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Keep up to date on the latest vision related news and events from Associates in Eyecare in Saginaw and Hemlock. Also serving Midland and Bay City and the surrounding areas.

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

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. 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...

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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...

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...

Vision Therapy for Children

Vision Therapy The non-surgical solution to  your child’s eye problems Vision therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical method that can improve many eye conditions common in children. If you have kids, you know that their brains are like sponges. They can learn huge amounts of new things every day. A human...

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...

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...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

A Closer Look at Diabetic Eye Disease

Complications that arise from diabetes put sufferers at increased risk of developing a number of vision-related diseases. These conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, plus many other conditions that, even if they're seemingly unrelated to your sight, can impact the health of the eye, and your vision. Diabetic retinopathy, which...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Do you know why your eye exam can be a factor in diagnosing diabetes? The raised blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can cause damage to your eyes in a couple of ways. There are a number of ways that diabetes, particularly when it is uncontrolled, can cause damage to...

Focusing on Retinoscopy

There may be some assessments that you have seen at an eye exam and wondered how they work. Having a bright light shined into your eyes could be one of them. This is one way eye doctors test the refractive error of your eye, and it's known as retinoscopy. Whether...

Focusing on Smartphones

Have a look around- you will probably realize that pretty much everybody is texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they let us be connected almost always. However most people tend to hold their phones and tablets...

Focusing on Multifocal Lenses

Presbyopia, or far-sightedness, is a common condition that often begins to affect people over the age of 40. It's comforting to know that developing presbyopia when you already need glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you now need two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses will allow you to see clearly...

Helping Lazy Eyes Get Active

Are you worried your son or daughter has a lazy eye? Amblyopia comes about when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. This might happen if someone struggles to see well through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Working in...

Eye Exam Approaching? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you've got an eye exam scheduled for some time in the near future, there are ways to be extra ready for it. There are a few things you should let us know about to help make sure your exam is a worthwhile one. Because vision can be affected by...

Night Vision

Everyone has found themselves in the dark, at one point or another, whether it be during childhood, due to a power outage, or just waking up in the middle of the night. Gradually, the things in the room begin take shape. This process, ''dark adaptation,'' allows our eyes to adjust...

Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

Did you ever wonder why even those who never had glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? Because as you age, the lens of your eye becomes more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. That, in a nutshell,...

Let’s Play Safe: Eye Safety and Children

It can be a challenge to know which toys are not harmful for our children's eyes. Babies are born with an immature visual system which, through stimulation, becomes more refined throughout their growing years. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development more efficiently than playing, which involves...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

Most progress at school is achieved with the use of a child's eyes. Despite the overt connection between sight and learning, a lot of parents seem to be unaware of this, and as a result, don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to...

Under the Radar: Convergence Insufficiency

When your child has trouble at school, it's not always a learning disability. In truth, he or she could have a hidden but very real condition that impacts learning at school, that eye doctors call Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a problem that impacts one's ability to see things at...

Understanding 20/20 Vision

It's likely that you have heard the expressions 20/20 vision and visual acuity. Still though, do people understand what these terms really mean? Having a proper understanding of them will give you insight into how an eye care professional assesses your vision when you have an eye exam. 20/20 is...

A Fresh Look At Contact Lenses

Have you thought about getting an updated look for your eyes? Then let's talk about FreshLook®, a line offering a vast assortment of color contact lenses, which slightly boost or totally transform the color of your eyes. This cutting edge range of lenses includes such a large number of choices,...

Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness,...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

Have you ever left your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days extra? It goes without saying that generally, things are just plain better when they haven't been used too much. It's helpful to know that the same can also help you understand how often you should change...

Focusing on Cataracts

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring culprit of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of all North Americans 65 or older have some degree of cataract development....

What You Need To Know About UV Rays

Virtually everyone is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. But the possible dangers related to many years of exposure to these harmful rays aren't really considered, and many barely take enough action to shield their eyes, even if they're expecting to be exposed to the sun for long...

Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

May is healthy vision month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the most effective steps you can take to be sure that your eyes remain in top form. During your session, your eye care professional examines your eyes,...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have just launched the newest addition to their comprehensive range- the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has added a great new feature to their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Glare that shines off surfaces like water or...

