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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017!

Please Share! View the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE safely on Monday, Aug. 21 by viewing NASA's live broadcast from your smart device, by using a level 12-14 welding sheild, purchasing official Eclipse Glasses, or viewing indirectly with a pinhole projector!

Here is a list of resources from NASA to do just that!

View the Total Solar Eclipse LIVE with NASA 

View with Official Eclipse Glasses

Build and view with a Pinhole Projector

More resources from NASA; eclipse map, viewing fun, and safety!

Looking at the sun directly is NOT safe, without proper special-purpose solar filters. ENJOY and be SAFE!

HOW THE SUN CAUSES PERMANENT VISION LOSS:

When you hold a magnifying glass up to the sun. It focuses light intensely enough to start a fire. Something similar happens with the lens in your eye when it’s focused directly on the sun.

The light from the sun is very intense and concentrated into a very small area. That light is converted into heat and that heat burns the nerves and tissue of the retina and you will have a permanent area in your vision (the central area where your vision is sharpest and allows you to focus for reading, driving, and other detailed tasks) that you don’t see... a permanent black spot/blind spot. This damage will never heal itself, resulting in lifelong vision loss.

PLEASE VIEW SAFELY.

We provide 24/7 Emergency Eye Care. Please call if you experience vision loss or discomfort: 785-738-3816.

Madison Garey-Bliss, LPN earns ParaOptometric Certification

EyeCare Technician Madison Garey-Bliss, LPN recently earned the designation of Certified ParaOptometric (CPO). The certification includes study in the fields of Optics, Ocular Anatomy & Sciences, Clinical Eyecare Procedures and Professional Studies. The CPO designation signifies superior skill in patient care and ophthalmic procedures.

The Doctors and Staff of The EyeCare Center are very proud of our newest Certified ParaOptometric and encourage you to come by and congratulate her in person.  

Do You LOVE Your Vision?

Imagine how your life would change if you could no longer see well. Driving, cooking, reading, smart phone, television, even identifying people can be difficult with vision loss.

Take these steps to sustain short-term and long-term investments in your vision…

Wear Sunglasses   Sunwear that provides 100% UVA, UVB and UV400 protection! Take your pick: Sunglasses, Prescription Sunglasses, Fitovers, Sun Clips, Sun-Activated Lenses, and Polarized Lenses

Don’t Smoke   Sidestream smoke, or the smoke coming from the tip of a cigarette is 46 times more toxic than Mainstream smoke, the smoke that passes through the filter either inhaled or exhaled.

Risk for Adults: Cataracts, Age-Related Macular Degenteration (central vision), Uveitis, Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, Ocular surface disorders.

Risk for Children: Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with 6.55 times increased risk of strabismus (eye misalignment). In addition, the risk of developing allergic conjunctivitis increased by about 20% in children who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

Eat Right   Lutein & Omega-3’s: Eat plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Ask your Optometrist if a vitamin supplement containing Lutein, Omega-3’s and Zeaxanthin could benefit your eye health.

Yearly Vision & Eye Health Exam   The EyeCare Center Yearly Vision & Eye Health Exam is a thorough analysis of your vision system to provide you the most accurate visual correction, as well as a comprehensive 12-point evaluation of the health of your eyes.

The EyeCare Center uses only state-of-the-art technology to determine what is most beneficial to your lifestyle and the health of your eyes. Our efforts will be coordinated with your primary care provider and healthcare specialists to ensure all aspects of your general health are addressed as they relate to your eyes.

EyeProtection   Our 24-Hour Emergency Number (785) 738-3816 is a great asset to our surrounding communities! However, we want to make sure you are taking necessary safety precautions at work, at home, and while engaged in sports activities and hobbies! Call or ask about your safety wear options at your next appointment!

Early Intervention   It's important to take care of your eyes. Poor vision makes it harder to read, drive and cook. The good news is that many eye problems and diseases can be treated if caught early.

Know Your Family History   Genetics play a role in vision problems that occur in otherwise healthy eyes. Researchers now have evidence that the most common vision problems among children and adults are genetically determined. The list includes strabismus (cross-eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye) and refractive errors such as; myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Genetic factors also play a role in many kinds of eye disease, including those diseases that are the leading cause of blindness among infants, children and adults.

Contact Lens Care   Wash your hands prior to insertion. Wash your hands prior to removal. Don’t over-wear. Use a solution compatible with your lens material. More than 30 million Americans wear contact lenses!

