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Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

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. As...

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. As our eye doctor can explain during your next eye exam, Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms...

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...

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...

Raleigh Office is at a NEW Location!

We are excited to let you know that our Raleight vision center has moved! New location, same great service. Our new address is: The Eye Center 4351-107 The Circle at North Hills St. Raleigh NC 27609 Tel: (919) 782-9091 For more information click here. We hope you will visit us...

Buying Contact Lenses In-Office

Why Should I Buy Contact Lenses From My Optometrist? Over the past few years, the contact lens wearing community has been bombarded with advertising promising low prices and convenient “to your door shipping” from online vendors of contact lenses. These companies try to convince patients to buy their contacts online...

This Month We’re Giving Away Ray-Ban Sunglasses and a Year Supply of Daily Lenses

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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...

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...

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,...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

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

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....

Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

Yep, that's correct. Sunglasses are not only an essential accessory in the summer. While many of us are informed of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, we don't all realize that it is essential to take extra care in the winter as well. Actually, those...

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...

Eyeglasses Are Back!

New Options to Look Good and See Better

Fun and Safe Toys for the Holiday Season

The holidays are almost here and that means gifts and new toys. Well intentioned parents enjoy treating the little ones to the coolest toys for the holiday season. It is necessary that family members teach others about some guidelines about toy safety and vision. Accidents involving toys can take place,...

Battling Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a visual impairment related to aging in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. With the growing worldwide population reaching older ages, a significant number of individuals develop presbyopia, which currently cannot be avoided. Theories about the cause of presbyopia are...

This Month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

As this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to spread the word about the importance of being aware of the indications of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is the term for a category of progressive eye diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic...

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some locations whipping winds and cold rains and sometimes snow are also on their way. You wouldn't ever think of leaving the house without a jacket in freezing weather, however surprisingly, a lot of people leave their sunglasses at home. While many...

Safeguard Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

The winter causes many more cases of dry eyes due to the cold, dry air.

All About Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye infections, particularly when it comes to kids. This infection can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even irritation from pollen, ingredients found in cosmetics, and chlorine in pools, or other substances that touch your eyes....

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....

This Month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In an effort to create awareness about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people worldwide. Due to...

February is Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

February is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one source of blindness for seniors. Macular degeneration often leads to low vision, a phrase eye care professionals use to refer to significant visual impairment that is sometimes called “legal blindness” or...

Winter Dry Eyes… No Need to Suffer

Even though it is common to refer to winter as the wet time of year due to the precipitation, the air is actually a lot dryer during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be irritated more quickly. Our eye care team is available to assist you in...

Purchasing Glasses: Why Online May Not Be Your Best Bet

In today's world, where more and more consumers have become used to buying more and more products online, glasses are an item that you are better off purchasing in person. Why? Although you may encounter reduced prices on the Web, the benefits of going to an optician far overshadow the...

Guarding Your Eyes This Allergy Season

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, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Spring eye allergies are...

Rigid Lenses: Are You a Candidate?

  While you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, another less familiar kind of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes known as oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, hard lenses involve more modern technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, allow greater vision quality, and offer...

Caring for Contacts

  Contact lens wearers must be careful to treat their contacts adequately. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or or even serious eye infections or abrasions, which occasionally results in vision loss. Any individuals that are not capable of properly taking care of their contact lenses probably want to...

Do You Know the Dangers of Ultraviolet Light to Your Eyes?

  Most Americans are familiar with the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the importance of applying UV blocking sunscreen and using other forms of sun protection during outdoor activities. What is less known is that UV and other types of radiation...

The Optometrist Recommends: Eat Carrots for Healthy Eyes

You may have been told that carrots improve your eyesight, but is this the truth? Eye doctors know that regardless of how many carrots you eat, they can't actually improve your eyesight. However, they do contain large amounts of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for the health of your...

Protective Glasses for Kids

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits each year. That's an eye trauma every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that 90% of the injuries would have been simply avoided by using proper eye protection. The majority of injuries happen when adults and children are playing...

10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

It’s official - summer is here and it’s time to ensure you safeguard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun: Make sure your glasses provide proper UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100%...

The Importance of Routine Eye Examinations

When we have eyes that are in good condition, it's normal to overlook the importance of taking preemptive steps such as an optical examination. Nevertheless, timely diagnosis of any eye or vision problems is crucial to maintaining healthy eyes. This can easily be done with a simple eye exam. A...

Handling Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some might require emergency action and immediate care by an optometrist, while others can be taken care of at home. Follow this guide to routine eye injuries, to plan out the next step in case of an...