Poor Vision: Know The Signs

Poor vision in adults or children can be caused by several possible factors such as anatomical changes or defects in the eye or visual system, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injuries to the eye. Many people also report visual abnormalities due to aging or eye strain....

A Look Inside Women’s Eye and Vision Health and Safety

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 among the female population is being diagnosed in increasing numbers, especially in aging women. Actually, studies indicate that the majority of women aged...

April is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as a greater chance to participate in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the risk of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, far too many children and adults suffer eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be...

Eye Care on The Go

Excellent eyesight is required for safe driving. As a matter of fact, road safety depends on a combination of a number of different visual capabilities - for example, distance and near vision, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, just to name some examples. Being able...

Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to educate corporations and their employees about the relevance of vision wellness, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps. Each day, workers suffer from job related eye injuries that require...

What is Astigmatism?

Around your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under perfect circumstances, spherical. When light hits your eye, the cornea's role is to project that light, directing it toward the retina, which is in the back of your eye. What does it mean if the cornea isn't exactly spherical?...

Red, Stinging Eyes? You Might Have Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, colloquially known as pink eye, is one of the most frequently encountered eye infections, especially when it comes to children. Conjunctivitis can be caused by a virus, bacteria or hypersensitivity to chlorine in pools, pollen, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other substances that come in contact with your eyes....

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

We are currently in the middle of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a primary cause of vision loss in individuals over age 65. AMD is characterized by a degeneration of the macula in the eye which is the part...

Contact Solution Only!

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August showed that many people were using strange lubricants rather than contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all listed as substitutions that were used, by...

All About Wintertime Dry Eye Syndrome

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

Guarding Your Eyes Against Winter Ultraviolet Exposure

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some parts of the country whipping winds and freezing rain, snow and sleet are also in the forecast. Most of us would never even think of leaving the house without a jacket in icy conditions, however surprisingly, a lot of people don't think...

Raise Your Glaucoma Awareness this Month

Since this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of recognizing the indications of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is the term for a class of progressive eye diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve, which can be a precursor to irreversible blindness....

Tackling Presbyopia

Visit your Saginaw, MI Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. As people around the world are reaching older ages, a larger number of people develop presbyopia, which currently...

This Holiday Season Opt For Toys that are Eye Safe

Holiday season is rapidly approaching and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well meaning family members enjoy surprising the young ones with the ''in'' toys to start off the New Year. Leading optometry specialists advise that parents learn and relay to...

Spend Those Flex Spending Account Dollars Before it’s Too Late!

As the end of the year comes near, so does the end of your flex spending dollars. If flex spending doesn't sound familiar to you, you likely don't have an FSA (or flex spending account) but you should check your benefits to clarify. If you have an FSA with your...

An In-depth Look at Color Blindness

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Diabetes and Eyesight

Diabetes is the main cause of impaired vision of men and women between age twenty and seventy-four. Since 2008, over 4 million individuals in North America living with diabetes were found to have blindness caused by diabetes. Of this group, seventy thousand had advanced diabetic retinopathy, which, if left unmonitored,...

All You Need to Know About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Saginaw, MI

To achieve adequate vision, the eyes and the brain need to function in unison. When this system breaks down, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can occur. In most occurrences of lazy eye the eyes themselves are usually in good health yet visual acuity cannot be achieved by just...

Saginaw, MI Eye Exams: What Does 20/20 Vision Really Mean?

  Have you ever wondered why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' vision and what it really stands for? 20/20 vision is a phrase used to describe normal visual acuity or sharpness of vision. That is to say that an individual with 20/20 visual acuity will be able to clearly...

Fall Ocular Allergy Treatment in Saginaw, MI

  At the end of the summer, many individuals begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to function normally. Eyes can become itchy, swollen, and irritated and...

This Halloween Beware of Decorative Lenses

  Halloween is a night for getting out and getting dressed up but you don't want the fun to lead to some frightening eye damage. A popular costume prop as of late has been decorative contact lenses and the trend is alarming optometrists. Contact lenses are a medical device regulated...

