These weird spots and jagged lines are scaring me!

These weird spots and jagged lines are scaring me!

Have you ever seen a temporary black spot in your vision? How about jagged white lines or something that looks like heat waves shimmering in your peripheral vision? If you have, you may have been experiencing what is known as an ocular migraine. Ocular migraines occur when blood vessels spasm in the visual center of the brain (the occipital lobe) or the retina...Read More

Tips for Making Those New Glasses Last

Tips for Making Those New Glasses Last

Now that you have picked up your new pair of prescription eyeglasses, focus on taking care of them. This is a simple task that is often disregarded, but it is imperative that you make sure you are following a few steps to maintain the quality of your vision with your new spectacles...Read More

4 Good Reasons for Older Adults to Have Regular Eye Exams

4 Good Reasons for Older Adults to Have Regular Eye Exams

The American Optometric Association has recommendations for how often adults need to get their eyes examined and those recommendations vary according to the level of risk you have for eye disease....Read More

Diabetic Retinopathy Must-Knows for Everyone with Diabetes

Diabetic Retinopathy Must-Knows for Everyone with Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that can affect the retina of people who have diabetes. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye, and it detects light that is then processed as an image by the brain. ..Read More

Know the 3 F's of Retinal Detachments

Know the 3 F's of Retinal Detachments

If you are seeing the 3 F's, you might have a retinal tear or detachment and you should have an eye exam quickly. The retina is the nerve tissue that lines the inside back wall of the eye and if there is a break in the retina, fluid can track underneath the retina and separate it from the eye wall...Read More

Don't Play Trick or Treat with Your Eyes

Don't Play Trick or Treat with Your Eyes

Did you know that some Halloween practices could harm your vision? Take Halloween contacts, for instance, they vary widely with everything from monster eyes to goblin eyes to cat eyes to sci-fi or glamour looks. ..Read More

7 Tips from an Eye Doctor on Getting the Most from Your Exam

7 Tips from an Eye Doctor on Getting the Most from Your Exam

The eye holds a unique place in medicine. Your eye doctor can see almost every part of your eye from an exterior view. Other than your skin, almost every other part of your body cannot be fully examined without either entering the body (with a scope) or scanning your body with an imaging device (such as a CAT scan, MRI, or ultrasound)...Read More

Contact Lens Care 101

Contact Lens Care 101

Oftentimes, contact lens wearers will skimp on their lens care because some of the solutions are costly and it seems like a good way to save some hard-earned cash. But this is not a good idea..Read More

The Perfect Frame for You!

The Perfect Frame for You!

Deciding on what style of glasses you will be wearing for the next year until your vision is checked again can be stressful. For this reason, opticians are here to help you find the perfect frames...Read More

Does Your Child Have Undetected Visual Issues?

Does Your Child Have Undetected Visual Issues?

Even though a school vision screening, nurse evaluation, or pediatrician screening is important, it doesn't take the place of a comprehensive eye exam by an eyecare professional...Read More

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians - What's the Difference?

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians - What's the Difference?

Knowing the difference between the various specialties in the eye care industry can be confusing, especially given the fact that they all start with the same letter and in many ways sound alike...Read More

Vision Hallucinations and Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Vision Hallucinations and Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Charles Bonnet Syndrome is the term used to describe simple or complex hallucinations in people who have impaired vision.  ..Read More

Help! Is My Eye Bleeding?

Help! Is My Eye Bleeding?

Most of the time, a subconjunctival hemorrhage is asymptomatic.  It is only noticed when looking at the mirror or when someone else notices the redness of the eye...Read More

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Optical Assets

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Optical Assets

Your Eyes.....You only have two of them so treat them well and learn how to keep them safe from harm. Here is a list of five vital ways to prevent injuries to one of your most precious assets, your vision...Read More

10 Fascinating Facts About the Eye

10 Fascinating Facts About the Eye

Vision is so important to humans that almost half of your brain’s capacity is dedicated to visual perception...Read More

Why Your Child Needs an Annual Eye Exam

Why Your Child Needs an Annual Eye Exam

What do amblyopia, strabismus, and convergence insufficiency all have in common? These are all treatable and relatively common eye conditions among children...Read More

How to Tell If My Sunglasses Have UV Protection

How to Tell If My Sunglasses Have UV Protection

Most people will shop for sunglasses to flatter their looks. However, there is much more than shape, size, and style to look out for in glasses. Factor in the fortification against the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays into your decision. UV protection helps shield the retina and the surface of your eyes...Read More

What Kind of Pain Do Dry Eyes Cause?

