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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. As...

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. As our eye doctor can explain during your next eye exam, Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms...

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 about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

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...

All About Polarized Lenses

  Everyone wants to drive safer, see more comfortably and protect the long term health of their eyes. What many don't know is the advantages that polarized eyewear can give when trying to accomplish these goals, and more.   Polarized lenses aren't new. For many years now, polarized sunglasses have...

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...

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...

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...

Dry Eyes vs. Red Eyes: How To Know and What To Do About It

Red eye and dry eye syndrome are quite easily confused. Both conditions include itchy, red and dry-feeling eyes. A person who has dry eye syndrome will often think that their red, dry, itchy eyes are nothing more than something minor, like allergies, and live a long time with the severe...

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...

Glaucoma: What It Is, And How to Take the Pressure off Your Eyes

  Glaucoma is a common eye condition in which your optic nerve, the bundle of nerves at the back of the eye, which feeds visual information to the brain, is damaged because of high inner eye pressure, called intraocular pressure. This condition can lead to total permanent blindness in a...

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. ...

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...

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...

Diabetes and Vision

Even many people with the disease are unaware of the fact that diabetes can lead to vision threatening eye damage. Diabetes is the primary cause of loss of sight in adults under 75 years old according to the National Institute of Health. One of the risks of diabetes is retinal...

Toric Lenses: A Life Changer for Astigmatism

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? Generally, the cornea is spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This alters the way light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision. Toric contact lenses are used to fix...

Retinoscopy: How Does it Work?

During your eye exam, you may have had a doctor shine a beam of light into your eye, and hold various lenses in front of it. But what does this do? This test is called a retinoscopy examination, which is a preliminary way to assess the refractive error of your...

Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

Have you ever thought about the toll your smartphone might be taking on your eyes? Tablets and smartphones are so convenient when it comes to being in touch when we're on the go. However because handheld devices have little screens, most users often hold their smartphones much closer than they...

What are Multifocal Lenses?

Many people start to have problems with close vision during their 40s. This condition is known as presbyopia. It's one of the harsher realities of getting older, but it's good to know that developing presbyopia when you already need glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you now need two pairs...

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, is commonly seen in children. It forms when the brain switches off or suppresses sight in one eye. This might occur if your child struggles to see properly through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. In most cases,...

Eye Exam Coming Up? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you've got an eye exam penciled in for some time soon, there are ways to be extra ready for it. In order for us to guarantee that your exam is beneficial and worthwhile, there are several facts we'll need to know. Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated...

Night Vision

Some nights, you lie in bed with the lights off, but you just can't seem to doze off. You open your eyes and all you see is black. You need several moments to get used to the dark and then objects in the room begin to re-appear. This process is...

Taking a Closer Look at Presbyopia

Did you ever wonder why even people who never had glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? Because as you age, the lens of your eye is likely to become more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. We call this...

Kids and Eye Safety

Of course, parents worry about the eye safety of their kids. But it can be difficult to know which toys are the safest and most conducive to development. Infants don't have a properly developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

A huge percentage of school-based learning is achieved visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this obvious link between vision and learning, many parents seem to be unaware of this, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined often enough. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular eye...

Focusing on Convergence Insufficiency

Too often, kids are incorrectly diagnosed with all sorts of behavioral problems, when the real issue is something else entirely. You may be relieved to know that he or she may have a hidden vision problem, which hinders learning, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a near vision issue...

Seeing 20/20

It's safe to say that everyone has stumbled upon the expressions 20/20 vision and visual acuity. As frequently used as these terms may be, do people really know their meaning? 20/20 vision is used to indicate the sharpness of sight from 20 feet away. When you have 20/20 vision, that...

A Fresh Look At Colored Contacts

How would you like an updated look for your eyes? Then let's talk about FreshLook®, a line offering a vast palette of colored contact lenses, so you can just boost or radically alter your eye color. This cutting edge range of contact lenses has so many choices, that you'll be...

Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign...

Change Your Lenses – Your Eyes Depend On It!

Have there been times when you've left your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days extra? It's a basic fact that so many things are a whole lot better when they're new. It's helpful to know that the same rule applies to your contact lenses. There are so...

Cataract Awareness

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the main reason behind deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than half of all people who are 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. So what exactly...

Keeping Eyes Safe from UV Rays

It's safe to assume that almost everybody is exposed to UV rays on a regular basis. But the possible dangers related to long-term exposure to these harmful rays aren't really considered, and many take little action to protect their eyes, even if they're expecting on being exposed to the sun...

How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the best things you can do to ensure your eyes remain healthy. During your procedure, your eye care professional thoroughly examines your...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have launched the newest addition to their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has increased the features of their popular light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Light that shines off smooth surfaces like water or...

