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Carrots and the Eyes

Over the years, patients have continued to wonder if eating carrots could improve their vision.  In certain cases, carrots can indeed have a positive impact on eyesight (specifically in low light conditions).  Carrots are rich in a red-orange pigment known as beta carotene.  This pigment is used in the production of vitamin A throughout the body.  In the eye, […]

Don’t throw away your old glasses!

The Lions Club is the world’s largest service club organization, with 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members worldwide.   Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world, and members perform community service in 208 countries and geographic areas across the globe.One of the many services they perform is the collection of used eyeglasses.  They collect them, catalog their […]

Nearsightedness and the indoor lifestyle of kids

Who would have thought that spending less time outdoors and more time indoors could have a negative effect on the distance vision of a child?  According to Medscape, research presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology showed that children with daily outdoor exposure displayed significantly reduced rates of distance vision problems.  The […]

Hubbub Over Hillary – What’s a Fresnel Prism?

In January 2013 Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate and House Foreign Relations/Affairs Committees regarding the incident occurring at the Benghazi embassy on September 11, 2012.  Her testimony was delayed due to her experiencing a serious fall at home, for which she was hospitalized.  Many noticed she was wearing glasses with very odd-looking lenses during the testimony.  Several eye […]

Alzheimer’s and the Eye

An enormous amount of information regarding a patient’s health can be obtained through an eye exam, most commonly are chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  More recently it has been studied that Alzheimer’s disease could be another condition assessed through changes within the eye.Alzheimer’s disease is a condition in which neurons (brain nerve cells) progressively degenerate […]

A Look at the Future(?)

Several fascinating things are coming down the pipeline for eye care and eyewear.  Google secured two patents a couple of weeks ago for a smart contact lens with the capability of monitoring a diabetic patient’s blood glucose level, thus saving those patients the inconvenience (and pain) of a finger-prick once or twice a day.  The project was announced in […]

Kale is good for my eyes?

Yes, your mother was right when she said green vegetables are good for you!Kale is a dark, leafy green cruciferous vegetable and is said to be one of the healthiest vegetables you can find.  It is extremely rich in potassium, iron, copper, phosphorus, and manganese.  In just one cup of this leafy green you can obtain 134 percent of […]

A Hybrid You Never Plug In

One thing we hear quite often from our patients is that they have been told in the past that they cannot wear contact lenses because they have too much astigmatism.  Or, perhaps they can, but since they are over forty they would either have to put readers on over the contacts or try monovision (one eye for distance, one […]

Diabetes and the Eye

 If you have diabetes, one of the most common questions your physician will ask is something along the lines of:“So, when did you get your eyes checked last?”“Have you had your eyes checked lately?”“No, really, when did you get your eyes checked?”There is a reason your doctor is so concerned about getting your eyes checked, and it has absolutely […]

Comparing the lined and the no-line (progressive) spectacle lenses

Progressive lenses are popular for other reasons than just “hiding the line.”  They work like a trifocal, in the sense that as you look straight ahead you have the distance correction, and as you look down the lens, power is progressively added so that there is a point of focus for both mid-range (arm’s length) and close detail work […]