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Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease - FOX CT

Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease - FOX CT | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: Vital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world. SWITZERLAND (FOX8) Lights, mirrors, action! Scientists are developing smart contact lenses emb...
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Exciting advancements in the use of technology to deliver smart contact lenses of the future.

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The use of technology to develop a smart contact lens of the future is just around the corner!

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Increasing prevalence of myopia underscores need for control

Increasing prevalence of myopia underscores need for control | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Primary Care Optometry News | The incidence of myopia has increased significantly over the past several decades, according to several researchers and presenters who discussed the topic at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Denver in November 2014.Citing a 2009 study from Vitale and colleagues published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, presenters reported that there has been a 17% increase in myopia in 30 years and
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Myopia or nearsightedness is a very important problem in the U.S. and is also associated with other disorders such as choroidal neovascularization, glaucoma, cataract and retinal detachment. The best treatment for Myopia is early control. This is an important reason to schedule an annual eye exam.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 21, 2015 8:01 PM

Interesting article following the American Optometric Association Meeting in November.  The prevalence of Myopia, or nearsightedness in the U.S. has increased significantly, with nearly 42% of the population experiencing this eye disorder. Choroidal neovascularization, glaucoma, cataract and retinal detachment are all diseases associated with myopia as well.  For this reason, it is very important to see an optometrist and get control of myopia as soon as possible. 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 21, 2015 8:14 PM

Myopia, or nearsightedness is a growing problem in the U.S. with a prevalence of nearly 42%. This is a 17% increase over the last 30 years. Myopia is also associated with a higher risk of developing other eye disorders such as choroidal neovascularization, glaucoma, cataract and retinal detachment.  As a result, Optometrists at the recent American Academy of Optometry meeting in Denver, CO expressed their concern for early recognition of Myopia and the associated early treatment.

There have been recent studies linking the high rate of myopia in the United States, and across the world, to a lack of outdoor play by children.

Myopia can be controlled and treated through corrective lenses and also through orthkeratology.  Dr. David Blair is an expert trained in the use of orthkeratology to control myopia. Myopia control is an important reason to schedule an annual eye exam for both children and adults. If you are concerned about myopia, please discuss the diagnosis of myopia and the treatment options with Dr. Blair on your next visit.

 


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No, carrots don’t make your eyesight better

No, carrots don’t make your eyesight better | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
A new video from the American Chemical Society gets into the fascinating history of the carrot rumor: It's actually a story of wartime espionage.
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This is a fun story on the origins of the Carrots for super eyesight legend.  Carrots do have Vitamin A which is beneficial to your eyes, however, eating more carrots does not provide exceptional vision. This article states that the legend of carrots for super vision had its origins in World War II.

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5 Important Tips for Better Eye Health in a Digital World

5 Important Tips for Better Eye Health in a Digital World | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, is a licensed VSP Vision Care provider based in Tampa, Florida specializing in children’s vision, computer vision, and orthokeratology. You can v...
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Some great tips for caring for your eyes in this new digital world

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 22, 2014 7:25 PM

Very good tips from an Optometrist regarding caring for your eyes in this digital world.

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Very good tips for caring for your eyes in this digital world!

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The Duchess Has Landed! See Kate Middleton's NYC Looks #fashiondesign

The Duchess Has Landed! See Kate Middleton's NYC Looks #fashiondesign | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
1. Kate Middleton has officially landed in New York! See the looks the Duchess of Cambridge has worn so far. [Us Weekly]

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Let us know if you see the Prince and Duchess in town!

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Photons double up to make the invisible visible

Photons double up to make the invisible visible | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
People have infrared vision — and it could be the result of pairs of photons combining their energies to appear as one 'visible' photon.

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Interesting research regarding the visible spectrum for the human eye.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 5, 2014 9:05 PM

This is a very interesting scientific article regarding the visible spectrum and recent research that suggests that people can see infrared light.

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Contact Lens

Contact Lens | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Quick tips on Soft Contact Lens Types
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With the recent information from the CDC on infections due to poor contact lens hygiene, daily disposable contact lenses are a great option for many patients.

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Eye care important for people with diabetes

Eye care important for people with diabetes | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Most people are aware that diabetes can have significant effects on the kidneys, heart, feet and eyes. However, few people are aware that it can affect the eyes without causing symptoms or blurry vision. It is not uncommon for diabetic eye disease to be present when a patient is first diagnosed with diabetes. The good news is most mild eye changes are reversible with good control of blood sugar.
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Caring for your eyes is a very important part of health care for those living with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes.  The optometrist is often the 1st practitioner to identify diabetes through retinal imaging.

