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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. 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...

Q&As with Dr. Kenkel regarding Macular Degeneration

What is macular degeneration? Dr. Kenkel: Macular degeneration is a degeneration of the central part of the retina, which is call the macula. This is the part of the eye which gives us the ability to see details. This part of the eye allows us to read, see faces -...

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...

Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight, part 2

As we mentioned previously, if a patient has: 1) abnormal optic nerve head, 2) elevated eye pressure, and or 3) a family history of glaucoma, we will run further tests. Plus, we highly recommend two additional tests for diagnosis of glaucoma. The two additional Glaucoma tests are: 1) OCT: This test...

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.

Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight, part 1

Dr. Timothy Kenkel Glaucoma is a disease which causes damage to the optic nerve fibers. The optic nerve fibers transmit what you see with your eye to the back of your brain. If the fibers are damaged or if they are thinning out, they can start affecting your vision. Usually when people...

“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.

Buying Contacts Online?

We interviewed Dr. Timothy P. Kenkel regarding purchasing contact lenses online vs. at the doctor's office. Dr. Kenkel, please tell us, are there any reasons why I shouldn't buy my contact lenses online? Dr. Kenkel: First and foremost, because there are online companies which operate on the “grey” market, especially...

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...

Are Sports Related Eye Injuries Preventable?

Eye Injuries from Sports Timothy P Kenkel and Associates see many patients particularly during spring and summer with head trauma and eye injuries from playing high-risk sports. Throughout the country every year more than 45,000 sports-related and recreational eye injuries are treated in the emergency room. More than half are...

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...

Sports Injuries and Your Eye Sight

Our sense of vision represents arguably the most important way that we discover and experience the world around us. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the potential damage that can result from sustaining an injury to the eye itself or a blow to the head in the course of participating in...

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?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

Diabetic Eye Disease: Know the Symptoms

Are you aware that having diabetes increases the risk of developing a number of eye-related conditions? These conditions include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, and also several other conditions that, even though they may be seemingly unrelated to your sight, can still impact the health of the eye, and your...

The Diabetic Eye

Although most people are familiar with diabetes, fewer are aware of the impact it can have on your eyesight. The raised blood sugar levels associated with diabetes are a risk to your eyes in a couple of ways. The risk of eye damage is increased when diabetes is not treated....

Shedding Light on Retinoscopy

Sometimes, especially when doing an eye exam on small children the eye doctor will direct a light in the eyes. But why? Such as test is used to help test the refractive error of your eye, and it's known as retinoscopy. By examining the reflection of light off your retina,...

How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Take a look around- you are liable to find that pretty much everybody is using mobile devices. Tablets and smartphones are super handy when we're on the move. However most people tend to hold their handheld devices very close to their eyes. Reading off handheld devices can actually lead to...

Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

If you're middled-aged and beginning to notice difficulty reading fine print, you may have presbyopia, a common age-related condition that makes it difficult to focus on close objects. If you already struggle with distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you don't have to start carrying and switching...

Focusing on Lazy Eyes

Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is commonly seen in lots of the kids we treat. A lazy eye comes about when the brain shuts off or suppresses sight in one eye. This can occur if someone isn't able to see well through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness...

What Does Your Eye Doctor Need to Know About You?

To all those with eye exams scheduled for the near future, can we have your attention please? If you want to make sure your exam is thorough and worthwhile, there are a few things we'll need to know. It is important that you keep us updated on any present health...

Night Vision: How Does it Work?

Picture this: your house loses power and you've got to locate a flashlight or the fuse box. Your eyes normally require a few minutes to adjust to the dark and then you can see again. This process, called ''dark adaptation,'' allows people to see even when there's almost no light....

Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Having challenges with reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're hitting middle age. Having the ability to see things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which becomes weaker as you become older. This is why: With age, the lens of your eye is...

An Eye on Toy Safety

It's crucial for parents to know how to select toys that are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Infants don't have a properly developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than playing, which encourages hand-eye...

