What Yearly Eye Exams Can Save You Is Much More Precious Than $$$

It’s surprising how often we doctors are asking our patients why they haven’t been making an eye exam appointment every year. The range of responses we get never ceases to amaze us. Here are a just a few of the excuses that we frequently hear: “I haven’t had any problems seeing, so I figure everything must be fine.” “Someone told me that contact lens prescriptions are good for three years.” “Since my eyes don’t hurt and my vision doesn’t seem to be changing, it’s all good.” “I’ve probably needed glasses for a while now, but I wasn’t ready to deal with it.” “I don’t have insurance, and I didn’t want to spend the money when my eyesight seems okay.” “Going to a doctor makes me uncomfortable, un

It’s NOT the “Blue Light Special” From Back in the Day

Back in the day, a certain department store used the marketing phrase, “Attention shoppers — there’s a BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL for the next 15 minutes in aisle four”! That announcement created excitement over an opportunity to get a really good deal. These days, when “blue light” is mentioned, the emotional response is totally different. Blue light now means the High Energy Visible Radiation (HEV) emitted by sunlight, and every electronic device we use daily. Forgive me briefly, while I get a little technical…on the full light spectrum, blue light contains the most damaging wave lengths of 415–455 nanometers. Recent research shows that peak HEV damage occurs in the blue-violet portion at 440 nano

So…How Are Your Eyes Doing?

Most of us assume this is a question for our eye doctor to answer. After all, isn’t that why we are supposed to make annual eye exam appointments? Scheduling a complete eye exam every year is wise! And, every one of us needs to become more aware of “how our eyes are doing.” Our eye doctor can’t be the only one who is watching over the health of our eyes. These simple questions and answers may help you to realize some of the messages that your eyes may be sending to you about “how they are doing.” Q. Are you taking your glasses off to read something? A. This is your eyes way of saying things have changed and more help is needed from your glasses. It’s a bit like saying goodbye to your favorit

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