Eye Myths and Facts

There are a few ideas you may have heard about your vision that probably aren’t true.  Like crossing your eyes may make them stay that way? Or wearing glasses makes you dependent on them? Read on to learn more about common myths and shocking truths.

Reading in dim light will hurt your eyes.  While reading in dim light may cause eyestrain, which is temporary and will go away after you rest your eyes, it will not cause permanent eye damage.

Eating carrots will improve your eyesight. Carrots have vitamin A, which is essential for sight, but eating a bunch of carrots (or a large amount of vitamin A) will not improve your sight. We all know a well balanced diet …

Will the Big Frame Trend Continue?

As we closed out 2012, the biggest news in eye wear may have been the frame size. Large, retro-styled frames seem to be the most popular choice among fashionistas, popstars and teens. “Geek Chic” is hot (for the moment). If you’re looking to go Retro, we’ve got you covered. Come in and check out our latest selection of frames. If you’re not the trendy type and are looking for something more modern or contemporary, we’ve got you covered there, too. Give us a call to make an appointment or just stop by to see our selection. We can’t wait to see what’s next in eye wear fashion. Happy New 2013!…

Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetes and Eye Health

Living with diabetes means careful control of your diet, monitoring your blood sugar and keeping a watchful eye of your overall health. While it is a manageable disease, it is a very serious condition which can lead to multiple health problems. One such problem can impact your vision. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to visit your eye doctor at least once a year to ensure your eyes are healthy and you are not showing signs of retinopathy risk. Retinopathy is a general term applied to vision problems caused by diabetes. Like most health issues, the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the better the chances are for …

What is Glaucoma?

Americans and much of the rest of the free world love to drink coffee, it’s the go-to beverage of choice in the morning that helps kick-start busy days. Most coffee drinkers already know that too much caffeine consumption comes with health risks and effects. These include insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. A recent study suggests that too much caffeine consumption may also increase your risk of glaucoma.

What is Glaucoma?
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible vision loss. Previous studies have indicated that in glaucoma patients, caffeine consumption elevates intraocular pressure by 2-3mmHg for several hours. If you have a family history of glaucoma, have …

Summer’s Here! Protect Your Eyes From the Sun.

Summer’s Here!  Protect Your Eyes From the Sun.

Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun.
Even on an overcast day, harmful UV rays can cause sunburn of both the skin and the cornea of the eye.

Most Americans understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun but they seldom make an effort to protect their eyes. Many are unaware that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can harm the eyes and affect vision as well.…

Tips For Computer Eye Strain

With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers.

If you work at a computer, there’s a good chance you experience computer eye strain. Eye strain and associated symptoms from prolonged computer work such as blurred vision, headaches and muscle strain are called computer vision syndrome, or CVS.…

Now offering optomap® Retinal Exam

Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Jacksonville Vision Center offers the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as your fingerprint and provides Dr. Taylor with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high …

Appropriate Age for Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses were invented in the early 1900s and in fact, Leonardo da Vinci is credited with the concept behind contact lenses way back in the early 1500s!

Popular usage of the lenses didn’t emerge until the 1950s and 1960s. Initially, the contacts were made of glass, that was heavy and uncomfortable. Today’s lenses are mostly plastic and very soft, which makes them comfortable to wear and easy to care for.

Persons of all ages enjoy wearing contact lenses. Some benefits are full peripheral vision; self-confidence and great to wear during activities like sports and dancing.

Is there a best age to start wearing contact lenses? The answer is not as easy as yes or no because many factors need …

Make Vision Care Part of your New Year Plans

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012. Are you making new goals and plans for the New Year? Do those plans include your health and vision care?

While many of us take the time to ponder our lives and make plans to improve it in some areas, we often overlook some of the basics like our health and vision care. Sure, dieting is usually near the the top of the list, but vision care – an important component of your overall health – rarely makes an appearance in the top ten.

As an aside, here are the most common New Year Resolutions according to USA.gov.

Perfect

Boy with Good GradeWe all want things in our lives to be perfect. We want healthy kids with perfect grades. We want perfect skin and perfect white teeth. We want our homes and lawns to be perfect all year round. Striving for perfection is in our nature. It’s what helps move us forward and it makes us feel good to at least try to be perfect. Even though we know perfection is often unreachable.

Still, we wait for a perfect reason to do things that could really be done any ol’ day. We wait for birthdays to call up our friends and family to wish them well. We wait for sunny days to visit the beach when any ol’ day is a good …

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