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Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It?

Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It? | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Many stores and websites are selling these decorative lenses illegally without a prescription and putting your vision at risk. Here's how to safely get those Twilight vampire eyes, multi-color lenses, or other fashion lenses.
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Halloween is a fun time in NYC and wearing costume contact lenses can add to a great costume.  There are safe ways to get fitted for costume contact lenses.  Please give our office a call if you are interested in costume contact lenses and our optometrists can help you 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 24, 2014 6:47 PM

These are very good tips from the FDA regarding decorative contact lenses.  If you have any questions, please call our office or set up an appointment with one of our doctors.  As one doctor said---"You'd never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 24, 2014 6:49 PM

Our practice has a great selection of safe and fun costume contact lenses for Halloween.  Please give our office a call so you can get your fun Halloween lenses under the supervision of one of our optometrists.

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Bono: I’ve had glaucoma for past 20 years

Bono: I’ve had glaucoma for past 20 years | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
U2 frontman says his trademark dark glasses are down to chronic ocular condition that can make eyes more sensitive to light
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Bono revealed recently in an interview that he wears his cool sunglasses due to a 20 year battle with Glaucoma.  Glaucoma can cause your eyes to be highly sensitive to light, and may eventually lead to blindness if not treated.  Bono's experience is an important reminder to see your eye doctor at least once per year for an eye examination which includes Glaucoma screening.  

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 17, 2014 6:16 PM

Bono just shared with his fans that he wears his trademark sunglasses due to sensitivity from light from Glaucoma.  Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness and may be effectively treated if detected early. If you have not had a vision exam in a while, please visit our office online to schedule an appointment at http://www.cccontacts.com

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:54 PM

Bono recently revealed that his trademark sunglasses were the result of a Glaucoma diagnosis about 20 years ago.  U2's star singer explained that his eyes were sensitive to light as a result of Glaucoma.  Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and may be appropriately treated if diagnosed early.  Glaucoma screening is an integral part of a comprehensive eye exam.  Please don't forget to schedule an eye exam if you have not seen an optometrist in a long time.  An eye exam can help screen for Glaucoma, vision disorders like presbyopia, and wellness related conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.  Please visit us today at http://royvision.com

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Infographic: What You Should Know If Your Child Is Nearsighted

Infographic: What You Should Know If Your Child Is Nearsighted | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Is your child nearsighted? Here are the facts you need to know. (Some might surprise you!)
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The prevalence of Myopia or near-sightedness is up to about 42% vs only 25% in the early 70's.  Find this and other helpful facts on this link.

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The incidence of myopia has increase significantly since the early 70's.  Nearly 42% of people have myopia or nearsightedness today. 

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This is a helpful infographic about a very common disorder, myopia or nearsightedness.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 10, 2014 2:27 PM

These are very important facts about myopia in children.  Myopia is also known as nearsightedness.  Once of the key causes of myopia is when the eybeall grows too long during childhood. Myopia is often a caused by heredity. 

The prevalence of myopia is on the rise.  In the early 70s only 25% of people were known to have myopia.  Now, the prevalence is 42%.

The prevalence of myopia is much higher in Asian countries.  In some Asian countries, the prevalence of myopia is near 80%


Treatment for myopia is usually vision corrective lenses.  Orthokeratology is another treatment for myopia which involves wearing special contact lenses at night. These lenses gently reshape the cornea of your eye so you can see clearly the next day.  Dr. Blair is a leading provider of orthokeratology treatments for myopia.  If you are concerned about your child's eyesight and would like to discuss treatment solutions with Dr. Blair, please contact our office at 859-586-3937 


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Need increases to educate patients, offer protection against blue light

Need increases to educate patients, offer protection against blue light | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

"Eye care providers have been helping patients protect their eyes from ultraviolet light for decades."

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In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 25, 2014 6:18 PM

In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

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Newly discovered cause of glaucoma may lead to new treatments

Newly discovered cause of glaucoma may lead to new treatments | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

Scientists in the US have uncovered a molecular cause of glaucoma which may lead to the development of eye drops to repair faulty drainage vessels in the eye.

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Some exciting research that may yield to a breakthrough in the treatment of Glaucoma

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 18, 2014 7:25 PM

Very interesting early research which may yield to a great breakthrough in the care of patients with Glaucoma. A team at Northwestern University, Illinois, identified the signalling pathway which regulates the drainage of fluid from the eye, maintaining intraocular pressure (IOP) – a key risk factor for glaucoma.


