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6 Symptoms of an Eye Infection Mar 1st, 2020

Bacteria and viruses can make you sick if they attack your immune system, causing sneezing, coughing, and more. But did you know that these microorganisms can also cause eye infections?  Certain types of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms can infect eyes, causing pain and vision changes. These infections can develop...

When Should My Child Have Their First Eye Exam? Feb 1st, 2020

From the day your baby is born, you take care of their health. Regular doctor’s appointments are important as your child grows up, and regular eye exams should be part of their wellness routine, too. But babies can’t read eye charts, so when is the right time to make their...

Start The New Year With LASIK Jan 1st, 2020

LASIK corrective surgery offers a unique opportunity to get clear vision, even if you wear contacts or glasses. This quick laser procedure reshapes your cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, the doctor uses a special type of laser to precisely change the shape of your cornea...

What Is Vision Therapy? Dec 1st, 2019

Vision disability is one of the top ten disabilities in the United States among adults age 18 and over. While some types of vision issues can only be corrected with lenses or eye surgery, vision therapy is usually used as part of a treatment plan to strengthen eye muscles and...

Here's What Your Optometrist Is Looking for During Your Eye Exam Nov 1st, 2019

Of all your senses, your eyesight is arguably among the most important, and optometry is a branch of medicine that’s designed to safeguard this all-important area of your health. Even though optometry services ensure that your vision is working well, they also monitor you for serious eye diseases in which...

How to Deal With Computer Eye Strain Oct 1st, 2019

Do you spend long amounts of time in front of a computer screen? Have you started to notice weakened vision or other complications? Are your eyes dry and red after a day of working away at the computer? Many of us spend a good chunk of our days in front...

These Bad Habits Could Be Increasing Your Risk for Eye Infections Sep 1st, 2019

Eye infections are painful, not to mention unsightly. From the itching, oozing, and swelling of conjunctivitis (pink eye) to the painful discomfort of a stye, eye infections can cause irritation, embarrassment, and even affect your vision. The more common eye infections are viral — think about how quickly conjunctivitis spreads...

Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses Aug 1st, 2019

Approximately 45 million Americans enjoy the comfort and convenience of contact lenses. But, despite their popularity and ease of use, several myths keep even more people from trying them out. At A+ Vision Optometry, located in Ladera Ranch, California, Dr. Monique Nguyen has the facts about contact lenses that you’ve...

Follow These Steps to Properly Care for Your Prescription Eyewear Jul 17th, 2019

Your prescription eyewear is priceless even though the price tag might suggest otherwise. The ability to see clearly is invaluable, so make sure you do all you can to keep your glasses free from harm. At A+ Vision Optometry in Ladera Ranch, California, we specialize in caring for every aspect...

Why LASIK Eye Surgery Remains the Popular Choice for Correcting Your Vision Jun 21st, 2019

Since the FDA approved LASIK in 1999, more than 9 million Americans have had the procedure and almost all of them have received the corrected vision they hoped for. In fact, more than 90% of people who get LASIK end up having 20/20 to 20/40 vision after the procedure. At...

Update Your Look with New Frames that Fit Your Face Jun 4th, 2019

It’s hard to imagine John Lennon without those signature round glasses (or Harry Potter for the younger generations). Starting in the 1950s, eyeglasses transitioned from a necessary evil to a fashion statement, taken up center stage on millions of faces ever since. But new technologies also allow us to offer...

6 Vision Skills Necessary for School-Aged Children Apr 12th, 2019

Good vision is necessary for your child’s learning. Some of the visual tasks that students perform daily include writing, reading and using computers. Children with poor vision health, however, will have a hard time coping with these school activities, which can affect their education. Dr Nguyen from A%20 Vision Optometry discuss...

Safe Toy Checklist to Avoid Eye Injuries Apr 12th, 2019

We may enjoy giving our children toys and presents, but we need to be careful when shopping for them. It’s our job to check whether the items are appropriate for their age and safe to use. In a recent study, about 250,000 children suffer from toy-related injuries every year and...

4 Tips on Buying Eyewear for Your Kids Apr 12th, 2019

Refractive errors, like far and nearsightedness, are common among children. Since most kids are visual learners, it’s important to address these vision problems immediately. We may prescribe corrective eyewear during their pediatric eye exam to help improve their eyesight. With so many options, you and your children may have a difficult time...

A+ Vision Optometry’s Quality Eye Care Services Apr 12th, 2019

A+ Vision Optometry is dedicated to providing reliable eye care through our high-quality products and services. We use only the most advanced optometry technologies when performing eye exams, vision therapy, and more. Here are some of the things you can expect at our clinic: Comprehensive Eye Exams Comprehensive eye exams...

Stye Apr 12th, 2019

A stye, sometimes spelled as “sty,” is a red, painful bump near the edge of the eyelid. It may look like a pimple or abscess, and it can form on the inside or outside of the eyelid. A stye is actually a localized infection that usually disappears by itself after...

