Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice.
Dec 01, 2021
Before you head to the toy store for some holiday shopping, learn about what makes a toy or game a hazard for eye injuries. By selecting the appropriate toy, you can help prevent a child from sustaining a serious eye injury, and even blindness.
Nov 25, 2021
Creating healthy living habits is a great way to preserve your vision throughout your lifetime. These can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.
Nov 22, 2021
Concerned that your child might need glasses? Here are 7 warning signs that parents and educators should look out for that may indicate problems with a child’s eyesight.
Nov 15, 2021
While the days may be getting shorter and the weather cooler, it doesn’t mean the sun has stopped emitting harmful UV rays. Wearing sunglasses year round can protect your eyes from the sun and protect you from getting certain eye diseases.
Nov 08, 2021
Diabetics have a significantly higher risk of developing serious eye diseases than non-diabetics. Find out how diabetes can affect your eyes and what you can do to prevent vision loss.
Nov 01, 2021
Just as it’s become second nature to wash our hands, it’s equally important to thoroughly clean our glasses. Ignoring this important task allows germs, including COVID-19, to accumulate on the lenses and frames. Here are a few easy steps you can take to properly disinfect your glasses.
Nov 01, 2021
If you've noticed that your vision turns hazy after enjoying a meal, you may have an early stage of diabetes mellitus. Here's how your optometrist can help.
Oct 25, 2021
How much do your genetics influence your eye health? Here we explore the link between family history and eye disease, and what you can do to help keep your eyes healthy despite your genetics.
Oct 18, 2021
Halloween is a time to dress up and embrace a new look. One way to do this is with decorative contact lenses. However, if not fitted properly or obtained from an unreliable vendor, these lenses can damage your eyes and lead to vision loss. Find out what you can do to prevent such an occurrence
Oct 11, 2021
Do your eyes feel irritated when you wear eye makeup? Your eye makeup routine might not be dry-eye-friendly. Here we explain why certain eye makeup products can cause or exacerbate dry eye symptoms, and what you can do to accentuate your eyes without irritation.
Oct 11, 2021
Eye care is just as important for children as it is for adults. The sooner you teach your children how to care for their eyes, the more likely they will be to ingrain these habits for life. Here are some tips for kids!
Oct 05, 2021
Do your eyes become irritated and itchy when you wear contact lenses? Could be dry eye syndrome, allergies or the contact lenses themselves. Read on to find out what to do if you experience contact lens discomfort.
Oct 04, 2021
While purchasing a new pair of glasses online may seem more convenient, there are many advantages to purchasing them from a local eye care store. Here are 3 reasons to get your glasses from your neighborhood optometrist.
Sep 29, 2021
Mosquito bites are annoying but on the eyelid they can be particularly uncomfortable and even impact your vision. Find out what you can do to treat the bite at home, and when it's a good idea to contact your optometrist.
Sep 27, 2021
Healthy eyes extend far beyond healthy vision. Read on to learn how vision problems can impact you, and how having your eyes checked regularly can lower your risks.
Sep 20, 2021
You can’t force kids to wear their glasses, but you can help make it easier. Here are our top 5 tips to help convince your child to wear their glasses.
Sep 13, 2021
Cataracts, which are a natural part of aging, cause your vision to become cloudy. Luckily, there are things you can do to try to delay the progression of cataracts. A good place to start is your diet. Find out which foods to avoid and which to add to your diet.
Sep 06, 2021
What we eat is not only important for your health but for your eyes as well. Our eyes need certain vitamins and nutrients to keep them healthy. Find out what food you should add or avoid to help delay the progression of your age-related macular degeneration.
Aug 30, 2021
Spending countless hours of our lives staring at screens comes at a price. It can cause headaches, eye strain and dry eye symptoms. What is blue light, and how can blue light glasses prevent or alleviate digital eye strain?
Aug 23, 2021
Here’s what we know about the benefits of blue-blocking glasses so far. Read on to find out whether blue light glasses could be right for you.
Aug 16, 2021
Parents always want to protect their children from harm’s way. But sometimes they forget to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sunglasses are an easy way to shield your child’s eyes from the sun and thus prevent certain eye diseases.
Aug 15, 2021
As we age our eyes start to change, but that doesn’t mean you have to struggle with declining vision. Find out what you can do to maintain eye health after the age of 50.