Back To School With Good Vision

It's hard to believe that summer's just about over. Moms and dads all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their kids have everything they need for the upcoming school year. And if you haven't already done so, it's also a great chance to take your son...

Learning Disability or Convergence Insufficiency?

Does your son or daughter succeed in many kinds of challenging activities, but struggle when they're at school? He or she may have a particular vision issue that creates an obstacle in the way of learning at school, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a near vision issue that...

Focusing on Visual Acuity

It's safe to assume that you've come across the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. As common as these terms may be, do most people actually grasp what they mean? When you have a proper understanding of them, you will see why an eye care professional asks you to do...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

Do you want a different, newer look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a large assortment of color contact lenses, which allow you to slightly enhance or distinctly transform the color of your eyes. This collection of contact lenses boasts so many choices, that you're sure to find what...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Do you have inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms. Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

Do you ever leave your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a pretty accepted fact that things are at their best when they are at their freshest. It's important to know that the same rule also applies to your contacts. There is no shortage of...

Treating Cataracts

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the main cause of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than 50% of those who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

It's a fact: almost everybody is regularly exposed to UV rays. However, the potential dangers related to many years of exposure to these unsafe rays aren't really thought about, to a point where many barely take enough action to shield their eyes, even if they're planning to be outside for...

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined periodically is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your eyesight remains in top form. During the procedure, your eye care professional checks your...

The New Transitions® Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has announced a new addition to their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has created an even better version of their popular light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization....

Recognizing Poor Vision

A decline in strong vision is usually due to a few factors including anatomical changes or defects in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects due to medicine or eye injuries. Lots of people also report visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye stress. These experiences can lead...

Some Tips Every Woman Should Know About Healthy Vision

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease in women is increasingly common, more notably in aging women. In fact, studies show that most women going through middle age exhibit some type of visual...

April is national Sports Eye Safety Month

When the spring comes, along with more opportunity to engage in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the danger of sports related eye injuries. Every year, far too many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be avoided with the...

How Vision Affects Road Safety

When driving, the value of seeing properly can not be underestimated. If you think about it, safety on the road requires a combination of a number of different visual capabilities including distance and near vision, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name a few....

Vision at Work

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this directive is to educate businesses and their employees about the importance of eye wellness, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye mishaps. Every day, employees sustain job related eye injuries that need medical...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The cornea that surrounds your pupil and iris is, under normal conditions, round. When light hits your eye from all angles, the cornea's job is to help project that light, directing it toward your retina, right in the rear part of your eye. But what is the result when the...

Pink, Stinging Eyes? Perhaps it’s Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, informally called pink eye, is a common eye illness, especially in children. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even irritation from chlorine in swimming pools, pollen, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other products, which touch your eyes. Certain kinds of pink eye might be quite contagious...

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

This month has been designated by Prevent Blindness America to spreading knowledge about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost reasons behind loss of vision in those aged 65 and over. AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the...

The In’s and Out’s of Contact Lens Solution

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that an alarming number of individuals regularly use strange chemicals in place of lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all mentioned as alternatives used,...

Dry, Itchy Eyes? Could Be Dry Eye Syndrome

Winter time often brings many more cases of dry eyes as a result of the circulation of cold, dry air.

The Dangers of UV to Your Eyes – In the Winter

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some parts of the country biting winds and cold rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. Most of us would never even contemplate of leaving the house without a jacket in cooler conditions, however surprisingly, many people leave their sunglasses behind. While...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to review the importance of being aware of the indications of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a category of progressive ocular disorders that damage the optic nerve, which can lead to a permanent...

How Age Affects Your Vision – Presbyopia

Contact your Cincinnati, OH Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options Many adults see signs of presbyopia or an impaired ability to focus on things at a close range, as they get older. With the growing international population of older adults, a larger number of individuals develop presbyopia, which...

A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are almost here which means Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well intentioned relatives delight in surprising the kids with the ''in'' toys to start off the New Year. It is crucial that family members explain to others the restrictions about eye-safe toys. Mishaps involving...

