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Keep up to date on the latest vision related news and events from Progressive Family Eye Care in Plymouth, also serving Canton, Northville and the surrounding areas.

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe For Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

All About Diabetic Retinopathy

Too many people are not informed that diabetes can lead to blindness. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among those aged 20 to 74 years old. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by...

A Closer Look at Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? To begin, what's astigmatism, anyway? Astigmatism means that your eye has an irregularly shaped cornea, which means that light entering your eye through the cornea can't come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in...

What is Retinoscopy?

There are some assessments that you have seen during an eye exam and asked yourself what they measure. Having beams of light shined into your eyes may be one of them. Firstly, this test is known as a retinoscopy examination, which is a preliminary way to assess the refractive error...

How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Look around and you're likely to find that most people - regardless of age - are texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our constant access to our friends, family and work no matter where we are. Nevertheless most...

What are Multifocal Lenses?

Many people develop problems with close vision during their 40s. This condition is called presbyopia. If you're already a glasses wearer, and develop presbyopia, you don't have to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses let you have good vision always, tending to both issues at...

Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Are you worried your son or daughter has a lazy eye? It comes about when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This might occur if a child struggles to see well through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that's obstructing clear sight in...

What We’ll Ask You At Your Eye Exam

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? There are several things you should let us know about to help make sure your exam is a useful one. It's crucial that you inform us of any current health conditions or problems you may have noticed, because eyes...

Focusing on Night Vision

  You wake from a dream in the middle of the night, or you're searching for the light switch or door in the dark. We've all found ourselves in the dark before. It takes a couple of minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. This process, called ''dark...

Are You Suffering From Presbyopia?

When you hit your mid-to-late forties, you may begin to notice that you have some trouble with reading. But why is this so? With age, the lens of your eye grows less flexible, making it challenging to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it's universal. In...

Toys and Eye Safety

Sometimes it's challenging to choose toys that are not harmful for our kids' eyes. Infants are born with only semi-formed vision. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more efficiently than toys and activities that encourage hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spaces and distances between objects. The best...

Start the School Year With Good Vision

  Approximately 80% of school-based learning is accomplished visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this well-known correlation between vision and learning, a lot of people don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined regularly. As your kid's vision may change...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

Does your child show a real interest in so many activities, but have a tough time when they're at school? You may be relieved to know that he or she may be suffering from a hidden condition, which creates an obstacle in the way of learning at school, known as...

Understanding Visual Acuity

You have most likely stumbled upon the terms visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. Still though, what do these terms truly mean? When you understand these terms, you will see why an eye doctor asks to assess more than just how well you read the eye chart. The term 20/20 vision...

A Fresh Look for Your Eyes

Do you want a new look for your eyes? Then let's talk about FreshLook®, a line offering a vast assortment of color contact lenses, which allow you to subtly enhance or noticeably transform the color of your eyes. This great line of lenses boasts such an extensive amount of choices,...

Keeping Lids Clean

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms. Common symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a...

Change Your Lenses – Your Eyes Depend On It!

Are there ever days when you leave your soft contact lenses in for too long? It goes without saying that generally, things are just plain better when they haven't been used too much. The same can be used to understand the importance of changing your contacts. It's a bad idea...

Cataract Awareness

Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Did you know that cataracts are the main source of loss of vision among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than fifty percent of all people 65 and older have at least some cataract development....

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

It's a fact: almost everybody is regularly exposed to UV rays. However, the possible risks related to years of exposure to these harmful rays are not often thought about, to a point where most people take little action to protect their eyes, even if they're planning to be exposed to...

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined annually is one of the best things you can do to be sure that your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During the session,...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have just launched an exciting product as part of their extensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. They've increased the features of their popular light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Light that bounces off smooth surfaces like glass...

Poor Vision: Know The Signs

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be caused by several possible factors such as anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects due to medicine or eye injuries. Lots of people also suffer from visual abnormalities associated with age or...

What All Women Should Know About Health and Vision

This month, Prevent Blindness America is focusing on Women's Eye Health and Safety. Women go through various stages throughout their lives, and each can impact vision differently. Eye disease among women is becoming more common, particularly in older women. In fact, studies show that large numbers of women over the...

This month we recognize national Sports Eye Safety Month

When the spring arrives, as well as often warmer weather, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries related to sports. Every year, far too many children and adults sustain sports related eye injuries that could be prevented with suitable safety measures and awareness. Protecting your eyes while playing...

Eye Care on The Go

Proper eyesight is required for road safety. In fact, safety on the road depends on several different visual abilities like distance and near vision, peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name a few. Distance vision is very important because it lets you scan the road ahead...

Your Vision in the Workplace

To enlighten companies and their employees about the relevance of eye health, and to provide advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Every day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of...

