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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Why Wait for Eyeglasses? At LensCrafters Your Glasses are Ready in an Hour!

Whether you need new glasses because your vision prescription changed or you’re just in the mood for a contemporary, fashionable look, treat yourself to a quality pair of eyeglasses instantly at Dr. Ty Miller, located in the LensCrafters at Chapel Hill Mall. One Hour Eyeglasses= the Gold Standard Everyone is...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

6 Habits That Cause Dry Eyes

Our Dry Eye Specialists Explain Causes of Dry Eyes Are you always rubbing your eyes or blinking constantly to spread more moisture across the surface? Dry eyes can be extremely irritating, even painful for some people. Inadequate lubrication may cause sore eyes, redness, an inability to wear contact lenses and...

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.

Comfortable Contact Lenses made Easy – Dr. Ty J. Miller O.D. Inc,contact lenses,lasik eye surgery

But when it comes to contact lenses, one-size-fits-all is not only an uncomfortable, but also a potentially damaging, concept that can result in serious vision and eye issues. Contact lenses generally sit directly on the cornea, making it very important that the measurements of your contact lenses are 100% accurate to ensure a comfortable, healthy fit. This will prevent eye infections and other eye conditions such as corneal abrasion, a painful scratch on the surface of the eye that can make even blinking uncomfortable!

Pinkeye Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Pink Eye, lasik eye surgery, near Chapel Hill

Most cases of pink eye are caused by viral or bacterial infections, dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to the elements, chemicals or smoke, or allergies.

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...

All About Pink Eye

Pink Eye, also know as conjunctivitis, is a very common eye condition in which the normally clear mucus membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface, known as the conjunctiva, becomes swollen and red or pinkish in color.   Most cases of pink eye are caused by viral or bacterial...

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.

Preventing Dry Eyes During Air Travel

It is not uncommon to experience exceedingly dry eyes after long periods of travel in the air. The temperature- and pressure-controlled cabin of an airplane creates a very dry environment that can easily take its toll on your eyes.   Fortunately, eye doctors have outlined a number of steps that...

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...

A Quick Guide To A Few Common Eye Conditions

Seeing the world around you through healthy eyes and clear vision is often considered to be one of the pillars of great quality of life. Unfortunately, in some cases, either because of age, genetics, injury or a combination of these factors, a person may suffer from any number of eye...

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...

Contact Lens Overuse

Contact lens overuse is an increasingly common eye condition that has significant potential to do serious damage to your eyes, and lead to major eye and vision issues in the future. Dr. Miller of Dr. Ty J. Miller O.D. Inc in Akron, OH comments “Contact lenses represent a great way 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...

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...

Get Ready For The Summer

That time of year is here again! Summer has arrived, and life is sunny days at the beach and lazy days without school. But it's also time to remind yourself of the importance of protecting yourself and your loved ones against harmful Ultra-Violet (UV) radiation that you are getting from...

DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Multifocal Contact Lenses

DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus® Multifocal Contact Lenses are designed for clarity at all distances and refreshing all-day comfort. They are for patients who have presbyopia (inability to focus on near objects who may currently use reading glasses) and aren’t currently wearing contact lenses or are dissatisfied with their current contact lenses....

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, 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...

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...

Time Saving Tips Before Your Eye Exam

Here are some helpful and time saving tips before your appointment: What to bring with you to the exam: 1. Your medical insurance card (it is different than vision insurance) -  Some procedures are payable by major medical plans based on medical necessity. Our receptionist will request a copy of...

Contact Lens Sale on AquaComfort Plus

Buy a Year Supply and Save.

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...

True Ocular Emergencies: When NOT to Wait Until Tomorrow

When we get hurt, it can sometimes be easy to brush it off. “It'll be alright to wait until tomorrow,” or “I can handle it myself.” Unfortunately, many times we're wrong. Immediate professional attention is required. When it comes to your eyes, it is especially important to know when it...

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...

