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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...

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...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses

The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main conditions the eye care practitioner is checking for is a refractive error. A refractive error means there is an abnormality in the shape of the...

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know which toys and games to leave off the list because they can pose a risk to children’s health and eyesight. Last year nearly 252,000 emergency visits were due to toy-related injuries, almost half of which were...

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? Seeing is an incredible gift made possible by a system in which the eye and the brain process visual information from the outside world. If any step of that process does not function properly, vision will be impaired. Similar to a camera,...

The Benefits of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

It can often be very difficult to take proper care of your contact lenses. This is especially true if you have a tendency to get eye infections or suffer from dry eye symptoms. You have to ensure that your lenses are being cleaned and stored properly, and make sure that...

Listen to Dr. Schlussel’s next Eyecare Radio Show, Monday March 31 @ 8:00 pm

Want to improve your vision permanently? Listen to our next Eyecare Radio Show- When: Monday March 31 @ 8:00 pm Want to learn about new advances in LASIK eye surgery and improvements in Laser cataract surgery? Call in to speak to our guest, Dr. Anne Ostrovsky, an esteemed ophthalmologist surgeon of Laser 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...

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...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

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

Eyecare Radio Show, September 7, 2014: Computer Vision Syndrome

In Dr. Schlussel's latest radio blog he offers easy tips on how to prevent CVS in your children

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

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

“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...

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...

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....

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

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...

Dr. Alan Schlussel Lectures at the Sports Vision Symposium

Dr. Schlussel speaks about Dry Eyes and its effect on sport performance

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Contact Lens Related Dry Eyes

Do you sometimes have dry eyes when you wear your contacts?

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...

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...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

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...

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

Sometimes it's difficult to choose toys that are not harmful for our children's eyes. Infants are born with an underdeveloped visual system which, through stimulation, becomes more refined throughout their growing years. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than toys that involve hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial...

What is Astigmatism?

The part of the eye that surrounds your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under usual conditions, round. When light enters your eye, part of the role of your cornea is to project that light, aiming it to your retina, which is in the rear part of your...

Treating Pink Eye

Pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, is a frequently encountered eye illness, particularly in children. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or sensitivities to ingredients found in cosmetics, pollen, and chlorine in swimming pools, or other chemicals, which touch your eyes. Certain kinds of pink eye might be highly...

New York, NY Vision Exams: What 20/20 Eyesight Actually Means

  Ever wonder why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' vision and what it truly stands for? 20/20 vision is a phrase used to describe a normal level of sharpness of eyesight (visual acuity) calculated from 20 feet away from the object. In other words an individual with 20/20 vision...

Why We All Need to Schedule a Routine Eye Exam

For those of us blessed with eyes that are in good condition, we may miss the importance of a routine eye examination. However, timely diagnosis of eye disease is crucial to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. This can easily be done with an annual eye exam. A significant number of...

A Guide to Summer Eye Care

It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun: Buy glasses that have proper protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to...

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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...

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...

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...

Guide to LASIK and Laser Eye Surgery

Wondering about LASIK eye surgery? The articles below cover all aspects of LASIK

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Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses aren't only an essential accessory in the sunny season. While many people are aware of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes in the summertime, how many realize that it is essential to take precautions in the wintertime as well? In truth, those UV...

It’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In order to create awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable blindness, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of total vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Because...

This February Spread Awareness About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision

February is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. AMD is the leading source of visual impairment for senior citizens. Macular degeneration can result in low vision, a term eye doctors use to refer to major visual impairment that cannot be corrected by typical treatments such as regular...

Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… A Few Simple Tips

While it is common to think of winter as the wet season because of the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be irritated more quickly. Our team is here to help you find the most effective options...

Should You Buy Your Glasses on the Internet?

In today's world, where more and more consumers have become used to buying more and more products on the Web, glasses are a product that you are better off buying in person. Here's why. Although you may find cheaper prices on the Internet, the advantages of purchasing glasses at an...

Advice for Preventing the Effects of Eye Allergies

Do you have red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to seasonal eye allergies. For some, March is the start of eye allergy season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are...

