I love shocking people in the exam chair. And a sure fire way to do it is to tell a lifelong nearsighted person they got better. They never believe me until I tell them why and how they got better. You see nearsighted people hate going to the eye doctor because it is almost a guarantee that they are going to get the bad news of “you got worse” or “we need to add some more power to your contacts”. I have good news for all you young nearsighted people. It eventually gets better. Women in their early thirties and men in their late thirties will virtually always get a little less nearsighted. The reason is because the lens inside your eye continues to grow from the time you are born til the time you die. It has new cells laid around it like an onion every year. And around mid 30′s the increased thickness of the lens leads to a farsighted shift in vision. So if you are nearsighted you become less nearsighted but if you are farsighted you become more farsighted.
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Tired of fishing reading glasses out of your purse to read a menu or your phone? You’re not alone! If you’re too young to look old, you might consider one of the newer alternatives to the traditional lack of focus as we age. Dr. McQuivey, our optometrist, fits many happy patients with contact lenses that help correct your need to read.
Monovision is one option, where one eye is fit for distance vision, while the other will correct your near sight. The brain adjusts to this new way of seeing the world, and many patients are very comfortable with this arrangement.
There are also new multifocal contact lenses available, which use a different method for allowing clear sight far away and up close.
Call us today at 850-769-1404 to set up an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, where the health of the eye will be assessed as well as your need for correction.
Gone are the days when athletes with mild prescriptions would just take off their glasses and play. Proper vision enhances competitive edge by improving hand-eye coordination not to mention being able to see what you are doing!
Protective sports eye wear is not just important for those needing vision correction. 600,000 sports-related eye injuries are documented every year in the US, according to the Public Health Association. Wearing proper eye protection is critical to reducing the risk of sports related eye injuries that could be devastating to vision. Be proactive and protect yourself and your little athletes with sports vision wear!
Spring is here and allergies are going to be in full swing within a few weeks. I always see a dramatic increase in eye infections this time of the year secondary to contact lenses and allergies. Pollen from flowers and trees causes the release of histamine and other inflammatory mediators in the body and the eyes.
Some people find that their symptoms can be amplified if they are wearing contacts lenses. Contacts also increase the chance of getting an eye infection. There are a few things I always recommend doing this time of the year to help prevent an allergic reaction or infection:
Starting around this time of year, we seem to get a lot of questions from people about their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA). In most cases, FSA / HSA must be used by the end of the calendar year, or you lose it. Here are a few answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions!
1. Can I use my FSA/HSA for prescription sunglasses? Yes! For lenses or frames!
2. Can I use my FSA/HSA to pay for my husband’s / wife’s / child’s / grandmother’s eye care? Yes! It can be used for anyone you claim on your taxes as a dependant.
3. Can I use my FSA/HSA for contacts? Yes! You may use it for contacts and any other expenses incurred in the maintainence of contacts, including cases, solution, rewetting drops, etc.
4. Do I need a receipt to send in to the administrators of my FSA/HSA? It varies widely by plan. Some plans see that the expense is from a doctor’s office, and so do not question it. Other plans want an extremely detailed receipt. We are happy to give you a detailed copy of your receipt with the insurance CPT codes on it if your FSA / HSA needs it. We can give this to you when we dispense your glasses or contacts to you, at the time of the exam, or can mail or fax the receipt to wherever you need it to go.
Dr. Byers generally leaves this decision up to the parents. The most important factor is the level of responsibility demonstrated by the child. Contacts can contribute to eye infections and vision damage when they are not handled and cared for properly. Daily disposable contact lenses are a healthy option as they minimize these risks.
If you feel that your child is able to handle the responsibilities associated with contact lenses, then Dr. Byers is more than happy to fit them with lenses. Her staff will carefully go through insertion, removal, and care instructions. For reminders and tips, refer to our contact lens section of our website.
Technology has finally caught up with demand. Patients with astigmatism can now have the vision they need in the healthiest kind of contact lenses. 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism launched earlier this year with plans to continue to expand prescription parameters. Daily disposable lenses have always been known for the convenience but many do not realize that this is the best kind of lens for your eyes. The material used in these lenses locks in moisture so there is no dryness issues here. With no cleaning required you don’t have to worry about build up or bacteria, and you save money on cleaning solutions. Most importantly the risk of eye infection is significantly less in daily disposable lenses. So come in or give us a call and we can set you up to see Dr. Byers and get your free trial of daily disposable lenses.
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