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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.

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...

What Are the Differences Between Daily vs. Monthly Contact Lenses?

Our Lens Experts Explain How to Choose Monthly lenses were the gold standard when contact lenses were first released into the consumer market. However, nowadays there are many more types of quality, comfortable lenses out there, and monthly lenses are no longer the popular standard. We offer a wide selection...

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...

NEW: Lensferry S Contact Lens Subscription Service

We are now offering LensFerry S! A subscription service that allows you to purchase an annual supply of contact lenses, make month-to-month payments and receive convenient automatic shipments of lenses right to your door. Call us, or stop in today to subscribe. And take advantage of an automatic rebate:...

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. Amblyopia is one common eye condition that is often hidden behind the appearance of good eyesight. Also known...

“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...

Join us for our Back to School Sale

Two Ways to Save: $20 off annual supply of contact lenses* or $30 off all one-day disposable contact lenses* Free shipping included. *Does not include UPP products. Expires on Sept 30, 2016...

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...

All About Scleral Lenses

If you are looking to wear contact lenses but have always had problems with comfort or have been told you'll never be able to wear contact lenses because of an irregularly shaped cornea or other eye problem, it may be time to look into a type of contact lens known...

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...

Preventing Dry Eyes During Air Travel

It is not uncommon to experience exceedingly dry eyes after long periods of travel in the air. The temperature- and pressure-controlled cabin of an airplane creates a very dry environment that can easily take its toll on your eyes.   Fortunately, eye doctors have outlined a number of steps that...

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...

LASIK Co-Management

Tired of keeping up with having to continually update your eyeglasses prescriptions and the hassle of keeping, cleaning and storing your contacts? If you're looking for the best way to finally get rid of your eyeglasses or contacts once and for all, we're the practice to come to! We are...

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...

UV Awareness and Protection

Summer is here, and it’s time for plenty of outside time and trips to the beach. Dr. Gretchen J. Brewer, OD, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also reminds all of her patients that it is also the time of year to remind yourself of the dangers of blue light and how to...

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...

The Dangers of Blue Light and What You Can Do

We are privileged to live in an advanced age at the turn of the 21st century. Electronic devices are everywhere in our world today and make our everyday interactions with the world around us ever easier, safer and more convenient. Although many positive effects have resulted from these devices in...

May Contact Lens Sale

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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...

Time Saving Tips Before Your Eye Exam

Here are some helpful and time saving tips before your appointment: If you are a new patient, please fill out the online patient information form:  Montgomery Mall: Click here Roosevelt Mall: Click here What to bring with you to the exam: Your medical insurance card (it is different than vision insurance) -...

Buying Contact Lenses In-Office

Why Should I Buy Contact Lenses From My Optometrist? Over the past few years, the contact lens wearing community has been bombarded with advertising promising low prices and convenient “to your door shipping” from online vendors of contact lenses trying to convince patients to buy their contacts online rather than...

Introducing the new 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE Color-Enhancing Contacts

We are pleased to announce the launch of 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE contact lenses.   These new contact lenses enhance the natural beauty of your eyes with three unique effects for every eye color. Available in Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine. See the lenses: Select a model and see how DEFINE lenses...

True Ocular Emergencies: When NOT to Wait Until Tomorrow

When we get hurt, it can sometimes be easy to brush it off. “It'll be alright to wait until tomorrow,” or “I can handle it myself.” Unfortunately, many times we're wrong. Immediate professional attention is required. When it comes to your eyes, it is especially important to know when it...

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...

Dr. Gretchen J. Brewer, OD and Associates Offer Incredible Contact Lens Options

Dr. Gretchen J. Brewer, OD and Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is your premiere eye doctor when it comes to expertise in contact lenses. Dr. Brewer and her team of expert eyecare professionals are ready to help you kiss your glasses good bye for good by offering an incredibly wide selection...

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...

Contact Lens Overuse by Dr. Brewer

It's amazing how comfortable contact lenses can be these days. Even hard contact lenses are more comfortable today, thanks to new materials that are easier on the eye. Because of this, many people are enticed into wearing their contact lenses for longer than recommended. Today, more and more doctors find...

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...

