Preventing Pink Eye in School Aged Children

Now that we’re getting into the meat of the school year, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some information about conjunctivitis, also called pink eye. Its likely that you or someone who know has gotten pink eye. It’s a very common occurrence but especially so in school aged children. 

You can help prevent pink eye with basic health precautions such as washing your hands regularly and keeping a clean environment. If you’d like to dig a little deeper, we suggest this post from our friends at allabouvision.com. 

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/conjunctivitis.htm

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July is Sunglasses Month!

This month at Family Eye Care Centers we are focusing on sunglasses. There are lots ofImage reasons to wear sunglasses and we will share a link that will show you some great health reasons to wear sunglasses. In addition to being healthy, they are no doubt a staple of fashion this time of year. Our office in Clyde, Ohio is about to receive a new shipment of Ray Bans and our Huron and Sandusky offices already have them in! Stop by one of our offices and our friendly opticians can put you in a pair of great sunglasses that will keep you looking great and seeing great! In the meantime check out this article on eye health and sunglasses: 

http://www.oprah.com/health/Reasons-to-Wear-Sunglasses-Health-Benefits-of-Sunglasses

 

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July 19, 2013 · 1:54 pm

Healthy Eyes

This month at Family Eye Care Centers we are focusing on eye health. When we say eye health we don’t just mean your ability to read an eye chart. We are talking about the health of your actual eye – your macula, your cornea, and what you can do to ensure that you have healthy eyes.

Diet is an obvious way that you can improve the health of your eyes. Leafy vegetables and plenty of omega-3 fatty acids are great for your eyes and can reduce dryness as well as your risk of macular degeneration.

If you’re a smoker or don’t exercise regularly you are putting your overall health at risk – not just that of your eye. In addition to taking care of your eyes and body, being compliant with the instructions your doctor gives you is very important as well. If you are person who likes to wear two week contact lenses for a month – STOP! Eye health can be seriously affected by out of date contact lenses.

Lastly, being able to see clearly is certainly important to the health of your eye. If you have to strain to see and you continue this stress over time it can adversely impact your eye health. Make sure you get your annual eye exam so that you are wearing the correct prescription and don’t have to tax your eyes too much on a daily basis. There are some great new technologies in lenses as well that can help reduce the strain on your eyes if you are a heavy computer or digital device user. Stop in to Family Eye Care Centers and ask us about them!

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Dame Judi Dench and Macular Degeneration

Dame Judi Dench, who most of you probably know as “M” in the latest James Bond movies was recently diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, a disease that affects a person’s central vision.

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 60 in the United States and it can be quite a burdon to live with. Here at Family Eye Care Centers we recently began offering suppliments that contain high amounts of Zeaxanthin and Luitein which are vital nutrients in the macula. These suppliments can directly affect the health of the macula.

If you would like to read more about macular degeneration and Dame Judi Dench, here is an interesting article from ABCnews: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/EyeHealth/dame-judi-dench-millions-people-60-macular-degeneration/story?id=15751317

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National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and here are Family Eye Care Centers we are fully aware of the need to educate our patients about Glaucoma. Sometimes known as the “theif of sight” because it can occur over time with no warning signs and patients are often unaware that they even have Glaucoma.

Glaucoma occurs when there is damage to the optic nerve (usually caused by increased pressure) which causes the field of vision to decrease over time. It is estimated that half of the people in the United States that have glaucoma don’t know it. There are several groups who are at higher risk for glaucoma as well. African Americans, people over 60, or those with a family history have an increased likelyhood of developing glaucoma.

These are some of the many reasons we recommend regular dialated eye exams. Early detection can help you in managing glaucoma and saving your sight!

Here are some links if you would like to read more about glaucoma on your own.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/idUSnMKW68767a+1c0+MKW20130102

http://www.glaucoma.org/

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How do Santa’s Reindeer see where they are going?

ImageReindeer are likely Santa’s sleigh pullers of choice due to their unique vision. That’s right! Reindeer eyes can see ultra violet light. That means their eyes can see wavelengths of light from approximately 700nm (nano-metres) for red down to 400nm, which is violet.

This is probably something they adapted to living in snowy areas. When they are not pulling a sleigh, it’s likely that their vision helps them steer clear of predators. Of course it is especially important when navigating the globe on December 24th.

Seasons Greeting from the doctors and staff at Family Eye Care Centers!

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New Website!!!

Today we are launching our new website, still at www.familyeyecarecenters.com. The new site will allow greater interaction with our patients as well as more detailed information about both eyecare and our practices. If you get a moment, please check out the site; you may even see some familliar faces from around Sandusky!

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