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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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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. ...

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 cases...

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...

The Autorefractor Helps Us Provide Comprehensive Eye Care: Q&A With InSight Eyecare Center on the Autorefractor

An Autorefractor is an instrument that objectively determines a patient's prescription without requiring any input from the patient. Q&A With Insight Eye Care on the Autorefractor Q) Please describe what the Autorefractor is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.     An Autorefractor is an...

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...

The OCT: Using This Cutting Edge Technology to Provide Great Eyecare

A Discussion with Dr. Sonnleitner, Your Scotts Valley & Capitola Optometrist About The OCT 1.  Please describe the technology of the Optovue scanner and how it works? The OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomographer) uses a cool laser to scan beneath the retina where we normally cannot see, to find pathologies (or potential...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision?  When you choose appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, you are taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of...

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,...

Fashion Shows in Feb & Mar 2103

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND OUR ANNUAL EYEWEAR FASHION SHOWS!

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...

Eyewear Fashion Show Dates

Our annual Eyewear Fashion Shows will take place at:
Scotts Valley:  Saturday, February 23, 2013, 10 A. M. - 2 P. M.
Capitola:  Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10 A. M. - 2 P. M.

$100 OFF a complete pair of glasses, when you purchase a frame during our shows.
(Excludes vision plans and other discounts.)

Control Your Diabetes, Preserve Your Vision

Diabetes is a complex disease which can effect you in a number of ways. A lot of people don't know that it can put you at risk of developing several eye-related diseases. Often, these include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, plus several other conditions that can impact your eye health. Diabetic...

Diabetes and the Eyes

Although most people have heard of diabetes, fewer know about the eye-related complications. The increased levels of blood sugar that are the essence of the disease can pose a risk to your eyes in various ways. There are a few ways that diabetes, particularly when it is uncontrolled, can impact...

Focusing on Retinoscopy

During an eye examination, your eye doctor might shine a beam of light into your eye, and hold various lenses in front of it. But why? This is one way eye doctors determine the refractive error of your eye, and it's known as a retinoscopy exam. It sounds fascinating, but...

Keeping an Eye on Your Smartphone

Take a look around- you're liable to discover that most people - even children - are texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. These devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. Nevertheless as these devices...

Seeing Clearly with Multifocals

If you are over the age of 40 and having some difficulty reading books and newspapers, you might have developed presbyopia, a common age-related condition that makes it challenging to focus on near objects. If you already struggle with distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you don't...

Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Many our younger patients experience a lazy eye. It develops when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child can't see as well with one of their eyes because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that could be blocking vision...

How much do you know about your eyes?

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 several things you should tell our eye doctors to help make sure your exam is a productive one. Because eyes can be affected by seemingly...

Night Vision

  Everyone has found themselves in the dark, at one time or another. You need several moments to get used to the dark and then objects in the room begin to re-appear. This process, ''dark adaptation,'' causes our eyes to adjust to the dark. Night vision requires a combination of...

Are You Suffering From Presbyopia?

Did you ever wonder why older people prefer books with larger text? As time passes, the lens of your eye is likely to become more rigid, making it more difficult to focus on near objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it's universal. People with untreated presbyopia tend to hold...

An Eye on Toy Safety

It's important for parents to know how to choose toys that are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Children are born with a primitive visual system which, through stimulation, becomes more refined throughout their growing years. There aren't many things that stimulate a child's visual development better than...

Send Your Child To School With Good Vision

It's hard to believe that summer's almost over. Parents all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their children have all the gear they need for the upcoming school year. And if you haven't already taken care of it, it's also the perfect opportunity to bring your...

Learning Disability or Convergence Insufficiency?

When a child struggles at school, it's not always a learning disability. It's important to be aware that the child may be suffering from a hidden but very real condition, which hinders learning at school, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). To explain, CI is a problem that gets in the...

Understanding Visual Acuity

You've probably come across the expressions 20/20 vision and visual acuity. As frequently used as these terms are, do people really grasp their meaning? The term 20/20 vision refers to the clarity and sharpness of sight from 20 feet away. If you've been told you have 20/20 vision, that means...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

Have you ever thought about getting a brand new look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a large assortment of color contact lenses, allowing you to just enhance or distinctly change the color of your eyes. This cutting edge line of lenses has such an extensive amount of options, that you'll...

Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of...

A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

Do you ever leave your disposable contact lenses in for just a bit too long? It's common knowledge that things are in in top form when they are at their freshest. It's no surprise that the same can be used to understand the importance of changing your lenses. As a...

Cataract Awareness

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the main reason behind vision loss among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all North Americans aged 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the National Eye...

Quality Protection from UV Rays

Virtually everyone is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. But the potential dangers related to many years of exposure to these unsafe rays aren't really considered, and many take little action to guard their eyes, even when they're planning to be out in the sun for many hours....

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

May is healthy vision month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined annually is one of the best things you can do to guarantee your eyes remain strong and healthy. During this session, your optometrist checks your eyes to look for commonly occurring vision...

The New Transitions® Vantage™ Lens

We're excited to tell you that one of our favorite lens makers, Transitions® Optical, have just launched an exciting product as part of their extensive range- the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has created an even better version of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable...

When to Get Your Vision Checked

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be caused by a few factors such as changes in the body or defects in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects due to medication or injury. Commonly, people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging or...

Women’s Eye Health

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 becoming more common, particularly in middle-aged women. Actually, studies indicate that the majority of women over the age...

This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with often better weather, comes a rise in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every year, many children and adults incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be avoided with proper defense and information. Protecting your eyes while playing...

How Vision Affects Driving

Proper vision is required for safe driving. If you think about it, safe driving needs a number of visual abilities including being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name a few. Being...

Your Vision in the Workplace

In an effort to enlighten businesses and their workers about the relevance of vision health, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Every day, employees sustain job related eye injuries that need medical...

What You Want to Know About Astigmatism

Surrounding your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under usual conditions, round. As light enters your eye, part of the role of your cornea is to help focus that light, aiming it toward your retina, right in the anterior portion of your eye. What is the result if...

Treating Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, colloquially called pink eye, is a frequently seen eye illness, especially with children. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus or hypersensitivity to chlorine in pools, pollen, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other products that penetrate your eyes. Many forms of pink eye can be very transmittable...

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness

This month has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of loss of vision in those over age 65. AMD is a condition that causes a breakdown of the macula...

How Do You Clean Your Contacts?

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August determined that a large number of adults regularly use dangerous substances in place of contact lens solution to moisten their lenses. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all mentioned as...

Wintertime Dry Eye Syndrome

Winter time often brings an increase in instances of dry eye syndrome as a result of cold and dry air conditions.

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

Winter is officially here, which means in some places bitter cold winds and cold precipitation aren't far behind. Most of us wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in overcast conditions, however surprisingly, many people don't think to put on their sunglasses. Although the...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we are here to review the importance of early diagnosis of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which may be a precursor to a loss of vision. When not treated, glaucoma often...

Presbyopia and Getting Older

Visit your Scotts Valley, CA Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with age in which the ability to focus on close objects becomes impaired. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, a larger number of individuals develop the condition, which currently...

A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are right around the corner and we all know what that means, presents. Adoring mothers and fathers enjoy treating the children to the newest toys to start off the New Year. It is crucial that family members explain to relatives the rules when it comes to eye-safe toys....

Don’t Throw Away Your FSA Dollars!

As the year's end comes near, so does the end of your flex spending credits. If you don't know what "flex plan" means you probably don't have a flex spending account but you should verify your benefits to clarify. If you have a Flex Account through your employee benefits check...

What is Color Blindness?

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This Month is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the main causal factor of blindness of men and women aged 20-74 years. In just the last four years, over four million adults in North America living with diabetes were diagnosed with diabetes related blindness. Out of those tested, 70,000 had advanced diabetic retinopathy, which may result in...

What is Lazy Eye? Treatment in Scotts Valley, CA

Amblyopia or lazy eye is the lack of central vision development due to the failure of the eyes to function in unison. In most instances of lazy eye the eyes themselves are usually in good health yet the condition cannot be corrected by just the use of prescription glasses. Left...

Scotts Valley, CA Vision Exams: What 20/20 Eyesight Actually Means

  Ever ask why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' vision and what it truly means? The term 20/20 eyesight describes a normal level of clarity of vision (visual acuity) determined from 20 feet away from the object. That is to say that an individual with 20/20 eyesight can see...

