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There are many choices to consider when it comes time to get new glasses.  There are hundreds of frames to choose from, and even more lens options, add-ons, and upgrades to sort through.  It is important to communicate with your optician in order to get the best frames and lenses for you. We have also assembled a brief guide to help you learn more about some of the most popular lens options.  

eyelids and eyelashes
Our eyelids and eyelashes play a major role in the overall health of our eyes.  They protect our ocular surface from foreign objects and debris, secrete an essential part of our tears, and help evenly distribute our tears across the front our eyes.  When our eyelids and eyelashes are not properly cared for, several forms of complications can arise, including painful bumps, severe dryness and irritation, and even dangerous infections.  Here’s why healthy eyelids and eyelashes are important for good ocular health. 

For most people, the amount of exposure to blue light has increased exponentially over the past few decades due to our growing reliance on phones, tablets, and computers.  For this reason, blue light and its potential effects on ocular health have become an area of interest, both for patients and eye care professionals alike. As we learn more about the effects of blue light on our eyes, some surprising realizations have been discovered.  To learn more about blue light and the potentially adverse effects it may have on your ocular health, continue reading.  

ocular migraine visual migraine sparkler
General visual disturbances can be a sign of several different conditions.  Most frequently, they are the result of a harmless phenomenon known as ocular or visual migraines.  Ocular migraines are characterized by temporary visual disturbances, commonly including a central blind spot.  While the symptoms of an ocular migraine can be alarming and may appear very suddenly, they classically resolve in thirty minutes or less and are nothing to be worried about.  Continue reading to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of ocular migraines. 

no-line bifocals progressive lenses sitting on reflection
Presbyopia, a condition that causes blurry near vision in middle and old age, can be a frustrating, or even embarrassing, process to adapt to.  However, it is a process that millions of people have gone through, and many options exist to make reading easier. Reading glasses can be an easy, cost-effective option, but it can be frustrating to frequently be putting on and taking off glasses.  Lined bifocals are an option that can be worn all the time, but many people find the line distracting or cosmetically annoying. Fortunately, an option exists that allows clear vision at many distances that can be worn fulltime. Progressive lenses, also called no-line bifocals, can discreetly correct for distance vision, intermediate vision, and near vision without a cosmetically distracting line.  If you have experienced presbyopia and are looking for an efficient option, continue reading to learn more about progressive lenses.

 
computer vision syndrome
Our society’s use of digital screens, including cellphones, computer screens, and tablets, has drastically increased in the past decade.  Many people who regularly use digital screens for an extended period of time can agree that increased screen time leads to computer-related eye problems.  Symptoms such as eye strain, headaches, dryness and irritation, and even double vision may suggest the presence of a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS.  Whether computer vision syndrome is a mild inconvenience or a significant burden in your day-to-day life, there are ways to protect your eyes from the symptoms of this condition.  

diabetic retinopathy and picture of gummy treat with blue spoon
Diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent in the American population.  As more people are diagnosed with the disease, more are facing the sight-threatening risk of diabetic retinopathy.  Diabetic retinopathy, which affects the retina, or the light-detecting tissue in the back of the eye, is one of the leading causes of blindness in our country.  Though the disease has the potential to be very dangerous and blinding, proper diagnoses, treatment, and management of diabetic retinopathy significantly reduces the risks of vision loss.  By working with your eye care provider, primary care doctor, and endocrinologist, cases of diabetic retinopathy can be treated, or even prevented.

presbyopia reading glasses
Just like every other part of the body, the eyes go through natural aging changes.  Presbyopia is the term given to the aging process that affects the eye’s focusing system, making objects up close blurry.  Presbyopia affects everyone, and usually begins occurring sometime in your 40’s. While this change in your vision can be unexpected and frustrating, it is important to remember that presbyopia is a painless and normal process.  Luckily, there are many options to help us adapt to presbyopia. Read on to learn more about what causes presbyopia, and how eye care professionals recommend it be treated.
astigmatism glasses contact lenses
The optical system of the eye is responsible for how light focuses on the retina.  If the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing properly, objects may appear blurry or out of focus.  This problem is known as refractive error, and millions of people are affected by it. While there are many misconceptions about it, astigmatism is simply a form of refractive error.  Just like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism can be easily fixed by glasses or contact lenses. Continue reading to learn more about astigmatism, and to debunk many of the usual misconceptions about this common form of refractive error.  

cataract surgery
Cataracts are one the most common causes of decreased vision.  They occur when the normally clear lens that rests behind the iris, or the colored part of the eye, becomes cloudy with age.  The clouding of this lens is a normal process that occurs with age, and may occur at different rates in different people. Luckily, when cataracts become significant enough to begin affecting vision or activities of daily life, there is a very effective treatment option.  Cataract extraction surgery is one of the most common and routine medical procedures performed in America and can provide significant and nearly immediate visual improvement. If cataracts are affecting your vision or daily life, read on to learn about the option of cataract surgery.
eyelid twitching myokymia
Nearly everyone has experienced a twitching eyelid at some point in their lives.  An eyelid twitch can be an annoying experience, but luckily it is almost always a harmless occurrence and is rarely noticeable to anyone else.  Eyelid twitching, known medically as myokomia, is a spasm of the eyelid muscles and may have several different causes and triggers. Identifying and understanding the cause of your twitching eyelid can help prevent this annoying experience from reoccurring.  Continue reading to learn more about common underlying causes of myokomia and how to avoid future instances of eyelid twitching.
lasik
Refractive surgery options, such as LASIK, are appealing to many people who have been wearing glasses or contact lenses for most of their lives.  It is important to remember that several options for refractive surgery exist, and different factors play a role in which option best suits you and your eyes.  For some people, the desired result can be achieved without undergoing surgery at all. Continue reading for a guide on traditional refractive surgeries, as well as an overview on some other corrective options.

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