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Back-to-School Checklist – a Trip to the Eye Doctor!

New teachers. New clothes. New notebooks. It’s time for the kiddos to go back-to-school! While this is an exciting time, parents and students might be missing an important task that will ensure learning success – a visit to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam.

Every year, 20 million children go back to school with a vision problem that may interfere with the ability to learn or contribute to discipline problems. According to an American Optometric Association survey of K-12 teachers, 81 percent believe vision and learning are interdependent.

Reading, writing, and computer work are just a few of the tasks students are expected to perform daily that require visual skills.

Below are essential elements an optometrist will check during a comprehensive eye exam to make certain learning is maximized through good vision. (Source: American Optometric Association).

  • Visual acuity is measured at several distances so students can comfortably and efficiently read, work on the computer and see the blackboard.
  • Focusing is an important skill that is tested. Eyes must be able to focus on a specific object and to easily shift focus from one object to another. This allows the child to move visual attention from a book to the blackboard and back.
  • Visual alignment and ocular motility are evaluated. Ideally, the muscles that aim each eye converge so that both eyes are aimed at the same object, refining depth perception.
  • Binocular fusion (eye teaming) skills are assessed. These skills are critical to coordinate and align the eyes precisely so the brain can fuse the pictures it receives from each eye into a single image
  • Eye tracking skills are tested to determine whether the child can track across a page accurately and efficiently while reading, and can copy material quickly and easily from the blackboard or another piece of paper.
  • Testing preschoolers’ color vision is important because a large part of the early educational process involves the use of color identification.
  • Eye-hand-body coordination, critical for handwriting, throwing a ball or playing an instrument, and visual perception, used to interpret and understand visual information like form, size, orientation, texture and color perception, are important visual functions that are reviewed.
  • Overall eye health is determined by examining the structures of the eye.

This year, make your child’s vision a priority. Schedule their eye exam in one of our offices today.


July 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Shield Your Eyes – How to Pick the Right Sunglasses

Summer is officially here! People are heading out to the lake, the pool and just in general spending more time outside. With all this sun exposure everyone may get their fill of vitamin D but people need to remember to always wear their sunglasses.

Sunglasses aren’t just about fashion, they are essential in protecting your eyes from UV rays. Adults and children must wear sunglasses when outside. Studies have shown that 85 percent of the UV damage done to a person’s eyes occurs before they are 18 years old.

When you are looking for sunglasses pick ones that provide good eye protection, comfort and a style that matches your personality.

UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelids but also the cornea and conjunctiva. In addition, UV exposure also contributes to the development of certain types of cataracts.

When searching for sunglasses, look for UV protection details on product labels. The FDA recommends you look for sunglasses with lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

When it comes to your sunglass lens tint, choose which ever color you like best. Color does not impact UV protection. For example gray lens tints reduce brightness but do not reduce color. Whereas brown and amber glasses distort colors more than gray tints do.

Sunglasses are widely known as a stylish fashion accessory. There are so many different frames and styles out there, so take the time to try on as many styles as possible. Whether you get designer sunglasses or a cheaper brand, make sure they offer UV protection.

Vision Source of Greater Tulsa makes prescription lenses for just about any sunglass frame. So come on in and we’ll help you find the perfect pair.

June 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm 1 comment

How to Care for Your Contact Lenses

If you are tired of wearing your prescription glasses and are looking to make a change to contacts – you’re not alone. It’s been reported about 34 million people wear contacts and that number grows every day.

Once your eye doctor prescribes you contact lenses, the care is now in your possession. If you don’t take care of your contact lenses, you may end up with an eye infection or two.

