Back to School Check list-make sure you have all the essentials!

Healthy Vision is the key to learning!  As we approach BTS, we have checked many "to-do" items off our list.  Was an eye exam one of your "to-do's"?

People frequently misunderstand the key role that healthy vision plays in learning.  Did you know that 80% if all learning comes from our vision?

Participating in school involves many visual demands and visual abilities.  All parents want their children to succeed in school but they often forget the most important tool in the key to learning.  They provide them with the best educational sources such as tutors and  pay for special learning programs.  They provide them with the best tools such as efficient planners and advanced calculators but too often  the one important tool may be overlooked -a child's vision!

When certain visual skills are not developed or poorly developed children will avoid reading, avoid homework, experience discomfort that leads to hyperactivity, and they may have a lower level of comprehension.  Undiagnosed and untreated visual and focusing problems can be exhibited and diagnosed as a behavior issue such as ADHD.

Give your child all the tools they need for a healthy learning environment.  vision changes happen frequently-an annual eye exam should be the number one "to-do" for your back-to-school list.

Check off the best to do for your child's success in learning, an annual eye exam! Remember 80% of all learning is visual!

Dr. Schmidt’s Latest Research Has Just Been Published!!

Many of you know that Dr. Schmidt does a great deal of research on drugs and devices designed to improve the quality of life for people with eye disease. His most recent research and study, on a drug he has helped to develop, has just been published in a European Ophthalmology journal.

This study revolves around the drug called Lenstatin. Lenstatin is a pill that has been shown to slow down the progression of cataracts in patients delaying the need for surgery in the majority of those who took the pill. Dr. Schmidt feels that this drug could have tremendous positive effects especially in less developed countries where cataract surgery is not as technologically advanced as it is here in the U.S.

“In many countries around the world cataracts are a vision threatening disease because the people simply don’t have access to good surgical care like we do here in the States,” says Dr. Schmidt. “Lenstatin, because it greatly slows down the development of cataracts, could be a tremendous way of maintaining sight for people in such countries.” Dr. Schmidt goes on to say, “It is our hope that we can get this pill, which has no side effects by the way, to people in the African continent, the Philippines and similarly less developed nations, to really ease the burden that untreated cataracts are causing.”

We are so proud of you Dr. Schmidt! Way to go!!

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May is Healthy Vision Month...learn how to protect your vision!

Your eyes work hard daily to bring this beautifully created world to you!  In fact, 80% of all information delivered to you is through your sight.  That is huge, especially if you are a child absorbing new information as school all day.

80% of your knowledge is through your eyes....with that being said, be smart-protect your eyes and your families and friends eyes.

But how?

1.  Schedule a regular eye exam -for you and your loved ones

   An eye exam is misunderstood by many.  Most patients think any eye exam is a vision test. And yes, a vision test is part of your examination.  In fact, it is 10% of your eye exam, the rest of your exam test the actually working operation of the eye, the doctor tests for any irregularities of the eye, any ocular diseases and any systemic and neurological issues of the body.  Your eye contains your Optic Nerve.  The Optic Nerve delivers visual information from your eye to your brain.  It is also a part of your central nervous system.  With this being said, many systemic disease and neurological issues along with tumors can be detected and detected early from an annual eye exam .

2.  Protect your eyes

  Your eye is a muscle, overworked muscles get weak.  Regular eye exams keep your eyes strong by making sure the proper correction is allowing your eye muscle to work the most efficiently. 

3.  The Sun

Sunglasses are not just for fashion and they are not all the same, even if they all are polarized, they are not the same!  Proper "filtered" polarized sunglasses are the key to arm against the powerful UVA and UVB rays we all are exposed to daily.  You have been educated not to go out in the sun without quality suntan lotion as burned skin creates cancerous skin cells.  Your eyes burn and overexposure of dangerous UVA and UVB rays causes direct relationships with getting cataracts and a eye degenerative disease called Macular Degeneration.  

Be smart, protect you and you family invest in a filtered polarized pair of sunglasses.  Get the croakie for your child, to help keep the investment safe.  After all you are investing in their prolonged sight not the eyeglasses.

Take charge of your vision this month-book your appointment.  Our doctors at Omni Eye Specialists and Bladen Eye Center would be happy to keep your eye health healthy!


Wilmington Tennis Ladies Learn to See The Ball .....

You hear the term "seeing the ball" thrown around in tennis all the time or any sport for that matter, but what does it really mean.  Yes, it means the obvious, look the ball all the way on the the racket.  Connect your eyes like a laser to the ball until the ball meets the racket.  It also means keep your head still and down until the ball meets the racket.

But did you know you can improve seeing the ball by knowing what your dominant eye is ?  What does it mean "your dominant eye"?  We all have one eye that is more dominant than the other.  So how do we know what that eye is?  A simple trick is form your hand in a diamond in front of one eye and close the other eye.  Focus on an object on the wall 5 feet away and see if the object is more centered in one of your eyes.  If for instance the object on the wall is more centered in your left eye you are left eye dominant and vise-versa.  If you are right handed and left eye dominant this is a strong advantage in tennis as your dominant eye is in front, where you will be focusing on the ball.

Knowing which eye is dominant can improve your game dramatically as you can focus that eye specifically on that yellow fuzzy ball.  Tennis women, improve your game and know what eye is dominant!  This combined with a brown polarized pair of quality sunglasses can give you a head start in winning your match!

Brown polarized lenses are key in seeing the ball clearly.  The reason is brown offers real true colors of greens, reds and yellows.  It is the cleanest filter for accenting the ball against the ground thus giving you better depth and sight on the ball.  Polarized lenses are the only lenses that filter out surface glare.  Surface glare is the glare that bounces off surfaces like tennis courts and goes directly into your eyes, causing the most UV damage.  Polarized lenses are key to eliminating the most glare and seeing the ball, but more importantly protecting your eyes against cataracts and macular degeneration which is directly caused by this type of glare.

Keep your eyes healthy and focused on that yellow ball and it is a win-win for you!  Winning in tennis and winning in the health and vision of your eyes.

Put The Eye Drops Down and Get Final Relief From Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is  when either the eye does not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This can be a very painful condition.  The symptoms include irritation, redness, discharge, and easily fatigued eyes. Blurred vision may also  occur.  Many doctors treat Dry Eye Syndrome with drops called Restasis and artificial tears.  These drops are  a good beginning but for severe cases of Dry Eye Syndrome treatments such as using Amniotic membranes can be the answer.

An amniotic membrane, the inner layer of the fetal membrane, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-angiogenic and anti-microbial properties. In effect, it creates a fetal environment that promotes corneal healing and helps return the ocular surface to a normal state.

Treatments such as this and others used by Dr. Schmidt in our Dry Eye Center of the Carolinas can be the beginning to the end of your Dry Eye.  Dr. Treece in our Specialty Contact Lens Center specializes in specialty contact lenses that can treat Dry Eyes.  Together the two can help with painful Dry Eye Syndrome, giving you lasting and permanent relief from Dry Eye Syndrome.

Look for more blogs in regards to Dry Eye  treatments and find the treatment that may give you a cure for your Dry Eyes. Review our sections on our website detailing procedures performed in our Dry Eye Center of the Carolinas and our Specialty Contact Lens Center and visit our centers today for a consultation that can change your life.