Stop Rubbing Your Eyes Apr 12th, 2019

It feels like a natural thing to rub your eyes when they are itchy, watery, or otherwise irritated. Keeping your hands away from your eyes, however, is a smart choice for promoting better eye health. Rubbing your eyes can lead to everything from eye injuries to damaged vision. Rubbing your...

Getting Used to Contacts Apr 12th, 2019

Contacts are a smart choice for individuals who are active and dislike the feeling of wearing glasses. However, the process of caring for contacts and getting used to them can take a week or two. Navigate the transition with ease by learning how to properly care for contacts and becoming...

Macular Dystrophy Apr 12th, 2019

You may have heard of macular degeneration, an age-related condition in which people suffer permanent vision loss due to damage in a part of the retina called macula. But you may not be so familiar with a similar macular condition that also causes vision loss — even in young people....

Eye Twitching Apr 12th, 2019

Few eye issues are as simultaneously subtle and annoying as a twitch that comes on suddenly and/or recurs frequently. A twitching eyelid may not appear visible to the people around you at all, but it can make you feel highly self-conscious and drive you to search for the cause and...

Astigmatism Apr 12th, 2019

Many correctable vision problems are caused by abnormal eye anatomy. Very few people have perfectly shaped eyes that facilitate ideal vision. Rather, most people have some degree of abnormal curvature or other anatomical irregularities that cause slight visual changes. Astigmatism is one common form of visual impairment that results from...

Bifocal Contacts Apr 12th, 2019

Bifocal contact lenses are a type of contact lens that combine two different prescriptions in the same lens. One component corrects nearsightedness and the other prescription addresses farsightedness or farsightedness. Several types of bifocal contacts are available; your eye care provider can help you determine which option is best for...

Retinitis Pigmentosa Apr 12th, 2019

Symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa Although there are variations dictating how a person inherits and develops retinitis pigmentosa, this condition is usually characterized by the following symptoms: Poor and narrowing peripheral (side) vision. Difficulty seeing or driving in dimly-lit conditions. This is often called “night blindness.” As the disease progresses, vision...

Swollen Eyelids Apr 12th, 2019

Swollen eyelids are a fairly common eye condition caused by inflammation or excess fluid in the connective tissues surrounding the eye. Depending on the cause, swollen eyelids can be painful or not painful and affect the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both. Swollen eyes can be caused by many...

Cataracts Apr 12th, 2019

Many body parts begin to change as you age, and your eyes are no exception. One of the most common age-related eye changes is the development of cataracts. Although cataracts do not occur exclusively in older adults, they affect approximately half of all Americans by age 80. What Are Cataracts?Cataracts...

Allergies Apr 12th, 2019

Caused by the same irritants as hay fever, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, eye allergies commonly affect those who suffer from other allergy symptoms. Not only do eye allergies cause discomfort, but they can also interfere with daily activities. Eye Allergy Causes Medically referred to as allergic conjunctivitis, individuals who...

Hyperopia (Farsightedness) Apr 12th, 2019

An eye condition affecting roughly 50 percent of individuals who need glasses, hyperopia (commonly called farsightedness) is characterized by difficulty focusing on nearby objects while being able to see objects at a distance properly. Hyperopia occurs when your eyeball is too short or when your cornea is flatter or less...

Dry Eye Apr 12th, 2019

Sometimes your eyes don’t make enough tears or the tears evaporate too fast because they don’t have the right amount of compounds in them. This is called dry eye. Up to 5% of Americans complain of some form of dry eye. Individuals who wear contact lenses or have undergone LASIK...

Frequently Asked Questions Apr 12th, 2019

Why do I need to see an eye care provider? Many “silent” diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetes, can only be detected through regular eye exams. When these conditions are discovered earlier rather than later, they become easier to treat or manage, allowing for better long-term preservation of eyesight. In...

Chalazion Apr 12th, 2019

A chalazion is the medical term for a slowly developing lump on the eyelid that occurs due to an oil gland blockage. At first, the eyelid may appear to be red, tender and swollen. After several days, the chalazion will form on the eyelid, appearing as a slow growing lump....

Stargardt Disease Apr 12th, 2019

Loss of eyesight and macular degeneration are typically associated with aging. Stargardt disease, however, an inherited form of macular degeneration, commonly affects children and young adults. Also referred to as Stargardt macular dystrophy (SMD) or flavimaculatus, the term Stargardt disease refers in particular to the form of inherited macular degeneration...

Double Vision Apr 12th, 2019

Double vision, also known as “seeing double” or the medical term diplopia, is the perception of two images of a single object. This occurs when two nonmatching images are sent to the part of the brain that processes visual input. Over time, the brain eventually begins to compensate for this...