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A Crisis in Vision

A Crisis in Vision | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Pinpointing the causes of increased vision loss in children and youth is not facile. Some explanations for increased vision loss point to the digital age as the culprit.
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Childhood myopia is a growing problem worldwide.  Be sure to schedule an annual eye exam for your children for early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.  http://www.eastsideoptometric.com 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, March 10, 2015 6:44 PM

This article discusses the growing trend of myopia, or nearsightedness, in children across the world.  In fact, the increase in myopia has been seen mostly in the higher income families across the world, leading some to point to the use of digital media as the culprit. Myopia may be corrected with lenses and diagnosed during an eye exam.  Please be sure to schedule your annual eye exam for your children.  http://www.royvision.com

UpTempo Group's curator insight, March 10, 2015 6:48 PM

Myopia, or nearsightedness is a growing problem in children across the globe. Researchers haven't pinpointed the cause for this increase in childhood myopia, but it is believed by some that digital media may be the cause.  Please remember to schedule an annual eye exam for your children. Myopia may be diagnosed during an eye exam. Please schedule an exam online at http://www.cccontacts.com

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Last line of defense: Sports-safe eyewear a must

Last line of defense: Sports-safe eyewear a must | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Thousands suffer sports-related eye injuries each year and nearly all can be prevented by using the proper protective eyewear, but do patients know what’s considered ‘proper’ eye protection?
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If your child is playing youth sports, please discuss proper eye protection with our optometrists.  For children needing vision correction and those with no need for corrective lenses, protective eye wear is very important to avoid eye injuries.  As this article mentions, basketball provides the greatest risk of eye injury in youth sports.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 14, 2015 2:10 PM

This is an important article from the American Optometric Association discussing appropriate eye wear for competitive sports.  The article mentions a Harvard University place kicker that wore dress wear eyeglasses on the field in an important game. 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 14, 2015 2:13 PM

If your children are playing competitive sports, please discuss eye protection with one of our optometrists.  All youth sports have a high degree of risk due to eye injury, with basketball topping the list. Proper corrective eye wear on the field or court is a must. 

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Column: Aging and eye health — a reason to go green

Column: Aging and eye health — a reason to go green | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
While many folks know a carrot a day can help keep the eye doctor away, few realize that kale is the superior eye-strengthening veggie.
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Kale is high in lutien, often referred to as the "eye vitamin". Leafy green vegetables like  Kale and Spinach may offer protection against eye disorders such as Age Related Macular Degeneration according to this article.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 30, 2014 3:56 PM

As this article states, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale offer the highest amount of lutein per serving, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Lutien is also known as the "eye vitamin" and may help to prevent diseases such as age-related macular degeneration - the leading cause of vision loss among those 50 and older in the U.S.


The macula is the small spot near the center of the eye which is responsible for sharp, central vision The macula is essential for everyday activities such as driving a car, reading, and recognizing someone's face. A daily intake of Lutien through supplements or green vegetables such as kale and spinach, may help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration.


Some risk factors for age - related macular degeneration include Caucasian race, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.  Smoking increases the risk of age- related macular degeneration by a multiple of 4! Patients with AMD often first notice their problems with the disease when their reading rate decreases significantly.


If you are over 50, please schedule an eye care appointment with Dr. Blair and discuss the benefits of good nutrition for your overall wellness and vision care.


 

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New Smartphone App Helps Detect Vision Problems in Young Patients - UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

New Smartphone App Helps Detect Vision Problems in Young Patients - UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Incredible. "@IllinoisEyeBank: smartphone app can now detect #vision problems in newborns and young children http://t.co/y55s0WTchz"
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Exciting research from University at Buffalo, using smartphone technology to view images of the back of the eye in newborns and children.  

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 19, 2014 12:16 PM

Interesting technology developed by researchers at the University of at Buffalo where they have successfully used a smartphone app to image the back of the eye, or fundus, in patients who can be particularly challenging to examine: newborns and children.  This is a nice breakthrough in settings where access to eye imaging equipment is not readily available.

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Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Sure as the season, some toys that turn up on the most-popular lists are also considered a safety hazard. So best to skip the LED crossbow, eye doctors say.
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Please, no BB Guns this Holiday Season!

