5 Healthy Habits for Contact Lens Wearers

Contact Lenses are medical devices and require a prescription. Our practice will help you determine if contacts are best for your lifestyle.  Here are 5 healthy habits for current wearers to help keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. 1. Always wash, rinse, and dry hands before handling contact lenses.         2. Always use fresh, unexpired lens care solutions.  To store lenses, disinfect with solution and leave them in the closed case. Rinse the lens case with solution …
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“If You Cross Your Eyes; They’ll Stay that Way” – The Truth Behind Eye and Vision Myths

You may have distinct memories of a parent telling you all the ways you can “ruin your eyes”. Throughout the years, many myths have been repeated about eyes and vision. Let’s uncover the truth behind the myths. Myth 1. If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way. Your eye muscles allow you to move your eyes in all directions.  Crossed eyes typically result from disease, uncorrected vision, or from muscle or nerve damage, not from forcing them to cross. …
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Professional Eye Care Center Named One of the Nation’s Best Practices

Professional Eye Care Center Named One of the Nation’s Best Practices by CooperVision NILES, Ill., May 3, 2021 — For its leadership in optometry and delivery of exceptional care to its patients, Professional Eye Care Center has been named a 2021 Best Practices honoree by CooperVision—one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. Now in its sixth year, the Best Practices initiative seeks to discover and recognize U.S. eye care practices that have found unique ways to drive …
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Top 5 Risk Factors of Glaucoma

March 7-13, 2021 is World Glaucoma Awareness Week.  With over 70 million people diagnosed worldwide, Glaucoma occurs without symptoms, is the third leading cause of blindness and can only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.  Making your vision a top priority is key  so let’s review what Glaucoma is and the top five risk factors. Our eyes are filled with clear fluid.  In a healthy eye, the pressure of these fluids remains within a healthy range because old fluid …
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FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNTS – USE IT. DON’T LOSE IT.

Flexible spending accounts are a great way to pay for your healthcare costs, including your eyecare. The money is taken out of pretax dollars, lowering your tax liability. However, if you do not use the money by the end of the year, you will lose it. Vision-related services and expenses that may qualify for reimbursement include: Eye Health Examination Contact Lenses Eyeglasses Computer Eyeglasses Prescription Sunglasses Laser Vision Correction Use it, don’t lose it.  Schedule your appointment today.  Call us …
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Halloween Safety Tips

Safety is the key for our health and our eye health. Follow these safety tips to make sure your Halloween does not become a nightmare. Eye Safety Tips for you and your goblins: Avoid costumes that obscure vision. Use only products approved for use on the skin. Keep products away from the eyes. Never use old makeup. Use care in removing make up to avoid getting any in the eyes. Be sure to remove all of the makeup before going …
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Suit Up For Sports Safety

Shin guards for soccer, shoulder pads for football, and batting helmets for baseball and softball. Almost every sport has its own unique safety equipment, but according to Dr. Pamela Lowe, most participants in sports forget to protect one of the most important parts of the body: the eyes. “Sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children under 16,” Dr. Lowe said. “Most of these could be avoided simply by wearing proper eye protection.” Protective sports eyewear can help …
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4 Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Most people remember to protect their eyes from the sun, but what about other elements? Don’t let eye issues hold you back from enjoying the summer season with these helpful tips: 1. DRINK WATER Staying hydrated fights against dry eyes, which often worsens during hot weather. 2. USE SWIM GOGGLES Never open your eyes underwater without goggles, especially in chlorinated pools. 3. TURN DOWN THE AIR CONDITIONING The A/C may cool you off, but it also reduces humidity causing eye …
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How To Cope With Social Distancing

Social distancing has become the new normal, with one-third of Americans now under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, but experts say that level of isolation can be hard on your health. ​”We don’t know for sure what the long-term health outcomes of widespread forced social isolation will be, but given what we know about the effects of social isolation and stress on physical and mental health, there is reason to be concerned,” said Tess Thompson, a research assistant …
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Contact Lenses and COVID-19

Be assured there is NO evidence that contact lens wearers are more at risk for a coronavirus infection compared to eyeglass wearers. Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly when handling contact lenses. Those who are ill, with cold or flu-like symptoms, should always avoid using contact lenses until they are healthy.  With the day to day changes surrounding COVID-19, we have enacted the CDC recommendation to only see patients on an urgent need basis.  If you are a contact …
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