The Benefits of Yearly Eye Exams

There are many ways to help protect your vision and keep seeing the world sharp and clear. Eating healthy is one way to be pro-active about your vision health. A diet full of dark, leafy greens and high in omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to help prevent macular degeneration. Taking the time to rest your eyes when working on a computer, even for just 20-seconds at a time can reduce eyestrain and headaches. But the number one way to protect your eyes is to get regular eye exams. Visiting your local optometrist every year can help detect and treat slight changes in your vision, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and headaches to name a few. During your eye exam, the doctor will check your vision, diagnosis any correction needed, and do a dilated eye exam. This allows the eye doctor to understand how you are seeing and to look for any internal problems related to eye health. Diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and optic nerve abnormalities do not have warning signs and the only way to check to see if you eye is healthy is through dilation. Dilation forces the pupil of your eye open wider than normal allowing the eye doctor to have a better field of view of the blood vessels and any contributing causes to abnormal vision. An eye exam is an affordable, painless way to guarantee your vision is in pristine health and make any eye care changes needed to maintain your vision for years to come. Make your yearly appointment...

3 Things All Optometrists Wish More People Knew

No one would go years without putting oil in their car, or checking their house for leaky plumbing, yet when it comes to our health we often ignore preventative maintenance. On a list of essential healthcare professionals, optometrists are almost always down near the bottom. This is unfortunate, as your eye doctor is your first line of defense against declining eyesight later in life. If you can’t remember the last time you had your eyes checked, here are some things you should know. Everyone Needs An Optometrist Most people only think about going to the eye doctor when they notice a problem with their vision, but few realize that the key to avoiding vision problems is regular check-ups. Even if you were told 15 years ago that you have 20/20 vision, you still need annual eye exams to catch general health conditions, like diabetes, before they cause significant damage. Sunglasses Are NOT Optional It’s easy to remember sunglasses when you’re hanging out at the beach all day, but did you know sunglasses should be worn almost every time you leave the house? The UVA and UVB protection provided by high quality sunglasses or transition lenses can prevent cataract growth and protect against macular degeneration. These threats don’t disappear just because the weather is cold! Smoking Is Detrimental To Your Eyesight There are thousands of reasons to stop smoking, but not everyone realizes that vision impairment is one of them. Smoking cigarettes drastically increases your risk for eye conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration later in life. If it’s been more than two years since your last eye exam,...

Choosing the Right Eyeglasses for Your Face Shape

Choosing the right pair of glasses is a big decision. You’ll wear them most of the time and be seen with them. In many cases, your glasses become an extension of you and part of your style, which means choosing the perfect pair of glasses is paramount. Your face shape influences the type of prescription eyeglasses that will look best on you and flatter your features. We’ve broken down the four main face shapes with the dos and don’ts for you. Square A square face is characterized by a broad forehead and strong jaw. The proportions of your face will be equal in width and length. The ideal glasses for you will be round or oval. They will also have darker colors to help add contrast to strong facial features that tend to come with a square face. Heart Individuals with a heart-shaped face will have a broad forehead but a smaller chin. This face types traditional lends itself to high cheek bones as well. Oval and round shape frames also work well for this face shape but look for thin and light colored frames, so they don’t overpower your delicate chin. Oval An oval face is the most common and versatile face shape for eyeglasses. It’s characterized by a subtly curved jawline that is slightly smaller than the forehead width. With this face shape, you have the pick of the litter. Both oval and square style frames will work well for you so pick something that makes you feel great! Round Full cheeks with a wide forehead and rounded chin characterize the round face shape. A round face...