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‘Go play outside, kids:’ Natural light reduces risk of nearsightedness in children, scientists say

‘Go play outside, kids:’ Natural light reduces risk of nearsightedness in children, scientists say | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Exposure to sunshine reduces the risk of nearsightedness in genetically predisposed children, according to a new study.
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Interesting article reviews the recent research which encourages sunshine exposure for kids to reduce the risk of developing myopia in genetically predisposed children

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 2, 2014 1:54 PM

This is an interesting article that discusses the need for at least 12 hours of sunlight a week for a child.Researchers found that children that were genetically predisposed to myopia may reduce their risk of becoming nearsighted by spending more time outdoors.  The reasons for this aren't yet clear to the scientists: "Between the ages of five and nine, a child's eye is still growing," said  Mutti. "Sometimes this growth causes the distance between the lens and the retina to lengthen, leading to nearsightedness. We think these different types of outdoor light may help preserve the proper shape and length of the eye during that growth period."

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How aging affects your eye's health - The News-Press

How aging affects your eye's health - The News-Press | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Aging affects our eyes, so here’s some things to look out for
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Important article discussed the key areas of concern for our eyes as we age. If you haven't scheduled an annual eye exam in some time, please visit our optometrists at our office near Grand Central Station, http://www.eastsideoptometric.com

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 13, 2014 3:46 PM

As we get older, our eyes become more susceptible to disease and other issues.  An annual eye exam becomes a very important aspect of our Wellness.  This article outlines some of the key areas to look out for as we age.

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5 Foods for Healthy Eyes

5 Foods for Healthy Eyes | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
These five surprising foods will help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp.
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Nice Article on nutrition for your eyes.  Which of these foods are your favorite?

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:48 PM

Some nice nutritional tips for your eyes.  Upon your next visit, be sure to discuss nutrition for your eyes with one of our optometrists.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:50 PM

Nutrition for your eyes is much more than just carrots.  This is a very good reminder of some of the key nutritional benefits from fruits and vegetables.

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Screen time: How device use affects children’s vision

Screen time: How device use affects children’s vision | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

the AOA survey asked children—and their parents—about the relationship between their screen time and vision.

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The use of technology may have an impact on the vision of our children based on recent survey results from the American Optometric Association 

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5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day - Huffington Post

5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day - Huffington Post | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
By working with schools, local optometrists, community partners, and a network of sight leaders, Education In Sight bridges the gap between students and comprehensive, quality eye care by bringing the care directly to students in the schools....
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These are important facts regarding vision care for children in the U.S. among these stats: Vision disorders are the most common disorders among American School Age Children

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 10, 2014 2:53 PM

This article is filled with important stats regarding vision care: Vision disorders are the most common disorders among American School Age Children, 25% of children from 5-17 years old have an undiagnosed vision issue, Kids with good vision do better in school. This article is an important reminder to schedule an annual eye exam for your children with one of our top optometrists.

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CLCS urges patient education on contact lenses

CLCS urges patient education on contact lenses | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

e The AOA is committed to safeguarding the public against illegally sold contact lenses. Members are urged to continue federal reporting and public education of these prescription devices.

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If you are considering costume contact lenses for Halloween please give our office a call or visit us online at www.eastsideoptometric.com to set up an appointment.  Our doctors can help you get fitted properly and obtain a prescription needed for the appropriate contact lenses.


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"Plano decorative contact lenses, like any other contact lens used improperly, can cause significant damage including corneal swelling, eye infection and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit. These issues can result in a reduction of visual acuity, diminished contrast sensitivity, or reduced peripheral vision and other eye and vision impairments. These issues have little to do with the contact lens strength." 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 2, 2014 3:09 PM

This is an important reminder from the American Optometric Association regarding costume contact lenses.  Costume contact lenses require a prescription and fitting just like normal contact lenses and should be prescribed by a doctor of optometry or opthalmology. If you are considering costume contact lenses, please set up an appointment at our office.  Our doctors can help you with the right fitting and prescription, and we have a great selection of costume lenses in stock for Halloween.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 2, 2014 3:41 PM

With Halloween fast approaching, it is important to remember that all contact lenses require a prescription and fitting.  The American Optometric Association just announced a reminder to patients that they should not get contacts lenses for Halloween without a valid prescription.  If you are considering costume contact lenses for Halloween, please call our office to set up an appointment.  Our doctors can help you with the right fitting and prescription.

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New therapeutic target may prevent blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy

New therapeutic target may prevent blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
New research opens the possibility of developing new, more selective drugs to control the abnormal growth of blood vessels and prevent blindness including retinopathy of prematurity, a disorder that may result in retinal detachment due to abnormal...
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Exciting information regarding a possible new therapeutic target for treatment of abnormal proliferation of blood vessels. 

Abnormal proliferation of blood vessels may lead to a number of disorders. Therefore, the finding may offer therapeutic potential for other conditions, particularly proliferative diabetic retinopathy and cancer. 


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