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The Diabetic Eye

Even many people with the disease are not informed that diabetes can lead to vision loss. Diabetes is the leading cause of loss of sight in adults under 75 years old according to recent studies by the National Institute of Health. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is...

Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

Have you ever wondered about contact lenses as a method of correcting your astigmatism? To begin, what is astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has an oddly shaped cornea, which means that light entering your eye through the cornea isn't able to come to a single focal point on the retina,...

A Closer Look at Retinoscopy

There may be various assessments that you have experienced at an eye exam and questioned how they work. Having beams of light shined into your eye could be an example. This is one way we test the refractive error of your eye, and it's known as retinoscopy. It sounds fascinating,...

Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Lately, it seems that we're addicted to our mobile devices. These devices ensure our constant access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we are. However as handheld devices have little screens, a lot of people usually hold their smartphones a lot closer than they would...

Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

Have you experienced difficulty when reading fine print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. But, this doesn't mean that people who already have prescription eyeglasses to tend to their problems with distance vision are required to carry around two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses, which rectify both...

A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Lazy eyes are pretty common, and are also quite easy to treat. Amblyopia forms when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone can't see properly through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Along with corrective glasses,...

What We’ll Ask You At Your Eye Exam

Is it time for your next eye exam? There are a few things you should tell our eye doctors so that we can make sure your eyes are examined adeptly and thoroughly. It's crucial to inform us of any present health conditions or problems you may have noticed, because your...

In the Middle of the Night: Seeing in the Dark

Sometimes you get ready for bed and turn off the light, but you can't sleep. You open your eyes and you can't see a thing. It takes a few minutes for your vision to return. This process, ''dark adaptation,'' causes people to see even when there's almost no light. A...

Taking a Closer Look at Presbyopia

Ever wonder why even people who never wore glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? With age, the lens of your eye grows more rigid, which makes it harder to focus on near objects. This is called presbyopia. It's something that happens to...

Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

It can be a challenge to choose toys that are not harmful for our kids' eyes. Children don't have a fully developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development more efficiently than playing, which involves hand-eye...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

Roughly 80% of school-based learning is achieved through children's eyes. But even with this well-known correlation between eyesight and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined regularly. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

All too frequently, we hear about clever children who really enjoy camp and extracurricular activities, but just don't feel the same way about school. He or she could have a hard-to-detect condition that impacts learning at school. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). Here's the breakdown: CI is a problem that...

Understanding 20/20 Vision and Visual Acuity

You have most likely stumbled upon the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. But do people understand what these terms truly mean? The term 20/20 vision is used to indicate the clarity of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, that basically means that...

A Fresh Look for Your Eyes

Have you ever thought about getting an updated look for your eyes? Then let's talk about FreshLook®, a line offering a vast assortment of colored contact lenses, allowing you to just intensify or distinctly transform the color of your eyes. This cutting edge range of lenses has such an extensive...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms. Generally, symptoms...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

Have you ever left your soft contact lenses in for an extra few days? It goes without saying that things are in in top form when they are fresh. It's helpful to know that the same rule can also help you understand how often you should change your contact lenses....

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the main culprit of vision loss among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than half of all North Americans who are 65 and older have some degree of cataract development. As reported...

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

It's a fact that basically everybody is exposed to UV rays. However, the potential risks of many years of exposure to these harsh rays aren't really considered, to a point where most people take little action to shield their eyes, even if they're expecting on being exposed to the sun...

How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined annually is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your eyes remain strong and healthy. During the session, your optometrist checks...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

One of the most reputable lens manufacturers, Transitions® Optical, have launched an exciting product as part of their popular range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has increased the features of their popular light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight that bounces off surfaces like...

Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

Poor vision in adults or children can be due to a number of factors such as changes in the body or irregularities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injury. Lots of people also suffer from visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye stress. Aging...

Women’s Eye and Vision Health

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. It's no surprise that the various stages of a woman's life could have a strong impact on her eye health and vision. Eye disease in women is increasingly common, more notably in aging women. In fact, studies show that large numbers of...