What Kind of Pain Do Dry Eyes Cause?

Dry eyes happen when tears evaporate too quickly from your eyes. It may result from having too few or low-quantity tears. It may also be the result of having low-quality tears. If your tear film produces fewer tears, the tear film will become unstable. It breaks down quickly and creates dry spots on the cornea. These dry spots cause eye pain...Read More

How Does Sports Vision Training Improve Athletic Performance?

How Does Sports Vision Training Improve Athletic Performance?

Individuals interested in achieving success in their sporting fields go to great lengths to train for overall fitness. Training for maximum performance goes beyond ensuring that they are strong and fast. If an athlete’s visual skills are below par, it will affect their performance on the field. Good vision skills ensure that athletes improve their skills. It is essential to find out how sports vision training improves athletic performance...Read More

Who Is a Candidate for MiSight® Contact Lenses?

Who Is a Candidate for MiSight® Contact Lenses?

Myopia is an eye condition that begins in childhood and progresses until it stabilizes in early adulthood. After that, it does not continue until you are 40 years old. If you develop myopia in childhood, you may develop other eye conditions in adulthood...Read More

Treating Myopia Overnight with Ortho-k Contact Lenses

Treating Myopia Overnight with Ortho-k Contact Lenses

Has your optometrist recommended ortho-k contact lenses for you? Orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lenses gently reshape the cornea while you sleep. This enables you to have clearer vision as you perform tasks the following day without using eyeglasses or contact lenses...Read More

How Lack of Sleep Can Affect Vision

How Lack of Sleep Can Affect Vision

Quality sleep is essential for overall well-being. Your eyes can handle the occasional lack of sleep, but consistent sleeplessness can cause vision problems. It is helpful to find out how lack of sleep can affect vision. ..Read More

Treatment Options for Computer Vision Syndrome

Treatment Options for Computer Vision Syndrome

Today, most jobs require a considerable amount of time working on the computer. The same is also true for children who stare at their digital devices for hours at a time. That can put a lot of strain on the eyes. Eye problems that result from such situations are collectively known as computer vision syndrome (CVS). It is not just about a single eye problem but a wide range of eye discomfort and strain...Read More

Ideal Candidates for Ortho-k

Ideal Candidates for Ortho-k

If you suffer from a refractive error, you can improve your vision without depending on prescription glasses. You can enjoy good eyesight without going through eye surgery. Orthokeratology or ortho-k is an innovative solution that involves the use of custom-designed contact lenses. ..Read More

Does Dry Eye Worsen in the Fall?

Does Dry Eye Worsen in the Fall?

Dry eye is a chronic condition that leads to inadequate or poor-quality tears. If left untreated, the condition can cause infections and lead to damage to the eyes. Dry eye is quite common among people of all ages, but it occurs most frequently in the elderly...Read More

What Are Hard-to-Fit Contacts?

What Are Hard-to-Fit Contacts?

Some patients have difficulty wearing contact lenses. This could be due to surgery, certain conditions or impairments, and the shape of the eye. Doctors refer to them as hard-to-fit patients. With advances in technology, there has been an expansion in the types of contact lens designs available. These contact lenses are hard-to-fit contacts...Read More

At What Age Should Myopia Control Start?

At What Age Should Myopia Control Start?

Myopia or nearsightedness is an eye condition that affects the patient’s distant vision. Myopia control or myopia management is the area of childhood eye care based on slowing down the condition...Read More

How to Protect Your Child’s Eye Health and Safety

How to Protect Your Child’s Eye Health and Safety

Do you know that August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month? An advocacy organization known as Prevent Blindness first designated this eye health and safety awareness month back in 2014. By coincidence, August is the month most kids in the United States go back to school...Read More

Importance of Back-to-School Eye Exams

Importance of Back-to-School Eye Exams

The back-to-school season is a busy time for all parents. Preparing the kids for school involves a wide range of activities. This could be ensuring that all supplies have been bought or going through the list of requirements one more time. Even so, it is easy to overlook important things during this time. ..Read More

How Can MiSight Contact Lenses Help My Child’s Myopia?

How Can MiSight Contact Lenses Help My Child’s Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that affects more than 40 percent of Americans and tends to run in families. Therefore, if you have myopia, it is likely that your offspring may develop it as well...Read More

What Could Happen If Myopia Is Left Untreated?