Red Eyes vs. Dry Eyes: The Differences By Dr. Miller

When your eyes get red, dry and itchy, is this just an annoying side effect of your fatigue or allergies, or is it something more serious? Dr. Ty J. Miller, OD in Akron, Ohio says, “Most of the time red eyes are almost definitely nothing to worry about. Eyes can...

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...

What Can You Do About Your Contact Lens-Related Dry Eyes?

The most common complaint among contact lens wearers today is that their contact lenses make their eyes feel exceedingly dry. This can be quite irritating and will even cause some to quit wearing contact lenses all together. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent it, which may allow...

“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?

The Importance of Eye Exams For Children By Dr. Ty Miller

Proper development is essential for children. Developments during a person's childhood will have lasting effects throughout the rest of his/her life. The American Optometric Association says that infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age and thereafter, children should have additional eye exams at age...

Don’t Miss out on this Lenscrafters Sale

Offer running through 1/3/2015: 40% off lenses with frame purchase. Includes bifocals, no-line and prescription sunglasses.

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...

Daily Disposables by Dr. Ty Miller

What does Dr. Ty Miller optometrist in Akron, OH say about daily disposable contact lenses?

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words By Dr. Ty Miller

Dr. Ty Miller discusses the benefits of a retinal camera.

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

UV Protective Sunglasses: Winter Sports and UV Rays

Sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe, even in the winter. While many people associate the need for 100% UV protective sunglasses with warm weather and glaring sun like you find on the beach, harmful UV radiation is present even on a gloomy, cloudy day. No matter where you...

Control Your Diabetes, Preserve Your Vision

Diabetes is a complex condition which can lead to a multitude of health problems. A lot of people aren't aware of how it can put you at risk of developing several eye-related diseases. These conditions include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, as well as a number of other conditions that...

Vision and Diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder that disrupts the metabolic process that results in increased levels of blood sugar either due to insufficient insulin production or because the body does not efficiently utilize the insulin produced (depending on the type of diabetes). The risk of damage to your eyes is increased when...

Retinoscopy: What is it?

There may be some assessments that you have experienced at an eye exam and asked yourself how they work. Having a bright light shined into your eyes may be an example. This test is called a retinoscopy examination, which is a preliminary way to measure the refractive error of your...

How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Do you ever wonder about the toll your smartphone might be taking on your sight? We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be connected whenever we need to be. However as these devices have little screens, many people usually hold their smartphones a lot...

Multifocal Lenses

Presbyopia, or far-sightedness, is a common condition that often begins to affect those over the age of 40. If you already wear glasses for distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you don't have to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses, which correct...

Focusing on Eye Patches

Lots of kids have a lazy eye. It forms when the brain turns off or suppresses vision in one eye. This may happen if a child struggles to see as well with one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something that's blocking clear...

Eye Exam: Come Ready

How much do you need to know about your own eyes? There are several things you should inform us of to help make sure your exam is a productive one. Because eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, you'll need to let us know about any recent changes...

A Closer Look at Night Vision

We've all been there; you get all ready for bed, and you turn the lights off, but you just can't seem to doze off. You open your eyes and you can't see a thing. After a few moments you are able to distinguish between the objects in the room and...

What is Presbyopia?

Ever wonder why it gets harder to see small print as you get older? With age, the lens of your eye is likely to become increasingly inflexible, which makes it challenging to focus on near objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. People with untreated presbyopia may hold printed...

Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

Choosing the best toys with eye safety in mind is something all parents are concerned with. How can parents make sure they choose toys that keep kids' eyes safe? Babies don't have an entirely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

It's been a wonderful summer and it's hard to believe it's already August. Boys and girls everywhere are preparing for the next academic year, with backpacks, textbooks and of course, plenty of enthusiasm. This is a great opportunity to take your son or daughter to get an eye exam, if...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

Many kids are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when actually, that isn't the problem at all. You may be relieved to know that he or she might have a hidden vision issue, which hinders learning. It's known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). Here's the breakdown: CI is a near vision...

20/20 Vision: What Does it Mean?