All You Wanted to Know About Gas Permeable Lenses

  Although soft contacts are more often used, another lesser-known type of contact lens materials exists: gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, sometimes referred to oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, GP lenses are a newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, are often more effective in improving vision, and provide enhanced...

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

  Contact lens wearers need to be sure to care for their contacts adequately. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or even worse, eye infections or scratches, which on occasion can lead to vision loss. People of all ages that are not capable of properly taking care...

Be Aware of the Danger that UV Pose to Your Eyes

  The majority of Americans are familiar with the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation to your skin, (such as sunburn and skin cancer) and the necessity of using UV blocking sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. What is less known is that UV and other...

The Reason Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

We have all been told that carrots improve night vision, but is it the truth? Eye care professionals say that carrots can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, carrots do contain significant amounts of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for the health of your eyes and therefore consuming...

Protecting Your Children’s Eyes

Did you know that each year approximately 40,000 sports-related eye injuries are serious enough to require emergency room care? This is the equivalent of an eye trauma every 780 seconds! Eye Care experts agree that most of the reported damage could be simply avoided by using protective eyewear. More often...

Treating Some of the Most Frequently Encountered Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some may necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an optician, while others can be dealt with at home. Follow these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to decide your next move in case of an accident. Remember...

Boosting Your Teen’s Self-Esteem with Contacts

Requiring eyeglasses is often met with resistance from a teenager. Teenagers can cringe at the very idea of wearing eyeglasses and appearing ''nerdy''. As opposed to eyeglasses, children and teens who use lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, says a newly published study. The research report demonstrates that...

Add Eye Exams to Your Back to School Schedule: New York Kids’ Eye Exams

Back to school season is in full swing. Before going back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a visit to the optometrist. Proper eyesight is critical to the cognitive processes and a child's performance in the classroom. There are numerous subjects that depend on visual skills, such...

Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Booked Your next Eye Examination in New York, NY?

Many individuals don't know that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In truth, more than half of adults above age sixty-five have some degree of cataract development. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. This inhibits the passage of light that...

How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how painful it can be. 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 comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in...

Cosmetics Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your New York, NY Eye Doctor

If you use contacts a few guidelines should be followed when applying makeup. Here are some professional pointers for ways to be sure your eyes stay looking great and healthy. Purchasing Makeup Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care professionals advise that you purchase only cosmetics that...

How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically when it comes to kids. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your home doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. Naturally, children...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Management in New York, NY

  Findings from the American Optometric Association indicate that above 70 percent of employed persons that sit for the majority of the day on a computer screen (over 140 million ) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Prolonged periods of working at the computer can result...

Keep Your Eyes Halloween Safe: Consult With your Eye Doctor Before Purchasing Decorative Contact Lenses

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, costumes. It's important to be aware of certain threats to your eyes that could come along with the holiday spirit. A popular costume prop in recent years has been special effect contact lenses and this is causing serious concern amongst eye...

New York, NY Relief for Autumn Ocular Allergies

  As the end of summer approaches, many individuals begin to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can cause a great level of discomfort. Symptoms of ocular allergies include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Often...

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in New York, NY

In order to have adequate vision, the eyes need to function in cooperation with each other and with the brain. In instances when this process doesn’t function properly, the result can be amblyopia or lazy eye. In the majority of instances of lazy eye the eyes themselves are usually healthy...

November is National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that diabetes is the number one agent of vision loss among men and women aged 20-74 years? In the past four years alone, over 4 million men and women in North America living with diabetes were tested positive for blindness caused by diabetes. Of this group, seventy...

The Aging Eye: Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to increasing awareness 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 adults aged 65 and above. AMD is a condition that affects the macula of...

Vision Wellness in the Workplace

In order to enlighten businesses and their employees about the necessity of vision health, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-endangering eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, people are inflicted by job related eye...

Eye Care on The Go

Good eyesight is necessary for safe driving. As a matter of fact, safe driving needs a number of visual abilities including the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just to name some examples. Distance vision is very important...

This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime comes, as well as often better weather, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries related to sports. Every season, many people, both young and old suffer sports related eye injuries that could be averted with suitable defense. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports is...