Be Aware of Eye Fatigue   Take a break! Let your eyes rest. Blink! Every 20 Minutes take 20 Second Break and Look 20 Feet Away.

You Deserve Comfortable Eyes!

Visit your Optometrist between Yearly Exams if you experience: decreased vision, watery eyes, eye pain, double vision, dryness, drainage or redness, flashes of light, floaters (tiny specks that appear through your vision or cobwebs or dark spots that do not go away), circles or halos around light sources.

Use Your Flexible Spending Account Dollars For Vision Care Expenses

You can use the money in your Flexible Spending Account to pay for expenses related to eye care.

These allowable expenses include the cost of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as contact lenses.

You can also use the money in your flexible spending account to cover the cost of your vision exam if it is not covered by your health care or vision plan, or the cost of your copayment if the rest of the visit is covered by your insurance.

Ask The EyeCare Center how you can "Use It" before you "Lose It"!

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

Don't stick your tongue out at comprehensive eye care any more. Here's why...

Think all children have healthy eyes and good vision? 

Think again. 1 in 4 have a vision problem that can cause problems in learning and behavior.

It’s easy to understand why. Because nearly half of all American children haven’t had a real, comprehensive eye exam. Many need glasses, and don’t even know it! And, because 80% of everything kids learn comes through their eyes, they’re at a severe disadvantage in school and other activities when they can’t see well.

Vision Problems Can Spell Other Problems for Kids

Too often, a child who can’t see well is misdiagnosed with a totally unrelated behavioral problem like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This misdiagnosis can then start a frustrating chain of events for parents and kids alike, from unnecessary doctors visits and special classes to medications. When, in reality, the true solution might be right before their eyes: glasses.

School Vision Screenings Don’t Make the Grade!

If you’re like many parents, you trust the vision screenings given at your child’s school to be all they need for seeing their best.

Wrong!

These simple eye checks can detect some basic problems, but not all. To do their very best in school, and in life, your child needs a quality, comprehensive eye exam, not a screening.

When it comes to your child’s health, eye exams often get overlooked. One in four children have difficulty seeing in school, affecting their ability to learn.

During a visit to The EyeCare Center for a comprehensive eye exam, we will look at things a school vision screening will not, such as the overall health of the eyes, how the eyes work together, eye alignment, and whether your child’s eyes are focusing correctly.

This in-depth look will also examine depth perception, color and peripheral vision, near and distance vision. Children’s eyes are responsible for 80 percent of their total learning, making it vital to ensure the eyes are healthy with an ANNUAL exam.

How Can I See a Vision Problem in My Child?

When you know what you’re looking for, it can be relatively easy to spot a problem with your child’s vision. Keep an eye out for these symptoms or behaviors:

Avoiding or not liking reading
Short attention span
Difficulty throwing or catching a ball, copying from a chalkboard or tying their shoes
Pulling a book in close to their face, or sitting too close to a TV
Lots of blinking or eye rubbing
Guiding their eyes with a finger or pencil while reading (teachers please do not teach this habit, the eyes should be able to achieve this independently)
Falling performance in school
Remember, your child can’t explain that they have a vision problem – they have no understanding of what it means to see properly!
So don’t leave their eye health up to them; make sure they get a comprehensive eye exam!

Get Their Eye Exam on the Calendar!

It’s recommended that kids have a comprehensive eye exam annually starting at age 1. Start early! Our See To Learn Program insures all of their annual visits from age birth to 5 are at no cost to the parents! Why so soon? Developmental milestones between the brain and the eyes happen almost exclusively before age 5. Early detection and intervention, say it 5 times, we cannot stress this enough.

Make sure your child does her/his very best in school – and in life – schedule their exam with Drs. Thompson and Olson at one of our 3 locations to better serve you! 785-738-3816.

For more resources about children's vision visit: www.goeyecarecenter.com/childrens-vision

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Parents, Please Educate Your Teens!


 To Safely Wear Costume Contact Lenses for Halloween or any time of year:

1. Schedule your Yearly Vision & Eye Health Exam with Drs. Thompson & Olson


2. Ask for a Contact Lens prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and expiration date


3. Place your order, backed by our Guaranteed Contact Lens Success Program


4. Do not purchase colored contact lenses from a retailer who does not ask for a prescription


5. Follow the Wear and Care instructions for disinfecting, length of wear, and disposal schedule


6. Never share contact lenses with another person


7. If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort call The EyeCare Center's 24 Hour Emergency Number:  785-738-3816

 

 

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