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What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

You’re Invited To our 2016 Fall Frame Fest

Friends and Family: Don't miss out on our Fall Frame Fest on Thursday, October 20th, from 3pm-7pm! Featuring Prada, Michael Kors, Dolce and Gabbana, Kate Spade, Ray-Ban, and Marc Jacobs! Enjoy 50% off All frames, and 50% off all Sunglasses* for one day only! We will have give-a-ways, and chances...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main conditions the eye care practitioner is checking foris a refractive error. A refractive error means there is an abnormality in the shape of the eye, changing...

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

  ‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know which toys and games to leave off the list because they can pose a risk to children’s health and eyesight. Last year nearly 252,000 emergency visits were due to toy-related injuries, almost half of which...

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

January 1st Is Approaching! Use Your Flex Spending Account Dollars

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means that your annual flex plan or health savings account will soon expire. If flex spending doesn't strike a familiar chord, you likely don't have an FSA (flex spending account) or HSA (Health Savings Account) but you might want to verify your benefits to clarify.

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

Eye Assessments and Patient Education

Eye Assessments and Patient Education: In Butler, PA, It is What You Know That is Most Important

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

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The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

UV Protective Sunglasses: Winter Sports and UV Rays

Sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe, even in the winter. While many people associate the need for 100% UV protective sunglasses with warm weather and glaring sun like you find on the beach, harmful UV radiation is present even on a gloomy, cloudy day. No matter where you...

National Diabetes Month: Signs of Diabetic Retinopathy

Are you aware that being diabetic puts you at risk for vision threatening eye damage? Diabetes is the main cause of total vision loss in people between 20 and 74 according to recent studies by the National Institute of Health. One of the risks of diabetes is retinal damage caused...

Can People With Astigmatism Also Wear Lenses?

Have you ever thought about contact lenses as an option to correct your astigmatism? A regular cornea is round, but the cornea of someone with astigmatism is more elliptical. This affects the way light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision. Contact lenses that correct astigmatism, which are called...

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How Retinoscopy Works

There are a few assessments that you have experienced at an eye exam and wondered how they work. Having beams of light shined into your eyes may be one of them. Such as test is used to help determine the refractive error of your eye, and it's known as retinoscopy....

Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

Lately, it seems that we're addicted to smartphones. Tablets and smartphones are so handy when it comes to being in touch when we're on the move. Nevertheless most people hold their phones and tablets right in front of their faces. Reading like this can be really tough on your vision....

Bettering the Bifocal: Multifocal Lenses

If you're close to 40 and having some difficulty reading small print, you might have developed presbyopia, a common age-related condition that prevents you from clearly seeing near objects. Fortunately, this doesn't mean that individuals who already have prescription eyeglasses for nearsightedness need to carry around two pairs of glasses....

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is frequently seen in lots of kids. Amblyopia forms when sight in one eye is suppressed. Vision might be suppressed if a child struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that's blocking vision in that eye. Working...

Eye Exam Approaching? Here’s What You Need to Know

What do you know about your own eyes? In order for us to guarantee that your exam is beneficial and productive, there are a few bits of information we will need from you. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, you'll need to inform us of...

The Mechanics of Night Vision

You wake suddenly, in the middle of the night, or maybe you're searching for a light switch or door handle or phone in the dark. We've all found ourselves in the dark before. Gradually, the things in the room begin take shape. This process, ''dark adaptation,'' causes people to see...

Presbyopia: The Facts

As you reach your 40s, you may start to notice that you have some trouble with reading. Why does this happen? With age, your eye's lens grows more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. To prevent having to...

Safety at Play

It's important for parents to know what sorts of toys are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Infants are born with only semi-formed vision. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more efficiently than play, which encourages hand-eye coordination and a clearer understanding of spatial relationships. The most...

A Strong School Year Starts With Good Vision

About 80% of progress at school is achieved through children's eyes. But even with this strong connection between vision and learning, many parents seem to be unaware of this, and don't include comprehensive eye exams as part of their child's back to school medical check-up. It's important to know that...

Convergence Insufficiency

When your child has a hard time at school, it's not always a learning disability. In truth, he or she may have a particular vision problem that hinders learning. It's known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In short, CI is a problem that affects a child's capacity to see things at...

20/20 Vision: The Facts

You've probably come across the terms visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. As common as these terms may be, do you really grasp their meaning? Understanding them will give you insight into how an optometrist assesses your vision during an eye exam. 20/20 indicates the sharpness of vision from 20 feet...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

Do you want a different, newer look for your eyes? FreshLook® offers a large palette of colored contact lenses, which let you subtly boost or totally alter your eye color. This collection of lenses includes so many options, that you're sure to leave with what works for you. Whether your...

Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some...

Change Your Lenses – Your Eyes Depend On It!

How often do you leave your soft contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a basic fact that so many things are in their best condition when they're new. Guess what? The same idea applies to your contact lenses. As a rule, you shouldn't keep your lenses...

