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HELP YOUR CHILD MOVE TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS

A child’s vision is essential to learning and comprehension.

­­­­­­­WE ALL HAVE OUR BACK TO SCHOOL LISTS

· Purchase school supplies

· Buy new shoes and clothes

· Schedule a sports physical

· Attend orientation night

Something very important is missing from this list: making appointments for comprehensive eye exams for your children.

As he/she grows, a child’s vision can change often and unexpectedly. Even if your child hasn’t complained about blurry vision or headaches, regular eye exams are very important to ensure his/her eyes are healthy.

Further, participating in school involves many visual demands and visual abilities, and any impairment could have a potential adverse impact on academic or athletic performance, as well as overall behavior and attentiveness.

Provide your child with all the tools they need to be successful in this upcoming school year.

According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q® survey, 89 percent of those surveyed incorrectly believe simple vision screenings like those offered at schools are an effective way to detect vision problems.

However, these screenings cannot detect potentially serious eye and overall health issues.

In addition to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, common vision problems of schoolchildren include:

· Lazy eye (amblyopia)

· Misalignment of eyes (strabismus)

· Focusing problems

· Poor depth perception

· Color blindness

JUST LIKE COMPUTERS, TABLETS, AND CALCULATORS, WE ALL WANT TO GIVE OUR KIDS THE LATEST AND BEST IN TECHNOLOGY TO HELP THEM LEARN AND GROW.

Omni Eye Specialists encourage parents to begin the school year on a healthy note by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam for your child.

Dr. Eric Schmidt and Dr. Meredith Treece will evaluate the functional status of the eyes and visual system, taking into account each child’s level of development. They will access ocular health and related systemic health conditions and provide a best-in-class solution specific to your child’s visual needs.

May Is Healthy Vision Month

By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. Many sight-robbing conditions can be effectively treated if detected early enough, in many cases limiting or eliminating the damage to eyesight. During the month of May, Omni Eye Specialists will be sharing valuable information about how to take care of your vision.

Four eye diseases — age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts — account for most cases of adult blindness and low vision among people in developed countries. Because these eye diseases cause no pain and often have no early symptoms, they do not automatically prompt people to seek medical care. But a thorough checkup by an eye doctor can detect them in their earliest stages. Early treatment is vital because it can slow or halt disease progression or, in the case of cataracts, restore normal vision.

A thorough eye exam can also detect other health conditions, such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and some cancers. It’s not uncommon for a trip to the eye doctor to actually save a life.

Omni Eye Specialists urges you to follow these five simple steps to take control of your eye health today:

  • Get a comprehensive medical eye exam at age 40. Early signs of disease or changes in vision may begin at this age. An exam by an eye doctor is an opportunity to carefully examine the eye for diseases and conditions that may have no symptoms in the early stages.
  • Know your family history. Certain eye diseases can be inherited. If you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing this condition. A family history of glaucoma increases your glaucoma risk by four to nine times. Talk to family members about their eye conditions. It can help you and your ophthalmologist evaluate your risk.
  • Eat healthy foods. A diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, benefits the entire body, including the eyes. Eye-healthy food choices include citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and cold water fish.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking also raises the risk for cardiovascular diseases which can indirectly influence your eye health. Tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke, also worsens dry eye.
  • Wear sunglasses. Exposure to ultraviolet UV light raises the risk of eye diseases, including cataract, fleshy growths on the eye and cancer. Always wear a hat and sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection while outdoors.

Make your vision a priority. Schedule your annual eye exam today with Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Treece. They will perform a thorough eye exam that evaluates the overall health of your eyes.

What’s The Deal With Scleral Contact Lenses?

At our Specialty Contact Lens Center within Omni Eye Specialists we fit patients in scleral contact lenses on a daily basis. Scleral lenses are large-diameter gas permeable lenses. They offer the same advantages that conventional gas permeable lenses have compared with soft contacts, including:

· Sharper vision

· Greater durability

· Easier handling

· Less risk of complications

They are called scleral lenses because, instead of covering only a portion of the cornea (like conventional gas permeable lenses), these lenses vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera, the “white” of the eye.

Because of their size, scleral lenses are more stable on the eye than conventional gas permeable lenses so they are less likely to accidentally dislodge from the eye. This stability can also make them more comfortable than conventional gas permeable lenses. Scleral lenses provide initial comfort similar to soft lenses, especially for sensitive eyes or irregularly shaped corneas.

What conditions do we treat with scleral lenses?

· Keratoconus

· Corneal transplants

· Corneal ectasias and irregularities

· Post radial keratology (RK) surgery

· Post LASIK

· Corneal trauma

· High amounts of astigmatism

· Moderate to severe dry eye

· Aphakia

If you are interested in scleral contact lenses, the first step is to call us to schedule a complete eye exam. A full assessment of your condition and ocular health is necessary to determine the best option for you.