Aug 10, 2021
Although COVID is still present in our lives, we are slowly returning to a semi-normal life. With so many disruptions this past year, the one thing that should be consistent is your child's back-to-school eye evaluations.
Aug 09, 2021
An eye twitch can develop for a number of reasons and last from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the cause. Most eye twitches are mild and will go away on their own as soon as the underlying cause is resolved. Find out what may be causing your eye to twitch and what you can do to relieve it.
Aug 01, 2021
Child squinting, or holding objects unusually close or far away from his or her eyes? Children's eye exams in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Jul 29, 2021
If you wear contact lenses, you likely appreciate the freedom it provides. But did you know that wearing contact lenses in water or while sleeping can damage your eyes?
Jul 26, 2021
Whether or not your child wears glasses, now is the time to have their eyes checked! Good vision is essential for learning and succeeding in school, so bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam before the new school year begins.
Jul 20, 2021
Choosing the right eye drops to relieve dry eye syndrome can be a real challenge, as there are several brands and products on the market. Learn all about the types of artificial tears available and start feeling better today.
Jul 19, 2021
Do blue light glasses really work? Read on to learn what science has to say about blue light and whether your child may benefit from a pair of blue light glasses.
Jul 12, 2021
People with astigmatism can wear contact lenses, but finding the best lenses for their eyes can be tricky. Learn about the types of lenses that provide clear and comfortable vision for those with astigmatism.
Jul 05, 2021
Eye Doctor In Blacksburg Digital eye exams allow the optometrist to detect changes to your eyes faster and with greater accuracy. Eye conditions can now be detected earlier, resulting in improved treatment, thanks to new and improved digital equipment. What Is a Digital Eye Exam? You've probably already had a...
Jun 28, 2021
Sunglasses are so much more than an accessory. They can lower your risk of developing dangerous eye diseases, and can keep you looking younger and seeing clearly, no matter how bright it is outside. Read on to discover the many benefits associated with wearing shades.
Jun 22, 2021
Since blue eyes contain very little melanin — a pigment that helps block out light, including the sun’s harmful UV rays and blue light — they often feel more sensitive to bright light. Find out more.
Jun 21, 2021
Optical Store & Vision Center in Blacksburg, Virginia No matter how much you love your current pair of glasses, there comes a time when you need to say goodbye to your old pair of specs and replace them with a new pair. But how can you determine when it's time...
Jun 17, 2021
More and more children are being diagnosed with myopia, a common refractive error associated with developing serious eye diseases later in life, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Find out what myopia is and how to prevent it from progressing
Jun 14, 2021
Though swimming in contact lenses may be tempting, it can lead to infection and redness. Read on to discover how you can see clearly when swimming without compromising on eye health.
Jun 07, 2021
At EYES on Main, our optometric team works with you to find the perfect frames and lenses to match your lifestyle.
Jun 01, 2021
Contact lenses can be a great choice for teens needing vision correction. If your teens have been asking you for contact lenses, you may want to read on to determine if they’re ready.
May 25, 2021
Dilated eye exams make it possible for eye doctors to better assess your eye health and are the only way to detect certain eye diseases.
May 24, 2021
Do you play sports outdoors? Here are 5 compelling reasons to wear prescription sports sunglasses.
May 20, 2021
Multifocal contact lenses can help people with presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) see clearly, whether focusing on close or distant objects.
May 17, 2021
Visiting your eye doctor regularly is important for good eye health. But did you know it can also be good for your overall health? Find out what general health issues your eye doctor may uncover during a comprehensive eye exam.
May 10, 2021
As adults, we know to protect our eyes from the sun with sunglasses, yet many parents don’t realize that their baby’s eyes are especially prone to sun damage.
May 03, 2021
Eye exams & Optical Store in Blacksburg, Virginia. Answers to some of the most common eye care and vision questions.
Apr 28, 2021
Ever wonder why rock superstar Bono wears sunglasses, even when indoors? It's not due to his "look", but rather is related to managing his glaucoma.
Apr 26, 2021
Here are some basic tips to keep your glasses in optimal condition and increase their lifespan.
Apr 19, 2021
Knowing whether your baby’s vision is healthy can be difficult— but not impossible. Here are some telltale signs of vision problems in babies and toddlers.
