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Prioritize Your Eyes | SYVM 2019

Save Your Vision Month (SYVM) serves as a reminder to have your eyes and vision checked by an optometric physician once a year. Even children as young as 6 months old should be seen by an OD to assess development and eye/vision health. Schedule your annual eye exam with an optometrist near you today!

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Vision + Reading + Academic Performance

Risk factors for many eye conditions have no signs or symptoms and often, children don’t realize they’re having trouble seeing well because they’ve never known anything different. It’s up to us as parents, educators, and healthcare providers to make sure kids are visiting an optometrist for an annual, comprehensive eye exam — one that does […]

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The Back-to-School Eye Exam

The back-to-school to-do check list is long. New clothes, new shoes, new backpack, pencils and pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, maybe a pair of sneakers they can grow into and the perfect first-day-of-school outfit. You make sure they get their teeth cleaned and cavities filled, vaccines are updated, medications are renewed, and hair is cut. But […]

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Sunglasses: How to Pick the Perfect Pair

Before we can talk about what makes a pair of sunglasses a good pair of sunglasses, we first have to discuss why protecting your eyes and eyelids is essential. The sun emits UV light in three forms – UVC, UVB and UVA – all three can damage the eyes: Skin Cancer – the eyelids are […]

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Spring Time Red Eyes: Allergies or Pink Eye?

Spring is officially here and that has many people hopeful warm weather will arrive soon. But often times the change in weather brings on those red, puffy, itchy eyes. Is it Pink Eye or is it Allergies? Pink eye and allergies can come on with similar symptoms and it is important to be able to […]

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How do you know if you have a cataract?

Most people have heard the term cataract before, but few really understand exactly what it is. For you wordsmiths out there, yes, a cataract can also mean a waterfall or a floodgate. It’s derived from Greek, yet it morphed its way into our lexicon to mean a barrier to light entering the eye. A cataract […]

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Understanding Astigmatism

In Optometry school, our professors warned us about the challenge of trying to explain astigmatism to the general public. They said, “Keep it simple – tell them their eye is shaped like a football.” While that is generally true, some people may want to know a little more. Astigmatism (not a stigmatism) is an optical […]

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Dry Eye and What You Can Do To Help

Struggling with Dry Eyes? Aside from seeing your optometric physician and following his or her care plan, there are plenty of things you can do to help your progress: Turn off ceiling fans and point vents away from your face in the car or bedroom. Use a room humidifier in your bedroom with the door […]

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The Optometrist’s Role in Breast Cancer Treatment & Management

October is breast cancer awareness month. Women with a history of breast cancer are routinely checked with mammograms and ultrasounds but they should also routinely visit their optometrist. Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing especially in developed world. It is classified as the second most […]

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Illegal Cosmetic Contacts – Is Going Blind Worth It?

With Halloween approaching many are scrambling to secure those last minute details to put their costume over the top. In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article the dangers of illegal cosmetic contact lenses was addressed and it’s not as rare an occurrence as you might expect: According to the American Optometric Association, 16 percent of Americans have worn decorative contact […]

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