Scotts Valley, CA Treatment for Fall Ocular Allergies

  Although eye allergies are more frequently associated with springtime, just as many people suffer during the fall as well. Above sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can significantly impair one's ability to go about one's normal functions. Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be...

Eye Safety for Halloween: Watch Out For Decorative Lenses!

  Halloween is a night for fun, parties and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't lead to some scary eye damage. A popular costume prop as of late has been special effect contact lenses and the trend is alarming optometrists. Contacts are a governmentally regulated...

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in Scotts Valley, CA

    According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) more than 70 percent of employed persons that work daily on a computer (around 143 million ) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye fatigue. Prolonged computer use can result in eye fatigue and effect eyesight in children...

Keeping the Home Atmosphere Eye-Safe

  As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically when choosing toys that are safe for your child's eyes. It's important to be proactive to guarantee your house is safe for your children's eyes....

Contacts and Cosmetics: Do’s and Don’ts from your Scotts Valley, CA Eye Doctor

If you use contact lenses a few precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Here are some pointers on how to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy. Buying Cosmetics First of all, eye care professionals recommend you buy only cosmetics that are oil free and fragrance free....

How to Get Sunblock Out of Eyes

Those who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how painful it can be. A real good spray in the eye can sometimes cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun....

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Examination in Scotts Valley Now

Many people don't know that cataracts are the number one culprit for sight loss in adults over 54. In truth, more than 50% of senior citizens have some amount of cataract development. What are cataracts? A cataract is when the lens, the portion of the eye that focuses light to...

Getting Your Child’s Eyes Ready for the Classroom: Scotts Valley Children’s Eye Exams

Many doctors emphasize that around 80% of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Since a child's eyesight can change occasionally, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Surprisingly, most parents are not including vision screenings as part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. Furthermore according...

Teenagers and Contact Lenses

No teenager wants to be seen wearing something that makes them stand out, and in the case of many teens, eyeglasses can often feel that way. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. As opposed to glasses, kids and teenagers that wear contact lenses report a...

Handling Common Eye Injuries

There are many different types of eye injuries that can take place, some more serious than others. Some might require emergency action and immediate care by an eye doctor, while others can be dealt with at home. Read these guidelines for typical eye injuries, to decide your next move following...

Have You Had a Comprehensive Eye Exam Recently?

For those of us who have eyes that are in good condition, we sometimes miss the importance of taking preventative steps namely, an eye exam. Nevertheless, timely diagnosis of eye disease is critical to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. This can easily be done with a simple eye test. Numerous...

10 Summer Eye Care Tips

Now that summer is finally here it’s time to ensure you protect your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun: Make sure your glasses provide proper UV protection. If your shades don’t offer 100% UV protection...

Children’s Safety Eyewear – A Real Must!

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits a year. This is the equivalent of an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that the vast majority of the reported damage could be simply avoided by wearing protective eyewear. More often than not injuries occur...

Eye Doctor Insight: Carrots and Eyesight

Are carrots good for vision? While eye doctors admit that carrots are made up of significant quantities of a vitamin which is known to be very good for one's eyes, eating large amounts of carrots will not eliminate your need for corrective eye wear. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange...

Do You Know the Dangers of UV to Your Eyes?

  The majority of Americans are familiar with the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer) and the importance of applying sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. But did you know that ultraviolet rays and other harmful types of...

A Guide to Caring for Contact Lenses

  Contact lenses need careful treatment and care to be considered a safe and feasible choice for individuals selecting a vision aid. Improper care can lead to damaged contacts, or even worse, eye infections or abrasions, which occasionally results in blindness. People of all ages that are not ready to...

The Advantages of Rigid Lenses

  Although you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, another less familiar kind of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also referred to oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, GP lenses are a newer technology than soft lenses, which are longer-lasting, are often more successful in...

Protecting Your Eyes During Allergy Season

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to seasonal eye allergies. For some of us, March is the beginning of pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely...

Should You Purchase Your Eyeglasses Online?

While many of us are used to shopping for more and more products through the Internet, eyeglasses are one item that should be cautiously considered before you click that buy button. Why? Although you may encounter cheaper prices on the Web, the advantages of going to an optical store far...

Ways to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Winter

Even though you may think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive. Our staff can help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes this winter....

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