A Look At Women’s Eye Health

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 becoming more common, particularly in aging women. Actually, studies show that the majority of women over the age of 40 have some type...

Poor Vision: Know The Signs

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be caused by a number of conditions including anatomical changes or defects in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injuries to the eye. Many people also report visual disturbances associated with age or eye...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

We're excited to tell you that one of our favorite lens makers, Transitions® Optical, have announced a new addition to their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. They've added a great new feature to their popular light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight reflecting...

When Did You Last Have a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested periodically is one of the best things you can do to guarantee your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During your procedure, your optometrist examines your eyes, keeping an eye...

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

Virtually everyone is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. Even though this is the case, the potential dangers related to years of exposure to these unsafe rays are not often thought about, and most people take little action to guard their eyes, even when they're planning on being...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Did you know that cataracts are the most common cause of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? Actually, more than half of all people who are 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As...

A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

Are there ever days when you leave your disposable contact lenses in for just a bit too long? It's a basic fact that generally, things are a whole lot better when they are at their freshest. Guess what? The same principle is also applicable to your contact lenses. It's a...

Keeping Lids Clean

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

This summer, how about trying a brand new look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a vast palette of color contact lenses, which slightly intensify or totally transform your natural eye color. This collection of contact lenses boasts such an extensive amount of choices, that you'll be sure to leave with...

So What IS 20/20 Vision?

It's safe to assume that you've stumbled upon the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. Yet, what do these terms really mean? When you understand what they imply, you will see why an eye care professional asks to assess more than just how well you read from an eye chart....

Learning Disability or Convergence Insufficiency?

Many children are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when in fact, that isn't the problem at all. It's important to be aware that the child may have a hidden vision issue, which impacts learning at school. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). To explain, CI is a near vision problem...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

A huge percentage of school-based learning is achieved visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this obvious correlation between vision and learning, a lot of parents underestimate or are simply uninformed about vision problems, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school...

Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Ever wonder why people around 50 need to wear reading glasses? Because as you age, the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, making it challenging to focus on near objects. We call this presbyopia. People with untreated presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length in...

The Mechanics of Night Vision

Let's say your house loses power and suddenly, you need to hunt around for a flashlight or the fuse box. Gradually, the things in the room begin take shape. We call this ''dark adaptation''. In order for night vision and dark adaptation to be successful, many physiological, neurological and biochemical...

Eyecare Radio Show: “Dry Eyes, What can I do about them?”

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Eye Patches: A Simple Solution to a Common Problem

Does your son or daughter have a lazy eye? A lazy eye forms when the brain shuts off or suppresses sight in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child can't see properly through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Usually, eye...

A Few Things to Tell Our Eye Doctor

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to make sure your exam is thorough and productive, there are a number of bits of information we'll need to know. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes in your body, you'll...

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Multifocal Lenses and You

Many people develop problems with close vision during their 40s. This condition is known as presbyopia. If you already struggle with distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you won't need to carry a separate pair of reading glasses. This is all thanks to multifocal lenses, which help...

Focusing on Smartphones

Let's face the facts - we're addicted to our mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are extremely useful when we're on the go. However most people have a habit of holding their handheld devices very close to their faces. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature...

How Retinoscopy Works

During your eye exam, you may have had a doctor shine a beam of light into your eye, and hold various lenses in front of it. So what does this do? Such as test is used to help test the refractive error of your eye, and it's known as retinoscopy....

Eye Risks from Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in increased levels of glucose in the blood either due to inadequate production of insulin or because the body does not properly use the insulin produced (depending on the type of diabetes). Diabetes can damage your eyes in a number of ways. The...

A Closer Look at Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes is a complicated disease which can lead to a multitude of health problems. Many people aren't aware of how it can put you at risk of developing a few eye-related diseases. Some of these include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, plus many other conditions that can effect the health of...

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...

Radio Show: Is LASIK Right for you?

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Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

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...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Toys to Keep Your Child’s Eyes Safe!

This holiday season, protect what's most important.

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...

Keeping Your Eyes Safe in a Digital World

BlogTalkRadio show about Digital Eye Strain

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...