This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime arrives, as well as a greater chance to be involved in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the danger of sports related eye injuries. Each season, many people, both young and old incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with the right defense and...

On the Road with Good Vision

Good eyesight is necessary for safe driving. If you think about it, safe driving relies on a combination of a number of different visual capabilities - for example, being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, just to...

Vision and Health at Work

In order to educate corporations and their employees about the importance of eye wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-endangering eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Every day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that...

Things to Know About Astigmatism

The cornea around your iris and pupil is, under perfect circumstances, spherical. As light enters your eye, the cornea's job is to help focus that light, aiming it at your retina, which is in the back of your eye. What is the result if the cornea is not exactly round?...

Pink Eye: Types and Treatments

Conjunctivitis, informally called pink eye, is one of the most frequently encountered eye diseases, particularly in children. This condition can be caused by a virus, bacteria or sensitivities to pollen, chlorine in pools, and ingredients found in cosmetics, or other irritants, which penetrate your eyes. Certain forms of conjunctivitis are...

All About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

This month has been designated by Prevent Blindness America to spreading awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in individuals over age 65. AMD is characterized by a degeneration of the macula of...

OD Advice: The Proper Way to Care For Your Contact Lenses

When it comes to wearing contact lenses, it is crucial to know the importance of proper eye care. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many people are using dangerous lubricants rather than contact solution to moisten their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to lemonade to...

Protect Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

Dry eyes can be common in the winter time due to cold and dry air conditions.

You Need to Wear Sunglasses in the Winter too!

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations bitter cold winds and frigid precipitation are also in the forecast. You wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in icy conditions, however unfortunately, far too many people don't think to wear sunglasses. Although the...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of being aware of the indications of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a class of progressive eye diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve, which can be a precursor to irreversible blindness. When...

How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

Contact your Hoover, AL Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults eventually experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things that are close, as they age. With the growing international population of older adults, a significant number of people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be...

This Month is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means new toys for the kiddies. Well intentioned grandparents love surprising the little ones with the coolest toys for the holidays. It is crucial that parents explain to others some rules about eye-safe toys. Mishaps with unsafe toys often occur, sometimes resulting in...

Don’t Throw Away Your Flex Spending Account Dollars!

December 31st is coming fast which means that your annual flex plan will soon expire. If you aren't familiar with the term you probably don't have a flex spending account but you might want to verify your insurance plan to make sure. If you contribute to a Flex Account through...

What is Color Blindness?

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November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the chief causal factor of impaired sight among men and women aged 20-74 years. In just the last four years, over 4 million individuals in North America living with diabetes were tested positive for diabetic retinopathy. Of this group, 70,000 suffered from advanced diabetic retinopathy, which, if left...

All You Need to Know About Lazy Eye. Treatment in Hoover, AL

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye is the lack of central vision development due to the failure of both eyes to work together. With most cases of lazy eye the actual eyes are typically healthy yet visual acuity cannot be achieved by just the use of prescription glasses. When not...

Hoover, AL Vision Tests: Examining the Eye Chart

  Ever ask why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' vision and what it truly represents? The term 20/20 vision describes normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. In other words someone with such visual acuity can see an object clearly from 20 feet away which is regarded as normal...

Autumn Eye Allergy Treatment in Hoover, AL

  Although eye allergies are more frequently associated with springtime, just as many individuals suffer during the fall months as well. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impair one's ability to function normally. Symptoms of eye allergies include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Vision can...

This Halloween Watch Out for Special Effect Contacts

  Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't end in some frightening damage to your eyes. A popular costume addition as of late has been decorative contact lenses and this is alarming optometrists. Contact lenses are a governmentally...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Hoover, AL

  According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) more than seven out of 10 of workers that sit daily at a computer monitor (close to 143 million individuals) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye strain. Excessive computer use can result in eye fatigue and effect typical...

Protecting your Children’s Eyes in the Home

  As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly when selecting eye safe toys. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes....

Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your Hoover, AL Optometrist

If you use contact lenses there are a number of precautions that should be taken in regard to using cosmetics. Here are a few basic tips for how to ensure you keep your eyes beautiful and safe. Purchasing Makeup First of all, eye care professionals recommend you buy only brands...

How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand how painful it can be. A very good spray in the eye can even cause burning that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, especially outside in the...

Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Scheduled Your Next Eye Exam in Hoover, AL?

A surprising number of individuals aren't aware that cataracts are the primary culprit for vision loss among those 55 and over. In truth, more than 50% of senior citizens have some degree of cataracts. What is a cataract? Cataracts occur when the ocular lens, the part of the eye that...

School’s Coming… Time for a Hoover Eye Exam

Many doctors emphasize that approximately 80 percent of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Because a child's eyesight can change frequently, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Unfortunately, most parents don't make eye screenings part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. Additionally survey results...

Contact Lenses Make Teens Happy!

No teen likes to be seen in something out of style, and for a lot of teenagers, eyeglasses often seem that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen go to pieces. In comparison with eyeglasses, children and teens that wear lenses report a significant improvement in...

Help! How to Handle Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, some more serious than others. Some might require emergency action and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be treated at home. Follow these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to figure out the next step following an accident. Remember...

Why We All Should Book a Comprehensive Eye Examination

When we have eyes that are in good condition, it's common to overlook the importance of taking preemptive action namely, an eye examination. Nevertheless, early detection of any eye or vision problems is necessary to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. And all it takes is a simple eye exam. A...

10 Ways to Care For Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun: Buy sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside....

Protective Glasses for Children

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room each year. That's one injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care experts believe that 90% of the reported damage would have been easily prevented by using proper eye protection. Most eye damaging accidents occur when adults and children...

The Reason Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

Can carrots really enhance your vision? While eye doctors affirm that the orange root vegetables are made up of large amounts of a vitamin that has proven to be beneficial for the eyes, eating a lot of the healthy vegetable will not eliminate your need for visual aids. Beta-carotene is...

Learn more about the Dangers of Ultraviolet Rays for Your Eyes

  Most Americans are aware of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) rays to your skin, (such as sunburn and skin cancer) and the necessity of using sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. But how many of us know that UV and other...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Contacts

  Contact lenses necessitate proper handling in order to be a safe and effective choice for those requiring corrective eye wear. Improper care can lead to damaged contacts, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which occasionally can lead to vision loss. Children and adults that are not capable...

Why GP’s Might be Right for You

  While soft contact lenses are most often used, a second, lesser-known brand of contact lens materials exists: gas permeable (GP) lenses, also referred to oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, GP lenses are a newer technology than soft lenses, which are longer-lasting, can be more effective in improving vision, and...

Eye Allergy Season is Here – Are You Prepared?

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to seasonal eye allergies. For some of us, March is the start of pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due...

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Is it Smart to Buy Glasses on the Web?

While most people are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, glasses are one product that needs to be cautiously considered prior to clicking that purchase button. Why? Even though Internet stores often advertise reduced prices, the advantages of going to an optician far overshadow the ''deals''...

Winter Dry Eyes

While you may refer to winter as the rainy time of year because of the precipitation, the air is actually more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to be irritated more easily. Our staff is available to help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes during...

Do You Know About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision?

February has been announced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. AMD is the leading source of visual impairment for seniors. Macular degeneration often leads to low vision, a term eye doctors use to describe substantial vision loss that cannot be helped by standard treatments such as normal...

It’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month

To spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable permanent vision loss, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people worldwide. Since glaucoma...

Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses are not only an important accessory in the sunny season. Although most of us are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summertime, we don't all realize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well. In truth, the...

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Rates of Myopia Increasing

The Los Angeles Times (12/15, Roan) reports that, according to a study published in the Dec. issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, "17% more Americans aged 12 to 54 are afflicted with mild to severe distance vision problems than 30 years ago." In their study, "researchers at the National Eye...