Eye Pain Apr 12th, 2019

Eye pain is not normal and should always be checked by your eye care professional. It is especially urgent if the pain comes with any of the following symptoms: Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Pain The location of the eye pain is a prime indicator of what the trouble might...

Conjunctivitis Apr 12th, 2019

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a common eye problem that can afflict children and adults alike. It is highly contagious and spreads quickly in environments like classrooms or offices filled with multiple people in close proximity to one another. The good news is that conjunctivitis is easily treated...

Ocular Migraine Apr 12th, 2019

The name conjures up pain, but ocular migraines are less about headaches and more about a vision problem. Ocular migraines are temporary visual disturbances that can last up to 30 minutes. This condition can affect one eye or both eyes simultaneously. An ocular migraine does not typically cause pain unless...

Colored Contacts Apr 12th, 2019

Will Colored Contacts Change the Way I See? Yes, but only if your colored contacts also contain a prescription to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Whether you have prescriptive lenses or cosmetic colored lenses, the center of the lens remains colorless to avoid affecting how you see. Only the part...

Myopia (Nearsightedness) Apr 12th, 2019

Myopia, commonly called nearsightedness, is a refractive error of the eye, meaning that the shape of the eye or its cornea improperly bends light as it enters the eye. This hinders your ability to focus. Myopia is the most common refractive error of the eyes, and is caused by several...

Blurry Vision Apr 12th, 2019

Common Causes of Blurry Vision Astigmatism—Refractive errors and irregularities on the cornea can make objects appear blurry from any distance. Prescription glasses, contacts, or refractive surgery can correct this problem. Myopia or nearsightedness—Objects that are farther away appear blurry due to refraction irregularities. It can also be accompanied by headaches...

Are Specialty Contacts Dangerous? Apr 12th, 2019

Specialty contact lenses are a fun way to change your eyes to look like your favorite entertainer or to create a spectacular costume. Specialty contacts, sometimes called decorative, fashion or theater contact lenses, temporarily change the look of your eyes without correcting your vision. Eye care professionals can prescribe specialty...

Addressing Eyesight Errors With Vision Therapy Apr 12th, 2019

A+ Vision Optometry recommends vision therapy, a non-surgical treatment that aims to improve your visual skills through individualized programs. It intends to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies, which cannot be done with usual eyeglasses or contact lenses. Here are some of the vision problems it can manage: Eye Movement Disorders...

All About Glaucoma Apr 12th, 2019

Glaucoma is a serious disorder that can damage the optic nerves of your eyes if left untreated. The optic nerve carries images from your eyes to your brain. If the nerve is damaged, full or partial vision loss can occur. In some cases, people develop glaucoma because the pressure in...

Correcting Amblyopic Eye Through Vision Therapy Apr 12th, 2019

Recent studies show that about two to three percent of the country’s population has some degree of amblyopia. This childhood vision disorder, also known as lazy eye, occurs when an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity. In most cases, eyeglasses and contact lenses are used to correct this eye...

How Eye Exercises Help Improve Your Vision Apr 11th, 2019

Some vision problems cannot be corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses. A+ Vision Optometry offers vision therapy as an adjunct or alternative treatment. Also referred to as vision training, its goal is to improve the communication and working relationship between your eyes and brain. It usually involves performing a set...

Myopia in Children Apr 10th, 2019

Myopia, more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that often begins while you’re young. This is why it’s also known as childhood myopia. While you have no problems seeing objects up-close, you may struggle recognizing figures that are far from you. what your eye doctors at A+ Vision Optometry...

Diagnosing Strabismus in Children Apr 1st, 2019

Children with strabismus have improper eye alignment, which affects their depth perception and vision. This childhood eye condition is common among infants or children with poor eye muscle control or farsightedness. Some people believe that a child with strabismus will outgrow the condition, but this is a common misconception. Without...

Contact Lenses 101: Myths vs. Facts Apr 1st, 2019

Contact lenses are a great vision correction option. Not only do they improve your eyesight, but they also give you a feeling of freedom and normalcy. Despite these great benefits, many hesitate to use contact lenses because of misconceptions about this type of eyewear. To set things straight, A+ Vision...

Glaucoma Awareness: Preventing Vision Loss Apr 1st, 2019

Glaucoma affects over three million people in the country. This eye disease is the second leading cause of vision loss in the world next to cataracts. Many people, however, are clueless about the nature of this eye problem and how it can be prevented. As part of the National Glaucoma...

5 Vision Skills Necessary for School-Aged Children Apr 1st, 2019

Good vision is necessary for your child’s learning. Some of the visual tasks that students perform daily include writing, reading, and using computers. Children with poor vision health, however, will have a hard time coping with these school activities, which can affect their education. Your eye doctors from A+ Vision Optometry discuss...

Procedures Involved in an Eye Exam for Pre-School Children Apr 1st, 2019

Why are eye exams necessary for pre-school children? A comprehensive eye exam helps assess a child’s vision health and determine eyesight problems that may hinder their learning and affect their school performance. During an eye exam, eye doctors will concentrate on different aspects, such as visual acuity, eye coordination and...

