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Five Tips for Healthy Vision

Posted on February 07, 2017 by James Florence

Whether or not you wear eyeglasses, you shouldn’t take your vision for granted. Here are five tips to maximize eye health and comfort:

1. Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV light, which lead to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration and other vision problems. To ensure protection from an early age, young children should start wearing sunglasses as soon as they’re able.

2. Treat dry eyes. This condition can be instigated by numerous causes (including a sustained lack of sleep) and may even come as a symptom of aging. In addition to getting an eye drop prescription from your doctor, consider taking omega-3 supplements, which can further help alleviate this condition. Read more

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Children’s Vision Care: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on August 02, 2016 by Jennifer Chan

This summer, we’re scouting out answers to some of your frequently asked questions about children’s health. Earlier, we published Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions. This week: children’s vision FAQs.

How can I tell if my preschooler has vision problems?
The American Optometric Association (AOA) provides the following list of signs that may indicate vision problems among young children: Read more

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5 Considerations for Buying Your Child Glasses

Posted on June 16, 2016 by James Florence

With Harry Mankabadi, Manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Dublin, and Sheryl Duerksen, Manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Napa

Shopping for eyewear is difficult enough for adults, but when it’s for kids, there are additional factors that further complicate matters. For example, besides selecting the product itself, parents must also be intentional about the process of choosing glasses for their children. To more closely focus on this topic, we’ve asked two Diamond Certified opticians to discuss some important considerations.

1. Educate your child. First and foremost, before you set foot in an eyewear store, take some time to talk to your child and explain why they need glasses. Read more

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Caring for Your Child’s Eyes

Posted on June 14, 2016 by James Florence

with Dr. Thomas Aller, president of Dr. Thomas A. Aller Optometrist, Inc.

Hygiene, nutrition, physical safety, emotional well-being…there are a lot of things to think about when raising young children, which is why parents often find themselves prioritizing immediate concerns over less pressing ones. One common instance of the latter is eye health—after all, except for severe instances, vision problems are rarely ostensibly apparent, which makes it easy for them to go unnoticed. However, the furtive character of such problems makes it all the more crucial for parents to give some foresight to their children’s optical health. Read more

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Industry Overview: Optometry

Posted on March 12, 2015 by James Florence

Due to its characteristic complexity, the vision care field can be confusing for the uninitiated, so it’s a good idea to gain some familiarity prior to seeking professional services. In this article, we cover some of the basics, from key industry terms to frequently asked questions.

Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, Optician: Differentiating Designations

Optometrists are doctors of optometry who can examine eyes for diseases and vision problems, fit people with glasses and contact lenses, prescribe medications, and provide pre- and post-operative eye surgery care. Read more

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Hungry Eyes: Six Nutrients That Support Healthy Vision and Where to Find Them

Posted on January 26, 2015 by James Florence

If you’re a health-conscious person, it’s likely that you take proactive measures to safeguard the health of your eyes in addition to your general bodily health. However, while wearing sunglasses and going in for annual eye exams are cornerstones of ocular wellness, a commonly overlooked aspect of visual health is dietary consideration. According to Dr. Michael Ottati of Diablo Valley Optometric Group in Antioch, there’s a direct link between nutrition and eye health. “Getting proper nutrition is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy,” he says. “Maintaining a well-balanced diet not only supports good vision, it can also help reduce retinal problems, cataracts and disease.”

Even if you already suffer from vision problems, Read more

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Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted on September 24, 2013 by James Florence

Sunglasses aren’t merely a fashion statement—in fact, a good pair of shades can mean the difference between healthy and unhealthy eyes. While most people know that sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, many don’t realize the extent to which they prevent ocular injury and illness. Quality sunglasses will combat everything from cataracts and glaucoma to macular degeneration and photokeratisis (snow blindness). Here are some factors to consider when shopping for a new pair:

UV protection
The number one thing to look for in a pair of sunglasses is adequate UV protection. Many people don’t know that UV pertains to two types of light rays: UVA (the more prevalent and deeply penetrating) and UVB (the more intense and harmful to the skin). Read more

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