Seeing Things In A New Way: Exciting Innovations For People Who Are Color Blind


It’s hard to believe the songwriter who wrote the hit “Fields of Gold” and told Roxanne not to “put on the red light” is color blind. Sting, the acclaimed artist and former front man of The Police, remembers teachers reprimanding him for painting purple skies or brown grass. “But that’s what it looks like to me!” the future singer would respond. But there are exciting advances on the horizon for...

Focus On This: Why Vision Insurance Is Important


Here are some eye-opening statistics. Over a 15 year period, from 2002 to 2017, the number of people at high risk for vision loss — seniors, people with diabetes, and those with eye disorders — rose from 65 million to 93 million. Even more alarming, 40% of adults responded that they haven’t been visiting an eye doctor for annual eye exams. The study also found that eye diseases such as age...

When Should You Visit Your Eye Doctor In The Age of Social Distancing?


You know how important taking care of your vision is. Routine visits to your eye doctor are an essential part of maintaining good eye health. But with concerns about COVID-19 all over the news and the priority to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, should you wait to visit your eye doctor? The answer is, it depends. As of March 17, The American Academy of Ophthalmology hadn’t issued any...

When It Comes to Eye Health, Most Americans Have Blinders On


In a recent survey by The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), 81% of more than 3,500 U.S. adults said they’re knowledgeable about vision health. However, only 19% knew the three main causes of blindness in the United States (glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease), less than half were aware that vision loss and blindness don’t affect all people...

An Ode to Opticians


When it comes to vision professionals, we usually put optometrists at the top, and understandably so. They’re the ones with the medical degree, the primary physician for our eyes. However, eye care wouldn’t be possible without the optician. This specialist ensures your prescription is filled correctly and provides lenses that meet your needs and lifestyle. And then you need frames...

Why So Many Vision Problems Go Unseen


2020 is the year to think about 20/20 vision. However, according to Dr. Chris Marquardt, former president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, good vision doesn’t necessarily equal good health. “There are a lot of conditions that can be detected in regular exam,” he points out. “You may go years without seeing any sorts of signs or symptoms. Glaucoma, macular...

Does Your Eye Twitch? That Might Be Eyelid Myokymia.


Eyelid myokymia, or twitching, is caused by involuntary contractions triggered by tiny bundles of nerve fibers in the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that surrounds your eye socket and closes the lids. As irritating as twitching can get, let’s all be thankful that typically only one eye is affected, and the lower lid. A tic is different because you can suppress it. There’s not much you...

Smart Contacts: A Glimpse into The Future of Preventative Eye Care


When you think eye exam, do you wince at the inconvenience of those dilation drops that last 4-24 hours? Fortunately, most optometrists these days offer the option of imaging technology, which, while not covered by all insurance companies, is noninvasive, typically inexpensive and actually really cool. It’s not every day you get to see your own optic nerve on a full-color monitor. And...

Who Needs Eye Care? Everyone with Eyes.


According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41.7% of men and 28.7% of women believe they have no need for eye care. As for the men, maybe it’s a guy thing, as in: I don’t need no stinkin’ eye care! Or maybe women are just plain smarter, which even the most macho of men might admit, at least silently to themselves. Actually, both of these...

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