5 Reasons Why You Want To Wear Your Sunglasses Year Round Mar 29th, 2019

You may keep your sunglasses in your car to block the sun glare on your way home from work, and you’re sure to pack them in your luggage for your beach vacation. But what about when you’re walking the dog? Or playing outside with the kids? Like your skin, your...

A Look at 3 Contact Lens Solutions Mar 26th, 2019

Contact lens, just glasses or any object that you can buy, have different types. Each solution is made carefully with the intent to clean your lenses. With contact lens solution, your lenses will be disinfected to give you great performance and keep them hydrated.  It is important to note that...

Everything You Need to Know About Dry Eyes Mar 21st, 2019

Dry eyes might be a common condition for some, but do we really know everything about it, such as its causes, symptoms, risk factors and treatments? If not, then consider reading this article by A+ Vision Optometry.  For starters, dry eyes happens when the eyes do not have enough lubrication....

How Nutritional Supplements Delay AMD Progression Mar 12th, 2019

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that often develops in your older years. The macula, which is a small spot found in your retina, may deteriorate over time. As it plays an important role in keeping your central vision sharp, you may notice some changes in your...

Eye Exercises in Vision Therapy Oct 12th, 2018

Vision therapy entails various exercises that aim to overcome certain vision disorders. To give you a better understanding of how this type of therapy works, A+ Vision Optometry discusses the different eye exercises involved in vision therapy. What Vision Therapy Is For Visual training caters to patients with binocular disorders....

4 Tips to Optimize Your Kids’ Visual Health Oct 5th, 2018

As parents, caretakers, or guardians, part of your responsibility is to look after your children’s overall health and well-being. Apart from providing care, guidance and shelter, it’s also necessary to pay special attention to their visual health. Your pediatric eye exam center, A+ Vision Optometry, offers these four tips to help ensure...

Becoming Familiar With Amblyopia, Its Causes and Treatment Sep 6th, 2018

You’re more likely to recognize amblyopia by its more common name, which is “lazy eye.” But even then, you still might not be familiar with what it actually is. Vision therapy center, A+ Vision Optometry, sheds a light on amblyopia, how it manifests and how it can be managed. Definition and Development...

It’s Never Too Early: Scheduling Your Child’s First Eye Exam Sep 4th, 2018

While eye health is for people of all ages, there’s an optimal time for infants to have their first pediatric eye exam. A+ Vision Optometry walks you through the ideal timeline for your child’s eye tests. Doctors suggest that infants should have their first eye exam at six months. By...

Great Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Eyes Safe and Healthy Aug 3rd, 2018

When it comes to keeping your eyes in good condition, it’s better to start as early as you can. This is why we encourage parents to put a premium on their children’s eye health and safety. A+ Vision Optometry, your provider of pediatric eye exam and other quality eye care, shares...

What Is Anisometropia? Jul 11th, 2018

Anisometropia is a condition where one eye has a different refractive power than the other eye. It’s one of the most common causes of amblyopia, also referred to as “lazy eyes.” A+ Vision Optometry, your provider of vision therapy and other quality eye care services, talks about this eyesight problem in detail....

4 Red Flags of Vision Problems in Kids Apr 27th, 2018

  Your child’s vision plays an important role in their learning, which is why A+ Vision Optometry emphasizes the need to take care of their eyes. Since their eyes are still developing, they may not easily realize when they are having eyesight difficulties. When you notice any of these four...

Makeup Tips for Sensitive Eyes Dec 14th, 2017

Do your eyes itch, burn and turn red when you wear makeup? Although cosmetics are supposed to enhance your appearance, you may feel anything but attractive as your eyes water and your makeup runs. Luckily, it’s possible to look your best without enduring any pain or discomfort when you follow...

How to Clean Your Eyeglasses Nov 14th, 2017

How to Clean Your Eyeglasses Are your eyeglasses streaky and smudged no matter how often you clean them? Try these tips to help keep them clear and smudge-free. Make Rinsing the First Step If you’re watching your favorite TV show, you may not want to make a trip to the...

All About Amblyopia Nov 7th, 2017

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a visual disorder caused by abnormal vision development, often occurring during infancy. Patients with amblyopia have reduced vision in one eye, because it is not working properly in conjunction with the brain. With early detection and proper treatment, loss of vision can be...

Binocular Vision: Disorders and Treatment Oct 1st, 2017

For many, the term binocular vision conjures images of super powers or the rare ability to spot objects far away, but having binocular vision simply means having two eyes with which to see. Binocular vision does lend creatures with two eyes advantages over those with only one, such as enhanced...

Curbing Macular Degeneration Sep 14th, 2017

Macular degeneration represents one of the most significant causes of vision loss in older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.8 million people currently suffer from macular degeneration, with an additional 7.3 million people at risk of developing this condition. Understanding the causes of...

