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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...

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.

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.

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...

Polarized Eye Wear

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 been...

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...

Time Saving Tips Before Your Eye Exam

Here are some helpful and time saving tips before your appointment: If you are a new patient, please fill out the online patient information form: Click Here What to bring with you to the exam: 1. Your medical insurance card (it is different than vision insurance) -  Some procedures are...

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...

All About Polarized Eye Wear

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 been...

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...

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...

LASIK Co-Management

Tired of keeping up with having to continually update your eyeglasses prescriptions and the hassle of keeping, cleaning and storing your contacts? If you're looking for the best way to finally get rid of your eyeglasses or contacts once and for all, we're the practice to come to! We are...

Dr. Vielma receives the Golden Apple Award from the City of Irving

The Golden Apple Award is the highest honor that the Irving ISD Board of Trustees bestows upon a Partner in Education for outstanding contributions to Irving ISD students and schools. This distinction recognizes dedicated groups and individuals that enhance the personal and academic achievement of ISD students by providing volunteers...

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...

Introducing the new 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE Color-Enhancing Contacts

We are pleased to announce the launch of 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE contact lenses.   These new contact lenses enhance the natural beauty of your eyes with three unique effects for every eye color. Available in Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine.   See the lenses: Select a model and see how DEFINE...

Time Saving Tips Before Your Eye Exam

Here are some helpful and time saving tips before your appointment: If you are a new patient, please fill out the online patient information form: Click Here What to bring with you to the exam: 1. Your medical insurance card (it is different than vision insurance) -  Some procedures are...

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...

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...

Eye Emergencies: When It’s Not Alright To Wait by Dr. Vielma

When we get hurt it is sometimes easier to brush it off as a minor injury than to “bother” ourselves to get up and go seek professional help. It's a hassle to go to the doctor, wait in the waiting room. And explain what happened. This is especially true if...

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...

Contact Lens Overuse by Dr. Vielma

Contact lenses these days are engineered to be extremely comfortable. Because of this, it is sometimes tempting to wear them for longer than your Irving eye doctor recommends. This is why more and more optometrists are finding it increasingly necessary to warn their patients about the risks of contact lens...

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...

The Diabetic Eye

Far too many people are not informed that diabetes can lead to vision loss. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in adults under 75 years old according to the National Institute of Health. One of the risks of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by increased pressure...

Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

If you have astigmatism and you don't wear contact lenses, then listen up. Contact lenses are actually a method of correcting the condition. An eye with astigmatism has an oddly shaped cornea, and that means that light entering your eye through the cornea can't come to a single focal point...

Focusing on Retinoscopy

During an eye examination, your eye doctor might tell you to look straight in front of you while directing a beam of light into your eye. So what does this do? This is one way eye doctors determine the refractive error of your eye, and it's called a retinoscopy exam....

Keeping an Eye on Your Smartphone

Have a look around- you are likely to discover that almost everyone is browsing, texting, clicking and playing on mobile devices. These devices guarantee that we have access to our friends, family and work wherever we are. Nevertheless as handheld devices have little screens, a lot of users usually hold...

Focusing on Multifocal Lenses

Presbyopia, or far-sightedness, is a common condition that often begins to develop in people over the age of 40. It's comforting to know that developing presbyopia when you already wear glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you need to start switching between two pairs of specs. Multifocal lenses let you...

Focusing on Lazy Eyes

Are you concerned that your son or daughter has a lazy eye? Amblyopia forms when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child struggles to see well through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Working in...

Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

Is it time for your next eye exam? There are several things you should tell our eye doctors so that we can guarantee your eyes are analyzed completely and thoroughly. Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, it's vital that you let us know about any differences...

The Mechanics of Night Vision

Everyone has found themselves in the dark, at some point in their lives. You need several moments to get used to the dark and then you are able to see better. This process, ''dark adaptation,'' allows us to adjust to the dark. Many people don't know that night vision relies...

Presbyopia: The Facts

Did you ever wonder why older people prefer larger font sizes? Because as you age, the lens of your eye grows less flexible, which makes it challenging to focus on close objects. We call this presbyopia. To avoid eyestrain, people with untreated presbyopia may hold printed text at arm's length...

Toys and Eye Safety

It's of paramount importance for parents to know what sorts of toys are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Babies are born with an immature visual system which, through stimulation, develops throughout their growing years. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more efficiently than playing, which involves...

Good Vision In The Classroom

As you might have guessed, a lot of learning is achieved with children's eyes. Despite the strong connection between vision and learning, many parents don't seem to be aware of just how frequently occurring vision problems are, and don't get their child's eyes checked regularly. It's important to know that...

Learning Disability or Convergence Insufficiency?

Is your child smart when it comes to lots of things, but does badly at school? You may be relieved to know that he or she might have a hard-to-detect vision problem that impacts learning. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a near vision issue that gets in the...