Back to School

Can’t believe it’s already August? Neither can we. August is one of our eye doctors’ busiest months for pediatric eye exams. Find out why…

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. ...

The Importance of Limiting UV Exposure

UV Index: Very High You probably don’t think about ultraviolet radiation too much. UV radiation from the sun is particularly strong in the summertime. According to the National Weather Service, the Philadelphia UV Index this week was 8, which is considered “Very High” so if you’re not careful, you are...

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...

UV Protective Sunglasses: Winter Sports and UV Rays

Sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe, even in the winter. While many people associate the need for 100% UV protective sunglasses with warm weather and glaring sun like you find on the beach, harmful UV radiation is present even on a gloomy, cloudy day. No matter where you...

Healthy Vision and Diabetes

Complications that arise from diabetes can put sufferers at increased risk of developing several vision-related diseases. These conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, as well as a number of other conditions that can impact the health of the eye, and your vision. What is diabetic retinopathy? It occurs when excess...

Round Eyeglasses are Back in Style!

 As early as the last century almost all eyeglasses were round. Until glass cutting became more wide spread if you wore glasses then chances were that they would be round. Once other styles started to be introduced the popularity of round frames disappeared and has only appeared sporadically since. However...

Diabetes Awareness: The Eye and Vision

Although most people have heard of diabetes, fewer understand the eye-related complications. The raised levels of glucose that are the essence of the disease are a risk to your eyes in a number of ways. The threat of vision loss is increased when diabetes is not treated. Diabetic eye disease...

What is Retinoscopy?

There are various assessments that you have seen at an eye exam and questioned how they work. Having a bright light shined into your eye may be an example. Firstly, this test is called a retinoscopy examination, and it's a basic way to measure the refractive error of your eye....

Are Smartphones Eye-Safe?

These days, it seems hard to find someone who isn't on a mobile device. We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be connected almost always. However many people tend to hold their handheld devices very close to their faces. This gives way to a...

Multifocal Lenses

Are you experiencing trouble when reading fine print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. If you're already a glasses wearer, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you don't have to carry a separate pair of reading glasses. Multifocal lenses, which correct both myopia and presbyopia, allow...

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lazy eyes are very common, and are also quite easy to fix. Amblyopia forms when the brain switches off or suppresses vision in one eye. This can occur if your child struggles to see well through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that might be...

What We’ll Ask You At Your Eye Exam

If you've got an eye exam penciled in for some time in the near future, there are a number of things you can do to be extra prepared for it. There are a few things you should tell our eye doctors so that we can guarantee your eyes are examined...

Night Vision

Everyone has found themselves in the dark, at one point or another, whether it be during childhood, due to a power outage, or just waking up in the middle of the night. Your eyes normally require a few minutes to adjust to the dark and then you can see again....

Middle Age and Presbyopia

Ever wonder why even those who never had glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? With age, your eye's lens is likely to become more rigid, which makes it harder to focus on close objects. We call this presbyopia. And it's universal. In...

Safety at Play

Choosing the correct toys with eye safety in mind is something all parents are concerned with. How do parents choose toys that keep their kids' eyes safe? Children are born with an only partially developed visual system. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more easily than toys that involve...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

Most school-based learning is achieved visually. But even with this overt link between sight and learning, a lot of parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and don't get their child's eyes checked regularly. It's important to know that because vision in children changes, regular eye exams are...

Under the Radar: Convergence Insufficiency

Lots of young children are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when in truth, that's not the issue at all. He or she may be one of many kids who have a hidden vision problem, which impacts learning at school, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In short, CI is a...

Understanding Visual Acuity

It's likely that you have stumbled upon the expressions twenty-twenty vision and visual acuity. As common as these terms may be, do people really grasp their meaning? Understanding them will enlighten you as to how your eye care professional determines the state of your eyes during your eye exam. 20/20...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

Don't you think it's time for a new look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a large range of colored contact lenses, which allow you to slightly enhance or distinctly change your natural eye color. This great collection of contact lenses has so many options, that you'll be sure to get...

Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in...

A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

Are you someone who leaves your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a pretty accepted fact that things are just plain better when they are at their freshest. You won't be surprised to hear that the same idea applies to your contact lenses. You should...