Diabetic Retinopathy: What Is It? Sep 11th, 2017

Diabetic retinopathy refers to several eye problems that are characterized by damage to the light-sensitive retina, caused by excessive blood sugar levels. Almost half of Americans with diabetes suffer from some level of diabetic retinopathy. When glucose levels in the blood are not properly controlled, it can result in the...

Glaucoma Care: What You Need to Know Sep 4th, 2017

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, reports the Glaucoma Research Foundation. This common eye condition typically affects older adults, although infants and young adults are also at risk. Fortunately, however, cutting-edge research is improving diagnosis and treatment of this common eye disease. Talk to your optometrist about...

Strabismus Aug 4th, 2017

Strabismus is the medical term for the misalignment of the eyes. Commonly referred to as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, strabismus may involve either one or both eyes turning inward, outward or even up or down. It is one of the most common vision conditions in young children, affecting somewhere between 2...

What You Need to Know About Dry Eye Aug 1st, 2017

If you have never suffered from dry eye, you might not appreciate how important your tears are to your eye health. Without enough moisture, your eyes can become dry, itchy, red and uncomfortable. Dry eye occurs when you do not make enough tears or the tears you produce are not...

What Is Astigmatism? Jul 4th, 2017

Astigmatism is an extremely common eye condition that affects both children and adults. It occurs when there is an imperfection in some part of your cornea, the clear tissue that covers your iris. Light rays pass through the cornea as they travel to the retina, a thin layer of cells...

What’s in a Frame? Jun 14th, 2017

Finding a great looking eyeglass frame can be tough work. What looks good on you? Should you go with round lenses, or square? What should your frame be made out of? Choosing the material of your eyeglass frame is the first order of business, since that will narrow down your...

Will I Need Reading Glasses? Jun 14th, 2017

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), beginning approximately around the age of 40, most adults begin to experience age-related vision changes collectively known as presbyopia. The most common symptom first experienced by sufferers is usually an increase in the difficulty of clearly seeing items at close distances, such as...

What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Health? Jun 4th, 2017

Have you ever wondered why your eye care provider spends so much time carefully examining your eyes? Although they are looking for diseases or conditions that can affect your vision during eye exams, he or she is also searching for signs that may indicate that you have a general health...

What to Look for in Sunglasses Jun 1st, 2017

All sunglasses are designed to shield your eyes from bright sunlight. Many sunglasses go a step beyond and also promise protection from ultraviolet (UV) light rays and other types of natural radiation from the sun. Protecting your eyes from these damaging rays is essential for keeping your eyes healthy. Choosing...

Sunglasses: More than Just Fashion May 30th, 2017

Sunglasses can make us look awkward or chic, but their real value lies in their ability to protect our eyes. Since damaged eyesight is difficult to correct, choosing the right sunglasses is key to maintaining good vision and eye health. Most optometry clinics have specially trained staff who can help...

Selecting the Right Glasses May 4th, 2017

When they’re great, the correct pair of glasses perfectly complements your face and seamlessly facilitates your experience of the visual world. When they are not the right prescription or hastily chosen, glasses can be uncomfortable, cause headaches, detract from your appearance, and become a nuisance that distracts from everyday life....

Frames for Your Lifestyle May 2nd, 2017

After learning that you need prescription lenses, finding glasses that best suit your looks may be paramount in your mind. Although finding the right frame shape for your face is essential, understanding the types of frames that best fit your lifestyle is equally important. With the largest eyewear manufacturer producing...

What to Expect During a Routine Eye Exam Apr 28th, 2017

Routine eye exams are straightforward, quick and painless. Most doctors recommend screening your vision on an annual basis to ensure your vision prescription is up to date (or to determine you need one) and to make sure your eyes are healthy. Regular eye exams are the first line of defense...

The Science Behind Perfect Eyesight Apr 19th, 2017

It’s easy to take vision for granted when the eyes perform flawlessly. However, when eye problems crop up, it’s hard not to wonder how the eyes work. In a properly functioning eye, a number of elements must cooperate perfectly to create good vision; just one malfunctioning factor in this instantaneous...

Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery Apr 18th, 2017

Choosing laser eye surgery is a big decision. Whatever your treatment goal, proper preparation before surgery will help you obtain optimal results, speed up recovery, and minimize potential risks. If you’ve done your homework, then this advanced procedure can lead to a quick and healthy recovery. Here’s a guide to...

Optometry Versus Ophthalmology: What’s the Difference? Apr 14th, 2017

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all play an integral role in eye and vision care. While they often work in collaboration, they require varying levels of education and are qualified to help you and your eyes in different ways. If you aren’t sure who to talk to about your eyes, keep...

