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Dry Eyes

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dry eyeIf you experience dry eyes, you are not alone. Nearly half of all American adults experience dry eye syndrome on a regular basis. Dry eye syndrome occurs when the glands near your eyes don’t produce enough tears or your tears evaporate before they can lubricate your eye.

There are many different causes of dry eyes, both physical and environmental. Regardless of the cause, it’s an ongoing condition with several treatments available to manage the dryness, burning, redness and irritation you may be experiencing.

Physical Causes

  • Several autoimmune diseases including thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, and ocular rosacea
  • Aging and menopause
  • A person’s eyelid doesn’t close all the way, either because of a genetic condition or as a result of cosmetic eyelid surgery
  • A side effect of medication
  • Long-term contact lens wearing
  • Eyelid disease
  • Dehydration


Environmental Causes

  • Air conditioning or dry heating
  • Staring at a computer screen for too long
  • Smoking
  • Cold or windy weather



The first and most important step in treating dry eyes is a visit to your optometrist or ophthalmologist who can help you determine the cause of dryness. He or she will provide a thorough examination and may even refer you to another doctor for testing if an autoimmune disease is the suspected cause or if your medication is causing dry eyes. During your exam at All About Eyes, Dr. Cheryl or Dr. Dave will recommend one or more of the following treatments for dry eye syndrome:

  • Artificial tear drops, available over the counter
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Contact lens rewetting drops
  • Silicone plugs inserted into the tear ducts
  • Washing of the tear ducts to remove built up oil that may stop tear production
  • Drinking more water to improve dehydration
  • Omega-3 or flaxseed oil nutritional supplements
  • Changing to a different brand of contact lens or discontinuing contact lens wear


Don’t put up with the uncomfortable, even painful feeling of dry eyes. Make an appointment with Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl Roell today by calling us at 609-653-9933.

What Optomap retinal imaging can reveal about your health

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Image of the eye taken with optomap retinal imaging machine

Image of the eye taken with optomap retinal imaging machine

When you visit your optometrist for an annual eye exam, you are put through a variety of tests to check for any number of conditions related to your eyes: nearsightedness, farsightedness, glaucoma, color blindness, retinal detachment, and loss of peripheral vision.

Thanks to technology called Optomap retinal imaging, your eye doctor can uncover several health problems that could otherwise go undetected. The Optomap provides your doctor with a digital ultra-widefield, high definition view of your retina (see image).  Retinal imaging provides a closer look at the blood vessels located at the back of the eye, the optic nerve, macula, and the retinal tissue.  This imaging can provide an early diagnosis of glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, melanoma, macular degeneration and many other systemic and ocular conditions.

In addition to these eye-related conditions, psychological scientists are discovering that retinal imaging can provide insight into the health of your brain. According to a study published by the Association for Psychological Science, the size of the blood vessels in your eyes may be linked with IQ and cognitive function.

The study reveals that

Retinal blood vessels share similar size, structure, and function with blood vessels in the brain and can provide a way of examining brain health in living humans. Individuals who had wider retinal venules [the very small blood vessels in your eyes] showed evidence of general cognitive deficits, with lower scores on numerous measures of neurospsychological functioning, including verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and executive function.

Although your optometrists will not be evaluating your IQ when they use retinal imaging to examine the health of your eyes, they will look for signs of an onset of retinal disorders.   Although Optomap retinal imaging is an elective test, it is recommended for everyone.  For best results, your doctor should take a baseline image when you are a new patient so that he or she can check annually for changes alerting them to problems even before you experience any noticeable symptoms. With early detection through retinal imaging, you can prevent long-term effects including vision loss. At your next visit to All About Eyes, ask Dr. Dave and Dr. Cheryl about how they use retinal imaging to help their patients.