Understanding Visual Acuity

You have most likely heard the terms 20/20 vision and visual acuity. Yet, do people understand what these terms really mean? Really understanding these terms will give you insight into how your eye care professional assesses your vision in an eye exam. 20/20 vision refers to the accuracy of your...

A Fresh Look for Your Eyes

Have you ever thought about getting a different, newer look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a large range of color contact lenses, allowing you to just enhance or distinctly alter the color of your eyes. This line of contact lenses has so many choices, that you'll be sure to get...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms. Common symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of...

Focusing on Contact Lens Care

Are there ever days when you leave your disposable contact lenses in for an extra few days? It's a fact of life that so many things are just plain better when they are at their freshest. Guess what? The same principle can also help you understand how often you should...

Cataract Awareness

Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Have you been informed that cataracts are the main source of vision loss among those 55 and older? In fact, more than 50% of those 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. According...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

Everyone is regularly exposed to UV rays. But the potential dangers of years of exposure to these harmful rays are not often considered, to a point where most people take little action to shield their eyes, even when they're expecting to be out in the sun for an extended period...

Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined annually is one of the best steps you can take to ensure your eyes remain in top form. During the procedure, your optometrist...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

One of the most reputable lens manufacturers, Transitions® Optical, have launched the newest addition to their popular range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has created an even better version of their highly regarded light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Glare reflecting off smooth surfaces...

Poor Vision: Know The Signs

Poor vision in adults or children can be the result of several possible conditions such as changes in the body or defects in the eye or visual system, diseases affecting the eye, side effects caused by medicine or injury. Commonly, people also report visual abnormalities due to aging or eye...

Some Tips All Women Should Know About Safe and Healthy Eyes

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 in women is becoming more common, particularly in older women. Actually, studies indicate that most women over the age of 40...

This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with often nicer weather, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries related to sports. Each year, many children and adults sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be avoided with proper defense. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports is...

Eye Care on The Go

Good vision is required for safe driving. If you think about it, safe driving relies on several different visual capabilities - for example, the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just to name some examples. Being able to see well...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

In an effort to educate corporations and their workers about the importance of eye health, and to spread advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries that need the...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The cornea that surrounds your iris and pupil is, under usual circumstances, round. When light enters the eye from all angles, the cornea's job is to focus that light, aiming it to the retina, in the rear part of your eye. But what is the result when the cornea is...

Pink, Itchy Eyes? It Could Be Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye infections, especially with children. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, viruses or allergens such as ingredients found in cosmetics, pollen, and chlorine in pools, or other irritants that come into contact with the eyes. Certain...

The Aging Eye: Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

This month is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost causes of vision loss in adults over 65? AMD is a condition that affects the macula of the retina which functions to allow...

The Best Solution for Your Contacts

Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that an alarming number of people regularly use strange lubricants instead of lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, fruit juices, butter and others were all listed as occasional substitutes, by 20% of...

A Tearless Winter

The winter causes many more instances of dry eyes because of the circulation of cold, dry air.

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

Winter is officially here, which means in some locations stinging winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. Most of us wouldn't ever conceive of leaving the house without a jacket in overcast climates, but surprisingly, far too many people leave their sunglasses at home. Although many of...

This Month Increase Your Glaucoma Awareness

As January has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of recognizing the threat of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which may be a precursor to loss of...

Presbyopia and Getting Older

Visit your Irving, TX Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options Presbyopia is a visual impairment related to age in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. With the increasing international population of older adults, more and more people develop presbyopia, which...

Fun and Safe Toys for the Holidays

Holiday season is right around the corner and we all know what that means, toys and presents. Well meaning family members love surprising the kids with the ''in'' toys for the holidays. The American Optometric Association advises that parents explain to others the guidelines about eye-safe toys. Mishaps involving toys...

The New Year Is Coming! Use Your FSA Dollars

The New Year is coming, which means that flex spending credits will soon run out for the year. If you don't know what "flex plan" means you likely don't have an FSA (or flex spending account) but you should check your insurance plan to clarify. If you participate in an...

Living With Color Blindness

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Diabetes and Vision

Diabetes is the main causal agent of impaired sight for adults aged 20-74 years. Since 2008, over 4 million men and women in North America afflicted with diabetes were diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. Of this number, 70,000 were afflicted with severe diabetic retinopathy, which, if left unmonitored, will lead to...

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? Treatment in Irving, TX

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye is a deficiency in adequate vision development caused by the failure of both eyes to work in unison. In the majority of cases of ambylopia the actual eyes are usually in good health however good vision cannot be achieved by just the use of...

Irving, TX Vision Tests: What 20/20 Vision Really Means

  Ever question why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' vision and what it really means? The term 20/20 vision represents normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. That is to say that someone with such visual acuity will be able to see an object clearly at a distance of...