Have You Been Examined For Cataracts?

June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most commonly occurring culprit of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? In fact, more than 50% of those 65 and older have some degree of cataract development. A cataract is a clouding of...

What You Need To Know About UV Rays

Everyone is regularly exposed to UV rays. But the potential risks of many years of exposure to these unsafe rays are not often considered, and most people barely take enough action to guard their eyes, even when they're planning to be exposed to the sun for many hours. Overexposure to...

The Importance of a Comprehensive Eye Exam

This month is Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested regularly is one of the most effective steps you can take to guarantee your vision remains healthy. During your procedure, your eye care professional checks your eyes, making sure you're clear...

New From Transitions® Optical: The Transitions® Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have just launched the newest addition to their comprehensive range- the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has added a great new feature to their popular light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight reflecting off surfaces like glass and water...

Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be caused by several possible conditions including anatomical changes in the eye or visual system, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injury. Commonly, people also experience visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye strain. This can result...

Women and Healthy Vision

It's April, which is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease in women is becoming more common, particularly in older women. Actually, studies show that large numbers of women going through middle age experience...

This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with often warmer weather, comes a rise in the risk of eye injuries related to sports. Each year, many people, both young and old suffer sports related eye injuries that could easily be averted with suitable defense. Using proper eye protection while participating in sports is...

How Vision Affects Road Safety

When driving, the value of seeing properly can not be underestimated. In fact, road safety needs several different visual abilities - for example, being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, just to name some examples....

Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

To teach businesses and their workers about the necessity of eye wellness, and to spread advice on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Every day, workers are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The cornea around your pupil and iris is, under perfect circumstances, round. When light hits your eye from all angles, the cornea's role is to focus that light, directing it toward your retina, which is in the anterior portion of your eye. But what does it mean when the cornea...

Understanding Pink Eye

Pink eye, formally referred to as conjunctivitis, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially with kids. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even irritation from pollen, chlorine in pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other products that touch the eyes. Some types of pink...

Aging and Your Eyes: Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

This month has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost causes of vision loss in adults over age 65? AMD is a condition that causes...

The Importance of Proper Contact Lens Hygiene

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August showed that many adults regularly use potentially harmful chemicals in place of contact solution to moisten their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to lemonade to butter was reportedly used as an alternative to proper contact solution by one eighth of the...

Dry, Burning Eyes? Could Be Dry Eye Syndrome

The winter causes many more cases of dry eye syndrome because of the presence of cold, dry air.

You Need to Wear Shades in the Wintertime too!

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some areas biting winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. You wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a coat in freezing conditions, but surprisingly, a lot of people don't think to put on their sunglasses. While many...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we are here to spread the word about the importance of recognizing the threat of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is the term for a group of ocular disorders that damage the optic nerve, which may lead to loss...

Presbyopia and Aging

Contact your Philadelphia, PA Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with aging in which the ability to focus on close objects becomes significantly reduced. With the increasing worldwide population of older adults, a significant number of individuals are developing the condition,...

Fun and Safe Toys for the Holidays

The holidays are almost here which means presents. Well meaning relatives delight in treating the young ones to the ''in'' toys for the holidays. Leading optometry specialists advise that family members learn and relay to others the guidelines about toy safety and vision. Injuries involving toys and games often occur,...

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Diabetes and Vision

Diabetes is the leading causal agent of vision loss among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four. Since 2008, over four million people in North America afflicted with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with diabetes related blindness. Of this group, seventy thousand suffered from acute diabetic retinopathy, which can result...

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye is a deficiency in adequate vision development caused by the failure of both eyes to work in unison. With most cases of ambylopia the eyes themselves are typically healthy yet visual acuity cannot be achieved by just glasses. If not treated amblyopia can result...

Philadelphia, PA Vision Tests: What 20/20 Vision Really Means

  Ever question what 20/20 eyesight actually stands for? 20/20 vision is a phrase to describe a normal level of clarity of eyesight (visual acuity) assessed from a 20 feet distance. That is to say that someone with such eyesight can see an object clearly from 20 feet away that...