Protect your eyes from too much screen time

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A recent study found that the average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. And that doesn’t include our addiction to phones and other digital devices. All this screen time has led to an increase in complaints of eye strain, dry eye, headaches and insomnia. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, Omni Eye Specialists joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in offering tips to desk workers everywhere whose eyes may need relief from too much screen time.

Why does computer use strain the eyes more than reading print material? Mainly because people tend to blink less while using computers. Focusing the eyes on computer screens or other digital displays has been shown to reduce a person’s blink rate by a third to a half, which tends to dry out the eyes. We also tend to view digital devices at less than ideal distances or angles.

Try altering your environment with these simple tips:

· Keep your distance: The eyes actually have to work harder to see close up than far away. Try keeping the monitor or screen at arm’s length, about 25 inches away. Position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.

· Reduce glare: Glass screens can produce glare that can aggravate the eye. Try using a matte screen filter.

· Adjust lighting: If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your room lighting and try increasing the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain.

· Give your eyes a break: Remember to blink and follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking into the distance allows your eyes to relax.

· Keep eyes moist: Keep artificial tears at hand to help lubricate your eyes when they feel dry. Consider using a desktop humidifier. Office buildings have humidity-controlled environments that suck moisture out of the air. In winter, heaters on high can further dry your eyes.

· Stop using devices before bed: There is evidence that blue light may affect the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural wake and sleep cycle. During the day, blue light wakes us up and stimulates us. So, too much blue light exposure late at night from your phone or other devices may make it harder to get to sleep. Limit screen time one to two hours before bedtime. Use nighttime settings on devices and computers that minimize blue light exposure.

Those experiencing consistently dry red eyes or eye pain should schedule an eye exam.

Remember don’t take your eyes for granted. Our doctors at Omni Eye Specialists are here to help with the education and precautions to take in the workplace. Schedule your eye exam today and learn how to protect your eyes.

Safe Toy Month

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December is safe toys month. This holiday season, make sure that the toys and gifts you buy are eye safe. Each year more than 250,000 children are treated at hospitals for toy-related injuries. More than half of these toy injuries happen to the face. Some ranging from a corneal abrasion (a scratch on the surface of the eye) to a corneal ulcer, a traumatic cataract to a retinal tear or detachment. Most of these injuries affect children under the age of 15. We encourage parents to be aware of the toys, and the potential dangers of toys given to their children.

With so many toys being delivered on Christmas day, along with the excitement of the Holiday, it is in your best interest to be ever vigilant with your child and their toys. Please consider if the toys suit the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three. Below is a checklist from Prevent Blindness to help insure children’s safety.

Before you purchase a toy:

  • Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
  • Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child’s ability and age.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.
  • Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
  • Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
  • Look for the letters “ASTM.” This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.
  • Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.

 

Before letting children play with toys:

  • Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction.
  • Explain how to use the toy.
  • Fix or throw away broken toys.

 

Always

  • Keep young children away from toys meant for older children.
  • Supervise your children while playing.
  • Store toys properly after play to avoid risks or falls.
  • Supervise children’s craft projects (scissors and glue can be extremely dangerous to a child’s eyesight).
  • Have children wear the right eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets, eyeguards).

With the holiday season upon us with friends and family celebrating together, we hope everyone stays safe and can welcome the Holidays and New Year with good health and good eye care as well.

Happy Holidays from our staff to your safe household!

Tis’ The Season… For Dry Eye!

Ah, the Holiday Season! Reading books by the fireplace, or Christmas shopping on our computers at night; What a magical time of year!

But as the temperatures and the humidity both drop, the likelihood of a person getting dry eye goes way up.

There are certain clues you can detect that your eyes are drying out:

  1. A gritty sensation (like sand is in your eyes)
  2. Chronic redness that won’t go away
  3. Fluctuating vision, especially if reading or while using the computer
  4. Tearing that occurs when you go outside

Many people who experience this (and many doctors as well) simply dismiss this as “just dry eye” but these little nuisances can balloon into serious problems if left untreated.

Here at Omni Eye, Dr. Schmidt uses cutting-edge technology to not just treat the disease but to also make your quality of life better. Using the newest technology such as Tear Lab Osmolarity testing helps him make a more accurate diagnosis. He is employing the newest treatment options, such as True Tear and Lipiflow treatments to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye which make the lives of dry eye sufferers much more difficult.

You no longer have to tolerate dry eye. Make an appointment today with Dr. Schmidt, so you can have the gift of healthier eyes for Christmas!

October is contact lens safety month

Developing healthy contact lens hygiene habits from the start, or reviewing them annually when you visit your eye doctor to update your contact lens prescription, is a great way to reduce your chances of having a contact lens related eye problem. It is extremely important to have you eyes examined every year especially if you are a contact lens wearer. At Omni Eye Specialists we make contact lens health easy and affordable.