Astigmatism: All You Need to Know About This Common Condition

The part of the eye that surrounds your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under perfect circumstances, round. When light enters the eye from all angles, part of the job of your cornea is to focus that light, directing it to your retina, in the anterior portion of...

Dealing With Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye, is a frequently seen eye infection, particularly with children. This condition can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even sensitivities to ingredients found in cosmetics, chlorine in pools, and pollen, or other irritants, which penetrate the eyes. Some forms of pink eye can...

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

This month is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision recognition month. How many individuals are aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary reasons for loss of vision in those aged 65 and above? AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the macula of...

The Right Solution for Your Contact Lenses

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that an alarming number of people were using dangerous chemicals in place of lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Everything from baby oil, to coke to butter was reportedly used as an alternative to actual contact lens solution...

Safeguard Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

Winter time often brings an increase in cases of dry eyes as a result of cold and dry air conditions.

Winter Ultraviolet Exposure and Your Eyes

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Heighten Your Glaucoma Awareness this January

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How Age Affects Your Vision – Presbyopia

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This Month is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

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Spend Your Flex Spending Account Credits Before You Lose Them!

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How We Perceive Color: What is Color Blindness?

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Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

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All You Need to Know About Lazy Eye. Treatment in Plymouth, MI

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Plymouth, MI Vision Tests: What Does 20/20 Eyesight Really Mean?

  Have you ever wondered why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it actually means? The phrase 20/20 vision expresses a normal level of clarity of eyesight or visual acuity determined from 20 feet away from the object. In other words someone with such eyesight can clearly...

Plymouth, MI Relief for Fall Ocular Allergies

  Toward the end of the summer, many people start to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. Above sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can cause a great level of discomfort. When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, swollen, and red and often burn or tear. Often...

Keep Your Eyes Halloween Safe: Special Effect Contacts Can Be Dangerous

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, costumes. As a consumer, you want to be aware of some hazards to your eyes that could accompany with the fun and games. A popular costume addition in recent years has been special effect contact lenses and the trend is causing...

Plymouth, MI Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

  According to the American Optometric Association over seventy percent of employed persons that sit daily at a computer monitor (around 143 million people) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged periods of working at the computer can result in eye fatigue and impact normal vision...

How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

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Contact Lenses and Cosmetics: Advice from your Plymouth, MI Eye Care Practitioner

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Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

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Book An Eye Exam in Plymouth, MI, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

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Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready for the Classroom? Don’t Forget to Book Plymouth Children’s Eye Exams

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Young Adults and Contacts

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Handling Some Common Eye Injuries

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Have You Had a Routine Eye Exam Lately?

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10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

  It’s official - summer is here and it’s time to guard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun: Make sure you have sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you...

Protective Eyewear for Children

Are you aware that every year sports-related eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the hospital? This is the equivalent of one trauma every 13 minutes! Eye Care professionals report that 90% of the accidents could be easily avoided by using protective eyewear. Most injuries occur when participating in recreational...

The Truth About the Vision Benefits of Eating Carrots

You may have heard that carrots improve your vision, but is this the truth? Optometrists will tell you that carrots can't save you from needing eye glasses. However, they are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for your eye health and therefore consuming foods rich in this vitamin...

Ultraviolet Awareness Month – Your Eyes and the Sun

  The majority of Americans are aware of the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for using UV blocking sunscreen and using other protective measures particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is that UV and other...

Do You Know How to Care for Your Contacts Properly?

  Contact lenses necessitate careful handling in order to be a safe and feasible option for those needing corrective eye wear. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which rarely but sometimes results in blindness. People of all ages that...

The Advantages of Rigid Contacts

  Although soft contacts are most often used, another lesser-known type of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also called oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, RGP lenses are a more modern technology than soft contacts, which last longer, allow finer vision quality, and offer better durability and resistance to...

Spring is Eye Allergy Season

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to spring eye allergies. For some of us, March is the beginning of eye allergy time, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Spring eye...

Why You Should Stop and Think Before Purchasing Glasses Online

While most of us have become accustomed to buying more and more products on the Web, glasses are a product that you are better off buying in person. Here's why. Even though you may encounter reduced rates on the Web, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optician far exceed...

Winter Dry Eyes… Some Simple Tips

Although you may think of winter as the rainy time of year because of the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry in the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive. Our eye care staff is available to help you find the most effective options...

This February Spread Awareness About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision

This month has been declared age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of visual impairment for individuals age 65 and over. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a term eye care professionals use to describe major vision loss...

January Has Been Named National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In order to spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable permanent vision loss, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Due...

Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just an important accessory in the summer. Although many people are aware of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes in the summertime, we don't all realize that it is essential to take precautions in the winter as well. In reality, the ultraviolet...
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