Fall Eye Allergy Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

  As the end of summer approaches, many people begin to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies are often a significant cause of discomfort. When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, swollen, and irritated and often...

Halloween Eye Safety: Watch Out For Decorative Lenses!

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, costumes. As a consumer, you want to know of some dangers to your eyes and vision that could come along with the fun and games. Over the past few years, decorative contacts have been increasingly becoming popular particularly with teenagers and...

Philadelphia, PA Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Eye Fatigue

  Findings from the American Optometric Association show that above 70 percent of the American citizens that sit each day at a computer monitor (over 140 million people) experience computer vision syndrome (CVS) or eye fatigue. Excessive periods of sitting at the computer can cause eye fatigue and effect normal...

Be Aware of Household Eye Safety This September

  As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically when it comes to children. It's important to be proactive to ensure your house is safe for your children's eyes. In general, kids enter the world...

Cosmetics Advice for Contact Wearers from your Philadelphia, PA Eye Care Practitioner

For those who use contact lenses there are a few precautions that should be taken when it comes to applying cosmetics. Below are some professional pointers on how to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and safe. Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes? To start, we advise you use...

How to Get Sunblock Out of Eyes

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the...

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Exam in Philadelphia Now

Many people don't know that cataracts are the number one culprit for vision loss among people 55 and over. In fact, over half of adults over age sixty-five have some amount of cataracts. What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. The clouding prohibits...

Contacts Make Adolescents Happy!

Requiring glasses is often met with resistance from a teen. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teenager go to pieces. As opposed to eyeglasses, kids and teenagers that wear lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, says a recently published study. The research results indicate that...

Help! How to Handle Common Eye Injuries

There are a number of kinds of eye accidents that can occur, with varying degrees of severity. Some might necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be treated at home. Read these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to determine your next step following...

The Importance of Comprehensive Eye Exams

For those of us who have eyes that are in good condition, it's easy to overlook the importance of taking preventative action namely, an eye exam. Nevertheless, early diagnosis of any eye or vision problems is critical to maintaining healthy eyes. This can easily be done with an eye test....

Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun: Buy glasses that have proper UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your...

Children’s Safety Eyewear – A Necessity!

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room each year. That's equal to one eye trauma every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals report that most of the injuries would have been simply prevented by wearing proper eye protection. Most eye damaging accidents take place when...

Optometry Insight: Carrots and Vision

You may have heard that carrots improve night vision, but is this the truth? Eye care professionals know that the orange vegetable can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, they do contain large quantities of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for the health of your eyes and...

May is UV Awareness Month

  Thanks to education to increase knowledge of the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer), most are familiar with the importance of applying UV blocking sunscreen and using other protective measures during outdoor activities. What is less known is that UV and other...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Care

  Many people find it somewhat confusing navigating the contact lens care aisle of some pharmacies. But as daunting as it is, it's essential to understand proper contact lens care. Failure to properly tend to your contact lenses can lead to a variety of eye infections including some that may...

Why RGP’s Might be Right for You

  While soft contact lenses are most common, another lesser-known brand of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes known as oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, GP lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they are longer-lasting, offer better vision quality, and offer better resilience. Additionally they can...

Advice for Preventing the Effects of Eye Allergies

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to spring eye allergies. For many, spring is eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are often a result of...

Should You Purchase Your Next Pair of Glasses on the Internet?

While many people are accustomed to buying more and more products through the Internet, glasses are one product that needs to be carefully reviewed before you click that purchase button. Why? Even though online optical dealers often promote reduced rates, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optician far outweigh...

Dry Eyes Getting To You? Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Moist This Cold Season

Although you may refer to winter as the wet season with all the precipitation, the atmosphere is really more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive. Our optometry staff is available to help you find the best ways to keep your eyes hydrated...

In February Spread Awareness About AMD and Low Vision

This month is dedicated to creating awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the foremost source of blindness for individuals age 65 and over. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a term eye care professionals use to categorize major vision loss that is...

Be In the Know About Glaucoma

In order to increase awareness about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of complete vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world....

Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the sunny season. Although most of us are informed of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, how many realize that we need to take precautions during the winter months as well? In truth, the...

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