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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

When Routine Eye Exams Return 

Optometrists are slowly reopening their practices to offer routine services like eye exams for contact lenses, glasses, and eye surgery. This time around they will be implementing the strictest health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read on to find out what to expect on your next visit.

What Will Optometry Practices Look Like Post-COVID?

COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth.  As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open...

Why You Shouldn’t Visit the ER for Eye Emergencies During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving emergency eye care. If you're having an eye emergency call your Raleigh optometrist first.

4 Eye Hygiene Practices That Reduce the Risk of Infection 

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in full-swing, it's important to practice good eye hygiene because eyes are a portal for infectious diseases. Implement these 4 important eye hygiene practices to help you stay safe and healthy.

 

The Power of Tears

Tears flush out toxins, provide vital oxygen and nutrients to our eyes, and, among countless other benefits, ensure that our eyes remain lubricated and healthy. Read on to learn more about the composition of tears and how they benefit not only our eyes, but also our general well-being.

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

We all instinctively rub our eyes, whether we're tired, our eyes are itchy or when something gets stuck in them. However, did you know that doing so poses a threat to your eye health and can potentially lead you to contract COVID-19? Read on to learn why eye doctors instruct people to avoid rubbing their eyes.

COVID-19 –  What Constitutes an Eye Care Emergency? 

An eye care emergency is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular or visual health.

Home Remedies For Dry Eye

If your eyes burn, itch or feel gritty, you may have dry eye syndrome. This is typically caused by a low production of tears or low-quality tears. Many substances and situations can cause dry eyes, such as the medication you’re taking, the time spent staring at your phone or computer...

Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19

Is your eye doctor's appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority.  We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our...

This Contact Lens Can Actually Treat Dry Eye Syndrome!

Wearing traditional contact lenses is particularly uncomfortable when you have dry eye syndrome as it can further exacerbate itchy and irritated eyes. Fortunately, there is a lens that isn’t only comfortable but can also improve dry eye syndrome.

What Is the Shape of a Healthy Eye and How Does It Affect Vision?

Your vision depends on your eyeball shape. A perfectly shaped eye will provide crystal vision, whereas any deviation in size or irregularity in contour will cause distortion. Read on to learn the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy eye shape.  

8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes at the Office

Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone or another digital device. The stress it puts on your eyes can cause a condition called "digital eye strain" (DES) or "computer vision syndrome" (CVS). Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck...

Does Obesity Impact Eye Health?

Nation-wide awareness about the vast dangers of obesity is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and health initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign shining a spotlight on the importance of fitness and good nutrition. However, despite the public’s knowledge of obesity’s effects on...

Sunburned Eyes? Beware of Snow Blindness!

Playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland can be magical. Under clear skies in the sunshine, the soft white landscape becomes just about irresistible, whether at home or travelling on a winter-weather get-away.  Before you let your children run outside to build the most adorable snowman or fling themselves onto...

3 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision and Eyes

Did you know that people with diabetes are 20 times more likely to get eye diseases than those without it? There are three major eye conditions that diabetics are at risk for developing: cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. To prevent these sight-threatening diseases, it's important to control your blood sugar...

What’s the Link Between Vaping and Dry Eye?

Though some people think vaping is a harmless alternative to traditional smoking, it can actually cause a whole host of health problems — including dry eye syndrome.

Ever Wonder How People See Following a Corneal Transplant?

It is not uncommon for patients to experience post-surgery refractive errors, particularly following a corneal transplant. To achieve clear and comfortable vision, scleral lenses are often prescribed.

Prevent Dry Eyes While Keeping Warm This Winter

The use of heaters, as lovely as they are, can contribute to dry eye symptoms. Dry eye is one of the most common eye-health concerns and it’s important to be aware of the risks.

Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

Your eyes aren't just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses, including: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is not unusual for people to come in for an eye exam just to check their eyesight...

Your Benefits Can Be Used For Dry Eye Treatments

Are your eyes red, watery, itchy and burning? There's a chance you may have Dry Eye Disease (DES). Check whether you have unused eyecare benefits left in your HSA (health savings account) or FSA (flexible spending account), as these may expire on December 31st. If so, skip the trip to...

How Smoking Impacts Vision

Smoking harms nearly every system in your body — including your eyes.  Though we are all aware of the health effects associated with smoking, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and bad teeth, few know about the negative impact it can have on our vision.  Smoking and Eye Disease  Smoking,...

How To Prevent Dry, Itchy Eyes This Winter

Winter is entering full-swing, which also means that your eyes can experience unfavorable effects. This season's cool and arid winds may trigger dry eye symptoms, such as redness, grittiness, and stinging. Click here for tips on how you can prevent dry eye this winter season.

Here’s Why Hydrogen Peroxide is an Excellent Contact Lens Solution

Once you and your doctor have decided on the type of contact lenses you'll need, it's time to choose the most suitable contact lens solution for your eyes and contacts.  There exist 2 different types of solution for contact lenses: Multipurpose and Hydrogen Peroxide-based. While both remove debris and build-up,...

Why Do My Eyes Burn?

The sensation of burning eyes can have several causes - read on to find out what they are and which treatment options are available.

November 10 is World Keratoconus Day

November 10 will be the fourth annual World Keratoconus Day. Keratoconus is an eye disease in which the eye bulges and its shape becomes less spherical, leading to potentially significant loss of vision. Symptoms can also include sensitivity to light and red, puffy eyes. Sometimes, a cornea transplant is required...