Considering Laser Vision Correction Apr 4th, 2017

Since the infancy of laser vision correction services in the 1980s, the field has made leaps and bounds in increasing the safety and efficacy of these procedures. Today, over 28 million LASIK surgery procedures have been performed worldwide, reports the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Furthermore, 9 out of 10 patients...

Why Is My Eyelid Twitching? Apr 1st, 2017

Almost every person experiences some form of eyelid twitching in his or her lifetime. Known medically as blepharospasm, eyelid twitching is characterized by the involuntary movement or spasm of the eyelid muscles. Spasms typically occur every few seconds over the course of several minutes. Twitching episodes might occur for several...

Vision Therapy: Not Just For Children Mar 30th, 2017

Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised program that helps people of all ages improve their visual-motor skills. Therapy helps your eyes and brain work together better, even if you have perfect vision. For years, people believed that some types of eye conditions, such as lazy eye or crossed eyes, could not...

Tips to Alleviate Dry Eyes Mar 17th, 2017

Studies show that dry eyes are one of the most common eye problems throughout the United States. Dry eyes are caused by a lack of quality tear production, and are most common in both men and women over the age of 50. Tear production can be limited by a variety...

Nutrition and Your Eyes Feb 28th, 2017

As you’ve probably heard, carrots are good for your eyes. Technically, they can’t give you superhero-quality eyesight like you may have been told when you were young, but they do contain ingredients that are instrumental in protecting your vision and overall health. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene (which the body...

How Did I Get a Stye? Feb 24th, 2017

A stye, medically known as a hordeolum, appears in the eyelid area as a red pimple-like bump, and is usually tender or painful. Styes typically occur near the lash line (external hordeolum), but can also appear on the underside of the eyelid (internal hordeolum). In addition to the telltale lump,...

How Can You Prevent an Eye Infection? Feb 14th, 2017

Do your eyes feel swollen, itchy or watery? If so, you might want to book an appointment with your eye doctor to have your eyes examined. Although many people automatically attribute their discomfort to allergies, it’s important to leave the diagnosis to a trained professional that is knowledgeable about eye...

Vision Charities to Help You Give Back This Holiday Season Feb 14th, 2017

Imagine trying to succeed at work at school if you could not see clearly. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for far too many people in the world. Whether they cannot afford eye care, are blind or have a vision disability, poor eyesight makes life much more difficult. You can make a...

What the Eyes Tell Us About Overall Health Feb 4th, 2017

Eyes are your window to the world. Everything you experience is enhanced by what you see. By the same token, eyes can be a window into your body. When it comes to your overall health, your eyes act like an open book shedding light on your condition. A thorough eye...

Eyeball Licking: A Dangerous New Trend? Feb 4th, 2017

In the summer of 2013, news spread quickly about a dangerous new trend, called “worming” or oculolinctus, and a serious outbreak of disease among Japanese youth. Upon further investigation, many news sources retracted or amended previously published stories, saying the stories of a sudden increase in illness were only a...

Blue Light Exposure: What Is It? Feb 1st, 2017

What Is Blue Light? The rays of the sun may appear to be colorless, but they’re actually made up of red, blue, orange, yellow, green and violet hues. Red and orange are located at one end of the visible light spectrum, while blue and violet are at the other. Red...

How Vision Problems Affect Learning Jan 28th, 2017

Reading is an instrumental part of your child’s ability to learn. In order to write complete sentences or do mathematical problems, a child must first be able to understand what is on the page in front of them. If your child is suffering from vision problems, it may be drastically...

5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Eye Health Jan 14th, 2017

Protecting your eyesight is an important part of maintaining your quality of life. Here are five simple things you can do to help preserve your vision. 1. Stop Smoking It is no secret that smoking is strongly linked to many health problems; however, did you know that it can also damage...

Allergy Management and Your Eyes Jan 4th, 2017

For those who suffer from allergies, exposure to pets, pollen, or dust mites can quickly lead to red, itchy, watery eyes. Although seasonal allergies are notorious for causing eye symptoms, year-round exposure to allergens can be just as problematic. If you develop itchy, red, irritated, puffy, or watery eyes, make...

Teaching Kids About Pink Eye Jan 2nd, 2017

Conjunctivitis is by no means limited only to children. An infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva — the membrane within the eyelid and protecting the white aspect of our eyes — can occur in individuals of any age secondary to an infection, an allergic reaction or chemical irritation. Infectious conjunctivitis...

Getting Kids to Wear Glasses Dec 22nd, 2016

In most of North America, optometrists are known as Doctors of Optometry (D.O.). As physicians, they are able to diagnose eye disease and prescribe medications or corrective lenses. Licensure as a DO requires a Bachelor’s Degree and successful completion of a four-year school of optometrics. Educational specialists, Allen and Virginia...

