Monthly Archives: March 2016

Top 5 Reasons to get an Eye Exam

Stanton Optical 5 Reasons to Get an Eye Exam

 

  • Visual Acuity
    • Just like other parts of your body start to change as you age, your eyes begin to deteriorate as well. Checking your vision on a regular basis ensures that your visual acuity is the best it can be. Comprehensive eye exams can help control the headaches and fatigue caused by having the wrong prescription, and can also help detect computer vision syndrome.
  • Eye Diseases
    • Many of the serious eye conditions that can cause blindness are known to not show any symptoms. Theses conditions are known to develop gradually and you may not realize that your vision has changed. The diseases that can be diagnosed with an eye exam are glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. Most of these eye diseases can only be diagnosed by an eye doctor, during a comprehensive eye exam.
  • Medical Conditions
    • They weren’t lying when they said that the eyes were the windows to the soul. They are also the window to your overall health. Your eyes can help detect systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
  • Developmental Problems
    • Our eyes expose us to the world we live in and contribute to our learning. Making sure that your eyes are in optimal health is crucial to having a lifetime of vision and sight. When it comes to children, uncorrected vision can cause “lazy eye” or “eye turn,” which can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.
  • Healthy Vision and Stylish Eyewear
    • The main reason for visiting your eye doctor should be for your eye health, but it could also be for the fashionable eyewear you can buy at Stanton Optical. Our stores house more than 3,000 designer eyeglass frames. Our frame specialists will help you find the perfect pair!

If it’s been some time since your last eye exam, stop by a Stanton Optical location near you and schedule your FREE eye exam!

Save Your Vision Month

Stanton Optical Save Your Vision Month

March is National Save Your Vision Month and we want to educate and inform our customers about the importance of getting a yearly comprehensive eye exam and protecting your vision.

Just as you take care of your body by eating healthy and exercising regularly, you should also care for and upkeep your eye health. Having clear vision does not necessarily mean healthy vision. Getting a yearly comprehensive eye exam can prevent and detect serious eye issues such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. As we get older it is recommended that we get a yearly eye exam to make sure our prescription hasn’t changed and to be able to detect any eye issues early on.

Aside from detecting eye diseases, a regular eye exam can also help detect systemic diseases. Some of the systemic diseases that can be detected with an eye exam are hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The eye doctor can detect those conditions by looking at the blood vessels in your eye to make sure they don’t appear abnormal.

Most comprehensive eye exams include:

  • Visual Field Test: The most common part of your eye exam. This tests for things such as tunnel vision as well as the underlying causes if applicable.
  • Glaucoma Test: This procedure tests for glaucoma. The eye doctor will administer eye drops that numb the eye to detect any symptoms of glaucoma.
  • Retinoscopy: This test is most commonly used for small children and people who have problems communicating. Eye doctors use a retinoscope to shine a light into the eye, allowing the doctor to observe the reaction of the retina.
  • Refraction: This test uses a refractor that is placed over the eyes of the patient as a mask. The patient observes eye charts through various lenses and allows the doctor to assess visual acuity and the strength of corrective lens the patient may need.
  • Cover Test: This test is used on children to detect the presence of “lazy eye.”
  • Slit Lamp Examination: This part of the exam helps detect any structural problems within the eye, that could go unnoticed otherwise. The doctor places fluorescent drops in the patient’s eyes that help the doctor examine the inner workings of the eye.

Lastly, since we live in a digital world nowadays, it’s important to also protect your vision from the digital screens and eye strain. We may not notice the effect of digital eye strain, but with time, the symptoms will begin to show in your eyesight.

Three things to remember throughout save your vision month and every day:

  • Give your eyes a break: With the hecticness of everyday life and work it is easy to forget to give your eyes a break from the digital screens. Most of the time we don’t realize that our eyes can suffer from the blue light emitted from the digital screens. As mentioned before, the best way to give your eyes a break is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule states that you should stare at an object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds, for every 20 minutes you spend staring at a screen.
  • Shop Smart: Buying your eyewear online may seem like the most convenient way to buy prescription eyewear. While in most cases this is true, most of the time it can cause more damage and cost more money in the long run. Most online prescription eyewear have errors in the prescription and fails to meet the minimum safety standards.
  • Don’t cut corners: Just because you can see clearly, does not mean that you should skip your yearly comprehensive eye exam. It is important that you schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor every year to ensure optimal eye health.

Next time you want to overlook getting a yearly eye exam, remember all the benefits of obtaining an eye exam and schedule yours at  a Stanton Optical location near you!

 

March: Workplace Eye Protection Month

Stanton Optical Workplace Eye Protection

 

In the eye health world, the month of March is known as Workplace Eye Protection month. In an effort to promote optimal eye health and  eye protection in the workplace, we’ve created this blog post that discusses how to properly protect your eyes at work.

In today’s workplace, protecting your eyes goes further than just using protective goggles when working with heavy machinery or tools. Nowadays, you have to also protect our eyes from the damage caused by computer screens and prolonged amounts of time staring at screens. Digital Eye Strain is becoming more of an issue nowadays.

Tips on Protecting Your Vision from Digital Devices

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes you sit at your computer, stare at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Remember to blink: It is common not to blink when working on your computer, but it is vital to blink so that you moisten your eyes and prevent dry eyes.
  • Take Breaks: While most people take two 15 minute breaks throughout the day, it is recommended that you take shorter, more frequent breaks from your computer. When taking these breaks make sure to stretch and move around so that your eyes can rest.
  • Purchase Computer Eyewear: Eye Doctors can prescribe computer eyewear that can help alleviate eye strain if you are a heavy electronics user.

Tips on Protecting Your Vision from Tools

  • Use approved protective eyewear.
  • Always use eye protection when using power tools including shop tools and lawn care equipment.
  • When mixing or using household cleaning products, make sure to use splash resistant eyewear.
  • Select eyewear appropriate for sports and hobbies to protect against foreign objects or impact injuries.
  • Wear UV protective sunglasses when outside.

What To Do In Case of an Eye Emergency

  • If you receive an impact injury to the eye: Place an ice pack, gently, so that it can control the swelling. Cover the eyes to prevent movement and seek medical attention.
  • Burn or Radiation: Place ice packs on the burn and seek out medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Debris: If any type of debris gets into your eye, make sure not to rub your eyes or try to remove the embedded object (s). In order to prevent the object from moving, cover the eye and seek out medical help.
  • Chemical Splash: Rinse eyes out with cold water for 15 minutes and seek out medical attention immediately.

 

Following these tips will help you protect your eyesight to ensure that it lasts a lifetime!

 

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, stop by a Stanton Optical location near you!