What To Know About Cataracts

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the main cause of loss of vision among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than half of all North Americans who are 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

It's a fact: almost everybody is regularly exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the dangers of years of exposure to these unsafe rays are not often thought through, to a point where many take little action to shield their eyes, even when they're planning on being...

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

This month is Healthy Vision Month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested regularly is one of the best steps you can take to guarantee your vision remains strong and healthy. During the session, your eye care professional checks your eyes, looking for commonly occurring vision...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

One of the most reputable lens manufacturers, Transitions® Optical, have just put out the newest addition to their popular range- the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. They've created an even better version of their popular light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Glare that shines off smooth surfaces like...

Watching Out for Poor Vision

A decline in strong vision is usually the result of several possible factors including changes in the body or defects in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects due to medicine or injuries to the eye. Commonly, people also experience visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye strain. These...

Women and Healthy Vision

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Women go through various stages throughout their lives, and each can impact vision differently. Eye disease among the female population is increasingly common, particularly in older women. Actually, studies show that most women aged 40 and above have some sort of visual...

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as often warmer weather, comes a rise in the prevalence of eye injuries related to sports. Every season, many people, both young and old sustain sports related eye injuries that could be averted with proper safety measures. Guarding your eyes while playing sports is important...

Vision on the Road

Excellent vision is necessary for road safety. Actually, safety on the road requires a combination of a number of different visual abilities including distance and near vision, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name some examples. Being able to see well into the distance...

Vision and Health at Work

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The aim of this directive is to teach companies and their employees about the importance of eye health, with advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps. Every day, people are inflicted by workplace...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The cornea around your pupil and iris is, under usual circumstances, spherical. When light hits the eye from all angles, the cornea's role is to help project that light, aiming it to the retina, which is in the anterior portion of your eye. But what happens if the cornea isn't...

Pink Eye: Types and Treatments

Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus or irritation from chlorine in pools, ingredients found in cosmetics, and pollen, or other irritants, which come into contact with the eyes. Certain types...

Be Knowledgeable About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

This month is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision recognition month. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading reason for vision loss in individuals aged 65 and over? AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the macula of the retina which functions to...

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How Do You Disinfect Your Contact Lenses?

Research performed by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that an alarming number of adults regularly use potentially harmful lubricants rather than contact lens solution to soak their lenses. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, lemonade, fruit juice, butter as well as others were all mentioned as...

Don’t Let Winter Dry Eyes Get You Down

The winter causes an increase in instances of dry eyes because of cold and dry air conditions.

You Need to Wear Sunglasses in the Wintertime too!

Winter is officially here, which means in some parts of the country biting winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. The majority of us would never even think of leaving the house without a jacket in cooler climates, however unfortunately, a lot of people don't think to...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

As this month has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a category of ocular diseases that damage the optic nerve, which can lead to a loss of vision. If not...

All About Presbyopia

Contact your Butler, PA Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options Many adults at some point begin to experience presbyopia or a diminished ability to see objects that are close, as they get older. With the growing worldwide population of older adults, a larger number of individuals develop the...

December is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

Holiday season is just around the corner and that means toys and presents. Well meaning grandparents enjoy surprising the children with the newest toys for the holidays. It is crucial that family members advise relatives about some rules when it comes to safe and age appropriate toys. Accidents involving toys...

January 1st Is Approaching! Use Your Flex Spending Account Dollars

The end of the year is quickly approaching which means that your annual flex plan will soon expire. If flex spending doesn't strike a familiar chord you likely don't have an FSA (or flex spending account) but you might want to verify your benefits to clarify. If you have a...

Color Blindness: An Overview

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Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Did you know that diabetes is the primary causal factor of blindness in adults of all ages? In just the last four years, over four million adults in North America living with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with diabetes related blindness. Out of those tested, 70,000 were afflicted with severe diabetic...

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? Treatment in Butler, PA

In order to have adequate vision, the eyes and the brain need to operate in cooperation. In instances when this process doesn’t function properly, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can occur. With the majority of instances of lazy eye the actual eyes are typically healthy however good vision...

Butler, PA Vision Tests: Examining the Eye Exam

  Ever wonder what 20/20 eyesight really represents? 20/20 vision is a term used to describe normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. That is to say that an individual with such visual acuity can clearly see an object from 20 feet away which is regarded as normal to see...

Autumn Ocular Allergy Treatment in Butler, PA

  Although eye allergies are most commonly heard about in the spring, a large number of individuals suffer during the autumn as well. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes are often a significant source of discomfort. Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Often vision...

This Halloween Beware of Decorative Contacts

  With the fall comes Halloween and with that, costumes. As a consumer, you want to know of certain dangers to your eyes that sometimes put a damper on the fun and games. Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become a popular accessory for costumes particularly...

Butler, PA Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

  Findings from the American Optometric Association indicate that above seven out of 10 of employed persons that work each day at a computer (around 143 million people) experience computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye fatigue. Prolonged computer use can result in eye stress and effect typical vision development in...