What Could Happen If Myopia Is Left Untreated?

Do you find it difficult to see distant objects? Do you find it easier to read a book up close? Chances are that you have a condition known as nearsightedness or myopia. The first thing you need to understand is that it is one of the most common eye conditions. Furthermore, it is possible to treat it using contact lenses, eyeglasses, or eye surgery...Read More

Importance of Myopia Control and Early Intervention

Importance of Myopia Control and Early Intervention

Myopia (nearsightedness) in children may seem like it’s not a cause of concern. After all, it only means that they need a pair of corrective glasses, right? But it’s not as simple as that. A child’s eyes grow at a regular rate up until they’re 10 or 12 years old. But if their eyes grow at an accelerated rate or continue to grow even after that age range, then the kid becomes myopic. A myopic child has eyes that are longer than a child with regular sight. Excessive eye growth stretches their retina. This increases the child’s risk of eye and vision problems across their lifetime. Are you wondering why this matters? Read on to learn more about why myopia control and early intervention are essential...Read More

What is CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Program?

What is CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Program?

The Brilliant Futures myopia management program aims to create a new, improved standard of care for children with myopia. This is being achieved using CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lenses...Read More

What Is a Contact Lens Evaluation?

What Is a Contact Lens Evaluation?

Many people with vision problems wonder why they have to pay more to have a prescription for contact lenses. This is because most eye doctors will not renew a prescription without testing a patient’s vision, evaluating the contact lens on the eye, and examining the eyes carefully for any signs of infection or damage from wearing contacts. ..Read More

How Do Ortho-K Contacts Work?

How Do Ortho-K Contacts Work?

Ortho-K (orthokeratology) is a nonsurgical eye treatment that uses specially designed contact lenses to reshape the eye’s curvature. The lenses are gas permeable to allow your eyes to continue breathing. You wear the lenses in the night, while sleeping, and not during the day...Read More

Are There Benefits to Wearing Blue Light Glasses All Day?

Are There Benefits to Wearing Blue Light Glasses All Day?

Research says that natural blue light is beneficial because it weakens as the sun sets. Artificial blue light is harmful because it comes in high levels at all hours of the day. Because most people are resorting to online work, their exposure to synthetic blue light has reached harmful levels. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that synthetic blue light causes digital eyestrain and other eye issues after at least two hours of using digital devices. To reduce or even prevent discomfort from artificial blue light exposure, experts recommend wearing blue light glasses. If you want to find out about the benefits of wearing blue light glasses all day, here’s what you should know...Read More

Tips to Combat Computer Vision Syndrome

Tips to Combat Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as CVS or digital eye strain, is on the rise across the United States. This increasingly common condition is actually a combination of eye and vision problems that are, unsurprisingly, related to the activities which stress the near vision, and which are predominantly experienced as a result of the use of digital devices like computers. Computer Vision Syndrome may not sound serious, but it can result in patients experiencing significant discomfort and other symptoms that interfere with their day to day activities. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take that can help combat the effects of this condition and limit its impact on your quality of life. ..Read More

What are Anti Fog or Fog Blocking Lenses?

What are Anti Fog or Fog Blocking Lenses?

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, fogging has become one of the most problematic issues faced by glasses wearers during 2020. We know that we need to wear masks to keep ourselves and others safe and to limit the spread of the virus, but the practicality of wearing a mask while also wearing glasses is much more difficult. ..Read More

Why Do I Need an Eye Exam?

Why Do I Need an Eye Exam?

If you’ve received a reminder that it is time for your eye exam, you may be wondering whether you really need to make time for that appointment, particularly if your vision seems fine and you don’t have any concerns about your eyes. However, the truth is that eye exams are a lot like regular servicing on a car. You might not be experiencing problems right now, but by attending an eye exam, you can potentially prevent problems from occurring in the future...Read More

Increased Safety Protocols at Family Vision Care Associates

Increased Safety Protocols at Family Vision Care Associates

Your safety has always been our priority, and now that we are able to reopen, we look forward to welcoming you back to Family Vision Care Associates. To continue our commitment to your wellbeing, here’s what you need to know about the increased safety protocols that we have put in place to protect you and our team during these unpredictable times...Read More

Tips on How to Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays

Tips on How to Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays

Just as you have to shield your skin from sunburns, you also need to ensure that you protect your eyes as you spend time outdoors in the daylight. July is UV Safety Awareness Month. So, here are some tips on how to protect your eyes from UV light exposure...Read More