Improving Your Teen’s Self-Image with Contact Lenses

No adolescent likes to be caught in something out of style, and for some teenagers, glasses often seem that way. The mere thought of wearing glasses can send a teenager panicking. Compared to glasses, kids and teenagers that use contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, reports a...

Getting Your Child’s Eyes Set for School: Fayetteville Kids’ Eye Exams

Schedule Your Annual Eye Examination in Fayetteville, NC, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

Many aren't aware that cataracts are the number one cause of sight loss amongst adults over the age of 54. In fact, more than 50% of the people over age 65 have some amount of cataracts. What are cataracts? A cataract is when the lens becomes clouded. This prohibits the...

Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how much it can hurt. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in...

Cosmetics Advice for Lens Wearers from your Fayetteville, NC Optometrist

For those who use contacts there are a few precautions that should be taken in regard to applying cosmetics. Here are some basic tips for how to ensure your eyes stay looking great and safe. Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes? To start, we recommend you purchase only...

Be Aware of Home Eye Safety This September

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically in purchasing eye safe toys. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house is an eye-safe zone. Generally, babies enter the world with an...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Fayetteville, NC

  Findings from the American Optometric Association indicate that over 70 percent of employed persons that sit for the majority of the day from a computer monitor (which is over 140 million people) suffer from computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Excessive periods of working at the computer can result...

This Halloween Watch Out for Special Effect Lenses

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, dressing up. It's important to know of certain dangers to your eyes and vision that sometimes put a damper on the Halloween spirit. A popular costume accessory as of late has been special effect contact lenses and this is alarming eye...

Fayetteville, NC Relief for Autumn Ocular Allergies

  As the end of summer approaches, many people start to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes are often a significant source of discomfort. Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling...

Fayetteville, NC Vision Tests: What 20/20 Eyesight Actually Means

  Ever ask why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it really stands for? The term 20/20 eyesight represents a normal level of clarity of vision or visual acuity calculated from a 20 feet distance. In other words an individual with such eyesight will be able to...

All You Need to Know About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Fayetteville, NC

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye is the deficiency in central vision development caused by the failure of both eyes to work together. With the majority of cases of ambylopia the eyes themselves are typically in good health however good vision cannot be achieved by just glasses. When not treated...

Learn About Diabetic Retinopathy and Blindness During National Diabetes Month

Did you know that diabetes is the primary causal agent of vision loss in adults aged 20-74 years? If not, you are not alone. Since 2008, over 4 million individuals in North America living with diabetes were diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Of this number, seventy thousand had severe...

A Different Perspective: A Look at Color Blindness

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A Different Perspective: A Look at Color Blindness

Call our Fayetteville, NC Optometry Practice for a consultation

The End of the Year is Approaching! Use Your Flex Spending Account Credits

As the year's end advances, so does the end of your flex spending credits. 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 make sure. If you participate in an FSA with...

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

Contact lens wearers know the importance of proper eye hygiene. Research performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many people were using strange substances in place of lens solution to clean their lenses. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter and others were...

Be Knowledgeable About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost reasons for vision loss in those aged 65 and above? AMD is a condition that causes...

Astigmatism: All You Need to Know About This Common Condition

The part of the eye that surrounds your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under usual circumstances, round. As light enters your eye from all angles, the cornea's role is to project that light, aiming it to the retina, which is in the rear part of your eye....

Your Vision in the Workplace

In an effort to educate companies and their employees about the necessity of eye health, and to provide advice on how to avoid vision-threatening eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, employees sustain job related eye injuries that require medical...

Vision Behind the Wheel

Road safety is dependent upon on adequate vision. As a matter of fact, safe driving depends on a number of visual capabilities like the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name a few. Strong distance vision...

April we recognize national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as often warmer weather, comes an increase in the risk of sports related eye injuries. Every season, many children and adults suffer eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be prevented with the right protection. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports...

A Look Inside Women’s Eye and Vision Health

It's April, which is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease in women is becoming more common, more notably in middle-aged women. In fact, studies indicate that large numbers of women aged 40 and...

Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be caused by a number of conditions such as anatomical changes or defects in the eye or visual system, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injury. Many people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

AccuExam: A Major Improvement in Eye Health Assessments

Update : Technology is always changing and we are always ahead of the curve. We now lead the greater Raleigh/Durham area in Clarifye Digital Eye Exam, the latest technology in eye exams. NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2014 AccuExam: A Major Improvement in Eye Health Assessments  Dr. Naheed Kassam, Dr....

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...

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...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

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

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...

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...

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...

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...