Is Office Lighting Affecting Your Vision? Dec 10th, 2016

Do your eyes hurt, burn or itch after a day at work? Poor lighting may be to blame for your symptoms. Many companies use inexpensive fluorescent lighting to light large areas because it’s a fairly inexpensive option. Unfortunately, your eyes pay the price. What Kinds of Eye Problems Can Fluorescent...

Frame Your Face: Which Frames Look Best? Dec 4th, 2016

Finding frames that fit your face, your style and your budget isn’t always so easy. It’s tempting to just pick the first pair of frames that are barely acceptable than face the daunting task of sorting through hundreds of frames to find the perfect option. Luckily, there are a few...

Itchy Eyes and Contact Lenses: What to Do When the Itch Won’t Stop Dec 4th, 2016

Do your contact lenses spend more time in their case than in your eyes? Itching and redness, common complaints among contact lens wearers, can make it difficult to wear the lenses for more than an hour or two. The uncomfortable symptoms often occur as a result of allergies, but may...

Reading Glasses Dec 1st, 2016

During the normal aging process, components of your eyes change in shape and flexibility. This frequently corresponds to vision changes that may make it difficult to see close objects. Although not all adults experience these changes, many find that they need reading glasses as they get older. Visiting your eye...

Lens Coatings Nov 15th, 2016

When you’re picking out a new pair of glasses, choosing the frames that best fit your face is just the beginning. After selecting your frames, you’ll need to choose the type of lens, lens material, and lens coating. With advances in eyeglass technology, there are several lens coating options to...

How to Read Prescriptions Nov 10th, 2016

Vision that is 20/20 describes a normal level of clarity and sharpness in your vision. This is called visual acuity. This measurement offers a way to compare the quality of your vision to a professional standard. Using this tool helps your eye care provider to accurately gauge whether you need...

Peripheral Vision Loss Nov 7th, 2016

Normal sight includes central vision (the field of view straight ahead) and peripheral vision (the field of view outside the circle of central vision). The inability to see within a normal range of view often indicates peripheral vision loss. In severe cases of peripheral vision loss, individuals only see with...

High Order Aberrations Sep 29th, 2016

In an ideal world, everyone would have perfectly-shaped eyes. The reality, however, is that practically every eye has some form of aberration somewhere in it. These aberrations may or may not cause vision problems, but don’t be too surprised if your eye doctor informs you that you are having difficulties...

Bifocals & Multifocals Aug 4th, 2016

If you find yourself struggling to see both at far distances and nearby reading materials, then it may be time to consider bifocals. Your eye care provider and the trained optometry staff will work with you to determine the best way to meet your needs while helping you to look...

Sleep in the Eyes (Eye Discharge) Jun 14th, 2016

Sometimes referred to as “sleep” or eye matter, eye discharge that appears in normal consistency upon waking is a typical part of your body’s defense mechanisms, protecting your eyes from bacteria or other irritants. Eye discharge that appears in abnormal consistency, color, or quantities might be a sign of a...

Ptosis May 30th, 2016

Ptosis (TOE-sis) refers to an upper eyelid that droops and can occur in children or adults. The droop may be hardly visible, or it could cover the entire pupil. Depending on the severity of the droop, it could interfere with vision. People with ptosis may try to lift the eyelids...

Photophobia May 14th, 2016

Do you find yourself squinting or closing your eyes in bright light? It could be photophobia or acute light sensitivity. Eyes are designed to respond to light, but certain conditions can create light sensitivity. Exposure to sunlight, fluorescent light, incandescent light and other bright light sources can irritate a person...

Flashers and Floaters May 12th, 2016

Many people experience small, dark, cobwebby shapes drifting across their field of vision. These floaters are especially common as people age. Flashes, a similar phenomenon, are quick flickers of light. Both are usually harmless, but, occasionally, can be a sign of serious eye troubles. Causes Vitreous humor is a clear...

Amblyopia Mar 28th, 2016

Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, refers to the improper development or significant loss of vision in an eye. It occurs when the brain does not acknowledge the images seen by the amblyopic eye. Amblyopia Causes Amblyopia occurs when an individual cannot use binocular vision (both eyes working together) due to...

Keratoconus Feb 19th, 2016

If you find yourself experiencing blurred or distorted vision that seems to get worse year after year, you may suffer from an irregularity of the cornea known as keratoconus. This condition is infamous for causing astigmatism and nearsightedness that can progress rapidly, calling for constant updates to your corrective lens...

Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy Feb 2nd, 2016

Fuchs’ dystrophy (pronounced fooks DIS-truh-fee) is an eye disease characterized by degenerative changes to the cornea’s innermost layer of cells. The cause for Fuchs’ dystrophy is not fully understood. If your mother or father has the disease, then there is roughly a 50 percent chance that you will develop it...

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Retinitis Jan 14th, 2016

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis is a serious disease causing compromised vision and ultimately a total loss of vision. CMV retinitis is typically associated with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, nearly one-quarter of all individuals diagnosed with late-stage AIDS also developed CMV retinitis. Thanks to...

