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By aitkineyeca32139567, Aug 5 2019 01:00PM

Are Contact Lenses OK for Your Child?

There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not your child is ready for contact lenses. To help you make the right decision, here are three key questions to you need to ask yourself:

1. Are contact lenses safe?

Physically speaking, contact lenses are safe for children at a younger age than you might realize. In some cases, infants are fitted with contact lenses for conditions that are present at birth. And unlike adults, children are less likely to suffer from dry eyes; which makes them better candidates for wearing contact lenses.

2. Is my child ready for the responsibility?

The answer to this is obviously subjective. Only you know if your child is ready to take care of his or her contact lenses. Think about how they handle current responsibilities, such as homework, chores, and personal hygiene. Children, who find other responsibilities difficult, may not yet be ready for proper contact lens care. Even if you have concerns about your child’s readiness to handle contact lens use and care, you can consider daily disposable contact lenses which reduce the amount of care required and reduces the risks of wearing contact lenses.

3. Are contact lenses beneficial for my child?

Contacts may be safer for your child’s eyes, particularly if they are involved in sports. Contacts can also help increase your child’s range of vision more than glasses. Furthermore, current research suggests that wearing contact lenses can reduce the progression of myopia (near-sightedness).

In addition, contacts may be a boost to your child’s self-esteem. Multiple studies indicate that the self confidence in teenagers saw a significant increase when they switched from glasses to contact lenses. This confidence also carried over from the social aspect of their life to their athletic performance.

If you’re thinking about switching your child from glasses to contact lenses, give us a call to schedule an eye exam. Our practice is more than happy to assist you with the transition and can recommend the best options your child.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 29 2019 02:00PM

Back to School!

It seems as though summer just began and already it’s nearly time to get ready to go back to school. Have you scheduled your child’s annual eye exam yet?

If not, it’s time to do so! Appointment times fill up fast for back-to-school exams, and for good reason. Many parents today understand the importance of a back-to-school eye exam for their children. Vision is a crucial element of your child’s learning and development.

There are many instances where children were diagnosed with a behavior or learning disability when, in fact, they actually were struggling with an undetected vision problem. An undetected vision problem can greatly hinder your child’s ability to read, learn, and progress in school.

A standard in-school vision screening isn’t comprehensive enough to detect many of the vision problems our youth are struggling with. A professional, comprehensive eye exam can uncover a variety of potential vision disorders a standard in-school screening may not be looking for such as color vision, eye alignment, visual acuity and eye diseases.

These developmental years are essential to your child’s future visual health. And while many vision problems can be treated and corrected, a child’s vision problem may become permanent or much more difficult to treat the longer it goes undetected.

There is still time before school starts up, so call us today to get your child scheduled!

By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 22 2019 02:00PM

Students’ Success Begins With Healthy Vision

As parents we do everything we can to help our children succeed in school. We purchase all the necessary school supplies. We make sure they do their homework and read every night. We even bring them in for an annual physical. But there is one more critical thing we should do… take our children for an annual vision and eye health examination.

80% of a child’s learning happens through vision, so it’s easy to understand how an undiagnosed vision problem could impact learning and performance, grades, self-esteem, and more. That’s why annual eye exams are so important for your child. Sometimes, undetected vision problems are mistaken for a learning disability, such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorders.

Below are some of the warning signs that your child is suffering from vision problems.

• Sitting too close to the TV or other electronic device, or holding a book too close

• Using their finger as a guide and/or frequently losing their place while reading

• Closing one eye or tilting their head to see better

• Frequent eye rubbing or sensitivity to light

• Complaints of headaches or tired eyes

If your child complains of any of these issues, it’s time to make an appointment with your optometrist. Your child deserves the best when it comes to education, and success in the classroom begins with healthy vision!

By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 15 2019 07:00AM

Why Do I Have To Get My Eyes Dilated?

It’s true that having your eyes dilated during your routine eye exam can be a bit inconvenient. Not only does it take time, but once it’s over, you have to wear a pair of sunglasses in order to avoid light sensitivity, and you may even have to organize transportation from a friend or family member. But dilating your eyes is one of the most important aspects of your eye exam, and worth the inconvenience.


By using special eye drops to dilate your eyes, your optometrist has the ability to see not only the outer surface of the eye, but also through the pupil, to the retina, and all the way to the back of the eye. This makes for a much more thorough look at your overall health. Through this process, your optometrist can examine your optic nerve and blood vessels and discover issues such as retinal thinning, tears, or holes that can lead to retinal detachment or blindness.


In addition to eye-related diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, dilation also enables your optometrist to detect the early warning signs of more general health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer can show signs in the eyes.


Despite the inconvenience, having your eyes dilated on a regular basis is an important part of preventive health, for both your eyes and your whole body. Never skip out on having your eyes dilated—reserve the time, take your sunglasses, and schedule a ride home, and rest assured knowing you’re staying on top of preventative health measures that could make all the difference in your eye health and general health.



By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 8 2019 02:00PM

Smoking . . . It’s Damaging Your Eyes

Study after study has proven smoking is bad for your health, especially your lungs and heart, but there are some detrimental effects smoking has on your vision, too. Smoking has been linked to two of the leading causes of vision loss, cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as a number of other eye health problems.

Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, causing blurred vision, faded color perception, glare, poor night vision, and even double vision. So what’s the link to smoking? The more you smoke, the greater the risk of developing cataracts. Smoking contributes to cataracts by altering the cells of the lens through oxidation. .

Macular degeneration involves the deterioration of the macula, the central part of the retina that allows us to perceive fine details. As the macula wears out, people experience blurriness, distortions, or blind spots in their central vision. And how does this connect to smoking? Smoking promotes macular degeneration by interfering with blood flow to the retina and increases the harmful effects of oxidation on the cells of the macula.

So the best is to never start smoking at all. But if you are a smoker, quit. Ex-smokers still have an increased risk of vision loss from cataracts or macular degeneration when compared with people who have never lit up a cigarette, but stopping smoking now reduces your risk. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it is worth the effort, for your health and for your eyes!

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