Apr 12, 2021
If you’ve ever had watery, itchy, red eyes, you know what it’s like to have eye allergies. Learn more about eye allergies — what they are and how we can help you attain long-lasting relief.
Apr 06, 2021
Eye herpes can cause several uncomfortable symptoms and recurring flare-ups. In extreme cases, it can lead to blindness. Discover how your eye doctor can help.
Apr 05, 2021
Glaucoma is a primary cause of preventable vision loss and blindness among adults in North America. Early detection is crucial. Fortunately, your eye doctor can detect glaucoma, prevent or minimize vision loss, and help you make the most of your remaining vision.
Mar 29, 2021
Macular degeneration is a vision-threatening eye disease that many people experience as they age. It affects the macula — an area of the retina that is responsible for clear central vision. Learn more about macular degeneration and what symptoms to look out for.
Mar 22, 2021
Prescription sunglasses offer the right prescription for your eyes as well as sun protection. Here are 3 reasons why prescription sunglasses are a must for anyone who wears glasses or contact lenses.
Mar 20, 2021
Many factors contribute to vision loss, some of which may even be relevant to you. Read on to learn what puts a person at risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases, and discover what an eye doctor can do to help.
Mar 15, 2021
Here we discuss the main causes of blindness, and explain what you can do to reduce your chances of severe vision loss.
Mar 14, 2021
Sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure and heart failure; it also causes eye-related issues. Find out how your eye condition may be linked to sleep apnea.
Mar 07, 2021
If you’ve developed dry eye syndrome while wearing a face mask, you know just how uncomfortable the condition can be. Between now and your eye doctor appointment, there are a few things you can do to minimize your dry eye symptoms.
Mar 01, 2021
Sunglasses aren’t only an accessory. They’re a necessity. Looking good is all well and fun, but protecting your eyes should be your main priority. When buying sunglasses, combine fashion with practicality.
Feb 25, 2021
Glare is that annoying bright light that causes you to squint. It also can cause eye strain when using your computer. Luckily, anti-glare coated glasses offer many benefits, such as reduced glare, allowing you to see and feel better.
Feb 21, 2021
If you wear contact lenses, here are our top “do’s and don’ts” of wearing and caring for your lenses.
Feb 17, 2021
We spend countless hours of our lives staring at screens. But all this screen time comes at a price, commonly causing headaches, eye strain, insomnia and, according to some studies, damage to the retina. What are blue light glasses and can they prevent or alleviate these problems? Read on to find out!
Feb 15, 2021
Night blindness is not an eye disease. It’s a symptom of several conditions that can range from mild to severe. Learn more about night blindness and discover ways we can help.
Feb 11, 2021
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and you still don’t have a gift? Consider getting them a pair of designer sunglasses they'll love!
Feb 07, 2021
Do your eyes burn or feel gritty? You may have dry eye syndrome. While home remedies can help relieve your dry eye symptoms, it’s important to have your eye doctor diagnose and treat the condition. Here are 5 home remedies to help make your eyes feel more comfortable until you can visit your eye doctor.
Feb 01, 2021
Harsh winter weather can irritate your eyes — especially if you wear contacts. Here are some tips to make contact lens wearing hassle-free this winter.
Jan 27, 2021
It may surprise you to learn that contact lenses can be safely worn by children aged 8 and over. Read on to learn more about contact lenses for the younger demographic.
Jan 25, 2021
There are many benefits to buying blue light glasses. The lenses keep you from experiencing eye strain, headaches and other side effects of blue light exposure. However, there's a lot of guesswork and uncertain outcomes when buying them online.
Jan 17, 2021
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month! Here’s what you ought to know about glaucoma and discover how an eye exam could help save your vision.
Jan 13, 2021
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases causing damage to the optic nerve that can lead to vision loss or blindness. While there is a lot of information out there on glaucoma, there are also many misconceptions. Read on to learn to discover the REAL facts.
Jan 10, 2021
New Year, New Benefits! Flexible Spending Accounts & Vision Benefits. Start the new year by learning how to use your FSA and HSA benefits for your next eye exam.
Jan 03, 2021
Every year people make New Year’s resolutions that involve a positive change in their lives. One of your resolutions should include maintaining healthy eyes.
