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By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 14 2020 01:54PM

Glasses and contact lens prescriptions are not the same. They are similar, but have significant differences and are not interchangeable.

Glasses prescriptions are based on a refraction to determine the “power” of the eyes. The doctor determines the amount of myopia (near-sighted), hyperopia (far-sighted), and astigmatism to provide the clearest vision. The doctor will also specify if a bifocal, or reading power, is necessary. The glasses prescription may also specify “prism.” Prism is additional power ground into the lens to help the eyes work together as a team to reduce double vision and eyestrain. A glasses prescription is typically finalized during a comprehensive eye exam.

Contact lens prescriptions not only take into account the refractive power of the eyes but also the health of the eyes while wearing the contact lenses. Therefore a contact lens prescription also includes the material of the lens, the diameter of the lens, and the base curve of the lens. A poorly fitting contact lens, a lens material that dries out, or a material that does not allow enough oxygen to your cornea may result in discomfort or something more serious like vision threatening eye infections. Two brands of contact lenses with the same “power” are not the same and are not interchangeable because they may fit differently and have different effects on the health of your eyes. To finalize a contact lens prescription the doctor needs to observe the contact lenses on the eyes and assess the vision and determine the effect of the contact lenses on the eyes. Many times this requires a separate appointment.

Glasses and contact lens are 2 options to see clearly, but the prescriptions are not the same.

By aitkineyeca32139567, May 18 2020 01:00PM

Is it safe to wear contact lenses during this pandemic?

There are no indications that wearing contact lenses increases your likelihood of contracting COVID-19. However, now is a great time to review steps you can take to reduce your chances of having problems with your contact lenses, including any kind of infection.

• Do not sleep in your contact lenses unless your doctor has specifically fit you in lenses designed for extended wear.

• Replace you contact lenses as recommended by your doctor.

• Clean and disinfect your contact lenses every time you wear them.

• Do not “top off” solutions. Always dump out the solution, let your case air dry, and always use fresh solution every day.

• Never wear someone else’s contact lenses.

• Never put your contact lenses in your mouth or in tap water.

• Replace your contact lens case every 3-4 months

• Have a comprehensive vision and eye health examination at least once/year

If you become sick, take a break from wearing contact lenses until you feel better. When you resume wearing contact lenses it is best to start with new contact lenses and a new case.

If you have any problems with your contact lenses we are here for you, even during this pandemic. If you need more contact lenses you can order them on our website: www.eyecareaitkinmcgregor.com.

By aitkineyeca32139567, May 12 2020 05:24PM

Is it safe to have an eye exam during the coronavirus pandemic?

Yes, it is safe to have an eye exam at the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor. We are taking measures to keep our patients safe and healthy during this pandemic. We are committed to providing the same quality of care you’ve come to expect from us. But you will certainly notice changes, all designed to keep you, our patients, healthy.

• We will be wearing masks

• We will wear gloves more often

• There won’t be any magazines or newspapers in the waiting areas

• There will be fewer chairs in the waiting areas (to adhere to social distancing)

• There are fewer people in the office (we are adding additional time between patients to reduce

interaction among patients and reduce your waiting time)

We will also ask you to do a few things differently as well.

• Please wear a mask when you enter the building

• Sanitize your hands when you enter the building

• We ask that you don’t take on glasses frames off the displays yourself, we are happy to assist you as you try on frames (we disinfect every frame you try on before it goes back onto the display)

Working together we can keep you healthy and provide you will your best vision and eye health, even during this pandemic.

By aitkineyeca32139567, May 6 2020 03:00PM

Have you ever wondered what your pet sees?

You may already know that animals have very different ways of seeing than humans. But did you know, for example, that dogs aren’t really color blind (contrary to popular belief)? Here are some fun facts about your pets and how they see:


Goldfish have excellent, full-spectrum vision, and they also have a visual memory of up to 3 months. So if you’re the person responsible for feeding them, they recognize and remember you. They’re also sensitive to sudden light changes because they have no eyelids.


Cats see things in a lower resolution than humans, and they also see less vibrant colors than humans. However, they do have better night vision and their eyes are developed to detect small, quick movements so they are better able to catch prey.


Your trusty old sidekick can see colors, although it’s a common misconception that dogs are color blind. They will see less colors than we do, however, seeing only blue, yellow, and gray tones. In other words, your dog’s vision is very similar to a red-green color-blind human’s vision.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Apr 24 2020 03:19PM

Kids and Computer Vision Syndrome

Eyestrain, blurred vision, and headaches can all be symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Many people experience these symptoms if they spend too much time on the computer, cell phone, or any other digital device. Even children can experience computer vision syndrome.

Digital devices require precise focusing and eye alignment, more than most other tasks. This necessity to maintain precise focus and alignment can lead to eye fatigue. Eye fatigue results in blurred vision if the eyes stop focusing. Many people suffering from computer vision syndrome report fluctuations in vision with vision gradually getting worse the longer they are using a digital device. Eye fatigue can also result in overlapping images or double vision if the eyes don’t maintain correct alignment. Enough eye fatigue results in headaches.

When children experience these symptoms they may not tell anyone if they don’t realize what they are experiencing is not normal. So it is important for parents and educators to be aware of signs that may indicate computer vision syndrome, including short attention span, rubbing eyes, closing an eye, or turning their head to one side.

If you suspect that your child is experiencing computer syndrome there a few things you can do.

• Apply the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes take a 20 second break to look 20 feet away (this relaxes the muscles in and around the eyes)

• Take breaks to do other schoolwork or play outside

• If your child needs glasses, make sure they wear them and that they are properly fitted

• Reduce glare. From screen glare to reflective walls and surfaces, you want to create an environment where bright light is reduced. Glasses with anti-reflective coating can help minimize glare by reducing the amount of light that reflects off your lenses.

• Schedule a comprehensive vision and eye health examination

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