Watching Out for Poor Vision

Poor vision in adults or children can be due to a number of conditions such as changes in the body or irregularities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects caused by medication or injury. Commonly, people also suffer from visual abnormalities resulting from aging or eye strain. These...

What All Women Should Know About Healthy Vision

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. It's no surprise that the various stages of a woman's life often have a strong impact on her eye health and vision. Eye disease among the female population is being diagnosed in increasing numbers, more notably in aging women. In fact, studies...

This month we acknowledge Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as a greater chance to engage in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the number of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each season, many children and adults sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be prevented with...

How Vision Affects Road Safety

Safety behind the wheel In fact, staying safe on the road requires several different visual abilities including the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, plus many others. Distance vision is very important because it lets you observe the stretch...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to educate companies and their workers about the necessity of vision health, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents. Each day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The cornea that surrounds your pupil and iris is, under perfect circumstances, spherical. When light hits the eye from all angles, the cornea's job is to help project that light, directing it to the retina, in the rear part of your eye. What does it mean when the cornea is...

Pink, Stinging Eyes? You Might Have Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also referred to as pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections, especially in kids. This infection can be caused by a virus, bacteria or even hypersensitivity to ingredients found in cosmetics, pollen, and chlorine in swimming pools, or other chemicals, which come in contact with your...

The Aging Eye: Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February has been designated by Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary reasons behind vision loss in adults over 65. AMD is characterized by a degeneration of the macula in the eye...

Cleaning Your Contacts

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August determined that many individuals were using potentially harmful chemicals rather than contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Products such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, lemonade, fruit juice, butter as well as others were all listed as alternatives used,...

Dry, Itchy Eyes? Could Be Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes are common during the winter time due to the cold, dry air.

Protecting Your Eyes Against Winter Sun Exposure

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some areas stinging winds and frigid precipitation are also on the horizon. Most of us wouldn't ever conceive of leaving the house without a jacket in overcast climates, but surprisingly, many people don't think to take their sunglasses. Although many of us don't...

This Month Increase Your Glaucoma Awareness

As this month has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we are here to spread the word about the importance of early diagnosis of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a category of ocular diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve, which can cause a permanent loss...

Presbyopia and Getting Older

Visit your Austin, TX Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults notice signs of presbyopia or an impaired ability to see things that are close, as they get older. With the increasing international population of older adults, more and more individuals develop the condition, which currently cannot...

This Month Learn About Toys and Eye Safety

The holidays are almost here which means gifts and new toys. Adoring aunts and uncles love surprising the favorite little ones with the coolest toys to start off the New Year. It is necessary for family members to learn and relay to relatives the guidelines when it comes to safe...

December 31st Is Approaching! Use Your FSA Dollars

Need new glasses for the kids? Guessing your prescription has changed? Considering laser vision correction? Now is the time to save big on your eye and vision needs. The end of the year is coming fast which means that flex spending credits will soon expire. If flex spending doesn't strike...

Color Blindness: An In-depth Look

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This Month is National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that diabetes is the dominant causal factor of impaired sight of adults between age twenty and seventy-four? If not, you are not alone. As of 2008, over four million individuals in North America living with diabetes were tested positive for blindness caused by diabetes. Of this group,...

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Austin, TX

In order to have adequate eyesight, it is necessary for the eyes to work in cooperation with each other and with the brain. When this system breaks down, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can result. In most instances of lazy eye the actual eyes are usually healthy but...

Austin, TX Eye Exams: What Does 20/20 Eyesight Really Mean?

  Have you ever wondered why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it actually represents? The term 20/20 eyesight describes a normal level of sharpness of vision or visual acuity assessed from 20 feet away from the object. That is to say that someone with such vision...

Fall Ocular Allergy Treatment in Austin, TX

  While eye allergies are more commonly heard about in springtime, a large number of people suffer during the fall months as well. In addition to sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can severely impair one's ability to function as desired. Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and burning. Vision...

This Halloween Beware of Special Effect Contact Lenses

  With the fall comes Halloween and with that, costumes. As a consumer, you want to know of certain hazards to your eyes and vision that could put a damper on the fun and games. A popular costume addition in recent years has been special effect contact lenses and this...

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in Austin, TX

    Findings from the American Optometric Association indicate that over seven out of 10 of workers that sit each day at a computer (which is over 140 million ) experience computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Excessive periods of working at the computer can cause eye stress and impact...

Protecting your Children’s Eyes in the Home

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes particularly in purchasing toys that are safe for your kid's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your home environment doesn't pose any series...

Contact Lenses and Cosmetics: Tips from your Austin, TX Eye Doctor

If you wear contacts there are a few precautions that should be taken when it comes to the use of makeup. Below are a few professional tips for ways to ensure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy. Purchasing Makeup Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care...

How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how much it can sting. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take hours before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the...