Dec 24, 2020
Wearing sunglasses in the winter can protect your eyes from sun damage, lower your risk of eye disease, and prevent a condition called snow blindness... Make sure to wear a high-quality pair of 100% UV-blocking sunglasses whenever outdoors this winter
Dec 21, 2020
Contact lenses that don’t fit properly can cause discomfort and even eye damage. During a contact lens exam, your eye doctor will perform various tests to ensure you get the right prescription and the proper fit.
Dec 20, 2020
Diabetic retinopathy is a sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise you on how to reduce your risk of developing it.
Dec 10, 2020
For many of us, using a computer is part of our daily lives, and our eyes are paying the price: more than half the people who use computers experience eye strain, according to recent data. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize digital eye strain while working at your computer.
Dec 06, 2020
How time flies — the holiday season is just around the corner! Here are 5 eye-friendly gift-giving ideas for family, friends or colleagues who wear eyeglasses that can help them keep their vision clear and bright.
Dec 06, 2020
Yay! 2020 is almost over... and we're looking forward to a peaceful, healthy and joyous 2021!!! As eye doctors, we hoped "20/20" would be a great time to promote the value of eyecare and market our services. What did we know?? As they say, hindsight is 2020 - which is...
Dec 06, 2020
The older one gets, the more the eye changes and the higher the risk of developing sight-threatening conditions. Learn about why middle-aged people need reading glasses and when to visit the eye doctor.
Nov 27, 2020
It is important to not skimp on quality when buying eyeglasses. Furthermore, buying cheap glasses without a thorough eye exam may have lasting effects on your eyes.
Nov 25, 2020
Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise on how to manage and reduce the risk of developing it.
Nov 23, 2020
This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your eyesight by taking care of your eyes. Proper eye care can help maintain eye health and prevent vision problems in the future.
Nov 22, 2020
We are proud to offer RightEye diagnostic testing. In just 5 minutes, this new state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology, which is non-invasive, enables our eye doctors to accurately diagnose and treat functional vision and brain health issues. Excellent for reading problems, enhancing athletic performance, brain injury and concussion patients and so much...
Nov 18, 2020
Women have a higher chance of developing eye conditions and diseases. Read on to learn why, and how an eye doctor can help.
Nov 08, 2020
Don’t let your yearly Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) vision benefits expire with the start of the new year! Here’s why you should act now and schedule your eye exam.
Nov 05, 2020
If you or your child is new to wearing contact lenses, read our Top 5 Tips to make the adjustment easier.
Oct 22, 2020
Applying Halloween eye makeup can be tricky. Follow these costume eye-makeup guidelines to avoid infection and other eye conditions.
Oct 22, 2020
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Why not, you ask? Read on to find out why sunglasses are just as much “fall wear” as jackets are.
Oct 16, 2020
Go ahead and grab a slice of pumpkin pie and a cup of pumpkin latte as you discover how pumpkins support healthy eyes and vision.
Oct 12, 2020
Have fun this Halloween but be informed about common eye infections. At EYES on Main we care about eye safety while partaking in good-spirited fun.
Oct 11, 2020
Consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can support your eye health and potentially ward off serious eye diseases and conditions. Read on to find out more!
Oct 02, 2020
Decorative contact lenses are a fun way to transform into your character on Halloween! But be sure to purchase your contacts from a reliable source — with a valid prescription for contact lenses from an eye doctor — to avoid the risks of infection, corneal abrasion, and other eye problems.
Sep 25, 2020
Can You Limit Blue Light Exposure? Read on to find out.
Sep 23, 2020
Myopia or nearsightedness is most commonly corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As children grow, their prescription often gets stronger, what we call “progressive myopia”. Our eye doctors can help.
Sep 18, 2020
Did you know that blurred vision can be tied to pregnancy? Read on to learn why and how eye doctors can help with your eye care during pregnancy.
Sep 17, 2020
Eye floaters are usually normal. But what causes them and when do they indicate a serious eye problem that needs emergency eye care?
Sep 13, 2020
Just because the weather may be starting to cool down doesn’t mean your eyes no longer need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Here’s our list of the 5 most stylish ways to protect your eyes this fall.
Aug 27, 2020
Driving long distances, prolonged screen time and even reading can cause eye strain symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Here are some eye exercises that can help you relax your eyes and find relief.
Aug 26, 2020
Annual eye exams are important for students of all ages, especially for those who learn online.
