Swim Season And Your Eyes

Now that Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, we are all excited about jumping back into the swimming pool. Most all of us will remember to bring the sunscreen, which is a good thing, but what are you doing to protect your eyes at the pool?

Did you know UV radiation increases as much as 25% when you are in or near the water? That is why we sunburn so easily poolside. That same UV radiation can be damaging to your eyesight as well, increasing your chances of acquiring cataracts, macular degeneration, or even skin cancer around the eyelids. That is why we carry a wonderful array of sunglasses that filter out those damaging UV rays. We have a complete line of sunglasses in both Rx and non-Rx to choose from.

The sun isn’t the only thing your eyes need to worry about at the pool, however. Pool chemicals can do a number on your eyes. The tear film that coats your eyes is one of nature’s magical wonders in that it’s the water, protein, and lipid combine to protect your eyes and keep them from drying out too quickly. Chlorine and saline, however, wreak havoc on your tear film, leading to redness and itching. These chemicals can also lead to Dry Eye Syndrome. If you wear contact lenses swimming, you are providing a surface for bacterial growth that can lead to complications such as corneal ulcers and in rare cases, vision loss.

This swim season we want to recommend you bring 3 things with you to the pool and 4 things back. The first is a good sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The second is […]

By |2019-10-18T09:52:54-05:00June 6th, 2017|Conditions, Exams, Fun Facts, Safety|Comments Off on Swim Season And Your Eyes

It’s All In The Eyes

Having a regular comprehensive eye exam can do more than just test your vision. Yes, getting the right prescription can help you see better no matter the distance, no matter the time of day. However, did you know that there are many health problems than can be detected by an eye exam much sooner than most medical exams? Our friends at All About Vision have created this infographic sharing just some of the health problems that can be detected with a thorough eye exam. Ready to schedule your eye exam? Click here and let us help.

By |2019-10-18T08:49:47-05:00April 12th, 2017|Conditions, Exams, Fun Facts|Comments Off on It’s All In The Eyes

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

 Don't let glaucoma rob your eyesight. Get a comprehensive eye exam at Midwest Vision Centers today!

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S. More than four million people in the United States have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and destroy eyesight. Unfortunately, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware that they have it. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

Are you one of them? You owe it to yourself to find out by getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes having drops put in your eye. With its painless and gradual loss of vision, glaucoma may have no early warning signs, but it can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Our own Doctors of Optometry can easily detect glaucoma with a comprehensive exam and help you save your eyesight and your health. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make sure your eyesight is the best it can be in 2017. Make an appointment today!

By |2019-10-18T09:20:08-05:00January 5th, 2017|Conditions, Exams|Comments Off on January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Digital Eye Strain And Children

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As computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones saturate almost every aspect of our daily lives, it is only natural that they have become part of our children’s lives as well. Children it turns out are using digital devices as much if not more than their parents. Eye strain can be very hard on a growing child’s eyesight, causing headaches, neck pain, fatigue and blurry vision.

Children aren’t as aware as adults to these changes and may simply ignore them. They aren’t as aware of the hours they might be spending in front of computer screen, televisions and portable digital devices including game consoles. As today’s children spend more time inside than ever, there is higher probability of developing myopia or nearsightedness. Parents should look at limiting time spent on digital devices as well as encouraging children to step outside into the real world more often. Looking at something more than 20 feet away can greatly help eyes spending so much time looking at things measured within inches instead.

Another problem with children and digital devices is blue light. Mobile phones, tablets, TV screens and so on produce a very intense amount of blue light. Yes, the sun produces even more, but most of us, including our children, are spending some 6 hours a day in front of a digital device without the help of sunglasses. Blue light, especially at night […]

By |2019-10-18T08:40:41-05:00October 5th, 2016|Conditions, Exams, eyeglasses, Fun Facts, Sunglasses|Comments Off on Digital Eye Strain And Children

May is Cataract Awareness Month

Every May we pay special attention to cataracts. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated through a change in eyeglass prescription or surgery, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision.

 

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A “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present, it may be an indication that a cataract is forming and that an eye exam should be scheduled: hazy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions; the feeling of having a film over the eyes; changes in the color of the pupil, which is ordinarily black; experiencing problems with light, such as difficulty with night driving due to the cloudy part of the lens scattering the light of oncoming headlights; or, “second sight,” which is the temporary improvement in reading vision experienced when cataracts reach a certain stage of development.During Cataract Awareness Month in May, the doctors and staff of Midwest Vision Center remind the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight. Schedule an eye exam today and let us make sure your vision stays the best it can be.

By |2019-10-18T09:28:33-05:00May 10th, 2016|Conditions, Exams|Comments Off on May is Cataract Awareness Month

Eye Workout

eye-roll_65755899BOut of all my body parts, I feel like my eyes are in the best shape. I must do at least a thousand eye rolls a day!

Now that spring is here, did you know the most active muscle group in your body are your eye muscles? The external muscles that move the eyes are the strongest muscles in the human body for the job that they have to do. They are 100 times powerful than they need to be. The eye muscle is the fastest reacting muscle of the whole body, contracting in less than 1/100th of a second. In fact, the eye muscles work together to carry out no less than seven coordinated movements and allow the eye to track many different kinds of moving object.

If your eye muscles or your eyes in general, don’t seem in shape and ready for spring, schedule an eye exam with one of our wonderful Optometrists and let’s get you ready for summer!

By |2019-10-18T09:11:16-05:00April 20th, 2016|Exams, Fun Facts|Comments Off on Eye Workout

January is National Glaucoma Month

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More than four million people in the United States have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and destroy eyesight. Unfortunately, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware that they have it. Are you one of them? You owe it to yourself to find out by getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes having drops put in your eye. With its painless and gradual loss of vision, glaucoma may have no early warning signs, but it can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Our doctors can easily detect glaucoma with a comprehensive exam and help you save your eyesight and your health. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make sure your sight is the best it can be in 2016. Make an appointment today!

By |2019-10-18T09:23:31-05:00January 18th, 2016|Exams|Comments Off on January is National Glaucoma Month

Digital Eye Strain

Did you get a new mobile phone for the holidays? Perhaps a new tablet was waiting for you under the tree? Are waiting to get an Apple Watch when they are released in March? More and more of us are spending more and more time with digital devices and they are only becoming an ever more present part of our lives. While they are convenient and provide a world of information at our fingertips, they are also to blame for digital eye strain. Most of us who spend a lot of time with our smartphones or tablets experience digital eye strain and don’t even know it. The folks at The Vision Council have put together this infographic on Digital Eye Strain and how to reduce it If you work a lot online or experience tired eyes more than you used to, schedule an eye exam with the independent doctors of Optometry at Europtics today and let us see if perhaps your digital devices are to blame.

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By |2019-10-21T09:38:10-05:00January 27th, 2015|Exams, infographic|Comments Off on Digital Eye Strain

Online Colorblindness Test

How colorblind are you? Most of us suffer some degree of colorblindness, especially as we age. Men suffer from colorblindness at a much higher rate than women. Here is a fun colorblindness test you can take online from your desktop computer. If your score is higher (worse) than you expected, call us to schedule an eye exam and let’s see if we can help you see better and clearer.

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By |2019-10-21T09:29:16-05:00November 6th, 2014|Exams, Fun Facts|Comments Off on Online Colorblindness Test
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