Be Aware of Home Eye Safety This Month

  As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your home eye safe specifically in purchasing toys that are safe for your child's eyes. It's important to take the earliest chance to make sure your home environment doesn't pose any series dangers...

Cosmetics Tips for Contact Wearers from your Butler, PA Eye Care Practitioner

For those who wear contacts a number of guidelines should be followed when using cosmetics. Below are some professional pointers on ways to be sure your eyes remain looking great and safe. Purchasing Makeup First of all, we advise you purchase only brands that are oil free and fragrance free....

Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand just how excruciating it can be. A very good spray in the eye can even cause burning that lasts for hours. It can be a while until the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright...

August is Cataracts Awareness Month: Book your Eye Exam in Butler Today

A surprising number of people don't know that cataracts affect over 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In truth, over 50% of senior citizens have some degree of cataract development. What is a cataract? Cataracts occur when the ocular lens, the part of the eye that focuses light to...

Add Vision Screening to Your Back to School Schedule: Butler Kids’ Eye Exams

Back to school season is in full swing. Before getting back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a visit to the eye doctor. Proper eyesight is crucial to the thinking process and performance in the classroom. There are numerous activities that depend on visual skills, such as...

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Contacts: A Real Self-Esteem Booster for Teens

No teenager wants to be seen in something that makes them different, and for many adolescents, eyeglasses can sometimes seem that way. Young adults may balk at the very thought of wearing eyeglasses and looking ''dorky''. As opposed to glasses, kids and teenagers that switch to contact lenses report a...

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Recognizing and Handling the Most Commonly Reported Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, some more serious than others. Some might necessitate emergency treatment and immediate care by an optician, while others can be taken care of at home. Follow these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to decide the next step in case of an accident....

It’s Summer! Let’s talk about Contact Lenses!

Contact lenses are more versatile than glasses making it easier to participate in a number of outdoor activities and sports such as jogging, golf, tennis, skiing or skating.

Why You Need to Schedule a Routine Eye Examination

For those of us blessed with healthy eyes, we might forget about the importance of a routine eye test. However, timely diagnosis of eye disease is critical to maintaining healthy eyes. And all it takes is an annual eye exam. Many eye and vision diseases are a-symptomatic. Therefore, individuals are...

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We are committed to preventing sport eye injuries, by being proactive in increasing the awareness of the need in wearing Safety and Protective Eyewear.

10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

It’s officially summer and it’s time to safeguard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun: Make sure your glasses provide 100% protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes...

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Summer Eye Health Reminders

June 21 marks the official start of summer and we'd like to remind you about the importance of eye health and safety during the summer months.

Children and UV

The average child receives three times the annual UV exposure than an adult

What You Should Know About Children’s Protective Eyewear

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits each year. That's one trauma every 780 seconds! Eye Care experts agree that most of the reported injuries would have been easily prevented by wearing proper eye protection. The majority of eye damaging accidents take place when adults and...

Why Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

We have all been told that carrots help you see better, but is this the truth? Eye doctors will tell you that the orange vegetable can't save you from needing eye glasses. However, carrots do contain large quantities of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for the health of your...

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UV Awareness Month – Your Eyes and the Sun

  Most Americans are familiar with the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the importance of applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun when spending time in the sun. What is less known is that UV and other harmful types...

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Caring for Contact Lenses

  Contact lenses require careful treatment and care to be considered a safe and effective option for those needing a vision aid. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or or even serious eye infections or abrasions, which on occasion results in vision loss. People of all ages...

U-Turn Frames are here!

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Preschool Vision

Children rely heavy on their visual skills to develop their eye-hand-body coordination. 

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

Computer Vision Syndrome describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use.

 

Why RGP’s Might be Great for You

  While soft contacts are most common, another lesser-known kind of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, sometimes called oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, GP lenses involve more modern technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, can be more successful in improving eyesight, and offer improved durability...

Eye Allergy Season is on the Way – Are You Prepared?

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to spring eye allergies. For many of us, spring is eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are often a result...

Spring Ahead with Fashion at Stirling Eyecare Center

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Why You Should Stop and Think About Buying Eyeglasses on the Web

While most Internet users are accustomed to buying more and more products through the Internet, glasses are one product that should be carefully reviewed prior to clicking that buy button. Why? Although you may find cheaper rates on e-commerce sites, the advantages of purchasing glasses at an optician far overshadow...

Ways to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter

While many people think of winter as the wet time of year with all the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the winter, causing your eyes to become irritated more easily. Our optometry staff can help you find the best options to keep your eyes hydrated this winter....

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Do You Know About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision? Become Aware This Month

February is dedicated to spreading awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness for individuals age 65 and over. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a term eye care professionals use to categorize substantial visual impairment that cannot be improved by standard...

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Be Informed About Glaucoma

To increase awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading source of avoidable blindness, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Due to the fact...

Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses are not only an important accessory in the summer. While many of us are aware of the damage the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, we don't all recognize that it is essential to take precautions in the winter as well. Actually, those UV...

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