so thin and sensitive, they are much more susceptible to damage from the sun.

Wearing sunglasses with adequate UV protection is an effective way to limit your eye’s exposure to the harmful rays of the sun, especially on bright days or around water and snow, which reflect sunlight making it more intense.

Protect the retina

The retina, where images are formed and sent to the brain, can deteriorate over time, causing macular degeneration, which leads to vision loss. Macular degeneration (the macula is the area of the retina with the sharpest focus) is common in the U.S. among people 60 and older, and some studies have pointed to UV exposure as a possible link.

More research is needed, but in the meantime, we do know that sunglasses can help protect your retina. This means sunglasses are at least one way of prevention against macular degeneration.

Stop cataracts from forming

UV rays are a contributor to the forming of cataracts, which is clouding on the crystalline lens. Cataracts often lead to blindness, since the crystalline lens is responsible for focusing your eyes. However, cataracts can be treated with surgery (over one million procedures are performed in the U.S. every year to remove cataracts).

Protect the cornea from sunburn

Another area of the eye susceptible to damage from UV rays is the cornea, which is the clear, refracting membrane outside the retina. The cornea can literally be burned by UV light, leading to corneal sunburn, or keratitis.

A good pair of sunglasses with UV protection helps prevent corneal sunburn, and it’s especially important to wear eye protection when using a tanning machine or while skiing.

Protect the whites of your eyes

The conjunctiva is the thin membrane that covers the white area of your eyes, and excessive exposure to the sun can cause it to become inflamed and irritated. As it gets more inflamed, the conjunctiva can swell over your cornea, partially blocking your vision (a condition referred to as pterygium or “surfer’s eye”). In extreme cases, surgery is required to remove pterygium.

Not all sunglasses are created equal

Wear Sunglasses to Protect Your EyesSince virtually all areas of the eye can be damaged by overexposure to sunlight, sunglasses can go a long way to ensure long-lasting eye health. Choosing the right kind of sunglasses is important, and some brands may offer little or no protection.

When shopping for a pair of sunglasses, look for a pair with a label that clearly states that they offer at least 99-100% UV protection. Wider lenses and wrap-around styles will also provide more protection, simply because they cover your eyes from more angles.

Early detection

While prevention is critical, all of the eye conditions described above can be detected during a routine eye exam.  Getting your eyes checked regularly is crucial to maintaining normal eye health.

So while it’s important to shield your eyes from the potentially damaging effects of the sun, there’s no reason you can’t do it in style with your favorite pair of sunglasses.

 

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Nearsightedness (Myopia)

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Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/haglundc/4736600901/Myopia or nearsightedness causes you to see close objects clearly, but objects that are farther away appear blurry. A nearsighted prescription begins with a minus symbol, for example, -2.5.

An adult may notice the onset of myopia when driving – road signs are blurred or stop lights and head lights have a pronounced halo effect. A child may have difficulty reading the whiteboard at school or may come home from school complaining of headaches caused by squinting when trying to focus on the front of the classroom.

Causes

Nearsightedness can be caused by either an elongation of the eyeball, a hyper curved cornea or lens, or a combination of the two. When light rays hit the eye, they focus at a point in front of the retina.

Nearsightedness often begins in childhood with a genetic predisposition – if your parents wear glasses, you have a greater chance of wearing glasses, too. Your myopic vision prescription may progress with age, especially during childhood and teenage years, but usually will level off as you enter adulthood.

Treatment

The good news is that there are now several ways to correct myopia:

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • LASIK
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

 
If you suspect you are experiencing nearsightedness, schedule an appointment at our office by calling 609-653-9933 or use our online appointment scheduler. Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl will examine your eyes and talk with you about the pros and cons of each type of treatment while determining if you are a candidate for contacts or photorefractive surgery. Together you can choose the best type of correction for your myopia, and you’ll be seeing clearly in no time.