Aug 22, 2020
Trifocal lenses correct near vision, intermediate vision, and distance vision without having to wear multiple pairs of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Aug 17, 2020
Adjusting to new eyeglasses can take time, but persistent visual or eyestrain symptoms that accompany your new eyewear could warrant a call to your optometrist.
Aug 14, 2020
While purchasing glasses online may seem more convenient or frugal, there are several reasons why buying eyewear from local optometrists is the better option.
Aug 07, 2020
With online schooling becoming more prevalent, some parents wonder how learning in a virtual classroom will affect their child’s eyes. Read on to learn more about why an eye exam should be your first step in preserving your child’s eye health in this new digital age.
Jul 28, 2020
If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask. But First, Why Do...
Jul 27, 2020
It's fairly common for people to experience blurred vision in a single eye. While in many cases it's a simple refractive error that requires vision correction, at times it may indicate a more serious issue.
Jul 24, 2020
Certain eye problems warrant a visit to the eye doctor. The sooner your eyes are treated, the higher your chances of preventing any long-term ocular damage.
Jul 22, 2020
By caring for your eyes, you not only ensure your visual acuity is up-to-date. You can also prevent a variety of sight-threatening ocular diseases.
Jul 20, 2020
To get maximal eye protection from your sunglasses, consider replacing them every two years, according to a study conducted in Brazil. Over time, protective UV coatings become less effective.
Jul 19, 2020
If you wear bifocal or progressive eyeglasses, progressive sunglasses offer an excellent solution for spending time outdoors. With progressive sunglasses, you’ll not only see better in the sun and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, you will no longer have to switch between glasses and sunglasses
Jul 16, 2020
If you have 20/20 vision, you may think that visiting the eye doctor isn't a priority. However, only a comprehensive eye evaluation can detect underlying vision problems and overall health concerns.
Jul 14, 2020
Many people don't realize they have a vision problem. Perhaps they've gone years without glasses and haven't noticed the gradual change in their vision. Or they’ve noticed a change, but put off a visit to an eye doctor. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing problems, make an appointment with Dr. Michael...
Jul 07, 2020
Mirrored sunglasses are popular for a reason. They're not only stylish, but also offer UV protection and dramatically reduce glare. Curious to find out more? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about mirrored lenses.
Jul 04, 2020
1 in 5 people sleep with their eyes open. Known as nocturnal lagophthalmos, this condition can interfere with sleep and cause people to wake up with dry, irritated, red eyes. What is it? And can it be treated at EYES on Main? Read on to find out!
May 25, 2020
An online eye exam is an automated and interactive vision test that claims to measure mainly visual acuity. It may seem like a convenient way to evaluate your vision or get an eyeglass or contact lens prescription, as these tests can be administered using your computer, tablet, or smartphone from...
May 12, 2020
COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth. As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open...
May 03, 2020
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving emergency eye care. If you're having an eye emergency call your Blacksburg optometrist first.
Apr 16, 2020
Tele-optometry is a branch of telemedicine that can cover a wide range of problems and treatments related to vision and ocular health. Tele-medicine delivers medical care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology, such as online videos accessible through smart phones and tablets. This allows patients to easily receive screenings,...
Apr 12, 2020
You and your children are likely spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, in certain people. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable, potentially causing: Headaches Eyestrain...
Apr 09, 2020
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Apr 01, 2020
Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses Did you know that our glasses (this includes the lenses and the frame) can potentially transfer viruses, such as COVID-19, to our eyes, nose, and mouth? This is because viruses — as well as bacteria — are easily transferred from our surroundings to our hands and...
Mar 26, 2020
As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, health professionals are demanding that people limit their personal risk of contracting the virus by thoroughly washing their hands, practicing social distancing, and not touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that the eyes play an...
Mar 18, 2020
Is your eye doctor's appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our...
Feb 26, 2020
Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone or another digital device. The stress it puts on your eyes can cause a condition called "digital eye strain" (DES) or "computer vision syndrome" (CVS). Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck...
Feb 18, 2020
Nation-wide awareness about the vast dangers of obesity is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and health initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign shining a spotlight on the importance of fitness and good nutrition. However, despite the public’s knowledge of obesity’s effects on...