Our doctors and technicians are here to help teach you important health contact lens hygiene and assist you with any questions you have along the way.

We also has an Annual Supply Club!

Enroll in our annual supply club to take advantage of these contact lens benefits

  • Free trial contact lenses in case of an emergency
  • Free instructions for insertion and removal of contacts as often as needed
  • Twenty-four hour care for a true ocular emergency
  • Start-up Kit and 1 box of solution at time of visit and one throughout the ye
  • 50% off of a back up pair of eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses
  • Discounts on annual supply
  • Manufactures rebate
  • Free shipping to your home

Our staff is here to help explain all the benefits of becoming a member or our annual supply club. Call us today to schedule your exam.

Sunglasses and Macular Degeneration

Do you know why it is important that all of us wear sunglasses when outside? Studies have shown that exposure to sunlight throughout life, including childhood, increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

People with AMD struggle with central vision loss ranging from mild distortion to total central darkness. You may think that sunglasses are just for protecting the eyes from damage caused by ultra-violet or blue light, but really they serve several different purposes for those with macular degeneration.

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting your sunglasses…

Protection

Of course the first and most important feature is that the lens provides 100% protection from UV-A and UV-B light. Ultra-violet light exposure can damage your eyelids, cornea, lens, and parts of the retina. Wrap around and tight fitting glasses prevent UV light from entering your eyes from the sides or the top.

Visibility

Often people equate a darker lens with better protection but darker does not mean better and in fact can mean less visibility, especially for those with macular degeneration. The darker the lens the harder it is to see clearly. The reduced light makes it harder to navigate and to distinguish details. You may have to try different shades of darkness to find out which one does not compromise your visibility.

Glare

Sensitivity to glare is a symptom of macular degeneration, especially when a person is out in bright sunlight. Even when a person is sitting in the shade, sun can reflect from the water, the road, the hood of a car, etc. producing harsh glare. Using a special filter, a polarized lens, helps to eliminate glare that is reflected from these surfaces. Less glare means better clarity and visibility. Reduced glare also helps with eye fatigue. Prescription sunglasses can be made with a polarized lens.

Clarity

Macular degeneration also affects one’s sharp, detailed vision so it is important to have sunglasses that use a high quality lens. The lens material can determine the clarity. The lens should cause no distortion and should not give a blurred image. You don’t need a poor quality lens to add to your already loss of sharp, distinct vision.

Enhanced Contrast

The ability to distinguish contrast is diminished in those with AMD. However, some tinted lenses offer enhanced and better contrast. People with macular degeneration tend to like the orange and yellow lenses because of the contrast enhancement and better depth perception. A blue blocker lens also helps to reduce glare and does not make the world darker – so things do appear more visible because of the brightness.

To get the best feel for whether your new pair of sunglasses offer optical clarity, reduced glare and enhanced contrast you will need to try them on outside. Indoor lighting is very different and not comparable to a bright sunny day.

Our doctors and staff are here to help you with all your eye care needs. Call our office today or stop by! We can help make sure your eyes are fully protected with a quality pair of polarized sunglasses.

With clearer vision, this school year will be the best ever!

We all have our back-to-school to-do lists:

  • Get school supplies
  • Buy new shoes
  • Schedule sports physical
  • Attend orientation night

Something very important is missing from the list: making appointments for comprehensive eye exams for your children!

Even if there are no complaints over the summer about blurry vision or headaches, children still need to have frequent eye exams. Just like their bodies are rapidly growing, children’s eyes are changing as well.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common condition in children which often develops around the age of 6 or 7. This condition results when the cornea is curved too much or when the eye is longer than normal. When light comes into the eye, it is focused in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina and the child’s vision is blurred.

Nearsightedness can worsen rapidly, especially between the ages of 11 and 13, which means that an eye prescription can change dramatically over a short period of time. Never fear, parents: changing eyesight is not a reason for worry, and vision tends to stabilize in the later teenage years and early twenties. During the growing years, it is important to make regular eye appointments with your child’s eye doctor. Making comprehensive eye exams a part of your back-to-school tradition guarantees that your children’s eyes are examined at least once every year. These exams also mean that you have the opportunity to obtain updated prescriptions, ask questions of your optometrist, and get recommendations for when to schedule the next exam.

Comprehensive eye exams can also detect other eye conditions besides nearsightedness. Some children may have good distance vision but may struggle when reading up close. This is known as hyperopia or farsightedness. Other eye issues such as strabismus (eye turn), astigmatism or amblyopia (lazy eye) are also detectable through an eye exam. For some eye conditions, vision can be permanently affected if the problem is not corrected. Regular exams mean earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment.Even a small change in vision can cause eye strain, headaches or blurred vision which can be very distracting while in school. Staying consistent with eye exams will help your children have clear vision and be able to concentrate and perform to the best of their ability. Make an appointment for your child today.

With clearer vision, this school year will be the best ever!