Autumn Ocular Allergy Relief in Irving, TX

  At the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes are often the primary source of discomfort. Symptoms of ocular allergies include tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning. Often vision becomes blurry or...

Eye Safety for Halloween: Watch Out For Decorative Contacts!

  Halloween is a time for getting out and getting dressed up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't end in some scary eye damage. A popular costume addition in recent years has been special effect contact lenses and this is causing serious concern amongst eye care professionals....

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in Irving, TX

  The American Optometric Association (AOA) announced that over seven out of 10 of employed persons that work daily at a computer (over 140 million ) experience computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Excessive computer use can cause eye strain and impact typical vision development in children as well as...

Be Aware of Home Eye Safety This Month

In recognition of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly in choosing toys that are safe for your child's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house is safe for your kids' eyes....

Cosmetics Tips for Lens Wearers from your Irving, TX Eye Care Practitioner

If you wear contacts a few precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Below are a few tips on how to ensure your eyes stay lovely and safe. Purchasing Cosmetics First of all, we recommend you use only products that are oil and fragrance free. Further, to prevent flaking or...

Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you are aware 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 until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the...

Book an Eye Examination in Irving, TX, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

A surprising number of adults aren't aware that cataracts affect over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. In reality, over 50% of senior citizens have some degree of cataract development. What is a cataract? A cataract is when the ocular lens becomes clouded. This prohibits the passage of...

School’s Coming… Time for a Irving Eye Exam

Back to school season is in full swing. Before heading back to school, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a visit to the optometrist. Proper eyesight is key to the learning process and a child's success in school. There are many activities that demand visual skills, such as reading, writing...

Choose Contact Lenses: The Advantages of Lenses for Teens

No teenager likes to be caught in something that makes them stand out, and in the case of some teens, eyeglasses sometimes feel that way. Young adults balk at the idea of being seen in eyeglasses and looking ''nerdy''. As opposed to glasses, kids and teens that switch to contact...

Handling Frequently Seen Eye Injuries

There are a variety of kinds of eye accidents that can take place, some more serious than others. Some might necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be taken care of at home. Follow these guidelines for common eye injuries, to decide the...

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late – Schedule Your Eye Exam!

When we have healthy eyes, we may overlook the importance of a routine eye test. However, early detection of eye disease is crucial to keeping your eyes healthy. And all it requires is a yearly eye exam. Many eye and vision diseases have no obvious symptoms. Consequently, individuals are often...

10 Ways to Care For Your Eyes This Summer

It’s officially summer and it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards. Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun: Only wear sunglasses that block all UV rays. If your glasses don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be...

Guarding Your Children’s Eyes

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room a year. This is an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals agree that the vast majority of the damage could be simply prevented by wearing proper eye protection. The majority of eye damaging accidents occur...

Do Carrots Really Improve your Eye Health?

Do carrots really improve vision? While eye doctors affirm that carrots contain large amounts of a beta-carotene that has proven to be very good for one's eyes, carrots can not substitute for suitable corrective eye care. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange pigment that converts into vitamin A after it's...

Are You Aware of the Dangers of Ultraviolet Light to Your Eyes?

  The majority of Americans are aware of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for applying sunblock and using other protective measures when spending time in the sun. But how many are aware that ultraviolet rays and other radiation...

Are You Caring for Your Contacts Properly?

  Many find it pretty baffling navigating the contact lens care section of some drug stores. Nevertheless as daunting as it is, it's crucial to learn proper contact lens care. Those who are not properly caring for their lenses, risk developing a variety of eye problems including some that may...

Gas Permeable Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?

  Although soft contact lenses are more common, a second, lesser-known kind of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes called oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, RGP lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they are longer-lasting, can be more effective in improving eyesight, and offer enhanced...

Eye Allergy Season is Here – Are You Prepared?

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For many, spring is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due to the release of tree...

Is it Wise to Purchase Glasses on the Web?

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything online, eyeglasses are a product that you are better off buying in person. Why? Although you may find cheaper rates on the Internet, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optical store far...

Winter Dry Eyes… A Few Simple Tips

Although many people refer to winter as the rainy time of year because of the precipitation, the air is actually more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to become irritated quickly. Our eye care staff can help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes this winter....

Are You Aware About AMD and Low Vision? Become Informed This February

February is dedicated to increasing awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the number one cause of vision loss for senior citizens. AMD often leads to low vision, a term eye doctors use to refer to substantial vision loss that is sometimes known as “legal blindness” or...

Help Create Awareness About Glaucoma

In an effort to create awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people worldwide. Since glaucoma has...

Winter Eye Care Tips… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the summer. Although most people are aware of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes in the summer, how many realize that it is essential to take precautions in the wintertime as well? In reality, those UV rays...

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