Jan 27, 2020
Playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland can be magical. Under clear skies in the sunshine, the soft white landscape becomes just about irresistible, whether at home or travelling on a winter-weather get-away. Before you let your children run outside to build the most adorable snowman or fling themselves onto...
Jan 16, 2020
Did you know that people with diabetes are 20 times more likely to get eye diseases than those without it? There are three major eye conditions that diabetics are at risk for developing: cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. To prevent these sight-threatening diseases, it's important to control your blood sugar...
Dec 22, 2019
Your eyes aren't just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses, including: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is not unusual for people to come in for an eye exam just to check their eyesight...
Dec 11, 2019
Smoking harms nearly every system in your body — including your eyes. Though we are all aware of the health effects associated with smoking, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and bad teeth, few know about the negative impact it can have on our vision. Smoking and Eye Disease Smoking,...
Nov 26, 2019
Once you and your doctor have decided on the type of contact lenses you'll need, it's time to choose the most suitable contact lens solution for your eyes and contacts. There exist 2 different types of solution for contact lenses: Multipurpose and Hydrogen Peroxide-based. While both remove debris and build-up,...
Nov 04, 2019
Swimming in a pool with your contacts on or topping off your solution may seem harmless, but they could compromise your contact lenses and your vision. Below are daily habits to adopt for optimal contact lens care: Wash Your Hands Regularly Whether you use daily or monthly contact lenses, make...
Oct 23, 2019
Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the cold outdoors sporting glasses that are no longer transparent, or perhaps you’ve experienced it yourself. Why Do Glasses Fog Up? There are several factors that...
Oct 03, 2019
Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from...
Sep 24, 2019
Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween...
Sep 16, 2019
September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of people get treated for sports-related eye injuries a year, with the most common injuries occurring during water sports and basketball. Infections, corneal abrasions, eye socket...
Aug 29, 2019
This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in certain areas, it’s now more important than ever to protect yourself. For best practices and tips for maintaining healthy vision in the summer heat, talk...
Jul 22, 2019
July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. During this month, people who have suffered from UV ray damage and their loved ones are encouraged to share...
Jun 27, 2019
This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don't forget to protect your eyes! Summer Eye Care Near You Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy...
Jun 11, 2019
June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support...
May 22, 2019
Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge. Dr. Michael Gowen treats patients from all over Blacksburg, Virginia...
May 08, 2019
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is...
Apr 16, 2019
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to share their stories, struggles, and...
Mar 19, 2019
Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander,...
Mar 07, 2019
March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...
Feb 24, 2019
Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds of cleaning products can be toxic and harmful to your health? In small amounts, they generally don’t cause much damage. But when used on a...
Feb 07, 2019
It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen. As we head towards the second half of the school year, you’ve probably...
Jan 28, 2019
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to...
Jan 17, 2019
Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss. What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...
Dec 19, 2018
Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season, many parents are excited to surprise their kids (or their spouses) with these coveted toy weapons. There is, in fact a whole culture behind these...
Nov 29, 2018
Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes...
Nov 12, 2018
Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...
Oct 24, 2018
Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do you get to dress up as anyone (or anything) you want, socialize with friends and eat lots of treats? Nevertheless, lurking behind those costumes and...
Oct 08, 2018
Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...
Sep 17, 2018
Screen Time Pros and Cons Whether it is homework, email, gaming, chatting with friends, searching the web or watching Youtube, kids these days seem to have an endless number of reasons to be glued to a screen. Many parents out there are wondering how bad this can be for their...
Sep 13, 2018
Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent age related eye disease and vision loss, especially if you start early. Keeping your eyes healthy and strong may require some lifestyle changes, but...
Aug 30, 2018
What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population! Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they...
Aug 09, 2018
An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous. What is an online eye test really testing? An online eye test...
Jul 26, 2018
Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also...
Jul 16, 2018
It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...
Jun 25, 2018
While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...
Jun 18, 2018
Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...
May 30, 2018
Sure, sunglasses might add the final touches to your chic ensemble, but the real reason to purchase your shades is to protect your eyes from the sun. Not only does glare from the sun make it difficult to see, but the UV rays it reflects can cause permanent damage to...
May 10, 2018
Vision is a critical component to succeed as an athlete and this doesn’t just mean having 20/20 vision. There are a number of visual processes that are involved in optimal sports performance, whether you are playing a weekly little league game or competing in professional sports. The eyes and the...