Announcing Altair Sunlites – Sunshades for Eyeglasses

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Altair Sunlites frames with 2 sunshade clips and one 3D clip

Did you know that the sun’s rays can be just as damaging to your eyes in the winter as in the summer? According to The Vision Council, fresh snow reflects nearly 80% of UV radiation. If you enjoy skiing, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or just walking your dog on a sunny winter day, but you haven’t purchased a pair prescription sunglasses, now is the time to do so.  The Vision Council says, “Anytime an individual is outdoors they should limit winter UV exposure by wearing appropriate UV protection,” and we agree!

We know that not everyone wants the hassle of switching their eye glasses and sunglasses when they go in and out of doors. That’s why we are pleased to announce the newest line of sunshades at All About Eyes. Altair Sunlites are durable, stainless steel frames for clear prescription lenses that come with an optional package of three rimless magnetic clip-on lenses:

  • A polarized clip to filter glare, improve clarity, and block UV rays
  • A 3D clip so you can watch 3D movies without wearing bulky, uncomfortable 3D glasses when you go to the cinema (compatible with most passive technology 3D systems)
  • A contrast clip with anti-reflective coating for low-light conditions when you still need protection from glare

The frames are attractive, with spring hinges and no bulky magnets. The clips are custom-fit for each Sunlites style, and sold in a set of three for one low price. Protect your eyes in comfort and style. Stop in today to see if Sunlites are a good fit for you and your lifestyle.


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drawing of an eye with and without a cataract

Cataracts occur when the protein in a person’s eyes clumps together, causing a cloudy area on the lens of the eye. A cataract may occur in one or both eyes, at the back, center, or edge of the lens. Cataracts cause a progressive loss of vision with symptoms including blurred vision, glare, and/or dullness of light. Cataracts are not painful.

Cataracts are often age-related. They are common in people over 60 years old, but they can occur in people of any age who have had trauma to the head or eye. In rare cases, babies and children can experience cataracts. Luckily, with recent advances in surgery, cataracts can be treated successfully with a minimal chance of complication.


Cataracts are treated using surgery to replace the lens of the eye with a clear plastic intraocular lens, not only improving glare, contrast, and depth perception, but restoring vision to 20/20 or better.


If a person lives long enough, they will inevitably develop a cataract. But there are ways to minimize early onset of cataracts in your eyes.

  • Start by wearing a quality pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun
  • If you smoke, please stop. Smokers are more than 2 times likely to get cataracts than non-smokers
  • If you have diabetes, treat it properly
  • Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables. Anti-oxidant rich foods can keep your eyes healthy
  • Take a multivitamin designed to promote eye health
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly, especially if  you are over 40 years old or have a family history of cataracts


If you suspect you have cataracts in one or both eyes, make an appointment at All About Eyes. Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl will conduct a comprehensive eye exam and discuss cataracts with you in more detail. Give us a call at 609-653-9933 to set up an appointment today.

Color Blindness

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Color Blind TestColor blindness is an inherited condition that affects the way your eyes distinguish certain colors. Color blindness does not mean you are blind, nor does it mean that you see in black and white. It means that you can’t see two or more colors. The most common form of color blindness is red-green color deficiency, but a person can also experience blue-yellow color blindness.

Inherited color blindness is more prevalent in males than females. 8 percent of men experience color blindness while less than one percent of women do.

Degrees of color blindness can also be caused by certain diseases including Parkinson’s and cataracts. It can also be a side effect of epilepsy medication.


When you receive your annual eye exam or if you suspect you have a form of color blindness, your eye doctor will perform a simple visual test to diagnose the condition.


Except in the case of cataract surgery, there is no treatment for color blindness.  You can learn to enhance your color perception by enlisting help from friends and family who can point out colors of common objects. You can also memorize color patterns in traffic signals, signs, and food labels.

If you suspect you are color blind or have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or cataracts, visit Dr. Dave or Dr. Cheryl for a comprehensive eye exam including a test for color blindness. Give us a call at 609-653-9933 to set up an appointment today.

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