Spend Those FSA Credits Before You Lose Them!

Need a new pair of glasses? Thinking your contact lens prescription has changed? Contemplating laser vision correction? The season has arrived to save big on all of your eye and vision needs. The end of the year is coming fast which means that your annual flex plan will soon expire....

Color Blindness: An In-depth Look

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Awareness of Diabetes and Loss of Eyesight During National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the dominant cause of vision loss of adults aged 20-74 years. Since 2008, over 4 million men and women in North America suffering from diabetes were tested positive for diabetic retinopathy. Out of those tested, 70,000 suffered from advanced diabetic retinopathy, which, if left unmonitored, will lead to...

What is Lazy Eye? Treatment in Cincinnati, OH

Amblyopia or lazy eye is a deficiency in adequate vision development due to the failure of both eyes to work together. In the majority of cases of ambylopia the eyes themselves are usually in good health yet good vision cannot be achieved by just glasses. Left not treated lazy eye...

Cincinnati, OH Vision Exams: What 20/20 Vision Actually Means

    Have you ever asked yourself why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' vision and what it actually means? The phrase 20/20 vision expresses a normal level of sharpness of vision or visual acuity calculated from 20 feet away from the object. That is to say that someone with...

Cincinnati, OH Relief for Fall Ocular Allergies

  Toward the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can severely impair one's ability to function as desired. Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Vision...

This Halloween Beware of Special Effect Contacts

  Halloween is a night for fun, parties and getting dressed up but you don't want the fun to end in some frightening damage to your eyes. Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become popular particularly with teenagers and young adults and the trend is causing...

Cincinnati, OH Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Eye Fatigue

  According to the American Optometric Association over seven out of 10 of workers that work every day from a computer (close to 143 million people) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye fatigue. Excessive computer use can result in eye stress and effect eyesight in children...

Keeping the Home Atmosphere Eye-Safe

  In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically for children. It's important to be proactive to make sure your home environment is an eye-safe zone. In general, babies are born with an underdeveloped...

Contacts and Cosmetics: Advice from your Cincinnati, OH Eye Doctor

For those who use contact lenses a number of precautions should be taken when applying makeup. Here are a few pointers on ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy. Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes? First and foremost, eye care professionals advise that you use...

How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Those who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how painful it can be. A real strong spray in the eye can even result in burning that lasts for hours. It can take hours before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun....

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Book your Eye Examination in Cincinnati Today

A surprising number of aren't aware that cataracts affect over 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In reality, over half of senior citizens have some degree of cataract development. What is a cataract? A cataract is when the lens becomes clouded. This prevents the passage of light that is...

Getting Your Child’s Vision Set for the Classroom: Cincinnati Children’s Eye Exams

Children across the country are getting ready for a new school year. Before heading back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a check-up with the optometrist. Healthy vision is critical to the developmental processes and a child's performance in school. There are numerous tasks that demand visual...

Why Contact Lenses Are a Good Option for Teens

No adolescent wants to be seen wearing something out of style, and for a lot of teenagers, glasses sometimes seem that way. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can send an adolescent panicking. In comparison with glasses, children and teenagers who opt for lenses report a significant enhancement in their...

Handling Frequently Encountered Eye Injuries

There are many different kinds of eye accidents that can occur, with varying degrees of severity. Some might require emergency treatment and immediate care by an optician, while others can be treated at home. Follow these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to determine your next step following an accident. Keep...

Why We All Need to Schedule a Routine Eye Examination

For those of us blessed with healthy eyes, we may miss the importance of a routine eye test. However, timely detection of eye disease is critical to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. And all it requires is a yearly eye exam. A significant number of optical diseases don't have any...

Summer Eye Care Tips

It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun: Make sure you have sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your sunglasses don’t have 100% UV...

What You Need to Know About Children’s Safety Glasses

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits a year. This is the equivalent of one injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care experts report that most of the damage would have been simply prevented by using protective eyewear. Most injuries occur when adults and children are participating...