Apr 25, 2018
While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss...
Apr 16, 2018
April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women. Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...
Mar 27, 2018
If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...
Mar 12, 2018
We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...
Feb 27, 2018
Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...
Feb 18, 2018
It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...
Jan 29, 2018
At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...
Jan 10, 2018
It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...
Dec 31, 2017
While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...
Dec 24, 2017
As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...
Nov 27, 2017
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...
Nov 13, 2017
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...
Oct 29, 2017
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...
Oct 15, 2017
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...
Sep 27, 2017
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...
Sep 19, 2017
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. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...
Aug 13, 2017
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...
Jul 26, 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...
Jul 12, 2017
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...
Jun 26, 2017
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...
Jun 19, 2017
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 in at least one eye....
May 28, 2017
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...
May 10, 2017
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...
Apr 30, 2017
In an effort to spread the word to increase awareness about Sjogren’s Disease, eye care providers are speaking out about this hard-to-diagnose condition. 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...
Apr 06, 2017
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...
Apr 06, 2017
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...
Mar 30, 2017
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...
Mar 15, 2017
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 protect your eyes for...
Feb 27, 2017
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...
Feb 14, 2017
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,...
Jan 31, 2017
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.
Jan 16, 2017
Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
Dec 12, 2016
This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:
Dec 06, 2016
Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.
Nov 21, 2016
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.
Nov 14, 2016
Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...
Oct 21, 2016
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 shoes,...
Sep 27, 2016
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...
Aug 30, 2016
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...
Aug 19, 2016
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...
Jul 30, 2016
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 iris...
Jul 22, 2016
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...
Jun 26, 2016
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...
Jun 19, 2016
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...
May 26, 2016
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...
Apr 26, 2016
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...
Apr 17, 2016
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...
Mar 30, 2016
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...
Mar 09, 2016
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....
Feb 28, 2016
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...
Feb 10, 2016
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...
Jan 27, 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...
Dec 31, 2015
Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Dec 09, 2015
‘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.
Nov 23, 2015
Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!
Nov 02, 2015
Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes
Oct 25, 2015
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...
Oct 13, 2015
Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention
Sep 24, 2015
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...
Sep 03, 2015
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...
Sep 02, 2015
We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care...
Sep 02, 2015
Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...
Aug 30, 2015
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...
Aug 16, 2015
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...
Jul 30, 2015
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...
Jul 24, 2015
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...
Jul 21, 2015
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...
May 29, 2015
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...
May 17, 2015
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...
Apr 30, 2015
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...
Mar 31, 2015
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...
Mar 19, 2015
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...
Mar 11, 2015
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...
Feb 12, 2015
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 which...
Feb 09, 2015
You can now request your next appointment online! Visit the Contact Us section of our site at anytime and complete the form. We'll receive the form via email and call you back to confirm your appointment request. We'll be sure to call you back within one business day....
Jan 27, 2015
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...
Dec 31, 2014
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....
Dec 22, 2014
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...
Dec 04, 2014
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...
Nov 25, 2014
November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?
Oct 31, 2014
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,...
Oct 23, 2014
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....
Sep 18, 2014
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...
Aug 27, 2014
A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.
Aug 24, 2014
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...
Jul 24, 2014
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...
Jul 17, 2014
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...
Jun 29, 2014
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. ...
Jun 19, 2014
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...
May 22, 2014
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...
Apr 29, 2014
Summer 2020 is halfway over! Schedule a comprehensive eye exam or update update your eyeglasses in our optical store in Blacksburg.
Apr 17, 2014
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...
Mar 31, 2014
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...
Mar 16, 2014
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...
Feb 27, 2014
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...
Feb 20, 2014
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...
Jan 31, 2014
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...
Jan 29, 2014
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....
Dec 31, 2013
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...
Dec 11, 2013
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...
Nov 25, 2013
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...
Nov 18, 2013
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...
Oct 30, 2013
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...
Oct 14, 2013
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...
Sep 29, 2013
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...
Sep 24, 2013
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...
Sep 12, 2013
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...
Aug 26, 2013
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...
Jul 31, 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...
Jul 19, 2013
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...
Jun 30, 2013
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...
Jun 24, 2013
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...
Jun 17, 2013
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...
Jan 29, 2013
Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...