Monday, December 9, 2019

Do We Have a Dominant Eye?

Just like we use one side of our body more than the other and have a dominant hand that we use for writing, most of us also have a dominant eye.
A dominant eye isn’t always about one having better vision, but rather one leading better than the other because of preference. Your dominant eye is the one that provides slightly more input to the visual cortex of your brain and relays information more accurately, such as the location of objects.

Research shows that eye dominance and handedness are associated, though not directly related. Someone who is right-handed is more likely to be right-eye dominant, but it is possible to be right-handed and left-eye dominant.
Eye dominance can vary from person to person. One person may have strong degree of dominance in one eye, while another person may have an eye with a lesser difference in dominance from the other eye.

Monday, December 2, 2019

What Is Anisocoria?

Anisocoria is when your eye’s pupils are not the same size. The pupil allows light to enter the eye so that you can see.

Anyone can have pupils that differ in size with no problems. In fact, one out of five people have pupils that are normally different sizes. Anisocoria can be caused by several things. You can be born with this condition or develop it later. You might experience it on an ongoing basis or only temporarily. In some cases, your doctor might diagnose an underlying medical condition or other cause of anisocoria.

If you notice a difference in size between your pupils, contact your doctor right away. During your appointment, your doctor will examine your eyes and have your vital signs taken. You should also discuss any other symptoms you’ve been experiencing.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Hours


             Monday 11/24                    9:00 – 5:00

             Tuesday 11/25                    9:00 – 5:00

             Wednesday 11/26              9:00 – 3:00

             Thursday 11/27                    Closed

             Friday 11/28                        Closed

      We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 18, 2019

National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness month! Diabetes refers to a complex metabolic disease in which your body either can’t produce insulin, doesn’t produce enough insulin, or simply can’t use it efficiently.

Blurry vision is often one of the first warning signs of diabetes. Your vision may be blurry because fluid is leaking into the lens of your eye. This makes the lens swell and change shape. Those changes make it hard for your eyes to focus, so things start to look fuzzy.  You may also get blurred vision when you start insulin treatment. This is due to shifting fluids, but it generally resolves after a few weeks. For many people, as blood sugar levels stabilize, so does their vision.

Diabetic retinopathy is a term that describes retinal disorders caused by diabetes. Some of these disorders include macular edema and proliferative retinopathy. Left untreated, it may lead to blindess.

Macular edema is when the macula swells due to leaking fluid. The macula is the part of the retina that gives you sharp central vision. Other symptoms of macular edema include wavy vision and color changes.

Proliferative retinopathy is when blood vessels leak into the center of your eye. Blurry vision is one of the signs that this is happening. You may also experience spots or floaters, or have trouble with night vision.
If you have diabetes, you’re at increased risk for a variety of eye problems. It’s important to have regular checkups and eye exams.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Artificial (Prosthetic) Eyes

These days artificial eyes can go unnoticed - which is just what you want. You may even have met someone else with an artificial eye and not even known it.

A prosthetic eye can help improve the appearance of people who have lost an eye to injury or disease. It's commonly called a "glass eye" or "fake eye." It's not really an eye, but a shell that covers the structures in the eye socket.  For most people it is vastly preferable to wearing an eye patch or bandage.  If the entire eye is removed, an ocular implant and prosthesis prevent the tissues in the eye socket from growing to fill the empty space.

Although the surgery itself is minor, loss of an eye and adjusting to life with a prosthetic eye can be very challenging, psychologically, and emotionally.  Support groups or counselling are available to help people through this difficult time.

Monday, November 4, 2019

What is your exam missing? iWellness!


The iWellness test is a state-of-the-art technology that is a quick and non-invasive scan of the eye (much like an ultrasound).

iWellness testing allows us to see the layers of your retina in order to see any underlying problems that cannot be viewed with the naked eye. Most sight-threatening eye diseases often have no outward signs or symptoms in the early stages.  A proactive approach to eye health may reduce your risk of vision loss.

We are committed to your vision and the health of your eyes so we offer this test at your exam for reasonable fee. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

FSA - Use It Don't Lose It

It’s that time of year again – if you don’t use your benefits you’ll lose them (most don’t roll over).  Call to schedule your exam before your deductible starts over January 1, 2020!  Many patients lose valuable eye care benefits because they’ve let the year slip away.