Here are some important tips on how to take care of contact lenses:

  • Hygiene and clean contact lenses go hand in hand. Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling your contact lenses or letting them touch your eye. Avoid using creams, lotions and cosmetics before placing the contact lenses onto your eyes.
  • Once removed, contact lenses must be thoroughly cleaned, rinsed and disinfected. The contact lens solution must be approved by FDA and manufactured by reputable companies.
  • Never substitute saliva or tap water for contact lens solution when wanting to rewet your contact lenses. Microorganisms can live in distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.
  • Do not sleep with your contact lenses in your eye. When the eyes are shut, tears cannot carry the healthy amount of oxygen to the eye. As a result your contact lenses could become dry and stick to your eyes.
  • Always use the appropriate contact lens case for storage. Be sure the lenses are tightly sealed. Do not leave your contact lenses exposed to air or dust.

Remember wearing a contaminated pair of contact lenses is an invite for eye infections.  With proper care and maintenance, eye infections can be avoided.

May 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

All About Vision: Is LASIK Right for You?

If you tired of the daily hassle of eyeglasses or contacts, modern technology has a possible solution for you – LASIK surgery.

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery uses a laser beam to physically reshape the cornea. LASIK is relatively painless and offers good vision almost immediately after surgery. According to several studies, worldwide satisfaction rates among LASIK patients are 95.4 percent.

Millions of people have benefited from LASIK surgery but it is not for everyone.

The ideal candidate for LASIK:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have nearsighted refractive error of -1.00 or greater
  • Have a farsighted refractive error of +1.00 to +4.00
  • Healthy corneas
  • Be in general good health
  • Can take a few days off work for recovery

However, those who are pregnant or nursing, taking certain prescription drugs, or have dry eye syndrome may disqualify from undergoing the procedure.

While it is true the surgery can completely eliminate the need for corrective lenses in many patients, it is not a realistic expectation in all cases. Some people have such poor eyesight that the procedure will not help them with improved vision.

In order to decide if you are a good candidate for LASIK, your eye doctor will give you a thorough eye exam to determine the health of your eyes and what kind of vision correctness you need.

Give us a call and we’ll help you find the best solution for your vision.

April 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

National Eye Donor Month

Are you an organ donor? If the answer is no, have you considered the fact that many diseases have been cured because of research done on donated organs such as brains, hearts, and eyes?

March is National Eye Donor Month, in which the Eye Bank Association of America endeavors to generate more awareness of the growing need for eye donations. Any person can donate his or her eyes at the time of death, regardless of age or health status.

These donations are vital to the continuation of cornea transplants; they are also crucial to ongoing research seeking to discover more about the causes behind eye-related health problems.

How can you become an organ donor? Checking the box on your driver’s license is a good start, but it’s also a good idea to make sure that your family members all know of your intentions, since they will have to give consent when the time comes.

March 14, 2010 at 3:44 am Leave a comment

The “Eyes” Have It

If you are like nearly 75% of the population, you spend most of your day sitting in front of a computer screen. Whether you use your computer mostly at work or at home, the strain that your eyes experience can be irritating, painful, and exhausting.

Have you ever counted how many times you blink per minute? Maybe you should; it’s said that you should blink at least every five seconds in order to keep the eyes lubricated.

Here are some other tips to help minimize computer-related eye strain:

  • Try to remember to look away for at least twenty seconds, every twenty minutes (some doctors call this the 20/20 rule). If you can’t remember, you might set a timer to remind you. It will be well worth it at the end of the day!
  • Make sure your monitor is in a position that helps, rather than hinders, your eyes’ ability to converge what they are seeing. Ideally, you will place the monitor at least 20-28 inches away from your face, and about 4-5 inches lower. It’s much easier for the eyes to do their job when looking downward.
  • Don’t hesitate to use lubricating eye drops if your peepers are feeling irritated. Dry eyes aren’t fun for anyone!

If you want more advice about this or any other eye care concerns you may have, visit us on the 918 Moms “Ask the Experts” forum.

March 1, 2010 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

InfantSEE: Good for You, Good for Baby

Babies must get their vision checked between 6 and 12 months of age in order to ensure long-term eye health. InfantSEE makes this possible for every baby!

Continue Reading February 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

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