Eye Health

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses


  Considering Novelty Contact Lenses This Halloween? Visit Your Optometrist First. Halloween is around the corner. If you’re considering purchasing novelty or special effect contact lenses to perfect your cat, devil or zombie look, keep your eyes safe and plan a trip to your optometrist first. Why should I go to an optometrist before I order novelty contact lenses? While novelty contact lenses are easily accessible from online retailers and other sources, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns not to buy novelty contact lenses that don't require prescriptions. Purchasing novelty contact lenses without a prescription can result in infections or even significant damage to the eye, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. What damage can non-prescription special effects contact lenses cause? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, [...]

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses2018-12-17T21:13:11+00:00

Glaucoma: The Puff is Not Enough


Why Comprehensive Exams are a Better Method for Early Glaucoma Detection. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Called the “silent thief of sight,” the disease can reach an advanced stage long before visible changes in vision occur. Unfortunately, many people believe that they do not have the disease because they had a normal “air puff” screening. An estimated three million Americans have glaucoma, but only half know it. Glaucoma is a complex disease caused by damage to the optic nerve. There are many types of glaucoma. The most common type of glaucoma is narrow-angle glaucoma, which accounts for 70% of all adult cases of the disease. In early stages, patients do not experience symptoms. Because of this, [...]

Glaucoma: The Puff is Not Enough2019-01-17T19:31:26+00:00

You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam?


You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam? You’ve never had to wear glasses. You pride yourself on reading the small print from yards away. You are basically a vision master. So you probably think you don’t need to go to your optometrist, right? After all, aren’t doctors for sick people? The truth is no matter how amazing your vision is, you still need to see your eye care professional. Here’s why: Vision Isn’t The Only Thing Worth Checking You don’t only visit a dermatologist to deal with wrinkles. You don’t only visit a gynecologist to see if you can have a baby. And you don’t only visit your dentist to have whiter teeth. The reason we visit specialists is to ensure we are wholly healthy. How [...]

You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam?2017-10-30T21:20:56+00:00