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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the doctors and staff at All About Eyes!

We hope you are enjoying this holiday season! In honor of the classic Christmas film, A Christmas Story, we thought we’d share this online quiz from WebMD called “Are Your Eyes Protected?” (Hint: The first question is whether or not you can shoot your eye out with a BB gun.) Take a few minutes and answer these 9 true/false questions to score your eye smarts. The next time you’re in our office, let us know how you did.

 


Eye Injuries Video

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Eye injuries are common in adults and children which can lead to partial or full loss of vision. Eye injuries can happen at work, at home, or during recreation. Most eye injuries can be prevented. Watch this 5-minute video to learn the common causes of eye injuries and how you can prevent them from happening.


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