Book Your Annual Eye Exam in Austin, TX, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

Many individuals don't know that cataracts are the primary culprit for vision loss amongst those over 54. In truth, over half of senior citizens have some amount of cataracts. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. The clouding prevents the passage of light needed for...

Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready for School? Don’t Forget to Book Austin Kids’ Eye Exams

It's that time of year again, when the days start getting shorter, the weather slightly more bearable, and children across the country return to school. It's also the time to ensure your kids' eyesight is healthy. Healthy eyesight is crucial to the developmental processes and a child's accomplishments in school....

Why Contact Lenses Are a Great Option for Teens

No teen likes to be caught in something out of style, and in the case of many teenagers, eyeglasses often feel that way. Young adults may cringe at the thought of being seen in glasses and looking ''uncool''. As opposed to glasses, kids and teens that wear lenses report a...

Handling Some Frequently Seen Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some may necessitate emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be taken care of at home. Read these guidelines for common eye injuries, to figure out the next move following an...

Have You Had a Routine Eye Exam Recently?

For those of us with eyes that are in good condition, we sometimes forget about the importance of taking preemptive action namely, an eye exam. However, timely diagnosis of any eye or vision problems is critical to keeping your eyes healthy. This can easily be done with a simple eye...

Safeguarding Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun: Buy sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and wear them! If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of...

Protective Eyewear for Children

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits each year. This is equal to one eye injury every 13 minutes! Eye Care experts report that the vast majority of those injuries would have been easily prevented by wearing proper eye protection. More often than not eye damaging...

The Truth About the Vision Benefits of Eating Carrots

  Do carrots really improve vision? While eye doctors admit that carrots are made up of significant quantities of a beta-carotene that has proven to be beneficial for your eyes, ingesting large amounts of the healthy vegetable will not eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Beta-carotene is a...

Ultraviolet Awareness Month – Your Eyes and the Sun

  The majority of Americans are aware of the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) rays to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for using sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. But did you know that ultraviolet rays and other harmful types of...

Are You Caring for Your Contacts Properly?

  Contact lenses need proper treatment and care to be considered a safe and feasible choice for those selecting a vision aid. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn lenses, or even worse, eye infections or abrasions, which rarely but sometimes can lead to blindness. Any individuals that are...

Everything You Wanted to Know About RGP

  While you may be more familiar with soft contact lenses, a second, less familiar kind of contact lenses exists: gas permeable (GP) lenses, also called oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, hard lenses involve more modern technology than soft lenses, and they last longer, allow greater vision quality, and offer increased...

Spring is Eye Allergy Season

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes you may be suffering from seasonal eye allergies. For some, March is the start of pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Spring eye allergies are largely due...

Is it Advised to Buy Glasses on the Web?

While many Internet users have become accustomed to shopping for more and more products on the Web, glasses are a product that you are better off purchasing in person. Here's why. Although you may encounter reduced rates online, the benefits of choosing an optical store far exceed the ''deals'' you...

How to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Winter

Even though you may think of winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the air is actually a lot dryer during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive. Our team is available to help you find the best options...

This February Spread Awareness About AMD and Low Vision

This month is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the foremost source of blindness for seniors. AMD often leads to low vision, a phrase eye doctors use to refer to major vision loss that is also known as “legal blindness” or almost...

This January Help Spread the Word About Glaucoma

To spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading source of preventable permanent vision loss, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of total vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around...

Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses aren't only an essential accessory in the summer. While many people are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, we don't all recognize that it is essential to take precautions in the winter as well. In reality, those ultraviolet...

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The newest OPTOS Retinal Laser is here! McCormick Vision Center is proud to be the first in Austin with the the new Optomap P200C instrument, giving even higher resolution than its predecessor.  With this revolutionary technology patients can have their retina examined without drops, blurriness, light sensitvity all in just seconds!!

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Special Holiday Hours

McCormick Vision Center Holiday Hours: Wednesday, Nov. 24th (altered hours):  8:00 - 2:00  Thursday, Nov. 25th (Thanksgiving):  Closed Friday, Dec 24th (Christmas Eve):  Closed  Saturday, Dec 25th (Christmas):  Closed Saturday, January 1st (New Years):  Closed                          ...

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Our New Optical

We hope you have had an opportunity to see our new optical.....But, we're not done yet.  We are opening a exciting new section especially for our younger patients!!

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Baby Banz ‘R Here!

Protect your baby from harmful Ultra-Violet Rays this summer.  Drs. McCormick highly recommend UV protection for all their patients, as UV has been shown to cause earlier development of cataracts and macular degeneration.  UV protection for children is an investment in the health of their eyes for the future.

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WOW! Vision is Here

What is WOWTM vision? WOW is the experience of putting on your iZon® High Resolution Lenses for the first time.  WOW is High-Definition vision, clearer, sharper, more vivid vision day and night.  WOW is learning that your eyes are different from anyone else's on the planet. WOW is seeing your...