Contact Lens FAQ Dec 17th, 2015

Can I wear contact lenses? Most people are able to wear contact lenses safely and comfortably. There are contact lenses that correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other vision problems. An optometry exam can determine what lenses are appropriate for you. Are contact lenses safe for my eyes? Millions of...

Low Vision Nov 25th, 2015

Most people classified as blind still retain some ability to see. They often have significantly impaired vision but can discern light, shapes, or other figures. Low vision refers to a class of visual impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. A number of conditions may cause low...

Color Blindness Nov 7th, 2015

Color blindness, also known as color vision deficiency, occurs when an individual cannot distinguish between certain colors like red and green or, less commonly, blue and yellow. Cause of Color Blindness Light-sensitive tissue, the retina, lines the back of the eye and consists of two types of light distinguishing cells:...

Ocular Rosacea Nov 7th, 2015

Ocular rosacea, an inflammation of the eye and/or eyelid, occurs in conjunction with rosacea of the skin. A chronic inflammatory condition, rosacea primarily affects the face, cheeks, forehead, and chest area. When rosacea affects the eyes and/or eyelids, the condition is known as ocular rosacea. Ocular Rosacea Symptoms Ocular rosacea...

Detached Retina Oct 14th, 2015

Seeing a spot or a flash of light in your field of vision is more than an inconvenience. It could be the first signs of a detached retina. A retina becomes detached when separated from underlying layers of support tissue. Detached retinas will lead to a permanent loss of vision...

Corneal Ulcer Oct 4th, 2015

The cornea is present as a clear tissue that is located at the front of the eye. A corneal ulcer occurs when there is a sore in the layer of the cornea. Symptoms of this include redness, drainage, visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, itching and discomfort. Causes and Effects of...

Acanthamoeba Keratitis Aug 14th, 2015

Acanthamoeba keratitis is a relatively rare type of eye infection, but it can become quite serious. If left untreated, Acanthamoeba eventually leads to vision loss, requiring a corneal transplant to restore sight. Understanding how to prevent this infection is key. What Is Acanthamoeba Keratitis? Acanthamoeba is a type of microscopic,...

What is Strabismus? Mar 20th, 2015

Commonly called crossed eyes, strabismus is a condition in which eyes do not work together, failing to maintain proper alignment. While one eye focuses on an object, the other does not. The failure of the eyes to work together causes double vision, and if untreated can lead to an extreme...

Nutrition for Eye Health Oct 5th, 2014

Eating right is essential for keeping your body healthy. This is as true for your eyes as it is for your heart. A diet that is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and is low in saturated fat, can reduce your risk of heart disease. This will also...

Pain Management Oct 4th, 2014

We take a lot of aspects of our vision for granted. We expect to see nearby and faraway objects clearly, even if we require our eye care provider to prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to do so. A huge degree of the information we take in about our world and...

Protecting Your Eyes Sep 14th, 2014

Of our five senses, humans rely on vision most strongly. Our everyday experience of the world is colored by our ability to see, our memory draws heavily upon visual information, and many activities of daily living are challenging without sight. As a result, it is essential to protect your eyes...

Technology and Vision Sep 4th, 2014

The primary sufferers of technology-related eyestrain used to be adults whose work involved computers. Now, however, people of all ages use computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices, which can take their toll on the eyes. As people’s reliance on technology grows, so does the incidence of eyestrain. Keep reading to...

Macular Degeneration Jun 27th, 2014

One of the most important reasons for regular examinations by your eye care provider is evaluate for the development of macular degeneration. According to the Bright Focus™ Foundation, this condition is the primary cause of loss of vision and blindness in older individuals ages 60 and above and is known...

Pinguecula and Pterygium (Surfer’s Eye) May 2nd, 2014

Characterized by a yellowish raised part of the scleral conjunctiva (the lining of the white part of the eye), a pinguecula usually develops near the cornea (colored part of the eye), but does not extend past it. Similar to a callus on the skin, changes in tissues lead to the...

Binocular Vision Mar 20th, 2014

The human visual system is a complex network including the eye, ocular nerves, and key brain areas that process visual information. Under most circumstances, we use information from both eyes to create a single visual image. This ability to converge information from both eyes is called binocular vision. In some...

Presbyopia Mar 4th, 2014

As we age, our eyes—like the rest of our bodies—begin to lose flexibility and strength. When this happens to the lens of the eye and its surrounding muscles, your lens will become stiff. This makes it harder to see close objects clearly because the eyes can’t focus properly. It’s a...

How It Works Jan 20th, 2014

Vision therapy, also referred to as vision training, neuro-vision therapy, or vision rehabilitation, is an optometry subspecialty. Vision therapy is prescribed to develop, improve and/or enhance visual function so an individual’s vision system functions more smoothly. Vision therapy can be beneficial for individuals of all ages. The goal of treatment...