10 Cataract Facts for Cataract Awareness Month

10 Cataract Facts for Cataract Awareness Month

A cataract is a common eye disease that clouds your natural eye lens and impairs your vision. Since June is Cataract Awareness Month, you should absorb more facts about cataracts. Here are 10 of them...Read More

How to Properly Sanitize Your Glasses

How to Properly Sanitize Your Glasses

Not only do smears on your lenses make it difficult for you to focus on your tasks, but it can also impact your health. It’s important to note that dirt can accumulate on your glasses’ ear clips and nose pads, causing skin problems. That’s why regular cleaning and sanitization is vital...Read More

Tips for Choosing the Right Optometrist

Tips for Choosing the Right Optometrist

Having a great eye doctor is important to have. But how do you know which optometrist to choose? Here are our top tips for choosing the right optometrist...Read More

What is a DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask?

What is a DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask?

If your eyes have ever felt stiff, dry, scratchy, or uncomfortable, it could be that you have experienced an episode of dry eye. Dry eye is both a symptom and the name of a fairly common eye condition that occurs due to problems with the natural lubrication of the eyes. One of the most popular solutions is the DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask...Read More

How Does Vision Therapy Work?

How Does Vision Therapy Work?

You can have 20/20 vision and still suffer from eye issues such as binocular dysfunction, crossed eyes, double vision, or lazy eye which cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Instead, you will need to undergo vision therapy. Vision therapy is the process of changing the way the eyes and brain communicate. Enhancing the neurological connections can correct different eye conditions without surgery. ..Read More

Blinking Exercises for Dry Eyes

Blinking Exercises for Dry Eyes

Living with dry eyes can be uncomfortable and get in the way of your ability to enjoy regular activities. At Family Vision Care Associates, we take care of our patients to the next level. Not only do we offer comprehensive eye care services, but we also want to provide our patients with information for how they can care for dry eyes at home, too. You may not realize that blinking exercises can work wonders for dry eyes. These simple yet effective, blinking exercises can help your eye regain some moisture and feel a bit more comfortable...Read More

What Are Corrective Lenses and How Do They Work?

What Are Corrective Lenses and How Do They Work?

The way in which our vision works is fairly complex. Light enters our eye through the cornea, which is the transparent outer covering of the eye, and refracts it. In doing this, it passes through the eye where, in order to have clear vision, it must fall directly onto the retina. The retina is an area of cells right at the very back of the eye that is sensitive to light. ..Read More

What are the causes of Dry Eye?

What are the causes of Dry Eye?

Despite affecting an estimated 4.88 million Americans aged over 50, surprisingly few people have heard of dry eye. Also known by other names including dry eye syndrome and dry eye disease, this ocular condition occurs when a patient doesn’t produce enough quality tear film to lubricate and nourish their eyes...Read More

Options for Preventing Nearsightedness

Options for Preventing Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness, also sometimes known as myopia, is a very common refractive eye error. In fact, some studies suggest that the numbers of patients experiencing nearsightedness is reaching epidemic levels. Current estimates infer that as many as a third of the world population will be nearsighted by the end of this decade...Read More

Can screen time affect dry eyes?

Can screen time affect dry eyes?

There seems to be no getting away from our screens. Whether you work on a computer or laptop, or you are checking out websites or social media on your tablet or smartphone, chances are that you spend a great deal of time looking at some sort of screen. Exactly how long varies from person to person, but studies have found that we are spending longer staring into our screens than ever before...Read More

Can Ortho-K Lenses Correct Your Vision Permanently?

Can Ortho-K Lenses Correct Your Vision Permanently?

If you have been considering corrective eye surgeries, you may want first to check out Ortho-K lenses. While the effects aren’t permanent, there is also no surgery or permanent changes to the eye. This means that if you change your mind later, you’ll still have all your options available so that you can truly make the best decision for yourself. Visit Family Vision Care Associates today to learn more about the Ortho-K treatment...Read More

Symptoms and Causes of Dry Eyes

Symptoms and Causes of Dry Eyes

While you may think that dry eyes are just a symptom, it is also a condition in its own right which is characterized by the main symptom which it describes. If you have ever found that it feels difficult to blink, your eyes feel scratchy, dry and irritated, or that it seems like there is something in them when realistically there is nothing there, then you may have experienced an episode of dry eyes...Read More

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