Saginaw, MI Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

  The American Optometric Association states that over seventy percent of employed persons that sit daily on a computer screen (which is over 140 million individuals) experience computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye fatigue. Prolonged computer use can cause eye strain and effect normal vision development in children as well...

Be Aware of Home Eye Safety This Month

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your home eye safe specifically when choosing eye safe toys. It's important to be proactive to ensure your house is an eye-safe zone. Naturally, children are born with an immature visual system that progresses...

Makeup Tips for Lens Wearers from your Saginaw, MI Optometrist

For those who use contacts certain guidelines should be followed when using cosmetics. Below are a few tips for ways to make sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy. Purchasing Cosmetics First of all, we recommend that you buy only brands that are fragrance and oil free. Further, to...

Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

Those who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how much it can sting. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes,...

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Exam in Saginaw Today

Many individuals aren't aware that cataracts are the leading culprit for vision loss among adults over the age of 54. In fact, more than 50% of individuals above age sixty-five have some degree of cataract development. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. This...

Getting Your Child’s Eyes Set for the Classroom: Saginaw Children’s Eye Exams

Children across the country are gearing up for a new school year. Before getting back to school, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a check-up with the eye doctor. Healthy vision is key to the cognitive processes and success in the classroom. There are numerous tasks that require optical skills,...

Improving Your Adolescent’s Self-Esteem with Contact Lenses

No teenager wants to be caught wearing something out of style, and for many adolescents, eyeglasses can sometimes seem that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen go to pieces. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to lenses report a significant enhancement in...

A How-to Guide to Treating Common Eye Injuries

There are many kinds of eye injuries that can occur, some more serious than others. Some may require emergency treatment and immediate care by an optician, while others can be treated at home. Follow these guidelines for common eye injuries, to decide your next move in case of an accident....

Don’t Wait – Schedule Your Eye Exam!

When we have healthy eyes, we may forget about the importance of a routine eye examination. Nevertheless, early detection of any eye or vision problems is crucial to keeping your eyes healthy. This can easily be done with an annual eye test. Numerous eye and vision problems have no apparent...

10 Ways to Guard Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to ensure you defend your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun: Only wear sunglasses that have 100% protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t provide 100% UV...

Preventing Children’s Eye Damage with Safety Eyewear

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits a year. This is one eye accident every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals report that 90% of the reported injuries could be simply avoided by wearing proper eye protection. More often than not eye damaging accidents occur when people...

The Eye Doctor Recommends: Eat Carrots for Eye Health

We have all been told that carrots help you see better, but is it the truth? Eye doctors will tell you that regardless of how many carrots you eat, they can't save you from needing eye glasses. However, they are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for the...

This May is UV Awareness Month

  As a result of ongoing efforts to increase knowledge of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer), most are aware of the necessity of using sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Care

  It can be pretty confusing navigating the eye care aisle of most drug stores. Nevertheless as daunting as this can be, it's crucial to learn proper lens care. Those who aren't appropriately caring for their contact lenses, risk developing a number of eye problems including some that may cause...

Everything You Wanted to Know About Gas Permeable Lenses

  Although you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, another lesser-known type of contact lenses exists: gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, also referred to oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, RGP lenses are a more modern technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, allow better vision quality, and offer enhanced...

Don’t Let Eye Allergies Get You Down

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to spring eye allergies. For many of us, spring is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are often a result of an...

Shopping for Eyeglasses On the Internet…Smart? Maybe Not

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers have become used to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, glasses are one item that should be carefully reviewed before you click that purchase button. Here's why. Even though online stores often advertise cheap rates, the benefits of choosing...

Dry Eyes Getting To You? Advice on Keeping Your Eyes Protected This Winter

Even though it is common to refer to winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to be more sensitive. Our optometry staff can assist you in choosing the most effective options to hydrate...

Are You Informed About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision?

This month is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for seniors. AMD can result in low vision, a phrase optometrists use to refer to significant vision loss that is sometimes called “legal blindness” or almost total blindness....

Help Spread the Word About Glaucoma

In order to increase awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading source of preventable 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....

Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses aren't just a vital accessory in the summer. While many people are informed of the damage the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all recognize that we need to take extra care in the winter months as well. In truth, those ultraviolet...

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