We've all run into the terms twenty-twenty vision and visual acuity. Yet, what do these terms truly mean? The term 20/20 vision is used to indicate the sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you've been told you have 20/20 vision, that basically means that from...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

How would you like a brand new look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a vast assortment of color contact lenses, allowing you to just boost or totally transform your eye color. This cutting edge collection of lenses has such an extensive amount of options, that you'll be sure...

Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

Do you ever leave your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days extra? Everyone knows that a lot of things are in their best condition when they are at their freshest. Well, the same rule can also help you understand how often you should change your contact lenses....

Have You Been Examined For Cataracts?

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the leading source of loss of vision among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than half of the population who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development. As stated by...

How To Protect Yourself from UV Rays

Everyone is regularly exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the possible risks related to years of exposure to these harsh rays are not often thought about, to a point where many take little action to shield their eyes, even if they're planning to be out in...

When Did You Last Have a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the most effective steps you can take to make sure your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During your session, your optometrist examines your eyes,...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

We're excited to tell you that one of our favorite lens makers, Transitions® Optical, have just launched a new addition to their popular range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has created an even better version of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization....

Poor Vision: Know The Signs

A decline in strong vision is usually caused by a number of factors including changes in the body or abnormalities in the eye or visual system, diseases affecting the eye, side effects due to medication or eye injuries. Commonly, people also report visual abnormalities associated with age or eye strain....

Women’s Eye Health

In April, Prevent Blindness America addresses eye health issues specific to women. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease among women is becoming more common, especially in middle-aged women. Actually, studies show that large numbers of women aged 40 and...

This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater opportunity to be involved in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the number of sports related eye injuries. Each season, far too many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily...

How Vision Affects Road Safety

Safe driving is dependent upon on proper vision. Actually, driving safely needs several different visual abilities such as being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just to name a few. Distance vision is crucial because it...

Vision at Work

To educate companies and their employees about the importance of vision wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, people suffer from workplace related eye injuries that...

Focusing on Astigmatism

Around your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under perfect conditions, spherical. When light enters your eye from all angles, part of the job of your cornea is to focus that light, directing it to the retina, right in the back of your eye. What happens when the...

Treating Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also referred to as pink eye, is a common eye illness, particularly when it comes to children. Conjunctivitis can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even sensitivities to pollen, ingredients found in cosmetics, and chlorine in swimming pools, or other chemicals that penetrate the eyes. Many kinds of pink...

Risks and Signs of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision month. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost causes of loss of vision in adults aged 65 and above. AMD is characterized by a degeneration of the macula in the eye which is responsible for clear central...

OD Advice: The Right Way to Care For Your Contact Lenses

A study performed by Bausch & Lomb this past August determined that an alarming number of people regularly use strange substances in place of contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Everything from baby oil, to lemonade to butter was reportedly used as a substitute to proper contact lens...

A Tearless Winter

Dry eye syndrome can be often exacerbated during the winter time as a result of the presence of cold, dry air.

Wintertime Has Arrived! Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some areas whipping winds and cold rain, snow and sleet aren't far behind. Most of us wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a jacket in icy conditions, however surprisingly, a lot of people leave their sunglasses at home. Although many...

Heighten Your Glaucoma Awareness this Month

Since January marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to stress the importance of knowing about the indications of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a category of ocular diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, which may cause a permanent loss of vision. If...

All About Presbyopia

Visit your Akron, OH Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which close range vision becomes reduced. With the increasing international population reaching older ages, more and more individuals are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided. Many believe that presbyopia is caused...

The New Year Is Approaching! Use Your FSA Credits

Need a new pair of eye glasses? Think it's time for an eye exam? Contemplating refractive surgery? The season has arrived to take care of all of your eye care needs. As the year's end advances, so does the end of your flex spending credits. If you aren't familiar with...

This Month Be Aware of Toys and Eye Safety

Holiday season is just around the corner and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well meaning aunts and uncles delight in surprising the favorite little ones with the newest toys to start off the New Year. Leading optometry specialists advise that...

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