Why Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Eyes

We have all heard that carrots improve night vision, but is it the truth? Eye care professionals say that carrots can't actually improve your vision. However, they do provide large quantities of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for your eye health and therefore eating carrots and other beta-carotene rich...

Know the Danger that UV Pose to Your Eyes

  Because of campaigns to increase knowledge of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) rays to your skin, (which include sunburn and skin cancer), most know about the need for applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. But did you know that UV and other harmful...

Are You Caring for Your Contact Lenses Properly?

  Many people find it fairly confusing shopping in the eye care section of some supermarkets. But as overwhelming as this experience can be, it's essential to understand proper lens care. Failure to properly tend to your contacts can cause a number of eye infections including some that may cause...

Why GP’s Might be Great for You

  Although soft contacts are more often used, another lesser-known kind of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes called oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, hard lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they last longer, can be more effective in improving vision, and provide better...

Spring is Eye Allergy Season

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Spring eye allergies are largely due to an...

Why You Should Think Twice Before Purchasing Glasses on the Web

While many of us are used to shopping for anything and everything online, glasses are a product that you should consider purchasing in person. Why? Although you may find cheaper rates on e-commerce sites, the benefits of going to an optical store far outweigh the ''deals'' you might encounter through...

Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… Some Simple Tips

Although it is common to refer to winter as the wet season due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is actually more dry during the winter, which often causes your eyes to become irritated more easily. Our staff is available to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes...

This Month is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month

February has been announced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss for seniors. Macular degeneration is one of the causes of low vision, a term eye doctors use to categorize substantial visual impairment that is sometimes known as “legal blindness”...

Be In the Know About Glaucoma

To spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading source of blindness, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of complete vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Since the...

Winter Eye Care Advice… It’s Time for Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses are not only a vital accessory in the summer. Although most of us are aware of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes in the summer, we don't all recognize that we need to take extra care in the winter months as well. In truth,...

Rates of Myopia Increasing

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

AMD Risk Lower If You Consume Yellow Plant Pigment Lutein And Zeaxanthin

  If you consume high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, types of yellow plant pigments, your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are significantly lower, according to an article published in Archives of Ophthalmology (JAMA/Archives), September issue. AMD happens when the area at the back of the retina, the...

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Vigorous Exercise May Help Prevent Vision Loss

By: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA — There's another reason to dust off those running shoes. Vigorous exercise may help prevent vision loss, according to a pair of studies from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The studies tracked approximately 41,000 runners for more than seven...

Drug for Urination Difficulties Linked with Complications After Cataract

By: JAMA and Archives Journals Use of the medication tamsulosin to treat male urination difficulties within two weeks of cataract surgery is associated with an increased risk of serious postoperative ophthalmic adverse events such as retinal detachment or lost lens, according to a study in the May 20 issue of...

AMD and reduced cognitive function linked, according to study

  By: Ophthalmology Times   Source: Ophthalmology Times   Houston—Dementia and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could have a similar pathogenesis because of an association between AMD and reduced cognitive function in older people, according to a study. A low score on a test of cognitive function increased the risk of...

More Effective Treatment Identified for Common Childhood Vision Disorder

 By: Posted by ALLDocs Admin from NEI    Scientists have found a more effective treatment for a common childhood eye muscle coordination problem called convergence insufficiency (CI). For words on a page to appear in focus a child's eyes must turn inward, or converge. In CI, the eyes do not...

Older Treatment May Be More Effective in Preserving Sight for Some Patients with Diabetes

  By: Posted by ALLDocs Admin from NEI   A promising new drug therapy used to treat abnormal swelling in the eye-a condition called diabetic macular edema-proved less effective than traditional laser treatments in a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health...

Diets High In Lutein, Zeaxanthin And Vitamin E Associated With Decreased Risk Of Cataracts

By: JAMA   Women who have higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin—compounds found in yellow or dark, leafy vegetables—as well as more vitamin E from food and supplements appear to have a lower risk for developing cataracts, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Ophthalmology,...